Snippets of News

Working with our Local MP

Meeting with our MP, Jack Dromey.

6 July 2017

On 6th July 2017, our Headteacher and other Erdington Headteachers met with our MP, Jack Dromey.

Jack and local school leaders are standing up against school budget cuts and doing everything they can to raise awareness to the valuable support that will be cut in schools if budget cuts are introduced.

Arts Award Good Practice Centre

4 July 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded Good Practice Centre by Arts Award - one of only ten centres nationally. This accolade recognises the outstanding arts provision provided to pupils at the Abbey.

Throughout the year there will be special celebratory and networking events that highlight the work that we do and to spread the word about arts provision and its importance.

We now have a team of four trained Arts Advisors who deliver bespoke arts courses to children from Year 1 to Year 6 and look forward to the year ahead and the chance to inspire more of our young people.

Sustainable School and Modeshift Stars Awards

Team members receiving their certificates from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

4 July 2017

On Tuesday, some members from the Eco-Club and Travel Team visited the Council House in Birmingham. They attended an award ceremony where they received two awards on behalf of the school.

During the ceremony, the children had to deliver a presentation which was watched by the Lord Mayor and other schools.

Then the Lord Mayor presented the team with their Modeshift Stars Bronze Award. This recognises all the initiatives that have been put in place to encourage sustainable travel.

The Lord Mayor then presented the teams with their Sustainable Schools Award where they achieved the Platinum level which is the highest acolade. To achieve this award, the Eco-Club have worked hard to; reduce the schools energy usage, encourage people to recycle, care for the animals in our local environment and educate the school on being more 'green'.

The award presentation was then followed by a tasty lunch in the banqueting suite. The children had a wonderful time and they can't wait to carry on spreading the sustainable living message!

School Council Meet the Lord Mayor

School Council meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

29 June 2017

School Council had the honour of meeting with the Lord Mayor. They each asked a question around her role as Lord Mayor.

After drinks with her the children had a tour of the Council House.

It was a day they will always remember.

Father's Day Mass

Father's Day Mass.

18 June 2017

On Sunday 18th June 2017 we were delighted to lead the Parish Family Mass.

Father Elias reminded all fathers in his sermon that they are role models for their sons and daughters.

After a beautiful celebration of Holy Mass, the PTFA distributed gifts for all of the wonderful fathers on their special day.

Thank you to everyone involved in preparing and celebrating Holy Mass.

Reception's Assembly

Reception performing the Little Red Hen.

16 June 2017

On Friday 16th June the whole of Reception took part in an assembly to share an important message of how we should help others by following in the footsteps of Jesus.

The children performed ‘The Little Red Hen’ for the packed audience of parents this was then followed with how their dads help them.

The children did an amazing job getting the message across.

A Visit from Author, Raymond Friel

Raymond Friel talking to some of our pupils.

13 June 2017

On Wednesday 13th May 2017 we were absolutely delighted to welcome the author Raymond Friel to our school.

Raymond is currently doing research for his new book about prayer. Raymond was very impressed with our students and their insightful thoughts and reflections on why we pray and the need for prayer.

We are looking forward to Raymond's latest publication and will be eagerly reading through to see if any of our pupils thoughts have been included.

Great Midlands Fun Run

Some of our participants in the Fun Run.

4 June 2017

On Sunday 4th June 2017, pupils, parents and staff from school completed the Great Midlands Fun Run.

The 8.5 mile course was great fun and challenging in parts - we think we know how 'Cardiac Hill' got its nickname.

It was wonderful to see pupils and parents running together. Without exception, all staff got overtaken by some of our fabulous speedy pupil runners. Ms T is claiming it shows the impact of our great sports coaching in school.

Perhaps we can have a bigger team next year? You've got 12 months to get ready...

Year 1 'Virtues' Assembly

Year 1's Assembly.

19 May 2017

On Friday 19th May, Year 1 presented their class assembly to the whole school and parents.

They spoke , sang and acted brilliantly. Their special assembly focused on virtues and reminded us how we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus in our everyday lives.

Cafod Charitable Giving

Raising money for Cafod.

17 May 2017

Pupils were delighted to send a cheque for £200 to CAFOD to support their charitable work.

Pupils raised the money as part of their Lenten alms giving.

