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Friday Letter - Issue 35

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 THE FEAST DAY 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 wishes of our lives.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.  Amen.

 

FAMILY MASS ON WEDNESDAY 2 JULY
A reminder that our final Family Mass of the school year will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2 July.  I am sure that all our regular patrons will be there but it would be lovely to see new families as well.  If you have never been before I can assure you you will not be disappointed.  Everyone is welcome.

 

MRS BERNADETTE BRYAN RIP

We were very sorry to hear of the death of Bernadette following a long battle with cancer.  Bernadette's funeral is taking place today at St Brigid's and we pray for the repose of her soul.  We also think of Bernadette's family including her daughters Emma and Sarah who are both former students and current students to whom Bernadette was Great Aunt - Kieran Bampton (Year 9), Liam Bampton (Year 11), Shaun Hunter (Year 11), Hayley Hunter (Year 13) and Tommy Sheils (Year 9).  May she rest in peace.

 

UHT MILK COLLECTION FOR B30 FOOD BANK

As you know, we are pleased to support the B30 Food Bank in Cotteridge which does remarkable work supporting the most needy in our local community.  We are now looking to help them in a very practical way.  Can I ask all our families to make a special effort to bring UHT milk (please no fresh milk) into school next week.  Donations should be given to the relevant Head of House who will store them until next Thursday.  There will be a special prize for the house that collects the most.  Thank you for your support.

 

NON UNIFORM DAY NEXT FRIDAY, 27 JUNE

Our final Non-Uniform Day of the school year will take place next Friday and we are delighted to support a wonderful cause.  "Just Caring Midlands" is a local charity working with 18-25 year olds helping young adults who need help in a variety of different ways including support with job applications, advocacy and living independently.  Every student is requested to donate £1 in advance to take part.  Thank you.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO HAYDN

Well done to Haydn Cadogan from Year 12 who will be going to Peru on World Challenge shortly.  Haydn was successful in receiving £100 from The Catenians (a Catholic charity) towards his trip.  A representative from The Catenians presented Haydn with his cheque in school.  Please see the website www.stacs.org for further details. 

 

YEAR 8 REPORTS HOME TODAY

The final reports of the school year go home today for Year 8.  I was pleased to see the excellent progress the vast majority of our Year 8 students are making when I looked through them last weekend.  I encourage parents to sit down with your son or daughter, to read the report carefully giving praise where it is due and noting areas for development.  Thank you.

 

YEAR 6 INDUCTION EVENINGS NEXT MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY

Next week Mrs Cooke, Mr McInerney and lots of staff will be involved in our two Induction Evenings as we welcome Year 6 parents and the children who will be joining us in September.  I am sure they will be excellent occasions.  Full report next week.

 

 

2014 A LEVEL AND GCSE RESULTS

As the exam season draws to an end, this summer's exam candidates and their families can look forward to the summer. Results will be available, in school, as shown below

Level

Year

Details

A2

Year 13

Thursday 14 August 2014 from 7am - NB Y13 ONLY

AS

Year 12

Thursday 14 August 2014 from 10am

GCSE

Year 11

Thursday 21 August 2014 from 9am  - NB Y11 ONLY

GCSE

Year 10

In lessons during Autumn Term

 

LETTER ABOUT BEHAVIOUR ON THE BUSES

Yesterday all parents should have received an important letter from me on blue paper regarding behaviour on the buses on the journey to and from school.  Please see the website www.stacs.org if you missed it.

 

FREE THE CHILDREN - REPORT FROM MR MIASTOWSKI

Last Friday the international charity, Free the Children, came into school to deliver an assembly to Year 10 to encourage students to be agents of change within their communities. After the assembly, thirty students attended a series of interactive workshops exploring the issue of world poverty and developed ideas as to how they could take action. Students voted on creating a social media campaign to raise awareness about global poverty.  Well done to all the students involved for their ideas and energy throughout the day, and a special thank you to Tom Brookes, from Free the Children, for travelling from London to be with us and for delivering an engaging assembly and set of workshops.

 

CITIZENSHIP REPORT FROM CHARLOTTE BEHAN NEWMAN 5C

We started the day with an inspirational assembly led by Tom, from the charity 'Free The Children'. He told us about the charity and the way that it was set up by a 12 year old boy who wanted to make a change in the world. We spent the whole morning with Tom, engaging in various activities which gave us all an insight into just how much we didn't know about the world and the terrible things that are occurring. In the last hour, Tom gave us an equation, Gift + Issue = Change. At the end, we had a class vote and decided to set up a social media page in order to raise awareness of the problems with poverty, which is happening in the world. Over the coming weeks, we will be completing this in our RE and Citizenship lessons and hopefully we will help make a difference. On the whole, the morning was very insightful and motivating and we all want to be like the 12 year old boy and to make a change!

 

GREAT EXCITEMENT - YEAR 11 PROM THIS EVENING!

I am sure they will arrive this evening for the Year 11 Prom at the Bromsgrove Hilton in all manner of vehicles dressed up in all their finery.  And a great time will be had by all.  There will be no shortage of photographs so do check out the website www.stacs.org to see it all.  Watch this space!

 

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK TO PATRICK MINIHANE MO-6C

Well done to Patrick Minihane who came third in the recent West Midlands Bodhran competition. The Bodhran is a traditional Irish drum which takes a great deal of skill to play. Patrick will now go on to perform in the All England championship in three weeks' time.

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Unfortunately the result did not go our way as England lost 2-1 against Italy in the first game of the World Cup.  Well done to Wing Kei Wong (Year 7) Bosco House 2A who wins £10.

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

As we go to press I do not know the result of the vital game against Uruguay so for the possibility of £10 please tell me the result.  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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