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Friday Letter - Issue 33

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER ON TRINITY SUNDAY

Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy.  Through them we come to know the mystery of your life.  Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you.  We ask you this, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, true and living, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

ST JOHN FISHER MASS TOMORROW - EVERYONE IS WELCOME

A final reminder that our last Parish Mass of the school year takes place at St John Fisher, West Heath tomorrow. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr George and we are very much looking forward to meeting him, Deacon Paul and the congregation at 6.00pm for what is sure to be a lovely occasion.  We have numerous former St John Fisher pupils in school and I am sure we will see a great turnout.  As always, everyone is most welcome to join us.

 

TERESA HOUSE MASS YESTERDAY MORNING

I was delighted to join Teresa House for their Mass yesterday morning. A big thank you, as always, to Fr Stefan and to everyone who prepared so hard for it.  There was a really calm, reflective atmosphere and Father reminded us of the wonderful patron that Teresa House follow.  After communion it was wonderful to hear a recording of Blessed Mother Teresa's voice calling on everyone to follow the path of the Lord.  Lots of students played their part and they were generous in thanking all those who help them especially their form tutors and Mrs Tinsley, Assistant Headteacher.  We were also pleased to thank Mrs Carry, the Link Governor for Teresa House who was present.  Above all, we were able to thank the Head of Teresa House, Miss Stevens who does such a great job every day.  A lovely occasion - well done everyone.

 

MRS JOAN BARRATT RIP

I was very pleased to join Miss Ginns, Mrs Tinsley and former colleague Mrs Smart at Joan's funeral service on Monday.  There was an excellent turnout to pay tribute to a fine teacher and a very good friend to many.  It was good to see Mrs Kenney, Headteacher of Swanshurst School where Joan went after leaving us in 2001 with lots of staff and students paying their respects.   We pray for the repose of Joan's soul and think of her sons, Mark and Martin at this sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

MR MAURICE CRACKNELL RIP

Today the funeral of my father-in-law Maurice was taking place in Derby.  Maurice died last week aged 89 and even though the last few years were difficult he never lost his customary good humour.  Maurice was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.  And just a week before he died, with great pride, he became a great grandfather for the first time.  We pray for the repose of Maurice's soul and remember Christina, Nicola, Tony, Joanna and the whole family at this sad time.  May he rest in peace.

 

MRS BRIGID HENRY RIP

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Brigid, the mother of Dolores, one of our lunchtime supervisors.  We pray for the repose of Bridie's soul and think of Dolores and the whole family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

 

A VERY SPECIAL NON-UNIFORM DAY NEXT FRIDAY, 24 JUNE

Last week I alerted you to the fact that our final non-uniform day of the year is for a very special person.  We are collecting for Billie-Jayne Fulford who, as we all know, has been an inspiration to us all over the past couple of years as she has faced enormous challenges in her young life.  We are hoping to be able to do something very special for Billie-Jayne and her family but that will depend on our generosity next week.  I ask all students to donate a minimum of £1.00 to make it happen.  Thank you. 

 

FANTASTIC EVENING WITH YEAR 6 PARENTS ON MONDAY

Some years ago the Parents Forum suggested we hold a special evening for new parents before their children join Year 7 in September.  The idea has grown over the years and on Monday we were amazed and delighted by the results.  The Sportshall was absolutely packed with new parents who were delighted to hear from current Year 7 students, key staff and members of the Parents Forum.  A big thank you to Mrs Anne Gannon, Chair of the Forum and her team for doing a splendid job and indeed to all the staff involved, particularly Mr Perry, Miss Jordan and Miss Kavanagh.  By common consent, however, the stars of the show were the Year 7 students who were very happy to take part in the round table discussions.  Particular thanks must go to Nathan Vidaurri, Jenna Simpson, Gerard Reid and Alice Evans who spoke with such confidence from the microphone in front of a huge audience.  Meanwhile, as the parents were discussing issues in the Sportshall nearly 100 Year 6 children were in the Hall being introduced to the school in a different way.  Particular thanks to our team of Year 10 girls Katie Boot, Hayley Hunter, Jessica Payne, Courtney Burley, Scarlett Darby, Molly McDonald, Leah Skerrett and Jade Bridgwater who were just fantastic.  You will not be surprised to learn that the evaluations the parents completed before they left were overwhelmingly positive. 

 

AND ANOTHER EVENING FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS THE WEEK AFTER NEXT

They certainly cannot complain about lack of information! On Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June Year 6 parents and pupils will have another opportunity to visit us.  This time parents and children will be together and they will find out which House they have been allocated, they will complete important paperwork and then have the opportunity to buy the school uniform from one of our two suppliers, Clive Mark or Mansuri.  And following those evenings next week the boys and girls will spend the whole day with us on Wednesday 6 July.  Watch this space.

 

YEAR 12 HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING ON MONDAY

On Monday we look forward to welcoming lots of year 12 students with their parents for our traditional Year 12 Higher Education Evening.  In the modern world it has never been more important for young people to achieve high level qualifications including a university education wherever possible.  However, it has never been more financially challenging to do so.  I encourage everyone to come along and hear about the practical issues from Mrs Kelly, Deputy Head and Miss O'Reilly, Head of Sixth Form.  I am sure you will find it very useful.

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE EXPEDITION THIS WEEKEND

This weekend lots of staff and students are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition.  We are by far the biggest participants in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme of any comprehensive school in Birmingham and countless students benefit as a result.  Full report next week.

 

ART EXHIBITION NEXT WEDNESDAY, 22 JUNE

Many parents will have visited the annual Art, Graphics and Textiles Exhibition over the years and the quality of the work never ceases to amaze.  This year the exhibition will take place next Wednesday from 4.30pm until 6.00pm and will include ‘light refreshments and the usual nibbles.'  All staff, parents and students are welcome.

 

A BUSY WEEKEND FOR THE STAFF!

This weekend in addition to the St John Fisher Mass and the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition we are also taking over 30 of the senior staff to Bromsgrove for a strategic planning session.  I am very grateful for the amazing commitment of our staff and their quest for constant improvement.  Watch this space.

 

WELL DONE JOSH - THE NEXT ANDY MURRAY?

We were delighted to hear about Joshua Vile's recent success on the tennis court.  Josh has qualified from a recent tournament and will be performing at Wimbledon.  Well done Joshua on a fantastic achievement.

 

MIDLANDS HOSPITALS' CHOIR AND PHEONIX SINGERS CONCERT

Everyone is invited to hear a performance of Eternal Light by the well known Pheonix Singers which will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 July at the Adrian Boult Hall. Tickets are £12.00 (£10.00 concessions). More details on 354-1436.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Still on the theme of tennis I asked who was the Men's French Singles Champion 2011.  The answer was Rafael Nadal as we were correctly informed by Danyal Zia from Year 7 (Romero 1A) who wins £5.00.  Well done Danyal.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

We know it is Fathers Day this Sunday so for some of us a well earned break from the household chores! On what date did Mothers Day 2011 fall?

 

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY

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