Snippets of Faith
Our winning display at St Chad's.
15 June 2018
Children at The Abbey have taken their inspiration for this year’s display from our school Patron Saint – Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Our children are inspired by Mary’s loving embrace of the infant Jesus in this famous icon and think about how they can live out these values themselves, loving and helping others. Our children thought about how Mary cared for Jesus and about the people who care for us. We also remembered how Mary said yes to God’s call, and that we all have a vocation in life and a duty to be the best person that God has called us to be, knowing first and foremost that we are loved by God.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an inspiring role model for us all.
Our display was made up of flowers, writing and artwork created by every child in school, we were delighted that all the children's hard work was recognised with a gold award from the judges.
Creating flowers for our display.
5 June 2018
We are delighted to be taking part in the Flower Festival at St Chad's Cathedral which runs from 15th to 17th June.
Every child in school participated in a creative afternoon where time was set aside to create beautiful flowers and writing for our display.
This year, the theme is 'Mary, Mother of God'. Our display will draw inspiration from Mary as a role model to us all and also as our school Patron Saint, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
We know that our pupils enjoyed the chance to reflect on their faith in a creative way and we hope our completed display conveys this joy to all who visit.
A collection of sugar bags for the homeless.
4 May 2018
On Friday 4th May 2018 we dropped off bags and bags of sugar to the Sifa Fireside Homeless Shelter.
Each week the yearband leading school Mass donate bags of sugar for this excellent facility.
Thank you very much to our supportive and generous families. It is wonderful that our pupils get to see Caritas in action.
Father Maurice talking to Year 3.
25 April 2018
Father Maurice took the time to support the Year 3 pupils in their theological learning as he visited them on Wednesday 25th April to discuss transubstantiation.
Father was very impressed with the knowledge and understanding the pupils displayed and praised the children and staff for their hard work.
Designing our Lenten display.
24 April 2018
During Lent 2018, each yearband and the staff team completed a piece of artwork in the shape of a cross. Each cross represented the journey through Lent of each person within that group.
Crosses were shared with the whole school community as part of our Holy Week celebrations.
Pupils were asked to consider where they thought the crosses should be displayed. One young lady put together a detailed plan of how she thought the crosses should be displayed.
During Eastertide the headteacher and site manager met with this pupil to agree the final display. After a quick rearrangement of furniture the crosses were fixed to the wall in the corridor for all to enjoy.
We are very proud of our pupils making real life decisions to improve our school environment.
Mrs Hughes and family.
31 March 2018
On Easter Saturday it is traditional for new members of the Catholic community to be welcomed into the faith life of the church.
Mrs Hughes, along with other members of the parish, were baptised or confirmed at the Easter vigil on Saturday evening.
The Abbey parish are delighted to count these new members of the community into the parish.
Collections of sugar for the Fireside Centre.
29 March 2018
As a school, we are very aware that we have a duty to support those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
Our families are very generous in helping us in this mission.
When a Year band is leading the Thursday Parish Mass, pupils are asked to offer a bag of sugar. This sugar is then delivered to the Fireside Homeless Shelter in Birmingham City Centre; to help with the hundreds of hot drinks they make for our homeless brothers and sisters every day.
Moderating the RE work of our school.
27 March 2018
School follow the Diocese Programme of Study for RE. In order to ensure that this is being completed to the highest standard , staff meet throughout the year to moderate RE work and ensure that we are inline with diocesan expectations.
Yet again, we had a wonderful moderation session and were very proud to celebrate the hard work and success of staff and pupils.
Our Abbey rocks.
26 March 2018
In March 2018 our Chaplaincy team began a project called Abbey Rocks.
The Chaplaincy team stayed after school and painted rocks with a selection of inspirational messages.
Underneath each rock they stuck a message explaining that if you find the rock you can either keep it or re-hide it for someone else to find.
People who find the rocks are asked to share a picture on our twitter page with the hash tag #abbeyrocks
It is hoped that the rocks will bring joy to all who find them.
Thank you to the Chaplaincy team for their hard work and to Mrs Lonergan for her inspiration and dedication.
Fun at Erdington Baptist Church.
26 March 2018
On Monday 26th March 2018 our Chaplaincy team were honoured to accept an invitation to visit Erdington Baptist Church.
Our Chaplaincy team were given a wonderfully warm welcome from the pastor and parishioners.
Chaplaincy team thoroughly enjoyed the prayer opportunities provided in the glorious interactive prayer garden.
The Chaplaincy Team at the Baptist Church.
26 March 2018
Chaplaincy Team were delighted to be invited to attend Six Ways Baptist Church's 'Prayer Space'.
We started our session by thinking about the Easter Story and then had time to explore the creativel prayer stations, each giving us an opportunity to try praying in a different way. Our session ended by joining in prayer together and sharing some reflections on the activities.
