Open Evening 2017 goes off with a bang!

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School opened its doors for the annual parents evening and it is fair to say that once again it did not disappoint.  The overriding feedback from parents was that the quality of the experience was fantastic and the standout feature by far, was our students.  The students of St Thomas Aquinas are fantastic and this Open Evening showed them to be the exceptional people that they all aspire to be.

One of our core virtues is service and tonight the students were out in their hundreds to give up their time for the benefit of others.  The guides spent over an hour with many families giving them a fantastic insight into the learning that happens in the school.  The faculty helpers were once again out in force with students in every faculty leading the demonstrations, discussions and practical tasks.

It was of course a pleasure to walk around the school and see what a fantastic learning environment there is here.  We may not have a shiny new building but what we do have is our mission statement lived out in every classroom with prayer spaces, fantastic displays and simply outstanding learning environments.  A little walk into our Nurture room is a glorious experience.  This room is an inspiring learning space and is designed to help give some of our students the best possible start at our school.

In the St Bernadette Centre (our 6th Form centre), the children were greeted by a glimpse into some of the amazing extra-curricular opportunities afforded to the students of our school.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is thriving with the number completing their Gold Award at record levels for a Birmingham Comprehensive school.  The students on this stand had both completed their Gold expeditions and were giving the students the Trangia challenge, which involved a race to put a cooking stove together.

The Science Faculty was once again a smoking, whizz banging, exploding cacophony of activity with the students leading all the practical demonstrations.  The English Faculty showed off the work that resulted in 18 Grade 9s this year and it was obvious that the parents were so impressed with this.

The doors closed at 9pm and whilst there are further opportunities to see the school in action on the Open Mornings, it was time to transform the school back into the place of learning that it is.  In just under 12 hours, we will have 1200 happy, excited students coming in through the gates ready to line up and start their learning.  It is then when the real magic happens. All the staff will be ready to start helping our students become the exceptional people and committed learners that they all desire to be.

Jeremy Baker
Associate Vice Principal

Open Evening Comments 2017

Angel who showed us around was a credit to the school – integrity and intelligence in all her answers. Very impressed

I loved how we were approached and spoke to and enjoyed our experience

Very friendly, lots of activities for the children. Well done

James our guide was very pleasant and helpful. I enjoyed being in his company. He showed us all around and was quite informative.

Students so helpful and well behaved

The enthusiasm of the children and pride in their school

Maddie Yr11 very helpful and lovely

The school community seems very strong. The relationship between pupils and teachers seems very good. Clearly well behaved, mannered pupils

The students were great ambassadors for the school. A credit to you

Extremely helpful guide

Katy was the young lady that showed us around. She was a credit to the school and I hope that my son turns out as well

Speaking to the SEN team. All teachers very helpful. The amount of information to hand by our guide

The interaction that my son was given. He enjoyed the activities he took part in

Cant fault anything, loved all

Pleased with all aspects, a very impressive open evening

Well organised and good presentation of every school topic

Nice large school, friendly staff, missed the head teachers talk

The attitude of the students, they all really love their school. Logan in Yr10 was very nice, a great tour guide

Students looked smart and really engaged with visitors, enthusiastic. Overall good. Enjoyed looking around the classrooms / meeting teachers

Daughter really enjoyed every aspect of the evening, Science with the liquid fire and enjoyed making the keyring

Enjoyed the science room and making the keyring. Tour guide was excellent

Enjoyed science room, making a keyring, making a mask. I most enjoyed my chocolate kebab. My tour guide Laura Crawford was excellent

Craig our guide was very helpful and patient and the acitivites were great

All the different activities they can talk part in school and after school activities. All the different subjects they can take part in. Having the children show us around and taking part to show them what they will be doing

The mass selection of subject choices and the helpful students to cake the visit more enjoyable. My child enjoyed making the keyring and the chocolate fountain

Our guides honesty in answers regarding the school standards and safety. Mason was a real credit to the school

The encouragement given to the pupils, the fact that the pupils and the pupil that took us on our tour, loves school, is smiling when telling us about her lessons, teachers etc including trips and DofE

Very impressed with the guide who showed us around. Benedict was very pleasant

Overall activities in the school. Emily like science, PE, drama, music and food tech

Enthusiasm of the children and helpful guides and teaching staff

Very impressed overall. Enjoyed hearing about the new routines. Love the carpet

My guide was excellent explained a lot which helped me a lot

The school feels very calm and welcoming

Very well organised open day with a lot of interesting activities to watch in all departments we visited

I am very happy to have my child come to this school next year

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