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Friday Letter - Issue 34

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR HOPE

Lord, we have a hope of enough for everyone, of a world where your gifts are fairly shared and your creation flourishes as the barriers of injustice are broken down.  Convert our hope to truth, so that all humanity may flourish and all the earth cry out with joy. AMEN

 

A REMINDER - FAMILY MASS ON TUESDAY 3 JULY

A reminder to all parents and families that our final Family Mass of the school year will take place at 7:30pm on Tuesday 3 July.  As usual, we will combine the Family Mass with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of those members of staff who will be leaving us at the end of the year. I do ask you to make a special effort to join us on this important occasion and if you have never been before you will be all the more welcome.

 

EXCELLENT NEWS FROM ARCHBISHOP BERNARD

I am delighted to inform you that Archbishop Bernard has accepted our invitation to join us for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and he will celebrate Mass at the culmination of our school mission on Thursday 31 January 2013.  And now that I am on a roll I have invited the Vicar General, Monsignor Timothy Menezes, former student of St Thomas Aquinas, to celebrate Mass with us in the course of the year.  Watch this space.

 

MR CHRISTOPHER REAY RIP

I told you before half term of the very sad news of Chris's sudden death.  Chris was the brother of Mrs Margaret Keyes, our Office Manager and his funeral took place on Tuesday to a packed Church at St Brigid's. We pray for the repose of Chris's soul and think of his son Edward, Margaret and the whole family at this very sad time. May he rest in peace.

 

THANK YOU TO MR SMYLLIE AND THE SIXTH FORM GIRLS!

It was wonderful to see the photos this week from the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes last week.  A huge thank you to Mr Smyllie for making it possible and well dome to Kathleen Farrell and Mary Sandilands from Year 12. Check the website www.stacs.org for further details.

 

SS PETER AND PAUL WHOLE SCHOOL MASS

In two weeks time we will be gathering as a whole school community to celebrate Mass on the Feast Day of two great saints of the Church, Peter and Paul.  In their different ways they are an inspiration to us all and it will be good to reflect on their importance over two thousand years later.

 

A SINGLE CHARITY FOR OUR GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR?

I can tell you that we are currently reflecting on the idea of supporting a single charity next year on the basis that we are likely to raise a considerable sum and a single focus would ensure we made a real difference to a wonderful cause.  We are grateful for the advice and support of Mr Hugh Tibbit's, Parent Governor and a professional in the field.  Once we have clarified the process I shall let you know further details. 

 

FANTASTIC EVENING ON TUESDAY

It was wonderful to welcome a huge number of Year 6 parents to our Parents Forum Welcome Evening on Tuesday.  In  just over an hour we covered a huge amount of ground and the evaluations afterwards showed how much the parents appreciated the opportunity.  After a brief introduction from myself, Mrs Anne Gannon outlined the role of the Parents Forum and introduced her successor for September, Mr Anne Vile.  We then handed over to four fantastic Year 7 students (Chloe Powell, Mohammed Rathore, Panshe Nyamakanga, Hannah Kenny) who shared their experience of St Thomas Aquinas this year.  We then broke into round table discussions involving the Year 6 parents, current members of the Parents Forum, members of staff and current Year 7 students.  Following the discussions we then finished with a few questions from the floor.  Altogether, an excellent evening and a huge thank you to those involved in the organisation, particularly Miss Jordan. 

 

AND IT'S YEAR 6 AGAIN ON MONDAY 25 AND TUESDAY 26 JUNE

We look forward to welcoming Year 6 parents again on one of the evenings above but this time accompanied by their son or daughter.  We will be going through the major themes of working together in partnership but, even more importantly, we will be introducing your child's head of house who will go through the detailed arrangements.  And also on the evening there will be the opportunity to buy school uniform from either of our suppliers, Clive Mark or Mansuri.  Watch this space.

 

AND THIS WEEK THE YEAR 5 VISITS BEGIN!

There was a time (a very long time ago!) when the Summer Term was a time of rest and recuperation.  Starting today we were welcoming the Year 5 children from St Pauls Primary School who will have a fantastic time engaging in all sorts of exciting activities and the programme will run over the next couple of weeks. A huge thank you to Miss Lay, Hollie Parish and the whole team for all their work.  Full report next week.

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS - WEBSITE OF THE YEAR?

I am delighted to tell you that we have been nominated as one of two finalists for the prestigious title of school website of the year by the Evening Mail.  We are hopeful that we will be successful but either way it's a great tribute to everyone involved for what I know you will agree is a great resource for our school.  Please do logon to www.stacs.org on a regular basis.  

 

STORYTELLING PROJECT HITS THE PRESS

I was delighted to share with you Mr Ridgeways report of the involvement of 15 fantastic Year 8 students in a storytelling project with professional storyteller, Clare Murphy recently.  It was lovely to see lots of pictures of the students with Claire and Mr Ridgeway in the press.  Well done everyone.

 

FANTASTIC SCIENCE PRESENTATIONTO GOVERNORS LAST NIGHT

Congratulations to the Science Faculty who presented their work to the Governing Body last night.  It really was a pleasure to hear about the progress that has been made but even better to witness the enthusiasm of some fantastic students who demonstrated some amazing experiments.  Well done to Liam Barber, Charlotte Flynn, Lucy Briscoe, Nathan Vidaurri, Patrick Windsor, Daniel Byrne, Heshey Abrina, Anna Powell, Molly Lewis, Cloe Powell, Phoebe Stephenson, Judyth Last, Mohammed Rathore and Rhys Lowry and thank you to the staff involved, Mrs Righton, Mr Robinson, Mrs Hawkesford and Mrs Kavanagh.

 

A LETTER TO ALL PARENTS NEXT THURSDAY

Like all outstanding schools we are constantly reviewing our practice and seeking to improve in everything we do.  In recent months we have discussed some important changes we wish to make in our management of  behaviour and safety in school that we believe will make us even more successful.  Next Thursday I will write to all parents spelling out those changes we are planning for September. Please make sure you receive your copy which will be on blue paper.

 

NON UNIFORM DAY NEXT WEEK CANCELLED

We had originally planned to hold a non uniform day next Friday, 22 June.  This has been cancelled.

 

BEST OF BRITISH SHOWCASE

A big thank you to Mrs Cutler and the Performing Arts Faculty who are producing a Best of British Showcase on Monday 9 July. Further details next week.

 

LAST QUIZ QUESTION

I asked for the date of the Queen's Coronation and lots of students correctly informed me that it took place on  2 June 1953.  Well done to Cameron Galloway (6C, Newman House) who wins £10. 

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

A famous England player has been suspended for the first two games of the European Championship but should return for the match against Ukraine.  For the possibility of £10 tell me who he is and remember to tell me who you are on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY   

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