Snippets of News - Spring Term 2012

Altar Servers During Easter Week

Altar Servers.

1 to 8 April 2012

Well done and thank you to all of those pupils who helped celebrate Easter with the Parish by Altar Serving during the Holy Week Masses.

It was particularly good to see so many past and present pupils having such an active role in the Maunday Thursday Mass.

Parish Mass Readings During Easter Week

Pupils who read at Mass during Easter Week.

1 to 8 April 2012

Thank you and well done to the pupils who gave up their time over the Easter holidays to read at some of the Parish Masses during Holy Week.

Spring Fund Raising

Our 'thank you' message.

April 2012

Well done to everyone involved in raising a fabulous amount of money during Lent for two worthy causes that have connections within the Parish.

We received thanks from the local Chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society and from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit to support their work in Nigeria.

Presenting a Cheque to St Edmund Campion School

Presenting our fundraising cheque.

30 March 2012

The Abbey were proud to present a cheque to St Edmund Campion School that has been raised to help support the Sixth Form trip to Lourdes.

Our 'Green Day' on March 16th raised £290.

Well done everyone for participating.

Delivering Easter Cards

Year 1 delivering their Easter cards.

29 March 2012

Children from Year 1 delivered Easter cards to the Year 1 Governor, Mr Bragington.

We walked to Mr Bragington's house but he was not in so we left our cards neatly on the porch.

Sharing the Good News of the Gospels

Hollyfield children arrived nice and early to secure super seats.

29 March 2012

On Thursday 29th March we invited pupils and staff from Osborne Primary School, St Barnabas Church of England Primary School and Hollyfield Primary School to see Year 4's interpretation of the events of Holy Week.

We understand that as a Catholic School we have a responsibility to share the Good News of the Gospels.

A Reward for Reading

Our Year 6 readers.

28 March 2012

On Wednesday 28th March, six pupils from Year 6 were rewarded with a special breakfast treat off site as an acknowledgment for their ongoing commitment to reading.

11-a-side Football Success

Our 11-a-side football team.

26 March 2012

Year 6 successfully took part in the quarter finals of the Birmingham Catholic sports competition at St Bernadettes winning 5-0.

Congratulations to all those who took part.

New School Hall Display

Our new school hall display.

26 March 2012

We are really pleased with our new display in our school hall. The beautiful image of Jesus Christ is made up of small images of every child in school.

This is another reminder that 'we are all made in the image and likeness of Christ'.

Our New Welcome Sign

Our welcome sign and prayer.

23 March 2012

We pride ourselves on the warm welcome offered to all visitors.

We are delighted that visitors to school now get a chance to share the 'Walk with me' prayer as soon as they enter our porch as a result of our new sign.

Each week staff meet for professional development sessions. Each meeting starts with the 'Walk with me' prayer.

Year 5 Guitar Performance

Year 5 guitarists.

22 March 2012

Year 5 have been working very hard to prepare for their termly guitar performance.

The progression was obvious as they treated their friends and families to renditions of Billie Jean, Titanic and Ode to Joy. The concert ended with an energetic version of We Will Rock You.

Thank you to Mr Jennings and Mr Noble for preparing the group for this event.

Mother's Day Mass

Mother's Day Mass in church.

18 March 2012

Both Year 1 classes led the 9.15am family mass for Mother's Day. They took the lead in the readings of the day, the offertory, prayers of intercession and a lovely communion reflection.

The recessional song was a special one dedicated to all the mums in church, sung by Year 1 on the Altar steps. It was finished off in the traditional way - each child receiving a bunch of daffodils provided by the school's PTA to present to their mother.

Well done Year 1 - a great way to celebrate all the wonderful things our mums do for us!

Tag Rugby Competition

The Y5/6 Tag Rugby team.

17 March 2012

Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 children that were narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of the Birmingham Catholic School's Tag Rugby Tournament competition yesterday afternoon.

All represented the school with competitiveness and sportsmanship throughout the day.

A special thank you to Mrs Kennedy, Mr O'Connor and Mr McTernan who supported the event.

PTA Quiz Night

Another successful quiz evening.

16 March 2012

On Friday 16th March 2012 we hosted one of our very popular quiz nights.

Mr Tierney, previous Headteacher of the Abbey for 27 years, was our quizmaster, accompanied by Mrs Tierney.

