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Hello and welcome to the Summer edition of our Trust newsletter. There is so much to celebrate around the Trust from this academic year. The end of term is bringing a host of fun activities such as sports days and school productions, as well as a chance for students to attend the many transition days – from school starters, moving up year groups, progressing to Secondary and heading up into the 6th Form. The Transition Mass was a very special celebration for the Trust, as was the Leavers’ Mass with Bishop Peter (read all about it on p3). Best wishes to our leavers as they venture on to pastures new. We are proud of our students, who have worked incredibly hard for their tests and exams this term. We look forward to celebrating A-Level and GCSE successes over the Summer. This year, we have provided further opportunities for staff across the Trust to collaborate and share ideas. Many departments across the Trust now work together and meet regularly, which has had very positive outcomes. Thank you to the Senior Leadership teams from all of our Trust schools for meeting together as we embark on our leadership support and development journey together. The Trust has been busy with new building and improvement works, which are soon to be completed at St John Rigby and St Thomas More, in time for the new academic year in September. Take a look at the back page for further details. I hope you all enjoy a very happy and well deserved Summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back in September. Mr Tony Bishop, Executive Principal @TonyBishopBCS

Toilets, bees, goats and mosquito nets are just some of the things that children at St Joseph's and St Gregory's purchased recently, in support of people overseas in need. The whole school took part in CAFOD's Give it up project, organising a breadth of fundraising activities. The Mini Vinnies (part of the Chaplaincy Team) offered a weekly Soup Kitchen, while other year groups sold water, ran raffles and competitions, made bread and smoothies and took part in sponsored activities to raise as much money as possible for the project. Pupils and parents across our school community responded very generously. In total, £2035 was raised, which will be match-funded by the government, to give a total of over £4000! Headteacher, Lisa Sumpter said: "This is a remarkable achievement! The children have worked very hard over a six-week period to raise a large amount of money. Whether they are Reception age or in Year 6, they have showed ingenuity and passion.”

form teacher. Art was my favourite subject and she encouraged me to study fashion design. I studied at Barnfield College Anne-Marie is a and had a local artist, successful early creator and career in the curator of art fashion industry spaces in Bedford, before moving over who attended St to art.

Joseph’s Lower, St Congratulations on Bede’s Middle the sale of Ma’ay and St Thomas to the CEO of More. Britvic, you must have been very proud! AMS: I was really thrilled. I have also made stamp art commissions for head offices of Yeo Valley and The Great Dairy Collective.

What is your favourite memory from school? AMS: I don’t have one favourite memory but I still have some very good friends that I made at school. There is a special bond you have with Anne-Marie delivers people you have local art workshops for grown up with. adults looking to try Which teacher inspired you to take the arts as a career? AMS: Mrs Pendlington, my

their hand at something new (e.g. felt, printing, origami and ceramics). Visit the website for details.

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discussions from new exam structures, two tier changes and funding.

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Thank you to pupils, parents, staff and governors for the messages of support and goodwill since my departure was announced. It was a tough decision to leave a position of such privilege. In four years, I have worked closely with hardworking, energetic pupils, with talented, committed staff and with wonderfully supportive and caring parents. There are too many memorable moments to mention. Perhaps the memorable moments are those where smiles feature prominently. A little trawl through our website and social media feeds reveals a constant stream of memories; wonderful liturgies, inspirational charity work and fundraising, sporting prowess and great costumes! These moments should make us smile because they are all united by one key thing; children being allowed to be children. I can safely say that the spirit of St John Rigby will always be with me and hopefully help me in my quest to continue to learn and serve our Catholic schools. Finally, I leave St John Rigby in great hands. Mrs McGettigan and all who lead our school bring a relentless drive to secure further improvement.

Bishop Peter visited St Thomas More school in Bishop Peter walked May, in celebration of the Diocesan Year of to each station where he met students and Prayer and Vocation.

staff who shared their story and experience As the Bishop arrived of the station. The stahe greeted our 6th Form tions embraced the Senior Leaders and theme of the Year. Faith Ambassadors who were heading to the An important aspect of the Bishop’s visit was the Church of St Philip & St Leavers’ Service for Year 13. This was a Service of the James to prepare for Word led by Mrs Burgess and Bishop Peter based on the Leavers’ Service. the theme of the Year of Prayer and Vocation. At the Before the service began, we shared with Bishop Peter end of the service, all who had gathered came forward some examples of our invitational approach to prayer and were blessed by Bishop Peter for the journey in the form of Prayer Stations carefully positioned in ahead. A beautiful and poignant moment. different areas of the school and in the prayer room.

IMPROVEMENT AND EXPANSION You may have noticed a hive of building activity this term! We are excited to announce that we will soon have twelve new air-conditioned classrooms in place of the temporary buildings that were there previously on the St Thomas More Secondary site. We look forward to welcoming all STM students back on to one site in Brickhill from September 2018. Follow the school’s Twitter account @STMBedford to see the works progressing. We received a lovely thank you from the children of San Salvador, who were so happy to receive your generous gifts and donations of football and sports kits. Over Easter, all the children and community leaders came together for a large prize giving celebration where the children received certificates and the donations of boots/ football shirts from BCS. The community leaders ensured every child that needed boots or trainers received a pair, whilst others were gifted a football shirt.


We are also pleased to have started the roof replacement and repair work at St John Rigby Primary School. This will also be ready for the new academic year in September.

New block of 12 classrooms at St Thomas More


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