Snippets of News

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.

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.

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.

Lenterprise


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.

Christmas Jumper Day


Lots of children in their Christmas jumpers.

23 December 2016

The whole school supported School Council's Christmas Jumper Day.

The children and staff all looked amazing. School Council were delighted that we have raised £279.49 for the SVP charity.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Reception children meet Santa Claus.

22 December 2016

On Thursday 22nd December 2016 Father Christmas visited our Reception pupils to deliver gifts from our wonderful PTFA.

Thank you very much to our active PTFA members for their tireless fundraising.

Thank you to Santa for taking time to visit us at a very busy time of year.

Festive Lunch


Serving up our Christmas dinners.

21 December 2016

On Wednesday 21st December 2016 our school hall was decked with holly and it was most definitely the season to be jolly.

Our amazing school chefs presented a beautiful festive lunch of roast turkey and all the trimmings.

Everyone enjoyed the thoroughly delicious meal. Thank you very much Helen and team.

Supporting Those Less Fortunate During Advent


Part of our collection of Christmas gifts.

14 December 2016

During Advent 2016, families have been very generous in supporting our annual appeal for Christmas gifts for children less fortunate than our pupils.

The charity 'Brushstrokes' were delighted with the generosity of our families when they collected the gifts at our annual Advent Carol Concert.

If you would like to support 'Brushstrokes' further, you can contact them directly via their website.

Goodbye and Good Luck Mrs Perks


Mrs Perks cutting her retirement cake.

12 December 2016

On Monday 12th December 2016 the staff of the Abbey said a fond farewell to Mrs Perks as she took early retirement.

Mrs Perks didn't want a big fuss or assembly and wanted to slip out quietly. The staff respected her wishes but couldn't resist a surprise buffet and cake to wish her all the best.

Mrs Perks had taught at the Abbey for many years and has taught several of our current parents. She would like everyone to know that she has taken EARLY retirement.

Please keep Mrs Perks in your prayers.

School Council Surgery


School Council's first surgery.

8 December 2016

School Council held their first surgery session where children could bring suggestions and queries to council members.

Lots of children came and were greeted with drinks and snacks. All ideas were recorded ready to discuss in the next meeting.

School Council can't wait till their next surgery session as they all enjoyed it.

6JC Class Assembly


The children from 6JC in their assembly.

19 November 2016

Year 6 worked extremely hard to produce an informative and comical assembly all about the links between Disney and the Bible.

The children acted out the stories of both David and Goliath and the Prodigal Son in addition to singing family famous songs such as, a Whole New World from Aladdin and Hakuna Matata from the Lion King.

They concluded the assembly giving us time to absorb some inspiring message that Disney teaches all those who watch their films.

“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.”

Years 4 to 6 PTFA Disco


Having fun at the disco.

10 November 2016

Another great event, hosted by the PTFA - lots of children attended this after school disco. Having fun, dancing and socialising.

Many parents came to help to support this event. Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 were in attendance.

Reception Maths Workshops


Parents and children working together.

9 to 11 November 2016

Fun was had in Reception with parents coming in to work with their child.

Firstly the children sang the 'Days of the week' song followed by counting hot cross buns to demonstrate taking away.

Parents were then set the challenge of helping their child make a board game to take home and play with their families.

It was fabulous to have so many parents in school to support their children.

2SH Class Assembly


Class 2SH's assembly.

4 November 2016

Year 2 worked extremely hard to produce a brilliant assembly about all the special events that have happened recently.

The children talked about Diwali, Saint Winifred's feast day, Bonfire night and Mrs Wilde's birthday!

2SH acted out the incredible story of Saint Winifred and shared how they celebrated her feast day. The assembly was full of beautiful singing, energetic dancing and delicious birthday cake.

Years 1 to 3 PTFA Disco


Disco time for Years 1 to 3.

3 November 2016

On Thursday 3rd November 2016, pupils in Years 1 to 3 enjoyed themselves in the wonderful PTFA disco.

Saint Winifred Feast Day


Celebrating our class feast day.

3 November 2016

2SH celebrated the feast day of their class Saint by re-telling her incredible story.

During a special prayer service they reflected on her life and her dedication to God. Together, they talked about how her story and message could help them develop as Christians.

Then they decorated and enjoyed eating delicious cakes. Happy feast day!

Science Breakfast Meeting


Amazing science experiments at breakfast.

3 November 2016

Parents and children attended the very first Science breakfast meeting! It was very exciting! Miss Haynes explained how Science is developing at the Abbey through the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).

