The Education Service

School Bulletin: October 2012

From Paul Barber


Paul Barber

Director of Education

020 7798 9005

The Year of Faith – Important Message from Archbishop Vincent

A video message from Archbishop Vincent to all schools is now available:

You are requested to do all you can to ensure that all pupils have an opportunity to watch the video.

We alert you to a resource that may be of use as your school community prepares to celebrate the Year of Faith. It is a song entitled 'This is the Year of Faith' that could be used for School Choirs or other music groups. It is a free resource. The music, as well as some demo recordings and a backing track are all available via the link below. 

Attached to this bulletin, you will find a copy of a Press Release from the Diocese of Westminster detailing the activities and plans for the Year of Faith. Please bring this to the attention of all in your community.

Foundation Governor Appointments

For many years the administration of the appointment of governors has been co-ordinated by Monica Fuller. At the end of last term Monica left the service of the diocese suddenly and unexpectedly. As an interim measure, Ian McGibbon took on the role, but soon afterwards became critically ill. We are pleased that Ian is making good progress but it will be a considerable time before we could expect to see him back at work. Please remember Ian in your prayers. A new appointment, Christine Murphy ( has just begun to familiarise herself with the task and work her way through a considerable backlog of work. We have every confidence that a full and efficient service will soon be in place.

In the meantime, we ask for your understanding if matters are not being progressed as quickly as they should be. Please accept our apologies.

Contact: Christine Murphy, Foundation Governor Coordinator


Pupils and students from schools in the three Catholic dioceses of London (Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster) were invited, as part of the ‘100 days of Peace’ initiative, to write a speech for the closing ceremony of either the Olympic or Paralympic Games. (The closing date at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year preceded the opening of the Games.) Prizes were to be awarded for the most engaging and relevant entries in Primary (8-11year olds) and Secondary (11-19 year olds) categories. Asked to imagine giving the closing speech, entrants needed to promote the principal criteria of peace, unity and community, while referencing the cardinal virtues, and the virtues found in the Olympic movement. 

After much discussion and debate the judging panel announced the winning entry for each category as:

Mairead Heneghan, Year 6, St. John Fisher School, Perivale. PRIMARY

Serena Gray, Year 7, St. Augustine’s Priory School, Ealing. SECONDARY

The winning entries managed to convey a clear desire for peace as a legacy of the Olympics and the power of the games in bringing people together, as Mairead writes: ‘The Games have not only been a gathering of nations but a unity of our world today.’ Serena also paid tribute to those who made the Games such an impressive experience: ‘The athletes, coaches, friends, families, fans, doctors, cleaners and judges have all taken part in this historic event and made it special, successful and peaceful.’

Much was made of the sporting and structural legacies to be founded by the Games of London 2012. Together with this we would hope that the virtues and values promoted during the ‘100 Days’ and so evident in the sporting endeavours, the volunteers and the country at large may continue to ‘inspire a generation’ to greater acts of peace, love and service.

The two prize winners will be invited to read their speeches at the Mass to conclude the ‘100 Days of Peace’ on Sunday 28th October at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Thank you to all of the schools whose pupils submitted entries.

To read more about the ‘100 Days of Peace’ and to continue working on the legacy see:; Contact:

Towards Leadership of a Catholic Primary or Secondary School

Succession planning is of great importance to our schools, especially in circumstances where we are seeking excellent Catholic leaders. This academic year there are three days for those seeking to move into leadership. The first of these is specifically for people who are Catholics and currently teaching in non-Catholic schools. The course is on Saturday, 13th October 2012 at Vaughan House. It will provide information on the distinctive nature of senior leadership and management in our schools. The second and third days are on November 30th 2012 and February 8th 2013. Both these days are also at Vaughan House and will provide invaluable information for those who are already in Catholic schools and moving towards leadership.  

Please contact Josephine Lewis email; tel. 020 7798 9005.

Primary Deputy Head Teachers’ Forums

The following is a list of dates and venues for the forums this term:

6th November 2012Vaughan House

9th November 2012Hendon

15th November 2012Niland Centre, Bushey

These forums will give an opportunity to update Deputy Head Teachers on the many aspects of their role and allow the sharing of good practice.  

Please contact Josephine Lewis email;  tel. 020 7798 9005

Diocesan Inspection

The new Diocesan Framework for Inspection has been approved by the Education Commission.  It will shortly be published and made available to schools along with the Handbook for Inspection, which offers guidance to inspectors and schools on the inspection process. This  has been extensively revised as a result of the pilot. Both these documents, the Framework and the Handbook, will be on the website by half-term, along with the Diocesan SEF, Report template, Evidence Forms and parental questionnaire. Until then, schools are asked to continue to use the pilot materials already on the website.

Contact: Sister Mary Jo Martin, 

Admissions for Priests*

There will be a session on School Admissions on Wednesday 28th November 2012 from 2.00 - 4.00pm. at Vaughan House. Please encourage your parish priest (and any other priests who sign reference forms for you) to attend this course. It is vital that we all follow the same procedures and use the same form. 


By 31/10/12Draft 2014-2015 Admissions Arrangements with Governors’ Admissions Committee. Sent draft Arrangements to Diocese. Schools will be advised if consultation is necessary.

1/11/12 – 28/02/13Consultation (where necessary) for 8 weeks during this period.

28/02/13Schools to post appeals information on website by this date.

28/02/13-12/04/13Admissions Committee make any amendments to policy following Diocesan advice and consideration of any representations received. Policy taken to governors for determination. NB. 14/04/13 is in the Easter holidays so it should be done before Easter.

By 14/04/13Send determined policy to LA and copy to Diocese. Put policy on school website.

May 2013Check LA website to ensure correct version of policy is displayed.

Please contact Mary Ryan email;  tel. 020 7798 9005

Correction to the last Bulletin

We apologise for omitting two Acting Headteachers from the list of appointments published in the last bulletin:

Clare Webber at St James’ Primary School, Twickenham

James Lane at the Federation of St Frances de Sales Infant & Junior Schools, Haringey 


May they Rest in Peace

Please pray for: Sr Francesca Flanagan RIP - Born 1927 - died Thursday 20th September 2012

Buried Wednesday 26th September 2012; Former Head Teacher at The Annunciation, Burnt Oak


Sr Anthony O’Shea RIP - born 25th June 1919 - died Friday 21st  September 2012. Buried: 2nd October 2012 former Head Teacher at St Michael’s, Garston

Good News Slot

(Please note: this section of the bulletin consists of good news which have been sent in from schools around the diocese.  It may well be that others have achieved similar awards or success and, if so, we congratulate them too!)

St. Aloysius Infant School, Camden Year 1 and 2 pupils gained joint first in the Food Growing section of Camden in Bloom.  St Joseph’s Primary School, Macklin Street, Camden  have achieved the Camden Award for Inclusion for the outstanding way they meet the needs of all their pupils.