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Friday Letter - Issue 34

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 PRAYER FOR TRINITY SUNDAY

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen

WONDERFUL CONFIRMATION PREPARATION DAY AT NEWMAN UNIVERSITY

I was absolutely delighted to hear about a great day that was held at Newman University last Saturday.  It was for the Year 6 children from St Peter's and Our Lady and St Rose who were preparing for their forthcoming Confirmations.  Suzanne O'Malley, Parish Administrator from St Brigid's told me that one of our Sixth Formers, Maisie-Lee Holden was just fantastic with the children and likewise three of our staff - Mrs Carroll, Mrs Merrick and Mr Miastowski who gave up their Saturday to support them.  Regular readers may recall that Maisie herself has just become a Catholic and during half term she was one of the group from school who took part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Well done Maisie - what a girl!

 

FAMILY MASS ON WEDNESDAY 2 JULY
A reminder to all our usual patrons that our termly Family Mass will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 July.  I am sure our regulars will be there but it would also be nice to see new families as well.  If you have never been before you will be very welcome.

 

WELCOME AND GOOD LUCK TO AN OLD FRIEND
On Tuesday last week it was a pleasure to welcome Peter Fava, Principal of St Bernard's College in Wellington, New Zealand who spent the day with us.  This was Peter's third visit to St Thomas Aquinas having previously joined us in 2003 and 2008.  It was good to see him again and he was highly complimentary about all the staff and students he met.  We wish Peter and St Bernard's every success and happiness in the future.

 

FANTASTIC YEAR 6 EVENING ON MONDAY

For the first time in many years I was not present (for obvious reasons) but I was delighted to read the fantastic evaluations from so many of our Year 6 parents who turned out in huge numbers to find out more about the induction process for their sons and daughters who will be joining us in September.  A huge thank you to the members of the Parents Forum led by Mrs Anne Vile who supported the event so well and also to our superb Year 7 students who were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and their school.  A big thank you too to all the staff who were present and particularly Mr McInerney for organising an excellent occasion.  The Year 6 Induction Evenings take place on Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 June and I am sure they will be equally successful.  Well done everyone.

 

YEAR 12 HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING ON MONDAY
It was all happening at St Thomas Aquinas on Monday evening!  Whilst the new parents were gathered in the Sports Hall the parents and students from Year 12 assembled for their Higher Education Evening in the Sixth Form Common Room.  I am told it was also a very successful evening.  Thank you to everyone involved particularly our Head of Sixth Form, Mr Martin for all his work.

 

YEAR 8 REPORTS HOME NEXT FRIDAY
This weekend the senior staff and I will be checking and commenting on the progress made by our Year 8 students.  I ask all Year 8 parents to sit down with your son or daughter, to read the report carefully giving praise where it is due and looking at areas for improvement.  Thank you.

 

LETTER REGARDING SAFETY AND BUS TRAVEL
I ask all parents to look out for an important letter I will be sending next Thursday on this important issue.

YEAR 11 ON STUDY LEAVE
Most of the GCSE examinations have now been completed but there are still one or two ahead.  As we shared with parents Year 11 formally left on Study Leave on Wednesday afternoon following an RE examination.  Their attitude throughout the examination period has been exemplary and we trust all their hard work will be rewarded with excellent results in August.  In the meantime I know that they are eagerly looking forward to the Year 11 Prom which takes place at the Bromsgrove Hilton next Friday, 20 June.  Watch this space.

 

UNIFORM DONATIONS
Following the departure of Year 11 it is probably a good time to ask parents if you have school uniform that you no longer require we would be very pleased to receive donations.  One of our support staff, Ann Leslie does a great job ensuring our students are impeccably turned out.  Please hand in any donations to the front office.  Thank you.

 

ART AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION NEXT TUESDAY 17 JUNE

All are welcome to come along next Tuesday after school at 3.30pm - 5.45pm to view and celebrate the work of A' Level students.  It's always a great exhibition and I am sure 2014 will be no different!

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE EXPEDITION NEXT WEEKEND
A large group of students and staff will be involved in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition next weekend.  As always, a huge thank you to all the staff who give up their time so willingly to make it possible.  As you know, we are by far the largest provider of D of E courses of any comprehensive school in Birmingham but it can only be done if the staff are prepared to support it.  For that reason we are delighted that Mr Baker's contribution to the D of E programme will be recognised in London on 23 June supported by four of our Gold Award winners and Mr Flood.  Well done everybody!

 

SCHOOL PRODUCTION UPDATE - REPORT FROM MRS JOHNSON

Opening night is another week closer.  The cast are excited and working incredibly hard.  Their commitment to rehearsals has been outstanding.  This week, all students in the school have received a letter explaining how to order tickets.  If you have forgotten the performance dates, they are 1 July and 3 July at 7.00pm.  If you are worried about missing a World Cup match, according to the fixture guide, there is a match on 1 July at 5.00pm.  This is the Round of 16, winner of Group F and the Runner up of Group E.  The other match on 1 July is at 9pm.  The performance will be finished well before the second match.  According to the fixture guide, there are no matches scheduled for 3 July.  We may all need a break from the football by then!  I am no football expert and would like to thank Mr Smyllie for providing me with a fixture guide.

 

HAY FEVER MEDICATION REMINDER FROM MRS HICKEY
A reminder at this time of year pollen count is very high so students should remember to take any medication for hay fever and asthmatics should always carry their reliever inhalers.  Thank you.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Congratulations to Sam Perry from Year 8 (More House 4B) who emailed me within a minute of the final whistle to report that New Zealand beat England in the first Rugby Union Test in Auckland by 20-15.

Well done Sam who wins £10.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION
It has to be the World Cup.  Like everywhere else there is huge interest in school.  In the staff sweep I have drawn South Korea in one sweep (no chance) and Spain in another (maybe).  Let's hope England amaze us all.  For the possibility of £10 simply tell me the score of the match between England and Italy.  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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