To help make Science better, we need a vision that the Abbey staff, governors and parents have created together. The parents were asked to share their ideas on when Science is great. All the ideas were collected and rated.

Miss Haynes then demonstrated a really cool experiment using two straws - the children loved it and couldn't wait to show it to their friends at playtime. Then everyone had a go at an experiment using skittles. This was a great and tasty experiment!

Staff, parents and children had a great morning, we can't wait for the next Science breakfast.

Year 2 Inspire Workshop


One of the books used in the workshop.

2 November 2016

On Wednesday, Year 2 parents joined their children in a Literacy Inspire workshop. Mrs Wilde, Miss Haynes and Mr McTernan shared ideas for supporting reading and writing at home.

Children and parents worked together on a range of Literacy activities. Some children even acted as the teacher, telling the parents what to do!

English Inspire Workshops


One of our busy Inspire Workshops.

1, 2 and 4 November 2016

Workshops for English have been taking place, with many parents taking the opportunity to work along side their children completing reading and writing activities.

Reading is at the heart of becoming a good writer.

We, at the Abbey, really appreciate the support we get from the parents of our pupils.

Supporting the Missionaries of Charity


Almsgiving in modern Britain.

18 October 2016

Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor.

Mother Teresa was considered one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century, Mother Teresa was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.

Our school are very proud to support the local order of the Missionaries of Charity and in October 2016, donated a whole car boot full of groceries and toiletries to the local Sisters.

Please keep the Missionaries of Charity and the people they support in your prayers.

Donating Food for Those in Need


Food donations for the needy.

13 October 2016

On Thursday 13th October 2016, families in our school generously donated food to be shared between a local food bank and a local house run by nuns.

Our families have been generous and helped us to remember our duty to look after our neighbour and those less fortunate than ourselves.

We are remembering that when we feed the poor, we feed Jesus Christ himself.

Please pray for all of those who are suffering from hunger.

Y4JB Families Sharing Lunch


Families and children enjoying lunch together.

11 October 2016

On Tuesday 11th October, Y4JB had their shared lunch where family members were able to dine with their child at The Abbey.

Many mums,dads and grandparents attended - to sample the delicious food on offer and have a lovely time sharing lunchtime at The Abbey together.

Many thanks to all that came to this special occasion.

Young Active Travel Summit


Some of Year 6 in the council chamber.

7 October 2016

Representatives from Year 6 attended a day of presentations led by Cllr Bridget Jones to consider the impact of active and sustainable travel.

They were able to meet representatives from Birmingham Cycle Revolution, West Midlands Police, National Express and many more.

Following this, children were invited into the Council Chamber to take part in a debate and vote on the issues raised. Our next step is to look at the issues raised and how we can help to address them in our local community.

Year 6 Shakespeare Workshop


Year 6 at the Old Rep.

5 October 2016

In preparation for their upcoming performance, Year 6 took part in a cast workshop at the Old Rep Theatre.

We had the opportunity to work on the stage and practice some of the skills we have been developing.

A very useful afternoon was spent working on our voice projection and stage craft.

Reception visit Highbury Theatre


Reception in the auditorium.

5 October 2016

Reception went on their first ever school trip to Highbury Theatre.

They walked to the train station and caught the train to Chester Road.

On arrival at the theatre they were shown up to a room where each group was able to have a last minute practise of their nursery rhyme. Each group performed to their peers and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. To the delight of the children even the teachers and helpers got up on stage and sang!

Staff were very proud of the excellent behaviour from all the children.

4OM Families Sharing Lunch

4 October 2016

Children in 4OM invited a member of their family in to join them for Shared Lunch. Families enjoyed either a hot dinner or a packed lunch and ate this wherever the child normally chooses to.

Following this, the children took their family member out onto the playground to enjoy all the fabulous lunchtime activities provided.

Thank you to everyone who attended - a great time was had by all.

Governors Attend our Open Morning


Our Governors at our Open Morning.

4 October 2016

On Tuesday 4th October 2016 we welcomed our Governors to the first of three Open Mornings being held throughout the year.

Our Governors were very generous with their time and spent the morning visiting lessons, sharing data and observing Pupil Voice conversations.

We are very proud of our Governing Body and the support they give to our school and Parish community.

Macmillan Coffee Morning


Raising money for Macmillan.

30 September 2016

On Friday 30th September 2016, we were very proud to support the Macmillan Coffee morning.

Our kitchen team provided delicious cakes for people to purchase whilst local company Midland Plant Training and Testing Ltd sponsored the event, ensuring all money went directly to Macmillan.

