Vicar’s Letter February 2017

I’d like to welcome to Madeley and Betley Lee Nixon, the new Academy Principal at Madeley High School.

Lee was kind enough to get in touch with me before he took office officially so that we could talk about MHS and our community.

“Our” High School alongside “our” Primary Schools are such a vital resource, not just to the young people of our village but to us all.  I believe that it is in all our interests that Madeley High is a thriving, energetic and creative place which encourages our young people to aim high and to get the best education that they can and, talking to Lee, I know this is his ambition.

And to this end, may I encourage you to pray for all the staff and young people of our local schools and their families. Education has never been the sole domain of “teachers” – we all have a role to play in encouraging and inspiring our youngsters through our interest and by sharing what experiences we have with them.

In a world which can be full of negativity and cynicism, it is so vital that our young people have a sense of hope and possibility for their future. How are they going to get that? By having people around them (ourselves included) who believe in them (as I believe God believes in them and cherishes them).

Jesus himself made children a priority. He pressed upon his followers how important it was to help youngsters to flourish and to grow to their full potential. May we be a part of that encouragement and work to support our local teachers in whatever way we can.  Welcome Mr Nixon, how can we help?

Peter Chantry

About Stephen

Lay Chair of All Saints' Church Council and Treasurer. Retired Head of University Secretariat at Keele, Secretary of North Staffs Classical Association, Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, former Woore Parish Councillor & Vice-Chairman of Woore Neighbourhood Plan Team, now complete. Chairman of Sir John Offley's Almshouse Trust, Madeley.
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