Dear Parents and Carers
Academy conversion – 1st November 2016
We are pleased to be able to confirm that the academy conversion took place on 1st November 2016. We have now joined the Holy Family Catholic Multi- Academy Trust and the official full title of our College is St Mary’s Catholic College – A Voluntary Aided Academy. There is already a significant amount of collaborative work taking place between St Mary’s and St John Plessington which is impacting positively on our students’ learning experiences.
Year 7 and 10 Review Day – Friday 18th November 2016
As highlighted previously, this year we have introduced Review Days for Years 7 to 10. These replace Parents’ Evenings for these year groups. On Review Days the College is closed to students. The first of these days is Friday 18th November 2016.
Parents and Carers and students in Years 7 and 10 students will attend during the day to pre-booked appointments with their child’s subject teachers.
Students will be set English, mathematics and science work to complete at home on this day.
Parent Governor Election
We asked for parents and carers to be nominated for the vacancy for a Parent Governor on the Governing Body, due to the end of the term of office of one of our current Parent Governors.
We are delighted to report that two parents have been nominated and so we must conduct an election.
The ballot paper is attached to this letter. We have also asked each of the candidates to give a short pen portrait of themselves which may help you to decide who to vote for, if the candidates are unknown to you.
Can I draw your attention to the fact that there is only one vote allowed to be cast by each parent in a family i.e. families with more than one child in our College do not have multiple votes. Please return completed ballot papers in the envelopes provided to the College office. The deadline for returned votes is Friday 25th November 2016 at 12.00 midday.
Mr A Boyle
Mr T Quinn
Executive Head Teacher
I wish to become a parent governor as I believe I can make a positive contribution to children’s education at St Mary’s College to ensure all pupils achieve academically and pastorally and support the aims and objectives of the school and staff. I believe it is important for parents and students to have a voice in the decisions that the school makes, and be actively involved in shaping the future in this exciting new phase of the development of St Mary’s College.
I have 2 children who attended St Peter and Paul’s Primary School before they attended St Mary’s College which was my first choice of school for them. My elder son has left Year 13 after achieving 4 A levels and securing a place to study Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnology at York University. I am grateful to how St Mary’s ensured this transition was successful for Liam and because of the skills he acquired at school, he was easily able to settle into university life. My other son Tom is presently in Year 10 and is also very happy at the school. I have always supported catholic education and been delighted how my 2 sons have developed at St Mary’s College because they feel valued and how this has developed their confidence and self-esteem. I also believe another important aspect of the school is how they encouraged my 2 sons to contribute to the wider community especially through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which is a real strength of the school.
Using the extensive knowledge and skills I have gained from working in a variety of roles in education. I would be able to be fully involved in the decision making process of the governing body. I trained as a Science teacher but I have held many positions with whole school responsibilities, e.g. involved in developing links with local businesses and overseeing the onsite contractors for the 2 million pound extension to the school as well as being a Health and Safety Manager. This has given me knowledge and experience of the many aspects in running a school which would be of great benefit to assist me in this role.
I am also fully aware of recent educational changes within the exam system and how this will affect St Mary’s College and the impact on the education of the children.
I am actively involved in the local catholic parish as I live very close to the school and church. Activities included cleaning the church before Christmas and helping out at summer fairs. I enjoy all aspects of outdoor life especially hill walking and running. I also spend a lot of time supporting Tom in a local football team (Peninsula Stars) and attending their events and matches.
My name is Jennifer Saunderson, my son Max is in year 9. As a member of the local community and an ex-pupil of St Mary’s I care deeply about the school and want to ensure it goes from strength to strength not only academically but with the opportunities it presents to our children, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Just like every parent I want the very best for my child. I want him to be happy, confident and become the very best he can be. As parents we need to support our school but when necessary we should not be afraid to challenge its decisions. I am not afraid to ask difficult questions and am confident to speak out about what is important and see things through to completion. I will be a voice for you all.
Having previously served the NHS for 9 years, I set up and ran a number of successful patient participation groups, giving a voice to patients about the way their surgery was run and bigger issues within the NHS locally. My current role is providing a Human Resources function to a staff of 130 for a charity which offers support to individuals and their families living with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties. Both roles mean I have gained not only a wealth of experience in a variety of industry sectors and the ability and confidence to communicate on many different levels, but a diverse insight into peoples’ lives and the challenges and often struggles they face.
I believe in giving something back to our community and regularly volunteered at my sons primary school providing reading support to children who were struggling and falling behind. I could often be found at the summer and Christmas fetes running the tombola stall then staying behind to clean up the aftermath!
I have been an active member of the scouting association for the last 5 years and volunteer my time as a section leader, as part of my position I undertake child protection training. Being a leader involves planning and holding weekly meetings, taking part in training, activities and camps at weekends and during holidays. Seeing our young people away from an educational setting, I believe gives a better insight to their needs and how they develop both personally and socially. I am pound to be a leader, to see the children in my group grow in confidence, learning skills and gaining experiences that they will take with them throughout their lives. It is a privilege to see them overcoming their own personal challenges no matter how small and making fun, life long memories with them.
Your support for my application to become the parent representative on the schools board of
governors would be appreciated.
I believe there is nothing more important than our children.