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Friday Letter - Issue 34

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR SAINTS 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.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MASS NEXT WEDNESDAY

Next Wednesday we look forward to coming together as a whole school community to celebrate an important Holyday of Obligation as we give thanks for the two fathers of the Church, Peter and Paul.  I am sure it will be excellent - full report shortly.

 

FINAL PARISH MASS - A LOVELY CELEBRATION

It was a real privilege to join Fr George, Deacon Paul and the congregation for Mass at St John Fisher last Saturday.  There was a lovely atmosphere throughout and afterwards it was good to catch up with former students and several loyal supporters of our school.  As always, a big thank you to the staff who make it possible - Anne-Marie, our lay chaplain and our music staff, Mr Weekes supported on this occasion by Ms Stimpson.  And a big thank you to everyone who has been involved throughout the year in any capacity.  The annual programme of seven parish Masses is not matched by any other school in the Diocese and it's only possible because of the fantastic work of a dedicated team of staff and students.  Well done to them all.

 

FAMILY MASS ON 5 JULY

Our final Family Mass of the school year will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday week, 5 July.  Do make a note of it in your diary - a lovely way to complete the school year.

 

BILLIE-JAYNE'S DAY TODAY

As a Year 11 student she is not with us today but our non-uniform day is especially for her.  Billie is an inspiration to us all and we are determined, with your help, to enable her and her family to be able to do something that they will never forget.  Watch this space.

 

EXCELLENT YEAR 12 EVENING ON MONDAY

We had an excellent turnout of Year 12 students and their parents on Monday for our Higher Education evening.  The opportunity to go to university for those able to do so is still highly recommended but there is no doubt it is an expensive business.  Many students and parents, however, do not realise that there is considerable financial support available and the repayment of loans is required only when the former student has a permanent job and is earning a substantial salary.  The evaluations indicated how useful parents found the evening.  A big thank you, as ever to Mrs Kelly and Miss O'Reilly for their excellent presentations.

 

STRIKE ACTION NEXT THURSDAY

As parents know, several public sector unions have called a national strike next Thursday which involves hundreds of thousands of people across the country protesting against changes to pension arrangements.  Hopefully, all parents received a copy of my letter on Wednesday of this week outlining the position as I know it so far.  Since then I have been informed that in addition to the two teacher unions involved Unison which represents catering, cleaning and caretaking staff will also be on strike.  I hope to give parents at least 24 hours warning by letter next Wednesday if your child will be affected.  All I can say at this stage is that I expect considerable disruption with the possibility of a complete closure if there are clear risks to health and safety.  The one group that will definitely not be affected are those involved in public examinations.  All parents should check the website www.stacs.org for further details as they emerge. 

 

YEAR 5 VISITS - A GREAT SUCCESS!

Seven down - three to go!  We have been delighted to welcome the children from Year 5 from our feeder primary schools over the past couple of weeks.  As of today we have been visited by 7 of the 10 schools and, without exception they have had a great time.  Printing t-shirts, baking bread, firing rockets - a typical morning at St Thomas Aquinas!  Full report next week but, for now a huge thank you to Miss Lay and her amazing team particularly the teachers involved - Mrs Bayliss (Textiles), Mr McInerney (ICT), Mrs McGinley and Miss Ginns (Food) and Mr Robinson and Miss Aktar (Science).  

 

ART AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION - ANOTHER FANTASTIC YEAR!

I have lost count of the number of Art and Technology Exhibitions I have visited over the years.  The standard of our students' work both at GCSE and A Level continues to amaze.  And 2011 is as good as we have ever seen.  It was great to see so many proud parents and visitors on Wednesday evening admiring the exhibition.  Congratulations to all the students involved and I am sure the quality of their work will be duly rewarded in the examination results this summer. And, of course, it is only possible with the support of a remarkable team of teachers whose skill and dedication is there for all to see. A huge thank you to Mr Tinsley and the whole faculty!

 

BRONZE PRACTICE QUALIFICATION LAST WEEKEND - REPORT FROM MR McINERNEY  

Each year the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants get better and better and this year was no exception. After a full 3 months of training and preparation, 43 year 9 students descended on our annual Earlswood expedition full of excitement. Every single student has passed the first part of the expedition element and will now move forward to complete the qualification in July. Well done to Gemma Baker, Lucy Baker, Callum Beirne, Francesca Blagg, Jack Breen, Haydn Cadogan, Caitlin Chandra, Nancy Davis, Thomas Dempster, Jessica Denny, Beatrice Dix, Rian Doherty, Billy Duffy, Lauren Eaborn, Charlotte Flynn, Talia Gaye, Grace Gittings, Greg Grandon, Emma Harkin, Daniel Henry, Harri-Mae Hodge, Hannah Hogan, Joseph Kenny, Alice Kirz, Maraya Lactao, Nancy Ling, Sam Lougheed, Seonaid Mackenzie, Anna Maybury, Jack Mitchell, Minuri Paranagama, Rusarn Peters, Kamila Sawzdargo, Antony Seargent, Ella Stephenson, Harry Taylor, John Tibbits, Greg Torlinski, Mat Tully, Alicia Vaugh, Jhaic Villanueva, Bradley Walsh and Nicholas Whitehouse. Obviously, this could not be possible without the dedication of Mr Thomas who has helped oversee Bronze this year. I would also like to thank a whole host of staff and Sixth Form students who gave up their time so valiantly to help with the expedition: Tom Farrell, Gerry Grandon, Caroline Harkin, John Kenny, Sinead Laverty, Liam McHugh, Joe Mitchell, Colleen Murphy, Tom Stephenson, Katrina Walker, Miss Aktar, Mr Baker, Mrs Baker, Mrs Devlin Mr Flood, Mr Lowe, Mr Miastowski and Mrs Wiggins. A full report with pictures is available on the website www.stacs.org.

 

ATHLETICS TOURNAMENT REPORT FROM MR LOWE

On Monday 20th June 2011 students from St Thomas Aquinas travelled to Abbey Road Stadium in Redditch to compete in an athletics meet against Turves Green boys and girls schools. With, year 7, 8, 9 boys and girls competing and a small number of year 10 girls, St Thomas Aquinas took a strong squad to the event with the hope of victory.  Once again St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School students displayed the exemplary behaviour and sportsmanship we are becoming accustomed to. Our students interacted with the other schools athletes and it was a pleasure to see them competing and making new friends at the same time. Our students were a credit to our school in the way they were accepting both defeat and victory gracefully. A huge well done to all of our representatives who competed and a second well done for taking part and behaving in such a mature and respectable way.  See website for full write up!

 

SPORTS RESULTS

Boys Cricket

Year 8 lost to Kings Norton Boys     51-42

Year 9 lost to Kings Norton Boys     St Thomas Aquinas made 67 all out. Kings Norton Boys won the game by 7 wickets.

 

YEAR 13 LEAVERS' MEAL TONIGHT

This evening lots of staff will be joining the young men and women of Year 13 who are leaving us this year to take their place in the world.  They are a wonderful group and we wish them well with their important examination results and in their future lives.  I am sure we will have a wonderful evening together but as many of the group continue the celebrations on Broad Street I will be tucked up in bed by midnight! Full report next week.

        

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Mothers' Day 2011 took place on 3 April as we were correctly informed by Sarah-Louise Priest from Year 7 (FI 7D). Congratulations to Sarah-Louise who wins £5.00.               

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

President Obama announced this week that 10,000 American troops will be withdrawn from where by the end of 2011?

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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