Snippets of News - Summer Term 2012

Goodbye and Good Luck to Mrs Duquette

Mrs D receives hand crafted cards and good luck messages.

20 July 2012

On Friday 20th July we bid goodbye and good luck to Mrs Duquette, who joined the Abbey six years ago as an NQT called Miss Street.

She has worked in Key Stage 1 and 2 and will be missed by pupils and colleagues alike.

Mrs Duquette has left the Abbey to join a school much closer to where she lives. Whilst we know Mrs Duquette will miss all of the children and staff at the Abbey, we're sure she won't miss the hour's journey each way.

Please keep Mrs Duquette in your prayers.

Good Luck, Mrs Evans

Mrs E admires one of the many beautiful good luck cards presented on her last day.

20 July 2012

Mrs Evans left us on Friday 20th July 2012 to start her maternity leave.

When we return to school in September, after the Summer holiday, we look forward to sharing the exciting news of her new arrival.

Mrs Evans says she can't imagine not coming to the Abbey every day, although we're sure she'll have plenty to keep her busy!

Wedding Bells Are In the Air

Children present Good Luck cards to Miss McT and Mr McT.

20 July 2012

On Friday 20th July 2012 we had a special assembly for two staff members who are getting married in the Summer holidays (not to each other!).

Each class presented beautifully crafted cards with personal messages to Mr McTernan and Miss McTiernan. Both members of staff were touched by the time and effort that had clearly gone into the preparation of the cards and by the inventive and original designs.

We say 'goodbye' to Miss McTiernan who, when she returns to school in September, will be called Mrs Morgan. We wish both teachers every happiness for both their wedding days and married life.

Key Stage 2 Children Play Petanque

Playing a game of Petanque.

20 July 2012

As part of the cultural opportunities offered to pupils, many Key Stage 2 pupils got the chance to experience the popular french game of Petanque.

They discovered that it takes skill, precision and accuracy. Great fun was had by all!

Eve's Winning 'Spider-Man' Movie Review

In the foyer of the cinema.

20 July 2012

Congratulations to Eve from Year 5 who won the competition for the best 'Amazing Spider-Man' review following our Cinema trip last week:

"This film was amazing! It was action packed, gripping and really cool! I thought that it was very realistic compared to the first Spider-man. It was a little bit scary, but not that scary really.

I thought actors like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone played their characters really well.

In the film there was a huge giant lizard running around the city of New York (who was actually a scientist who got changed by accident into a giant lizard) but Spider-man was trying to stop him from his horrid plan: turning everyone into lizards without weaknesses. Fortunately, Spider-man was there to save the day.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone. It's full of twists, turns and its just an awwesome film. It's a must see!"

Enjoy the Cinema vouchers Eve!

Summer 2 Attendance Winners

Really enjoying yummy pizza.

19 July 2012

Congratulations to class 4EH who were the best attending class in Summer 2 2012.

They really enjoyed their pizza party and celebrating their well earned success.

Will your class win the pizza party for Autumn 1 2012? All you have to do is be in school every day!

Whole School Photo

Our new school photo.

17 July 2012

We are absolutely delighted with our new whole school photograph that arrived today.

Come and see it on display in our 'top corridor'.

If you're very observant you will see that Travelling Ted managed to get himself into several group shots!

The Olympic Torch

Holding the Olympic Torch.

1 July 2012

The Olympic torch has 8000 holes in it to represent all of the torch bearers. There is only one flame that is lit from the start of the relay it then gets passed on until it arrives at the city where the games will be held.

One of our pupils was lucky enough to get the opportunity to hold one of the torches. Here she is with Joe Salmon the proud torch bearer.

Gospel Choir End of Year Concert

The choir's concert.

29 June 2012

The Abbey Gospel Choir performed songs of faith and inspirational pop songs to parents and parishioners for their end of year concert.

The children opened the concert by showing the skills necessary for singing in a choir. Such skills involve holding a harmony, delivering correct pitch and dynamics to a song and were all well received by the audience.