As usual there was a super 'turn out' with much banter and friendly rivalry between the teams. Many thanks to all who supported the quiz and helped to organise and clear up.

The profits from the evening are being used to purchase brightly coloured signs for inside and outside school supporting numeracy and behaviour.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Quiz in the Autumn term 2012.

Our Irish Dancers

Our Irish dancers at the Elwood Centre.

16 March 2012

Our Irish dancers went out into the community to entertain service users at the Elwood Centre, in Erdington, as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The audience were delighted to watch the dancers in their array of colour and then to have a little chat.

It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.

Y5OC Class Assembly

Y5OC's assembly on Influential People.

16 March 2012

Year 5 put together a fantastic assembly celebrating the lives of several influential leaders.

From a drama about Mother Teresa; a section from Martin Luther King's iconic speech 'I have a Dream'; some songs about the miracles of Jesus to a poem dedicated to Mothers everywhere. It culminated in a fabulous rendition of Miracle Man.

Our friends from Year 5 at Osborne School were able to come and watch the assembly, too.

Abbey Goes Green

Let's wear something green!

16 March 2012

On Friday 16th March 2012 all children and staff wore something green and contributed £1 to support St Edmund Campion sixth formers fundraising for their pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Following a presentation from St Edmund Campion sixth formers, children unanimously voted to hold a fundraising non-uniform day.

Year 4 Guitar Performance

Guitarists from Year 4.

15 March 2012

Year 4 gave a brilliant guitar performance to their families, who were delighted to see how much they have learned so far this year.

The audience were treated to fabulous renditions which they have entitled 'Jazzy Trousers' and 'Spanish Trousers' along with an excellent rhythm routine.

Reception's Literacy Workshop

Children and parents together.

15 March 2012

Reception parents enjoyed writing with their children at a recent Literacy workshop.

It gave parents practical tips to how they can support their child's emergent writing.

Parents were delighted with the progress their children have made in their writing.

Reception's Daffodils Bloom

Reception's daffodils are starting to open.

12 March 2012

Reception planted their daffodil bulbs back in the Autumn term and now they are starting to open up.

We have been watching them grow for a while now, but it's nice to see their hard work flourish.

Staff Collaboration Supporting RE

Staff working together.

7 March 2012

Abbey staff worked collaboratively sharing RE work from children across the school.

Staff used guidance from the diocese to moderate judgements made on understanding of themes across the RE curriculum.

It was an absolute delight to share children's RE work from Reception to Year 6.

New Times Table Signs Installed

Our new Times Table signs.

5 March 2012

Thank you very much to our PTA for purchasing our beautiful times table signs which have been installed around the playground.

These signs are both educational and decorative.

Why not test yourself and a friend?

Annual Book Fair

The winners of the poster competition.

2 March 2012

Mrs Woulfe would like to thank you for the wonderful support given to the annual Book Fair. We made just over £1,000 and received just over £600 in free books.

Well done to the children who won the Poster competition.

Happy reading everyone!

Reception's 100th Day

Busy children in Reception.

2 March 2012

On Friday 2nd March, the children in Reception celebrated their 100th day at school with a fun packed day that consisted of a number of different activities!

FilmClub Review of the Week

FilmClub logo

27 February 2012

Congratulations to our first FilmClub review of the week winner - Eve.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

"I really enjoyed watching this film, the story line was interesting and easy to understand too. Although there was a bit of blood and gore, there wasn't too much of it so it was tolerable. I really liked though the way that the film seemed to always have have a problem that Indiana had to solve. Although at times that became to adventurous and I became a little confused. Overall though, this film was interesting, gripping and all round a good movie."

Year 5 trip to St Chad's Cathedral

Year 5 at St Chad's.

23 February 2012

As part of their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, Year 5 went to visit St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham City centre.

There they learnt some of the history of the fabulous gothic building that has links with the Abbey Church; the architects of both buildings were related. They also learnt about the lives of a variety of saints, which will help them on their journey towards their Confirmations in May.

The visit concluded by sharing Mass with the parishioners of the Cathedral.

Bags2School Collection

Busy sorting our bags.

23 February 2012

Thank you to all families who supported our PTA 'bags to school' collection.

