Snippets of News - Summer Term 2011

Guitars Delivered

Guitars ready for next year.

25 July 2011

A rather large delivery arrived on the first day of the summer break.

Next term, Year 4 and Y5OC will begin to learn to play the guitar – Y5G have been playing already for a year and they are going to continue this into Year 5.

Gospel Choir Performance

The Gospel Choir.

21 July 2011

Following on from the successful recording of the first CD – 'Part of His Plan' the Abbey Gospel Choir performed to their friends and families.

We were treated to live renditions from the album, including: From a Distance, Climb and Emmanuel. Mr Kirke and Mrs Adamo sung their duet too: I Believe.

A very professional performance.

Gold Attendance - Summer 2011

Gold Attendance Certificate winners.

21 July 2011

There was an amazing amount of pupils who received the Gold award for attendance this term. Nearly half of the school were in for every single day of term.

They each received a certificate to recognize this magnificent achievement.

Silver Attendance - Summer 2011

Silver Attendance Certificate winners.

21 July 2011

A celebration assembly was held at the end of term to present certificates to those children who had only missed one day of school during the whole of the Summer term.

Make-A-Wish Donation

A certificate following our donation to Make-A-Wish.

21 July 2011

We are very proud to have raised £344.60 from a non- uniform day which has been presented to the Make-A-Wish Charity.

We were honoured to have a talk from Neil Porter, deputy head teacher of St Peter and Paul's Primary School, whose family have worked closely with the Make-A-Wish charity.

Year 6 Leavers' Mass

Year 6 leavers' Mass.

17 July 2011

Year 6 shared a lovely Mass with the parish, their friends and family.

They lead all parts of the Mass, that ended with a moving rendition of their Leavers' song – An Irish Blessing.

There wasn't a dry eye in the church.

School Bank Staff Acknowledged for Hard Work

Certificate of Achievement from HSBC Bank.

July 2011

Year 6 pupils have been managing and running the Abbey branch of the HSBC bank all year. They have proved themselves to be hardworking, reliable and committed to achieving their best.

The representative from the HSBC bank said our students were exactly the type of young people she would like to employ in a few years time.

Each member of school bank staff will receive a certificate of achievement recognising their hard work.

Pétanque Fun

Playing Pétanque.

15 July 2011

Pupils from KS2 learnt all about this traditional French game of boules, during their French lessons.

They had to stand in a hoop and aim for a target ball (jack) with their hollow metal boules. It was trickier than it looked.

NK Times Tables Photo Shoot

The photo shoot.

15 July 2011

Pupils from our school were looking very smart this morning when a professional photo crew arrived.

Pupils were selected to appear in promotional material for one of our regular visitors to school - Mr NK from Tunes Times Tables.

Mathletics Assembly


15 July 2011

We were introduced to the Mathletics website during assembly. This fabulous resource will be used in school, but can be accessed from anywhere!

Pupils can play maths games against children all over the world.

Summer Dance Festival

Irish dancing.

14 July 2011

Our Irish dancers performed at a Summer Dance Festival organised by Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.

The audience were entertained by performances of Latin, ballroom, street dance, cheer-leading and of course our Irish dancers.

It was wonderful to see so many children share their talent and joy of dance.

Musical Delights

Our guitarists in concert.

7 July 2011

On Thursday 7th July 2011, our Year 4 guitarists showcased their superb musical talents by entertaining families and Key Stage 2 children with a medley of Gospel songs and other well known tunes.

There was 'standing room only' as parents and grandparents gathered to hear how the musicians had progressed. Everyone enjoyed the guitar pieces and the final song ( with actions) got everyone involved.

We are very excited that our current Year 4 guitarists will continue guitar lessons next year.

Celebrating Other Schools' Successes

Getting the 'red carpet treatment' at Christ the King School.

1 July 2011

Our headteacher was honoured to attend Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Kingstanding at their film premiere on Friday 1st July.

Ms Tallon joined other headteachers, VIPs and the Mayor of Birmingham to watch two short films made by Year 5 pupils from Christ the King School.

The Year 5 pupils produced a superb DVD which we are looking forward to sharing with Abbey pupils.

Ned's YoYo Assembly

Ned's YoYo Assembly.

29 June 2011

We were treated to a motivational assembly that taught us that, in order to succeed you must: 'Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.'

We watched enthralled, as amazing yoyo and magic tricks were performed.

Flute Performance

Flute performance.

28 June 2011

Year 4 took part in a performance to pupils and families.

They have been learning the flute for nearly a year now and impressed their audience with the selection of tunes that they played.

They were also joined by two members of Year 5 who have been playing a while longer who demonstrated further skills by playing a range of pop tunes and traditional melodies.

Emmanuel Church Prize Winner

Our lucky winner being presented with her prize.

