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Friday Letter - Issue 35

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER - THE FEAST OF ST JOHN FISHER AND ST THOMAS MORE

Father, you confirm the true faith with the crown of martyrdom. May the prayers of St John Fisher and St Thomas More give us the courage to proclaim our faith by the witness of our lives. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son. AMEN.

 

FAMILY MASS AND MASS OF THANKSGIVING ON TUESDAY 3 JULY

A reminder that our final Family Mass of the school year will take place at 7:30pm in the School Hall on Tuesday 3 July. As usual, it will be combined with our Mass of Thanksgiving for the service of all the staff who are leaving us at the end of this term. I know that preparations are already well under way and it will be a lovely occasion. And afterwards there will be a light buffet with wine. I ask all our families to make this a real priority. Watch this space.

 

YEAR 3 RETREAT AT ST BRIGID'S - A REPORT FROM MISS SAMUEL

On Friday 15 June Year 7, 12 and 13 students from St Thomas Aquinas (plus last year's Year 13) supported Miss Samuel and Mr Toal in leading a special day for Year 3 children who were preparing for their First Holy Communion. The day involved prayer, reflection, drama, dance and lots of other activities. Our students were an absolute credit to St Thomas Aquinas and consequently the children responded with great enthusiasm and were perfectly behaved all day - a real credit to their teachers, Miss Fleetwood and Miss Ricketts. A special word of thanks to the year 7 girls who performed a beautiful dance to the St Teresa of Avila prayer "Christ has no body but yours". Well done to Mia Bennett, Nicole De Valliere, Martha Dix, Katie Farrell. Sinead Laverty, Emily Monaghan, Charlotte O'Neil, Louisa Osei, Nadya Rahman, Dominique Retelwske, Charlotte Steventon, Donchae Williams. Editor's Note - And a huge thank you to Miss Samuel and Mr Toal without whom this day would not have been possible.

 

YEAR 5 STUDENT COUNCIL EVENT - REPORT FROM MRS JAMES

On Wednesday 13 June 14 primary school pupils, from 7 schools, spent the day at St Thomas Aquinas with Mrs James and Hollie Parish. The Year 5 children were all representatives of their student councils. The aim of the day was to come up with a charity fund raising event that all their primary schools could be involved in for a worthwhile charity. The final decision was Birmingham Children's Hospital and the event will be a ‘wear what you like' day and a sponsored walk - see website for further information. The children were impeccably behaved and were excellent ambassadors for their school. Well done to Georgia Patrick and Tabatha Joy from St Brigid's, Sam Collins and Ammanuella Aghanenu from St Peter's, Liam Campbell and Freya Hewlett from St Joseph's, James Broadhurst and Tianna King from Our Lady and St Rose of Lima, George Fowke and Leah Evans from St James, Katie Priest and Rebecca Langley from St John Fisher and Mason Andrews-Dalton and Mia Hyde from St Columba's. Also thanks to Millie Cody and Kevin Paramananathon from St Thomas Aquinas who helped out during the day.

 

KITCHEN STAFF REQUIRED TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE

There are two temporary vacancies in the School Kitchen arisen to cover maternity leave. The posts are 12.5 hours per week, initially for 12 months but may be reviewed. If you are interested please contact Sarah Hawkeswood (Catering Manager) for more details on 464 7368. The Deadline Is Friday 6 July.

 

BEST OF BRITISH' SHOWCASE

On Monday 9 July at 7.00pm, we will be hosting a ‘Best of British Showcase. The evening will celebrate British artists in Dance, Drama and Music. Our showcase will feature performances from Dance Club, Drama Club, School Choir, Guitar Group, soloists and other instrumentalists. We hope that we can capture some of the excitement of the Golden Jubilee and forthcoming Olympics! Strawberries and cream and other British favourites will be available during the interval. There is no cost for tickets but you will be able to make voluntary donation during the interval which will go to charity. Please contact the school if you would like tickets for this event.

 

A LEVEL TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION

A level Art, Textiles, Graphicsand Product design students will be exhibiting their work on Thursday 28th June 3.30pm - 5.45pm in the Technology Faculty. All parents are warmly welcome to come in and join us on this lovely afternoon to celebrate students achievements.

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD PRESENTATION - REPORT BY MARY HAWKESFORD

On Monday 18 June I had the pleasure of attending a Duke of Edinburgh's Award presentation hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at a civic reception in the Council House, in recognition of the outstanding effort and contribution to the life of the City of Birmingham from 79 Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Silver Award recipients.

Lord Mayor Elect Councillor John Lines presented Mayoral certificates in the splendid Council Chamber followed by refreshments in the Banqueting Suite. Nineteen past and present students from St Thomas Aquinas School received awards and in his final address the Lord Mayor acknowledged their achievements and stated that the City of Birmingham " is proud of them". The students awarded were Emma Sargeant receiving Gold, with Silver awarded to Samuel Allan, Philip Cadogan, Jake Field, Grace Grandon, Sam Hawkesford, Matthew Hodges, Ali-Akbar Kazi, Nichola Kenny, Kundai Musara, Nikka Onia, Chris Pakes, Sian Peal, Anuj Savjani, Keiran Snowe, Johannes Sumulong, Kyle Thornton, Magdalena Towarek and Megan Tully. Editor's Note - Well done to our 19 outstanding students. It is quite remarkable that St Thomas Aquinas accounts for 25% of Duke of Edinburgh award winners across the whole of Birmingham. And thank you too to the numerous D of E staff who make it all possible.

 

WEST MIDLANDS SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012

We are delighted to announce that three students were selected to represent the South Birmingham Athletics squad recently. They competed in the West Midlands Athletics Championships on Saturday 16th June at Tipton athletics stadium They are Jacob O'Rourke Inter Boys 400 metres, Imran Famuyide Junior Boys 100 metres and Liam Cawthorne in Junior Boys shot. Many congratulations to them on a fantastic achievement.

 

GOLDEN JUBILEE APPEAL

The planning committee met again last night and plans are really taking shape. Former staff, Peter Roberts and Jim Docherty are heavily involved preparing a book and a film respectively which will be launched at the Open Day on Saturday 6 July 2013. On their behalf I am launching an appeal to anyone out there who has photos and memorabilia connected with the past 50 years of the school that they would be prepared to lend us. Items such as old blazers, ties, scarves or letters and programmes etc would be very welcome. If you can help please ring Sharon Williamson or June Simms on 464 4643.Thank you.

 

TONIGHT IT'S THE YEAR 11 PROM AND NEXT WEEK IT'S THE NOVOTEL

Life in the fast lane at St Thomas Aquinas! Tonight we look forward to joining Year 11 for their Prom. The weather is not too promising but I am sure that will not dampen the spirits. We look forward to seeing them all arrive in their finery and an amazing array of vehicles. I will be arriving in a Skoda! Either way I'm sure a great time will be had by all. And next Friday it's the turn of Year 13 and their Leavers' Meal. Afterwards I shall be in bed by midnight whilst most of the party will be moving to Broad Street. Oh to be young again!

 

LAST QUIZ QUESTION

Well done to Rene Adigbo (More House 1A) who wins £10 for correctly informing us that Wayne Rooney was the England player suspended for two games.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Today is the Feast Day of two of our House Patrons. In which years did St John Fisher and St Thomas More die? Email me at j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk for a possible £10 and don't forget to say who you are.

 

Yours sincerely

 

JIM FOLEY

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