Welcome, I am delighted to be writing to you as the newly appointed Acting Head teacher of Holy Family Catholic High School. It is a privilege to take up this position after serving the school for three years as the Deputy Head teacher. Mr Michael Fallon has been appointed as Acting Deputy Head teacher and he joins us from St John Fisher in Dewsbury.
This is an exciting time to take on such a role, as I strongly believe that Holy Family continues to be a truly excellent school. Our pastoral care is regarded as exemplary and once again this summer our academic achievements have continued to go from strength to strength. Holy Family is a place where staff are proud to work, a place which Governors and parents are proud to support and a school to which students are proud to belong.
Holy Family Catholic High School, is a school with a distinct ethos centred upon the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. The dignity of each person is at the heart of Catholic teaching; every student has his or her own individual strengths, gifts and talents; our aim is to ensure that these are all developed to their full potential.
We look for excellence in all aspects of learning and we expect high standards of achievement from all members of the community. We lead and innovate to make learning fun, challenging and distinctive. The relationships between teachers, students and parents are fundamental to the success of the school. Working together, we ensure that students enjoy their time at Holy Family, make outstanding progress and leave us as responsible, well-qualified, mature young people; ready to make a valued contribution to society.
We are looking to present a window into the life of the school, an opportunity to share information and to celebrate our students and their successes and as such I hope that you find the content of our website useful.
Our Open Evening is on Thu 24th September from 6pm onwards and if you are a prospective parent, we would like to invite you to visit our school on that evening. We do feel that our pupils are our real strength and if you would like to witness a working day at Holy Family please contact Mrs J Lemm who will be happy to arrange this for you.
I would like to thank you for your interest in our school and I look forward to the possibility of working together in the future.
As part of Holy Family's ongoing commitment to the spiritual development of our pupils, 15 Year 7 pupils attended a retreat to Myddelton Grange in Ilkley from Monday to Wednesday this week.
It was my privilege, along with Miss Camy, Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Schofield to facilitate this retreat. With a combination of games, activities, discussion and prayer, we spent the time exploring the love God has for each one of us, and the call to share that love with those around us.
Each pupil gained much from the retreat. They were fully engaged, lively, inquisitive and respectful at all times.
On Friday the 4th of March at lunchtime, we had a mass celebrating International Women's Day of Prayer and remembering those women who died for our faith. Members of the parish came to the mass including Margaret Littlewood, who was the president of the Catholic Women's League. After the mass, Beth Walker, and myself Aoifke McGuire France, had the opportunity to talk to her about her immense life filled with many amazing memories. It was lovely to talk to her and was very inspiring, especially as she showed us her medal awarded to her by Pope John Paul. Along with going to Washington to make a speech in front of the whole community of the League, she also donated £30000 to CAFOD as the League is a founder of CAFOD. We truly think she is an inspirational women and we are very thankful for being able to sit down and talk to her.
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