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Spring 2017 website version

Spring 2017 website

Dear Parent/Guardian NEWSLETTER Spring 2017 The longest spring term for a while is coming to a conclusion, having packed even more than usual into the 13 weeks. For Year 11 there is now very little time left before their GCSE exams begin; we wish them all well with Easter School and then the 6 week programme of final exams. Year 11 will be the first year to face the increased number and length of exam papers and the new 9 – 1 grades in Maths and English. The departure of Year 11 will mark the end of an era as our last all-boys year group leaves and we will have all mixed year groups for the first time since the 1970s. We are hoping that this last boys year group will be St George’s most successful….. what a legacy this would leave, as this chapter in the school’s history closes. Currently they are on track to achieve this. Elsewhere in the college, Mrs Orchard is preparing the current Year 10 to take over as prefects this coming summer term and interview for the new roles of Head Girl and Head Boy, alongside the usual Captains, Vice Captains and Senior Prefects. This is a real opportunity for our oldest students to take on leadership roles within the college and demonstrate their maturity across a wide range of areas. Good luck to all our applicants. Our current Year 8 and 9 are considering their KS4 options and choices about subjects they want to pursue in greater depth towards the new GCSEs. These new courses have a greater amount of content and the new grades 8 and 9 represent much more challenging work. Hence we are now studying the courses over 3 years. Our students are really responding well to this extra responsibility and the early assessments completed are very encouraging. Well done to all involved in this significant change. Year 7 are now two terms into their secondary schooling and have settled really well. There are a great number of exceptional achievements across the subjects and some very encouraging attitude grade scores. Their assembly singing is fantastic as well as their recent tutor group assemblies. A great start at St George which needs to be built upon. The term has seen our amazing school production of Oliver with a real cross-section of students from across the year groups. The quality of performance was fantastic – one of the best I have seen in over 30 years attending school productions. A special thank you to the performing arts students and staff who spent hours practising; it was well worth it for the four great performances. As the rest of the newsletter will demonstrate, extra- curricular activities at St George are alive and growing…. giving students the opportunities to extend their experiences and learning beyond the classroom, creating self- confident, articulate and competitive individuals and teams capable of facing any challenge. I have been overwhelmed this year by the number of letters, emails and telephone calls I have received about our students and the values that they model when representing the college. This is something that we should all take a shared pride in: St George Catholic College students as role models to others for their manners, behaviour, tolerance, respect, relationships, spirituality, achievement, independence and enjoyment. Our Aspire values in action! I hope that you enjoy reading this newsletter and the many achievements of our students, not least being in the top 100 schools for progress in the country and 6 th for boys only. We are a high performing college in all aspects of our work. St George is a great place to be together and learn. Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter, to encourage us all to take a break and enjoy some relaxation in what is often some of our best weather of the year. Then we will all re-gather for the Summer Term on Monday 24 th April. Best wishes Graham Wilson Headteacher Keep up-to-date @saintgeorgecc Find us on Facebook, saint george catholic college D I A R Y D A T E S April 26 th Globe Theatre Trip (Year 7) May 3 rd Year 7 Parents Evening 4 th & 5 th Year 10 Retreat (12 students) 26 th Leavers Mass / Early Closure 27 th - 4 th Summer Half Term June 12 th & 19 th Year 6 Transition Days 22 nd Art and Design Showcase 28 th Inset Day / Year 5 Open Day/ Open Evening 6pm - 8.30pm 29 th Sports Presentation Evening 30 th Sports Day July 5 th Year 6 Transition Day/ Evening 6 th Performing Arts Evening 7 th It’s A Knockout (Year 6) 10 th Year 7-10 Presentation Evening 11 th - 14 th Year 7 Camp 18 th Mentoring Day 19 th Reward Trips 21 st Last Day of Term/Early Closure August 24 th Results day September school re-opens: Mon 4 th Staff Tues 5 th Year 7 only Wednesday 6 th All Years Some of these dates might change. Please check our website diary page. Prayer Heavenly God,we pray for the leadership of our school,thanking you for all that Mr Wilson has given and praying for the appointment of his successor.We ask for the presence of your Holy Spirit to guide and bless those who have the task of making this appointmentwith wisdom and discernment, that your will may be done here at St George, as in all things; We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer Amen. St George Catholic V A College, Leaside Way,Southampton, SO16 3DQ, Tel: 02380 322603, Email

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