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Friday Letter - Issue 31

DEAR PARENTS

 

A PRAYER FROM THE YEAR OF FAITH

This is our faith.  This is the faith of the Church.  We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

 

A EASTERTIDE BLESSING FROM WALK WITH ME

Bless us, O Lord, as we show our faith in action in the coming week.  Bless us, O Lord as we recognise in another person a thirst for the fulfilment we are able to share.  Bless us, O Lord, by freeing us from the excuses that hinder our growth in faith, hope and love.

 

ST JOHN FISHER PARISH MASS TOMORROW

A final reminder that everyone is welcome to join us for our final Parish Mass of the 2013-14 School Year.  We look forward to joining Fr George and his parishioners for what I am sure will be a lovely celebration.  We have lots of former St John Fisher students in school so we hope to see a good number of them tomorrow.  Full report next week.

 

YEAR 13 LEAVERS MASS ON FRIDAY 23 MAY 11.30

Next Friday we look forward to another important spiritual occasion in the life of our school.  It will be the final Mass for our most senior students who will be focused on their important examinations over the next few weeks and will then go off to universities and other destinations all over the country.  It is always a very moving and emotional occasion for our students most of whom have been with us for the past 7 years.  I am sure that following the Mass there will be many reflections, lots of photographs, a great deal of laughter and a few tears as well.  Watch this space.

 

B30 FOOD BANK IN COTTERIDGE

It is great that we are able to donate £960 to the B30 Food Bank in Cotteridge which  represents 10% of our Lenten Charity collection.  Last night Mrs Nicola Human joined us for our Catholic Life meeting and we were able to discuss ongoing plans to support the Food Bank on a regular basis.  It is such an important charity so close to home.  Thank you to everyone who works there and to you for your support.

 

QUIZ NIGHT TONIGHT - WATCH THIS SPACE!

As you know, an important social event is taking place in school this evening.  We are gathering for our annual quiz organised by Mr Stephenson and delivered by Mr Tony Kenny.  There will be fierce competition as numerous staff and others seek to defeat my team!  And along the way we will enjoy a fish and chip supper and, I am sure, have a lot of laughs.  It's all in a great cause as the proceeds go to support the Food Bank who, I understand, are bringing two teams themselves.  Watch this space.

 

CITIZENS UK BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY ASSEMBLY

On Wednesday evening, over 400 citizens from across Birmingham came together at a Citizens UK public accountability assembly to put five social justice priorities to those in power within the city. Amongst those present were eight of our student leaders who were there to commit our public leaders to improving safety within Birmingham. Well done to Charlie Donohoe, Nieve Fallon, Charley McQuaide, Rhys Norman, Amy-Jade Powell, Luke Reeves and Megan Rutter for representing the school so well, but a particular mention must go to Hannah Kenny for sharing a powerful reflection on the achievements of the evening and the importance of young people to the future of the city. Well done Hannah! Thank you also to Miss Browne and Mr James for giving up their time to accompany the students to this event.  Editor's Note I must thank Mr Miastowski for his tireless work for Citizen's UK Birmingham which is a fantastic organisation which we are proud to support.  Our students and staff have made a major contribution to Citizen's UK but without Mr

Miastowski it would not be possible.  Well done Richard!

 

AN IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT BEHAVIOUR ON SCHOOL BUSES

It is quite clear that we have seen a considerable improvement in the behaviour of our students on school buses.  It was always a minority in the first place who were causing concern but it is good to see that they are finally getting the message.  On Friday 6 June an important meeting will take place involving representatives from National Express, Safer Travel, West Midlands Police and senior staff in school.  We will be meeting with about 20 students and their parents to discuss the importance of good behaviour on school buses.  Whatever has gone on in the past is history, what matters is what happens now and in the future.  I am sure it will be a very worthwhile experience and will benefit everyone involved.  Full report shortly.

 

GUERNSEY 2014  - MESSAGE FROM MR STEPHENSON

Important parents meeting on Tuesday 20 May at 6:30pm in the Main Hall at school.  Please make sure you are there early at 6:15pm for a prompt start to receive information about this year's camp.  All students are to attend with their parents.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR BAKER ON AN IMPORTANT AWARD

We were delighted to hear that Mr Baker has been recognised for his long and distinguished service (15 years) to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme.  He will be receiving an award at St James' Palace in London on Monday 23 June.  We congratulate him and also the four students who will be receiving their gold awards at the same ceremony (Samuel Allan, George McGovern, Chris Pakes and Megan Tully) accompanied by Mr Flood.  Well done to them all.

 

WELCOME TO HARRISON PAUL!

We were very pleased to hear of the arrival of Harrison Paul to Mrs Alex Chew from the Technology Faculty.  Harrison arrived a little early but mother and baby are doing very well.  Congratulations to them all.

 

NOTE FROM FINANCE OFFICE

A notice from Ms Clarke - it is not possible to provide change for students for the cashless canteen machines.  We ask parents to ensure your sons or daughters have the correct money.  Thank you.

 

SPORTS RESULTS

I was very pleased to join lots of other staff and students to cheer on our Under 18 boys in the final of the West Midlands Andy Badham Trophy against Woodlands Academy, Coventry on Wednesday evening.  Unfortunately, after a fantastic game against a much bigger side the lads lost 4-3.  In a thrilling finale the ball would not go in for a deserved equaliser and extra time.  Nevertheless, led by Anthony Fletcher they played their hearts out and were fantastic ambassadors for St Thomas Aquinas.  Well done to each and every one of them - Luke Barnacle, Reiss Brayshaw, Joe Brown, Elliot Cody, Jordan Field, Anthony Fletcher, Ryan Johnson, Louis Kavanagh, Aiden Kelly, Keiran Laki, Tom Lowe, Sam McConaghy, Harry Mooney, Daniel Moore, Bradley Perkin, Jae Plummer and Mahesh Vara. 

It's the turn of the girls on Monday.  U14 Girls football team vs Sandwell Academy  (West Midlands Cup Final!)

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION
Congratulations to Marcus Archibald from Year 7 (Bosco House 2A) who correctly informed us that Roger Bannister was the first man to break the 4 minute mile in a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds at Iffley Road, Oxford on 6 May 1954.  Well done Marcus who wins £10.

 

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION
The FA Cup Final takes place tomorrow.  Who are the FA Cup winners 2014?  Email me on j.foley@stacs.bham.sch.uk and don't forget to tell me who you are.

Yours sincerely

JIM FOLEY
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