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Message from the Headteacher
Once again, I hope you and your families are all keeping well and safe during this third lockdown. Hopefully, we will start to come to the end soon and some positive news is that the R rate in Birmingham is falling. We have also seen fewer positive cases of Covid 19 across the St John Paul II Multi Academy.
One thing we have been asked to highlight is the take up of the vaccine. Unfortunately, in Birmingham, numbers accepting their invites to receive the vaccine is lower than other parts of the country. This page from the NHS is worth reading if you do have questions about the Covid-19 vaccines. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ I would urge all persons who have been invited to take the vaccine.
This half term has been an extraordinary one. Whilst it has come with many challenges, I am nevertheless full of admiration for our community of pupils, parents, families, teachers etc. Despite being apart we have come together to make the best of things with regards to continuing our education as best we can and we should feel proud of this. Nothing can replace being in school and I think that this lockdown in particular has demonstrated just how important normal school life is, not only for our children but for all of us in our community. School is so much more than just a building with whiteboards and textbooks. It is a community of thousands of personal interactions every day between pupils, staff and families.
This was highlighted this week in seeing the year 7, 8 and 9 pupils coming in to school to collect their booklets and resources for next half term. It has been so good to see them all again and we really are looking forward to welcoming everyone back.
Regarding pupils’ return, we are expecting more information possibly over half term and on the 22nd February. We will keep you informed as to our plans once we know more. Likewise, we are expecting information regarding the awarding of exam grades this summer, possibly over half term or soon after. Again, we will keep you up to date once we know more of our plans.
Finally, a big thank you to all the year 9 parents and pupils who have fully engaged with choosing their options for year 10. I hope you have been well informed in making your choices despite the obvious challenges. If you still have queries please do contact Mr Hussey and he will be able to answer all your questions or provide you with the guidance you need.
I hope you are all able to enjoy the half term break. We will not be setting work or providing lessons over this week as I think we all deserve a break and some family time away from screens. Thank you to you all as parents for your continuing support. Myself and the staff are grateful for every positive comment we receive.
Yesterday was the 29th World Day of the Sick and particularly during this time it is important to remember those who are unwell. There are some lovely prayer cards you can access here for all caregivers and for those who are sick:
Kind regards and God Bless
Mr A. Grant