Thank you to all the volunteers at the Baptist Church for such a wonderful morning.
Y2KR presenting their assembly.
19 March 2018
Year 2KR entertained the whole school and their families with their class assembly with the theme being 'Water'.
They talked about the importance of water in our lives and focused on how God is like a lighthouse in our lives. Just as lighthouses keep sailors safe, God always guides us to do the right thing and he is the light in our lives.
Year 2KR also gifted each year group with a pack of paper shamrocks as a go forth message, inspired by their class Saint, Saint Patrick, to be used in prayer services that same week in trays of water as a way of offering their intentions to God.
NQTs at the retreat day.
9 March 2018
On Friday 9th March 2018 our newly qualified teacher (NQT) joined other NQTs from across Birmingham at their special retreat day at St Chad’s Cathedral.
The retreat day is organised annually by the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership Headteachers Association who value the opportunity to support the spiritual development of the newest members of our teaching community.
Please keep these newly qualified teachers in your prayers.
Ms Tallon speaking at the event.
8 March 2018
We are very proud of our Headteacher and her involvement with the National School of Formation.
On Thursday 8th March 2018 she was invited to speak to Cohort 2 of NSF about her experiences through the NSF.
She was very honoured to speak to such a wonderful group of people focused on Building the Kingdom.
Families together in the Confirmation Workshop.
7 March 2018
On 7th March 2018, Year 5 welcomed their families as they gathered as a school community to support their children on their faith journey.
The Confirmation workshop formed an integral part of Year 5’s preparation towards the Sacrament of Confirmation.
During the workshop, Year 5 pupils were reminded of the story of Pentecost. They were given the opportunity to look at religious art and discuss this with their family members. They also produced their own prayers and created a piece of art work to take home.
Parishioners receiving prayer cards.
14 February 2018
In preparation for Lent our Chaplaincy team were very busy making prayer cards to give to parishioners after Mass.
As part of the Chaplaincy Team’s outreach work, they wanted to make more contact with the many visitors to the weekday Masses at the Abbey Church.
Members of the Chaplaincy Team distributed prayer cards devoted to St Valentine as parishioners left the 10am Ash Wednesday Mass. Parishioners really enjoyed meeting our children and were delighted with the hand decorated prayer cards.
Chaplaincy Team are currently working on their action plan which will include future outreach projects to spread the Good News of the Gospels.
Year 6 inside the Church.
11 January 2018
Year 6 enjoyed a visit to the Greek Orthodox Church in Erdington as part of our International Week.
The children had a tour around the church and learnt many interesting facts including how Orthodox Churches should be built.
During the trip we learnt that there are many similarities between how we celebrate and prayer at The Abbey and how the Orthodox Church practise their faith.
Year 1 at the Hindu Temple.
10 January 2018
Year 1 visited the Hindu Temple as part of their Multi-faith week studies.
The children were curious and active as they spotted signs and symbols of the Hindu faith, that they had been introduced to in school, around the temple and its many shrine.
We were privileged to observe the Hindu priests undertaking their daily prayers and the children’s behaviour was truly outstanding as they showed a respectful attitude throughout the visit.
Year 2 outside the temple.
9 January 2018
As part of the whole school Multi-Faith Week, Year 2 visited the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara to enhance their learning about Buddhism.
They listened to many great stories about the life of Buddha, looked around the temple and even had a go at meditation.
Year 2 were very respectful towards our host and came back to school ready to share their new knowledge of Buddhism.
Year 3 at Singers Hill Synagogue.
9 January 2018
On Tuesday 9th January Year 3 visited Singers Hill Synagogue as part of our International Week.
The children learned lots of different aspects of the Jewish faith and how the faith is practised in Birmingham. We even managed to a celebrate four Jewish weddings!
Year 4 enjoying the exhibition.
9 January 2018
On Tuesday 9th January 2018, as part of Multi-faith Week, Year 4 attended a multi-faith exhibition.
Throughout the morning, we learnt about numerous aspects to do with the Islamic faith such as family life, the five pillars of Islam and the history of the faith.
The children particularly enjoyed finding out about family life - especially trying on the traditional dress. It was a fantastic and informative trip that helped us with what we are learning about in school during our Multi-faith Week.
Letter of thanks from Brushstrokes Sandwell.
9 January 2018
Staff at school have been supporting the sifa fireside centre for the homeless for over twelve months with fundraising, volunteering and food collections.
Following on from our fabulous nativity and choir performances , the audience were told about the work of fireside by our headteacher. Our headteacher shared some reflections on the plight of the homeless in Birmingham and referenced the Gospel messages we are asked to live out each day.
