Snippets of News - 2010/11

Guitars Delivered

Guitars ready for next year.

25 July 2011

A rather large delivery arrived on the first day of the summer break.

Next term, Year 4 and Y5OC will begin to learn to play the guitar – Y5G have been playing already for a year and they are going to continue this into Year 5.

Gospel Choir Performance

The Gospel Choir.

21 July 2011

Following on from the successful recording of the first CD – 'Part of His Plan' the Abbey Gospel Choir performed to their friends and families.

We were treated to live renditions from the album, including: From a Distance, Climb and Emmanuel. Mr Kirke and Mrs Adamo sung their duet too: I Believe.

A very professional performance.

Gold Attendance - Summer 2011

Gold Attendance Certificate winners.

21 July 2011

There was an amazing amount of pupils who received the Gold award for attendance this term. Nearly half of the school were in for every single day of term.

They each received a certificate to recognize this magnificent achievement.

Silver Attendance - Summer 2011

Silver Attendance Certificate winners.

21 July 2011

A celebration assembly was held at the end of term to present certificates to those children who had only missed one day of school during the whole of the Summer term.

Make-A-Wish Donation

A certificate following our donation to Make-A-Wish.

21 July 2011

We are very proud to have raised £344.60 from a non- uniform day which has been presented to the Make-A-Wish Charity.

We were honoured to have a talk from Neil Porter, deputy head teacher of St Peter and Paul's Primary School, whose family have worked closely with the Make-A-Wish charity.

Year 6 Leavers' Mass

Year 6 leavers' Mass.

17 July 2011

Year 6 shared a lovely Mass with the parish, their friends and family.

They lead all parts of the Mass, that ended with a moving rendition of their Leavers' song – An Irish Blessing.

There wasn't a dry eye in the church.

School Bank Staff Acknowledged for Hard Work

Certificate of Achievement from HSBC Bank.

July 2011

Year 6 pupils have been managing and running the Abbey branch of the HSBC bank all year. They have proved themselves to be hardworking, reliable and committed to achieving their best.

The representative from the HSBC bank said our students were exactly the type of young people she would like to employ in a few years time.

Each member of school bank staff will receive a certificate of achievement recognising their hard work.

Pétanque Fun

Playing Pétanque.

15 July 2011

Pupils from KS2 learnt all about this traditional French game of boules, during their French lessons.

They had to stand in a hoop and aim for a target ball (jack) with their hollow metal boules. It was trickier than it looked.

NK Times Tables Photo Shoot

The photo shoot.

15 July 2011

Pupils from our school were looking very smart this morning when a professional photo crew arrived.

Pupils were selected to appear in promotional material for one of our regular visitors to school - Mr NK from Tunes Times Tables.

Mathletics Assembly


15 July 2011

We were introduced to the Mathletics website during assembly. This fabulous resource will be used in school, but can be accessed from anywhere!

Pupils can play maths games against children all over the world.

Summer Dance Festival

Irish dancing.

14 July 2011

Our Irish dancers performed at a Summer Dance Festival organised by Kingsbury School Sports Partnership.

The audience were entertained by performances of Latin, ballroom, street dance, cheer-leading and of course our Irish dancers.

It was wonderful to see so many children share their talent and joy of dance.

Musical Delights

Our guitarists in concert.

7 July 2011

On Thursday 7th July 2011, our Year 4 guitarists showcased their superb musical talents by entertaining families and Key Stage 2 children with a medley of Gospel songs and other well known tunes.

There was 'standing room only' as parents and grandparents gathered to hear how the musicians had progressed. Everyone enjoyed the guitar pieces and the final song ( with actions) got everyone involved.

We are very excited that our current Year 4 guitarists will continue guitar lessons next year.

Celebrating Other Schools' Successes

Getting the 'red carpet treatment' at Christ the King School.

1 July 2011

Our headteacher was honoured to attend Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Kingstanding at their film premiere on Friday 1st July.

Ms Tallon joined other headteachers, VIPs and the Mayor of Birmingham to watch two short films made by Year 5 pupils from Christ the King School.

The Year 5 pupils produced a superb DVD which we are looking forward to sharing with Abbey pupils.

Ned's YoYo Assembly

Ned's YoYo Assembly.

29 June 2011

We were treated to a motivational assembly that taught us that, in order to succeed you must: 'Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.'

We watched enthralled, as amazing yoyo and magic tricks were performed.

Flute Performance

Flute performance.

28 June 2011

Year 4 took part in a performance to pupils and families.

They have been learning the flute for nearly a year now and impressed their audience with the selection of tunes that they played.

They were also joined by two members of Year 5 who have been playing a while longer who demonstrated further skills by playing a range of pop tunes and traditional melodies.

Emmanuel Church Prize Winner

Our lucky winner being presented with her prize.

