I hope this message finds you well.
The very challenging context that we continue to all live through, makes our ‘Advent’ messages of ‘hope’ and ‘faith’ especially important this year. During this special season, we seek reassurance and strength in these words from the prophet Isaiah: ‘Look, our God is coming to save us’ (Isa 35:4).
Schools in the St Teresa of Calcutta MAC, are busy preparing for the end of term and very much looking forward to the Christmas break!
Here are some examples of the many successes enjoyed in our family of schools during this term:
Well-done to the following pupils in St Joseph’s who have won the ‘King Edwards School, Sports Partnership Girls' football Tournament’: Eliana Year 3 , Yodit Year 4, Rebecca Year 5 and Zevannah,Eldana, Sara and Evelina, all in Year 6! All of the girls and their very proud Headteacher, Mrs Ashley, are delighted at winning this very prestigious annual tournament! Well-done to the Holy Souls‘Climate Hero Team’ of Maribel Jobin, Pippa Winterman and Edward McSharry! The team have provided many ideas about how the school can be more eco-friendly, and are very passionate about how we can help to save our world! Well-done to the ‘Pentathlon Team’ in The Rosary! Children have attended this additional club every Tuesday without fail, to prepare for a regional event and gave their very best in competition! Pupil dedication and commitment was humbling and despite not winning and coming 4th in the competition, pupils returned to school as if they had won the trophy! Well-done to the following pupils at Archbishop Ilsley who have been working with Ms McLaughlin as part of a ‘Black History Focus Group’ within school: Ketia Mipro, Acemea Harris, Katelyn Ezikle, Alexia Jones and Wankunda Silungwe. Pupils have been instrumental in leading conversations about how we learn about and celebrate the heritages of all students within school. Well-done to young musicians atSt Chad’s! The school choir entered the ‘MissioUK’ Christmas video and we’re chosen to be in it! Years 3 & 4 are taking part in the ‘Choral Outreach Concert’ with four other schools. Well-done tothe following Year 10 pupils at Holy Trinity who achieved ‘Gold’ in the ‘Next Generation Citizenship Award’: Ella Boulton, Samya Stephens and Bella Sandher. Pupils presented an idea called ‘Helping Hands’ to a distinguished external audience which included Local MPS.
A wonderful and diverse range of achievements and it just unfortunate that limited space will not allow for me to celebrate more! We are very proud of all of our youngsters, who are inspired to achieve through our MAC motto ‘Dream’ ‘Believe’ ‘Achieve’.
We are very much looking forward to viewing our second annual ‘MAC Virtual Carol Concert’ at 2.15 on Thursday 16th December. Just like last year, we would love you to join us in this celebration of talent and this is an opportunity for us all together, to experience some festive cheer! Please access the concert next Thursday via our Academy Website at http://saintteresaofcalcutta.org.uk.
I will conclude by taking this opportunity to thank you all for your wonderful support of me and our MAC over these past 12 months. As stated previously, I will be stepping aside from my current MAC Leadership Responsibility on December 31st and very much welcome Professor Paul Ryan, who will be leading from January 1st. I look forward to supporting Paul through my Headteacher responsibility at Holy Trinity, as our MAC looks to develop further and positively in the months and years ahead.
On behalf of everyone associated with the St Teresa of Calcutta MAC, I wish you and all of your families, a very peaceful, restful, blessed and happy Christmas season!
With every best wish,
Interim Accounting Officer
9th December 2021
Please bring your family crib / manger scene to church to be blessed on the weekend of 18th/19th December. This is something very special for our children and reminds us that our homes are places where Christ dwells. It is important that every Catholic home has a manger scene as part of our Christmas devotions.
Christmas Masses - Christmas Eve:
Vigil Mass of Christmas 5pm,
Vigil Mass of Christmas 7pm,
Solemn Mass of Christmas Night at Midnight (Carols from 11.30pm).
Mass of the Dawn 8.30am,
Mass of Christmas Day 10am & 12 noon.
As yet, we are NOT anticipating a booking system.
Additional Masses have been provided to safely accommodate as many people as possible.
We ask that people bring and wear a face-mask or covering unless exempt and provide track and trace details to our stewards.