John Henry Newman - Weekly Newsletter
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I must start by thanking the great number of you who supported our Open Evening last night. The number of students and pupils present was over six hundred and, as is always the case, our visitors thought they were stunning.
It was a very busy evening and we even ran out of prospectuses on the night. Should you hear of anyone who still needs some information please ask them to contact the school as we have all the necessary paperwork available.
The staff are involved in an INSET Day today, which will involve reviewing our curriculum and the delivery of that curriculum in light of the summer examination results. As you are aware many of the courses we deliver were assessed for the first time this summer. Some departments have already reorganised the running order of certain topics to ensure children will get the most from the programme of study.
The results in the summer were excellent, but lessons can always be learnt; we are always looking to improve the outcomes for our children.
That said we are doing a great deal of work this year to develop and structure the ‘informed’ curriculum. That part of the school day which is not focused on academic subjects. There is, of course, our Spiritual Life and how we engage with our God during the course of a normal day. How we work towards creating, ‘A Living Christian Experience.’
We ask our children and staff to be role models, each member of our community charged with, “loving one another as I have loved you”. And give examples of how small acts of kindness can make an enormous difference to the lives of those around us.
I recently used the following prayer with our Year 11 pupils. A prayer that was found in the home of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Date here Friday 28th September 2018 The point being that we must not let human frailties and weaknesses stop our attempts to create a world as God would wish it.
We are also working on a number of more practical points to support Mental Wellbeing, Career Opportunities and life skills. All areas of school life that are vibrant and influential, but which could benefit from some further thought and planning.
We have never been a school that has judged itself by academic outcomes alone. Our time measure of success is how well our children go on to contribute to the ‘we’ and not the ‘me’. How they enhance the lives of those they love and those who whom they live. An enormous challenge but in reality the only route which leads to happiness.
I thank you for all your continued support and prayers for our school community.
Mr Mathew – Headteacher