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Friday Letter - Issue 33

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR HELP AND GUIDANCE BY JOSEPH BENNETT 12ELE

Father, please help people who are at war and families who have been torn in two.  Help them to experience your all powerful love.  Guide them to you and help them to realise that you are always with them, no matter how hard life is. Amen.

 

NEXT PARISH MASS - ST JOHN FISHER ON 19 JUNE

Everyone is most welcome to join us for the final Parish Mass of our school year which takes place at 6.00 pm on Saturday 19 June.  We always receive a very warm welcome from the parishioners of St John Fisher and I know that Fr George is looking forward to our visit which coincides with the celebration of the Parish Feast Day that weekend.  We have numerous former St John Fisher pupils in school so we look forward to an excellent turnout.  As always, everyone is welcome to join us.

 

MRS JANE THOMPSON RIP

We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Mrs Thompson following a long illness.  Jane's funeral was taking place this afternoon at St John Fisher and we pray for the repose of her soul.  We also remember in our prayers her son Edward (12GTI), former student Catherine, husband Martin and the whole family at this very sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

MRS LYNN O'DONNELL RIP

We were also shocked to hear of the sudden death of Lynn, the wife of my good friend and colleague, Seamus O'Donnell, headteacher of Archbishop Ilsley School.  Lynn died whilst visiting her parents in Australia and Seamus has flown out to bring Lynn's body back to Birmingham.  We pray for the repose of Lynn's soul and remember Seamus and his family and the community of Archbishop Ilsley at this very sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

FEAST DAY OF SS PETER AND PAUL - TUESDAY 29 JUNE

A reminder that school will open at 10.30 am on Tuesday 29 June to allow pupils to go to Mass in their parishes on this Holyday of Obligation.  Sadly, due to the examinations timetable we are unable to celebrate Mass in school.  Next week I shall publish the times of Masses available in our local parishes. 

 

THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO HANNAH

Today we say goodbye to Miss Hannah Walters who has done an outstanding job for the past two years as one of our Faculty Assistants.  Hannah has worked particularly closely with the English and Modern Languages Faculties and I know her work has been greatly valued by them.  Hannah plans to do some travelling before training to be a teacher at Newman College next year.  We thank her for all her work and wish her every success and happiness in the future.

 

WELCOME TO RICHARD

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Richard Miastowski who joined us this week as a Cover Supervisor and has already made an excellent start.  We wish him every success in his career with us. 

 

AND WELCOME BACK TO MRS MERRICK

It was wonderful to see Mrs Gerardine Merrick, our school librarian, on Monday morning returning to school after a very serious knee injury sustained last Christmas.  We wish her well with her continued recovery.

 

VERTICAL TUTORING LETTER NEXT FRIDAY

I alert all parents to a letter that I shall be sending next Friday indicating which House your son or daughter has been allocated.  The letter will also provide details about our plans to launch Vertical Tutoring on Monday 5 July so we have a three week trial and will be ready to hit the ground running in September.  Watch this space.

  

YEAR 6 PARENTS FORUM EVENING ON MONDAY

We have had an excellent response from the parents of Year 6 children who will be joining us in September to the invitation to our introductory evening on Monday.  We shall be following a similar format to last year with some short presentations including current Year 7 pupils followed by round table discussions and a plenary session to complete the evening.  Full report next week.

 

YEAR 11 DEPARTURE NEXT WEDNESDAY

We have been delighted by the response of Year 11 in recent weeks which, we believe, vindicates our decision to retain them in school long after other schools have released their students.  At present it is our intention to release Year 11 after school next Wednesday 16 June.  Watch this space.

 

YEAR 11 PROM NEXT THURSDAY, 17 JUNE

Just before half term we had the Year 11 Mass and Evening of Celebration which involved students and families.  Next Thursday is the chance for the year group to really dress up and enjoy themselves at the Prom which will take place at the Bromsgrove Hilton.  As always, I am sure we will be stunned by their appearance and the variety of vehicles that will transport them to the venue.  Do look out for the photographic evidence on www.stacs.org which will appear shortly.

 

GUERNSEY PARENTS' EVENING LAST NIGHT - REPORT FROM MR STEPHENSON

Thanks to all the parents who attended a very informative and action packed Guernsey Parents evening presentation last night in school. A healthy turnout of approx 180 parents and students lucky enough to get a place were present to hear Mr Stephenson & Mr Perry go through the details and itinery of the trip taking place in July along with meeting the other staff members. 

Editor's Note: And a big thank you to Mr Stephenson, Mr Perry and the Guernsey Staff Team without whom none of this would be possible.

 

EXCITING POLICE PROJECT IN NORTHFIELD CONSTITUENCY

I am pleased to inform you that along with the other six secondary schools in Northfield Constituency we are participating in an innovative project in which we shall be working closely with the police and other agencies regarding anti-social behaviour in the area and seeking worthwhile opportunities for youngsters particularly at weekends and in the school holidays.  I shall update you on progress as the project develops.

 

WELL DONE GIRLS!

Congratulations to four Year 8 and 9 girls who took part in a Gaelic Football tournament over the weekend at Aston University pitches.  Twenty teams from all over the country including representatives from Ireland were taking part in the two day competition.  Seven girls' teams took part with four Aquinas girls Maddie Smith (Captain), Katie Boot, Hayley Hunter and Ella Stephenson were fantastic representatives of the school and Sean McDermott's who they played for.  They won all of their five matches going unbeaten throughout the group stages and eased their way to the finals beating an Irish Team from Wicklow.  Well done girls!

 

YEAR 7 SCIENCE HOMEWORK - MESSAGE FROM MR ROBINSON

A reminder to all Year 7 pupils, and their parents, that the latest science homework topic is now live on moodle. Pupils have until Friday 18 June to complete the homework and hand it in to one of their science teachers. Pupils with any problems should see me well before the deadline!  We ask parents to encourage their son or daughter to access moodle sooner rather than later.

 

HEADTEACHER'S AWARD - WELL DONE LE'DEANNE!

Well done to Le'deanne Williams of 11MGE who has been nominated by Birmingham University as ‘Mentee of the Year' and will be presented with an award next Monday.  Full report shortly.

 

LAST QUIZ QUESTION

Before the holiday I asked who was the goalkeeper that Birmingham City had signed from Manchester United.  It is Ben Foster as we were correctly informed by Kieran Harris of 7HGI.  Well done to Blues fan Kieran who was delighted to win the prized Dan Preston shirt that he wore on his first team debut last season.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Well, it has to be the World Cup.  Who scored the first goal in the England v USA match this weekend?  NB If there wasn't one there won't be any more questions about the World Cup!

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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