Pupils and staff also wore green for the day to raise awareness of Macmillan and raise further funds.

Thank you to everyone who contributed - we raised £650.

Code Breakers Workshop


Trying to crack the codes.

27 September 2016

Year 6 pupils enjoyed a morning of cracking codes at a workshop hosted by Court Farm School.

Using mathematical reasoning a logic strategies, students developed their problem solving skills.

Books for Cameroon


Donating books for Cameroon.

27 September 2016

Abbey Catholic Primary School are proud to support our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world.

We have aided Father Cornelius from the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon by providing high quality books for the children in Catholic schools in his diocese.

This is all part of our journey supporting our pupils to be faithful as they reflect on their impact in the world and show love and compassion for others.

Year 6 Online Safety and Maths Workshop


Parents at the Year 6 Workshop.

23 September 2016

In this increasingly digital world, it is crucial that our children are safe online and that they know what to do when something goes wrong.

Parents were shown an invaluable website that provides support in helping to protect our children. The website internetmatters.org gives practical advice and a helping hand in discussing issues of online safety with your child. This includes step by step instructions on how to set content filters at home, dealing with cyberbullying and how to set privacy settings on social media platforms.

The Maths curriculum for Year 6 children was shared with parents along with examples of the expectations for children at the end of the year.

Mr Barr spoke about the national test papers in May and ways in which parents can support their child in the coming months. Parents were reminded of the importance of children having quick recall of the times tables facts and the need to be fluent in the four operations. Examples of the reasoning questions (worded questions) were shared as well as the website MyMaths, that takes parents and children through lessons and example questions to further enable parents to support their child's learning at home.

As always, there was a tremendous turnout from our parents which clearly demonstrates the fantastic support that our parents give.

Y2DH Assembly


One of Year 2's 'dream jars'.

23 September 2016

On the 23rd September 2016, Year 2 performed their class assembly about 'The past, the present and the future'. The children all spoke, sang and danced confidently in front of the whole school.

The children presented their parents with 'dream jars'; each coloured layer representing a different dream for the future.

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World


Ready to taste the chocolate!

9 September 2016

On Friday 9th September, Year 4 went to mesmerising Cadbury World.

We had the opportunity to tour the factory, sample the delicious chocolate with a variety of fillings and went on the the thrilling 4D experience.

After a delicious lunch, we gathered in the George Cadbury room to investigate how chocolate develops from a bean to a bar!

The children were a credit to The Abbey and a great day was had by children and adults alike.

Happy Puzzle Event


Having fun problem solving.

9 September 2016

After a fabulous morning problem solving, Year 6 reflected:

"I learnt to persevere when I'm very frustrated." - William

"I discovered that when I collaborate with others and share ideas we have fun!" - Jennifer

"We are all different and can help each other in different ways" - Timmy-Joe

"The challenges we did as a team showed me we all have different strengths." - Katie

Year 2 at the Black Country Museum


Year 2 in Victorian dress.

8 September 2016

On the 8th September, Year 2 travelled back in time to the Victorian era at the Black Country Living Museum.

They investigated people of the past by playing games, visiting different houses and even watched a silent movie in the cinema!

The highlight was a visit to St. James' school where Mr Griffiths taught us Victorian handwriting and maths!

Brilliant Attendance


100% attendance winners.

21 July 2016

These children were in school for 100% of the time for the whole school year from September 2015 to July 2016. Well done children.

Attendance over the year at our school continues to be above the national average for Primary Schools across the country.

The children at Abbey School have been in school for 97.79% over the year from September 2016 to June 2017.

Choir Perform for the School


Choir members in fine voice!

19 July 2016

On Tuesday 19th July 2016, our wonderful school choir performed to the whole school. They sang a mixture of contemporary and spiritual songs.

We are really proud of our choir and very grateful to Mrs Adamo for giving up so much of her own time to lead them.

New Reception Shared Lunch


Sharing lunch together.

18 to 20 July 2016

Over three days from we welcomed our new Reception pupils and their parents for a shared lunch experience. During this time our new Reception pupils have enjoyed meeting the new Reception staff team and exploring their new learning environment.

Whilst pupils were busy doing this, our new parents had a tour of our exciting forest area. After this, our new Reception pupils joined their parents and Year 5 buddies to share lunch together.

We are very excited to welcome our newest Abbey Family members and look forward to them joining us full time in September.

Dogs Home Collection


Inspecting your kind donations!

18 July 2016

On Monday 18th July 2016 we were very proud to deliver our collection of dog food, towels, blankets and toys to the Birmingham Dog's Home.

