Snippets of News - Autumn Term 2014

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa meets the children.

18 December 2014

On Thursday 18th December 2014 the sound of sleigh bells filled the corridors as a very important visitor came to school. Santa Claus took a quick break from his very busy schedule to visit Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children in their classrooms.

Santa was very kind and gave each child a gift. The children were delighted to meet Santa and hear his jokes:

'What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck? - A Christmas quacker!'

'What do monkeys sing at Christmas? - Jungle bells, jungle bells'

Thank you to the PTFA who helped Santa with gift purchasing and wrapping.

Choir Sing at Highclare School

The choir making their guest appearance.

17 December 2014

Following their fabulous Advent service, our wonderful school choir were invited to perform at a neighbouring school for their end of year assembly.

On 17th December 2014 our choir performed at Highclare private school where Father Gabby was leading their end of year assembly and reminding everyone about the true meaning of Christmas.

We are very proud of our choir and thankful for the huge support given by our choir masters: Mrs Adamo and Mrs Lonergan.

Choir at the Parish Fayre

Choir singers.

6 December 2014

On Saturday 6th December 2014 our fabulous school choir entertained parishioners at the Abbey Parish Fayre in the Parish Hall.

Huge thanks to all choir members and to Mrs Adamo, Mrs Lonergan and Ms Tallon for giving up their Saturday morning to support school - parish links.

Advent Refreshments

2 December 2014

PTFA members serving refreshments.

Thank you very much to our wonderful PTFA members for the refreshments at our Advent Service.

PTFA members gave up their time to prepare and serve a selection of seasonal delights including mulled wine and mince pies to families coming to hear our wonderful choir.

We wish all PTFA members and their families a happy, holy and restful Christmas break.


Friends Week

Our cheque, to be presented to the charity.

21 November 2014

For the first of our themed weeks, 'Friends Week', Year 2 and Year 5 worked together on several projects.

One of them was that we baked cookies together then sold them on Friday to the rest of the school. Over £100 was raised, we are proud to send this to the charity - Send my friend to school - a fitting reminder of those who are not as fortunate as we are.

We spent time considering our friends, all over the world.

Year 4 Meet the Fire Service

Year 4 meet the Fire Service.

18 November 2014

On Tuesday 18th November, Erdington Fire Service came to visit Year 4.

Children learnt about the importance of smoke alarms, what to do when there is a fire and analysed scenarios for potential hazards.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the talk and are ready to take what they have learnt into their everyday lives.

The Skills Show

Year 6 at The Skills Show.

13 November 2014

On the 13th November 2014, 17 Year 6 pupils traveled to the NEC Skills show.

They asked questions to various organisations including the army, hospitality and science and technology industries. This was organised to help pupils consider future career choices and prepare them for life in Modern Britain.

Lest We Forget

Remembrance at The Abbey.

11 November 2014

We were proud to share the money we had raised selling poppies in school.

We all wore our poppies with pride and honoured a two minute silence to remember those who have fallen.

Proud to be a Read Write Inc School

Our Read Write Inc certificate.

24 October 2014

During October 2014 we were delighted to receive our certificate showing that we are a Read Write Inc trained school.

All staff have worked very hard to ensure all children leave our school as confident readers.

Well done to all children, staff and parents for all of the hard work and effort that goes into developing reading at the Abbey school.

Fundraising for CAFOD

Thank you from CAFOD.

24 October 2014

In October 2014 we had several assemblies and a non uniform day raising awareness of the wonderful work carried out by CAFOD.

We would like to thank our families for their wonderful support. We are very proud of raising £311.33 to support CAFOD supporting others in need.

Mr Crowhurst's Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations Mr C!

21 October 2014

We are very proud of Mr Crowhurst who attended his Graduation Ceremony in the Symphony Hall on Tuesday 21st October 2014.

Mr Crowhurst shared his special day with our very own Travelling Ted.

Serving our Local Community

Thanks from the Food Bank.

20 October 2014

During October 2014, children and staff in school have been reflecting on what it means to live the Gospel value of 'Service'.

As part of our service as followers of Christ in our local community, families have generously contributed food for our local food bank.

The Erdington food bank have shared a lovely thank you letter with us; thanks go to all families for supporting our neighbours in need

PTFA Key Stage 2 Disco

Excited children from Years 4, 5 and 6.

17 October 2014

On Friday 17th October 2014 the school hall was full of music, dancing and great fun as Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed their PTFA disco.

The music was expertly played by Mr McT and Mr H and an army of wonderful moms and dads looked after the children and arranged refreshments.

Thank you to all staff and parents who made the event possible. Another wonderful evening!

PTFA Disco for Years 1 to 3

Excited children from Years 1, 2 and 3.

10 October 2014

There was great excitement around the lower school corridors on Friday 10th October 2014 as the question "Are you coming to the disco tonight?" echoed around the hallways.

