Snippets of News - Autumn Term 2012

Autumn 100% Attendees

All our 100% attendees for the Autumn term.

21 December 2012

Congratulations to all our Autumn term 2012 100% attendees.

Can you continue this feat for the whole year?

Guitar Performance

Some of our guitar students waiting to perform.

20 December 2012

On Thursday 20th December 2012 our Year 4 students played guitar for pupils, staff and parents in their first public performance since they began guitar lessons in September 2012.

Year 5 and 6 'elective' students joined them and their progress and confidence was superb.

Well done to all students involved.

Santa visits Erdington

Mrs W checks Santa's ID.

18 December 2012

On Tuesday 18th December the Abbey school roof was transformed into a magical parking space as a sleigh swooshed into place. Reindeers patiently waited in silence as Father Christmas signed himself in and visited Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

Father Christmas distributed gifts which he had commissioned the PTA to purchase on his behalf.

Everybody had a wonderful morning and Santa was overjoyed to find that all Abbey children and staff were on the 'nice list' ( although it was rumoured to be a bit 'touch and go' at some points).

Father Christmas wished a very merry Christmas to all children, families, staff and governors.

Advent Display

Entrance Hall display for Advent.

14 December 2012

Pupils and visitors enjoyed a beautiful Advent display in our entrance hall during December 2012.

Carol Service

Choir singing at the Carol Service.

13 December 2012

Our choir started our Christmas celebrations with their beautiful singing at the Carol Service on Thursday 13th December.

Sewing Club End-of-Term Celebration

Sewing club members enjoying their chicken and chips.

12 December 2012

On Wednesday 12th December, Sewing Club enjoyed their end-of-term party.

Throughout the term sewing club have designed, resourced and completed some amazing projects. As a group, they decided their end of term treat would be chicken and chips!

It was a wonderful opportunity to relax after school and reflect on the success of Autumn 2012.

Many thanks go to Mrs Lonergan, Mrs Barton and Mrs France who make sewing club possible each week.

Non-Uniform Day in Support of Parish Christmas Fayre

Loading the car with donations.

7 December 2012

On Friday 7th December all children and staff were invited to come to school in casual clothes. In exchange for this they were asked for cakes or biscuits to be sold at the Abbey Parish Christmas Fayre.

Thank you everyone for your generosity.

Mrs Johnson loaded the sweet delights straight into her car for easy transportation; she was victim to great banter from parents, children and staff who playfully teased that she had an escape plan to keep all the delicious treats for herself!

Welcoming Jamaican Teacher

We welcomed our visitor from Jamaica.

6 December 2012

On Thursday 6th December 2012 we were pleased to welcome a visiting teacher from Jamaica.

She was really impressed with her tour around school and really enjoyed talking to pupils. She commented on many similarities between schools in Jamaica and Birmingham and felt the main difference was the use of ICT. She was impressed with the use of Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms.

We were very proud to show our visitor around.

PTA Quiz Night

Everyone concentrating on the tricky quiz questions.

30 November 2012

Another very successful PTA quiz was held in the school hall.

Our thanks go to our quiz masters, Mr and Mrs Tierney who led the enthusiastic crowd in an evening of mental challenge and fun. Thanks go to the Jackson family who set up the hall for the event and organised the refreshments.

All profits go straight back into funding opportunities for our children. Thank you to all who supported the evening.

New Stacking Chairs

Our new stacking chairs.

26 November 2012

We have recently purchased a set of stacking chairs for the Hall. These make such a difference and are really nice for the parents to sit on during assemblies and plays.

As they are folding and come on a trolley, they take up less room and can also be used around school.

Spooky goings on in Reception and Year 1

Our kitchen team serve seven spells stew from their cauldron.

31 October 2012

As part of their topic work, Reception and Year 1 came to school looking very scary as part off their spooky day.

Helen and her team of cooks served some very spooky food for Halloween!

