Snippets of Faith
Stewardship Team members in their first new meeting.
15 February 2019
At our recent Pupil Parliament, the newly merged Eco and Travel Team spent time discussing our team purpose, and questioned whether our new name reflects our Mission.
Following on from this, at our meeting this week we took a vote and decided to change our name to 'Stewardship Team'.
We all agreed that this reflects our wish to be good Catholic stewards of creation.
by Lily J, Co-Chair
Giving Valentine's cards to members of the parish.
14 February 2019
Chaplaincy Team spent part of their recent meeting making thoughtful prayer cards, giving up their own time to support the mission of our school - following in the footsteps of Jesus with our Parish.
After a lovely celebration of Mass, we gave out our prayer cards to members of the parish
Our team enthusiastically chatted to parishioners, who were really touched by the thoughtful gesture.
Members of our Chaplaincy Team.
12 February 2019
Our Chaplaincy Team were able to meet with another school, who are developing their chaplaincy to share ideas and promote our school's Catholic faith and mission.
They were actively involved in the opportunity given to them and showed outstanding leadership skills throughout the meeting. They eloquently shared all they had achieved so far, and discussed the events they have arranged for the future.
It was beneficial to all parties involved and the children were able to develop their public speaking skills and ability to synthesise their ideas to ensure others were able to understand.
It was a pleasure to work alongside both chaplaincy teams to showcase our faith.
Year 3 leading our Collective Worship.
11 February 2019
On Monday 11th February 2019, Year 3 led our whole school in Collective Worship.
Parents and pupils gathered in the school hall as Year 3 reminded us of the importance of looking after the amazing bodies and minds that God gave us.
Chaplaincy Team members reading to younger children.
11 February 2019
Children from our Chaplaincy Team were delighted to be able to share their gifts and talents by reading to children at a local day nursery.
Our children are always so keen to be actively participating in all of the wonderful opportunities provided to them. We were delighted to be able to make links and support some of the youngest people in our wider community.
A lovely afternoon was spent sharing stories, playing games and getting to know our new friends. We are really grateful for this experience and thank the staff and children at Butterfly Day Nursery for such a warm welcome.
Ms Tallon speaking to the conference attendees.
11 February 2019
In February 2019, our Headteacher was invited to be a key note speaker at the Diocese of Salford Leaders Conference.
She spoke about Leading a Faith Community and was very proud to share her experiences from our wonderful school.
It was an honour and a privilege to be able to work with Catholic leaders across the country.
Part of the retreat day for newly qualified teachers.
1 February 2019
Our headteacher is currently the Chair of the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership Head Teachers Association.
Each year the association provide a retreat day for Newly Qualified Teachers at St Chad’s Cathedral.
On 1st February 2019 we welcomed a wonderful group of NQT’s from across the diocese.
Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and delivery of this fantastic day. Please keep these new teachers in your prayers.
Welcoming visitors to our school.
29 January 2019
On 29th January 2019 we were delighted to welcome school leaders from Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Coventry.
Our visitors had a wonderful day speaking to staff and pupils and sharing excellent ideas.
We are very proud of our Catholic leaders across the diocese.
Reviewing our School Mission.
29 January 2019
On 29th January 2019 our Pupil Voice groups gathered together as one in our Pupil Parliament.
Our Pupil Parliament reviewed our Mission Statement: ‘Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and Parish’.
Each group reflected and reported on how their Pupil Voice group actively supports and promotes our school Mission. It was very clear that everyone was fully involved in promoting following in Jesus’ footsteps; an important part of Catholic life. As a group, we agreed that ‘family’ referenced not only the people we live with, but also our Abbey family.
Each pupil group has been given a ‘go forth’ task to think about what else can be done to ensure our Mission Statement is a powerful , living vision. We will discuss these ideas further at our next Pupil Parliament session.
2KR presenting their assembly.
21 January 2019
2KR treated the school and our Year 2 friends from Osborne to their class assembly with the theme being our virtues for this half term - Eloquent and Truthful.
Using drama, music and prayer, 2KR explained what the words eloquent and truthful meant and also gave advice to everyone how they can try to be a little bit more eloquent like the disciples and truthful in their lives.
The assembly finished with a challenge - To use their eloquence and truthfulness to share a fact with someone new. Would they find that they had something in common?
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
16 January 2019
During the Spring and Summer terms in 2019, all pupils are involved in visiting the Abbey Church to participate in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
We are very appreciative of Father Maurice O’Mahoney CSSR , who is supporting this important aspect of faith development within our Catholic school community.
Our show and tell assembly.
11 January 2019
As Catholics we respect other faiths and have enjoyed exploring how others in our modern Britiah community celebrate their beliefs.
