21st September 2018 | Newsletter 2

Dear Parents, our new Reception and Nursery children are in! They have completed their first full week of school and have settled brilliantly. Thank you to all of our parents forsupporting the children and teachers through the process. A huge welcome, especially to our new families—welcome to our school community!

Sister Silvana from CARITAS led an assembly at the start of the week reminding us all about Catholic Social Teaching and ‘Love in Action’. We also welcomed Kevin Lawler from CAFOD last week to learn all about refugees and completed a walk around the school to ’Share the Journey’ and pray for those forced from their homes. Year 5 departed for PGL on Wednesday. They have spent 2 nights at Marchants Hill in the Surrey Hills having a

fantastic time participating in a variety of outdoor adventurous activities. They havereturned looking very tired (as have the staff!).

Meanwhile, back at school, we had Section 48 Diocesan Inspection on Thursday. The Diocese inspects Catholic schools at least every 5 years. We were expecting an inspection at some point this academic year—perhaps not as early as the second week. In any case, the whole school community rallied around to prepare so that we were able to present the school in the best light to the inspectors. Four inspectors spent the day observing

lessons, reviewing books, interviewing Mgr Overton, parents, staff, pupils and governors to assess two areas: Classroom Religious Education and The Catholic Life of the School. The report will be written and quality assured over the next 2-3 weeks and the results must remain confidential until it is released. I can say that the inspectors were incredibly impressed with the feedback they received from parents through the questionnaires and interviews at the school gate. One commented that she had never seen such a positive response. For this, I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is incredibly

reassuring to know that we have your unwavering support in what we are trying to achieve for our children. The staff and governors never take this for granted and are as grateful as I am.

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