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Big Sleep-Out on Friday 24th April 2015
Fr Simon and St Christopher's parish will be hosting this year's Cornerstone Big Sleep-Out on Friday 24th April 2015 in support of the thousands of people who have to endure sleeping rough on our streets. Even the Bishop of Salford, Rt Rev John Arnold, will be taking part! He will celebrate mass on the Saturday morning after the Sleep-out. We do not set a minimum sponsorship but encourage participants to raise as much as they can. Click on the Cornerstone logo for an application form.
Lent at St Damian’s
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 18.02.15. We receive ashes as a sign we are ready to be forgiven for our sins and start a fresh on our journey with Jesus throughout Lent. During Lent we will be fulfilling our extra Christians duties. For prayer, we are having Reconciliation Services and a chance for all pupils and staff to receive the Sacrament of Penance. For fasting we are having special form time prayers and displays to encourage all members of our community to remember how lucky we are by giving up a luxury they love in order to appreciate what we have. For almsgiving we support Mary's Meals.
St Damian's support Mary's Meals and their 'Backpack Project' during Lent. Mary's Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. For almsgiving we will be collecting stationary and backpacks to provide the essential tools chronically poor children need so they can learn and receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
Preparing for Lent
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A Message from Mr Logue
I would like to share some good news with you. St Damian's have received a letter from Rt Hon David Law MP congratulating us on our improved KS4 results for disadvantaged pupils since 2011. His letter can be found here. St Damian's results show that we have improved in terms of attainment and value-added progress. You can view the Ofsted dashboard here and St Damian's Ofsted reports here.
It is almost a year since we received the really positive Ofsted report that deemed the school as ‘good’. As Headteacher, I was very pleased that the hard work of the committed staff at St Damian’s was externally recognised. I was also delighted that the fantastic pupils of St Damian’s can now proudly boast that they go to a ‘good’ school. Along with my great staff and the pro-active governors we will continue to relentlessly drive forward the school so that we can meet our vision of becoming an ‘outstanding Catholic school’. I have no doubt that working in partnership with our supportive parents we will achieve our vision.
The letter found here is simply an up-date and outlines some important information which I would like to share.
Our Ofsted report can now be viewed here. Whilst you read it I hope that you feel as proud as I do of the many, many positive comments about both the great children and the fantastic staff. These 2 key ingredients, children and staff, are what makes St Damian’s so special and such a good place to be.
Only a few years ago St Damian’s was in Special Measures, we then became a satisfactory school and now is officially a GOOD school. This report is simply the next stage of St Damian’s vision to become outstanding !
Can I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the overwhelming number of parents who, through Parent View, supported the school in such large numbers. This follows on from Parental Questionnaire Returns from parent’s evenings which are almost 100% fully in support of the school. It reassures my staff and me that you have complete faith and confidence in the school, not only now, but in the future, that promises to be very bright.