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Guernsey 2014

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Herm Island Tuesday 15 July 2014 @ 20:48 The day started with Miss Meally's duty group serving up breakfast to the rest of the camp, which went down very well as we all anticipated the long day ahead. Then began the usual rowdy minibus journeys to St Peter Port where we all caught the ferry across to Herm island. Sun cream was applied all round as the sun was shining once again, however, this did not impact the freezing temperature of the sea. The first beach we visited was Belvoir Bay, which was enclosed by a beautiful cliff face. Of course, we co... [Read more]

Sports Awards 2014 - 18 July 2014

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It was a great pleasure to complete the academic year with the whole school celebrating our Sports Awards and House Competitions in the sports hall on the last day of term.   House Champions 2013-14 Congratulations go to Mrs McGinley and Romero House as House Champions for 2013-14, the third time they have lifted the cup. Well done to Martin House as runners up and Teresa House in 3rd. Summer House Champions 2014 Congratulations go to Miss Lattimer and Martin House as Summer House Champions for 2013-14. Well done to Newman House as runners up and Teresa House in ... [Read more]

End of Year Mass and a farewell to Mr Foley - 18 July 2014

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On Friday morning we came together as a school community to thank God for our school year. As this was Mr Foley's last school Mass as Headteacher we gave special thanks for all Mr Foley has done for the school in his 21 years service. Straight after Mass Mr Foley asked the community to show their appreciations the staff who have given many years of service to the school, Mr Gaunt, Mrs Carroll and Mrs Price. It was then Mr Foley's turn to be thanked and representatives from every House and Year 13 presented Mr Foley with a book with pictures and ... [Read more]

Trip to Taizé - July 2014

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On 5 July, eight of our sixth form students took part in the annual visit to Taizé in France. Our students joined 3000 other young people from all over the world who come to spend a week living in community with the Brothers of Taizé.   The Taizé community share a life of simplicity and prayer following the example of Brother Roger who founded the Community of Reconciliation in the years following World War II.   During the week students commit themselves to join in the community prayer three times a day when thousands of young people come to the chapel. Prayer is centred ... [Read more]

Mass of Thanksgiving - 16 July 2014

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On Wednesday evening I was deeply moved by the wonderful Mass and the celebration that followed. I was able to meet lots of parents there and to thank them in person for all that they have given me in my time in the school. There are many things that I am proud of about our school but one of the real highlights was the privilege of being one of you - a parent of students in our school. Christina and I were delighted to send our three children to St Thomas Aquinas not because I was headteacher but because it ... [Read more]

Sports Day - 15 July 2014

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On Tuesday 15 July students from Year 7, 8 and 9 along with all staff travelled to Tudor Grange Athletics Stadium in Solihull for the infamous "STACS Sports Day". The sun was shining, faces were painted and the banners were flying for each house. As students settled into the stands ready for the day to start you could feel the hum of excitement and nervous energy as Mr Foley said our opening prayer at his final Sports Day. With a new online signing up system this year, students were already prepared with what events they were competing in. The students contended ... [Read more]

Year 10 Mock Interviews – 14 July 2014

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On Monday 14 July, Year 10 took part in their preparation day for their mock interviews on Tuesday. They learnt about interview skills and first impressions and were taught how to complete job application forms. They also produced a CV to present at the interview. Well done to the year group on that day for their excellent co-operation and behaviour. Many thanks to the 16 members of staff involved in the day.On Tuesday, 18 business people came into school to carry out the mock interviews. The students came into school for a one and a half hour session, during which ... [Read more]

What's On South Brum - 7 July 2014

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Bored this summer? Not likely!! On Monday 7 July, students from Year 7, accompanied by their teachers, attended a roadshow on the playground organised by the Factory in Longbridge. Youth workers were on hand to share advice and ideas of what was on offer to our students with many of these tee of charge. For more information follow their website: www.whatsonsouthbrum.com Mr FloodAssistant ... [Read more]