All choir members are responsible for playing their part and in doing so with enthusiasm the many talents of all the children were evident. Many soloists had the opportunity to sing songs of their choice.

Well done children!

Year 4 Prayer Service

The prayer service.

29 June 2012

We prepared our own Year group prayer service to celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul.

We invited our family members and parishoners as part of RE Week, which had a Parish focus.

We throughly enjoyed the challenge of writing prayers, recording readings, planning a format, etc, and the presentation and found, thorough our evaluation, that next time we would need to use the microphones!

Reception WF Class Assembly

Reception assembly.

29 June 2012

Reception WF acted out the Rainbow Fish story at their class assembly to remind us of the importance of sharing with our friends.

They have enjoyed sharing their first year at the Abbey School with their friends and Year 5 buddies!

Year 3's Lego Olympic Village

Year 3's finished village.

28 June 2012

On the 28th June Year 3 had a fantastic opportunity to design and build their own Olympic village... completely out of Lego!

They thought really carefully about what would need to be included. There were so many great ideas!

After just one hour they had built the Olympic village for all the athletes and their families. The lucky athletes had lots to chose from - mansions with swimming pools or bungalows with beautiful gardens. Then they began to build all the sports facilities. There were rivers for canoeing, cycle tracks, football stadiums and even doughnut shops for all those hungry spectators!

The children worked really well together creating a truly amazing build that we are sure the real athletes of Team GB would have been honoured to see. Well done Year 3!

Local Olympic Torch Relay

Children welcoming our Olympic torch.

26/27 June 2012

The Kingsbury partnership held an Olympic Torch competition for all the local schools.

The winning torch took part in its very own 'Torch Relay'. Children were selected by their classes to hold the torch.

Osborne brought the torch to us on Tuesday 26th June, and we passed it on to St Edmund Campion Secondary school the following day.

We were very proud to be a part of something closely linked to the Olympics. We look forward to supporting the Great British Olympic Team.

The picture show children from St Edmund Campion welcoming the torch. Each school is to pass on a torch to the next school for display. Our winner was Eve whose Olympic torch is now on display at St Edmund campion School.

Choir Performance at the Flower Festival

The choir perform at the Flower Festival.

22 June 2012

On the 22nd of June the Abbey Gospel Choir performed at the annual Flower Festival held at Emmanuel Church in Wylde Green.

They were fantastic!

Year 6 v Staff Football Match

The victorious staff team.

15 June 2012

A fabulous, hard fought football match took place at lunchtime on Friday 15th June.

Both teams took to the pitch and worked hard! Only a single goal was scored - fortunately for the staff team it was scored by them!

We are sure that Year 6 will be ready for a rematch very soon.

Year 6 Class Assembly

Year 6 assembly.

1 June 2012

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, Y6B performed a fabulous class assembly that was declared open by 'Queen Elizabeth III'.

A very informative assembly, that recognised that 'real friends are like diamonds - rare and precious'.

Well done to all involved.

Ms Tallon visits Osborne Nursery School

Staff from Osborne Nursery school with their special time capsule.

1 June 2012

We were delighted to receive an invitation to attend Osborne Nursery School's Jubilee Party.

Our Headteacher was honoured to be part of the celebrations where Nursery children buried a time capsule for future generations.

It was particularly lovely to meet some of the children who will be joining us in Reception in September.

Suspense Writing Workshop

Suspense writing workshops

31 May 2012

On Thursday 31st May, children from local schools met for a workshop on suspense writing.

The tension was tangible; the children sat on the edge of their chairs, gripped!

Skyping Hollyfield Primary

Some of our Confirmandi Skype another school.

30 May 2012

On Wednesday 30th May 2012 Year 5 children skyped Year 6 children from Hollyfield primary school.

They shared the Good News as they told the children all about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and what it meant to them.

