Parent Update 16th January 2023

16th January 2023

Dear Parents,


The start of term has been a really positive beginning to 2023 with lots of activities taking place both within and beyond the classroom. We have commemorated the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and celebrated Epiphany in whole-school assemblies. Year 11 parents evening was last week as was a wonderful trip to the Barbican Theatre in London to see a magical performance of My Neighbour Totoro. All of year 7 were given a free book last week as part of our annual Book Buzz event and today our latest Book Swap event is taking place at lunchtime.


Tomorrow is our next Curriculum Enrichment Day, where pupils will be spending the day focused on an aspect of their personal, social and health education. Most year groups tomorrow are focused in some way on healthy lifestyles, and sixth form is having their annual reflection day. Year 7 parents: please note that year 7 are allowed to come into school tomorrow in PE kit and spend the day in it to speed up the transition between activities. The weather is looking cold. Pupils should wear their school jumper over their PE kit for non-PE parts of the day and we would advise they wear their PE Trackpants rather than shorts. If they do not have Trackpants and would rather not spend the non-PE parts of the day in shorts, they can wear their normal uniform and get changed for the PE parts of the day.


A reminder that Wednesday is an early closure day, with school ending at the end of P4 (2.25pm) rather than the end of P5 (3.25pm). This is to allow for staff development to take place into the evening. All changes to our normal days for the year can be found on our website under Term Dates and School Day.


Thank you to all the parents that responded to our bus survey. We are looking at responses and will use them to communicate with BlueStar buses as they take over the local network as well as consider what support we can give with transport.


Winter Vaccinations

We have received the attached flyer from Southampton City Council which reminds us all to boost our

immunity this winter season against flu & COVID 19. We can check our eligibility and book an appointment using:


Cost of Living Support

Southampton City Council have sent us the attached booklet with advice and guidance on supporting families with the cost of living crisis. You can also find out information at: So:Linked, a Southampton charity which links people to provision, are running a number of drop in sessions to offer advice and guidance. They can also be contacted via their website at Information on those sessions can be found attached.


SEND Survey

The Children, Families and Education part of the council are conducting a survey about SEND provision in the city. You can find the letter about the survey attached.


Online Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for young people in Hampshire

Alongside many schools regionally we are augmenting our mental health provision in the school with Kooth, an online platform which provides a safe, secure means of accessing online emotional health support from a professional team of qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners for ages 11-25 in Hampshire. A letter from Kooth explaining more about what they offer and how your daughter or son can access it can be found attached.


Too ill to come to school?

It's particularly true at this time of year that as parents it can be hard for us to assess whether our child is well enough to be in school or not. There are a number of resources that can support with that:


Job Opportunity: Education Administrator


The Catholic Academies and Schools Office (CASO) are seeking to appoint an administrative assistant for 30 hours a week, 9.00 – 4.00pm term time only (39 weeks).


CASO provides support and advice on all matters to do with the Catholic life of our 70 schools and academies. This ranges from the recruitment of school leaders, governors, and directors to the training and on-going support for teachers and leaders, as well as liaison with all statutory bodies involved with our schools. You would act as the first point of contact for our schools. No two days are ever the same.

The post holder will be responsible for managing; the recruitment process for foundation governors and directors, the arrangements for all courses and events, and the casoportsmouth website, as well as general administrative support for the team. Training will be provided for all the processes involved in the role.


We are looking for an organised, approachable, self-motivated individual with excellent administrative and communication skills.  You will be working with a small friendly team located within the larger administrative department of the diocese, in recently refurbished offices with free parking in the heart of the city.


This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants variety in their work and the flexibility of not working during the school holidays.


Hours: Permanent (following a 6 month probationary period: 30 hours per week (9.00 – 4.00pm). Term time only (39 weeks per year)

Place of work: St Edmund’s House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3HQ

Salary: £12,296  per annum depending on skills and experience.

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on 27th January 2023

Interviews will take place on:  3rd February 2023

Start date: 6th March 2023 or sooner if available


For a Job Description and details of how to apply or to arrange an informal chat about the role please contact:


God Bless

James Rouse


Telephone: 023 80328200 Email: