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Thank you and good luck to Anne - 11 April 2014

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Today Mrs Anne Allen leaves our school after 12 years of loyal service in our kitchen and 30 years in all with Citiserve. We wish Anne a long and happy retirement.Mr ... [Read more]

Easter Mass – 10 April 2014

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On Thursday 10 April we gathered as a whole school community to celebrate the faith of our school together. We are very familiar with wonderful celebrations of Mass in many different settings but yesterday's was truly exceptional. Mrs Cooke called for reverence from everyone before we started and that is certainly how the whole school responded. At the start of Mass students processed with cloth, a crown of thorns, a hammer and nails and accompanying candles, with which they dressed a cross. The accompanying words painted a picture of Jesus' final journey of Good Friday to his Crucifixion. It was ... [Read more]

Governors Awards Evening - 10 April 2014

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Last night saw our sports hall was filled to capacity and transformed into something akin to a scene from Hollywood as we gathered for our annual Governors' Awards Evening. Students, Parents, Staff, Governors and invited guests dressed to impress and enjoyed a vibrant array of musicians and singers from across the school. A special thank you to Pete Robertsand well done to everyone who picked up an award or demonstrated their skills as a performer.   Mr WoodWebsite Editor... [Read more]

'Be Outdoors' at the Botanical Gardens – 8 April 2014

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On Tuesday 8 April, a group of Year 9 students completed a series of workshops at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston focusing on preserving habitats, plant propagation and protection of insects. Our representatives fully enjoyed the practical activities designed to support the Biology content of the Core Science GCSE and were excellent ambassadors for our school. A particular highlight was the delight shown by our students in their artistic construction of an insect hotel and the discovery and identification of freshwater invertebrates. Mrs BurleyTeacher of ... [Read more]

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition to Clun - 5 April 2014

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In the early hours of last Saturday morning a group of 10 staff and 26 students headed off to the Welsh Borders to undertake one of their practice Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions. For each of the three days the groups walked for over 15km in some pretty inclement weather, but the expeditionists held firm and did not let this get in their way. It was incredible to see how resilient the students were and hopefully the vast majority will make it through to the final practice expedition in the Dark Peaks at the end of June this year. Thanks especially to all ... [Read more]

School Production 2014 Launch Day – 4 April 2014

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Last Friday the Performing Arts Faculty launched our next school production. There had been a lot of speculation but on Friday at 9.00am, all became clear. Our next production will be ‘Little Shop of Horrors'. For anybody not familiar with the show, the story is about a down and out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers the powers of an exotic plant. It is a comedy rock musical, told in the musical style of early 1960s Rock and Roll, D-Wop and early Motown. The initial interest from students was incredible. Over 200 hundred students turned up to ... [Read more]

Trip to Aberdovey - April 2014

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Outwardbound's original Centre, set up at Aberdovey in 1941, was the venue for our week-long residential course. Twelve students from Year 7 were given a wonderful chance to take part in a range of outdoor activities, team challenges and personal experiences. The group was accompanied by Mr.Smyllie and Mrs Ryan. After weeks of meetings, phone calls, paperwork and haranguing people for slips and medical forms, the day arrived. The party boarded the minibus and headed off towards wildest Wales. Everybody had been warned that they must be able to carry their own bags since the site was built on a hill ... [Read more]

Fisher House Mass - 3 April 2014

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It was a real privilege to lead Fisher House in their House Mass on Thursday morning. We were really grateful to Fr Jan for finding yet more time in his very busy schedule - he was in school on Tuesday evening for our Family Mass as well - to help Fisher House celebrate mass as part of Lent. The theme of the mass was the gifts of the Holy Spirit which typify Fisher House and everyone sang, read and prayed wonderfully well together. It really was a lovely occasion. Mr Foley thanked all the students and tutors - Mrs Burls, Mrs Wiggins, Mi... [Read more]

