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“Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God… Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts."
Pope Francis

Dear Parents and Carers,


The words of Pope Francis carry great significance in today’s world. A pandemic, war in Ukraine, political instability and financial hardship are the challenges we are currently facing. 


However, I have great hope that our children will be the people to change our world for the better. I am always proud of the pupils at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School and they have been incredible this year. After 2 very challenging years, your children have shown resilience, determination and teamwork as their education returned to something resembling normality. It has been a long and exhausting year, but there have been some fantastic achievements from the pupils and you should feel very proud of your children.


We have a long and well-deserved summer holiday ahead of us and I hope that everyone will have time to relax, spend time with families and friends and enjoy the rest. School will close for the holidays on Tuesday 19th July at 12.30 and we look forward to welcoming your children back into school from Wednesday 7th September.


Next term will be my final term at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School and I will be working hard to ensure that the transition to new leadership is as smooth and seamless as possible. I will be very sad to leave, having worked at the school since January 2014, but I will take many happy memories with me. Mr Clinton will be taking on the leadership of the school from January 2023 and I know he is very excited about his new role.


May I wish everyone a happy, safe and thoroughly enjoyable summer break.


God Bless


Miss Burrows


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