News from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers

It is hard to believe we are approaching the half way mark of our first year in our new home on Long Lane. For me, I will long remember the outstanding Official Opening Ceremony of the new College campus in September 2014, when we gathered together to dedicate, offer thanks and look to the future of our college community. The college continues to be a vital part in the education, support and the imparting of high standards to the young people in our care.

After half term we are heading towards the examination season and I would ask all parents to ensure that their son or daughter are putting in at least 2 hours of study each night for their GCSE examinations and a minimum of 3 hours for those studying for A Levels.

We are fast approaching the season of Lent and I ask you all to remember, reflect and act on the themes of this wonderful season in the church's year. Lent is about caring, sharing and doing in our daily Christian life, so let us make the very best of those 40 days.

Over the next few months I will be leading a team of professionals to help support another school community that is part of the Liverpool Archdiocesan family of schools. De La Salle School in St Helens finds itself in need of support, encouragement and further development in its academic life. I have been asked by the Director of Education for the Liverpool Archdiocese to take the lead role at De La Salle School for a short time. I will be combining my role as Headteacher of Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College whilst also working with the community of De La Salle School, St Helens for two days each week.

I know that the outstanding contribution by the staff and senior leadership team in the development and success of Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College will allow me to show, by example, that we are a community that will support, care and share our knowledge, skills and expertise with others.

Perhaps this is best summed up when the founder of the De La Salle order said, “Example makes a much greater impression than words”.

Please pray the College prayer, the Our Father, asking God to continue to bless our work here and that the De La Salle School community will develop with a renewed sense of direction and achievement.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Every success and blessing to you in the coming months.

Paul Dickinson
Headteacher