Huge thanks to Mrs Barton for co-ordinating the collection. Our school dog started his life at Birmingham Dog's Home, so it is a place close to our hearts.

Thank you everyone for your generous donations.

School Council go to City Serve


School Councillors with City Serve staff.

15 July 2016

School Council had a fantastic day at City Serve. They learnt about healthy eating and looked at different fruits and vegetables.

The children all got to make their own Pizza and knickerbocker Glory.

The City Serve staff made staff and children very welcome and it was a great way for the children to end their time as a School Council member.

CBSO Shakespeare Workshop


Shakespearean actors.

12 July 2016

Children in Year 6 enjoyed a full day workshop to start their Shakespeare journey.

The focus of the day was 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' and children were immersed in the play through music, story telling and drama. Children learned how to use movement and space to tell a story, and music to set the mood.

At the end of the day Year 6 performed their piece to an enthusiastic audience from Year 5 and Year 7.

Music Ministry and Choir


End of Year Summer Concert.

8 July 2016

Our School Gospel Choir performed to parents and parishioners for the End of Year Summer Concert.

A variety of contemporary and spiritual songs were sang. Children had the opportunity in showcasing their talents of playing instruments, singing solo and performing as a choir unit using strategies such as harmonies and rounds.

Christ is always at the centre of our Music Ministry as we aim to bring others closer to God through song.

Brass Band Performance


Our talented musicians.

27 June 2016

On Monday 27th June 2016, all of Year 4 and 5 joined together with their brass instruments to perform to a packed hall of parents and relatives.

It was evident that Mrs Miller and Mr Gifford, our brass instrument teachers, had done a wonderful job with our students this year.

We are very proud of our investment into the arts and supporting all pupils in Years 4 and 5 to play a musical instrument.

We apologise to the neighbours of all Year 4 and 5 pupils who have been practising hard at home.

Euro 2016 England v Wales


England v Wales Football Match.

16 June 2016

Football fever hit the Abbey Catholic Primary this afternoon when Years 1 to 6 gathered in the school hall to cheer on our National team for their Euro 2016 game against Wales.

Not everything went to plan as the Welsh took a shock lead, however by the time our pupils were home the English lions had roared to victory.

It was a particularly heart-felt moment when our eldest pupils stood for an impromptu rendition of the National Anthem.

Film Club's Own Movie Premiere


Members of our Film Club.

15 June 2016

Film Club were extremely privileged this week, when they attended a viewing of their very own film at the MAC theatre.

Film Club have worked alongside 'IntoFilm' and an independent filmmaker, in order to film, edit and produce their own film.

All of the films produced by the children were of a high quality and film club were lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the films produced by other schools in the area.

Reception visit Twycross Zoo


Reception at the zoo.

10 June 2016

Reception vistited Twycross Zoo to start off our new topic of Animals.

We saw a variety of different animals and had the opportunity to learn about habitats. Those brave enough also stroked a cockroach and a tortoise!

A great day was had by all.

Reception (Red and Yellow) Class Assembly


Reception children at their assembly.

20 May 2016

The children confidently told the story of Farmer Duck and how it is important for us all to work together just like our School Moto says 'Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our Friends, family and Parish.'

All of Reception sang 'Go do something beautiful' with actions to the delight of the audience. Staff and Parents were very proud.

Headteacher Retreat Day


Retreat Day display.

20 May 2016

We were really proud to be involved in organising the headteacher retreat day at St Paul's Convent provided by the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership Headteacher Association.

Year 6 at Drayton Manor


Enjoying Drayton Manor.

16 May 2016

Year 6 enjoyed a fun filled day of freedom to reward them for all their efforts during SATs week.

The sun was shining and we all had a fantastic time trying out all the rides.

Welcome to our School Budgies


Introducing Angel and Gabriel.

11 May 2016

In May 2016 the stressful SATs week was brightened by the arrival of two budgies.

The beautiful birds, in Abbey colours, arrived in school and are now welcoming visitors from their new home in our top corridor.

Our budgies are called 'Angel' and 'Gabriel' and are a delightful addition to our school team.

Father Kieran on Mission Week


Fr Kieran teaching sign language.

10 May 2016

Father Kieran came to school to talk about the Mission week which will be happening later on in the year.

He taught us the sign language for 'Jesus loves you' and reminded us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.

We are looking forward to celebrating with the Parish later on in the year.

SATS Week Breakfasts


Enjoying a good breakfast before SATs.

