OFSTED Inspection, November 2018


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Year 7 Bell Heath Camp

On a wet and windy Monday morning, 89 Year 7 students assembled in the small dining room, not realizing what was in store for them. Some of them had obviously taken into account the weather but for most students, it was a case of them dressing as if they were heading into Birmingham to do a bit of shopping. After an initial briefing from teachers, the students boarded the coach, ready for the adventure to begin.

We arrived at Bell Heath and the weather can only be described as cold, miserable and very wet. However the students were in good spirits, ready for the activities to start. The students were split into 2 groups, one group on site doing team-building activities and one group walking around the Waseley Hills.

The on-site group took part in various activities including Bouldering Wall, Orienteering, Low Ropes and Archery. The off-site group followed Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh routes that were ably led by staff and 6th Form students. We were even blessed having 3 girls who left last year, coming back to help out.

Thankfully the weather brightened up for the evening but not before we cooked a mammoth BBQ for over 120 people. The 6th formers entertained the students for the remainder of the evening, which involved a massive game of kick ball rounders.

Fortunately the weather was a lot better for Tuesday and the groups swapped, meaning they were tackling new challenges. The day finished with all students very tired and exhausted from lack of sleep and using up all their energy on the activities.

This type of event was a first for St Thomas Aquinas and it may now become a regular calendared event in future years. I would like to thank all the staff at Bell Heath for their support and for allowing us to use their fabulous facilities.

This could not have happened without some key staff giving up their time. Thank you to the following 6th form students: Kieran Snowe, Chris Pakes, and Phillip Cadogan. We were also privileged to have the company of former students and I would like to thank Emily Monaghan, Gerry Grandon and Emma Sargeant. Finally, thank you to the staff involved: Mr. Flood, Mr. Houston, Mr. Seemlier, Miss Jordan, Mr. Keegan, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Todd, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Burham, Mr. Baker and Mrs. Taylor.

Mr McInerney
Head of Newman House


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