Parents, grandparents and visitors were incredibly generous and we collected over £600 for Sifa fireside.
Sifa fireside sent school a lovely letter of appreciation.
Letter of thanks from Brushstrokes Sandwell.
9 January 2018
In December 2017 we held our annual collection of Christmas gifts for children not as fortunate as ourselves.
Once again, families were incredibly generous and a large number of wrapped gifts were received.
Gifts were given to the Brushstrokes charity who were very appreciative and sent a lovely thank you letter to school on 9th January.
22 December 2017
On 22nd December 2017, some staff members accepted the opportunity to visit a prison and be a part of the Christmas Day celebration for prisoners and their families.
Staff were very much reflecting on living the Gospel in their everyday lives. Staff focused on the message within the Gospel of Matthew:
"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Five members of our staff share their reflections with us:
Performing in our Advent Concert.
18 December 2017
On Monday 18th December 2017 our amazing school choir led us in a beautifully spiritual celebration of Advent.
The original concert date had to be postponed due to the snow, however the change of date did not hinder attendance; our school hall was packed.
Our amazing choir mistress, Mrs Rosangela Adamo, had prepared the choir fantastically well and their passion, energy and enthusiasm were infectious.
Mrs Esther Howard and Mrs Rebecca Lonergan had supported the choir in their preparations and were very proud of all involved.
The audience were invited to support the Sifa Fireside Centre after the concert and over £200 was raised to support this local homeless shelter.
Thanks go to all involved in preparing and supporting this wonderful event.
Youngsters act out the nativity story.
18 December 2017
During Advent 2017 we were absolutely thrilled to share the nativity story with parents and parishioners.
Our youngest children presented the special story beautifully and reminded us all of the reason for the season.
Headteachers at the special Mass.
13 November 2017
On 13th November 2017 our Headteacher joined fellow serving and retired headteachers from across the city to celebrate Holy Mass in remembrance of deceased headteachers.
The evening was coordinated by The Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership and the celebration of Holy Mass was led by Father Jonathan Vesey.
Proudly wearing our poppies.
6 November 2017
During the week beginning 6th November 2017, British Legion Poppies were for sale each morning on the school drive.
In the days leading up to 11 November, people on the TV and in the streets wear a poppy. This is a symbol to remember those who have given their lives in war.
The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields, which you can read below.
Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country.
In Flanders Fields - by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Celebrating All Saints' Day.
1 November 2017
All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on 1 November. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven.
Our whole school community gathered together to celebrate whole school Mass on this Holy Day of Obligation.
Our pupil chaplaincy team worked hard preparing the Mass and writing prayers.
Building on from previous pupil feedback, we also had some adults reading alongside children, as pupils have shared that they like to hear adults read in Mass as well as their peers.
Everyone wearing bright colours.
6 October 2017
Inspired by three girls from Year 4 our whole school 'brightened up' for Cafod on Friday with all proceeds going to Charity.
We are extremely proud to support these inspiring young Catholics and future leaders of or faith.
Delicious cakes created in aid of Macmillan.
29 September 2017
On Friday 29th September 2017 we held our annual fund raising event for MacMillan Cancer.
One of our families very kindly sponsored the event by providing cups, tea, coffee and milk, whilst our amazing Head Chef cooked the delicious cakes.
The heavy rain meant we had to move from our usual position by the Children’s Entrance to underneath the rain shelter inside the middle gate. This didn’t stop the generosity of our amazing families.
Thank you very much to everyone for their generosity. The cake sale raised £240 for the MacMillan Cancer Charity.
Class 5MM's assembly.
25 September 2017
On Monday 25th September, Year 5MM delighted the school with their class assembly about Peace.
The children thought about what Peace means to them and what they could do to bring Peace to the world.
Each class had a tasty treat to take back to class. All the children were given a jelly baby, which were originally called 'Peace Babies', and were asked to think about the symbols on them.
Pupils join in with our assembly.
21 September 2017
The earth and all life on it are part of God's creation. Each and everyone of us are called to respect this gift.
On Thursday 21st September 2017 we had a special assembly helping us to understand that we are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for taking care of the wonders and resources the earth gives us.
We learnt about our changing environment and how we need to think about how we live on our planet.
We learnt about top tips to conserve water and use water wisely. Each pupil was given the challenge to share these tips at home with their family.
What can you do to save water in your life?
Prayer tags created for the children.
11 September 2017
Each week begins with staff shared prayer.
On Monday 11th September 2017, our shared prayer focused on the Year 6 pupils who were about to depart for their five day residential in the Isle of Wight.
A prayer was written on a special luggage tag for each child travelling to the Isle of Wight.
The children then attached their prayer tags to their bags.