27 June 2011

On Monday 27th June 2011, our Gospel Choir were very proud to join parishioners from Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green, during our RE week focusing on 'Following in the footsteps of Jesus with our Parish'.

Whilst visiting the Church, our children entered a competition based on one of the Gospel stories. What a lovely surprise when, upon returning from celebrating Mass on the feast day of St Peter and Paul, we found out that one of our pupils had won a gift voucher.

Gospel Choir visits Emmanuel Church

The Gospel Choir perform in Emmanuel Church.

27 June 2011

As part of Parish RE week the Abbey gospel choir performed at a neighbouring parish church (Emmanuel Church) to help them celebrate their annual festival.

They sang beautifully and were an excellent representation of our school.

Wimbledon Fever

Game, set and match Abbey!

27 June 2011

Abbey went tennis mad during Wimbledon season.

On Monday 27th June 2011 we welcomed a professional tennis coach from Sutton Coldfield Tennis Club to work with our Year 6 children.

Our Year 6 athletes thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills.

Pizza Treat for Best Attenders

Enjoying Pizza Party- yum!

24 June 2011

One class were very happy on Friday 24th June 2011 when they finally received their Pizza Party for being the best attending class in Spring Term. They had been so busy that they hadn't had time to celebrate their success.

They are aiming to win the Summer prize too! Only you can stop them. You have to be in, to win!

Reception enjoy trip to Ash End Farm

Reception at Ash End Farm.

24 June 2011

On Friday 24th June 2011 both Reception classes enjoyed a fabulous outing to Ash End Farm.

Everybody wore their wristbands with school details as well as their high visibility vests to keep safe and sound.

The cheeky goat tried to eat one of the high vis vests! Apparently he was just kidding around!

Everyone had a wonderful time and arrived back at school very tired but very happy. Each child brought back an egg from the farm.

Singing Their Timestables

Year 1 modelling timestables skills.

24 June 2011

On Friday 24th June 2011, Year 1 proudly sang and danced their way through their timestables in front of the whole school.

We are very proud of these children who performed confidently in front of 400 children and adults.

Film Club Trip

Film Club at Showcase Cinema.

18 June 2011

On Saturday 18th June 2011 members of Abbey Film Club went to the Showcase Cinema to view Kung Fu Panda 2. Everyone had a wonderful time and all pupils modelled exemplary behaviour.

Film Club started earlier in the year. The first film they watched and reviewed was the original Kung Fu Panda. Reviews are posted onto the national Filmclub website.

Thanks go to Mr McTernan for organising Film Club each week and for arranging this super morning out.

After seeing the film we held a competition for the best review of the movie. Congratulations Jessica here is your winning review:

Po is back! If you thought the first film was good well think again. Po is in another film of action and comedy. This film is brilliant for the whole family but is still good for older kids and adults. Jack Black plays the extremely wonderful Po who stuns everyone with his amazing kung fu skills! The movie starts with an epic fail! The Dragon Warrior and the furious five come to the rescue, as they do they're extraordinary poses; Po is facing the wrong way round! Hysterical! Shen, (the peacock) played by Gary Oldman, is the baddie who tries to kill all the pandas on the earth but soon realises that he forgot one! It was brilliant and it would be amazing in 3-D it's a must-see movie. (You would be mad not to like it!) Once again Brilliant. 5 stars! As said in the first movie, "Skadoosh!"

by Jessica Small, Film Club Critic

Annual Quiz Night

17 June 2011

Quiz Night.

Another fabulous turn out for what has become a twice yearly event. The original Annual Quiz Night was enjoyed so much that demand resulted in quiz nights being held in both the Autumn and Summer terms.

The quiz in June 2011 was so well attended that we had to get extra tables and chairs from the Year 6 classrooms!

Thank you to all staff, families and Parishoners who supported this event. All funds raised go straight back into school. Special thanks go to Mr and Mrs Tierney our wonderful Quiz Masters.

Celebrating Success

Our new 'star pupil' badges.

17 June 2011

Each week children are nominated by staff for a Star Pupil Award. These can be earned as a result of excellent behaviour, attitude to learning or work.

Fabulous Star Pupil Certificates are presented in assembly so everyone can celebrate achievement together. Children awarded as Star Pupils have their names published in our weekly newsletter. Star Pupils will now also wear a Star Pupil badge all week; promoting and sharing their successes.

Will you be next weeks Star Pupil? Remember to return your badge at the end of the week!

Bishop Walsh Activity Day

Sporting activities at Bishop Walsh.

16 June 2011

Year 6 were invited to attend an activity day at Bishop Walsh secondary school where they were able to try out many different sporting activities such as rowing, tennis and ultimate frisbee.

They were joined by other primary schools and had a great time.

