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Friday Letter - Issue 31

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR CALM DURING EXAMS

Lord teach me how to still my racing thoughts.  Help me to come to you arguing nothing, pleading nothing, asking nothing, except to be still in your presence.  Give me the faith that will enable me to lay my burdens at your feet, and to leave them there in exchange for peace which passes all understanding. Amen.

 

LOVELY MASS AT ST JOHN FISHER LAST SATURDAY

It was a real pleasure to join Father George and his parishioners at the 6:00pm Mass last Saturday.  A huge thank you to Father George for his warm welcome and very kind words about our school.  And thank you too to the students who were excellent ambassadors and participated so well.  As always, a big thank you to the staff for their encouragement and support particularly Mrs Cutler, Anne-Marie and Mr Smith who could be heard loud and clear! This completes the 2011 - 2012 South Birmingham Deanery Tour.  Congratulations to everyone who supported us at each of the seven Parish Masses in the course of the year. And of course it all begins again in September!!!

 

YESTERDAY WAS THE ANNUAL GOOD SHEPHERD MASS - REPORT FROM ANNE-MARIE

On Thursday 17 May I accompanied Mr Smith and 26 students, in Years 7-10 to St Chad's Cathedral to attend one of the annual Good Shepherd Masses for Father Hudson's Society. The Mass is a celebration and a thank you to the schools in the area that have raised money for the Society, particularly through their Lenten Good Shepherd Appeal, and the Cathedral was packed with young people from all over Birmingham.  For the first time this year it was our privilege to be asked to do the music for the Mass, with Mr Smith ably leading us. The Mass was a wonderful celebration and our students sang enthusiastically and were a credit to the school. It was a real pleasure to be part of the choir for the Mass. Thank you to all the students involved and also to Mr Smith for leading us so well.

 

YEAR 11 EVENING OF CELEBRATION - THURSDAY 31 MAY

By now all parents and families of students in Year 11 should be well aware that we will be marking the departure of Year 11 from school with our traditional Evening of Celebration.  We will begin with Mass at 7:00pm which will then be followed by recognition of particular achievements and reflections on the past five years.  As always, I am quite sure it will be a fitting and enjoyable celebration much appreciated by students, staff and parents. A reminder that all students must be in perfect school uniform for this occasion.  Of course it will be very different on Friday 22 June when Year 11 will arrive in all manner of outrageous vehicles for their Prom at the Bromsgrove Hilton. Watch this space.

 

YEAR 13 LEAVERS MASS - FRIDAY 1 JUNE

Year 11 will formally leave us on 31 May but, of course, the large majority will be returning to us in the Sixth Form.  Year 13 will be leaving us permanently for the big wide world! This week I was reminding them at their assembly of how they have grown (literally) as people over the past seven years. As always, it will be a very emotional occasion as we thank God for the blessings he has given us through each and every member of Year 13.  If parents would like to join us at 11:30am they will be very welcome.

 

PENTECOST INTER-CULTURAL MASS AT ST BRIGID'S

Everyone is most warmly invited to this special Mass which will take place at 5:00pm on Saturday 26 May to celebrate the birthday of the Church and the joy of the Parish community in all its diversity.  National costumes and colours are encouraged and there will be a party afterwards which everyone is most welcome to attend.  Last year's celebration was very successful and well attended (prayers, hymns and readings in a variety of languages etc) and we hope that this year's will be an even bigger success.

 

MRS ANGELA GATELY RIP

We were saddened to hear this week of the death of Angela, a long serving member of staff and parent at St Paul's Catholic Primary School. Angela's funeral takes place next Wednesday, 23 May at St Paul's.  We pray for the repose of Angela's soul and remember her family and friends at this sad time. May she rest in peace. 

 

WELCOME TO MR MARTIN FLYNN

The Governing Body met last night and we were pleased to welcome Mr Martin Flynn as our new Parent Governor.  Martin will be supporting the PE Faculty and Teresa House and we wish him well in his new role.

 

NEVER MIND LONDON - NEXT WEDNESDAY IT'S THE YEAR 5 OLYMPICS!

I know there is great excitement in our Catholic Primary feeder schools as they look forward to their Olympic tournament taking place next Wednesday afternoon at Hadley Stadium.  At some stage I hope to join them (strictly as a spectator, you understand) and enjoy seeing the next Usain Bolt or Jessica Ennis.  More importantly, I am sure they will all be winners.  Full report next week.

 

PRIMARY VISITS WELL UNDERWAY

A big thank you to Miss Lay and her team who are currently very busy visiting all our feeder Primary schools to find out more about the Year 6 children who will be joining us in September.  In the meantime we are also very conscious of parents so we are also preparing to meet them.  Our introductory evening for all parents will now take place on Tuesday 12 June and the evenings for parents with their children will take place on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June. 

 

THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS FORUM

We had an excellent meeting on Monday evening to discuss various issues connected to your children's education.  Thank you to Mr James Ingram who updated the parents on the St Thomas Aquinas App which has been recently developed in partnership with Mr Andrew Weekes.  The Forum were greatly impressed by this exciting new development and discussed further ideas about its future application.  The main business concerned preparation for the Year 6 evening on Tuesday 12 June which has proved to be very successful in recent years.  And an important decision was made.  Mrs Anne Gannon who has chaired the Forum for the past 3 years will be leaving at the end of the year and will be succeeded by Mrs Anne Vile.  A huge thank you to Mrs Gannon for her fantastic work as a member of the Forum from the beginning and as Chair.  I am pleased to report that Anne will remain as a Foundation Governor of our school .  And thanks also to Mrs Vile who I know will do a fantastic job. If any parents would like to join the Forum simply let us know by ringing 464 4643 or email enquiry@stacs.bham.sch.uk Thank you.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING - CHANGE OF DATE

I ask all year 12 parents and students to note the change of date for the Higher Education evening.  It will now take place at 7:00pm in the Sixth Form Common Room on Monday 28 May.

 

OGWEN COTTAGE 2012 - REPORT FROM MR HOUSTON

34 year 9 students recently travelled to Snowdonia to the Ogwen Cottage Outdoor Pursuits Centre where they enjoyed a wonderful week taking part in several exciting activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, mountain walking and sea level traversing.  The students had to prepare for the trip by improving their fitness levels over several months in the lead up to the trip.  Our students responded so well to the challenges throughout the week. The instructors were very complimentary not only of our students on this trip but also of St Thomas Aquinas School generally when it comes to our students aptitude and willingness to work hard whilst at Ogwen.  Well done everyone, you can be proud of your achievements.  Thank you to Mrs Lisa Taylor who accompanied the students on the trip.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Congratulations to Sarah-Louise Priest (Fisher,2A) who correctly informed us that it was Bolton Wanderers who joined Blackburn and Wolves as the relegated teams from the Premiership last Sunday and wins £10. Well done to Manchester City on their success as the new champions (choke!).

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Football is now off limits. For a possible £10 who was installed this week as the new President of France? Email me on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk .

 

Yours sincerely 

JIM FOLEY

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