Staff asked St Christopher, the patron Saint of travellers and children, to protect all the adults and children on their journey.
Keys and keyring showing our virtue tree.
5 September 2017
On 5th September 2017 we welcomed our pupils back to school after the Summer break with a whole school assembly.
Each child was presented with their own key attached to a key ring showing our school virtue tree.
The key represents the key that each of us holds. The key to unlock the door to building the Kingdom here on earth.
Our pupils know that by following our school mission of following in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and Parish , they can unlock the secret to being the person God has called them to be.
Fr Maurice blessing our classrooms.
5 September 2017
On the first day of the school year in September 2017, Father Maurice visited each classroom in school with our Headteacher to deliver a blessing.
Father Maurice explained that he wasn't just blessing the room, he was blessing all the children and adults within it.
During each class blessing the children and adults prayed for the staff and governors and all involved in helping our school.
Father's Day Mass.
18 June 2017
On Sunday 18th June 2017 we were delighted to lead the Parish Family Mass.
Father Elias reminded all fathers in his sermon that they are role models for their sons and daughters.
After a beautiful celebration of Holy Mass, the PTFA distributed gifts for all of the wonderful fathers on their special day.
Thank you to everyone involved in preparing and celebrating Holy Mass.
Reception performing the Little Red Hen.
16 June 2017
On Friday 16th June the whole of Reception took part in an assembly to share an important message of how we should help others by following in the footsteps of Jesus.
The children performed ‘The Little Red Hen’ for the packed audience of parents this was then followed with how their dads help them.
The children did an amazing job getting the message across.
Raymond Friel talking to some of our pupils.
13 June 2017
On Wednesday 13th May 2017 we were absolutely delighted to welcome the author Raymond Friel to our school.
Raymond is currently doing research for his new book about prayer. Raymond was very impressed with our students and their insightful thoughts and reflections on why we pray and the need for prayer.
We are looking forward to Raymond's latest publication and will be eagerly reading through to see if any of our pupils thoughts have been included.
Year 1's Assembly.
19 May 2017
On Friday 19th May, Year 1 presented their class assembly to the whole school and parents.
They spoke , sang and acted brilliantly. Their special assembly focused on virtues and reminded us how we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus in our everyday lives.
Raising money for Cafod.
17 May 2017
Pupils were delighted to send a cheque for £200 to CAFOD to support their charitable work.
Pupils raised the money as part of their Lenten alms giving.
Our Rosary Club notice.
8 May 2017
The month of May is a special time for us Catholics to pay homage to our Blessed Mother Mary.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration, of everyone who, in and through the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
During May 2017 we held Rosary Club twice a week, where pupils and staff could pray together. These sessions were incredibly well attended.
Thank you to Mrs A and Mrs C for leading these prayer times and for supporting and encouraging our pupils to lead prayers also - a wonderful celebration of our worldwide faith and a witness of personal devotion was evidenced when one of our First Communicants led a decade of the Rosary in Polish.
Thank you to all involved.
Year 5 at Alton Castle.
14 to 16 April 2017
Year 5 enjoyed a faith-filled retreat to Alton Castle in April, which saw all children taking advantage of opportunities to develop their faith journey, as they move towards Confirmation.
The children fully embarked on their adventure and took part in blindfolded assault courses, survival training, archery and the hill of doom, during cycling.
As the children continue to prepare for their Confirmation, the skills they have achieved during their retreat, will continue to support them.
A fantastic time was had by all.
School Council at the charity shop.
6 April 2017
For Lent, members of the School Council went to help out at the St Vincent de Paul charity shop in Erdington.
The children helped tidy the shelves and put things in order.
They spoke with Sheila the manageress of the shop and she was able to tell the children how the shop supports the local community.
Class 3EH at their assembly.
3 March 2017
On 3rd March 2017 Y3EH delighted the entire school with their wonderful assembly.
Pupils sang, danced, acted and spoke confidently.
Year 3 asked us to reflect on where we can find God in our everyday lives.
The staff with their fivers.
3 March 2017
During the season of Lent in 2017, each staff member has been given £5 and challenged to make this money grow. All profits will be given to our Lenten charities.
Staff are challenged to complete this 'Lenterprise' activity before school breaks up for the Easter holiday.
Charity begins at home, where we daily make the choice to give our time, our attention, our affirming smile, and give generously. But charity must not stop there, because for Catholics "home" is universal, and our family is as big as the world.
Good luck staff.
School Council members in the SVP Assembly.
27 January 2017
On Friday we had a visitor from the SVP to talking to us in assembly about the charity.
We found out that the SVP not only works in England but also other countries supporting families in need.
School Council then presented the representative with a cheque for £279.49 raised from our Christmas jumper day.
We were very proud to receive a certificate of thanks in return.