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Friday Letter - Issue 35

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR SAINT PETER AND PAUL - FATHERS OF THE CHURCH

We thank you, Lord for the example given by St Peter and St Paul.  May we be like St Peter and stand firm in our faith.  May we be like St Paul and spread your word to others.  May we strive for the courage that they showed in giving their lives for the sake of the Church.  Amen.

 

EXCELLENT PARISH MASS AT ST JOHN FISHER CHURCH LAST SATURDAY

It was a pleasure to visit Fr George, Deacon Paul and the parish of St John Fisher, West Heath last Saturday for our final Parish Mass of the school year.  It was particularly pleasing to join the parish for their Patronal Feast Day and we were able to join in the celebration of their patron saint who, I am pleased to say, is also one of the patrons in our new House System.  We had a good turnout of students and the choir and musicians did us proud, particularly the girls who sang during Communion and were commended by several parishioners afterwards.  Thank you, as ever, to Anne-Marie and Mr Weekes for all their work.

 

SS PETER AND PAUL FEAST DAY ON TUESDAY

As you know, Tuesday is a Holyday of Obligation and as we are unable to use the Sportshall for Mass due to the examination timetable we shall be opening at 10.30 am to allow students to go to Mass in one of the parishes shown below:

St Brigid's, Northfield                                                 9.30 am

St John Fisher, West Heath,                                      9.15 am

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Rednal                   9.15 am        

St Peter's, Bartley Green                                           9.15 am

Following arrival at 10.30 am on Tuesday students should go to their tutor group where they will remain until 11.20 am preparing for Target Review Day.  Normal timetable will then resume from Period 3 onwards. 

 

EXCELLENT EUCHARISTIC SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY MORNING

This week it was the turn of 7GME to take part in the Wednesday morning Mass.  Fr Stefan is on retreat so Mr Smith led a lovely Eucharistic Service on the theme of helping others.  Mrs Merrick had organised a lovely service with the Communion Reflection being a very moving mime by the whole class to a song based on the Prayer of St Theresa of Avila - ‘Christ has no body now but yours...', as Mr Smith said, their actions spoke louder that words.  All present agreed it was a truly lovely occasion.  Well done to 7GME and particularly to Mrs Merrick, who worked so hard in preparing her form.

 

VERY SPECIAL FAMILY MASS ON THURSDAY 8 JULY

Everyone is very welcome to join us for our final Family Mass of the school year which has been moved to Thursday 8 July.  In addition to the normal celebration we are also giving thanks for the service of two very special people.  Mrs Nuala Jones and Mrs Irene Barclay are retiring at the end of term as Deputy and Assistant Headteacher respectively.  Both Nuala and Irene have been wonderful servants of our school and I am sure many parents and families will wish to join us for this special Mass which begins at 7.30 pm. 

 

MRS FREDA WARD RIP

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Mrs Ward, the mother of Mrs Liz Munro who is our Pastoral Support Officer in the Manion Centre.  Freda died on Wednesday morning aged 96.  We pray for the repose of her soul and think of Liz and the whole family at this sad time.  May she rest in peace.

 

THE HOUSE SYSTEM BEGINS ON MONDAY 5 JULY!

We are looking forward to the launch of our vertical tutoring system which begins with an extended tutor period on Monday 5 July.  That morning our current Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will meet their new tutors in 64 groups around the school and will remain in those groups until the end of term.  By now all parents should know which House your son or daughter has been allocated, the name of the Head of House and the House colour which is important for the school uniform.  Please note a mistake in the original letter so students in John Paul House have purple as their colour and for those in Newman House it is orange.  Next week I shall outline the uniform requirements in more detail including the special offers that our two suppliers, Clive Mark and Mansuri are currently making.

 

YEAR 6 EVENINGS NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY

On Monday and Tuesday evenings next week we look forward to meeting the children of Year 6 who will be joining us in September along with their parents.  They will be meeting their Head of House and will be given more practical details about life at St Thomas Aquinas.  Watch this space.

 

EXCELLENT HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING ON MONDAY

We had to compete with the counter attractions of the World Cup, Wimbledon and a blisteringly warm evening but our Year 12 students and their parents showed remarkable commitment by packing out the Sixth Form Common Room for our Higher Education Evening.  A big thank you to Miss Samuel, Miss O'Reilly and Mrs Kelly for their contributions and to the Year 12 tutor team.  A very good evening.

 

NEXT FRIDAY IS TARGET REVIEW DAY

By now all students from Year 7 to 10 should have their targets for every subject clearly written out in their planners.  Hopefully, we will see 100% turnout of students and a very large number of parents too.  Watch this space.

 

ANNUAL EXHIBITION - AN INVITATION FROM MRS TINSLEY

You are cordially invited to the Technology/Art and Design/Graphics Exhibition on Monday 28 June in the Technology Block.  Join us for cheese and wine and an opportunity to see the wonderful work of our students between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice Expedition - REPORT FROM MR MCINERNEY

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualification took place last weekend.  We were blessed with the weather and all pupils preformed magnificently.  Despite a few setbacks encountered by all groups, all pupils passed the first part of their assessment.  The second part of their assessment involves a group presentation.  All presentations will be delivered on Wednesday 7th July at 3.30 pm.  If you would like to attend these presentations and find out exactly what the students learnt and experienced please contact me via email mcinerneyj@stacs.bham.sch.uk before that date.  For a more detailed account of the expedition please log onto www.stacs.org.  Well done to: Tyrell Aldred-Jevons, Tegan Bates, Sophie Bates, Katie Boot, Courtney Burley, Reece Chapman Carey, Hannah Cremin, Scarlett Darby, Amanda De Valliere, Pearse Duffy, Joshua Gannon, Katie Greaves, Ursula Hardy, Ellen Herbert, Hannah Higgins, Danielle Hodge, Hayley Hunter, Michael Kenny, Luke Kiely, Catherine Laverty, Benjamin Love, Claire Martin, Molly McDonald, James McKee, Andrew Parkes, Tre'rail Peters, Declan Reville, Abi-Lee Roberts, Michael Sargeant, Leah Skerrett, Maddison Smith, Gregory Stanley, Kate Sumulong, Joanna Torlinski.  Also thank you to our VI form students Tom Farrell, Gerry Grandon, Andrew Kenny, Emily Monaghan and Emma Sergeant who have now almost completed their Gold service.  Finally this could not have happened without the help from Mr Baker, Mrs Baker Mrs Bell Mrs Devlin, Mr Flood, Mr Robinson Mr Stephenson and Mrs Taylor. 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO HAYDN CADOGAN - REPORT FROM MR WEEKES

Congratulations to Haydn Cadogan of 8EWO who got accepted in to the Birmingham School Concert Orchestra after his audition on Saturday 12 June.  Haydn is an accomplished Violinist and he should be very proud of this achievement.  Well done Haydn!

 

A GREAT OCCASION ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

It's amazing how a football team can go from zeros to heroes in 90 minutes!  We had a lovely atmosphere in school as around 100 students and lots of staff remained behind to watch the game on the big screen.  And thank goodness for the right result - just!  And now for Germany.

 

WHAT IS FOOTBALL?

The World Cup draw reminds me of the old joke. A group of Earthlings arrive on Mars and are asked to explain football.  They are told football is a simple game.  22 men run around a field for 90 minutes for no outcome.  And then they do it for 30 more minutes for no outcome.  And then they take penalties.  And then the Germans win.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

What a disaster as England and Algeria ended in a dreadful 0 - 0 score line so there were no winners for last week's quiz but never mind because this week it's a £10 rollover.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

The same again.  For £10 who scored the first goal in the England v Germany game?

 

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY

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