27 June 2011

On Monday 27th June 2011, our Gospel Choir were very proud to join parishioners from Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green, during our RE week focusing on 'Following in the footsteps of Jesus with our Parish'.

Whilst visiting the Church, our children entered a competition based on one of the Gospel stories. What a lovely surprise when, upon returning from celebrating Mass on the feast day of St Peter and Paul, we found out that one of our pupils had won a gift voucher.

Gospel Choir visits Emmanuel Church

The Gospel Choir perform in Emmanuel Church.

27 June 2011

As part of Parish RE week the Abbey gospel choir performed at a neighbouring parish church (Emmanuel Church) to help them celebrate their annual festival.

They sang beautifully and were an excellent representation of our school.

Wimbledon Fever

Game, set and match Abbey!

27 June 2011

Abbey went tennis mad during Wimbledon season.

On Monday 27th June 2011 we welcomed a professional tennis coach from Sutton Coldfield Tennis Club to work with our Year 6 children.

Our Year 6 athletes thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills.

Pizza Treat for Best Attenders

Enjoying Pizza Party- yum!

24 June 2011

One class were very happy on Friday 24th June 2011 when they finally received their Pizza Party for being the best attending class in Spring Term. They had been so busy that they hadn't had time to celebrate their success.

They are aiming to win the Summer prize too! Only you can stop them. You have to be in, to win!

Reception enjoy trip to Ash End Farm

Reception at Ash End Farm.

24 June 2011

On Friday 24th June 2011 both Reception classes enjoyed a fabulous outing to Ash End Farm.

Everybody wore their wristbands with school details as well as their high visibility vests to keep safe and sound.

The cheeky goat tried to eat one of the high vis vests! Apparently he was just kidding around!

Everyone had a wonderful time and arrived back at school very tired but very happy. Each child brought back an egg from the farm.

Singing Their Timestables

Year 1 modelling timestables skills.

24 June 2011

On Friday 24th June 2011, Year 1 proudly sang and danced their way through their timestables in front of the whole school.

We are very proud of these children who performed confidently in front of 400 children and adults.

Film Club Trip

Film Club at Showcase Cinema.

18 June 2011

On Saturday 18th June 2011 members of Abbey Film Club went to the Showcase Cinema to view Kung Fu Panda 2. Everyone had a wonderful time and all pupils modelled exemplary behaviour.

Film Club started earlier in the year. The first film they watched and reviewed was the original Kung Fu Panda. Reviews are posted onto the national Filmclub website.

Thanks go to Mr McTernan for organising Film Club each week and for arranging this super morning out.

After seeing the film we held a competition for the best review of the movie. Congratulations Jessica here is your winning review:

Po is back! If you thought the first film was good well think again. Po is in another film of action and comedy. This film is brilliant for the whole family but is still good for older kids and adults. Jack Black plays the extremely wonderful Po who stuns everyone with his amazing kung fu skills! The movie starts with an epic fail! The Dragon Warrior and the furious five come to the rescue, as they do they're extraordinary poses; Po is facing the wrong way round! Hysterical! Shen, (the peacock) played by Gary Oldman, is the baddie who tries to kill all the pandas on the earth but soon realises that he forgot one! It was brilliant and it would be amazing in 3-D it's a must-see movie. (You would be mad not to like it!) Once again Brilliant. 5 stars! As said in the first movie, "Skadoosh!"

by Jessica Small, Film Club Critic

Annual Quiz Night

17 June 2011

Quiz Night.

Another fabulous turn out for what has become a twice yearly event. The original Annual Quiz Night was enjoyed so much that demand resulted in quiz nights being held in both the Autumn and Summer terms.

The quiz in June 2011 was so well attended that we had to get extra tables and chairs from the Year 6 classrooms!

Thank you to all staff, families and Parishoners who supported this event. All funds raised go straight back into school. Special thanks go to Mr and Mrs Tierney our wonderful Quiz Masters.

Celebrating Success

Our new 'star pupil' badges.

17 June 2011

Each week children are nominated by staff for a Star Pupil Award. These can be earned as a result of excellent behaviour, attitude to learning or work.

Fabulous Star Pupil Certificates are presented in assembly so everyone can celebrate achievement together. Children awarded as Star Pupils have their names published in our weekly newsletter. Star Pupils will now also wear a Star Pupil badge all week; promoting and sharing their successes.

Will you be next weeks Star Pupil? Remember to return your badge at the end of the week!

Bishop Walsh Activity Day

Sporting activities at Bishop Walsh.

16 June 2011

Year 6 were invited to attend an activity day at Bishop Walsh secondary school where they were able to try out many different sporting activities such as rowing, tennis and ultimate frisbee.

They were joined by other primary schools and had a great time.

Reception Grow a Bean Plant

Look at my bean plant!