Reception Grow a Bean Plant

Look at my bean plant!

16 June 2011

Reception have been looking at the theme of growing and as part of their studies they have been growing a bean plant.

They have learnt all about how plants grow and can name the different parts of a plant.

Look at how much this plant has grown in two weeks.

Rangers Get Planting

The team admire their hard work.

15 June 2011

On Tuesday 15th June 2011 our team of Rangers worked incredibly hard planting some of the plants brought in by children for Green Day.

Our new area beside our hall was only installed on Saturday and already it's looking great.

Our Rangers worked brilliantly as a team and were guided by two super gardeners: Chris and Flawrence, our dinner supervisors who gave up their time to support our children.

We are looking forward to developing this area further. Come and have a look and see how it's going.

Collaborative Working Between Catholic Cluster Schools

Working in partnership to achieve the best for our children.

15 June 2011

On Wednesday 15th June 2011 we were delighted to welcome Numeracy co-ordinators from the Catholic Schools in our cluster group. The co-ordinators enjoyed a tour of our school, chatted to our children and shared ideas about how to improve Numeracy in all schools even further.

All of the co-ordinators found the opportunity to network and share good ideas incredibly useful.

We were honoured to host this event and look forward to visiting other schools.

Gifted and Talented Maths Workshop

Working together at the maths workshop.

13 June 2011

We were delighted to host a gifted and talented workshop for young mathematicians from local schools who got the chance to work together on some very tricky maths problems.

They worked together to investigate palindromic numbers, prime, composite numbers and a demanding 'broken calculator' challenge. The children from years four and five worked enthusiastically and co- operatively.

One of the pupils said that it was "brill! I enjoyed everything!"

Creating Our New Outdoor Area

Some of the helpers give the project a big thumbs up.

11 June 2011

On Saturday 11th June 2011 parents, governors, staff, children, parishioners and local business people gave up their Saturday morning and rolled up their sleeves digging, stomping and sawing to get our new outside area prepared.

We are working towards a lovely outside dining area as well as vegetable patches where we can grow our own food ready for Helen to cook.

Tomlinsons construction took a big lead in the day with many of their employees giving up their time to help us - even making yummy sandwiches and cake.

Lots of helpers came and went throughout the morning and everyone agreed that there was a wonderful 'community spirit'.

School Bankers Promote Saving

Savers with their money banks.

9 June 2011

On Monday 13th June 2011 our school bank, a branch of HSBC, welcomed new savers and rewarded them with a funky globe money bank.

Every child in Key Stage 2 can open a bank account and then make payments each Monday when our school becomes a branch of the HSBC staffed by Year 6 employees.

Have you opened an account yet? It's never too early to start saving.

Another Successful Bags2School Collection

Look how much we've collected!

9 June 2011

A huge well done to all families who had a good clear out over half term and donated unwanted clothes and other items for our Bags2School collection.

We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we find out!

School Council Exchange Visits

School Council exchange visits.

9 June 2011

On Thursday 9th June 2011 some of our school councillors welcomed school councillors from Hollyfield Primary School.

The school councillors spent the morning touring school and enjoying a school assembly. When asked what they thought about our school, they replied: "I liked the displays; shows everyone what the school's done", "I liked all of it." and "I liked the chickens, not many schools have chickens."

Our school councillors are looking forward to visiting Hollyfields School next week.

Welcoming Visitors from the Punjab

Ms Tallon meets staff from Jalandhar.

9 June 2011

We were honoured to welcome the headteacher and teachers from Cambridge International School in Jalandhar who spent the day with us. The teachers are working in partnership with Newman University and described the relationships they witnessed in school as being 'what makes the difference in a school being ordinary or extraordinary'.

We look forward to our children making links with their children via email and webcam.

We are very proud of everyone in school for making our visitors feel so welcome, especially our musician, gospel choir and Irish dancers who performed brilliantly for our visitors.

Sutton Fun Run completed by Abbey Team

The Mayoress meets the Abbey team.

5 June 2011

A team of runners from Abbey including staff, parents, pupils, governors and Barney Dog completed the Great Midlands Fun Run in support of John Taylor Hospice on Sunday 5th June 2011.

Pupils and parents cheered the runners on from the sidelines and everyone had a great day whilst supporting a local charity.

The Lady Mayoress took the time to wish some of our team members well before the race.

Celebrating 100% Attendance for Spring Term 2011

100% attendees for Spring term.

27 May 2011

At a celebration assembly some children were awarded with certificates to recognise their fantastic attendance during the Spring Term.

Those pupils who only missed one session were presented with a silver certificate, next those children that came to school every day of spring term were presented with a gold certificate to represent their 100% achievement.

Let's hope there are as many next term. Well done everyone - keep it up!

