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Friday Letter - Issue 37

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 SCHOOL'S GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Lord, as we gather on Saturday to celebrate the 50th Birthday of our school we ask you to bless our celebration.  We thank you for your loving guidance over the past 50 years as thousands and thousands of students have passed through the school supported by countless teachers and staff.  May you continue to bless and guide our school over the next 50 years as well.  Amen

A WONDERFUL FAMILY MASS ON TUESDAY
They are always special occasions but I must say Tuesday evening was extra special.  All our usual patrons were present but so too were the families of staff who are leaving us in the summer as well as numerous colleagues past and present.  A big thank you to Fr Jan, to the wonderful choir and to everyone who played a part in a very special celebration.  And afterwards it was great to enjoy some lovely food and good company.  Thank you everyone.

GEORGE GALEA ANNIVERSARY MASS
On Tuesday morning Martin House gathered in the Hall to commemorate the life of George and we were joined by his mum Michelle, his sister Katelyn and their extended family.  It was also great that we were joined by George's former headteacher, Miss Coogan and his class teacher, Mrs Hunt from St Brigid's.  It was particularly good to see how well George's friends from St Brigid's led the readings and how the whole House responded on a very sad occasion.  At the end Mr Stevens led a football style round of applause for George with the Manchester Utd badge on the screen.  I have been trying for 20 years to get the school to applaud Manchester Utd without success.  Thank you Mr Stevens.  We will continue to keep George and his family in our prayers.  May he rest in peace.

 

MRS TERESA DAVY RIP
Today the funeral of Mrs Davy, mother of Sean was taking place at St Brigid's.  We pray for the repose of Teresa's soul and think of Sean and the whole family at this very sad time.  May she rest in peace.

YEAR 12 EDUCATION EVENING
We had a fantastic turnout on Monday evening for Year 12 students and their parents focusing on the application process to university.  A big thank you to Mrs Cooke and Miss O'Reilly for their excellent presentations. 

EXCELLENT YEAR 6 INDUCTION DAY YESTERDAY
I was really disappointed that I was not able to greet our Year 6 students who will be joining us in September as Year 7 yesterday morning.  However, I am reliably informed that they were very clear about the two essential things they must do every single day at St Thomas Aquinas - try your best and be the best person you can be.  Judging by their first day there is no reason why the Class of 2013 should not be every bit as successful as all those before them over the past 50 years.  Particular thanks to our Head of House Team and to Mrs Linehan for all their work yesterday and every day.

MRS CARTER - TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Last week you received a special Pink Letter informing you that Mrs Carter was voted "Teacher of the Year" in a survey conducted by Birmingham Free Radio.  Congratulations to Mrs Carter on this fantastic achievement which was celebrated in the Birmingham Mail this week.  And a big thank you also to Charlotte Flynn an outstanding student from Year 11 who nominated Mrs Carter and wins £250 in the process.  The school has been awarded £1000 and we will be asking the School Council for their ideas on how best to spend the money.  A really great experience, well deserved recognition - congratulations everyone.



BUGSY MALONE - IT'S ALMOST HERE!

After many months of hard work and preparation the big day has nearly arrived.  I know the cast will be in school on Sunday preparing for the Matinee Performance on Tuesday afternoon followed by evening performances next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  It is some years since we last had a full scale production so I must say I cannot wait to see the show.  Naturally, there will be lots of thank yous but for now I just wish everyone the very best of luck.  Tickets are selling like hot cakes so I advise you to ring school immediately on 464 4643 to see if there are any left for the evening you prefer.

 

GOLDEN JUBILEE ON SATURDAY

I need hardly tell you but just in case you have been out of the country for the last year it is our big day on Saturday.  Everyone is welcome from midday onwards with Mass at 2.00pm.  The meal at 5.00pm is now sold out and the concert from 7.00pm is a ticketed event (£5 per person).  It will be essential to have one if you are to avoid disappointment.  A reminder that school is closed to all students tomorrow and next Monday we will start with Period 2 at 10.00am. Students should not be on site before 9.45am.  Thank you.

 

FANTASTIC ART AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION ON MONDAY

Year after year I marvel at the talent of our students.  Life is so busy it is rare to have the opportunity to pause for a short time and appreciate the quality of the work we produce every school day.  On Monday along with many proud students, parents and staff I had the opportunity to be reminded of that fact once again.  A huge well done to all of our examination students and their amazing teachers.  Thank you, as always to Mr Tinsley, Miss Geoghegan and the whole Faculty for another stunning triumph.

 

MARTIN HOUSE AND MORE HOUSE - SOME IMPORTANT CHANGES
This morning I had the opportunity to speak to both houses and update them on some important changes.  A big thank you to Mr Stevens who has done a fantastic job as Head of Martin House since Christmas but now returns to his key role as Head of Media Studies.  And likewise to Mrs Stonehill who has been promoted in school to the post of Assistant Headteacher.  And now we welcome Miss Lattimer (Martin House) and Mrs Lavelle (More House) who I know will both be fantastic Heads of House from September.

 

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL VISIT - REPORT FROM MR MIASTOWSKI
Earlier this week a number of Year 10 students visited Coventry Cathedral for a peace and reconciliation tour.  Students reflected on the destruction of war and the capacity to reach out to our enemies through love and forgiveness.  The tour of the Cathedral concluded, very fittingly, with a prayer service for peace, which was led by the students.  Well done to all fourteen students who were a credit to the school - Catherine Breecher, Millie Cody, Chelsey Hall, Emma Hall, Rachel Healy, George Hegenbarth, Jack Howley, Callum Green, Ethan Kiely, Shannon McLoughlin, Amy O'Connor, Daniel Plant, Lakiesha Robinson and Kelsea Simpson.  Thank you also to Miss Lattimer for accompanying the students on the trip and to Mr Nolan and Mr Jaep for transporting students to and from Coventry.

 

TARGET REVIEW DAY

A reminder to everyone that Target Review Day takes place on Friday 12 July.  This is a compulsory day for all students who must appear 15 minutes before their scheduled interview in full school uniform and I am sure we will see lots of parents too.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to Anthony Jordan Year 6 at St Joseph's Primary School who is joining us in September and correctly informed us that the final score between the British Lions and Australia in the second test was 15-16 to Australia.  Let's hope it's the other way round on Saturday.  Well done to Anthony who wins £10 via his older brother Jack.  We trust you Jack!

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

For the possibility of £10 tell me who is the Wimbledon Men's Singles Champion 2013.  Let's hope that at long last it might be a British victory.  Come on Andy! 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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