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Friday Letter - Issue 34

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR THE NEEDY OF THE WORLD

As we being this day help us to become Christ to our neighbours; help us to become generous in spirit.  Give us an active concern for the poor, the sick, the lonely and the enslaved.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

ST JOHN FISHER PARISH MASS TOMORROW EVENING

A last minute reminder that our final Parish Mass of the school year takes place at St John Fisher, West Heath tomorrow at 6.00 pm.  I know that Fr George is looking forward to our visit and we are particularly pleased to be able to join the parish on the weekend when they will be celebrating their patronal feast day.  We always receive a wonderful welcome at St John Fisher and with so many former students in school we are expecting a really good turnout.  As always, everyone is welcome to join us.  Full report next week.

 

LATE START ON TUESDAY 29 JUNE

A reminder that school will begin for students at 10.30 am on Tuesday 29 June in order to allow them to attend Mass in their parishes on the feast day of Ss Peter and Paul which is a Holyday of Obligation.  I shall publish the times of Masses in our local parishes next week.

 

WELL DONE TO 9HRE

I was delighted to hear from Mrs James, Head of Year 9, that 9HRE (Mr Rees' form) turned out in force to support our voluntary Mass on Wednesday morning which, apparently, was a really lovely occasion.  It is all the more creditable as Mr Rees was not in school earlier this week so the students managed to do him proud in his absence.  I know he is very pleased with them, as we all are.  Well done to them all.

 

VERTICAL TUTORING LETTER

Today we posted over 800 letters to parents informing you of the details regarding our move to vertical tutoring from 5 July onwards.  Each letter includes the house which your son or daughter has been allocated, the head of house and the house colour which is important for school uniform next year.  A huge exercise and a big thank you to the heads of house and Mrs Lisa Taylor for coordinating the whole exercise.

 

TARGET REVIEW DAY ON FRIDAY 2 JULY

By now all parents of students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 should have received a letter of invitation to our Target Review Day on Friday 2 July.  We are always amazed and delighted by the response of parents who support their sons and daughters in huge numbers on an ordinary working day.  A reminder that all students should report to Reception in full school uniform with or without their parents 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.  All they need to bring is their school planner and they should leave the premises promptly following the interview.  Watch this space.

 

WELL DONE TO YEAR 11 ON THEIR DEPARTURE ON WEDNESDAY

Several weeks ago we informed Year 11 students and their parents that we would be formally releasing them from school on Wednesday 16 June.   We believe that for the majority of students it is beneficial to remain in school for as long as possible and this Wednesday was certainly much later than most schools.  I am delighted to report that in 17 years I have never seen a calmer and more orderly departure from school.  We had none of the high jinks that we have seen in the past and right until registration finished at 3.10 pm they were excellent.  Of course we do not know yet what their results will be in August but I can say that collectively they are a credit to their families and to their school. 

 

AND LAST NIGHT IT WAS THE YEAR 11 PROM

We had a wonderful evening last night at the Bromsgrove Hilton for the Year 11 Prom.  The students were just stunning in their suits and dresses and arrived in all manner of transport including a fire engine!  A really wonderful occasion.  Well done everyone and a big thank you to the numerous staff who supported the evening, particularly their Head of Year, Miss Stevens.  For all the photos check out the website www.stacs.org.

 

 

EXCELLENT PARENTS FORUM EVENING ON MONDAY

We were delighted with the terrific turnout of parents from Year 6 on Monday evening.  We had a very good turnout last year but it was even better this time round.  I was very pleased to introduce Mrs Anne Gannon as Chair of the Parents Forum, each of our eight heads of house and twenty six outstanding students from our current Year 7.  It was a privilege to hear from four of the students who were Jake Breen, Katelyn Burness, Millie King and Shaquille Palmer who described their personal experience in their first year in school.  They were quite superb.  And then there was the opportunity for round table discussion involving about ten new parents, a member of the Parents Forum, a member of staff and two or three Year 7 students.  All of the parents' questions were answered so well that there was really no need for a plenary question and answer session at the end.  The evaluations from the evening were extremely positive so this is clearly an event we need to retain.  And in just over a week's time we shall meet the Year 6 parents again with their children this time to discuss practical details about which house they will be allocated and the uniform requirements.  A big thank you to our Year 7 students and all the staff who supported the evening. 

 

NON UNIFORM DAY NEXT FRIDAY - PLEASE SUPPORT ST MARY'S

Next Friday, 25 June we are scheduled to have our third and final non uniform day of the school year.  On this occasion we will be supporting St Mary's Hospice which does such wonderful work and cares so well for so many.  Next Friday's collection is in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Mick Fitzgerald who was cared for by St Mary's and died at the beginning of this school year.  All students are asked to donate £1 to support this important cause.

 

A PLEA ON ROAD SAFETY - AGAIN!

This week we were visited by a former student who drives an emergency ambulance.  He dropped in to tell us that he has been appalled by the cavalier way in which some of our students cross the road - in this case a girl in the Sixth Form!  I ask parents yet again to stress that students should cross the road in the right way at the right place, otherwise they risk ending up in the ambulance or worse.

 

CYCLING TO SCHOOL - A MESSAGE FROM MRS BARCLAY

Please remind your son or daughter that if they wish to cycle to school and use the cycle shed they must have a letter of permission from parents stating that they are cycling with a helmet or without.  The letter is obtainable from Mrs Barclay.

 

WELL DONE BEN - A MESSAGE FROM MR WEEKES

Congratulations to Benedict Tibbits of 7AWE, who recently passed his Grade 5 Cello exam with a Merit.  This is a fantastic achievement for anybody, and it's an especially substantial achievement for somebody who is only in Year 7!   Well done Ben!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MRS NOLAN

We were pleased to be invited by Miss Coogan, Headteacher of St Brigid's to the special Mass marking the retirement of Mrs Brigid Nolan from St Brigid's after 39 years as a teacher.  Of course numerous pupils in our school will have been taught by Mrs Nolan and some of them will be representing us at the Mass on Thursday 22 July. 

 

CELEBRATION MASS FOR MR JIM HENRY

We were also very pleased to be invited to a celebration leaving Mass for Mr Jim Henry who has been Headteacher of St Joseph's, Kings Norton for the past 20 years.  All former St Joseph's pupils and their parents are warmly invited to join Mr Henry for the celebration Mass at 7.00 pm on Friday 16 July. 

 

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT NEXT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Like all schools we have been grappling with the problem posed by the 3.00 pm kickoff next Wednesday when England play Slovenia.  School will finish at the slightly earlier time of 2.50 pm and we are hoping to show it in the School Hall for those who wish to stay.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Fortunately there was a first scorer last Saturday when Steven Gerrard put England 1 - 0 up against the USA.  Unfortunately, things did not go to plan afterwards.  Let's hope that England put it right against Algeria this evening.  Well done to Eilish Hardy of 7GME for providing the correct answer and winning £5.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

It's almost the same question this week.  Name the scorer of the first goal in the England v Algeria game.

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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