Snippets of News - Summer Term 2014

Ice Cream for Everyone

21 July 2014

Ice cream treats funded by the PTFA.

Huge thanks to the PTFA who funded a delicious treat of an ice cream for all students and staff on the last day of Summer term 2014.

As the ice cream van drove onto the school grounds with its melodious chimes filling the air- cheers and yelps of excitement rippled across the playground... and that was just the staff.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their yummy treat.

Goodbye and Good Luck Mrs O'Sullivan

Mrs O'Sullivan is presented with a card and gift from colleagues.

17 July 2014

After 24 years teaching at Abbey Catholic Primary School, Mrs O'Sullivan is about to start her retirement. Pupils, parents, staff and governors wish her every success.

Mrs O'Sullivan was very surprised on her penultimate day when she was presented with a beautiful bouquet from staff and a gift from governors after our whole school celebration of Mass.

Mrs O'Sullivan was further surprised by her colleagues with a secret buffet in her honour.

Guitar Performance

Our talented guitar players.

14 July 2014

As the academic year drew to a close in July 2014, children who had been receiving guitar lessons all year performed to pupils and parents in a special assembly.

Students from Years 4, 5 and 6 performed to a packed hall.

Everyone was very impressed with their progress and confidence.

Mythical Maze Reading Quest

Mythical Maze Reading Quest.

11 July 2014

On Friday 11th July, our children enjoyed a fabulous presentation from our local librarian: Michael.

Michael invited all children to get a free library card and showed the amazing books and CDs available for free loan from Erdington library.

All children are invited to take part in the Summer 2014 Mythical Maze Reading Quest over the Summer Holiday.

Will you get an award from our local library over the Summer break? Remember to share it in school if you do.

Going Forth Mass

Going Forth Mass.

19 June 2014

Year 3 children took part in a beautiful Going Forth Mass, on Thursday 19th June.

This was to celebrate their continued Faith Journey as they can now share the word of God, through their words, actions and prayers, after receiving their First Holy Communion.

New Reception Parents Welcome Meeting

Reception welcome meeting.

18 June 2014

We were happy to welcome our wew Reception parents to school this evening in preparation for their child joining us in September.

It is strong school and home ties that enable our child to make the strongest possible start to their Abbey careers.

Meeting New Reception Parents

18 June 2014

Ready to serve refreshments.

Members of the PTFA served refreshments at our new Reception parents welcome meeting.

It was a great way to get to meet some of our new parents, we hope you will get involved and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

PTFA Quiz Night

13 June 2014

Teams competing in the Quiz Night.

Another popular quiz night was organised by PTFA to raise funds for school.

Teams of parents, staff and parishioners enjoyed competing to be the winning team.

Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Tierney for preparing the quiz hosting the evening.

School Council Cake Sale

A busy cake sale.

June 2014

Our School Council organised a cake sale to raise money so they can fund some of the fabulous ideas they have during their meetings.

Reception Sharing Lunch

Parents and children sharing lunch together.

23 May 2014

Parents for Reception Blue and Green group took the opportunity to share lunch with their children.

It is always a pleasure to share time with parents and it was lovely to see the progress these children have made in their independent skills throughout the year.

Y1JM's Assembly on 'May'

Y1JM's Assembly.

23 May 2014

Year 1JM have worked extremely hard on their assembly about May.

We learnt all about Mary and her life, along with other celebrations during the month of May, such as May day and Vesak. We even learnt a Buddhist dance and how to Morris dance!

Year 5 Confirmations

2014's Confirmandi.

22 May 2014

We were honoured to welcome Bishop Pargeter into school, during the afternoon of the 22nd May. He spent time touring the school, and meeting the children who were due to be Confirmed later that day.

When he was satisfied that the children were well prepared for the Sacrament they were about to receive he left in order to prepare for the Confirmation Mass

Pupils were excited, but maintained reverence as they sat with their sponsors in Church. The choir were fantastic, who when joined with the Confirmandi, made a majestic sound. Along with the Confirmandi, pupils who were not being Confirmed came along to support their peers at this very special occasion. Year 5 were also joined by a member of the Parish who was also Confirmed.

3NR's Communion Breakfast and Sharing of Refreshments

Celebrating 3NR's First Holy Communion.

17 May 2014

On Saturday 17th May, children from Miss Riisnaes' class enjoyed a Communion Breakfast following their first Holy Communion, while families shared refreshments in the hall.

A lovely celebration, made possible by school staff and parents volunteering their time.

Father Gabby Shares Breakfast with Year 6

Father Gabby and the Year 6 pupils.

15 May 2014

Father Gabby shares breakfast and prayers with the Year 6 children during SATs week..

Year 3 and 4 Numeracy Workshop

Parents and children working together.

14 May 2014

A group of Year 3 and 4 parents were invited in to school to attend a numeracy workshop along with their children.

The workshop covered a selection of varied strategies parents can use at home to support their children's learning.

Thank you to all who attended.

Year 6 SATs Breakfast

Year 6 enjoying their breakfast.

12 May 2014

For Year 6 children up and down the country, the month of May can be a bit stressful. The Key Stage 2 SATs test week is one that can fill students, parents and even teachers with dread.

At Abbey, we recognise that all the hard work has been done in the preparation for SATs and that the actual test week is the fun part!

We start each day during SATs week with a special Year 6 breakfast club. It is a great chance to share breakfast and chat with friends over a cup of tea.

We love it when Fr Gabby joins us to lead us in prayer and asks the Holy Spirit to guide us.