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Friday Letter - Issue 30

DEAR PARENTS

 

ALTON CASTLE - WHAT A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!A PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH

This is our faith.  This is the faith of the Church.  We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

 

A PRAYER FOR THE ASCENSION

"And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven.  And they worshipped him with great joy."

 

Last week 58 Year 8 students had a wonderful time at Alton Castle, the Diocesan Retreat Centre in Staffordshire.  I have heard from several staff how well the whole group were throughout and I've also read a number of excellent student accounts of their experience.  Thanks to Luke Conaghan who wrote the following: "Alton Castle was a great experience for me.  I explored my faith and strengthened my relationship with God.  It also strengthened my relationship with my friends!  However, it was not all praying - we got to do activities like bike riding, hiking (exhausting) and building catapults for a water fight!  The food was nice and each day we would have breakfast, lunch and dinner and we would say grace before and after meals...."  Well done Luke and all our students.  And well done too to our fantastic staff team four of whom interrupted their stay to attend Year 9 Parents' Evening.  Thank you to Miss Aktar, Mrs Devlin, Mrs Jervis, Mr Miastowski, Mr Smith, Mr Smyllie and Anne-Marie for organising it all.

 

FINAL PARISH MASS - ST JOHN FISHER ON SATURDAY 18 MAY

Tomorrow week, Saturday 18 May we look forward to joining Fr George and the parishioners of St John Fisher Parish, West Heath as we complete the seventh and final leg of the 2012-2013 South Birmingham Deanery Tour.  The Mass takes place at 6.00pm and is sure to be another lovely occasion.  As always, everyone is most welcome to join us and as we have a large number of former St John Fisher students in school we hope for a very good turnout.  Watch this space.

 

YEAR 9 PARENTS' EVENING LAST WEEK

It was good to meet lots of Year 9 students and parents for the final subject based parents' evening of the year last Thursday.  I am sure parents will have taken the opportunity to congratulate their sons and daughters on their achievements so far and also to discuss areas for improvement where necessary.

 

CARL CHINN SHOW - TUNE INTO RADIO WM ON SUNDAY AT 1.00PM

I am pleased to inform you that Mr Ingram, our Marketing and Website manager and I have been invited to appear on Carl Chinn's radio show this coming Sunday to publicise the Golden Jubilee and, in particular, our big day on Saturday 6 July.  Do tune in if you can.  I am reminded of a similar experience last year when Mrs Kelly, our previous Deputy Head told me I had a great face for radio!  Watch this space.

 

NON-UNIFORM DAY NEXT FRIDAY

A reminder that next Friday is a non-uniform day.  Please ensure your son or daughter contributes £1 for the privilege.  The proceeds will go to our Golden Jubilee charity, Brushstrokes.  Thank you.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS REMINDER FROM MRS TAYLOR

Over the Easter holidays the free school meal annual review form was posted home to all students currently receiving free school meals. The deadline to return the form was Monday 29th April. There are still a number of students that have not returned the form. If you would like your child to remain on free school meals please can you return this form as soon as possible If you no longer want your child to remain on free school meals please can you put something in writing or complete the slip at the bottom of the letter? If you have any questions please call the school office on 464 4643.

 

ANOTHER DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE!

Last week I told you about the achievement of former student Emily Gannon.  This week it's a former member of staff.  Congratulations to our former Deputy Head, Greg Horner who four years and 32 exams later is now a qualified doctor.  Congratulations to Greg who I am pleased to say will be joining us on 6 July.

 

A VITAL TIME FOR YEAR 11

This is the time of year when public examinations are very much on our minds.  Naturally, it can be an anxious time for students and their parents so we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.  I must say I have been immensely impressed by Year 11 especially since Christmas.  We have been running lots and lots of additional classes after school and in the holidays too.  And our new Head of English, Miss Doherty, in particular, has raised the bar for numerous students with Saturday morning lessons and early morning sessions too.  They deserve to do well and we expect them to break new records in the summer when the results are published in August.  Of course it is only possible because of the exceptional dedication of some outstanding teachers.  On your behalf I thank them all publicly for their skill and their care.

 

Of course, in addition to wanting our students to achieve the best possible results we also want them to be the best people that they can be and to celebrate their five years at St Thomas Aquinas in the right way.  In September most of them will be joining the sixth form but others will be moving on to pastures new.  We look forward to welcoming all our Year 11 students and their families at our Evening of Celebration beginning with a Mass on Thursday 6 June.  And then there will be great excitement at the Year 11 Prom which takes place in the grandeur of the Bromsgrove Hilton on Friday 21 June.  Watch this space.

 

OGWEN COTTAGE GROUP RETURNS TODAY

We look forward to hearing how our Year 9 group fared at Ogwen Cottage, the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Wales that we have visited for many years.  I am sure that they will have had a wonderful time.  And special thanks to Mr Houston and Mrs Taylor who gave up their Sunday and the Bank Holiday to make it possible.  Full report next week.

 

PARENTS FORUM MEETING ON MONDAY

On Monday we look forward to the next meeting of the Parents Forum.  The main items on the agenda will be discussion of the Multi-Academy Company (MAC) and an update on the Golden Jubilee.  If you would like to come along at 7.00 pm you will be very welcome.

 

GUERNSEY INFORMATION EVENING ON MONDAY

Excitement is beginning to build for Guernsey 2013.  Mr Stephenson and the staff team will be outlining all the arrangements to our Year 7 students and their parents.  The meeting begins at 7.00pm in the Main Hall.  Full report next week.

 

ST JOSEPH'S EVENT TAKES PLACE TOMORROW - EVERYONE IS WELCOME

St Joseph's Table Top Car Boot Sale takes place tomorrow at St Joseph's Primary School, Selly Oak Road.  Everyone is welcome from 11.00am.

 

MARTIN HOUSE PRESENTATION NEXT THURSDAY

We look forward to the next presentation to the Governors which will take place on Thursday 16 May and will be led by Mr Stevens and students from Martin House.  Watch this space.

 

SPORTS RESULTS

Year 8 Boys      STACS Vs Dame Elizabeth won 4 - 0

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to Gregory Hardy from Year 7 (Romero House 4B) who correctly informed us that Ronnie O'Sullivan is the 2013 World Snooker champion which was impressive because Gregory provided the answer before the final was played!  Well done Gregory who wins £10.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

My great hero announced his retirement this week.  We all know who he is but for a possible £10 tell me the name of the next manager of Manchester United.  Email me on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk and don't forget to tell me who you are.

 

Yours sincerely


JIM FOLEY

 

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