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Friday Letter - Issue 37

DEAR PARENTS

A PRAYER - THANK YOU GOD

As we near the end of this school year, we have many memories. Happy times with friends and families, many lessons learned in our school, games we have played and holidays enjoyed, the pleasure we get from our leisure time and hobbies. Thank you for all our blessings. Thank you. Amen.

GEORGE GALEA - PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM

As you know, I wrote to all parents on Tuesday requesting your prayers for George who is very seriously ill. We are all stunned by what has happened and we have prayed constantly for George ever since we heard the news. I ask you, our families to also pray for George, his parents and the whole family including Liam in Year 13 and Katelyn in Year 12 at this very anxious time. Thank you.

WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY MASS LAST WEEK

You may have been with us or you may have read it on the website but I must say it was a truly wonderful celebration led by Father Stefan. We combined the termly Family Mass with a Mass of Thanksgiving for all those staff who are leaving us at the end of term. It was a pleasure to welcome them and their families as well as many former colleagues who turned out in force. We prayed for George and for many special intentions but we particularly thanked God for the service and friendship of our colleagues who are moving on. It was also a privilege to welcome Father Seamus from Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Quinton on his first visit to St Thomas Aquinas. At 82 years young we look forward to seeing Father Seamus, who charmed us all, many times in the future.

WHOLE SCHOOL MASS NEXT FRIDAY

Next Friday we look forward to what is sure to be another wonderful celebration as we thank God for another school year and for our well deserved summer holiday.

MRS ANGIE JOHNSON RIP

We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Angie, the sister of Mrs Isabel O'Connell from the RE Faculty. We pray for the repose of Angie's soul and think of Isabel and the whole family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

MRS MARY LUCAS RIP

We were also greatly saddened to hear of the death of Mary Lucas, the mother of Mrs Siobhan Burnley, Foundation Governor in our school and grandmother of Michael Burnley in Year 11 (6C More House). We pray for the repose of Mary's soul and think of Siobhan, Michael and the whole family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

TARGET REVIEW DAY LAST FRIDAY - ANOTHER GREAT SUCCESS

Despite the truly awful weather we were delighted by the turnout and the evaluations from last Friday's Target Review Day. From time to time given the excellent turnouts we get at parents' evenings we have wondered whether parents need the additional two days in November and July. However, given that 70% of parents regularly attend their children's appointments and reading your feedback it is clear the individual attention given to each student is genuinely appreciated. Thank you once again for your remarkable support.

EARLY FINISH NEXT FRIDAY

As you know, next Friday, 20 July is the final day of the school year and it will be finishing with our whole school Mass and Sports Awards Assembly. If all goes well we will be releasing the students with their Friday Letters at 12:30pm.

GOOD LUCK TO THE TAIZE PARTY

Last weekend the Taize group from the Sixth Form set off with Mrs Devlin and Mr Ridgeway for the world famous retreat centre in France. I am sure they will have a wonderful time socially and spiritually. Full report shortly.

AND LIKEWISE TO THE GUERNSEY GROUP

Last Saturday Mr Miastowski, Mr Stacey and Mr Thomas set off with a fine band of Year 9 boys as the Guernsey Advance Party. And bright and early on Wednesday morning it was great to see the excitement of the Year 7 students who set off under the leadership of Mr Stephenson as the main party. The weather was not too promising in Brum but I am sure the sun will shine brightly for the next 10 days on the island. Watch this space.

ACTIVITIES WEEK NEXT WEEK

There is a great deal going on in school over the next week and yesterday students received a letter from Mrs Kelly outlining the programme. It includes Retreat Day next Wednesday and Sports Day (weather permitting) next Thursday. Watch this space.

THE BEST OF BRITISH SHOWCASE - WHAT AN EVENING WE HAD ON MONDAY

It was an absolute privilege to be present for our Best of British Showcase on Monday evening. There were countless proud parents and families who came to witness the remarkable talent of their children as dancers, actors, singers or musicians. From first to last there was something for everyone from classical to rap and from familiar favourites to new creations. We had a truly dramatic scene from the witches of Macbeth and two spectacular dance performances from the Aquinas Dance Club. The Choir were terrific as well as outstanding individual performances from John Tibbits, Olivia Young and Chris Tierney. And at the end we were blown away by Sir Elton John otherwise known as Mr Andrew Weekes who performed Rocket Man and Your Song. The whole show was pulled together by our very own Mrs Penny Ulmkalns who was a fantastic compere appearing as a vision in her remarkable union jack dress. As always, none of this would be possible without an incredible commitment from lots of staff. Congratulations to the Performing Arts Faculty led by Miss Cutler and supported by Mrs Bentley, Miss Julius, Miss Stimson, Mr Weekes and colleagues from Birmingham Music Service. And a special thank you for Mrs Yates as Director of Dance who choreographed over fifty dancers. It really does augur well for our full scale school production which will take place in July 2013. Watch this space.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME - REPORT FROM MR TOAL

Late on Tuesday 3 July 28 students and 4 members of staff arrived back at school with tired eyes, a few blisters on their feet, but many memories of a magical visit to the Eternal City. Students were on the go for the 6 days from early morning until late at night trying to capture as many of the sights of Rome as possible. On the Sunday students were able to take part in an international Mass at a major basilica followed by the traditional Papal Blessing with thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square. And in the evening students gathered again with thousands of Italians in the square of San Giovanne to cheer on Italy in the final of Euro 2012. Many thanks to Mrs O'Connell, Miss Samuel, Mr Smyllie and Mr Toal for returning all the students safely to their parents.

LAST QUIZ QUESTION

A little unsual in that we have two winners this week. Well done to both who told us that Spain are the European Football Champions 2012. Congratulations to Malik Foster from Year 10 ( 6C, Newman) who wins 10 and also to a very enterprising young man, Rhodri Roberts from Year 6 in Green Meadow Primary School. Rhodri has already received his prize and is very much looking forward to joining Year 7 in September. Well done Rhodri!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

The Olympics 2012 are now just two weeks away. In which year were the Olympics last held in Britain? For the possibility of 10 email me on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk and remember to tell me who you are.

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY
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