Dear Parents and Carers
We are coming towards the end of a very successful first term and have received some very positive feedback from students and parents regarding the changes we have made this year.
As usual we will be helping our students to focus on the real Christmas message through our Advent reflections, services and assemblies and to be active in raising monies for those less fortunate than ourselves. Our reception was burgeoning with our annual Shoebox collection that was collected this week. Thank you for your support and generosity. Each form will be collecting items for a hamper that we distribute to elderly people in our local community with the help of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. We will also be hosting our Pensioners’ Christmas Party soon.
The Advent season is always a busy time for us all and I felt I would write to highlight some of the other Advent events in our College.
Friday 11th December – Feast Day Fair and Christmas clothing item day
A few years ago we introduced a Fundraising Fair linked to our College Feast Day. For a number of reasons this did not take place last year and our Student Voice feedback has asked if we can bring this back as a way to raise monies to help local charities at this time of year. We are conscious that we do not want students to see this as the end of term, as normal lessons will continue into the last week, but have put in place the arrangements for our Fundraising Fair to take place Period 5 on this day. Additionally we have received an approach from a charity to hold a Christmas Jumper Day. We don’t want to put families to unnecessary expense at this time of year and so have decided that on this day students can supplement their uniform with a Christmas clothing item, which might be a Christmas jumper. They need to wear the rest of their uniform. We will ask students to make a donation of 50p.
At the Christmas Fair there will be a variety of stalls and fundraising activities manned by our teachers and support staff. The costs of most of the stalls and activities will be 20p and so students will need no more than a few pounds to cover the activities.
Normal lessons on the Friday will occur up to the time of the Fair so, as ever, attendance is crucial.
Wednesday 16th December - Christmas Carol Service at 7pm
This is a very special event where, with our students, parents, staff and local parish community, we continue our Advent preparations. It is often described as the time when we have the chance to step back and think about the real meaning of Christmas.
The service is being held in English Martyrs Church, St George’s Road, Wallasey starting at 7pm.
Friday 18th December – End of term arrangements
On the last day of term we will be holding our Annual Christmas Mass for the whole College after break which is a great highlight of the year. Students will be dismissed from College at 1pm. Lunch will be available for those students who would like it. As many parents are aware the bus companies will not promise that they can change the times of the scheduled school buses and so we would ask that students make their own way home on that day but will also ensure that any student who cannot make alternative arrangements is supervised in College until the normal end of the day at 2.50pm.
Tuesday 5th January 2016 – Students’ return
There is a Teacher Inset Day on Monday 4th January 2016. All students return on Tuesday 5th January at 8.30am for an 8.35am start.
Can I finish by thanking you for all your help and support in 2015 and wishing a happy and holy Christmas with your children, family and friends and every blessing for you all in 2016.
Mr A Boyle
Election of a Parent Governor
There will be a vacancy on our Governing Body for a Parent Governor in the New Year as the term of office of one of our current Parent Governors is coming to an end. Any parent with one or more children on the register of the College may stand as a candidate.
Governors have a vital role to play in the leadership and management of the College in developing the ethos of the College, securing high academic standards and in ensuring good financial management. The role is both to be supportive and to offer challenge to the leadership and management of the College. The role is unpaid. It requires attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings and membership of one of more committees which focus on particular aspects of the College’s work. You will receive an induction and training to help you understand and fulfil your role and responsibilities.
The term of office is for four years but governors may resign in that period if circumstances change and may also stand for re-election for a further term of office at the end of this time.
If the College receives more than one nomination it will be necessary to hold an election. Candidates will be asked to provide a pen portrait of their experiences and suitability for the role and all parents will be balloted on who they want to represent them.
If you would like further detail on the role of a governor there are many resources available on the internet and I have included a link below to an area that you may find helpful.
There is a Governors’ area on our College website which details who our current governors are, their experience and their committee membership. If you would like any further clarification please contact Mrs Williams, Clerk to Governors, at the College who will ensure someone contacts you.
Please detach and return the nomination form to Mrs Claire Williams, Clerk to Governors, C/o St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey Village, Wallasey CH45 3LN by midday on Thursday 7th January 2016.
Parent Governor Nomination Form
I, …………………………………………. would like to stand for election for the
role of parent governor at St Mary’s Catholic College. My child(ren) is/are
The best number to contact me on is ………………………………………..