This week in our school community: 24 May

This week in our school community: 24 May
Headteacher's Reflections - 24th May 2024

As we go into half term, I wanted to share a wonderful letter from the Principle of The Florence Bilingual School in Italy. A group of students from this school visited us a few weeks ago as part of our International Programme of developing strong global partnerships through immersion visits:


“Dear Saint Gregory’s School

We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for hosting us during our immersion stay. Our time at Saint Gregory’s has been nothing short of transformative, thanks to the warmth and hospitality extended to us by your staff and students alike.

From the moment we arrived, we were embraced by a sense of belonging and inclusion that made us feel right at home. The opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vibrant academic and cultural life of Saint Gregory’s has left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds.

We are immensely grateful for the dedication and support of your faculty and staff, who went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was both enriching and enjoyable. Their passion for teaching and commitment to student success truly sets Saint Gregory’s apart as a place of learning excellence.

Moreover, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to the students who welcomed us into their classrooms with open arms. Your kindness, camaraderie, and willingness to share your knowledge and experiences have made our time here truly unforgettable.

We are confident that the lessons learned, and connections made during our stay will continue to inspire and guide us on our educational journey.

Thank you, Saint Gregory’s, for opening your doors to us and providing an environment where learning knows no bounds. We leave with a profound sense of gratitude and admiration for all that you do to nurture and empower the next generation of leaders and learners.

With sincere appreciation

Leonardo Amulfi Direttore Florence Bilingual School”


These words of appreciation are not only uplifting but are testament to the incredible community of St Gregory's which I am so very proud of. Our International Buddies are real ambassadors for our school and have done an excellent job of looking after our visiting students and forming friendships with them. We have said goodbye to our fourth group of students from Hai Dian School, Beijing, who have been a wonderful addition to the St Gregory's community.

We also keep in mind Mr Robinson and all of our students on the Krakow and Auschwitz pilgrimage; I was fortunate to make this journey a number of years ago with my daughter and we were profoundly moved by the horror but also incredible courage in the stories from the concentration camps. I am sure all students and staff will be changed by this visit and we look forward to this group of pilgrims sharing their experiences with us on their return.

I wish you a very happy half term break, especially our Year 11 and Year 13 students who are in the middle of their public exams. Safe travels to those who are venturing near or far and I hope you all return refreshed on Monday 3 June when Term 6 commences.


Melissa George
Mrs Melissa George (BA Hons, MA, PGCE)