Year 4 Sports and Activity Day

Year 4 playing tchoukball.

12 May 2017

On Friday 12th May, Year 4 were treated to a whole day of sport and physical activity to immerse themselves into their topic Shaping Up.

Throughout the day, children had the opportunity to work with the fitness company ACE in order to learn an exciting, alternative sport - Tchoukball and a fitness circuit in the afternoon to help them develop their physical literacy.

The children thoroughly enjoyed Tchoukball where they worked hard as a team to score points from the rebounder using both attacking and defending skills.

The afternoon session allowed children to take part in a carousel of fitness stations all focussing on working different parts of their body - both endurance and cardiovascular activities. All the children worked really hard in both sessions and took away fitness activities that they could continue at home to maintain and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Rosary Club

Our Rosary Club notice.

8 May 2017

The month of May is a special time for us Catholics to pay homage to our Blessed Mother Mary.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

During May 2017 we held Rosary Club twice a week, where pupils and staff could pray together. These sessions were incredibly well attended.

Thank you to Mrs A and Mrs C for leading these prayer times and for supporting and encouraging our pupils to lead prayers also - a wonderful celebration of our worldwide faith and a witness of personal devotion was evidenced when one of our First Communicants led a decade of the Rosary in Polish.

Thank you to all involved.

Staff vs Parents Football Match

The staff and parent football teams.

5 May 2017

On Friday 5th May 2017 the inaugural staff vs parents football match took place.

Spectators paid £1 towards our Lenten charities collection. This was the final drive in our Lenterprise fundraising.

The parents team were victorious. Everyone had a wonderful time and celebrated with refreshments afterwards.

Thank you to all involved. We are already planning further matches to fundraise next Lent.

Peer Mediator Training

New Peer Mediators in training.

2 to 4 May 2017

24 children in Year 5 have under gone training to become qualified Peer Mediators.

These children were voted for specifically by they classmates as children who would do a good job of mediating conflicts amongst peers during break and lunchtimes.

The training included being able to take the blame out of an argument, advise children to listen to each others points of view and find a solution themselves to their problems.

These Peer Mediators are now responsible for supporting staff in dealing with conflicts on the playground.

Year 5's Retreat to Alton Castle

Year 5 at Alton Castle.

14 to 16 April 2017

Year 5 enjoyed a faith-filled retreat to Alton Castle in April, which saw all children taking advantage of opportunities to develop their faith journey, as they move towards Confirmation.

The children fully embarked on their adventure and took part in blindfolded assault courses, survival training, archery and the hill of doom, during cycling.

As the children continue to prepare for their Confirmation, the skills they have achieved during their retreat, will continue to support them.

A fantastic time was had by all.

School Council Help at the Charity Shop

School Council at the charity shop.

6 April 2017

For Lent, members of the School Council went to help out at the St Vincent de Paul charity shop in Erdington.

The children helped tidy the shelves and put things in order.

They spoke with Sheila the manageress of the shop and she was able to tell the children how the shop supports the local community.

Reception trip to Plantasia

Reception enjoy their trip to Plantasia.

4 April 2017

Reception had a fabulous time at Plantasia learning about seeds. They found out that seeds need air, water, sun and soil to grow.

The children had fun in the mazes and managed not to get lost!

Second Science Breakfast Meeting

Our second Science Breakfast Meeting.

29 March 2017

On 29th March children and parents attended the Abbey's second Science Breakfast Meeting.

Miss Haynes shared the science vision that has been developed by the staff, governors and parents. Then everyone took part in some simple but exciting experiments using things we can find at home.

Finally, a super Science selfie competition was revealed. Wow! We can't wait to find out who will win the best Science selfie!

Warwick Castle Science Fair

At the Big Bang Science Fair.

24 March 2017

On Friday a group of children from Year 5 and 6 visited Warwick Castle where they were hosting the Big Bang Science Fair.

Whilst they were there the children watched a range of shows including 'Fire and Ice' by Atomic Science and 'Really Ugly Animals'.

There were several stalls that the group visited. They measured how fast they could kick a ball, made a helium balloon hover in mid-air and they looked inside their eye using an iPhone.

We can't wait to book for next year!

St Patrick's Day Fun

Going green on St Patrick's Day.

