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Friday Letter - Issue 30

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER - WALKING WITH CHRIST

Lord, we thank you that you walk beside us, your mighty hand to uphold us, your heart of love to guide us, your outstretched arms, to bring us to our journey's end, AMEN

 

BOSCO HOUSE MASS ON TUESDAY - A GREAT WAY TO START THE WEEK

Following the long weekend Bosco House gathered in the hall for their House Mass on the theme " a heart for justice". A big thank you to Father Stefan and to everyone who took part in a lovely, reflective celebration.  After communion there was a moving video showing the oppression that takes place in our world and the challenge to each of us as Christians to speak up against it.  At the end I was delighted to compliment the house on all their work and especially their charity to those in need.  Just the week before Bosco handed over cheques totalling more than £2,000 to Mrs Georgina Moseley (Help Harry Help Others) and Mrs Jenny Fulford, Billie Jayne's mum (CLIC Sargent and Bone Cancer Research).  It's quite remarkable generosity and Bosco House deserve great credit.  A big thank you to all the students, to the staff team especially the form tutors and above all to an outstanding Head of House in Mr Stephenson. Thank you Fred!

 

ST JOHN FISHER PARISH MASS TOMORROW

A reminder that the final Parish Mass of our school year takes place tomorrow at St John Fisher Church, West Heath at 6:00pm.  We look forward to joining Father George and his parishioners for what is always a lovely celebration.  We have countless former St John Fisher students in our school so we are expecting a big turnout.  Full report next week.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR ROY AND LYN

I ask your prayers for Mr Roy Jervis, his wife Lyn (our Manion Centre Manager) and their family. Roy is very seriously ill and is facing a major procedure this weekend. 

 

YEAR 9 PARENTS' EVENING LAST NIGHT

Last night was the final subject based parents' evening of the school year.  We were very pleased to meet lots of Year 9 students and their parents at the end of the first year of the GCSE courses.  We have high hopes of this year group who will be the very first nationally to stay on in full time education or training up to the age of 18. Once again, the evaluation s, were excellent.

 

SILVER DUKE OF EDINBURGH PRACTICE EXPEDITION - A REPORT FROM MR BAKER

Twenty Year 11 students completed their Silver Award practice expedition over the Bank Holiday weekend.  The expedition to the hills of South Shropshire was made a little more difficult by the cold night time temperatures and the damp under foot conditions.  The students coped exceptionally well with the conditions and can now look forward to their qualification expedition.  Many thanks to the staff that gave up their Bank Holiday weekend to offer this opportunity to the students - Mrs Devlin, Mr Flood, Mr McInereny, Mr Robinson and Mr Thomas. Editor's Note - Thank you to Mr Baker and the whole staff team for their incredible commitment.

 

YEAR 12 GROUP PERFORMANCES
The year 12 students took to the stage again on Tuesday night for the group performance exam. The class were split into two groups, one group performing Mark Wheelers 'Hard to Swallow' and the other Olwen Wymarks 'Find Me'. Both plays are based on true stories and follow families struggling to help a troubled daughter. The pieces were performed to an outstanding level and all of the students should be very proud of their achievements! It was a lovely way to finish the AS course - well done!

 

Hard to Swallow

Shannon Alebeon, Megan Sinclair-Brown, Sian Peele, Katelyn McHugh and Chloe Rea
Find Me

Vivienne Roa, Sophie Field, Georgia Peele, Kloe Owens, Katie Farrell, Kieran Snowe, Sam Allan and Jack Molloy

Editor's Note - Well done to all the students and to Mrs Kafai for their outstanding work.

PARENTS FORUM MEETING ON MONDAY EVENING

The next meeting of the Parents Forum takes place next Monday, 14 May at 7:00pm.  The main business will be to plan the Year 6 induction evening on 11 June which has been a resounding success over the past three years.  I am sure the 2012 evening will also be very productive.  In the course of Monday's meeting we will also be reviewing the membership and trying to ensure there is good representation for every year group.  If you would like to come along on Monday you will be very welcome.  Alternatively, do look for updates on the Parents' Forum via the website www.stacs.org . Full report next week.

 

YEAR 7 REPORTS GO HOME TODAY

Last weekend the senior staff and myself were involved in reviewing the Year 7 reports and commenting on their progress.  With a few exceptions I must say how well the vast majority of our Year 7 students have settled in and it is good to see them making such obvious progress. I ask Year 7 parents to sit down with your son or daughter and to read through the report carefully giving praise where it is due and discussing areas for development where that is the case. Thank you.

 

IMPORTANT ACADIEMIES PRESENTATION LAST NIGHT

Last night a very important presentation took place at Bishop Walsh School, Sutton Coldfield at which the Diocesan Education Service was spelling out its position on academies.  Parents will be well aware from the national news that Mr Gove and the Government are strongly in favour of Academies.  Up to now the Archdiocese of Birmingham has resisted the idea.  That position appears to have changed somewhat and consequently Mr Docherty, our Chair of Governors, Mrs Kelly, Deputy Head, Mrs Williamson, Business Manager and myself were attending the meeting.  I am sure the Governors will wish to discuss the outcomes and we will report to parents in due course.  Watch this space!

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY!

Not a claim I would make for myself but it is wonderful to see the various ways in which we are now communicating with the outside world.  Some of you will be aware that we are now on Twitter and Mr Baker and others are tweeting several times a day! Not only that but thousands of people are hearing from us and some of them are responding very positively in kind.  This week we decided to launch a Facebook page to promote the Golden Jubilee next year.  Already we have had a great response to our golden Jubilee Appeal and I am sure we will now have an even bigger one.  If you any ideas for the Golden Jubilee please contact our Website and Marketing Manager, Mr James Ingram on j.ingram@stacs.bham.sch.uk.

 

BIRMINGHAM CATHOLIC PARTNERSHIP STORYTELLING PROJECT - A REPORT BY MR. RIDGEWAY

On Wednesday I had the privilege of welcoming Clare Murphy to St. Thomas Aquinas for the Birmingham Catholic Partnership Storytelling Project. Clare is a world renowned storyteller who has worked in places such as Spain and Portugal and is looking forward to her upcoming post as storyteller in residence in Canada. This project, in collaboration with The Irish in Birmingham, has enabled Clare to visit five of the Catholic Partnership schools as well as our own to work with a range of students.

Whilst in school, she has worked with fifteen of our year eight students developing their storytelling skills based around one of the Irish myths. The feedback that she gave at the end of the session showed just how much talent, dynamism and creativity there was in the group. A big thank you must go to all of those students involved and we now look forward to the celebration event, today, Friday 11 May 2012, at Archbishop Ilsley School. Editor's Note - And thank you to Mr Ridgeway too.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

As we now know, the winner of the 2012 Snooker World Championship is Ronnie O'Sullivan as we were correctly informed by Rrshai Bekoe from (Bosco,1A) who wins £10. Well done Rrshai.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

The final day of the Premier League Season is a very painful subject so I shall avoid asking who the 2012 champions are.  Instead a possible £10 to the person who tells me the third team to be relegated alongside Wolverhamptom Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. A clue - it's not Aston Villa - Just!

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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