Once again families have been very generous in having a 'clear out' and donating unwanted goods. This is an easy way to boost school funds.

Check newsletters and text updates for details of our next collection.

World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day participants.

22 February 2012

Earlier in the year a group of Brownies approached Ms Tallon to ask if they could wear their Brownie uniforms to school on Wednesday 22nd February to celebrate World Thinking Day, the day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world will give thanks for the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement and dedicate their thoughts to the environment.

This date, February 22nd, also marks the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scout Movement. Coincidentally, B-P (born in 1857) and his wife Olave Baden-Powell the founder of the Guiding movement(born in 1889), shared the same birthday.

All Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts were invited to celebrate their involvement in the Worldwide Scouting and Guiding movement by wearing their uniforms.

We are very proud of all of them.

Key Stage 1 Disco

Ted and the girls enjoying the music.

10 February 2012

What a fun way to start the half term break! Key Stage 1 and Year 3 had a great time at their disco.

Everyone had fun dancing to some great tunes.

Thanks to all of our staff and parents who came along to support the evening. Even Travelling Ted dressed up for the occasion.

Year 3 Stay and Pray

Families and children together.

10 February 2012

Year 3 invited their family members to take part in a 'Stay and Pray' session to mark the end of RE Week.

The session was well attended and the children led the service, reading a variety of prayers. There was also an opportunity for open prayer.

This was a great end to the week where children had carried out a variety of activities based around learning more about Jesus' family and their own families.

Year 4 Visit to Hollyfield School

Showing our African masks to the children.

8 February 2012

Reception class at Hollyfield School invited three of our Year 4 pupils to share the wonderful African masks they made during International Week.

The children at Hollyfield School have also been learning about Africa and showed us their masks and sang us two African songs, accompanied by fantastic shakers that they had made themselves. We then had a full guided tour of the school and met lots of the staff and pupils.

We had a great morning and really enjoyed meeting everybody at Hollyfield School.

Reception's Stay and Pray Sessions

Reception children and family members together.

7 and 9 February 2012

Reception followed in the footsteps of Jesus with their families in recent Stay and Pray sessions on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th of February.

E-Safety Day

Parents attending the e-safety session.

7 February 2012

As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our pupils safe, we held a sign-posting session for parents. Concerned parents were able to discuss issues around e-safety, their discussions will enable us to support families more closely.

We are aiming to hold more sessions in the future around specific issues such as: parental controls, mobile phone safety and other areas of concern.

Learning about the Olympics and Paralympics

Taking part in olympic competitions.

3 February 2012

Children at the Abbey school have been learning about the Olympics and Paralympics.

We are taking part in competitions throughout the year. Each time we take part we gain points for our school, which is representing Holland. Also, depending on where our school finishes in the competitions, gains us points too.

The children were asked to research the Olympic and Paralympics mascots. What are their names and why are they given these names?

Spelling Bee Competitors

Year 5 Spelling Bee Competitors.

3 February 2012

On Friday 3rd February six children from Year 5 visited Kingsbury School to participate in the first annual Spelling Bee.

We were in teams of four and there were two rounds. Round 1 was a knockout round where we had to answer random spellings that were thrown at us - we came 3rd in this round. The last one standing was the winner.

The next round was the quick fire round. In this round, each team took it in turns to answer as many spelling questions as they could in the time of two minutes. We came third out of seven different teams.

Overall it was a very fun day and we all enjoyed taking part.

Sharing Lunch

Year 3 families sharing lunch.

3 February 2012

It was lovely to see the children enjoying lunch with some of their families on Friday. We are not sure who was more excited - the children or parents!

It was a lovely opportunity and the Year 3 team would like to thank all that came and made it such a wonderful time.

Maths 'Whodunnit' Morning

Year 4 investigators.

2 February 2012

Year 4 children from local primary schools gathered at school for a Maths Investigation. The morning was entitled 'Whodunnit? Investigating a 'murder' in an office'.

Much learning and fun was had by all as children recalled the objects in the murder scene and other great activities testing their powers of observation, learning together and of course, mathematics.

Year 3 visit Singers Hill Synagogue

Year 3 at the Synagogue.

1 February 2012

On Wednesday 1st February 2012, Year 3 went to Singers Hill Synagogue to learn about Judaism.

The children travelled to the synagogue by train. On arrival the children had a guided tour of the Synagogue.