16 June 2011

Reception have been looking at the theme of growing and as part of their studies they have been growing a bean plant.

They have learnt all about how plants grow and can name the different parts of a plant.

Look at how much this plant has grown in two weeks.

Rangers Get Planting

The team admire their hard work.

15 June 2011

On Tuesday 15th June 2011 our team of Rangers worked incredibly hard planting some of the plants brought in by children for Green Day.

Our new area beside our hall was only installed on Saturday and already it's looking great.

Our Rangers worked brilliantly as a team and were guided by two super gardeners: Chris and Flawrence, our dinner supervisors who gave up their time to support our children.

We are looking forward to developing this area further. Come and have a look and see how it's going.

Collaborative Working Between Catholic Cluster Schools

Working in partnership to achieve the best for our children.

15 June 2011

On Wednesday 15th June 2011 we were delighted to welcome Numeracy co-ordinators from the Catholic Schools in our cluster group. The co-ordinators enjoyed a tour of our school, chatted to our children and shared ideas about how to improve Numeracy in all schools even further.

All of the co-ordinators found the opportunity to network and share good ideas incredibly useful.

We were honoured to host this event and look forward to visiting other schools.

Gifted and Talented Maths Workshop

Working together at the maths workshop.

13 June 2011

We were delighted to host a gifted and talented workshop for young mathematicians from local schools who got the chance to work together on some very tricky maths problems.

They worked together to investigate palindromic numbers, prime, composite numbers and a demanding 'broken calculator' challenge. The children from years four and five worked enthusiastically and co- operatively.

One of the pupils said that it was "brill! I enjoyed everything!"

Creating Our New Outdoor Area

Some of the helpers give the project a big thumbs up.

11 June 2011

On Saturday 11th June 2011 parents, governors, staff, children, parishioners and local business people gave up their Saturday morning and rolled up their sleeves digging, stomping and sawing to get our new outside area prepared.

We are working towards a lovely outside dining area as well as vegetable patches where we can grow our own food ready for Helen to cook.

Tomlinsons construction took a big lead in the day with many of their employees giving up their time to help us - even making yummy sandwiches and cake.

Lots of helpers came and went throughout the morning and everyone agreed that there was a wonderful 'community spirit'.

School Bankers Promote Saving

Savers with their money banks.

9 June 2011

On Monday 13th June 2011 our school bank, a branch of HSBC, welcomed new savers and rewarded them with a funky globe money bank.

Every child in Key Stage 2 can open a bank account and then make payments each Monday when our school becomes a branch of the HSBC staffed by Year 6 employees.

Have you opened an account yet? It's never too early to start saving.

Another Successful Bags2School Collection

Look how much we've collected!

9 June 2011

A huge well done to all families who had a good clear out over half term and donated unwanted clothes and other items for our Bags2School collection.

We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we find out!

School Council Exchange Visits

School Council exchange visits.

9 June 2011

On Thursday 9th June 2011 some of our school councillors welcomed school councillors from Hollyfield Primary School.

The school councillors spent the morning touring school and enjoying a school assembly. When asked what they thought about our school, they replied: "I liked the displays; shows everyone what the school's done", "I liked all of it." and "I liked the chickens, not many schools have chickens."

Our school councillors are looking forward to visiting Hollyfields School next week.

Welcoming Visitors from the Punjab

Ms Tallon meets staff from Jalandhar.

9 June 2011

We were honoured to welcome the headteacher and teachers from Cambridge International School in Jalandhar who spent the day with us. The teachers are working in partnership with Newman University and described the relationships they witnessed in school as being 'what makes the difference in a school being ordinary or extraordinary'.

We look forward to our children making links with their children via email and webcam.

We are very proud of everyone in school for making our visitors feel so welcome, especially our musician, gospel choir and Irish dancers who performed brilliantly for our visitors.

Sutton Fun Run completed by Abbey Team

The Mayoress meets the Abbey team.

5 June 2011

A team of runners from Abbey including staff, parents, pupils, governors and Barney Dog completed the Great Midlands Fun Run in support of John Taylor Hospice on Sunday 5th June 2011.

Pupils and parents cheered the runners on from the sidelines and everyone had a great day whilst supporting a local charity.

The Lady Mayoress took the time to wish some of our team members well before the race.

Celebrating 100% Attendance for Spring Term 2011

100% attendees for Spring term.

27 May 2011

At a celebration assembly some children were awarded with certificates to recognise their fantastic attendance during the Spring Term.

Those pupils who only missed one session were presented with a silver certificate, next those children that came to school every day of spring term were presented with a gold certificate to represent their 100% achievement.

Let's hope there are as many next term. Well done everyone - keep it up!

Visit to St Brigids Primary

A very special chair in St Brigids Art Room.