We held an assembly where we spoke with eloquence to share the curiosity we had in the faith we had been exploring.
It was a great experience that taught us all why certain faiths do certain things. Moving forward it will allow us to show compassion to different faiths and become active in supporting their beliefs.
One pupil leaving the assembly hall said, "I found it really interesting, I liked learning about how different faiths celebrate."
Year 6 at the Greek Orthodox Church.
11 January 2019
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 Church 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 during Multi-Faith Week.
11 January 2019
As part of our Multi-faith Week, Year 1 wanted to find out more about different faiths.
We learnt about the Indian culture and Hinduism. We visited a Hindu Temple and were lucky enough to witness Hindu worship. We looked at maps to locate India and had a go at some traditional Indian dance.
In the forest area, we even made and cooked our own curry!
Reception children at the Church.
11 January 2019
Reception were very excited to visit St Barnabas Church during Multi-Faith Week.
Rev Freda and Rev Jocelyn met us at the entrance of their beautiful Church. They shared with us their role and also discussed some of the similarities and differences between their church and the Abbey.
As it was ‘World Day of Prayer for the Sick’ we took the opportunity to ask Rev Freda to lead us in prayer for Fr Gabby and all the sick people in the world.
On leaving, the children were given an open invitation to return with their families to take part in Mass or simply stop by and spend time in their Coffee Shop.
Proudly displaying our certificate.
11 January 2019
Upon our return to school in January 2019, our Chaplaincy Team were delighted and surprised to have received a lovely certificate from Redditch SVP.
Chaplaincy team had decided to use some of our fundraising profits to support the Christmas lunch funded and organised by Redditch SVP. The SVP kindly acknowledged our £500 donation with a beautiful certificate.
Four of our staff members gave up their Saturday to support the day - it was a great success. Many thank to everyone involved, at all levels. 'Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers...'
Visiting the Synagogue.
9 January 2019
On Wednesday 9th January 2019, as part of our school’s multi-faith week, Year 3 visited Singers Hill Synagogue in Birmingham.
We enjoyed learning about the Torah scrolls, the significance of the 12 pillars and 12 windows in the synagogue and particularly enjoyed the interactive aspects of our guided tour.
Everyone had the opportunity to explore special artefacts and some of our year group got to try wearing prayer shawls and acted out a Jewish wedding ceremony.
Thank you to Bryan, our guide, who answered so many of our questions and provided us with such a valuable learning experience.
Year 2 at the Pagoda.
8 January 2019
Year 2 spent Multi-Faith Week finding out more about China and the faith of Buddhism.
We travelled to Ladywood to visit the Buddhist Peace Pagoda and were instantly struck by the beautiful golden roof.
Year 2 eagerly listened to stories of Buddha who was born under a tree, gained knowledge under a tree (he stayed there for 6 years!) and died under a tree. We looked at the beautiful offerings of flowers, water and candles to thank Buddha and even got to try meditation. We had to cross our legs, close our eyes and focus on our breathing whilst listening to the sound of a bell. We then modelled how to meditate in front of the rest of the school on Friday.
Year 5 at St Chad's.
8 January 2019
As Catholics we respect other faiths but wanted to find out more about our faith from the viewpoint of people who live in Birmingham and Italy.
We visited St Chad's Cathedral and were lucky enough to celebrate Mass there.
We learnt lots about who St Chad was and how he was a devoted Catholic and respected by many people. The love for him was shown when his bones were moved from house to house to ensure their safety. We also learnt about how the Cathedral was bombed, but luckily saved by the radiators, However it is marked by a tile on the roof inside.
This trip was also an important trip for Year 5 as they begin their confirmation preparation, some children are now considering St Chad. One child exclaimed "I think he is a perfect Saint as he showed great devotion to God and sometimes suffered for it, just like our martyrs".
Year 1 children at the Temple.
8 January 2019
As part of Multi-Faith Week, Year 1 visited a Hindu Temple.
Throughout the morning, Year 1 learnt about numerous aspects of Hindu worship. They were in awe of the beautifully and brightly decorated shrines. They were very respectful as they listened to many stories including how Ganesh got his elephant head.
It was a very informative visit and we can’t wait to learn more about the Hindu faith upon our return to school.
Year 4 tasting some Gambian cuisine.
7 January 2019
During the first week back after the Christmas holiday, the children in Year 4 were treated to an array of activities to celebrate Multi-Faith Week and studied The Gambia.
Having located The Gambia on atlases and globes, the children looked into the climate and in particular what it would be like to live there and the life of a child their age at school. The children saw a variety of photographs from a school in The Gambia and made comparisons between school life in The Gambia and in Birmingham. It was great to see the similarities but also the many differences!
