Snippets of News - Spring Term 2016

Race for Life


Everyone ready for the off!

26 March 2016

On Thursday the 26th of March the whole school took part in a race for life where we did laps of the playground or laps of the church yard. This was all to raise the money for cancer research.

For every lap you did someone who singed your sheet would pay a certain amount of money. Sports council had a very important role in this special event we had to stamp pieces of paper every time someone completed a lap.

We also painted everyone’s face pink and blue, which are the race for life colours.

Parents were also invited to this event; some parents were running as well! This event was set up by Mrs Marks who did a great job!

Sports council and Mrs Marks would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who participated in this amazing opportunity and supported us in raising over £1400.

School Council's Trip to London


School Council outside 10 Downing Street.

18 March 2016

On 18th March School Council had a fantastic fun-packed day in London with Mrs Small, Mrs Howard and Mr Kirke.

The children started off by going to 10 Downing Street and having their photograph taken outside the famous door.

On the London Eye they learnt about some of the landmarks that they could see.

At The Houses of Parliament the guide gave the children a real insight to what the job of the Politicians entails.

The day was finished off with a meal at a Tapas Bar before finally heading home. A very exciting day was had by all.

The Unsung Hero Award


At the awards ceremony.

17 March 2016

On Thursday 17th March 2016, Miss Marks, Mrs Banner and myself were nominated for the Unsung Hero award.

Previously, Ms Tallon and Mr Crowhurst kindly nominated me for an award named unsung hero. It is an award you receive for being a good role model with regards to sporting activities. Luckily, all three of us reached the final two which we were both really proud about and this meant we had to go to an awards ceremony to find out whether we had won!

When the day finally came for the awards ceremony, I was buzzing with excitement and I couldn’t wait.

When we got there, there were hundreds of people there and a giant stage. We were the last award so we got to listen to loads of other awards to do with different competitions and leadership things for both children and adults. We also got to watch some amazing talents like gymnastics, dancing and singing.

Mrs Banner and Miss Marks were first. They WON! Ms Tallon and I went wild. After that, it was me. They read out some things from my application like how I am confident and often I write reports for the website and the Sports council board. Then they read about the person I was up against. She was a very timid reception child and then she went to a para football competition and became more confident. She was clearly a worthy winner having a positive impact on all the peers in her school.

Written by our own nominee for the award

Holy Week Celebrations of Faith


Holy Week daily celebrations.

21 March 2016

During Holy Week, all children from Reception to Year 6 gathered together for a daily celebration of faith.

All children listened reverently and respectfully to the Easter Story.

Each class was given an item to remind them of the story told that day, for example, Palm Sunday was remembered with each class receiving a palm for their prayer table.

Mother's Day Mass


Mother's Day Mass in Church.

6 March 2016

On Sunday 6th March, Reception and Year 2 children led the Mother's Day Mass in Church.

All children were exceptionally well-behaved and read eloquently and clearly.

At the end of the Mass, children sang their Mother's Day song to their Mums and presented them with a bunch of daffodils, along with a hand-made Mother's card.

100 Days at School


Spelling out '100' in children!

3 March 2016

Year 1 and Reception celebrated it being 100 days since starting school in September.

The afternoon was full of fun learning activities related to the number one hundred! These activities included counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, playing snakes and ladders and designing the number 100 out of objects found in the forest area.

Year 1 Visit Waterstones in Birmingham


Year 1 at the Bull Ring in Birmingham.

3 March 2016

For World Book Day Year 1 went on the train to visit the Waterstones book store in Birmingham.

During the exciting trip, Year 1 got to look at their favourite books around the store, created their own stories and even got the chance to buy their own book to take home.

The children were brilliantly behaved for the trip and were a credit to the school. Well done!

Guides/Scouts Founder's Day


Our guides and scouts in their uniforms.

22 February 2016

On 22nd February National Scout Associations throughout the world celebrate the Scout's Founder's Day. It is celebrated as a very special day in the scout's calendar, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Baden Powells life and his writings which remain inspiring to many and incredibly on phase with our times.

The Scouts celebrate the day by doing a host of outdoor activities and by helping support their local communities. Scouting has developed over the years to ensure it continually helps young people learn for themselves in both a safe and challenging environment.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world also celebrate February 22 as World Thinking Day or just Thinking Day. It is a day to think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about other countries and cultures.

We are very proud of our Rainbows, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides and were very happy for them to wear their uniforms on Founders Day.

Y6CW Class Assembly


Year 6's assembly.

5 February 2016

Year 6 entertained us with fabulous singing and dance routines, as they shared their message of how working together is better than trying to do it alone.

We considered what it is like to be a community, not only caring for environment, but for other people too.

Key Stage 1 Disco


Lots of fun at the KS1 disco.

4 February 2016

Resident DJ's Mr H and Mr McT returned on the 4th February to rock and roll at the Key Stage 1 disco.

After some great dance moves and a nail biting dance-off, it is safe to say the Abbey has finished the half term off in style!

A huge thank you to our PTFA staff for their organisation.

Key Stage 2 Disco


Excited faces at the disco.

28 January 2016

On the 28th January 2016 there were a few excited members of our school community, as Years 3 to 6 put on their dancing shoes for the disco.

Resident DJ’s Mr H and Mr McT took requests for the children’s favourite chart toppers and the atmosphere was buzzing.

There were a few show stopping dance moves being thrown by pupils and teachers. Miss M took on the worm and Mr OC did his favourite ‘Dad dance’.

A fantastic night had by all. Thank you to our wonderful PTFA!

International Week


Year 6 visit the Greek Orthodox Church.

5 to 8 January 2016

Year 6 enjoyed a week packed full of learning all about Greece.

Father Sozomenos welcomed us to the local Orthodox Church of St Constantine and St Helen where children found out all about the faith and traditions and enjoyed looking around the Church.

Children also studied the history and culture of Greece and decorated their own pots in the Greek style.

Our week concluded with a visit from the chefs of Eleon Greek restaurant who bought in a selection of delicious meze for the children to taste.

Speaking About the Islamic Faith


Learning about Islam together.

6 January 2016

On Tuesday 5th January 2016, Year 4 welcomed several children from St Francis Catholic Primary School, Handsworth, to come and speak to them about the Islamic faith.

The children spoke beautifully about what it was like, as a child, living in Modern Britain as a Muslim and shared the practices that they do.

All children were eager to learn about the various traditions and customs from Islam and how the Primary children fitted these in around the school day. Thank you to all the children!