26 May 2011

On Thursday 26th May 2011 Ms Tallon visited St Brigids School in Northfield. All of the staff and children made her feel very welcome.

We are looking forward to continuing to build links between our two schools. Already we have booked future exchange visits for pupils and staff into the school diaries.

Fun on the Trim Trail

Break time fun.

26 May 2011

The Trim Trail is still as popular as ever with all pupils as they improve their balance and co-ordination as they traverse the obstacles.

A Visit to Osborne School

Being healthy at Osborne School.

25 May 2011

One of our neighbouring primary schools have been having a 'healthy week'.

A group of our Year 5 pupils were invited to join them for a Zumba session outside their school entrance. A fabulous, fun way to keep fit.

Working in Partnership

Christ the King School.

24 May 2011

Abbey are very proud to be a part of the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership, working alongside other primary schools sharing good practice and ideas.

It was a delight to visit Christ the King school on Friday 24th May 2011.

Sharing Our Faith

Sharing our faith.

24 May 2011

Each morning during May, everyone is invited to pray the Rosary with Mrs Adamo and Miss McTiernan during morning break. Each day you are asked to invite a friend.

On Tuesday 24th May one of our pupils invited visiting Headteacher, Mrs Lewis from Hollyfields School, to pray a decade of the Rosary.

Mrs Lewis thoroughly enjoyed sharing prayers with Abbey children!

Times Tables Assembly

Singing our times tables.

24 May 2011

Mr NK visited and led a rapping times tables assembly along with Year 2.

They were able to sing their times tables expertly. What a great way to learn!

Year 3 Learn Semaphore in ICT

The children spell out A-B-B-E-Y.

24 May 2011

As part of their work on communicating, Year 3 learnt about alternative ways of communicating over distances.

They learnt about smoke signals, drum messages, how to use Morse Code and spelt out words to each other using Semaphore.

This group are spelling out ABBEY.

Bishop Walsh Headteacher Visits Year 6

The Headteacher and staff from Bishop Walsh.

24 May 2011

As part of transition to secondary school we were visited by the Headteacher and two other staff members from Bishop Walsh Secondary School who came to meet their future Year 7 pupils.

Year 6 were able to ask questions and generally become more comfortable with the idea of moving into Key Stage 3.

School Council Interview New Staff

Presenting findings to the Governors.

23 May 2011

On Monday 23rd May 2011 representatives from the School Council interviewed three candidates for the position of Assistant Headteacher at Abbey Catholic Primary School.

School Councillors 'grilled' prospective staff members with a series of probing questions.

After interview the candidates were awarded an overall score and the Councillors' thoughts were shared with the panel of Governors. The School Councillors were very perceptive and fed back to Governors brilliantly.

Year 6 SATs Breakfast

Year 6 enjoy a breakfast.

9 to 12 May 2011

Year 6 enjoyed breakfast club every day of their SATs.

It gave them a chance to relax and focus before they began their tests.

Governor Training

Governors completing a group work task during training.

7 May 2011

On Saturday 7th April 2011 Abbey Catholic Primary School hosted New Governor training for 29 Governors from nine local primary schools.

The training started at 8.30am concluding at 3.30pm; reflecting the commitment and dedication of all involved.

We look forward to further strengthening links with all schools involved in the future.

Year 3 make their First Confessions

The children from Year 3.

28 April 2011

On Thursday 28th April Year 3 children went to Church to make their first confessions in preparation for their upcoming First Holy Communions.

Children were asked to examine their consciences and think about: had they made enough time for God? had they been helpful at home? had they always been a good friend?

Please keep the children of Year 3 in your prayers.

Reception visit the Botanical Gardens

One of our super reports of our day out.

28 April 2011

On Tuesday 28th April both Reception classes enjoyed a day trip to the Botanical Gardens.

All children and helpers had a wonderful time learning about different plants including a coffee and chocolate tree!

Reception saw butterflies and peacocks and had a delicious picnic. They have written super reports about their visit and enjoyed sharing these.

Lenten Charity Work

April 2011

During Lent, the children at the Abbey Catholic Primary School have been thinking about how they can help those who are less fortunate than themselves.

St Chad's Sanctuary is a charity based at St Chad's Cathedral. This charity was set up a year ago to help refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who are destitute. We held a non-uniform day on Friday 8th April 2011 and we asked families to send in food or hygiene items to support this worthy cause. The response was fantastic and St Chad's Sanctuary was very grateful for the generous donations. Many thanks to the families who donated goods for the charity.

Many other fundraising activities took place during Lent in order to raise money for other charities. These included Easter egg raffles, Cake sales, Estimating Eggs and a Bring and Buy Sale.

The New Chicken House Arrives

Much excitement from pupils and staff as the Eglu arrives. What will the chicks make of their new home?

