Headmaster's Message - 21st May

Dear Anselmian parents and students,
Today is one of the wettest days I can remember in my 33 year teaching career! I am glad that it is over and I am sure that your sons are as well, except those playing for our Under-17 XV against Wirral GS this afternoon!
We have now completed the final full week of this long half-term because next Friday (28th May) is an INSET Day and the College is closed to all boys except Year 11s taking the Art assessment and Year 13s taking Physics, Theology or Media Studies assessments during the morning. Staff will be marking and moderating Year 13 and Year 11 assessments. Both Year groups are now entering the final week of their assessments, which will count towards their A level and GCSE grades, and the boys have borne the strain very well and are now on their final lap. Miss Baines and Mr Dowse have written respectively to Year 13 and Year 11 parents advising you of the assessments that have been used by teachers to help formulate your sons’ teacher Assessed Grades that we will forward to the Exam Boards for their moderation. They have also advised you of how to bring to our attention any serious circumstances that might have had a significant impact on your son’s performance in these assessments and how to notify us via Microsoft Teams. Please note that the criteria for such variations are very strict and inconsequential absences will be discounted. I will contact you next week with details of our provision for them in June. Years 7-10 and Year 12 have a welcome revision day next Friday.
Our Student Council will be meeting on Wednesday at lunchtime, including for a photoshoot!
As many of you know we dedicate the month of May to Our Lady in the Catholic Church. On Monday, the Feast Day of Mary, Mother of the Church, and National Rosary Day, our SVP will be praying the Rosary at lunchtime, in perfect harmony with thousands of Catholics around the country. The Chapel environment has been further enhanced by the recent gift of a beautiful coloured print of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, donated by our former Chair of Governors Mr James Featherstone, which was blessed on Wednesday by Fr. Bernard Forshaw. We need Our Lady’s prayers and intercession during these challenging times!
With best wishes for a relaxing weekend,
Simon Duggan