They were fascinated to learn that the men and women sit on separate sides of the synagogue. The children enjoyed wearing kippahs, a brimless skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men.

It was a very informative visit and a great time was had by all.

Collaborative Learning

Staff from other schools working together.

30 January 2012

On Monday 30th January 2012 we were proud to host a training day focusing on creativity in problem solving in Numeracy.

Our provider was Anthony Reddy who helped us learn whilst having great fun.

We were honoured to welcome staff from twelve other primary schools to learn together.

We thank our visitors for the lovely comments about our school and look forward to welcoming them again in the future.

Football Team Success

The team.

28 January 2012

The Abbey football team took part in a competition on Saturday 28th January.

They played exceptionally well and made if through to the semi-finals!

Year 2 Heroes Assembly

Heroes Assembly.

27 January 2012

Who is your hero? Year 2 attempted to decide who the best hero would be to help them with a homework problem.

After visits from the Ghostbusters, Spiderman and Superman they decided that they could help each other and become heroes themselves.

It was a inspiration to us all. Well done Year 2!

The Circus Comes to School

Circus skills training.

26 January 2012

The Circus has came to the Abbey!

Today Year 1 learnt what it takes to be a circus performer. We balanced feathers, rode monkey bikes, juggled scarves and a whole host of other activities.

Everyone had a super day, and we were very impressed with Year 1's perseverance when learning tricky skills!

E-Safety Awareness for Parents

E-Safety sessions for parents.

13 and 27 January 2012

As part of our ongoing e-safety programme at school we held two parent awareness sessions in January. These were very useful for those attending and are the start of an ongoing e-safety campaign.

The topics discussed in this session were:

  • The possible risks posed to children in the online world.
  • The types of technologies they are using.
  • The ways you can protect them in these online spaces.
  • Where you can go for more help and advice.

Recommended website for more information:

Year 3 – Best Attendance Class for Autumn Term

Enjoying our pizzas.

13 January 2012

Y3McT celebrated being the best attending class for Autumn Term by having a Pizza Party!

The children all had a slice of Pizza and listened to their favourite music as a treat.

The children were delighted with their reward.

Year 4's African Masks

Winning African masks.

7 January 2012

Look at these fabulous African masks created by Year 4 during International Week.

Here are the winners proudly showing their creations.

Year 5 Make Jamaican Smoothies

Year 5 make smoothies.

6 January 2012

As part of International Week - Year 5 decided to make some smoothies with a selection of fruits from the Caribbean.

We carefully prepared the fruit and blended a selection together with natural yoghurt and honey - they were delicious!

Year 6 Enjoy a 'Taste of India'

Year 6's Bangri routines.

5 January 2012

As part of International Week Year 6 children created and performed their amazing 'Bangri' dance routines, following first class tuition from Raj (Year 5) and Mrs Bhoghal.

Pupils had the opportunity to see and model an Indian wedding dress, embroidered with real gold thread which was truly a wonderful example of their traditions and craftsmanship.

A selection of Indian food was sampled including, Barfi - a sweet made from milk and sugar, Sev - a savoury made from blown rice and Chervra - another savoury which is made from gram flour with peanuts and lentils.

Year 3 Taste Food from Israel

Trying hummus and pita bread.

5 January 2012

For International Week children in Year 3 tasted a variety of food from Israel.

They tasted Hummus, Pita bread (the national bread of Israel), Blintzes (a thin, flat pancake rolled around a filling) and Krembo (a chocolate coated marshmallow treat).

There were lots of messy faces!

First Aid Training for Dinner Supervisors

Role playing emergency situations.

5 January 2012

On Thursday 5th January all of our lunchtime team completed their First Aid Training.

Everyone enjoyed learning the basics of first aid and had great fun learning together. Hopefully this is knowledge that will never have to be used.

We are very proud of our team for being such excellent students.

Looking After Our Chickens

Chicken monitors discussing possible solutions.

5 January 2012

Looking after our resident chickens is a demanding job, but our team of Year 6 chicken monitors do an outstanding job.

Our chickens love their eglu and area to scratch about but the viewing area has become quite muddy. Our chicken monitors met with a local landscape gardener and builder to discuss the problem and come up with possible solutions.

Keep watching to see what they came up with.