April 2011

The whole school has gone 'chicken mad' as we watch the wonder of new life unfold before us. Our chickens are getting bigger by the day and will soon be ready to move outside.

Thanks to fundraising by our children in the form of so many amazing entries to our 'design a hard boiled egg' competition; we have been able to purchase a lovely new home for our chicks.

For the full story on our chickens visit their dedicated page on this website.

Secondary School Prize Giving Evening

The Platform Party at Bishop Walsh.

7 April 2011

On Thursday 7th April 2011 Ms Tallon and Father Gabby were delighted to accept an invitation to Bishop Walsh Secondary School to celebrate their annual prize giving. It was a wonderful evening celebrating the achievements of present and past pupils.

Visitors were also entertained with wonderful music from the recent production of 'We will rock you.'

All of the students receiving prizes were being recognised for their enormous hard work and effort. It was tremendous to see so many past pupils of the Abbey being honoured. Both Father Gabby and Ms Tallon confessed to clapping extra loudly for ex-Abbey pupils!

April Fool!

April Fools Day.

1 April 2011

At the end of assembly Ms Tallon told the whole school that she had arranged to have a collection for fortunate children. Mr Thornton played along by saying that the truck was on its way.

Ms Tallon went on to explain that it had been arranged with parents that everybody should donate their shoes. Each teacher collected the shoes for their class - and added their own to the collection.

Children stayed barefoot for the first lesson of the day until Ms Tallon visited all classes to reveal her 'April Fool'!

Year 1 visit Osborne Primary School

At Osborne Primary School.

1 April 2011

Year 1 visited Osborne Primary School to watch their Year One Mother's Day assembly.

We were ever so impressed with the confidence of our peers and that they all remembered their parts so well. We all left the assembly with a clear message 'Our Mum's are our Superheros'!

Many thanks to Osborne and all the parents that supported us on our trip.

School Book Fayre

A busy book fayre.

March 2011

Many thanks to parents, children and staff for the wonderful support you gave to our School Book Fayre which was held during Book Week in March.

We raised over just over a £1,000 which meant we can now order just over £700 of free books from Scholastic.

We are going to halve the money between Key Stage 1 and 2. In Key Stage 1 we are ordering information books and Key Stage 2 will be ordering more reading books.

I have already booked another Book Fayre for next year so thanks again for your fantastic support.

by Mrs Woulfe

School Council visit Wylde Green School

Our visit to Wylde Green School.

30 March 2011

A group of School Councillors visited Wylde Green Primary School. Pupils from the school had invited our councillors to watch a 'Talent Show.'

We were treated to some fantastic acts including comedians, singers, dancers and violinists. The children certainly were 'talented!'.

We had a great time, the best act was the street dancing they were cool. We also had a tour around the school. The children were very polite and made us feel very welcome.

by Joe, Year 4

New Interactive Display

Our new interactive display.

30 March 2011

We are really pleased with our new interactive display in our school hall.

Each week there will be a new word and a new number displayed on the board. We invite all children and adults to add their comments, views, thoughts or feelings on these.

Have you added anything this week?

Year 5 Mass of Commitment

Children lead the Parish singing Abba Father.

27 March 2011

Families and staff joined with the Parish to celebrate Year 5's Mass of Commitment as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Children, parents and grandparents prepared readings and hymns as part of the celebration.

Our Confirmandi distributed prayer cards and asked everyone to pray for them. Please keep these children in your prayers:

God Our Father, Pour out your Holy Spirit on the children of our Parish preparing to be confirmed. Help them to support each other with prayer and friendship. Give them wisdom and understanding as they seek to know you better. Calm their fears. Fill their hearts with love. Fill them with your joy. Amen.

Learning about Afro-Caribbean Cultures

African drumming.

22 March 2011

Children from Years 2 to 5 thoroughly enjoyed learning about Afro-Caribbean Cultures in a workshop led by Michael and Spicy Fingers. Children and staff joined in with traditional story telling, singing and drumming.

Spicy Fingers shared his own inspirational story with the children; explaining how at 18 he could not read or write. Spicy is now a published author. Spicy encouraged us all to visualise success in everything we do and reminded us that through hard work anything is possible.

All children enjoyed playing the traditional African drums and were captivated by Spicy's tales of life when he was young.

New and Improved Dinner Team

Our Dinner Team modelling their new uniform.

17 March 2011

On Thursday 17th March, our dinner team were delighted to model their new uniforms.

Each member of staff chose their own colour and we're sure you'll agree they look fabulous.

Supporting Local Charity

Preparing for the Fun Run in June.

March 2011

Staff, parents and pupils from school are looking forward to running the Sutton Fun Run in support of our local hospice; the John Taylor Hospice. We would like as many people as possible to walk or run the event and be part of the Abbey Primary Team.

Even Barney the Dog has signed up for the event in June!

