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Friday Letter - Issue 33

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FOR OUR DEPARTING STUDENTS

Lord, we ask you to bless our Year 11 students who left us formally yesterday and with whom we enjoyed a wonderful evening last night. Bless them in their remaining GCSE examinations and we look forward to seeing most of them again in the Sixth Form. And we ask you particularly to bless Year 13 who left us today.  We ask that they achieve all they hope for in their examination results and in their future lives. Amen.

 

A REMINDER - FAMILY MASS ON TUESDAY 3 JULY

Everyone is most warmly welcome to join us for our final Family Mass of the school year.  In line with tradition we will combine our Summer Term Family Mass with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the staff who are leaving us at the end of the year.  I ask you to make a special effort to attend this important celebration.

 

YEAR 13 LEAVERS MASS TODAY

Today we said goodbye to our Year 13 students.  For most of them it marked the final Mass as a group that have been together for the past 7 Years.  They were dressed in all their finery and in high spirits as they recalled the many experiences they have shared together.  I am sure that most of them have made friendships at Tommy's that will last a lifetime and they will look back on today with nostalgia and affection. Thank you, as ever, to Father Stefan and to all who supported him in the celebration of the Mass.

 

YEAR 11 EVENING OF CELEBRATION - ANOTHER WONDERFUL OCCASION

What a privilege it was to be present last night for a really special occasion.  We began the evening in the perfect way by celebrating Mass together and then in the second half we focused on the achievements of a very special year group - the class of 2012. There was time for just 3 performances and there could have been many more but the eight students who sang and danced through "wherever you will go", "I won't give up" and "feeling good" were quite incredible.  Well done to Casey Meakin, Olivia O'Connell, Kate Sumulong, Katie Boot, Jessica Payne, Chris Tierney and the star of the show, Josh Gannon. Amazing as the performers were it was the section "what does Aquinas mean to me?" that brought a tear to my eye. Well done again to Tyrell Aldred-Jevons Jordan Field, Ursula Hardy, Hannah Higgins and Louis Cavanagh for sharing their unique memories of the past five years. Of course we will see most of Year 11 back in the Sixth Form in September and we will have another memorable evening at the Year 11 Prom at the Bromsgrove Hilton on 22 June.  For those who will be moving on to pastures new we especially pass on our prayers and good wishes for their future lives.  May God bless them all.

 

MR CHRIS REAY RIP

Last week I told you the sad news of the deaths of Mrs Margaret Geogeghan and Mrs Patricia Sullivan and we continue to pray for the repose of their souls and for Maxine, Dawn and their families.  We were greatly saddened to hear on Monday morning of the sudden death of Chris, the brother of Mrs Margaret Keyes, our Office Manager.  We pray for the repose of Chris's soul and think of Margaret and all her family at this very sad time.  May he rest in peace.

 

GOOD LUCK TO MR SMYLLIE, KATHLEEN AND MARY

I am delighted to tell you that Mr Paul Smyllie from the PE Faculty will be accompanying Kathleen Farrell and Mary Sandilands on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this coming week led by Archbishop Bernard.  Even though we do a huge amount in terms of Catholic life at Aquinas this is a very welcome first for us and we thank Mr Smyllie for making it possible.  Watch this space. 

 

YEAR 6 INDUCTION EVENING ON TUESDAY 12 JUNE

We are very much looking forward to meeting the parents of our new students who will be joining Year 7 in September.  I am sure there will be a great turnout in the Sportshall for the evening which will be in two  halves.  At the beginning senior staff, current Year 7 students and the Chair of the Parents Forum will address the meeting and in the second half there will be round table discussions involving current staff, students and parents plus the new parents. I am sure that, as over the past three years, it will be a great success.  Full report shortly.

 

WYCHALL PRIMARY STUDENTS RECORD A CD AT AQUINAS FOR THE DIAMOND JUBILEE

On Wednesday it was a privilege for our school to host students from Wychall Primary School. Students from Years 4-6 have worked hard with their Music teacher to learn a number of songs to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. They set us the challenge of producing a completed CD in just two hours! A challenge for even the most professional musician! The students were amazing and recorded many of their songs in one take. Thank you to Wychall Primary School's Music teacher, Laura, Mr Weekes who was the Sound Engineer and Dominic Sutton in Year 13 who was the Music Producer for the project. All worked at a very fast pace to meet the ambitious deadline. The Primary School will be posting a copy of their CD to the Queen.  Let's hope she has a few spare minutes over the weekend to listen to their wonderful recording.

 

YEAR 12 EDUCATION EVENING ON MONDAY

It was good to welcome Year 12 students and their parents on Monday evening for their Higher Education Evening.  And thank you too to our excellent trio of staff, Mrs Kelly, Miss O'Reilly and Mrs James who presented so well.  The key questions are why go to university? what course should I do at university? what university should I apply to? how much will it cost to go to university? what support will I receive in school to ensure I can answer each of the previous questions.  I think it is fair to say they were all answered.

 

WELL DONE TO OUR SHORT STORY WRITERS FROM YEAR 8

I was delighted to receive an impressive publication called "mini sagas - swashbuckling stories" in which 65 of our students had stories published.  There are far too many to mention by name but they know who they are and so do their teachers and parents. Well done to each and every one of them.

 

A NOTICE FROM OUR CATERING MANAGER - MS SARAH HAWKESWOOD

I am sure you will agree waiting in a long queue is something none of us like to endure.  On this note I would like to ask if where possible, to give your child his or her lunch money for the week on a different day to Monday.  The queue on a Monday is huge and students are spending most of their well-deserved break time waiting to credit their account, whereas the rest of the week the queue is minimal.  Also remember we have a cheque box, so you can credit your child's account with as much as you like.  This also means they do not need to carry cash to school and you know the money is being spent on a school lunch

 

WORLD RELIGIONS COMPETITION - A NOTICE FROM MRS LOCKYEAR

As part of the tutor programme, students took part in a quiz based on World Religions.  Students were encouraged to go to the ARC to complete research to help them with their answers.  Each form completed one quiz and the total for each form was added to the total for the rest of the forms in their House.  The results are as follows: 1st Teresa House, 2nd Bosco House and 3rd More House.  Congratulations to Teresa House and all students and form tutors who took part. Special thanks to Mrs Merrick in the ARC for the help in overseeing the competition.

 

THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE OVER HALF TERM

A reminder that Mr McInerney and his intrepid team are undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge (Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell Pike) over half term.  I have promised them sponsorship for Acorns Hospice as long as they all report fit and well for duty on Monday 11 June! If you would like to support this great cause please do so by donating online to www.justgiving.com/stacs3peakschallenge. Watch this space.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Congratulations to Tommy Sheils from Year 7 ( Bosco,6C ) who correctly informed us that the famous Bee Gee who died recently was Robbin Gibb. Well done Tommy who wins £10.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

On Monday we celebrate a national holiday to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  For a possible £10 email me on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk and let me know the date of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation to the throne.

 

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY   

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