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Friday Letter - Issue 26

DEAR PARENTS

 

A BLESSING FROM WALK WITH ME

Lord, Bless us with the gift of a humble heart.  Then we will be free to bring to you all our troubles and all our joys.  Give us the grace to be a priestly people, lifting to you all who are too burdened to raise their own hearts and lives as an offering to you.  Bless then Lord this day.  Amen

 

WONDERFUL NEWMAN HOUSE MASS ON TUESDAY MORNING

It was a real privilege to be present for the Newman House Mass which took place on Tuesday morning and well worth the sacrifice of wearing my lurid orange tie for the day!  It was a great occasion beautifully prepared by lots of people including a very entertaining drama on speaking up for your faith and a superb communion reflection.  Thank you, as ever, to the tutor team for all their hard work but a special thank you must go to Mr McInerney who does a wonderful job as Head of House.  Well done everyone.

 

EASTER MASS NEXT THURSDAY

This year we are celebrating our Easter Mass one day early on Thursday 7 April.  As we know, it is the most important time in the Christian calendar and it is always a wonderful privilege to come together as a school community at Easter.  Thank you in advance to Fr.Stefan, Mr Smith and everyone who will play their part.

 

A GREAT NIGHT AT ST BRIGID'S LAST SATURDAY

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to join a lot of other people at St Brigid's for a special concert led by "Jo Boyce and Friends". It turned out to be a really entertaining as well as deeply spiritual evening so a big thank you to Jo and her friends and also to Fr Jan, Susanne Dix and everyone involved.

 

NEXT PARISH MASS - OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR ON SUNDAY 8 MAY

It may seem a long way off but, remarkably, it is three school weeks away.  We look forward to joining Fr

Latham and his parishioners at his beautiful church looking out on the Lickey Hills.  We hope to see a good turnout from all former St James and St Columba pupils for what is sure to be another great occasion.

 

LENTEN CHARITIES - WELL DONE EVERYONE - ONE WEEK TO GO!

Thank you to everyone for your tremendous efforts in supporting our Lenten Charities this year.  I am delighted to tell you that with one week to go we have exceeded £2,600 which is excellent but is still over £3,000 short of last year's amazing total.  Currently Romero House are blazing the trail with over £640 collected, most notably from 3B and 4B, Mrs Carter and Mr Thomas' forms respectively.  And well done also to Newman 1A, Mrs Bayliss' form which has collected over £270 - a fantastic effort.  A final reminder of the wonderful charities we are supporting this year. 

 

John Paul House     Breast Cancer Research                    More House                Cancer Research UK

Bosco House           Father Hudson's Society                    Fisher House               St Mary's Hospital in Uganda

Martin House           Clik Sargent                                       Teresa House              British Heart Foundation

Romero House        Birmingham's Children's Hospital      Newman House           NSPCC  

 

EXCELLENT PROSPECTS FOR YEARS 11, 12 AND 13

This week we have been looking closely at the predicted grades for our most senior students and I am delighted to tell you that at this stage we are very hopeful.  We have set Year 11 the incredibly ambitious target of achieving 72% 5 A* - C grades or above including English and Maths and, whilst they are not quite there yet, it is within sight.  Year 11 should now be fully engaged in after school classes and be ready to participate fully in the Easter Revision programme.  Full details are on their way to relevant parents shortly.  Meanwhile, progress in the Sixth Form is even more encouraging.  I am delighted to tell you that if we achieve our predictions in August the overall Sixth Form performance will qualify as "outstanding" in OFSTED terms.  Watch this space!

 

GOLDEN RULE 2

Most students are correctly equipped every day.  Well done - keep up the good work.  If you were one of the 117 parents who received a letter please encourage your son or daughter to do better next time.  Thank you.

 

SUMMER UNIFORM AFTER EASTER - HOUSE POLO SHIRTS AVAILABLE FROM CLIVE MARK

On Wednesday all parents should have received a form from Clive Mark which enables you to order a red House polo shirt ready for the Summer Term.  A reminder to parents - normal uniform is fine but if students choose to wear the red polo shirt it must carry the school badge.  The House name is optional.  Please note that although the black polo shirts are incredibly popular they are exclusively for P.E.  The only permitted colour for school uniform is red.  Thank you.

 

EXCELLENT PARENTS' FORUM MEETING ON MONDAY

A huge thank you to Mrs Tinsley (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Jervis (Head of Behaviour and Classroom Support) who made an excellent presentation to the Forum and a very good discussion ensued.  Check the website for further details.

 

YEAR 8 TRIP TO CADBURY WORLD - A REPORT FROM MISS JONES & MS FLETCHER

On Friday 25 March, 160 students from year 8 along with Miss Jones, Ms Fletcher, Miss Rowlands, Mrs Bird, Ms Wiggins, Mr Homer, Mrs Hickey and Mrs Taylor headed to Cadbury World as part of the Young Apprentice Project organised by the Maths and ICT faculties.  The sun shone all day and students left Cadbury World full of ideas about what type of chocolate bar they would like to create on Young Apprentice Day (full report next week!). Thank you to our year 8 students for their enthusiasm throughout the day and to all the staff who helped to make the day a success.

 

WORLD CHALLENGE UPDATE FROM MR ROBINSON

A huge well done to the World Challenge team who took part in another bag pack last Saturday 19 March. The lucky customers of Morrison's Rubery had the help of our Challengers for a full six hours once again and were amazing ambassadors for our school. In total, the team raised another £545.81 towards their expedition. Well done for all your hard work!

 

AQUINAS LONG BALL COMPETITION - A REPORT FROM MR LOWE

On Wednesday 30 March the Year 10's, 11's and 12's all took part in the spring term house sports competition of Aquinas Long ball. All houses were enthusiastically represented and the competition was fiercely contested.  All competitors took part in the manner that is now common from Aquinas students.  Congratulations to year 10's More House team and year 11's More House team who won both their competitions. Thank you to the sixth form students for taking on the roles of sports captains and doing a wonderful job of supporting and encouraging our younger athletes. Well done to all staff, players and spectators, for making today possible and producing a great competition.

 

Results from all the competitions and House Points:

1st More        100                  2nd Teresa       80                    =2nd Martin      80                    4th Fisher         50

5th John-Paul            40                    =5th Bosco      40                    7th Newman    20                    8th Romero      10

 

SPORTS RESULTS

Year 11 Boys Football          v          Baverstock                             Won 5 - 0

Year 9 Boys Basketball        v          Dame Elizabeth Cadbury       Lost 52-42  

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to lots of students who informed us on the roll over question that the whole country was affected by the clocks going back an hour last Sunday.  The lucky winner is Gemma Baker from Year 9  More 1A.  Commiserations to one student who informed us that East Birmingham and North Solihull were also changing!

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

 A world famous Hollywood Star known as well for her off screen romances as those on film died recently.  Who was she?

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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