Visit to St Brigids Primary

A very special chair in St Brigids Art Room.

26 May 2011

On Thursday 26th May 2011 Ms Tallon visited St Brigids School in Northfield. All of the staff and children made her feel very welcome.

We are looking forward to continuing to build links between our two schools. Already we have booked future exchange visits for pupils and staff into the school diaries.

Fun on the Trim Trail

Break time fun.

26 May 2011

The Trim Trail is still as popular as ever with all pupils as they improve their balance and co-ordination as they traverse the obstacles.

A Visit to Osborne School

Being healthy at Osborne School.

25 May 2011

One of our neighbouring primary schools have been having a 'healthy week'.

A group of our Year 5 pupils were invited to join them for a Zumba session outside their school entrance. A fabulous, fun way to keep fit.

Working in Partnership

Christ the King School.

24 May 2011

Abbey are very proud to be a part of the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership, working alongside other primary schools sharing good practice and ideas.

It was a delight to visit Christ the King school on Friday 24th May 2011.

Sharing Our Faith

Sharing our faith.

24 May 2011

Each morning during May, everyone is invited to pray the Rosary with Mrs Adamo and Miss McTiernan during morning break. Each day you are asked to invite a friend.

On Tuesday 24th May one of our pupils invited visiting Headteacher, Mrs Lewis from Hollyfields School, to pray a decade of the Rosary.

Mrs Lewis thoroughly enjoyed sharing prayers with Abbey children!

Times Tables Assembly

Singing our times tables.

24 May 2011

Mr NK visited and led a rapping times tables assembly along with Year 2.

They were able to sing their times tables expertly. What a great way to learn!

Year 3 Learn Semaphore in ICT

The children spell out A-B-B-E-Y.

24 May 2011

As part of their work on communicating, Year 3 learnt about alternative ways of communicating over distances.

They learnt about smoke signals, drum messages, how to use Morse Code and spelt out words to each other using Semaphore.

This group are spelling out ABBEY.

Bishop Walsh Headteacher Visits Year 6

The Headteacher and staff from Bishop Walsh.

24 May 2011

As part of transition to secondary school we were visited by the Headteacher and two other staff members from Bishop Walsh Secondary School who came to meet their future Year 7 pupils.

Year 6 were able to ask questions and generally become more comfortable with the idea of moving into Key Stage 3.

School Council Interview New Staff

Presenting findings to the Governors.

23 May 2011

On Monday 23rd May 2011 representatives from the School Council interviewed three candidates for the position of Assistant Headteacher at Abbey Catholic Primary School.

School Councillors 'grilled' prospective staff members with a series of probing questions.

After interview the candidates were awarded an overall score and the Councillors' thoughts were shared with the panel of Governors. The School Councillors were very perceptive and fed back to Governors brilliantly.

Year 6 SATs Breakfast

Year 6 enjoy a breakfast.

9 to 12 May 2011

Year 6 enjoyed breakfast club every day of their SATs.

It gave them a chance to relax and focus before they began their tests.

Governor Training

Governors completing a group work task during training.

7 May 2011

On Saturday 7th April 2011 Abbey Catholic Primary School hosted New Governor training for 29 Governors from nine local primary schools.

The training started at 8.30am concluding at 3.30pm; reflecting the commitment and dedication of all involved.

We look forward to further strengthening links with all schools involved in the future.

Year 3 make their First Confessions

The children from Year 3.

28 April 2011

On Thursday 28th April Year 3 children went to Church to make their first confessions in preparation for their upcoming First Holy Communions.

Children were asked to examine their consciences and think about: had they made enough time for God? had they been helpful at home? had they always been a good friend?

Please keep the children of Year 3 in your prayers.

Reception visit the Botanical Gardens

One of our super reports of our day out.

28 April 2011

On Tuesday 28th April both Reception classes enjoyed a day trip to the Botanical Gardens.

All children and helpers had a wonderful time learning about different plants including a coffee and chocolate tree!

Reception saw butterflies and peacocks and had a delicious picnic. They have written super reports about their visit and enjoyed sharing these.

Lenten Charity Work

April 2011

During Lent, the children at the Abbey Catholic Primary School have been thinking about how they can help those who are less fortunate than themselves.

St Chad's Sanctuary is a charity based at St Chad's Cathedral. This charity was set up a year ago to help refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who are destitute. We held a non-uniform day on Friday 8th April 2011 and we asked families to send in food or hygiene items to support this worthy cause. The response was fantastic and St Chad's Sanctuary was very grateful for the generous donations. Many thanks to the families who donated goods for the charity.

Many other fundraising activities took place during Lent in order to raise money for other charities. These included Easter egg raffles, Cake sales, Estimating Eggs and a Bring and Buy Sale.