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Friday Letter - Issue 39

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 TO THANK GOD

As we near the end of this school year, we have many memories: Happy times with friends and families; Many lessons learned in our school; Games we have played and holidays enjoyed; The pleasure we get from our leisure time and hobbies; thank you for all our blessings.  Thank you God.  Amen

BUGSY MALONE - WHAT A FANTASTIC SHOW!

What a triumph "Bugsy Malone" turned out to be last week.  It was good that after a gap of several years we presented a full scale production once again.  Because of examination commitments we decided that the cast would be drawn exclusively from Years 7, 8 and 9, the youngest students in the school and so whilst I thought there would be plenty of enthusiasm I was just amazed by the poise and confidence of the cast.  They began in February and the hours and hours of hard work paid off with a show that was hugely appreciated by the audience on all three nights.

 

Led by Patrick Hickey as Fat Sam and Jourdan Snowe as Dandy Dan a cast of over 50 deserve huge credit on a fantastic achievement.  Well done to:  Oliver Hough, Harry Rose, Hannah Smith, Phoebe Stephenson, Patrick Hickey, Jourdan Snowe, Brenaé Douglas, Lauren Bryant-McPherson, Louisa Osei, Jhon Monsanto, Shanique Morris, Jamila Morrison, Joshua Pierpoint, Toby Grasham, Lisa Mahachi, Caitlyn Williams, Amber Brown, Rebeka Don Bastiange, Chloe Jeavons, Rhema Joseph, Jordan Parton, Olivia Reed, Wiktoria Bak, Scarlett Brown, Abigail Bunting, Melanie Gibbs, Eleanor Giles, Hanna Jegina, Jane Jeley, Jessie Johnson, Jeanne Lamug, Jyothika Palakkal, Anwen Ricketts, Krystal Thomas, Charlotte Thompson, Ethan Young, Lauryn Halstead-Smith, Gabriel Hicks, Hannah Kavanagh and Katlego Singo.

 

And of course none of it is possible without the commitment and dedication of lots of staff and supporters behind the scenes covering a multitude of different roles - backstage, front of house, sound, lighting, promotion, props, even a sewing circle!  Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way.  Special thanks to the orchestra, provided by Birmingham Music Service which also included our own Ben Tibbits on bass guitar, Olivia Young on flute and Mr Michael Hill on trumpet from the Music Department.  Well done too to Kerry Warr our visiting choreographer.  Special thanks to Miss Nicola Mortimer who has been with us just a year but has done an amazing job in Drama.  At the other end of the spectrum Mrs Marian Yates has been with us 28 years but her enthusiasm for Dance never fails to inspire everyone around her.  And finally, to the person who put it all together and made it happen (as well as enduring an OFSTED music inspection on Wednesday!).  I refer of course to our Head of Performing Arts, Mrs Mary Johnson on a superb professional achievement.  Well done Mary!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR KEEGAN
Fresh from his success as our resident announcer on the public address system at Sports Day, Mr Keegan leaves us slightly early today.  He is getting married to Francesca so we wish them both a great day and a wonderful life together.  And in September Mr Keegan rejoins us as a permanent member of staff in the History Department.  Well done Tommy.

 

FINAL LETTER ON TUESDAY
Our final letter of the year will be full of important information so it is essential your son or daughter brings their copy home.  Please note that school finishes on Tuesday following our final Mass and Sports Awards Assembly.  If all goes well students will be dismissed at 12.30pm.

 

Yours sincerely


JIM FOLEY

On Thursday 18 July students from Year 7, 8 and 9 along with all staff travelled to Tudor Grange Athletics Stadium in Solihull for the final and most competitive House Competition ‘Sports Day 2013'. The students battled through a track and field programme to complete a great day's athletics, including 100, 200, 300 and 400 metres and discuss, shot, javelin, long jump and triple jump. The final and arguably most exciting event were the relay races, the noise from crowd certainly spurred their house team members on.

A huge thank you should go to all our students and staff who made the day a success, on one of the hottest days of the year. Despite the extremely warm weather the students were extremely enthusiastic in their participation throughout the day, from competing in events to cheering on from the stands. Special thanks to Mr Keegan who did a brilliant job on the public address system!

An enormous thank you to the PE Faculty, for their hard work in preparing and organising another successful Sports Day. Thank you to Mr Houston, Mr Smyllie, Mrs Linehan and most importantly Mrs Yates for all her leadership and coordination for her final Aquinas Sports Day.

Many congratulations to the following students all who broke the school sports day records, a special mention to Samuel Williams who broke two records yesterday and Donchae Williams who broke three, well done!

Rayanna Segre

Newman House

Year 7 Girls 300 metres

Samuel Williams

Newman House

Year 7 Boys 400 metres

Samuel Williams

Newman House

Year 7 Boys Long Jump

Gabriel Hicks

Romero House

Year 7 Boys Long Jump

Jayden Gibbs

More House

Year 8 Boys 200 metres

Donchae  Williams

Teresa House

Year 8 Girls 100 metres

Donchae  Williams

Teresa House

Year 8 Girls 300 metres

Donchae  Williams

Teresa House

Year 8 Girls Long Jump

Chi Chi Amuzu

Fisher House

Year 9 Girls 300 metres

 

Will this affect the overall House Competition? ... find out on Tuesday in the Sports Awards Ceremony!

 

2013 SPORTS DAY Winners

To be CONTINUED...


 

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