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‘School of Rock’ Christmas Musical  

This year, on the 4 & 5 December at 7.00pm, the academy is pleased to present a production of School of Rock.  This promises to be a lively, fun production!

Tickets are available from school and can be purchased online via school website on the CFS Academy School Shop Prices: £5- Adult; £4 Child/concession

Get yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

This year will be different as the production will be dedicated to an extraordinary young man, Tom Cooney. He was kind, loving, intelligent, funny and handsome.

Tom was an ex-pupil at Colonel Frank Seeley and went on to study zoology at Leeds University.

Tragically, at a very happy and positive point in his life, when he was in a loving relationship with his partner Olivia and had a job as a senior manager at Dyson’s flagship store on Oxford St, London, he died suddenly a month after his 28th birthday, on Mother’s Day.

He was playing rugby with a team of friends when he had a cardiac arrest. His friends tried to revive him with CPR, but this was not successful. Without a defibrillator being readily available and accessible CPR is only effective in about 6% of cases. With a defibrillator this rises to up to 95%. Unfortunately, in Tom’s case, no defibrillator was available.

Tom’s parents do not want his death to be totally meaningless and for this reason have started a petition to make cardiac defibrillators mandatory in all public places.

At the same time, they are keen to promote the work of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

It was discovered at post-mortem that Tom had a hereditary heart condition, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy. 10 -12 young people aged 14-35 die each week of this and similar undiagnosed heart conditions.

Routine heart testing of young people and accessible provision of defibrillators could reduce this figure dramatically.

At the show there will be a stall prior to the start time and in the interval to provide information about the BHF and CRY. There will also be an opportunity to order goods in support of the charities.

Alison and Kevin, Tom’s parents would like to thank the Academy for enabling them to help keep Tom’s memory alive and to promote a legacy for him of helping to save lives.

Please come and have a great evening!

Colonel Frank Seely Academy