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Friday Letter - Issue 32

DEAR PARENTS

 

A BLESSING FROM WALK WITH ME ON THE FEAST OF PENTECOST

Lord Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit we can bear much fruit.  We commit ourselves to living by the Spirit and walking by the Spirit to the glory of God.  Amen

 

FINAL PARISH MASS OF THE SCHOOL YEAR - EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Next Saturday 18 June we look forward to our final Parish Mass of the school year which will take place at St John Fisher, West Heath.  The Mass is at 6.00pm and as we have numerous former St John Fisher pupils in school we are looking forward to a very good turnout.  We also look forward to joining Fr George, Deacon Paul and the congregation at what is sure to be another wonderful celebration.  Everyone is most welcome to join us.

 

MRS JOAN BARRATT RIP

We were greatly saddened to hear of the sudden death of a former colleague recently.  Joan worked in the Technology Faculty from 1990 to 2001 before moving to Swanshurst School.  She was an excellent colleague and a really nice person who was popular with staff and students alike.  Joan will be sadly missed by her sons Mark and Martin and her countless friends.  Her funeral takes place on Monday and we pray for the repose of her soul and think of her family at this very sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

MR MAURICE CRACKNELL RIP

I also ask you to pray this week for Maurice, my father-in-law who died on Tuesday morning.  I first met Maurice 34 years ago and he quickly became a hero to me as I joined his family.  As a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to many he was a huge influence on all who met him and will be greatly missed. Maurice's funeral takes place next Friday.   We pray for the repose of Maurice's soul and think of Christina, Nicola, Tony, Joanna and the whole family at this sad time.  May he rest in peace.

 

WELL DONE EDWARD - RESTORED TO HEALTH!

Before Half Term we prayed for Edward and his dad, Martin.  For a while Edward's life hung by a thread.  This week he is bouncing around.  Wonderful.

 

INTER-CULTURAL MASS AT ST BRIGID'S ON SATURDAY - EVERYONE IS WELCOME

Everyone is most warmly invited to join the Inter-Cultural Pentecostal Vigil Mass at St Brigid's, Northfield which takes place at 5.00 pm on Saturday.  The Mass is a Celebration of Unity and adults and children of all nationalities and backgrounds are encouraged to come along in national dress and colours.  Before the Mass there will be a procession from the School Hall so everyone who wishes to process needs to be in the Hall by 4.45 pm.  It should be a great occasion - watch this space.

 

OUR LADY  & ST ROSE OF LIMA - 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TONIGHT

Do come along and join the school community for a wonderful Outdoor Mass celebrated by Fr. Gary (weather permitting) on the occasion of the school's 75th anniversary.  Mass will be followed by a buffet in the School Hall.  Please bring your own picnic rug or fold up chair if more suitable.

 

A VERY SPECIAL EVENING ON MONDAY FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS

We have been delighted by the huge response to our invitation for Year 6 parents whose children are joining us in September to meet with us on Monday evening.  It is the first opportunity to introduce our new parents to the school and we shall be sharing important information.  Past experience has shown that the most popular part of the evening is the opportunity to meet current Year 7 students who are happy to share their experience with parents.  In addition, this year we have extended the invitation to Year 6 children who will have a separate experience from their parents.  Full report next week.

 

AND ALSO ON THE THEME OF PRIMARY SCHOOL LIAISON!

On Tuesday morning and for the next few weeks we will be welcoming Year 5 children to St Thomas Aquinas.  They will be joining us from our ten Catholic Feeder Primary Schools and will, we are sure, have a great time.  Watch this space!

YEAR 11 DEPARTURE ON TUESDAY - QUITE OUTSTANDING

I have seen 18 different Year 11 cohorts depart on Study Leave from St Thomas Aquinas and some do not bear thinking about.  I have to say that the Class of 2011 are literally in a class of their own.  They left in great spirits and apparently some of them were still in Kings Norton Park at 8.00 pm sitting, chatting and reminiscing amongst themselves.  They are a credit to their families and their school and we trust they will achieve the excellent results they deserve this summer.  Well done Year 11!

 

NON UNIFORM DAY ON FRIDAY 24 JUNE FOR A VERY SPECIAL PERSON

As you know, we hold one non uniform day each term for a worthy cause and nobody needs to be convinced about this term's recipient.  We are going to support Billie-Jayne and her family to enable them to provide a special treat that would otherwise be impossible.  As we have said many times Billie-Jayne continues to inspire our whole school community every single day.  Whatever we have done for her she has repaid many times over by her heroism and courage.  We will be asking every single student to donate a minimum of £1 to support Billie-Jayne.  Please be generous when the day arrives.

 

A SPECIAL INVITATION "THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD"

We have been contacted by Michelle Aucott to draw our attention to a special project which is being supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.  The idea is to gather the memories of the Irish in Birmingham.  Anyone who grew up in an Irish family in our city between 1960 and 2010 is invited to share their memories and contribute to an archive that is being developed to record the huge contribution the Irish community have made to the development of Birmingham over the years.  If you would like to contribute to this project you are invited to contact Michelle on 0121 604 6111 or email michelle@iwic.org.uk.  The closing date for participants is one week away, on Friday 17 June.  I have already contacted Michelle to take part in the project (Yes, I know it was a long time ago!) and I encourage you to do the same.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE - AN IMPORTANT INVITATION FROM MR GAY

We are appealing to anyone out there whose work involves interviewing young people for jobs to help us out.  We will be holding Mock Interviews for our Year 10 students on Thursday 7 July.   Please contact Mr Gay on the school number 464 4643 or email w.gay@stacs.bham.sch.uk. Thank you.

 

ACTIVITIES WEEK COMING UP - A REMINDER TO PARENTS

As you know, our students love Activities Week and the opportunity to do lots of different things and, equally, we love providing the opportunity.  However, as set out in the School Planner with privileges come responsibilities.  We will allow only those students with a good record of attendance and behaviour (thankfully, the vast majority) to participate.  The next few weeks will be very important in convincing us that students can be trusted so best behaviour is required at all times. 

 

WELL DONE JACK -  A REPORT FROM MR LOWE
Jack Hill (Fisher House 4B) has recently been selected for the Warwickshire County Cricket under 15's squad. Jack had to trial in the district festival for four days. He participated in batting bowling and fielding for over 32 hours throughout the whole week. Jack says "as a cricketer my strengths are bowling and batting. During the festival I scored 65 runs off 70 balls including 10 'fours' and 2 'sixes' within my innings". A fantastic achievement Jack well done we wish you all the best for the coming cricket season.

 

LAST QUIZ QUESTION

Sadly and distressingly Mr Toal turned out to be right - a situation I have rarely conceded over the years!  As it turned out the Ash Cloud did not prevent Barcelona from travelling to Wembley and, as they say, the rest is history.  I was informed by email within 30 seconds of the event what I could see only too painfully with my own eyes.  The scorer of the first Barcelona goal was Pedro and the lucky £5 winner is Abaka Debrah ( Newman House 3B).   Well done Abaka.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

It's the tennis season as we get ready for Wimbledon and hope springs eternal that Andy Murray might finally win a major championship.  He has recently returned from Paris where he was a semi-finalist in the French Open.  For £5 who can tell me the French Open Men's Champion for 2011?

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY
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