An Outstanding Induction Programme for Year 6 - 2 July 2014

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We have been delighted with the hectic programme that has taken place over the last two weeks for the Year 6 students who will be joining us as Year 7 in September. The response of parents and children on both Monday and Wednesday evenings last week as they were allocated to their Houses was excellent. And I understand the 58 Year 6 students who went on the three night residential to Wales were outstanding. And this week we had the whole year group with us on Wednesday for their Induction Day which again, I understand, went extremely well. As you ... [Read more]

B30 Foodbank – 4 July 2014

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As part of our ongoing support of the B30 Foodbank, we recently asked students to contribute to a collection of UHT milk, which the Foodbank was particularly short of. As always our students and families responded fantastically and following a week long collection an amazing 530 litres of milk were delivered to the Foodbank last Friday afternoon. The staff from the Foodbank were totally overwhelmed with the generosity of our families and thanked us for all our support. Special congratulations go to Romero House, who collected a massive 175 litres of milk from their house. Anne-MarieLay ... [Read more]

Year 12 Higher Education Week - 4 July 2014

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Higher Education Week got off to an excellent start on Friday 4 July when all of our Year 12 students attended the UCAS Fair at the University of Birmingham. They spent the day looking at what all the universities have to offer them in 2015. Monday began with a talk in school by 'Universities Abroad' and that was followed by a presentation from Northampton University. The students then spent the day searching for appropriate courses and familiarising themselves with the UCAS website. On Tuesday the day started with an assembly by volunteers at Soli House followed by a talk from ... [Read more]

St Thomas Aquinas School Production 2014 - Little Shop of Horrors (1 and 3 July 2014)

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The cast of ‘Little Shop' have now performed on stage this year's production which sees the St Thomas Aquinas stage become a poor, American street known as Skid Row and a flower shop. Set in early 1960s America, the story is about a down and out floral assistant called Seymour who works at Mushnik's flower shop. Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers the powers of an exotic plant. There is, of course, also a love triangle. Seymour falls in love with Audrey but she is already dating a nasty, horrible, dentist called Orin. The cast have been on ... [Read more]

Young Leaders Evaluation Day – 3 July 2014

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On Thursday 3 July I accompanied our 4 Young Leaders to Holy Trinity School for their evaluation day; we spent the day with other Young Leaders from local Catholic schools feeding back about the projects they have undertaken during this school year. All schools who have taken part in the Young Leaders scheme had 5 minutes to feed back on their activities. The schools have been concentrating on projects nominated by CAFOD. Our own Young Leaders fed back about the project they have been supporting: Send All My Friends to School which raises awareness about the lack of primary education for ... [Read more]

Wonderful Family Mass on Wednesday Evening - 2 July 2014

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A big thank you to everyone who supported a wonderful celebration on Wednesday evening. Thank you, as always, to Fr Jan and to everyone who played their part in making it so special. The choir, in particular, sang beautifully in the Communion Reflection and were great ambassadors for all that is best in our school. It was particularly pleasing to see so many former colleagues and friends who came to support three terrific colleagues who are retiring. Mrs Helen Price has been with us for sixteen years as a Teacher of French; Mrs Marie Carroll has been in the school ... [Read more]

OAKS Open Day - 1 July 2014

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On Tuesday 1 July two coach loads of our Year 10 students attended an OAKS open day at Newman University. The main theme was Post 16 Opportunities. The students attended a lecture and then moved to the Sports Hall to visit the stalls of the OAKS college and various apprenticeships and training course providers. They were able to pick up prospectuses and many freebies. As expected, the students behaviour was excellent and we hope this event helped them to understand the numerous opportunities open to them, academically and vocationally, after Year 11. Many thanks to our three student ambassadors Cameron O'Neill, ... [Read more]

Final Friday Letter Quiz

We had a record entry this week for the question - how many "Friday Letters" have I produced in 21 years? The answer is 760 (38 per year for 20 years, I was at another school for one year which makes 760). The nearest was Mickaela Makusha (Year 7 Fisher House 3B) with 818 who wins £25. Well done Mickaela and God Bless You All.

Mr Foley
Headteacher

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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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Anne-Marie, Lay Chaplain

 

 

 

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