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Advent Week 4 - The Candle of Love

We have come to the final Sunday of Advent. A Year 10 student lights the last purple candle on the Advent Wreath which represents love. This week, Father Gary introduces the Fourth Sunday of Advent with a short reflection. The readings are read by Mr Martin and a Year 10 student. We come together as a school community with a performance of 'In a Stable Long Ago', involving our Year 7 students and older members of the School Choir. In our busy lives, let us take a moment to listen to the readings and School Choir.

In a stable long ago,
In a place so far from home,
There a baby lay whose love would change the world. And the life that started then,
On that night in Bethlehem,
Would become the greatest story ever told.

And the angels sang at His birth,
And His praises rang through the earth,
And the skies were filled with songs of worship, Singing praise and glory to God,
On the earth be peace from above,
For the time had come for us to know Him.

Many angels and a star,
Led the people from afar,
To the place where Christ the Saviour had been born. It was such an awesome sight,
To behold Him there that night,
And to know His love would last for evermore.

Thank you to Father Gary for supporting our school and to all our wonderful students for working so hard in rehearsals. Over the past four weeks, students from every year group have been involved in reading, singing, taking part in the lighting of the Advent Wreath and preparing the hampers and crib in the School Chapel. There are too many students to name individually but I would like to thank Nicole for the beautiful piano playing on all recordings, Aidan for the violin solos and Rumbi for the vocal solos. I hope you can continue to enjoy listening to our students perform the carols during the Christmas holidays.

Thank you to Mr Tibbits for creating four wonderful arrangements, recording and editing the Choir, Mrs O’ Driscoll for preparing the readers and Choir each week and Mr Basharat, Mr O’ Reilly and Mr Wood for their I.T. support.

We will miss coming together for our traditional Evening of Readings and Carols but we hope we have been able to celebrate the Season of Advent at St. Thomas Aquinas and prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas.

Mrs Johnson
Head of Performing Arts

 

ADVENT WEEK 3 - THE CANDLE OF Joy

The Third Sunday of Advent - The Candle of Joy (Gaudete Sunday)

To celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, we present a Reflection from Father Cecil, readings read by Year 9 students and a heart warming Choir performance of ‘Mary Did You Know’. A Year 9 student lights the pink candle on the Advent wreath. From this Sunday, we prepare for the birth of Jesus as a baby.

At the Annunciation, Mary said yes to God. The Angel Gabriel visited Mary, and said, “Rejoice, highly favoured woman.” Mary responds with the words “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

I hope you can take time this weekend to listen to our talented Choir and musicians, the readings and watch our Liturgy Leaders prepare our beautiful crib in the school chapel. Let us reflect, as a school community, on the joy that is to come, the birth of the Son of God and how Jesus’ mother Mary, is an example to us all.

Thank you to Father Cecil for supporting our school and to our wonderful students for working so hard in rehearsals. Thank you to Mr Tibbits for creating another beautiful arrangement, recording and editing the Choir, Mrs O’ Driscoll for preparing the readers and Choir and, Mr Basharat, Mr O’ Reilly and Mr Wood for their I.T. support.

Mrs Johnson
Head of Performing Arts

 

 

 

Advent Week 2 - The candle of peace

This week, students and teachers present readings, the lighting of the Second Advent candle and a beautiful performance of ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’. We begin with some poignant words from Father Tim Menezes, followed by readings read by our Year 7 students. As you listen to the Choir’s performance, you will see our Liturgy Leaders working hard to prepare some hampers. These will be taken to our Advent Charity, St. Chad’s Sanctuary for the needy families in our community. Students in each Year group have been asked to donate items for those who are in most need. I hope you can take some time this weekend to have a moment of stillness and reflect on the readings and music.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.

Thank you to Father Tim Menezes for supporting our school and to our wonderful students and teachers for working so hard in rehearsals. Thank you to Mr Tibbits for arranging ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’, recording and editing the Choir, Mrs O’ Driscoll for preparing the readers and Choir, and Mr Basharat, Mr O’ Reilly and Mr Wood for their I.T. support.

Mrs Johnson
Head of Performing Arts

 

 

ADVENT WEEK 1 - THE CANDLE OF HOPE

As we begin the season of Advent this weekend, students in our Sixth Form and Choir have prepared a short presentation of readings and a beautiful performance of ‘Like a Candle’. Father Cecil leads us in prayer and a short introduction. As you listen to the Choir’s performance, you will see images of the lighting of the Candle of Hope and students from each House stood at the Advent wreath. Let us through prayer and music, prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

Thank you to Father Cecil for his continued support to our school and to our wonderful students for working so hard in rehearsals. Thank you to Mr Tibbits for recording and editing the Choir performance, Mrs O’ Driscoll for preparing the readers and Choir and, Mr Basharat and Mr Wood for their I.T. support.

Mrs Johnson
Head of Performing Arts

 

St Chad’s Sanctuary is a charity (CIO) based across the road from St Chad’s Cathedral in the heart of Birmingham. It is a place of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees who come to
England from all over the world.

Each year group has been given items to collect during Advent.

Everything you bring in will be given to needy families in our community through Christmas hampers or clothing and toiletries which will be taken straight to St Chad’s Sanctuary.

Everyone who receives the donations is always grateful.

Mrs O’Driscoll
Lay Chaplain

How can you help? 

Each year group has been given items to collect during Advent.

 Everything you bring in will be given to needy families in our community through Christmas hampers or clothing and toiletries which will be taken straight to St Chad’s Sanctuary.

Everyone who receives the donations are always grateful 

 

 

Advent Charity Collection 2020
Year 7 and Year 8  Hampers

meals for a day with Christmas treats

long life milk, cereals, porridge

tins of tuna, tins of vegetables

rice and curry sauce, pasta and pasta sauce

soup, crisps, jars of jam, tins of fruit

tea, coffee, biscuits, cake, custard, rice pudding

ALSO back packs, wheeled suitcases

 

 

Advent Charity Collection 2020
Year 9 Hampers

 

umbrellas

energy drinks

muesli bars, chocolate bars

back packs, wheeled suitcases

‘meals for a day’ hamper items (hamper boxes available)

 

 

Advent Charity Collection 2020
Year 10 Hampers

 

writing pens

HB pencils, erasers, sharpeners

rulers

back packs, wheeled suitcases

you can also make up a hamper (hamper boxes available)

 

 

Advent Charity Collection 2020 
Year 11 Hampers

hats, scarves and gloves for teenage boys and girls

nearly new teenage clothes for boys and girls (particularly hoodies, warm jumpers, jackets)              

back packs, wheeled suitcases

you can also make a hamper (hamper boxes available)

 

 

Advent Charity Collection 2020 
Year 12 and 13 Hampers

toiletries for teenage boys and girls

nearly new teenage clothes for boys and girls (particularly hoodies, warm jumpers, jackets)              

back packs, wheeled suitcases

you can also make a hamper (hamper boxes available)