9 to 12 May 2016

Year 6 started each morning of SATs week by sharing breakfast with their friends in school.

Father Gabby led us all in prayer, helping us to remain positive and remember what is really important in our lives.

Huge thanks to our super school cook Helen for cooking breakfast for us every day.

1JC Class Assembly


Year 1 presenting their assembly.

6 May 2016

Year 1 provided us with a very informative assembly all about World War 2.

They took us back in time to some of the key events such as the declaration of the war, the invasion of Normandy and the building of Anderson shelters.

The assembly included a rousing rendition of ‘Pack up Your Troubles/It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and a reflection of those who lost their lives whilst singing ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’.

Mrs Evans' Baptism


A celebration for Mrs Evans.

12 April 2016

The staff joined together to welcome Mrs Evans to the family of God.

Mrs Evans was baptised into her local church on Easter Sunday.

Reception's Day at Plantasia


Enjoying our day at Plantasia.

12 April 2016

On Tuesday 12th of April Reception had a fantastic day at Plantasia.

The children learnt about seeds and how they are dispersed by air and animals. They had to be squirrels and hide their seeds for the winter and later in the day go back and find their seeds.

After lunch the children went through the mazes and attempted to find the middle.

Thankfully the weather was great and we came home with dry but muddy children.

Race for Life


Everyone ready for the off!

26 March 2016

On Thursday the 26th of March the whole school took part in a race for life where we did laps of the playground or laps of the church yard. This was all to raise the money for cancer research.

For every lap you did someone who singed your sheet would pay a certain amount of money. Sports council had a very important role in this special event we had to stamp pieces of paper every time someone completed a lap.

We also painted everyone’s face pink and blue, which are the race for life colours.

Parents were also invited to this event; some parents were running as well! This event was set up by Mrs Marks who did a great job!

Sports council and Mrs Marks would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who participated in this amazing opportunity and supported us in raising over £1400.

School Council's Trip to London


School Council outside 10 Downing Street.

18 March 2016

On 18th March School Council had a fantastic fun-packed day in London with Mrs Small, Mrs Howard and Mr Kirke.

The children started off by going to 10 Downing Street and having their photograph taken outside the famous door.

On the London Eye they learnt about some of the landmarks that they could see.

At The Houses of Parliament the guide gave the children a real insight to what the job of the Politicians entails.

The day was finished off with a meal at a Tapas Bar before finally heading home. A very exciting day was had by all.

The Unsung Hero Award


At the awards ceremony.

17 March 2016

On Thursday 17th March 2016, Miss Marks, Mrs Banner and myself were nominated for the Unsung Hero award.

Previously, Ms Tallon and Mr Crowhurst kindly nominated me for an award named unsung hero. It is an award you receive for being a good role model with regards to sporting activities. Luckily, all three of us reached the final two which we were both really proud about and this meant we had to go to an awards ceremony to find out whether we had won!

When the day finally came for the awards ceremony, I was buzzing with excitement and I couldn’t wait.

When we got there, there were hundreds of people there and a giant stage. We were the last award so we got to listen to loads of other awards to do with different competitions and leadership things for both children and adults. We also got to watch some amazing talents like gymnastics, dancing and singing.

Mrs Banner and Miss Marks were first. They WON! Ms Tallon and I went wild. After that, it was me. They read out some things from my application like how I am confident and often I write reports for the website and the Sports council board. Then they read about the person I was up against. She was a very timid reception child and then she went to a para football competition and became more confident. She was clearly a worthy winner having a positive impact on all the peers in her school.

Written by our own nominee for the award

Holy Week Celebrations of Faith


Holy Week daily celebrations.

21 March 2016

During Holy Week, all children from Reception to Year 6 gathered together for a daily celebration of faith.

All children listened reverently and respectfully to the Easter Story.

Each class was given an item to remind them of the story told that day, for example, Palm Sunday was remembered with each class receiving a palm for their prayer table.

Mother's Day Mass


Mother's Day Mass in Church.

6 March 2016

On Sunday 6th March, Reception and Year 2 children led the Mother's Day Mass in Church.

All children were exceptionally well-behaved and read eloquently and clearly.

At the end of the Mass, children sang their Mother's Day song to their Mums and presented them with a bunch of daffodils, along with a hand-made Mother's card.

100 Days at School


Spelling out '100' in children!

3 March 2016

Year 1 and Reception celebrated it being 100 days since starting school in September.

The afternoon was full of fun learning activities related to the number one hundred! These activities included counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, playing snakes and ladders and designing the number 100 out of objects found in the forest area.