Year 5 are using modern technology to help bear witness to Jesus Christ.

Abbey Eggs Make Cakes for Jubilee Celebrations

Baking cakes for the Jubilee.

30 May 2012

Year 2 have been busy baking cakes for their Jubilee Party - using eggs from our very own chickens.

Helen the cook allowed the pupils the use of her massive industrial cookers. Delicious!

Reception Shared Lunch

Children and parents together.

22 May 2012

On Friday 22nd May, Reception parents from the Red and Green group were invited in to share lunch with their children.

The parents got to sit with the children and then go out to play afterwards. The children were very proud to be sat with their parents.

A parent said "This is a wonderful idea, I hope we get to do it again".

Year 1DP Shared Lunch

Some parents enjoying the trim trail.

18 May 2012

On Friday 18th May 2012, parents and grandparents joined 1DP for a shared lunch. Amongst our busy dining hall, our visitors enjoyed the cheeky Friday treat of pizza, chips and beans followed by chocolate cornflake cake. (Although some were very good and chose the fruit salad option!)

Afterwards our visitors joined their children on the playground and had great fun joining in the many activities. One mommy had a super time feeding the chickens!

School Rangers

Look at all the resources purchased!

18 May 2012

A Year 6 representative for our school rangers had a meeting with our Headteacher and school Business Manager to negotiate a budget to purchase resources.

After a well prepared argument was presented, the rangers were awarded a £100 budget. Strong negotiation ensured that a separate budget was allocated for hot chocolate!

The rangers were accompanied by Chris, our wonderful senior dinner supervisor and Mr Kirke as they visited a garden centre for supplies; they even negotiated a 20% discount!

We are very proud of our young entrepreneurs. Planting will start next week and we look forward to some tasty treats.

Year 4/5 Football Tournament Finalists

The triumphant finalists.

9 May 2012

The boys football team gave a great display of skill at the Y4/5 football tournament, at Benson School, Lozells, as they progressed through to the finals undefeated.

They won two matches and drew one.

Their attitude to the games was fantastic too, they persevered and triumphed.

Well done boys! Good luck in the final.

Year 1 JMcT Parents Sharing Lunch

Families and children together.

4 May 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 1 team would like to thank all that came and made it such a wonderful time.

Lenten Fundraising Donations

'Thank you' certificate.

1 May 2012

We raised over £1000 during our Lenten Fundraising.

We presented £500 to the St. Vincent de Paul charity and £500 to The Daughters of the Holy Spirit. Both charities were delighted and sent us messages of thanks.

Year 3 in Church

Year 3 in Church.

29 April 2012

Year 3 are currently very busy preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

This week we all did our First Confession, in Church.

Y1McT Class Assembly on St George

Y1McT's Assembly.

27 April 2012

On Friday 27th April Y1McT showcased their class assembly.

The assembly was based on the story of St. George. We re-enacted the the legend of St. George and the Dragon through song and then our talented actors shared the true story of St. George.

"Very enjoyable. It was very informative to learn the story of St. George. Lovely costumes, reading and acting also very funny at times." - Year 1 parent.

We then explored how St. George is the patron Saint of England and all of the things that made England famous, such as football, strawberries and cream and Maypole dancing. To finish our Assembly we sang a song that celebrated the multicultural side of England today: Aloha, Dzien dobry and Konnichiwa!

"What a multi-lingual class!" - Year 1 parent.

Year 3 at Alton Castle

Year 3 working together at Alton Castle.

25 April 2012

Year 3 had a super time at Alton Castle in preparation for their Holy Communion.

Here you can see the children are working together as one body to achieve their goal.

Celebrating Spring Term 100% Attendees

100% Attendees for Spring Term.

23 April 2012

We were delighted to award 100% attendance certificates to those children who were in school every day of Spring term 2012.

Several of the children presented with certificates also received certificates for Autumn term; they are well on the way to 100% attendance for the whole year.

Remember: you have to be IN to WIN!