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Friday Letter - Issue 34

DEAR PARENTS

 

 

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 HOPE
Lord, We have a hope of enough for everyone, of a world where your gifts are fairly shared and your creation flourishes as the barriers of injustice are broken down.  Convert our hope to truth, so that all humanity may flourish and all the earth cry out with joy.  Amen

 

 

MIKE STANLEY RIP

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Mike Stanley last week after a long battle with cancer.  Mike was very well known in our Diocese for his musical collaboration with Jo Boyce through CJM.  A couple of weeks ago we prayed for Mike in Lourdes and clapped loudly when Archbishop Bernard announced that Mike had been given the Ubi Caritas award in recognition for his music alongside Jo.  We pray for the repose of Mike's soul and remember his family at this sad time.  May he rest in peace.

 

EXCELLENT GOOD SHEPHERD MASS ON TUESDAY

I was delighted to hear that our students from Year 7 and 8 were outstanding ambassadors at the Good Shepherd Mass in St Chad's Cathedral on Tuesday.  The Good Shepherd Mass is an annual event held in support of Father Hudson's Society and this year the Chief Celebrant was Bishop Pargeter.  We took nearly 40 of them and they were a real credit to themselves and their school.  And thank you too to the staff involved - Anne-Marie, Mr Miastowski and Mr Smith.

 

A MASS FOR THE SICK AT ST JOHN FISHER CHURCH TOMORROW

Anyone who has a serious illness and would like a blessing is very welcome to attend a special Mass at St John Fisher Parish tomorrow at midday.  If you know of someone in that position do encourage them to go along.

 

IMPORTANT DAY AT OSCOTT COLLEGE TODAY

Today Miss Moran and I were representing St Thomas Aquinas at an important day for all schools in our Diocese which, as you may know, stretches from Stoke-on-Trent in the North to Oxford in the South.  It was an important opportunity for Catholic leaders to come together with Archbishop Bernard and reflect on our vocation as leaders in Catholic schools.  Full report next week.

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THE JUNE ISSUE OF CATHOLIC TODAY?

In addition to a major section on Lourdes I was delighted to see that St Thomas Aquinas featured prominently with reports about Alton Castle, Ogwen Cottage and Citizens UK.  Congratulations to all concerned and, particularly, our Website and Marketing Manager, Mr Ingram.  Well done James!

 

YEAR 6 PARENTS FORUM MEETING - WHAT A GREAT EVENING!

We have held this special evening for 5 years now and they have always been well received.  If anything, 2013 was the best yet.  We had a fantastic turnout of nearly 200 parents and over 100 completed evaluation forms at the end.  Without exception they were highly complimentary especially about our Year 7 students.  The evening began with a short talk from the Chair of the Parents Forum, Mrs Anne Vile who was terrific in telling her own story as a parent and how she has become increasingly involved in the life of the school.  She finished with an invitation to new parents to join the Parents Forum and her words were heeded because 21 parents indicated at the end of the evening that they would like to do so.  Anne was followed by 3 fantastic Year 7 students Wiktoria Bak, Reece Brazier and John Hardy.  Their confidence and clarity was remarkable and, as you can imagine, the audience gave them a thunderous ovation.  Following the talks the meeting then turned to a round table discussion including a member of staff, a member of the Parents Forum and two Year 7 students as well as the new parents.  Lots of questions were asked and answered and it was very clear from the buzz around The Sports Hall and the subsequent evaluations that it was a very worthwhile exercise.  Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the evening especially Mrs Linehan who does such a great job in liaising with our primary schools.

 

AND SHORTLY IT WILL BE THE YEAR 6 INDUCTION EVENINGS

Our new parents will join us again but this time with their sons and daughters on either Monday 24 or Tuesday 25 June at 6.00pm.  The purpose of the evenings will be to introduce parents and students to the relevant Head of House, to receive important information and the opportunity to buy school uniform.  I am sure they will be excellent evenings as usual.  And the following week the boys and girls will be joining us for the day on Wednesday 3 July.  Watch this space.

 

NEXT FRIDAY IS NON-UNIFORM DAY

A reminder that our re-arranged non-uniform day will take place next Friday, 21 June.  All students are requested to contribute at least £1 in order to take part.  Every penny will go to our nominated Golden Jubilee Charity Brushstrokes.  Thank you.

 

NEXT FRIDAY IS THE YEAR 11 PROM

It is always a pleasure to see Year 11 in all their finery arriving for their prom in some remarkable vehicles.  As usual we will be heading for the Bromsgrove Hilton where a great time will be had by all.  Full report shortly.

 

THE BIG DAY IS THREE WEEKS AWAY!

I am sure that everyone is well aware by now that our Open Day for the Golden Jubilee takes place on Saturday 6 July.  If you know of anyone who attended our school or worked here do remind them to register on the website www.stacs.org and find out all the details.  As you can imagine, a huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to ensure it is the great day we know it will be.  Watch this space.

 

FRIDAY 5 JULY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS

A reminder that in order to prepare for Open Day school will be closed to students on Friday 5 July.

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE CAMP

This weekend Mr Miastowski and a large team of staff will be leading 40 Year 9 students on their Bronze Award Duke of Edinburgh Camp to Bell Heath.  St Thomas Aquinas is by a very long way the biggest provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme out of all the comprehensive schools in Birmingham.  And it is only possible due to the incredible commitment of lots of staff.  This weekend over 30 will be involved in a leadership course in Bromsgrove and I know that several of them will be going from there to join the D of E group.  Fantastic dedication - thank you colleagues.  Full report next week.

 

WELCOME TO DENISE

A warm welcome to Denise Clarke, our new Finance Officer who joined us this week.  We wish Denise every happiness and success at St Thomas Aquinas.

 

ONE LUNCH TRIAL ON TUESDAY 9 JULY

You may be interested to know that from September we are proposing to move to a single lunchtime which we believe will have huge advantages.  We intend to trial the new system starting on Tuesday 9 July.

 

BUGSY - DID YOU GET YOUR LETTER YESTERDAY?

As you know, we are preparing a wonderful production which is available to parents on Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 July.  Mrs Johnson wrote to everyone yesterday with all the details.  Make sure you don't miss out by ordering your tickets promptly.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to Leah Timms Year 7(Teresa House 2A) who correctly informed us Lourdes is set in the foothills of The Pyrenees mountains.  Well done to Leah who wins £10.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

I know the football season is over but we need to keep up!  This week the ‘Special One' returned to Chelsea.  Who is the special one?  For the possibility of £10Email 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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