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ST MARGARET WARD

CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Principal: Mr. C. E. Smith. B.A. M.Ed.           
Little Chell Lane
Tunstall
Stoke on Trent
ST6 6LZ
Telephone:   01782 883000
Pupil Absence Line:   01782 883003
24th March 2016
 
 
Dear Parents,
 
After a very short spring term, we have arrived at Holy Week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy Easter.  It is a particularly important time for Year 11, 12 and 13 students as they prepare for public examinations and I am sure they will be revising hard over the holiday.
 
I am continually impressed by the overwhelming majority of our pupils who display enthusiasm, respect, determination to succeed and cheerful good humour.  In order to keep the focus on teaching and learning for all, I wish to remind you of some of our rules and expectations ahead of the new term and keep you informed of changes that will be implemented after Easter.
 
For pupils in Y7, 8 and 9 we introduced lockers last term, so that they would not have to walk around with bags all day.  Those lockers have all been emptied over the last few days, as the lockers are being fitted with new locks and keys.  They will be re-allocated next term.  Rather than issuing a padlock, pupils will be issued with a key. 
 
Thank you for your co-operation in getting the children to school on time, especially when the traffic can be so difficult in the mornings.  Please remember that the pupils can arrive at school at any time from 7.30am and be supervised in the dining room.  Obviously, punctuality is a quality valued by employers, so we are trying to persuade those who arrive late to get here on time.  Please be aware that anyone who arrives after 8.45am will be issued with a one hour detention that same evening.  You would be contacted by Schoolcomms. so please ensure that we have up-to-date mobile numbers and e-mail addresses.
 
As usual at this time of year, I ask for your continued support in ensuring that your children wear the correct school uniform.  Standards can drop as the weather gets warmer, so I am sure you will work with us in ensuring that all pupils are wearing their uniform properly.  The most common issues are;
 

 

  • Skirt style (no stretchy fabric) and length (must be knee length)
  • Black shoes (not canvas or trainers)
  • No visible make up, nail varnish or hair dye and no shaved or lined hair cuts
  • Grey trousers (not black)
  • Hoodies are not allowed in school
  • Jewellery, other than a watch and one pair of stud earrings, should not be worn
Also, please note that the usual stringent rule applies regarding mobile phones.  They should not be seen or heard for the entire school day, including break and lunchtime, or they will be confiscated.
 
Finally, during Lent, we have tried to prepare for this week as we commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of our saviour, Jesus Christ.  In sharing our human condition, our vulnerability and mortality, Jesus offers each one of us the promise of eternal life, so that we may live with love, joy and hope.  May you be blessed with love, joy and hope at this special time of year.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Mr C E Smith

 

 

 

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