Years 1, 2 and 3 arrived at school for the 6pm opening of their wonderful disco. Mr H and Mr McT were excellent DJs while the fabulous team of parents supported the PTFA with refreshments and organisation.

Everyone had a wonderful evening. Thank you to all involved who made it possible.

Year 5CW Assembly

Year 5CW's assembly.

10 October 2014

Year 5CW led the whole school assembly on Friday 10th October 2014 on the theme of sight.

They reinforced that we must not take the gift of sight for granted and acted out stories from the Bible and history to emphasise this point.

Their skills in public speaking, singing and drama were superb. The whole school and their parents, were very proud.

Charitable Giving

Pupils working together in the workshop.

1 October 2014

At Abbey Catholic Primary School, we are very proud that our children are developing an understanding of the importance of supporting others through charitable giving.

We were extremely proud to send a cheque to Macmillan Cancer for £373.85. Thank you to all families for supporting this worthwhile cause.

Initially, we struggled to find an envelope as big as our cheque (see photograph) but were delighted to discover that this giant publicity cheque was replaced with a much more 'post box friendly' version.

Gifted and Talented Workshop

Pupils working together in the workshop.

30 September 2014

On Tuesday 30th September 2014 we were delighted to welcome students from Osborne Primary, Yenton Primary and Court Farm Primary schools to work with some of our children as part of a Gifted and Talented Workshop.

Students from the four schools collaborated together solving a variety of challenges that helped them to realise that challenging maths doesn't necessarily mean dealing with large numbers.

We are very proud to work closely and collaborate with other schools in the Erdington Consortium.

Reception Family Welcome Disco

Enjoying the Reception family disco.

19 September 2014

Reception children have started their school life at the Abbey Catholic Primary brilliantly. They are already demonstrating the skills of being independent, resilient young learners.

After completing two full weeks in school, it was time to celebrate! All Reception children and their families joined together on the evening of Friday 19th September to enjoy a special family disco.

As Mr McTernan and Mr Harris assumed the roles of DJ, Reception children, parents and staff bopped the evening away. Travelling Ted was spotted busting some moves on the dance floor too!

Everyone had a wonderful time and all funds raised will be spent on additional resources for the Reception area. Thank you to all families who supported this event and thank you to all staff whose commitment and generosity ensures that these events can take place.

Reception Families Clear the School Garden

The hard working team.

17 September 2014

On Wednesday 17th September our newest parents and their Reception children stayed behind after school to help clear our garden ready for the new academic year.

Reception will be undertaking gardening throughout the year as part of their continuous provision.

It was fantastic that so many parents, pupils and siblings were willing to give some of their time to help clear the overgrowth from over the summer and we are all very excited to begin working in our garden this academic year.

Miss Turvey celebrates her 21st Birthday

Miss Turvey gets a birthday surprise.

17 September 2014

On the 17th September there was a lot of whispering and furtive glances around the staff room as staff tried to sneak in delicious snacks for Miss Turvey's surprise birthday buffet.

Miss Turvey was indeed surprised as a resplendent feast was unveiled to celebrate her momentous birthday.

Happy 21st Birthday Miss T.

Year 6 Learn about Lourdes

Year 6 and their guest look at artefacts from Lourdes.

11 September 2014

As part of their RE studies this year, Year 6 are learning about pilgrimage.

To support us in our studies, one of our parishioners very kindly came into school to talk about her experiences.

Year 6 children were able to see some artefacts and holy water bought back from Lourdes. After lots of questions and discussion we enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and a cake with our guest.

Reception Welcome Mass

Father Gabby talks to the children during his sermon.

7 September 2014

On Sunday 7th September 2014 the Abbey Parish welcomed our new Reception children and their families at the Parish Family Mass.

Each Reception child was presented with a set of Rosary Beads that had been blessed by Father Gabby during our celebration of Mass.

We hope that reception families will share the Rosary together as a family.

Father Gabby was delighted to see such a packed service and reminded us all of the importance of the special relationship between school, home and Parish.

Year 2 at the Black Country Museum

Year 2 in the Victorian classroom.

4 September 2014

On the 4th September 2014, Year 2 went back in time to explore life for Victorians at The Black Country Museum.

We learnt about sweet making, clothes washing and even had a school lesson where we learnt how to say our alphabet backwards!

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World

Year 4 at Cadbury World.

3 September 2014

On the 3rd September Year 4 went to Cadbury World to kick start their exciting new topic - Chocolate!

We learnt about the history of Cadbury's chocolate, the manufacturing of their products, advertising and even explored some chocolate tasting.

We finished our fabulous day with a visit to their brand new 4D experience - which was truly exhilarating and well worth a visit!

Year 1 at the ThinkTank

Year 1 at the ThinkTank.

3 September 2014

Year 1 had a fantastic time during their trip to the Thinktank.

They learnt all about their amazing bodies and what to do to keep them healthy. We will be using everything we have learnt during our topic ‘Who am I?’.

All the children were a credit to the Abbey throughout the day.