Snippets of News - Autumn Term 2015

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas jumpers as far as the eye can see!

17 December 2015

On 17th December 2015 the Abbey School was awash with festive fun as all pupils wore Christmas jumpers to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Well done to everyone involved, we raised over £300!

Visiting the Lord Mayor's Parlour

Children with the Lord Mayor.

14 December 2015

School were honoured to receive an invite to the Lord Mayors Parlour in the Birmingham Council House.

Pupils and staff received a warm welcome and enjoyed a fascinating tour of some of the splendid building.

Lord Mayor's Christmas Card

At Grand Central with Santa.

14 December 2015

There was great excitement when we were invited to be featured on the Birmingham Lord Mayor's Christmas Card.

A group of 30 children travelled into the splendid new train station, Grand Central, in Birmingham City Centre. Imagine our surprise when we were greeted, not only by Birmingham's Lord Mayor, but by Santa too!

Santa generously gave each child a gift to say thank you.

Sisters of Mercy

A visit from the Sisters of Mercy.

11 December 2015

On 11th December, The Sisters of Mercy from Handsworth visited school to teach us about their order and about The Year of Mercy.

We learnt about what it means to be a sister and how the nuns currently living in the convent are carrying on the important work started by their founder Venerable Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831.

One of our pupils had the opportunity to dress up as a Sister of Mercy.

VE Day Street Party

Remembering VE Day.

23 November 2015

Years 1 and 5 gathered together to celebrate the end of their World War 1 and 2 learning with VE Day celebrations.

During the afternoon, the children rotated around a number of activities to involving learning about rationing, making gas masks and learning some typical 1940s dances.

To finish our afternoon, we all gathered together to reflect on the sacrifice of all countries during the war through a prayer service.

Well done to all the children who made amazing World War projects, as well as for their fantastic outfits they wore for the VE Day party.

Years 1 to 3 PTFA Disco

A hall packed with excited children, and a few excited adults, too!

19 November 2015

On the 19th November 2015 the school hall was rocking as Years 1 to 3 bounced, bopped and boogied the evening away to the latest disco tunes. Everyone had a fabulous evening.

Teachers were spotted leading the dance moves encouraged by the super DJ's: Mr O'C, Mr C, Mr P and Mr H.

Live tweets were broadcast by our very own media team member, Katie.

Thank you very much to our wonderful PTFA for organising such a tremendous evening.

We Will Remember

Remembering those who laid down their lives for us.

19 November 2015

This week School Council travelled into Birmingham to lay our class wreaths on the Memorial.

We took the opportunity to silently pray for all those who have died in War for us. It was a very moving experience and School Council were honoured to represent the Abbey.

Free Radio Christmas Stars Competition - Round 2

The choir sing for Free Radio.

16 November 2015

We are all very excited that our choir have been successful in reaching the on-air round of the Free Radio Christmas Stars competition.

Free Radio came into school to record choir singing 'Sing Noel', the song chosen for our entry.

The winner of the competition will receive £200 worth of music equipment for their school and will have their song played on Free Radio on Christmas Day. We hope that all our friends will get behind us and vote for us.

Year 4, 5 and 6 PTFA Disco

A disco frenzy!

12 November 2015

On Thursday 12th November 2015 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 with support of Ms 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!

Free Radio's Choir Competition

Free Radio recording our choir.

12 November 2015

Great excitement was in the Abbey school in November 2015, as 'Free Radio' visited school to record our Gospel Choir for the annual school choir of the year competition.

Due to radio station rules, only 35 pupils were allowed to be in the competition entry. Our choir has over 70 members, after a tense 'draw' out of a large envelope, the lucky 35 were selected. The remaining choir members congratulated their peers and wished them every success.

Thanks to Mrs Adamo and Mrs Lonergan for the amazing work they do with our Gospel choir. Fingers crossed for a successful outcome for our choir in the upcoming competition.

Year 5 Meet Local Parishioners

Year 5 children talking to parishioners.

11 November 2015

After the Remembrance Day service, children in Year 5 were very fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to stories shared by Parishioners about their experiences of the War.

It gave them a real insight to the feelings of people who were evacuated during the war or even had to use Anderson shelters during an air raid.

We would like to thank all the Parishioners who joined us for our service and stayed to discuss the war with us.

Reception Maths Workshops

Parents and children working together.

9 November 2015

Throughout this week Reception children enjoyed having parents into class for their Maths Workshop.

They enjoyed sharing the days of the week song to show how they are learning about seasons, weather and place value.

To demonstrate how we take away by one, we sang 'Five Currant Buns' and children acted out being the buns. Then it was time for the adults to get involved! together they had to follow the instructions to make a board game and die to take home and play with their families. Some even managed to play a few games before the session was over.

Great fun was had by all.

Congratulations to Miss Duggan

Miss Duggan in graduation dress.

October 2015

We are very proud of Miss Duggan who officially graduated from Newman University College in October 2015.