Forward Thinking at Birmingham University – 31 March 2014

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On Monday 31 March, I had the pleasure of accompanying a group of Year 9 students to Birmingham University. The students are part of the Forward Thinking Programme - a project that encourages students to explore the benefits of Higher Education. On our arrival, we were met by our Birmingham University Student Ambassador, Lexi, who looked after us for the day. Our first task involved ice-breaking exercises, including a competition to see who could make the furthest flying paper aeroplane, to enable everybody to get to know the students who were there from other participating schools. This was followed by ... [Read more]

Charity Fun Run – 27 March 2014

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On Thursday 27 March 2014 staff and students got together to raise funds for their house charities with a sponsored walk along the ‘Yellow Brick Road'.Students and staff donned fancy dress costumes and makeup for a fun walk. There were some spectacular costumes - Mr Smyllie dressed as a fairy, Mrs McGinley disguised as a Banana, Mrs Bayliss dressed as a clown and our very own leprechaun Ann Leslie amongst many others. All houses, year groups and faculties were well represented and our local Police Community Support Officers led the way.This is just one of many fundraising activities currently being undertaken ... [Read more]

An ‘Electric’ Day for Year 12 – 26 March 2014

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The Year-12 Media Studies students enjoyed the ‘freedom' and exclusive use of The Electric Cinema on Wednesday March 26. We were able to explore the workings of the oldest working cinema in this country and listen to a very interesting pre-film discussion by manager Sam. After this the students sat back in the luxurious surroundings to appreciate an example of contemporary science-fiction: Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus. It was not only a fabulous enrichment activity but the visit, discussion and film form a crucial part of their exam case study on Institutions and Audiences. It was also fantastic that the students have ... [Read more]

Hi Tea - 25 March 2014

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On Tuesday 25 March, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Loughrey of John Paul and Bosco Houses invited staff members to afternoon tea. Tickets were on sale at £5 each to raise money for the House Lenten charities, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Make A Wish Foundation and they soon sold out as staff knew that this would be an event not to be missed. They were not wrong. Mrs Harrison and Mrs Loughrey had decorated the Billie Jayne Centre in the style of a vintage tea party with bunting and china crockery that would not look out of place at a ... [Read more]

Retreat to Dovedale House – 25 to 28 March 2014

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On Tuesday 25 March 28 students from Year 10 and 3 staff set out for a ‘Soli House' style retreat to Dovedale House in North Staffordshire. The new Soli House isn't open until later this year, so Dovedale House, owned and run by the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, is being used as a temporary home. The 28 students did not know what to expect from the retreat - what they got was fun challenging activities, quiet reflections and discussions on faith, that sometimes caused great hilarity and also challenged their thinking. The workshops they took part in included students bidding ... [Read more]

Crazy Socks and Tights Day - 21 March 2014

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On Friday 21 March, we celebrated World Down Syndrome Awareness Day by wearing crazy socks and tights to school. Many students and staff took part in the event to increase awareness of the condition and raise money for a local support group 'Ups and Downs'. The event was a great success thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of our school community. Thanks to everyone who took part. Mrs SiddallTeacher of ... [Read more]

BCP Key Stage 5 Debate Competition – 21 March 2014

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On Friday 21 March, I accompanied three of our senior students who were taking part in the Birmingham Catholic Partnership's Key Stage 5 debate competition. The students proposed the motion ‘Students should be held legally accountable if bullying results in the victim's death'. Haydn Cadogan (Year 12) spoke first with confidence and aplomb. He was followed by Alexander Davis (Year 13) who had the difficult task of seconding the motion despite the absence of our competitor! Both students performed brilliantly and despite not winning the event, our planned speech was pronounced the best of the afternoon. From a personal point ... [Read more]

St Thomas Aquinas Jubilee Anniversary
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SATURDAY 6 JULY 2013 - WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DAY!

 

It is nearly three years ago when we began to think about the fact that St Thomas Aquinas School would be 50 years old in 2013.  We began to map out a series of events to take place throughout the calendar year 2013 and, as we know, it all began with our School Mission beginning appropriately on our Feast Day, Monday 28 January.  It was an incredible week that none of us will ever forget and we will continue to be blessed by the experience for many years to come.  The Mission was wonderful but it was only one amongst several events to mark our special year.

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