Year 1 Visit Waterstones in Birmingham


Year 1 at the Bull Ring in Birmingham.

3 March 2016

For World Book Day Year 1 went on the train to visit the Waterstones book store in Birmingham.

During the exciting trip, Year 1 got to look at their favourite books around the store, created their own stories and even got the chance to buy their own book to take home.

The children were brilliantly behaved for the trip and were a credit to the school. Well done!

Guides/Scouts Founder's Day


Our guides and scouts in their uniforms.

22 February 2016

On 22nd February National Scout Associations throughout the world celebrate the Scout's Founder's Day. It is celebrated as a very special day in the scout's calendar, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Baden Powells life and his writings which remain inspiring to many and incredibly on phase with our times.

The Scouts celebrate the day by doing a host of outdoor activities and by helping support their local communities. Scouting has developed over the years to ensure it continually helps young people learn for themselves in both a safe and challenging environment.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world also celebrate February 22 as World Thinking Day or just Thinking Day. It is a day to think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about other countries and cultures.

We are very proud of our Rainbows, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides and were very happy for them to wear their uniforms on Founders Day.

Y6CW Class Assembly


Year 6's assembly.

5 February 2016

Year 6 entertained us with fabulous singing and dance routines, as they shared their message of how working together is better than trying to do it alone.

We considered what it is like to be a community, not only caring for environment, but for other people too.

Key Stage 1 Disco


Lots of fun at the KS1 disco.

4 February 2016

Resident DJ's Mr H and Mr McT returned on the 4th February to rock and roll at the Key Stage 1 disco.

After some great dance moves and a nail biting dance-off, it is safe to say the Abbey has finished the half term off in style!

A huge thank you to our PTFA staff for their organisation.

Key Stage 2 Disco


Excited faces at the disco.

28 January 2016

On the 28th January 2016 there were a few excited members of our school community, as Years 3 to 6 put on their dancing shoes for the disco.

Resident DJ’s Mr H and Mr McT took requests for the children’s favourite chart toppers and the atmosphere was buzzing.

There were a few show stopping dance moves being thrown by pupils and teachers. Miss M took on the worm and Mr OC did his favourite ‘Dad dance’.

A fantastic night had by all. Thank you to our wonderful PTFA!

International Week


Year 6 visit the Greek Orthodox Church.

5 to 8 January 2016

Year 6 enjoyed a week packed full of learning all about Greece.

Father Sozomenos welcomed us to the local Orthodox Church of St Constantine and St Helen where children found out all about the faith and traditions and enjoyed looking around the Church.

Children also studied the history and culture of Greece and decorated their own pots in the Greek style.

Our week concluded with a visit from the chefs of Eleon Greek restaurant who bought in a selection of delicious meze for the children to taste.

Speaking About the Islamic Faith


Learning about Islam together.

6 January 2016

On Tuesday 5th January 2016, Year 4 welcomed several children from St Francis Catholic Primary School, Handsworth, to come and speak to them about the Islamic faith.

The children spoke beautifully about what it was like, as a child, living in Modern Britain as a Muslim and shared the practices that they do.

All children were eager to learn about the various traditions and customs from Islam and how the Primary children fitted these in around the school day. Thank you to all the children!

Christmas Jumper Day


Christmas jumpers as far as the eye can see!

17 December 2015

On 17th December 2015 the Abbey School was awash with festive fun as all pupils wore Christmas jumpers to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Well done to everyone involved, we raised over £300!

Visiting the Lord Mayor's Parlour


Children with the Lord Mayor.

14 December 2015

School were honoured to receive an invite to the Lord Mayors Parlour in the Birmingham Council House.

Pupils and staff received a warm welcome and enjoyed a fascinating tour of some of the splendid building.

Lord Mayor's Christmas Card


At Grand Central with Santa.

14 December 2015

There was great excitement when we were invited to be featured on the Birmingham Lord Mayor's Christmas Card.

A group of 30 children travelled into the splendid new train station, Grand Central, in Birmingham City Centre. Imagine our surprise when we were greeted, not only by Birmingham's Lord Mayor, but by Santa too!

Santa generously gave each child a gift to say thank you.

Sisters of Mercy


A visit from the Sisters of Mercy.

11 December 2015

On 11th December, The Sisters of Mercy from Handsworth visited school to teach us about their order and about The Year of Mercy.

We learnt about what it means to be a sister and how the nuns currently living in the convent are carrying on the important work started by their founder Venerable Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831.

