Dear Parent/ Carer
Term is well up and running now and there has been a really positive feel round school. It is always exciting to welcome new students and new staff and, of course even those students who are not new to the school are starting a new stage in their time at Notre Dame.
Things are settling into a routine now and I have seen plenty of smiles round and about the site.
We had our parents’ information evenings this week and my thanks to all the parents who attended, especially those who were there for both due to having children in several year groups. My thanks also to colleagues and guests who organised and delivered presentations and workshops over the two nights. I had some positive feedback from a number of parents and I do hope it was useful to you all.
Last Friday I was fortunate enough to join the annual Bishop’s Walk, which has been going for 19 years and which is run to raise money for the St Wilfrid’s Centre which serves homeless and vulnerable adults. Although the rain was torrential on the way out to the start, as soon as we stepped out of the car, the rain stopped and the sun came out. Perhaps we were blessed as a result of having two Bishops with us! Both our current Bishop Ralph and our former Bishop John who founded the walk and who returns every year to take part joined staff and clients from St Wilfrid’s centre, diocesan priests and staff from diocesan schools. It was a wonderful walk round Ladybower reservoir and to be reminded of the incredible work that goes on at the centre. It was good to catch up with Mr Pender too, who has settled in very well as Head at All Saints.
Following the walk, I have been in assemblies with years 7 to 11, reminding them about the St Wilfrid’s centre, the work they do and the people they help. I have asked all students to help raise funds in sponsorship of the Bishop’s walk. This year’s Hallmark of community is particularly apt and I reminded students of the story of the Good Samaritan that was read during the welcome services at the start of the year. Every year our students respond brilliantly to this appeal to help their neighbours at the St Wilfrid’s centre and I am sure that this year will be no different.
I have added a link to the St Wilfrid’s centre website at the end of the Blog. If you don’t know much about their work, I would encourage you to have a look.
Before I finish, please can I remind parents who are collecting their children at the end of the day to obey the parking restrictions by not parking in the bus bays. I am well aware that parking is very difficult around school and you may need to park some way from the main gate on one of the side roads. However, we have had problems with buses being able to pull in to pick up the students this week, causing delays for those children and also adding to congestion around the school. Many thanks for your consideration and cooperation.
St Wilfrid’s Centre Website; http://www.stwilfridscentre.org/
Dates for the diary
Tuesday 19th September – Y12 Parents’ Information Evening 5.30pm
Wednesday 20th September – Y11 Parents’ Information Evening 6.00pm
Friday 22nd September – Monday 25th September – Battlefields Trip
Tuesday 26th September – Training Day – School closed to students
Tuesday 26th September – Y6 Open Evening 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday 29th September – Monday 2nd October – Battlefields Trip
Thursday 5th October – Y11 Parent’s Evening