Comments on the petitions from the parents

If you can just take a moment to read these. https://lumenchristiparents.wordpress.com/category/parents-lumen-christi/petition-comments/

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Parents can you request the support of your local Ward Councillors?

The wheels of the big institution move slowly – one week back and still no word from the Principals or Board members of the Lumen Christi Academy.   No one can find board minutes and no one knows when the next board meeting is. The board has been sent petitions with almost a combined total of 300 signatures on them.

We just want our voice heard but given the way the Academy has acted/enforced this decision we are under no illusion that we will need the support of our community to get the MAC to listen to our concerns.

We are asking that you email YOUR local Councillor requesting they make representations to the Board of Lumen Christi Academy about the change of the Christmas terms dates and include a link to the petitions in your email.  So for example perhaps you could cut and paste this and email it to your local Councillor….

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to inform you of a decision that has been taken at the Lumen Christi Academy to change the Christmas Holiday Term Dates.

As your constituent, whose children are at [INSERT SCHOOL NAME] will be affected by the alteration of the term dates I can confirm this will make life very difficult for, a lot of parents who have children at one of the many other Birmingham primary or secondary schools NOT within the Lumen Christ MAC, teachers or staff who work in other LA schools will have problems, and parents who have fixed term contracts where the Terms and Conditions will not be as flexible will be considering their options.

We also believe that this decision will also have an impact on LA schools within Birmingham.

The following petitions have been setup by the parents of the schools. We urge you to read the comments from some of the parents of the schools.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/dont-break-the-bonds-of-school-faith-and-the

https://www.change.org/p/st-brigids-catholic-lumen-christi-where-is-the-parents-say-reinstate-the-original-xmas-holiday-dates

Many Thanks

A list Councilors is below, if you live in a ward that is not listed below you can find yours here

Bournville Ward Councillors

Phil Walkling

phil.walkling@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Rob Sealey

robert.sealey@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 314 8903

Timothy Huxtable

timothy.huxtable@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2130

Kings Norton Ward Councillors

Valerie Seabright

valerie.seabright@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Simon Jevon

simon.jevon@conservatives.com
Telephone 0121 303 2130

Peter Griffiths

peter.griffiths@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Northfield Ward Councillors

Brett O’Reilly

brett.oreilly@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Randal Brew

randal.brew@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 475 8246

Debbie Clancy

Debbie.Clancy@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 475 9130

Selly Oak Ward Councillors

Karen McCarthy

karen.mccarthy@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Changese Khan

changese.khan@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 2039

Brigid Jones

brigid.jones@birmingham.gov.uk
Telephone 0121 303 1077

Bournville Ward

Ever felt like a deflated football being kicked around in some back street by a bunch of kids?

Well good news everyone!  Councillor Timothy Huxtable has contacted Ask St Josephs Parents to confirm that he will be making a representation on behalf of his constituents to the board of the Lumen Christi Academy on their decision to change the Christmas term dates.

The contact details for Councillor Timothy Huxtable are below.

Councillor Timothy Huxtable
Postal Address Council House
Victoria Square
Birmingham
West Midlands
UK
B1 1BB
LumenChristi

100 Signatures later…

During a busy week for parents we have still managed to get 100 signatures on our petition asking that the Lumen Christi Academy Board of Directors  reverse its decision to change the term dates at Christmas.  This obviously means a lot to people as that’s an average of 14 signatures per day over the last 7 days.

The issue has been in the the press again in the Birmingham Mail which highlighted the petition organised by a parent at St Brigids Catholic Primary School in Northfield – this petition has nearly 200 signatures.

As it is half term we understand why we have not heard from the Lumen Christi Academy but we all want an answer on this next week. We wait their response!

Here are some quotes from the petition …

Well isn’t the MAC of to a good start!? Fine example of integrity, accountability and transparency-just as predicted!

I work hard all year & want to spend my full Christmas holiday with my full family. But as I have 3 children in different 2 schools with different Christmas term dates this won’t happen!  How are the academy allowed to do this without consulting parents first? surely it’s against all Catholic & family values ? I am so disappointed in our school after all the support & loyalty we showed as parents during the recent special measures status. We stood by the school then & want them to stand by us now & reverse this decision.

Ridiculous!

A decision made about the Christmas school holidays without parent consultation is discraceful. I value every work free day spent with my children and to hear this will be shortened over the Christmas holiday is causing me great concern.

My husband and I need our children to have holidays when we have holidays. We try to be with our children whenever they are not in school and the new dates will completely affect our holidays for the worse. Please, take this petition into consideration.

Have signed both petitons. I believe this to be an underhanded way to boost applications to STACS. Some parents have children in other catholic schools not in this MAC! Bring on the unauthorised attendances. That effects your targets not ours!

If you feel your voice has not been heard you can write directly to the directors and secretary (as of Feb 2016) of the Lumen Christi Academy Board below using this email address: h.parrish@stacs.org

  • Director Peter John Vince.
  • Director  Peter John Middleton.
  • Secretary Hollie Parrish.
  • Director  John Carr.
  • Director Mary Margaret Daniels.
  • Director  Adam Hardy.
  • Director  David Holmes.
  • Director  Clare Madden.

