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Friday Letter - Issue 36

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 TO TEACH US PEACE

Teach me Lord to share the gifts you have given me.  To speak out for the victims of injustice who have no voice.  To reject the violence which runs through much of our world today.  Holy Spirit of God, Renew my hope for a world free from cruelty and evil of war, so that we may all come to share in God's peace and justice.

 

FAMILY MASS NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 7.30PM

A reminder that next Wednesday, 2 July we will gather for the final Family Mass of the school year.  I am sure that, as always, our usual patrons will be present but it would be lovely to see some new faces as well.  There will be refreshments afterwards so I do ask you to make this a special priority.  Thank you.

 

NON UNIFORM DAY TODAY

As you know, today we held our final Non Uniform Day of the school year and it was to support an excellent cause.  Next week I shall tell you how much we raised in aid of ‘Just Caring Midlands' which 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.  On their behalf - thank you!

 

TARGET REVIEW DAY ON FRIDAY 11 JULY

It is now just two weeks away and I am sure that, as always, we will have a huge turnout from parents to support your sons and daughters with their review of the year.  It is always helpful to look back and reflect on what has been achieved and what now needs to happen to address areas for development.  Whilst it is of course voluntary for parents it is compulsory for our students.  They need to arrive 15 minutes before their interview in full school uniform with their planner and they should depart promptly immediately afterwards.  Watch this space.

 

DUKE OF EDINBURGH UPDATE - WHAT AN AMAZING PROGRAMME!

Last weekend nearly 40 of our students took part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition.  They were supported by a huge number of staff who gave up their weekend to make it possible.  Do check the website www.stacs.org for a fuller account and all the photos.  This is just the latest in a hectic programme that runs throughout the year at all 3 levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold.  I note that the Silver Expedition will be taking place in September.

 

RECOGNITION THIS WEEK BOTH IN LONDON AND BIRMINGHAM!

You will be aware that St Thomas Aquinas is by a long way the biggest Duke of Edinburgh provider of any comprehensive school in Birmingham.  It was good, therefore, that Mr Jeremy Baker was recognised for his long service to the D of E programme with a special presentation at St James' Palace, London on Monday of this week attended by Prince Edward and various other VIP's.  At the same ceremony we were delighted that 5 former students were also presented with their Gold Awards.  Well done to Sam Allen, Matt Hodges,  George McGovern, Chris Pakes and Megan Tully.   And also well done to Mr Alex Flood who has been central to our D of E programme and was also present at the ceremony.  Do check out the website for the details www.stacs.org

 

As if that were not enough the very next day two of our staff, Mr Richard Miastowski and Mrs Lisa Taylor attended an important ceremony in Birmingham at which they were presented with a certificate recognising St Thomas Aquinas as a fully designated Duke of Edinburgh Centre.  Please see Mr Miastowski's report for further details.  Editor's Note well done to Mr Baker, Mr Flood, Mr Miastowski and Mrs Taylor.  I know that they would be the first to say that they were delighted to pick up their awards on behalf of a huge team of staff back in school whose dedication to the programme is simply inspirational.  Thank you colleagues.

BIRMINGHAM DLC PRESENTATION - REPORT FROM MR MIASTOWSKI

On Tuesday afternoon, Mrs Taylor and myself had the pleasure of joining other DofE providers from across the city at the Think-tank museum recognising St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School as a directly licensed centre of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The DofE award is hugely popular at Aquinas and this year we have over 80 students enrolled onto various programmes. As a result of being a DLC, the school can continue to enrich the lives of so many of our students in the future, supporting their self-development and recognising their achievement.

 

YEAR 11 PROM LAST FRIDAY EVENING!
As predicted they arrived in all manner of impressive vehicles to the Bromsgrove Hilton last Friday evening.    The 2014 Impressive Vehicle Arrival Prize must go to the police car with flashing lights from which emerged several grinning students.  And how amazing they looked with the girls in their beautiful gowns and the lads all spruced up in their sparkling suits.  They then proceeded to dance the night away having a great time with their friends and teachers.  Thank you, as always, to the numerous staff who were present and particularly Mr Flood, Miss Lattimer and Mrs McGinley who organised it all.  Do check out the website www.stacs.org to see all the photos.

 

AND TONIGHT IT'S THE TURN OF YEAR 13
A slightly different format this evening for our most senior students but no less exciting.  We will begin with a meal followed by lots of laughter and dancing.  And I am sure long after I am in bed the party will continue for most of our students and perhaps one or two of our most enthusiastic staff!  Thank you in advance to Mrs James for organising what I am sure will be another great evening.  Full report next week.

 

WELCOME TO PATRICK NASH!

We were delighted to hear of the safe arrival of Patrick to Mrs Rebecca Nash this week weighing in at 7lbs.  As most people know, Rebecca is Headteacher of St Brigid's Primary School.  We congratulate her, her husband Rob and Patrick on this wonderful event.

 

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS YET?

At long last the show is ready to start!  I know that Mrs Johnson, Miss Mortimer, lots of other staff and all the cast are looking forward to sharing their work with us next week.  There is a matinee performance on Monday and then the full show on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  If it is as good as Bugsy was last year it will be fantastic.  It's not too late - do ring for tickets 464 - 4643 which are £3 each, £1 for concessions.  Full report next week.

 

THE KINGS NORTON TENNIS CLUB OPEN - NOTICE FROM MRS TIERNEY
As part of the Great British Tennis Weekend Kings Norton Tennis Club on Grange Hill Road, are holding an Open Day this Saturday from 10am to 4pm when everyone is invited to come along and PLAY TENNIS FOR FREE!

 

LAST WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

The pain, the pain!  The England football team are no longer in Brazil following defeat in the vital second game to Uruguay by 2-1 as we were correctly informed by James Fenton from Year 7 Teresa House 5C.  Well done to James who wins £10 which we hope will help with the double misery of being a Liverpool fan as well!

THIS WEEK'S QUIZ QUESTION

Sport is not going well so a change of tack this week.  For the possibility of £10 which former Director of Communications to the Prime Minister was convicted this week?  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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