The children also had the opportunity to sample Gambian cuisine, compose their own rhythm based on an African drumming session and were able to create a motif from an African dance.
To conclude the week, the children studied The Islamic faith, created their own prayer mats and looked at what it would be like as a Catholic living in an African country.
All the children thoroughly enjoyed the week and the many experiences that were available to them.
Reception's presentation of the Nativity.
18 December 2018
Reception acted out the Nativity Story to friends, family and visitors.
They sang, acted, danced and signed throughout the performance. The children did an amazing job of reminding us about the 'reason for the season' when God sent his only Son to us.
We are all very proud of our youngest children in school!
Our busy gift sale.
12 December 2018
When our Chaplaincy team heard that our friends at Alton Castle were in need of funds for refurbishments, they came up with the idea of making Christmas gifts to sell.
A lovely selection of decorations and edible gifts were made during after school sessions. We raised a total of £105.37.
Working with Redditch SVP group.
12 December 2018
During December 2018 some of our pupils gave up their own free time to support the work of Reddich SVP (St Vincent de Paul) group.
Pupils spent time putting shopping vouchers and Christmas cards in envelopes ready to be given to homeless people at the annual Christmas lunch on Saturday 15th December.
One of our collections.
12 December 2018
We are very proud of the generosity of our families. When it is your child’s class Mass, families send in either a bag of sugar, jar of jam or tea/coffee to support Birmingham homeless. When our baskets are full, we deliver them to the Fireside centre.
This December, we donated eight bags of sugar to the Reddich St Vincent de Paul group for their soup kitchen which runs in Birmingham City Centre.
Thank you for thinking of others.
Our wonderful KS2 Carol Service.
11 December 2018
Our dedicated choir led a wonderful Carol Service for all of Key Stage 2 and parents.
This special service was a mix of prayer, reflection and singing as we prepare joyfully for the coming of our Lord. We were thrilled to be able to share our 'Maranatha' again, this time for parents to enjoy.
Choir were supported by a fabulous brass band made up of Year 6 students who entertained us with some old favourites.
4JB presenting their Advent assembly.
10 December 2018
On Monday 10th December, the children from Year 4 JB performed a fantastic assembly all about Advent.
The school were treated to an array of Drama pieces that all showed the meaning and importance of Advent and where the word Advent actually came from. The narrators spoke eloquently delivering their important information with clarity and confidence.
During our collective worship, Year 4 sang two beautiful songs showing that we were waiting for the coming of Jesus. Before closing the assembly with a special Advent prayer, the children gave everyone a challenge as their Go Forth message -which was to offer an act of kindness this Advent, even it is just a smile to someone who really needs it!
Well done to all the children who delivered such an informative assembly.
Hanging crosses on our tree.
5 December 2018
Instead of sending Christmas cards to friends this year, all children were encouraged to donate the money they would have spent on cards towards our Mission Together fundraising.
Chaplaincy Team decorated a cross with the name of each child who donated money and hung it on our school Christmas tree.
We had an excellent response and a total of £204.50 was raised. This money will go towards their 'Together in Jordan' appeal.
Thank you to everyone who supported our appeal.
Making Christmas gifts.
29 November 2018
When Chaplaincy Team heard that our friends at Alton Castle are in need of help to fund refurbishments, we knew we wanted to help.
We decided to make Christmas gifts and decorations to sell, and got together after school to get crafting! Eco Team also came along to help by making reusable shopping bags.
We hope we make lots of money at our forthcoming sale.
Our cheque for the Hospice.
17 October 2018
In celebration of Father Gabby's 50th anniversary as a priest we donated , in his name, £50.00 to the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington.
Our four school ambassadors were there to present the cheque to them. One of them said "I felt happy because I knew that the money would be able to help those people in need".
We are very proud of our ambassadors, who are living out their faith and are eager to help their communities.
Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation.
16 October 2018
On Tuesday 16th October 2018 our reverent Year 6 Confirmandi invited Bishop Robert to celebrate their Sacrament of Confirmation. The children led a beautiful service and were all filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Thank you to all the family, friends and staff members, who have helped support our children in this part of their faith journey.
Year 4OM Assembly.
15 October 2018
Year 4 prepared and presented an assembly based around Fairtrade as they have been learning about it in their topic 'Chocolate.'
Year 4 performed their assembly through acting, singing and poetry and demonstrated fantastic skill in all areas.
Year 4 looked at how a small change can make a big difference. They explored the Pay it Forward concept and set the school a 'go forth message' to colour The Abbey with kindness the following week.
At the FHC family meeting.
9 October 2018
On 9th October 2018 we welcomed Year 3 children and their families into school for a workshop on First Holy Communion preparation.
Father Maurice spoke to families and reminded them of the importance of taking this journey as a family. He reminded us all of the importance of being a full member of the Church.