One of our pupils had the opportunity to dress up as a Sister of Mercy.

VE Day Street Party


Remembering VE Day.

23 November 2015

Years 1 and 5 gathered together to celebrate the end of their World War 1 and 2 learning with VE Day celebrations.

During the afternoon, the children rotated around a number of activities to involving learning about rationing, making gas masks and learning some typical 1940s dances.

To finish our afternoon, we all gathered together to reflect on the sacrifice of all countries during the war through a prayer service.

Well done to all the children who made amazing World War projects, as well as for their fantastic outfits they wore for the VE Day party.

Years 1 to 3 PTFA Disco


A hall packed with excited children, and a few excited adults, too!

19 November 2015

On the 19th November 2015 the school hall was rocking as Years 1 to 3 bounced, bopped and boogied the evening away to the latest disco tunes. Everyone had a fabulous evening.

Teachers were spotted leading the dance moves encouraged by the super DJ's: Mr O'C, Mr C, Mr P and Mr H.

Live tweets were broadcast by our very own media team member, Katie.

Thank you very much to our wonderful PTFA for organising such a tremendous evening.

We Will Remember


Remembering those who laid down their lives for us.

19 November 2015

This week School Council travelled into Birmingham to lay our class wreaths on the Memorial.

We took the opportunity to silently pray for all those who have died in War for us. It was a very moving experience and School Council were honoured to represent the Abbey.

Free Radio Christmas Stars Competition - Round 2


The choir sing for Free Radio.

16 November 2015

We are all very excited that our choir have been successful in reaching the on-air round of the Free Radio Christmas Stars competition.

Free Radio came into school to record choir singing 'Sing Noel', the song chosen for our entry.

The winner of the competition will receive £200 worth of music equipment for their school and will have their song played on Free Radio on Christmas Day. We hope that all our friends will get behind us and vote for us.

Year 4, 5 and 6 PTFA Disco


A disco frenzy!

12 November 2015

On Thursday 12th November 2015 the school hall was full of music, dancing and great fun as Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed their PTFA disco.

The music was expertly played by Mr McT and Mr H with support of Ms H and an army of wonderful moms and dads looked after the children and arranged refreshments.

Thank you to all staff and parents who made the event possible. Another wonderful evening!

Free Radio's Choir Competition


Free Radio recording our choir.

12 November 2015

Great excitement was in the Abbey school in November 2015, as 'Free Radio' visited school to record our Gospel Choir for the annual school choir of the year competition.

Due to radio station rules, only 35 pupils were allowed to be in the competition entry. Our choir has over 70 members, after a tense 'draw' out of a large envelope, the lucky 35 were selected. The remaining choir members congratulated their peers and wished them every success.

Thanks to Mrs Adamo and Mrs Lonergan for the amazing work they do with our Gospel choir. Fingers crossed for a successful outcome for our choir in the upcoming competition.

Year 5 Meet Local Parishioners


Year 5 children talking to parishioners.

11 November 2015

After the Remembrance Day service, children in Year 5 were very fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to stories shared by Parishioners about their experiences of the War.

It gave them a real insight to the feelings of people who were evacuated during the war or even had to use Anderson shelters during an air raid.

We would like to thank all the Parishioners who joined us for our service and stayed to discuss the war with us.

Reception Maths Workshops


Parents and children working together.

9 November 2015

Throughout this week Reception children enjoyed having parents into class for their Maths Workshop.

They enjoyed sharing the days of the week song to show how they are learning about seasons, weather and place value.

To demonstrate how we take away by one, we sang 'Five Currant Buns' and children acted out being the buns. Then it was time for the adults to get involved! together they had to follow the instructions to make a board game and die to take home and play with their families. Some even managed to play a few games before the session was over.

Great fun was had by all.

Congratulations to Miss Duggan


Miss Duggan in graduation dress.

October 2015

We are very proud of Miss Duggan who officially graduated from Newman University College in October 2015.

We are honoured to have her on our team and proud that she chose the Abbey Catholic Primary School to start her teaching career.

KS2 Visit from the Ambulance Service


Modelling our slings!

30 September 2015

On Wednesday 30th September, Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance Service came to talk to us about his job

He showed us an ECG machine that he uses to monitor patients heart beats and we had a competition to see who was the best at making a sling for a patient!

All children in Years 3 to 6 thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Reception Welcome Disco


A busy dance floor at the Welcome Disco.

25 September 2015

On Friday 25th September at 6pm the Abbey School Hall was the centre of excitement for Reception children.

We welcomed the children and their families to a Welcome Disco to get to know each other and our staff.

