February Half Term Message from Mr Crehan

February Half Term Message from Mr Crehan

 

At the end of this half-term, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank our parents for their great support over these last weeks. School continues to respond to unprecedented circumstances and often has to make decisions swiftly and with limited scope to provide as much notice, as we would like. Your continued understanding is greatly appreciated. In addition, thank you for your wonderful work in supporting home learning. School leaders; do not underestimate the efforts of parents with home schooling, alongside managing other jobs and the daily challenges of domestic life. I think it is fair to say, that it is parents who are well deserving of this half-term break! We have been informed, that schools will not reopen until 8th March at the earliest with some planning details expected to be provided on the 22nd February. As an Academy, we

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Statement on School Closure on Thursday 17th December

Good evening,

Yesterday, the DFE provided updated guidance for Schools and Education Providers regarding end of term arrangements.

The DFE has recommended that ‘where possible’, Education Providers were to consider closing for pupils on Thursday 17th December. It is proposed that Friday 18th December is to be taken as an additional INSET day for all staff to work from home.

It is advised that this will support with Public Health and the management of Contact Tracing and will provide Headteacher’s with a Christmas break start date of the 24th December. This will leave school leaders with a potential 6 day period, to support the NHS in the management of this pandemic.

For any further information required, please access the following website: GOV.UK / Department for Education / End of term planning

Following consultation with Professional Associations, Directors, Local Governors and Headteacher’s, it was unanimously agreed that the St Teresa of

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Advent Carol Service

Virtual Advent Carol Service

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The St Teresa of Calcutta Multi -Academy Catholic Company, would like to invite you to view and to enjoy our ‘Virtual Advent Carol Service’ on Thursday 17th December from 1.30pm – 2.15pm.

To view this Service, please access the Academy Website on www.stocmac.org.uk

You will see a banner on the front page entitled ‘Join us for our Advent Carol Service’ and will be encouraged to ‘Click here’ which will then direct you to the Service.

There is a range of vocal and instrumental performances from pupils and staff at Holy Souls Catholic Primary School, Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Secondary School and Sixth Form and Holy Trinity Catholic School.

Please sing along from the safety and comfort of your own homes and we aim for this Service to bring joy to our communities.

We hope that this year, our Academy will

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Do not be disheartened in the face of the difficulties that the educational challenge presents!

“Do not be disheartened in the face of the difficulties that the educational challenge presents! Educating is not a profession but an attitude, a way of being; in order to educate it is necessary to step out of ourselves and be among young people to accompany them in the stages of their growth. Give them hope and optimism for their journey in the world. Teach them to see the beauty and goodness of creation. The sole objective of the educating community is to develop mature young people who are simple, competent and honest, who know how to live with fidelity, who can live life as a response to God’s call, and their future profession as a service to society".

(Pope Francis)

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World Youth Sunday and wonderful achievements of our young people in the St Teresa of Calcutta Multi-Academy Catholic Company.

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On this weekend of World Youth Sunday, I would like to share an update regarding some of the wonderful achievements of our young people in the St Teresa of Calcutta Multi-Academy Catholic Company. Our partnership of Catholic Schools currently consists of Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Secondary School and Sixth Form, Holy Souls Catholic Primary School and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School. We are delighted at the prospect of additional Catholic Primary Schools joining our family of schools in the coming year.
 
St Teresa of Calcutta, a patron for World Youth, encouraged educators to share these words with the young: 

‘God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try’.

In our Academy, we encourage all of our young people to try their best, which results in wonderful successes that I will share a sample of with you now.

  At Holy Souls School we offer our congratulations to Lily-Mae Monaghan

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Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it…

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it…

 

 

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfil it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.”

 

St Teresa of Calcutta

Colin Crehan

13th November 2020

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Update about the MAC

Good morning and welcome back,  

A special welcome to all new governors and colleagues who have joined our Academy. 

From the 2nd September to the 30th September, a formal academy consultation process begins for The Rosary Catholic Primary School, St Chad’s Catholic Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, who are planning to join the St Teresa of Calcutta MAC.

A further 3 schools joining our academy, will increase its financial potential and its capacity to drive a high quality education for all youngsters.

If you have any questions regarding this planned academy expansion and growth, please email them to the following address:

MACconsultation@holytrc.bham.sch.uk   

All questions will receive a response. 

Best regards,

 

Colin Crehan

 

Accounting Officer

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Christ Be Our Light performed by St Teresa of Calcutta MAC

Christ Be Our Light performed by St Teresa of Calcutta MAC

This hymn was produced virtually by singing pupils and staff from Archbishop Ilsley, Holy Souls and Holy Trinity.

Combined teams from Chaplaincy, Creative Arts, ICT and Media, created the vision and then produced this final edit that shared the contributions made from people’s homes.

 

Christ Be Our Light Credits

Composer: Bernadette Farrell

Edited/Arranged: Polly Hancock

 

Singers:

Becky Gilbert (HTC Student)

Helen Burrows (ABI)

Colin Crehan (HTC)

Jo Daw (HTC)

Polly Hancock (HTC)

Catherine Henvey + Carys Henvey (HTC)

Vanessa Hodson (HTC)

Susan Jones (HTC)

John McCaul (HTC)

Helen McKiernan (HTC)

Liz Sta#ord (HTC)

Clare Walsh (HTC)

Sally Walton (ABI)

Piano: Polly Hancock

Guitar: John McCaul

Flute: Liz Sta#ord

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To all connected with the St Teresa of Calcutta Academy

To all connected with the St Teresa of Calcutta Academy,

 

I am sending you a short message to update you on the planned expansion and growth of our academy during the coming year.

I start by saying thank you and best wishes to our CSEL and former Executive Headteacher, Glen Alexander, who retires at the end of

August. I would also like to o#er thanks and best wishes to other colleagues who may be retiring or leaving our family of schools.

I am pleased to announce that St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, The Rosary Catholic Primary School and St Chad’s Catholic Primary

School plan to join our Academy.

 

A formal 28 day first consultation will begin on Wednesday 2nd September. More details of this process to emerge in the weeks ahead.

It has certainly been an incredible academic year and period of great reflection for us all. We

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