We are looking forward to working together as school, home and Parish on this faith journey.
Please keep these families in your prayers.
Visiting Headteacher and two of our ambassadors.
4 October 2018
On 4th October 2018, two of our ambassadors were delighted to welcome the Headteacher from Christ the King, Coventry.
We were delighted that he joined a leadership meeting, toured school and spoke to children and staff.
It is always a pleasure to welcome and support staff from other Catholic schools across our diocese.
Ms Tallon and Headteachers from across the UK.
29 September 2018
Our Headteacher was honoured to be a part of the group of 25 Catholic Headteachers from across the UK, representing the National School of Formation, attending another amazing visit to Corrymeela.
The Headteachers met with some remarkable speakers; Padraig O'Tuama on Brexit and the book of Ruth, Derick Wilson on restorative practice, Welma Villar-Kenndey on Transforming division through human encounter and Paul Hutchinson on faith and life.
Thank you everyone at Corrymeela and EducareM who made this possible.
Working with Sr Russi.
24 September 2018
Abbey Catholic Primary School take the formation and spiritual development of staff very seriously.
Governors are committed to investing in high quality professional development in Catholic Life, Collective Worship and RE.
We are proud to access the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership training and particularly enjoyed working with Sister Judith Russi in September 2018.
Collective worship led by Y5JM.
24 September 2018
On 24th September 2018, Year 5JM led the whole school in a beautifully designed Collective Worship.
Pupils allocated roles within their special assembly and demonstrated amazing skills of drama, song, poetry recital and public speaking.
Year 5 sent us all out into modern Britain with a ‘go forth message’ to consider what we can do to get ourselves closer to our dreams. To act positively to become the people God has called us to be.
Donating bags of sugar for the homeless.
20 September 2018
On 20th September 2018, two of our ambassadors presented bags of sugar to a member of the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) society.
These bags of sugar will be used in the SVP soup kitchen held in Birmingham City Centre.
Thank you to our wonderful families who demonstrate caritas in action by donating these essential items to school.
A busy breakfast time.
16 September 2018
It was a great pleasure to welcome our new Reception pupils into our Parish community.
We celebrated a beautiful Mass at the Abbey Church and were thrilled to see so many of our Year 5 buddies supporting their peers and joining the celebration.
We then joined as a faith community back at school for breakfast; thank you to all our reception parents who brought in food for us to share, it was enjoyed by everyone.
We are looking forward to watching our new cohort grow into the person God has called them to be and are excited to be part of that special journey, 'following I'm the footsteps of Jesus, with our friends, family and parish'.
Blessing the classroom and talking to the children.
12 September 2018
During Autumn 2018 , Father Maurice will be visiting each class in school.
He talked in detail to the pupils and staff before giving each special learning space a personal blessing for the upcoming academic year.
The Chaplaincy Team filling up the prayer bags.
11 September 2018
Chaplaincy Team met for the first time this academic year to fill our new Prayer Bags.
Each bag has different items in it that will help promote prayer and deepen understanding of faith.
We know our families enjoy sharing prayer together, we can't wait to hear what you think of them.
Joining together for prayer via weblink.
11 September 2018
On Tuesday 11th September 2018 our school community joined together with all other Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham in special prayer.
Our pupils joined the Archbishop via live weblink in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Delivering our donations to Fireside.
7 September 2018
The Chaplaincy Team travelled the SIFA Fireside to deliver our donations of sugar.
Each pupil is asked to donate a bag of sugar when it is their class Mass, reminding us that these charitable acts are an integral part of our faith.
Fireside were really grateful for our donations which make such a difference to the people they support.
Shopping at St Chad's.
7 September 2018
Two of our Chaplaincy Team visited the Holy Shop at St Chad's Cathedral to stock up on exciting new resources for our school prayer bags.
A range of different items were bought to appeal to children if different ages and help them grow in faith.
We look forward to sharing them with our families.
Becoming witnesses to God.
4 September 2018
As a welcome back to school all children participated in a whole school assembly.
We explored the idea of being a witness to God and discussed that Christ should not be a secret and that He should be celebrated. Therefore, as a Catholic community we are going to ensure we are being God's witness' and spread his love to all that we meet.
Children were given a button and piece of string to make a bracelet. This represents God's never ending love for us all.
As a Catholic community, we are following scripture and 'being the light, bringing out the God colours in the world' Mt 5:14.
Please help us on our mission to become true witness' of God.
The staff show they are Christ's light.
3 September 2018
Staff are excited to enter the new academic year and worked collaboratively to show how we are Christ's light.
All staff produced motivational presentations to represent how we can spread God's message and 'set the world on fire'.
Help us to spread the light...