7th December 2018
As the Autumn term draws to a close and we prepare for Christmas I am writing to inform you that on Friday 21st December we will be allowing students to wear their own smart and modest clothes to school. We ask students to contribute a minimum of £1 for the privilege. This year the money raised will be given to a charity called
The St David's Medical Centre, Nyandoro, Zimbabwe.
The college will close at 12.30pm. The bus companies have been informed and the normal college buses will be available at this earlier time. If it is not possible for any student to leave at 12.30p.m. he/she can remain in the college under supervision.
Our Carol Service will take place in the College Hall on Thursday 20th December at 7p.m. It is always a wonderful and joyous celebration of the start of Christmas. I do hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate Christ’s birth.
In conclusion I would like to thank you for your on-going support and to wish you a very happy and holy Christmas and New Year.
2nd October 2018
Our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a national project, which is being run locally in partnership with Worcestershire County Council and West Mercia Police.
Operation Encompass is a process whereby the police and county council will inform a member of staff if a child or young person has experienced any domestic incident. This will be done prior to the start of the next school day. Information sharing between professional agencies allows school staff to provide emotional and practical support to their pupils experiencing domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse can broadly be defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour; violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members. This can include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse – psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional.
Operation Encompass ensures that a member of the school staff, usually the Designated Safeguarding Lead, is given special training, to enable them to liaise with the police and county council in receiving and using the information that has been shared, in confidence.
The sharing of details under Operation Encompass is permitted under Statutory Safeguarding Legislation and in respect of local authority schools under the Crime and Disorder Act (for the prevention of crime) and doing so without the child’s or parent’s consent is permissible under both pieces of legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We want to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe, that where necessary, this will be beneficial in helping us to achieve that goal. Please make contact with me or the school’s Safeguarding Lead should you wish to discuss the content of this letter.
Attached is a list of local and national advice and support agencies who can help those who may be affected by domestic abuse.
To download the full letter, please click here.
The Zimbabwe Medical Centre Appeal
‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
There will be a non-uniform day this Friday 21st September to raise money to help build a new medical centre in a small village in Zimbabwe.
Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College has made links with people from a village called Nyandoro, in the Nyanga Province of Zimbabwe. The people living here are experiencing severe poverty and welcome any help and support they can get. The village is home to families who live in simple huts and houses which they build themselves.
September 17th 2018
I hope that you have had a wonderful summer break and have had the chance to relax and enjoy quality family time. I am pleased to be able to report that students are continuing to make excellent progress to their GCSE courses and I trust that they are now settled into classes.
I cannot emphasise enough that the need for constant revision of new learning is crucial to ensure success in the 2019 exam series. There are many resources available within college and online that students should be using to their advantage. Many individual subject teachers and areas have their own subject specific learning tools and websites. Please encourage your child to utilise as many of these resources as often as possible and please note the revision calendar which will be updated as the year progresses.
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