We are honoured to have her on our team and proud that she chose the Abbey Catholic Primary School to start her teaching career.

KS2 Visit from the Ambulance Service

Modelling our slings!

30 September 2015

On Wednesday 30th September, Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance Service came to talk to us about his job

He showed us an ECG machine that he uses to monitor patients heart beats and we had a competition to see who was the best at making a sling for a patient!

All children in Years 3 to 6 thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Reception Welcome Disco

A busy dance floor at the Welcome Disco.

25 September 2015

On Friday 25th September at 6pm the Abbey School Hall was the centre of excitement for Reception children.

We welcomed the children and their families to a Welcome Disco to get to know each other and our staff.

The dance floor was constantly full as our resident DJ's MC Harris and MC McTernan displayed some serious 'jocking' skills.

Everyone had a wonderful evening. Thank you to all Abbey staff who made the evening possible.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A busy morning in aid of Macmillan.

25 September 2015

On 25th September 2015 we joined in with thousands of people across the UK by being involved in the worlds largest coffee morning.

Staff set up our al fresco coffee morning on the school drive. Our wonderful cook, Helen, provided the beautiful cakes whilst a parent sponsored the tea and coffee.

We are very proud of how our school community all join together to support others.

Thank you to all families who supported our fundraising for Macmillan, helping us raise £500.

School Council Visit Grand Central Station

The School Council in Birmingham's new shopping area.

24 September 2015

On Thursday 24th September, the School Council travelled to visit the new Grand Central Station and shopping centre in Birmingham.

They explored the shopping centre and thought about how to prepare for job interviews.

They had their shoes polished, found their signature scent and Ethan and Mr Harris were interviewed by BBC Radio WM!

Y2DH Assembly

Y2DH class assembly.

18 September 2015

On September 18th, children from Y2DH performed their class assembly.

The assembly compared the past to the present and we presented our parents with a keepsake about what we want to be when we are older.

Year 2 at the Black Country Museum

Year 2 in the Victorian era.

9 September 2015

As part of our 'People of the Past' topic, Year 2 visited the Black Country Living Museum and enjoyed a week long immersion into Victorian life.

The trip enabled us to gain an understanding of what life was like for people during Victorian times, in particular the expectations placed on children during this era.

We enjoyed visiting houses, potential jobs and in particular the Victorian games and silent cinema. To ensure that the trip was memorable Mr. H even received the cane!

Throughout the immersion week, Year 2 experienced Victorian handwriting, our National Anthem, chalks and blackboards and Victorian teachers. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about this era.

Reception Welcome Mass

Year 5 and Reception pupils together.

9 September 2015

On Sunday 13th September 2015, we gathered at the Abbey Church, in faith, to worship God, Our Father, Jesus His Son; and the Holy Spirit we prayed for God’s blessing on all pupils this new school year.

During this Mass, we prayed especially for the sixty pupils who have joined the Abbey Catholic Primary School in the Reception Classes this new school year.

Our prayers were for the Reception children to settle and be at ease in our school community; to make friends with one another; to work well and do their best in every lesson; to learn about their faith and to make time every day to pray; to be and do good and to make themselves and their parents proud. We pray that as the Reception children begin their school journey at the Abbey Catholic Primary School that they may always remember to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with their friends, family and parish. Each Reception child was presented with a set of Rosary beads.

Thank you to Fr. Gabby for celebrating Mass and to our Year 5 pupils who led this Mass.

Year 1 at the Thinktank

We know all the senses in the body.

9 September 2015

As part of our topic 'Who am I?' Year 1 had a very exciting visit to the Thinktank in Birmingham.

During the trip, we had the opportunity to visit Kids’ City where we had the opportunity to role play jobs we might do when we grow up to be adults.

After lunch, we learnt all about different parts of the body as well as finding out the five different senses we have.

We now have lots of new ideas and information that we can share during our work at school!

Year 4 Explore Chocolate at Cadbury World

Hooray for chocolate!

8 September 2015

On the 8th 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 the new 4D experience - which was truly exhilarating experience! A lot of fun had by all!

Year 5 Myths and Legends Day

Year 5 dressed as characters of myths and legends.

7 and 8 September 2015

To celebrate the start of our Abbey Curriculum unit of work on Myths and Legends, on 7th and 8th September respectively, classes 5EH and 5JD came to school dressed as a variety of mythical creatures and characters.

The children participated in a catwalk where they shared information about the mythical creatures or character that they had dressed as.

Year 5 also enjoyed participating in their first workshop provided by The REP Theatre, as part of a Toy Theatre Project, where the pupils will work with a REP Drama Practitioner and a Visual Artist to create a play script.

One Life Music Religious Retreat

Altar in school for the religious retreat.

4 September 2015

On 4th September, the staff joined together with One Life Music to participate in a religious retreat.

They learnt new songs for mass and then celebrated mass with Fr. Jonathan Veasey from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.