Monday 16th - Friday 20th January 2017
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St Edmund's is a thriving, positive and happy environment where individuals achieve excellent levels of personal development.
“Pupils in all year groups and across all
subjects are making outstanding progress”
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Section 48 Validation 22nd - 23rd November 2016
The outcome of the Section 48 Validation in November 2016 stated that the school was 'outstanding' in all areas.
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Section 48 Validation Report November 2016
Ofsted Inspection February 2016
The school is elated at the outcome of the Ofsted inspection held in February 2016 and the endorsement of the high standards observed at St Edmund’s. Inspectors praised all aspects of the school judging the overall effectiveness as ‘Outstanding’.
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St Edmund's Catholic School Ofsted Report 2016
The most amazing aspect of life at St Edmund’s is that each lesson, day, term, year are never the same. As you may be aware, St Edmund’s was validated during the Autumn term by the Diocese on the Religious nature of the school. I am delighted to report that once again the school was awarded the judgement of ‘OUTSTANDING’ in all areas. The judgement reiterates the outstanding status of the school and the strength of spiritual and moral development of, combined with the high levels of progress and final results achieved by our young people. This is also reflected in the DFE (Department for Education) tables of GCSE results which places the school in the top 5% of all schools nationally. More importantly, I have been delighted with all our students and how hard they have worked this term and enjoyed their learning. I have seen many fantastic lessons, homework and individual pieces of work.
Once again the newsletter is packed with events, achievements, experiences and even fun. My thanks to parents for all your support and the hard work ‘behind the scenes’ with uniform, attendance, homework and encouragement. Our whole school attendance this term has been 96.6% which is a further improvement on last year. Staff and students have coped extremely well with the noise and deliveries as the new technology block begins to take form. The steel frame is now erected and we are on course for final completion in June 2017. This will provide the most modern and up-to-date Technology facilities within the local area giving our children access to the latest equipment and opportunities.
Finally, I would like to praise the Year 11 students who are working incredibly hard towards the new GCSEs in English and Mathematics. Year 10 will also sit these along with other new qualifications. Currently, the Exam Board/Government will no longer give any indication of marks linked to grade boundaries which makes it very difficult to estimate/advise students on their progress. However, the outstanding level of teaching students receive, combined with their excellent attitude to learning will stand us in good stead.
Mr S Graham
The assembly this week begins with a reflection on ‘The Holy Family’. The Feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas but if Christmas falls on a Sunday it is then celebrated on 30th December. St Pope John Paul II is quoted as saying, ‘Our God in his deepest mystery is not solitude, but a family, for he has within himself fatherhood, sonship and the essence of the family, which is love. That love, in the divine family, is the Holy Spirit.’ (‘Bible Alive’, December 2016, page 53) We see that Jesus, Mary and Joseph, through their everyday lives were witnesses to that love. We are all called to show that love within our own families through both the joyful and difficult times. The model of support, kindness and love shown by ‘The Holy Family’ is a model for how we should try to be with each other, as St Paul tells us:
‘Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.’ (Col. 3:12-14)
We are also meant to extend to others these acts of compassion, kindness, patience and meekness.
Our Beatitude for this term is:
‘Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth’
Perhaps we can live out this Beatitude in this way:
E each one of us
K kindly, gently and respectfully each day in all that we do and say
Be with us today Lord, in all that we do and say.
Be with us in the joys of the day as well as the difficulties in our way.
Help us to be compassionate and caring, when perhaps that is the last thing on our mind.
Enable us to ask for your guidance on the way in order to help us to be meek and kind. Amen
In the News
At the end of every year there are TV programmes, radio shows, newspaper articles and photographs on the theme of what the main stories were in the news for the last year. It’s good to know what is going on, not only in the world but in the UK and in our local area. Why is it important? It can be easy just to live in our own small world and think that everything that happens in that world is all that there is. To get informed about what is happening in our local city and the rest of the world means that we are better informed about how others live their lives and how they are affected by events in their area. We can bring the news into our lessons and see how it fits with the many different subjects that we study – whether learning about Tim Peak’s fantastic trip to the International Space Station in 2016 and how that links with science to how many natural disasters hit the world and how that can be discussed in geography lessons. The big political events that happened in 2016; Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to be President of the USA, can be brought into your history lessons and Mother Teresa being made a Saint last year can link with your studies in RE. What about Andy Murray becoming number one in the world of tennis, inspiring you to take up the sport? You could aspire to be a reporter for our very own school newspaper. The Eagle, and write your own “news”.
Sometimes when you watch the news, you can feel that there is just doom and gloom and there’s not much that can make us feel happy, but there are positive stories and especially if you read or watch news that is more local. You can find out about fun events that are happening in Hampshire and Portsmouth, people that have become local heroes or winners in the field of sports.
Why not have this as one of your goals this year, to be a bit more informed about the world around you and read a newspaper, watch the news or download the BBC news app onto your phone. Spend fifteen minutes a day and learn about what is happening in and around you.
Year 7 Head of Learning
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