National Heroes Day Assembly

Year 5OC's 'Heroes' Assembly.

19 October 2012

Y5O'C have worked hard on producing an assembly to celebrate National Heroes day.

From Super Heroes, to those around us for whom are our own heroes, they recognised the importance of never giving up and overcoming obstacles in our lives.

Year of Faith

11 October 2012

On 11 October 2012 we held an assembly to introduce the Year of Faith. You can read the presentation used at the assembly below:

No Pens Day

We're guessing this sign was written the night before!

10 October 2012

On Wednesday 10th October 2012 we celebrated 'no pens day' in school.

We thought about all the different ways we could learn without writing things down.

Everyone had a great time discussing, acting , painting, dancing , using ICT and much more.

Black History Month Assembly

Children in their Black History Month Assembly.

5 October 2012

Y5CW have worked hard on producing a very informative assembly celebrating some key people in Black History.

From Sojourner Truth, an American woman who fought for the rights of black women, to celebrating the success of some of our home grown athletes, like Phil Brown and Mo Farrah. Celebrating how the 'rainbow people of God' can live together in harmony.

Gifted and Talented Literacy Workshop

Children from Abbey, Osborne, St Barnabas, Marsh Hill, Yenton and Court Farm Schools working together.

4 October 2012

On Thursday 4th October we were very proud to host a Gifted and Talented workshop for Year 5 children across Erdington consortium.

The children thoroughly enjoyed writing, editing and presenting their own news reports.

Schools in Erdington consortium are working in close partnership to provide the best opportunities for the children of Erdington.

Running Club take part in Cross Country Competition

Our running club after their race.

3 October 2012

On Wednesday 3rd October our running club took part in the Birchfield Harriers Cross Country Open. Our team put all of their weekly lunchtime training sessions to good use and were excellent ambassadors for our school.

The boys came third overall in their age group.

Impact: the team could see that perseverance and dedication results in great personal achievement and satisfaction.

Child Line Schools Service Workshops

Child Line Workshop.

27 September 2012

Child Line Schools Service came to Year 5 and 6 classes to deliver some classroom workshops after having an assembly.

This was a very engaging and interactive workshop which gave all pupils in Year 5 and 6 a better understanding of how to protect themselves against abuse and to know who they can turn to for help.

The NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000 - is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide advice and support to anyone concerned about a child's welfare. Children and young people can call Child Line confidentially at any time on 0800 1111. Calls to Child line are free.

Sewing Club trip to the Rag Market

Sewing Club children in Birmingham city centre.

25 September 2012

Sewing Club members enjoyed a trip to Birmingham Rag Market to buy more supplies.

We chose lots of lovely material, buttons and ribbon to use for our next projects.

Watch this space for pictures of our finished creations!

Reception Welcome Mass

A Reception child proudly shows his new Rosary Beads.

16 September 2012

Father Gabby and the Abbey Parish welcomed our new Reception children and families during the 9.15am Family Mass.

Reception children were welcomed onto the Altar as Father Gabby explained the Gospel message and talked about 'Who do people say I am?'

Each Reception child was presented with a set of Rosary Beads as a welcome gift.

Service of Commitment

Fr Dickinson leads the service.

6 September 2012

What a wonderful start to the new school year!

On September 6th, Fr Dickinson led the whole school in a Service of Commitment which involved all stakeholders at the Abbey.

It was lovely to see so many people in the school hall, including, children, teachers, admin staff, governors, dinner ladies and cleaning staff all of whom pledged to try their best at all they do and most importantly reinforcing our dedication to the faith.

Year 1 Re-painted

Contrasting colours looking lovely in Year 1.

August 2012

Even though it's the Summer holidays, no children doesn't mean no work is taking place in school!

Our dedicated Year 1 staff decided a lick of paint and a splash of colour would be a wonderful welcome back for the children in September.

Thank you to the dedicated staff members for giving up their time to make this classroom look superb.