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Friday Letter - Issue 35

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 THE FEAST DAY OF ST JOHN FISHER AND ST THOMAS MORE
Father, you confirm the true faith with the crown of martyrdom.  May the prayers of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More give us the courage to proclaim our faith by the witness of our lives.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.  Amen

MRS TERESA DAVY RIP
We were greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mrs Davy, mother of Sean in Year 10 (More House 2A) this week.  We pray for the repose of Theresa's soul and think of Sean and the whole family at this very sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

INSPECTOR KAREN GREASLEY
We were shocked to hear that Inspector Karen Greasley of West Midlands Police has been taken seriously ill and is in hospital.  Parents may recall that Karen who was then the local Superintendent for Northfield became very involved with Billie Jayne before she died.  We pray for Karen's full and speedy recovery.

 

GOOD SHEPHERD MASS - LOVELY LETTER FROM TIM BRADFORD, CHIEF EXECUTIVE
I was delighted to receive a lovely letter from Tim Bradford, Chief Executive of Father Hudson's Society this week.  Tim thanked our students for providing the music for the Mass to an incredibly high standard and thanked Mr Smith for co-ordinating it all.  Well done to all concerned.

 

FAMILY MASS ON TUESDAY 2 JULY
A reminder that this term's Family Mass will take place at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 2 July.  I am sure all our usual patrons will be there but if you have never been before you will be very welcome.  As usual, we will be taking the opportunity of thanking those staff who are leaving this summer for their service.  There will be a buffet afterwards so do come and join us!

 

GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS ON SATURDAY 6 JULY
The centrepiece of our big day on 6 July will be the Golden Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving for 50 years of our school.  I am delighted that the Vicar General, Monsignor Tim Menezes, former student of our school, will be celebrating the Mass and he will be joined by lots of priests with close connections to St Thomas Aquinas over the years.  It takes place at 2.00 pm and everyone is very welcome to join us.

 

LOURDES 2014 - AN EXCELLENT FIRST MEETING
As you may recall, my wife Christina and I joined the Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes at half term.  It was a wonderful experience and I was very proud of our three students and four staff led by Mr Smyllie.  We are determined that the 2014 party will be much larger and we had an excellent first meeting in school yesterday.  A particular thank you to Scarlett Darby from Year 12 who came along to share her experience of Lourdes this year.  Well done Scarlett!

TODAY WAS NON-UNIFORM DAY - APPEAL FOR NEXT WEEK.
Today the rearranged non-uniform day took place.  All proceeds go to our Golden Jubilee Charity, Brushstrokes.  Hopefully, we will have raised a substantial sum.  And can we also ask for a donation of any good quality clothing or food items you can spare by next Friday.  Thank you.

TONIGHT IS THE YEAR 11 PROM!

Tonight we will gather at the Bromsgrove Hilton to witness the arrival of Year 11 students as we have never seen them before.  No doubt they will turn up in buses, fire engines, limousines and all manner of unusual vehicles.  They will be dressed in all their finery and a great time will be had by all.  Full report next week.

 

A REMINDER ON MOBILE PHONES
I think our policy is very simple and is well known to parents and students.  There are several hundred mobile phones carried by students in school  every day.  As long as we do not see them or hear them we do not worry about them.  However, the decision to bring them to school rests entirely with the students and their parents.  We do not accept any responsibility at all for them and in the event of a mobile phone (or any valuable item) going missing we will spend no time or energy trying to find them.  Thank you

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH - FANTASTIC BRONZE EXPEDITION LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend 40 students from Year 9 took part on their bronze Duke of Edinburgh qualification expedition around Clent.  They were a real credit to themselves and their school.  A particular well done to Alice Evans and special thanks to Daniel Knight and Chris Pakes from Year 13 for being excellent role models as well as Kathryn Rymill, a volunteer from St John's Ambulance.  And of course special thanks to the staff without whom it could not happen - Miss Aktar, Miss Browne, Mrs Devlin, Mr Flood, Mrs Jervis, Mr McInerney, Mrs O'Brien, Mrs Righton, Mr Stacey and former colleague Mr Thomas.  Editor's Note it's quite amazing to think that half the staff mentioned were also involved in a Leadership Residential on Friday night and Saturday morning.  Thank you to them all and a special word for the expedition leader, Mr Miastowski.  And on Sunday and through next week it's the turn of the Gold Award Group.  Phew!

CITIZENS UK - AN UPDATE

I am delighted to tell you that 10 student leaders were involved in a Citizens UK event this week.  Congratulations to Dennis Abioye, Jake Breen, Krystal Burton, Eilish Hardy, Shaun Hunter, Theresa Linehan, Daniel Plant, Merlin Valiyaparambil, Rachel Wain, Olicia Young.  Thank you to Mr Nolan for driving the minibus and once again to Mr Miastowski for leading the party.

 

BIRMINGHAM CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP YEAR 9 PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

Well done to four great students from Year 9 who represented us really well at the public speaking competition last week.  Congratulations to Anna Power supported by Maisie Gough, Charlotte Mungovan and Nathan Vidaurri.  And thank you also to Miss Walters for supporting them.

 

MR FOLEY ON FRIDAY DOWNLOAD
In 20 years at St Thomas Aquinas nobody has ever accused me of being cool before!  Well, now it's official.  Last week on Friday Download Aidan Davis performed a rap and there was a "shout - out" for Mr Foley.  As they say in the trade - check it out on www.stacs.org

SPORTS RESULTS AND NEWS

Athletics-  On Saturday the 8th June St. Thomas Aquinas were lucky enough to have four students represent South Birmingham in the West Midlands Athletics trials.  Jade Lediard year 7, Matthew Higgins year 7, Donchae Williams year 8 and Turaya Bryan-Tracey year 8.  All athletes competed tremendously on the day and were fantastic ambassadors for the school. A special congratulations goes to Turaya Bryan-Tracey and Donchae Williams for progressing to the Mason Trophy, the next round in the competition-a huge achievement!  Turaya came 3rd in U14 100m, and Donchae 3rd in the 75m hurdles and U15 100m.  We wish them luck and once again congratulate all of our athletes.


Rugby
- Katie Boot in year 12 is currently excelling in rugby and is about to represent the Midlands in a UK rugby tournament.

Sports Photos- Editor's Note I have been admiring all the Sports Photos done last week that are now on the website.  Do have a good look at them on www.stacs.org.  Well done to all our sports teams and, of course, to the PE Faculty and all the staff who support them

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to David Monsengo Year 7(Teresa House 3B) who correctly informed us that the ‘Special One' who returned to Chelsea is Jose Mourinho Well done to David who wins £10.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

The G8 Summit of World Leaders took place earlier this week in which country?  For the possibility of £10 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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