Parent Update 4th March 2022

4th March 2022

Dear Parents,

 

As we begin the season of Lent, we reflected in our Ash Wednesday liturgy on the importance of repentance and renewal. After the last few years, the chance to reset and renew is very compelling as we set our eyes towards a post-pandemic world. As we do that, we recommit ourselves as a school community to God and our LSU values of simplicity, hospitality, openness and warm relations. It was lovely to be able to share in the ashing on Wednesday with so many of our students who gave up their breaktime to come and make that commitment anew.

 

Lent is a time for us to renew ourselves to prayer, fasting and almsgiving, and we are having special weeks to focus on each of these over the rest of the half term leading up to our Passiontide Service before the Easter holiday. To focus on almsgiving for a moment, in response to what has been taking place in Ukraine, one of our members of staff, Mrs Browne, put out a box in the staff room for any items that staff wanted to donate. The response was overwhelming, resulting in two full car loads over the week of items which were donated to the Polish Club in Portswood, including tents! Our LSU values of Openness and Hospitality and the Gospel Value of Charity being very evident. My thanks to the staff for their generosity

 

You may have seen the email earlier this month from our Chaplaincy Team about praying as a community. If you would like to join the school's prayer mailing list to receive our prayer updates and also to get involved more with our Lent activities, then click on this link to sign up. This is open to absolutely everyone in the school community.

 

We always love to hear from parents and there are a number of examples of how to give your views below.

 

Clubs, trips, chaplaincy and careers (and lockers!) survey

On the 18th February we sent out a survey to parents to get your views on a whole range of aspects of our school work within and beyond the curriculum. There's also a few questions about lockers too. Thanks to all those that have responded so far. The survey runs until the 11th March and can be found by clicking here: Clubs, Trips, Chaplaincy and Careers Survey

 

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

The above policy is due to be reapproved by the Governing Body.  The school does not intend to make any changes to this policy, which can be found here.  If any parents wish to comment on the policy, please could they do so by email to consultation@st-annes.uk.com by

 

Mental health

The latest Southampton Mental Health Newsletter can be found at: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/835684770/. Did you know that St Anne's has our own Mental Health nurse that we employ directly to support our pupils, and we are looking to extend our provision even further in the future.

 

Saliva Testing

Our regular reminder that we continue to offer saliva testing for anyone that would like to complete it every Monday and Thursday. We still have lots taking part despite the national decision to stop expecting twice weekly testing, so thank you for your continued vigilance. Please do keep testing. Case numbers are very low at the moment.

 

God Bless

James Rouse

Headteacher