If you can't take part on the day, please sponsor someone who is, every penny makes a difference and helps support. Please come and cheer us on throughout the day.

Application forms are available online, from the John Taylor Hospice or the School Office.

Working with our Cluster Schools to Achieve Success

Brain Challenge.

15 March 2011

On Tuesday 15th March children from Year 5 represented our school working alongside pupils from other schools within our Erdington Cluster. Children exercised their skills of collaboration and team work as they became fully absorbed in the tasks and challenges set.

Abbey pupils enjoyed visiting Yenton Primary School who were hosting the workshop and are very much looking forward to welcoming other schools to the Abbey.

"I learnt you must look and listen carefully. I really enjoyed this morning and I would like to come again." by Shannon, Year 6

"I liked this workshop very much. I hope I can come again. I learnt if you look at a picture look again." by George, Year 5

"I learnt that listening to questions over and over again is really important if you are finding out an answer." by Veronica, Year 5

Mad Science Assembly

Static ball experiment.

11 March 2011

A visiting scientist astounded us all with amazing experiments. We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing sights he had to show us.

The static ball was brilliant!

Visit to Nonsuch School

New friendships.

7 March 2011

In March, our headteacher and two pupils visited Nonsuch Primary School to see all of the wonderful work they were doing and to share fabulous ideas from Abbey Catholic Primary. Headteachers and Pupils from both schools really enjoyed the day and were able to discuss the similarities and differences between the two settings.

As a result of observations made at Nonsuch Primary, our Year 6 pupils are going to trial a Pupil Newsletter, made by our pupils, for our pupils.

We are in the process of assembling the editorial team-watch this space!

A Trip to the Co-op

At the Co-op.

4 March 2011

As part of our 'Maths week' Y1JMcT went to the CO-OP, in groups we then wrote a recount about the trip:

"We all went to the co-op shop to spend £1. First we put on our jackets, they were orange and green. Next we walked with our adults to the shop, on the way we saw the fire station. Then we walked around the shop and decided what to buy. We paid the shopkeeper.

After we had a photo outside the CO-OP shop, Travelling Ted joined in. Finally we walked back to school. We had a fantastic time."

by The Dragons

Job Tasters

Learning about a policeman's job.

18 February 2011

On the 18th of February, Year 6 went on a trip to Sutton Coldfield for some job tasters. It was called job tasters because we learned about the jobs and how you do them.

We were split into four groups between both classes. Our group went to HSBC Bank (we got a goody bag as well!), the police station (sent shivers down our spine). We also tried on the handcuffs. We went to Knight House (we ate on a deserted level) and took part in a 'Trail'.

It was a lot of fun at the tasters and we enjoyed it very much.

by Sophia, Year 6

Mrs Boshell Celebrates a Special Birthday!

Mrs Boshell's special birthday cake.

18 February 2011

Mrs Boshell was delighted when staff threw a surprise party to celebrate her 60th Birthday which takes place during half term.

Year 6 were equally delighted when Mrs Boshell gave each of them a slice of her birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Mrs Boshell!

Y1JMcT Inspire Workshop

Numeracy workshop.

16 February 2011

On Wednesday Morning it was the children's of Y1JMcT turn to invite their parents to a Numeracy workshop.

The children really enjoyed making a caterpillar addition/subtraction game with their grown up. The adults were all pleased to have an insight into how counting and number recognition was taught to the children, so that they could confidently continue this practice at home.

Thank you for your continued support.

Chinese New Year Feast

Enjoying a Chinese banquet.

15 February 2011

Both Reception classes enjoyed a Chinese banquet as they continued to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The children enjoyed getting to grips with chopsticks to eat their noodles and sampled rice cakes and prawn crackers. Everyone enjoyed sampling chilli rice cakes but needed lots of juice afterwards!

The children are studying Chinese culture and have even tried forming Chinese letters.

Film Club Review - Alice in Wonderland

11 February 2011

"OFF WITH YOUR HEAD" from the great voice of Helena Bonham Carter. Alice in Wonderland is a great family comedy with a twist of adventure. Falling down the rabbit hole Alice finds herself in a new and fantastic place. Walt Disney Pitchers have done a great job on remaking the great 1951 family comedy with using great craters such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Ann Hathaway.

Review by Erin, 6EB

Outdoor Classroom and Sensory Garden

School Councillors making their presentation.

11 February 2011

Good news, the Abbey school will be getting an outdoor classroom and a sensory garden. Three school councillors and I presented a presentation to some people from companies. The meeting went really well and a representative for Tomlin's said that he would plan the whole thing for us. And a representative from the council is going to give us £5000 for our project so look out for the outdoor classroom its coming soon.

by Ellisha, Year 6

RE Week Draws to a Close

'We Are Family'.

11 February 2011

RE week 'Following in the footsteps of Jesus with our Family' draws to a close.