The dance floor was constantly full as our resident DJ's MC Harris and MC McTernan displayed some serious 'jocking' skills.

Everyone had a wonderful evening. Thank you to all Abbey staff who made the evening possible.

Macmillan Coffee Morning


A busy morning in aid of Macmillan.

25 September 2015

On 25th September 2015 we joined in with thousands of people across the UK by being involved in the worlds largest coffee morning.

Staff set up our al fresco coffee morning on the school drive. Our wonderful cook, Helen, provided the beautiful cakes whilst a parent sponsored the tea and coffee.

We are very proud of how our school community all join together to support others.

Thank you to all families who supported our fundraising for Macmillan, helping us raise £500.

School Council Visit Grand Central Station


The School Council in Birmingham's new shopping area.

24 September 2015

On Thursday 24th September, the School Council travelled to visit the new Grand Central Station and shopping centre in Birmingham.

They explored the shopping centre and thought about how to prepare for job interviews.

They had their shoes polished, found their signature scent and Ethan and Mr Harris were interviewed by BBC Radio WM!

Y2DH Assembly


Y2DH class assembly.

18 September 2015

On September 18th, children from Y2DH performed their class assembly.

The assembly compared the past to the present and we presented our parents with a keepsake about what we want to be when we are older.

Year 2 at the Black Country Museum


Year 2 in the Victorian era.

9 September 2015

As part of our 'People of the Past' topic, Year 2 visited the Black Country Living Museum and enjoyed a week long immersion into Victorian life.

The trip enabled us to gain an understanding of what life was like for people during Victorian times, in particular the expectations placed on children during this era.

We enjoyed visiting houses, potential jobs and in particular the Victorian games and silent cinema. To ensure that the trip was memorable Mr. H even received the cane!

Throughout the immersion week, Year 2 experienced Victorian handwriting, our National Anthem, chalks and blackboards and Victorian teachers. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this era.

Reception Welcome Mass


Year 5 and Reception pupils together.

9 September 2015

On Sunday 13th September 2015, we gathered at the Abbey Church, in faith, to worship God, Our Father, Jesus His Son; and the Holy Spirit we prayed for God’s blessing on all pupils this new school year.

During this Mass, we prayed especially for the sixty pupils who have joined the Abbey Catholic Primary School in the Reception Classes this new school year.

Our prayers were for the Reception children to settle and be at ease in our school community; to make friends with one another; to work well and do their best in every lesson; to learn about their faith and to make time every day to pray; to be and do good and to make themselves and their parents proud. We pray that as the Reception children begin their school journey at the Abbey Catholic Primary School that they may always remember to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with their friends, family and parish. Each Reception child was presented with a set of Rosary beads.

Thank you to Fr. Gabby for celebrating Mass and to our Year 5 pupils who led this Mass.

Year 1 at the Thinktank


We know all the senses in the body.

9 September 2015

As part of our topic 'Who am I?' Year 1 had a very exciting visit to the Thinktank in Birmingham.

During the trip, we had the opportunity to visit Kids’ City where we had the opportunity to role play jobs we might do when we grow up to be adults.

After lunch, we learnt all about different parts of the body as well as finding out the five different senses we have.

We now have lots of new ideas and information that we can share during our work at school!

Year 4 Explore Chocolate at Cadbury World


Hooray for chocolate!

8 September 2015

On the 8th September Year 4 went to Cadbury World to kick start their exciting new topic - Chocolate!

We learnt about the history of Cadbury's chocolate, the manufacturing of their products, advertising and even explored some chocolate tasting.

We finished our fabulous day with a visit to the new 4D experience - which was truly exhilarating experience! A lot of fun had by all!

Year 5 Myths and Legends Day


Year 5 dressed as characters of myths and legends.

7 and 8 September 2015

To celebrate the start of our Abbey Curriculum unit of work on Myths and Legends, on 7th and 8th September respectively, classes 5EH and 5JD came to school dressed as a variety of mythical creatures and characters.

The children participated in a catwalk where they shared information about the mythical creatures or character that they had dressed as.

Year 5 also enjoyed participating in their first workshop provided by The REP Theatre, as part of a Toy Theatre Project, where the pupils will work with a REP Drama Practitioner and a Visual Artist to create a play script.

One Life Music Religious Retreat


Altar in school for the religious retreat.

4 September 2015

On 4th September, the staff joined together with One Life Music to participate in a religious retreat.

They learnt new songs for mass and then celebrated mass with Fr. Jonathan Veasey from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

 

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