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Christmas Message From Mrs Steele

Once again, we have come to the end of a very successful term and the students have achieved so much.  On Friday 7 December we celebrated the feast day of our Patron, St Edmund Campion, and as usual the students proved to be reverent and reflective during the beautiful celebration Mass.  I would like to extend a special thanks to Father Eddie Clare who was the Chief Celebrant. Thanks also to representatives of Governing Body who were present for the service.

The students raised over £750.00 on the non-uniform day on Friday 14 December 2017 to fund the annual VIP (very important pensioners) Christmas luncheon/entertainment on Wednesday 19 December which was full of Christmas cheer.  As usual this was a spectacular event and a very good time was had by all who attended.  The 84 VIPs in attendance were extremely complimentary about our students and requested to be invited again next year.  Sixth Formers organised the afternoon and led the festivities in a variety of ways – escorting visitors, serving meals, clearing tables, etc, and especially ensuring our guests received a warm and hospitable Campion welcome.  The entertainment was excellent and included a rendition of ‘Holy Night’ sung by Courtney and Ester also in the sixth form sang and played her guitar beautifully.  Elvis Presley, Alex O’Connor and Tim Oxley gave superb solo and group performances.  There was a quiz, a raffle, and a special visit from Father Christmas!  I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising this superb afternoon especially our students/staff who raised the funding through the non-uniform day, the Sixth Formers and our caterers, Aspens, who prepared the delicious festive feast.  I would also like to give a special mention to Mrs Turner and Mrs Trinder for their excellent organisation and attention to detail as well as our kind-hearted minibus drivers; Mr Wigley, Mr Reid, Mr Copley and Mr Stevens.

The whole school collected donations of food and non-perishables for the Bethany Food Bank for those in need this Christmas and this was delivered on 19 December 2018

The school staff have been collecting for ‘Mary’s Meals’, an international Charity, which provides basic food for children attending school in some of the poorest parts of the World, in lieu of Christmas Cards to each other.  I thank everyone for their support of our Christmas Charities and kindness at this time of the year in terms of money and time given in the true Christmas spirit.  We all have a responsibility to spread a little happiness and make our World a kinder place. 

A special thanks to all the community who attended and contributed to our annual Carol Service on Tuesday 11 December 2018 held at The Abbey Church.  The talented readers, choir and musicians were extremely well received and raised funds for the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC).  

Today during the House Assemblies, we celebrated the final week of Advent leading up to Christmas Day. During this last week Mr Oxley has been leading the Christmas Assemblies which have been very prayerful.  Students also celebrated the achievements of their House members during the Rewards Assemblies today.  Well done to Francesca Dunne-Burden, Year 11, who designed the winning entry in the annual Campion Christmas Card Competition and to all those students who received Rewards for 100% attendance and to those who demonstrated excellent academic achievement and attitude to learning. 

As we now start planning for the Christmas Holiday and Christmas Day, itself, I do hope that, as parents/carers, you will encourage your son or daughter to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.  It is our duty to proclaim Christ’s birth and to ensure that the real message of Christmas is at the forefront of our hearts and that Christ is at the centre of our Christmas celebration.  Please note the Mass times at our Local Parishes on this newsletter and the school website.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents/carers for your continued support as well as the hard working staff and governors of the school who willing give their time freely to support and attend a variety of school events/activities.  School resumes after the Christmas break for the students on Tuesday 8th January 2018 and full attendance and excellent punctuality by all students is essential to ensure their progress in school.

May this festive season bring a sense of joy and goodwill to you all and let us all pray for peace and reconciliation in our World.

On behalf of everyone at St Edmund Campion School, we wish you, your family and all our students a holy and peaceful Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.

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