After a very successful RE week with our families, Year 1 invited their parents in to class at the end of the day to pray and celebrate the gift of out families together.

In the picture, children perform their own dance routines to 'We are Family' in front of parents and friends. The prayer focus acted as reminder that Jesus is a part of all of our families.

Y1MMcT Numeracy Inspire Workshop

Numeracy Inspire Workshop.

9 February 2011

On Wednesday 9th February 2011 we took part in a Numeracy Inspire Workshop. A great time was had by all and lots of learning took place in a fun environment!

"On Wednesday 9th February my class took part in a Numeracy Workshop. I was a little bit nervous and excited because my mom and nan were coming. We did some learning on the mat first. The best bit was making a caterpillar counting game. I liked making a face for my caterpillar! My nanny put googly eyes on her fingers. She made me laugh!"

by Kiera, 1MMcT

We Will Rock You

9 February 2011

I went to Bishop Walsh School on the 9th of February 2011 to see the "We Will Rock You" show. It was great I really enjoyed it, all the dancing and singing was fab, the solo performances were brilliant. It was an absolutely tremendous day out and I'd really like to go again and maybe even perform in a show at Bishop Walsh show when I'm older.

by Maria, Y4H

Stay and Pray

Parents and children from Reception enjoying 'Stay and Pray'.

8 February 2011

As part of our RE week - 'Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our family' - Reception classes welcomed parents and grandparents to 'stay and pray' with their children.

Everyone had a lovely morning and it was very evident that Christ is in the centre of our school community.

Lower Key Stage 2 Disco

Years 3 and 4 at the disco.

4 February 2011

Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed dancing and playing at the disco last week.

Everybody seemed to have a fabulous time!

KS1 and Foundation Stage Disco

Enjoying the music at the disco.

4 February 2011

Everyone had a great time at the disco on Friday 4th February.

The children danced to all their favourite tunes, and all went home with a temporary 'tattoo' of their choice.

Reception Classes Enjoy Working and Playing Together

Playing together in the new area.

February 2011

Both Reception classes are really enjoying the new central free choice area.

Children from both classes can work together using construction equipment, accessing the central role play area and developing their social skills.

We look forward to the new easels which Mr Thornton is building and installing during half term.

Year 2D Numeracy Inspire Workshop

2D Inspire Workshop.

3 February 2011

On Wednesday it was Y2Ds Inspire workshop.

First of all we did a warm-up where we played a game of bingo and some other games. We enjoyed playing bingo. Then we made a clown face to help us with our additions, subtractions, multiplying and dividing.

I worked with my dad. I enjoyed it a lot.

by Saniera, Y2D

Bikeability Training

Bikeability training.

1 to 4 February 2011

Children from Key Stage 2 have been learning all about how to ride a bicycle safely, from our visiting experts - the Bikeability Team.

Year 2H Inspire Workshop

Working with our family was fab!

26 January 2011

It was our Inspire workshop. We went into the hall and sat on mats. We played some games like stand up if and bingo, it was good fun. After that we went to sit with our adult helper to make a clown. The noses could change so that we could add, take away, divide or multiply.

The best bits were working with my family, cutting out and decorating. It was lots of fun and we had a biscuit too.

by Hannah and Aimee, Y2H

Year 3 Children and Families Inspired by Numeracy

Parents and pupils working together.

19 January 2011

On Wednesday 19th January 2011 pupils from Mrs Pawley's and Mrs Bhogal's class were joined by family members ready to work together to develop their Numeracy skills. Everyone had a great morning exercising their brains with brilliant results.

Thank you to all adults who attended; by working together we are ensuring the best possible opportunities for your children.

Pantomime Visit was a Great Success - "Oh yes it was!"

Children from KS2 attending the pantomime.

14 January 2011

On Friday 14th January 2011, 29 children from Key Stage 2 attended the Dick Whittington Pantomime at Birmingham Hippodrome.

School was lucky enough to be given the complimentary tickets by HSBC bank.

All KS2 100% Attenders from Autumn Term 2010 were entered into a draw for the tickets. The lucky winners had a really enjoyable day out.

Our thanks go to HSBC bank for our tickets and delicious selection box treats. All those attending got an extra treat as they were able to see the four pupils from KS2 who are part of the professional cast - they did a brilliant job and we are very proud of them.

New Beginnings Assembly

Y6S assembly.

14 January 2011

Y6S put on a fantastic performance for the school, their families and a local primary school all about New Beginnings and Resolutions.

It included a dramatised bible story; some beautiful singing; a display of talents and some cheerleaders!

Starting the Day with Yoga

Pupils enjoying yoga lessons.

14 January 2011

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 are starting the day early as they embark on a ten week yoga course.

The yoga lessons are on Friday mornings and start at 8am, lasting for 45 minutes. A professional yoga teacher leads the sessions supported by Miss Williams.