17 March 2017

On Friday 17th March 2017, the Abbey Primary turned luscious shades of emerald as all children and staff wore green.

To commemorate the Irish heritage of our parish and to raise funds for our Lenten charities, members of our school community exchanged wearing green for £1.

The 17th March is St Patrick's Day and as well as wearing green, some pupils wore colours of the Irish counties where their parents or grandparents were born.

Céad míle fáilte to all.

Science Day

Exciting projects on Science Day.

16 March 2017

On Thursday 16th March, the whole school took part in a thrilling Science Day during the national 'Science Week'. As part of the British Science Week, the school pledged to hold a 'demo day'.

The theme was Changes and we looked at changes that we seen in our everyday life from the weather to materials and energy.

At the start of the day, there was a hands-on assembly with some really exciting experiments that can be done at home. Miss Haynes, along with some willing members of staff, made ice cream and fruit slush in a plastic bag. Then we looked at some materials that have been invented recently. At the end of the assembly, two pupils let Miss Haynes pour coffee and squash over their t-shirts. The results were surprising!

Back in the classroom there were lots of exciting experiments for all the pupils to get involved with. We can't wait for the next Science Day!

Year 1 Meet the Hedgehogs

Year 1 meet some hedgehogs.

7 March 2017

Year 1 were visited by three hairy friends this week, as we managed to welcome hedgehogs to our classroom.

We learnt about where they live; what they eat and how they survive.

Thank you to our visitors and Mr McTernan for arranging the visit!

Y3EH Assembly

Class 3EH at their assembly.

3 March 2017

On 3rd March 2017 Y3EH delighted the entire school with their wonderful assembly.

Pupils sang, danced, acted and spoke confidently.

Year 3 asked us to reflect on where we can find God in our everyday lives.


The staff with their fivers.

3 March 2017

During the season of Lent in 2017, each staff member has been given £5 and challenged to make this money grow. All profits will be given to our Lenten charities.

Staff are challenged to complete this 'Lenterprise' activity before school breaks up for the Easter holiday.

Charity begins at home, where we daily make the choice to give our time, our attention, our affirming smile, and give generously. But charity must not stop there, because for Catholics "home" is universal, and our family is as big as the world.

Good luck staff.

Bags2School Collection

Lots of bags collected.

1 March 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 we had another wonderful response to our bags to school appeal.

It's a great opportunity to have a clear out at home and raise funds for school with minimum effort.

Thank you for taking the time to fill a bag with unwanted clothes.

Watch the weekly newsletter for details of our next collection.

Year 4's Tudor Workshop

Year 4 enjoying their Tudor workshop.

2 February 2017

On Thursday 2nd February, Year 4 children took part in a Tudor workshop in conjunction with Round Midnight Theatre Company as part of our immersion day.

Children came to school dressed as a Tudor and sampled what life was like in the Tudor times through Dance, Singing and Drama. They explored what life was like for the rich and poor people during the reigns of Henry VII and VIII as well as the history surrounding Henry's wives.

It was a fantastic opportunity for all the children -developing dance, music and drama skills - discovering new talents and a thirst for performing.

SVP Assembly

School Council members in the SVP Assembly.

27 January 2017

On Friday we had a visitor from the SVP to talking to us in assembly about the charity.

We found out that the SVP not only works in England but also other countries supporting families in need.

School Council then presented the representative with a cheque for £279.49 raised from our Christmas jumper day.

We were very proud to receive a certificate of thanks in return.

Year 6 Parents' Workshop

Families working together.

18 January 2017

On Wednesday 18th January 2017 we welcomed Year 6 parents to join their children in the school hall for a writing workshop.

Parents and pupils worked together to see how they could improve individual writing.

Thank you to all staff and families involved in the wonderful morning.

Abbey's Amazing Chefs

Our award winning team.

16 January 2017

We are very proud of our amazing team of school chefs who were presented with a Special Recognition Award by Citiserve for all of the fabulous work they do.

Congratulations to Helen and her amazing team.

Year 2 Visit Pizza Express

Year 2 making pizzas.

10 January 2017

On Tuesday 10th January 2017, Year 2 visited Pizza Express as part of our new topic 'We are what we eat'.

The children learnt how to make a Pizza and even took their own individual Pizza back to school for lunch.


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