Monday 5th - Friday 9th October 2015
A warm Welcome
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On Friday 26 September a group of Year 9 pupils that are currently learning French and Spanish went to Fratton Park to participate on a competition set up for the European Day of Languages.
Please click here to view their films.
Please vote for both French and Spanish teams as they have been entered for another competition where the most YouTube likes/views could win them a prize!
As you will read in this edition of the newsletter, we have had lots of victories/good news this term both on a local and national basis. Winning the Literature quiz for the sixth time (out of 7!) is one of the amazing achievements worth reading about.
St Edmund’s has also received two letters from the Government relating to GCSE results. We are one of the most improved and top performing schools in the country (in the top 10% nationally), as well as being nominated for a top award for our progress with disadvantaged students. Again, we at St Edmund’s have been recognised as one of the top achieving schools in the country in relation to individual student progress.
Success Against the Odds
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. – Charles Lindbergh
It is very rare that a dream or goal comes true easily and effortlessly, without delays, problems or hurdles. It is far more common, however, that you have to overcome many obstacles before achieving a target or success.
I am convinced that each and every one of us experienced some sort of struggle at some point in life on our own journey to success. This could have been preparation for exams, learning to read, swim, trying to secure a place in a sport club or getting a job we always wanted. Although it felt like a mission impossible at times ,we all eventually got there at some point .
Having seen my last year’s Year 11s GCSE results, I can honestly say, that with hard work, perseverance and never give up attitude everything is possible. Majority of Year 11 pupils worked extremely hard and got fantastic results even though they never thought they were able of achieving high grades. But they did. And although it was not an easy task they aimed high, worked hard and persevered. And then there were those, who strongly believed that it would simply just happen on the day of the exam and they ended up bitterly disappointed.
So yes, the bigger your dreams, the tougher your challenge, the more ambitious your goals, the more likely it is that you will face difficulties on your way towards it .But before you give up please have a look below at the examples of well-known, successful people who have achieved success through determination and tenacity, and who have overcome adversity to reach their goals against all odds.
J.K. Rowling- The original Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected by a dozen of publishers but a small London publisher, only took it on because the CEO’s eight-year old daughter begged her father to print the book.
Walt Disney- Walt Disney was fired from his first job because he was told that he lacked imagination. He also had to endure numerous difficulties and challenges while setting up his dream business and ending up with bankruptcy.
Bill Gates- Bill Gates is an American businessman, author and a chairman of Microsoft, one of the wealthiest people in the world. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University to pursue his first idea of running a business which soon failed.
Beethoven-For a musician to lose his hearing is the greatest possible misfortune. Yet, despite his frustration, it didn’t stop Beethoven composing some of the most beautiful pieces of music in the history.
Heavenly father I give you thanks for all my blessings and answered prayers. In the name of Jesus please guide us towards the fruition of a successful school Year. Please guide our hearts to pursue dedication, perseverance and hard work in your name. Help us learn, achieve, share our many gifts and talents and watch over us while we strive for success. Amen.
Year 7 Head of Learning
Wednesday is the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, 7th October.
October is a month to remember Our Lady, Mary, Jesus’ mother. During this month the Church traditionally says the Rosary. Every week during Tuesday lunchtime a group of students say the Rosary in the chapel, please come and join us during the month of October. The three prayers that are said in the Rosary are: the Hail Mary, the Our Father and The Glory Be to the Father.
Perhaps this week we can focus on Mary.
Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of
Holy Mary, mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.
Active Guidance Mentoring Sessions
Years 8, 9, 10 & 11
As you are aware, each term we run an Active Guidance Mentoring session for students, focussing on progress and personal improvement. Active Guidance will start on Monday 21st September 2015 and your child will have an appointment with their tutor which will be recorded in their planner. Progress will be reviewed and new targets will be set which will again focus on improving learning and achievement.
This terms active guidance sessions will use progress data collected from the end of last academic year and work completed so far this year. Hence it will be an accurate and up-to-date mentoring session reviewing effort, behaviour, homework and progress in all subjects. It will be particularly important to discuss the personal qualities students achieved last year within each subject. As these give a clear indication of your child’s learning behaviour.
Please click here for a copy of letter providing more details
Have an enjoyable week.
Mr S Graham, Headteacher
New PE Sports Socks
It has been brought to our attention that our dual supplier PA School & Sportswear have been selling the incorrect new PE sports socks as they do not have the white band around the middle containing the school logo. We would ask that you liaise with PA School & Sportswear in regard to this.
Our new PE sock design is shown below:
Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
PE School Uniform Policy
Towards the end of last term a number of students were not conforming to expectations in regard to the PE Uniform Policy.To ensure consistency please ensure your child is wearing the correct PE kit that adheres to the PE School Uniform Policy. If pupils do not conform then the relevant sanctions shall be put in place.
Click here for the School Uniform page
Tour dates for current Year 6 pupils have taken place with an excellent turnout on all dates. The last of the school tours is being held this morning at 0845 which again has been fully subscribed.