Snippets of News - Autumn Term 2013

Christmas Jumpers

Staff in their fashionable(!) Christmas jumpers.

17 December 2013

'Tis the season to be jolly... At the end of Autumn term 2013 staff enjoyed their festive lunch and got into the full swing of things in their superb array of 'Christmas jumpers'.

We're sure you'll agree, they really are a sight to behold!

The standard has been set very high and the challenge for who has the best (or is it worst) Christmas jumper has been set!

5W Good News Class Assembly

5W Good News Assembly.

29 November 2013

Year 5 shared a fabulous assembly all about Good News. Focussing on the Patron Saint of Scotland, St Andrew, and how he became the patron of the country.

From good news about birthdays to homework, Year 5 described how they hoped to become better messengers of the Good News of Christ. Enthusiastic singing, dancing and acting meant that everybody had a great time and working and celebrating together.

PTFA Quiz Night

A packed hall for the Quiz Night.

29 November 2013

A fun night was had by all at the recent quiz night. There was a great turnout, raising all important funds to support pupils in school.

Huge thanks as always to our regular quiz masters Mr and Mrs Tierney and to our helpers on the night.

We hope to see you all again next year!

Year 6 v Staff Football Match

The winning team.

25 October 2013

On Friday 25th October 2013, we held the, now well established, Year 6 versus staff football match.

Despite lots of boasting from the staff team (the previously undefeated winners) the Year 6 team were victorious.

Excellent sportsmanship was displayed from both teams - although Mrs K had to be thrown out of the winning team photograph several times!

Official Opening of Featherstone Primary New Building

School Council members meet Jack Dromey, MP.

25 October 2013

On Friday 25th October 2013, Ms Tallon and three representatives from the School Council attended the official opening of Featherstone Primary new building. It was lovely to share the success of one of our neighbouring schools.

School Councillors enjoyed touring Featherstone Primary and have lots of ideas to discuss at the next School Council meeting.

School Councillors particularly enjoyed the posh buffet lunch and meeting local MP, Jack Dromey.

Four Hundred Children Tell the Story of the Gingerbread Men

Children tell the story of The Gingerbread Men.

24 October 2013

All the children gathered in the hall to tell the story of the Gingerbread Men. Every child had learnt the story in class so that they could recite it in a grand story telling assembly.

The assembly was a great success with some children leading the story from the front of the hall.

Children from Reception to Year 6 told the story of the Gingerbread Men with great animation and passion.

Each term the children are learning a story to build up a collection of stories that they can recite - stories that will be a 'bank' of ideas for them to use in their own story writing. And stories that they retell later in life. The story last term was 'The Papaya that spoke'.

Children have been asked to submit a story that we can learn as a whole school in the weeks leading up to Christmas. If you have any good short stories from around the world that we could learn, please send them in.

PTFA Disco for Years 4, 5 and 6

Young disco-goers.

18 October 2013

Great fun was had at the first Key Stage 2 disco of the year - the dancing never stopped from start to finish!

Thank you to the PTFA and the staff and DJs for generously giving up their time to host the event.

Harvest Festival

Some of our Harvest food colletion ready to be delivered.

16 October 2013

On Wednesday the 16th October 2013, the feast of St Gerard Majella, the Abbey School celebrated a beautiful whole school Harvest Mass.

We were delighted to be joined by parishioners and parents. Father Gabby shared with the children the importance of valuing the food we are lucky enough to have.

A small selection of Harvest goods were displayed on the Altar whilst the very generously donated items from families were delivered down to the Erdington Foodbank. A huge thank you to the families for their generosity.

The School Councillors from Osborne Primary School joined Abbey pupils to celebrate Mass for the second year running - an example of Abbey Primary School bearing witness to their faith and sharing the Good News with their neighbours.

The Abbey school would like to thank Father Gabby for celebrating Mass on a feast day that we know is close to his heart.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Working at the MAC.

11 October 2013

On Friday 11th October some members of the Year 6 cast who will be performing Macbeth in the upcoming Shakespeare Schools Festival took part in a cast workshop held at the MAC theatre in Birmingham.

All of our performers had opportunities to meet another school performing on the same night, share their work-in-progress, and benefit from acting tips and techniques from professional actors and directors.

No Pens Day

A day without using pens.

9 October 2013

We ditched the pens and pencils for the day and focussed on other ways of learning and of expressing ourselves.

We painted, we built, we cooked, we acted, we sang, we debated and we told each other stories to name just some of the activities.

A very exciting and enjoyable day.

No Pens Day is promoted by The Communication Trust to develop learning, friendship and academic achievement through communication.

Headteacher Visits Ex Pupils at Bishop Walsh Secondary School

Ex Abbey Pupils at Bishop Walsh.

7 October 2013

Each year, Ms Tallon visits our ex-pupils who have started Year 7 in our Catholic Secondary school.

On Monday 7th October 2013 she visited Bishop Walsh Catholic Secondary School. Ms Tallon was welcomed by Head of Year 7, Mrs Clegg, who has been very pleased with the way the children have settled in.

Ms Tallon had the pleasure of spending 'form time' with our ex pupils who told her all about their new friends and new adventures. Every child commented on how much they had enjoyed making new friends and giggled at how nervous they had been back in July, leaving the security of Abbey Primary.

Lots of children have begun extra curricular activities including drama club, rugby, football and netball.

Being able to purchase your own food at the canteen was a great talking point and the option to buy a hot drink at break time was overwhelmingly popular.

We are very proud of our Year 7 pupils and wish them continued success. Please keep them in your prayers.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Coffee for sale on the school drive.

27 September 2013

A 'green day' was held to support this fabulous cause. Everybody came dressed in their finest green clothes and donated money to do so.

A coffee morning was held on the school drive, where parents gave generously to enjoy a hot drink to keep them warm in the early morning!

Donations totalled an excellent £424 on the day. Thank you to Midland Plant Training &andTesting who provided the refreshments we served on the day.

Ms Tallon Visits Ex Year 6 Pupils

Ex Abbey Pupils.

27 September 2013

On Friday 27th September 2013, our Headteacher, Ms Tallon, visited our ex Year 6 pupils at St Edmund Campion Secondary School to see how they are settling in.

Our ex pupils looked very smart (and very grown up) in their new school uniforms. All of the children have settled in beautifully and were singing the praises of their new teachers and the new friends they have made.

The newly installed astro turf has been a great hit.

Thank you to Mrs Steele and everyone at our secondary feeder school for helping our children to settle in so well.

Year 5 Numeracy Inspire Workshop

Year 5 children and parents.

20 September 2013

Mr Barr led a challenging workshop all about place value for the parents and pupils of Year 5. From a Japanese counting challenge to solving subtraction problems using diennes blocks, the buzz in the room was tangible.

Zero the Hero had everyone stumped at times, but with hard work and perseverance more understanding of this important area of maths was achieved.