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Friday Letter - Issue 29

DEAR PARENTS

A PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS SUNDAY

Lord, We ask that you bless each one of us that we truly follow our vocation in life which is the calling that comes from you.† We pray especially for the Clergy and Religious now and in the future but we also pray for the vocation of marriage and parenthood, the single life and to be the best person that we can be.† Amen.

EXCELLENT MASS AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR LAST SUNDAY

As always, it was a pleasure to join Fr Nicholas, Deacons Pat and John and the congregation at the 11.00am Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Rednal last Sunday.† There was a very good turnout from the choir, musicians and those supporting the Mass so thank you to Miss Cutler, Mr Weekes and Anne-Marie for all their work.† And thanks too to a lovely parish community that always makes us so welcome.

AND THE NEXT PARISH MASS IS AT ST JOHN FISHER

The final Parish Mass of the school year will take place at St John Fisher, West Heath, at 5.00 pm on Saturday 18 June.† We have a very large number of former St John Fisher pupils in school so we look forward to a very good turnout.† We are assured of a warm welcome as always and we look forward to seeing Fr George and his parishioners once again.† Do make a note of the date in your diary.

AND A WONDERFUL ROMERO HOUSE MASS ON MONDAY MORNING

We have always had a great tradition of Year Masses at St Thomas Aquinas but I must say the House Masses this year have been even better and Romero House was no exception on Monday.† Thank you to Fr Stefan supported by Mr Smith and the countless students who played an active role in preparing and participating in the Mass.† At the end I was delighted to be able to congratulate Romero House on winning the trophy as the highest achieving House during the Spring Term.† And it was good too to be able to thank the tutor team and all the staff members of Romero House for their outstanding work.† It was a particularly poignant occasion because one important member of the House was missing.† Of course, I am referring to Aleena who in her short time in school was very proud of Romero House.† We were privileged, however, to welcome Aleena's parents, Biju and Shemy along with family friend, Francis.† Whilst it was a sad and emotional occasion for them I know they were pleased to be there.† And finally, a huge thank you to the person who has nurtured Romero House from the very beginning and works tirelessly for every member of it.† We all owe Mr Flood a vote of thanks for the work he does every day.

MR DAVID BRYANT

We pray for David who is seriously ill at this time.† Mr Bryant is the father of our Business Manager, Mrs Sharon Williamson and we think of David, Sharon and the whole family at this anxious time.

YEAR 11 EVENING OF CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY 26 MAY

This is always one of the great events of the school year and we look forward to welcoming the families of our Year 11 students for a special evening including Mass at 7.00pm.† They are a very special year group for whom we have great hopes this summer but before then we want to take the opportunity to thank God for the blessings they have brought us and to celebrate their time in our school.† Watch this space.

AND THE FOLLOWING DAY IT'S THE YEAR 13 LEAVERS' MASS

Another great tradition in our school is to gather with our most senior students to celebrate Mass together and to reflect on the blessings these fine young men and women have bought to our school and to pray for them as they take their place in the world.† Watch this space.

YEAR 7 REPORTS GO HOME TODAY

I ask all Year 7 parents to take the time to discuss your son or daughter's report with them in detail.† For the vast majority of our Year 7 students there is a great deal to celebrate so do congratulate them on all their achievements.† Equally, there will be areas that can be improved so it is important to heed teachers' advice and to follow it closely.† I am sure they will do even better in Year 8.


PARENTS' FORUM - A NEW DATE

We wrote to the Parents' Forum to defer the previous meeting until Monday 13 June.† It starts at 7.00pm and if any parent would like to join the Forum they will be very welcome.

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR GOVERNING BODY

It's not every day that we have the opportunity to thank our Governors for all the work they do for our school.† Most of it is in the background behind the scenes but I can tell you that without them St Thomas Aquinas would not be the school that it is today.† Tomorrow morning our Governors will be in school for a special strategy session considering the future and I thank them for their time and commitment.† Watch this space.

TWO REPORTS FROM MR ROBINSON

WORLD CHALLENGE

Huge congratulations to the World Challenge team on another successful fund-raising bag-pack on Saturday

9 April - the Saturday after we broke up for Easter. They raised a few pence shy of £600, beating their personal best! Well done all! Also a big thank you to Miss Wiggins and Mr Flood for their continual support on behalf of all the challengers.


OLD MOBILE PHONES - PLEASE HAND THEM OVER!
A recycling collection will be started in school from next week for all those old, unused mobile phone handsets and used computer print cartridges. For every item handed in there will be a small reward, plus prizes for the student and form group who have handed in the most by the time the boxes are filled. The race is on! All items should be handed in to Mr Robinson in person.

GIFTED AND TALENTED DAY 6 MAY 2011 - A REPORT FROM MRS FLETCHER & MR STACEY
On Friday 6 May the gym was turned into a recording studio with 60 students from Years 9 and 10 becoming "radio presenters!" Russell Prue from Anderton Tiger Radio started the day informally with students choosing their own groups and then choosing roles for each member of the group. Each was given specific area to report on such as: national and international news, weather, sport, adverts, jobs and school news. †The students quickly learnt that team work was essential to succeeding with the task and perhaps a radio show was not as easy as they first envisioned. Groups were split with the technical team learning how to control the desk, making sure the jingles faded out and the presenter was heard so that the live show would run smoothly. †ICT rooms were made available for the researchers and presenters to gather their information and prepare their speech.† With only one practice before the live show students were feeling the pressure and enjoying the nervous buzz within the room. At 2.15pm it all began with the presenters introducing the show and launching a competition for people to text in. As the show started students could hardly contain their excitement and nerves as the listeners went up and up and texts to the competition came flooding in! After 30 minutes the show came to an end with 60 happy and very relieved students!† A huge thank you to all the students involved for making it a thoroughly enjoyable day with an exceptionally bright and creative group. The whole show is now available on the school website for you to enjoy!

YEAR 11 BOYS ARE BIRMINGHAM CHAMPIONS!

What a fantastic occasion it was on Tuesday when I was delighted to join a huge band of St Thomas Aquinas supporters as we descended on Solihull Moors FC ground to cheer on the Year 11 boys in the Birmingham City Cup Final against St John Wall Catholic School, Handsworth.† The team played superbly after conceding the first goal and equalised before half time.† The introduction of substitutes made a difference and the lads eventually were worthy winners by 4 goals to 2.† Congratulations to the following team members, all of whom played their part on Tuesday and throughout the season: Robert Anderson; Amar Barn; Tom Darby; Anthony Fletcher; Callum Foulsham; Aidan Hodgson; Lewis Johnson;Dale Kenny; Callum McCall; Kieran McCalla; Nesta McCooty; Joshua McGinley; Jack McGinn; Jordan Walsh; Joe While; Brinsley Williams.† Thanks also to the coaches involved.† It was very moving to see Mr Adams again and the way the lads responded to him with a special presentation at the end.† Unfortunately, Mr Smyllie was away at Ogwen Cottage but Mr Flood and Mr Houston did a great job supporting Mr Adams.† This was the last game that these lads will play for St Thomas Aquinas even though most of them will represent us again in the Sixth Form.† We are very proud of them.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

I was surprised that nobody emailed me j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk last week to tell me what Pope John Paul II's name was as a boy growing up in Poland so we shall try again and see if a £10 roll over makes a difference.

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY

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