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December 2016

As we approach the end of a very long term, the countdown to Christmas has definitely begun. I continue to be amazed and inspired by the fantastic talents of our students and staff. I hope you enjoy reading about, just a sample of the activities and successes this term. I write this shortly after our Advent Service ‘The Light’. It was most definitely an evening for students, parents, staff and Governors to be proud.

The whole Academy community has been deeply saddened this term by the death of Margaret Rattigan. She was a much loved and respected member of our Learning Support Team and is missed greatly by students, colleagues and friends within the St Peter and St Paul community. Our thoughts and prayers extend warmly to Margaret’s family and friends. A tribute to Margaret can be found in the main part of this Newsletter. May she rest in peace.

In November, we were privileged to play a major role in the Diocesan Mass for Schools which was celebrated at St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham. Our students were given the honour of being asked, out of all the schools in the Diocese, to read the Prayers of the Faithful. As an Academy community, we will continue the legacy of the Year of Mercy by ensuring we always consider the needs of others who are experiencing difficult circumstances. Our Charity work is a shining example of this.

At the end of this term we say goodbye to Mr Doust after 10 years of an outstanding contribution to St Peter and St Paul. He has made an immense impact on the lives of so many students at St Peter and St Paul through his high quality teaching and pastoral support, as well as his engaging assemblies to the whole school! As a whole Academy, we wish Mr Doust every success in his new school and that he and his family are happy when they relocate from the East Midlands.

You have my assurance, as we complete this term and head into a new calendar year, that all of the staff remain absolutely committed to providing the best education for each student. We will continue to focus relentlessly on consistently delivering the highest quality of teaching so that the improvements recognised in the examination results of 2016 continue into 2017 and beyond. I ask that all parents constantly discuss the learning that is taking place with their children and look closely at the work they are producing. The work contains feedback from staff to students on clear areas to focus on, to improve.

Amidst the clear focus on learning and progress and wide range of additional activities and opportunities, we have kept our focus on the true meaning of Advent – a time for reflection and preparation and a time to share peace and love.

I started off by saying that I am continually amazed and in awe of the work of our students and staff. I thank the students and staff for their individual and collective contributions to a fantastic term overall.

On behalf of the community of St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy, I wish each and every one of you a happy, holy Christmas and a successful New Year.

Mr D Keogh