 

Happy Christmas – Lumen Christi Catholic Multi-Academy

Parents of St Josephs Catholic Primary School have discovered through the local newspaper, The Birmingham Mail , that the  MAC (Lumen Christi Catholic Multi-Academy) has changed the Christmas Holiday Terms Dates from December 16 – January 3 to December 21 – January 9.

Across Birmingham many Schools are guided by Birmingham City Council as to when school holidays take place and common sense prevails so most Schools and Academies follow this guidance.

However the MAC has come to the conclusion that they need to change this for the benefit of all – well at least those schools in the MAC.  To-date the parents have not had formal notice of this change so we are unsure on what basis the decision was made or what the benefits will be for the families involved. The article in the Mail refers to ‘a range of factors’, ‘to focus on Advent’ and ‘the benefits of cheaper holidays outside of the normal school holiday periods’ were behind the decision taken by the Principals at all six schools.

Further more it is alarming that the Principals did not feel the personal responsibility to contact the parents first about this matter.  Decisions made like this just fit the Academy Glove!

OK. Consider this MAC:

  1. You have one child in one school with one set of terms dates and another in a school with a different set of term dates.
  2. You work in school with one set of term dates and your child / children are in another school with a different set of terms dates.
  3. You are a single parent with 1 or 2.
  4. You or your partner are on a  short term contract or are self employed with 1.
  5. The holiday period stretches from 2 weeks to 3 weeks if you are in 1 or 2.
  6. Can you cram in all the extra work to earn an additional 8 days off in lieu so you can cover your child care.
  7. Just to keep your employer happy your January – December work-life-balance agreement has a stuttered start!

So as you can see, a quick blast, and we’ve racked up 6 or 7 issues that family’s at St Josephs will have to face.

Notwithstanding the numerous personal family issues surrounding a decision like this – Santa better bring some child care for the parents!

If you feel this is an issue for you please contact the school and make your concerns heard.

Open Letter 2 to the IEB

Open Letter to the IEB

 10th July 2014

Dear Interim Executive Board, 

Following the meeting consultation and information evening that was held at school on Monday 7th July at 6pm we would like to thank the IEB of St Joseph’s who arranged the attendance of the following people:

  • Cathal Lynch (IEB)
  • Denise Flynn (IEB)
  • Deacon Peter Middleton (Diocese)
  • Rev Jonathan Veasey (DES – Director of the Diocesan Education Service)
  • Michael Moran (DES – Deputy Director: School Effectiveness)
  • Janet Rowe (DES – Deputy Director: Capital Projects and School Place Planning),
  • Yvonne Brennan (DES – Deputy Director: Curriculum and School Improvement)
  • Richard Potter (DES – Schools’ Officer)
  • Jackie Tomlinson (Executive HT St Josephs and St. Martin de Porres School)
  • Helen Miles (Birmingham LA)
  • Jacqueline Byrne (DfE – Policy Advisor & Team Leader)
  • Rob Briscoe. (DfE)
  • Hollie Parish (Partnership Business Manager at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School)

The letter from the IEB stated that this would be a consultation and information meeting about the MAC and it invited questions from parents to be emailed in advance of the meeting to help prepare the IEB. There was considerable discussion about the MAC from all parties including representation from the DfE in London and a useful presentation from the DES on the proposed MAC model.

It is clear so far that there are confusions about the MAC models and process of conversion and at what stage of consultation we are in? Parents at the school have had little information since July 2013 and as we are about to come out of an Ofsted category it was stated by the DfE that the whole process to convert the school to MAC might take just 4 months.

Whilst the potential advantages of MAC conversion were explored in Mr Moran’s presentation, there was no formal exploration of the potential disadvantages for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School of such a conversion.

DES said this was ‘not a consultation’ and also that emails sent in would not be answered.

There was no formal unbiased session on the reasons to convert or not to convert St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School to a MAC.

A number of the parent body were not at the important meeting due to family commitments a lot of whom have signed the petition (which can be viewed at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/St-Josephs-academy-conversion-consultation) and therefore they are not being kept informed of the situation or discussion that took place on Monday.

It is important that, as a challenging academic year comes to a close, everybody should know where the IEB, School and Diocese currently stand in regards to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary moving forward as part of a MAC.

On this basis it is reasonable request that the IEB / DES write to the parents informing them of the following:

1)    the current status of the MAC as of 7th July 2014

2)    the current status of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in the MAC

3)    who if any has been appointed to represent St Josephs on the MAC Board

4)    the MAC models and schemes as set out in the presentation by Michael Moran ( a copy of the presentation would be useful)

5)    the next steps the School and Diocese plan to take and when, such as proposed conversion date.

This level of detail will ensure the parent body and school community as a whole is more up to date with the progress of the conversion of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School as part of a MAC.

Thank you for arranging the meeting.

We look forward to an urgent written response within 7 working days to the group and the wider parent body.

Yours faithfully,

 

Ask St Joseph’s Parents

CC: Head Teacher,  Diocesan Education Service,  MAC Partnership Manager