School is happy to be working in partnership with our Extended Schools Cluster (Schools and Families in Erdington) who have provided the funding for this project.

100% Attendance Pizza Party

Mrs Ruffinato's class enjoy their Pizza Party.

January 2011

Congratulations to Mrs Ruffinato and her Year 5 class who had the highest attendance in Autumn Term (2).

They were really pleased to hear they had won and thoroughly enjoyed their Pizza Party. A tasty treat, rewarding excellent effort!

Will it be your class next time?

Parents Writing Workshops

Reception children and parents.

10 January 2011

Parents from both Reception classes joined their children for the first of a series of writing workshops helping parents to support their child's learning at home.

Everyone had a wonderful morning celebrating our young authors.

Proud to Follow Jesus

Images of Jesus - our new sign.

January 2011

Have you seen our new sign outside school

The sign shows images of Jesus drawn by our children. We are very proud of our children and the lovely work they produce. This is just one way we can share it with Parishioners and our wider community.

Jesus and the Gospel Values lie at the centre of everything we do at the Abbey Catholic Primary School; we are proud to advertise this to everyone.

Celebrating 100% Attendance for Autumn Term 2010

100% attendees for Autumn term.

December 2010

The whole school joined together to celebrate the achievement of children across the whole school who had attended school every single day during the Autumn Term 2010.

These children were each presented with a special gold certificate in recognition of their achievement. We are all very proud of them. They are working towards getting 100% attendance certificates for the whole year!

If you did not get a certificate, remember, they will be awarded again after Spring term. You've got to be in to win!

New Excellent Attendance Certificates Introduced

Excellent Attendance Award winners.

December 2010

Last year, pupils suggested that peers who had only missed one registration session should be rewarded for their attendance. The pupils presented their case to Ms Tallon, headteacher. They explained that whilst they understood that these children could not be awarded the Gold 100% Attendance certificate, it would be nice if they could be awarded a silver certificate called 'Excellent Attendance'.

Ms Tallon thought that this was a fabulous idea. These certificates have been awarded for the first time to children who missed only one registration session during Autumn Term 2010!

Year 6 Entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs at work.

16 December 2010

Year 6 students designed and made a variety of Christmas decorations ready to sell to parents. Students took it in turns to act as sales people on their 'stall'.

Parents were impressed with both the standard of craftsmanship available for purchase and the manners displayed by our students.

Well done Year 6!

Guitar Assembly

Guitarists entertain at assembly.

16 December 2010

Pupils from Year 5 and Class 4MOS entertained Key Stage 2, as well as parents, with their musical talents.

The assembly was a great opportunity to showcase pupils musical talents. The guitarists amazed everyone with their progress after only a term playing.

Everyone enjoyed the show and even parents stood up and joined in with 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer', with actions!

Abbey Pupils support Parish Christmas Fayre

Cakes and biscuits being loaded into the car, ready for the Parish Fayre.

10 December 2010

On Friday 10th December 2010, all Abbey pupils and staff came to school wearing their own clothes.

In exchange for wearing their own clothes, pupils brought cakes and biscuits that could be sold at the Parish Fayre.

Father Gabby really appreciated the support of our families. Just one of the many ways school and Parish work together in partnership.

School Supports John Taylor Hospice

10 December 2010

As a school we are very proud to support local charities. We are absolutely delighted to have raised £554 for our local John Taylor Hospice. Please see Press Release sent out by John Taylor Hospice:

Pupils and staff of the Abbey Catholic Primary Roman Catholic School in Erdington have raised over £500 for a local charity. They raised £554 for the nearby John Taylor Hospice in Erdington as part of the Hospice's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Head Teacher Julie-Anne Tallon and Sports Co-ordinator Laurie-Anne Kennedy took part in the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon and were sponsored by staff and parents. Additional funds were raised by dress down days held at the School on Sutton New Road, Erdington.

Ms Tallon said, "The John Taylor Hospice is very near to the School and well known to parents, staff and some of the children. As a school we pride ourselves on close links with the local community and helping the Hospice was one way of doing just that.

Next year, we are hoping to raise a team of staff, parents and children to take part in the Great Midlands Fun Run in June to raise even more money for the Hospice and also for the School Funds."

Ray Woods, Marketing and Fundraising Officer for the League of Friends of the Hospice attended the School for a special assembly and said, "It is great when schools like the Abbey Primary help the Hospice, as some of the money raised by the Charity goes to help children and their parents cope with the loss of one of the parents. As a small charity, we can react quickly to the needs of patients and their families and the money raised by the School will be well used."

To contact the Hospice, call 0121 465 2000 or to help with fundraising call freephone: 0800 781 1898 or go to

Carol Service in Abbey Church

Carols by candlelight.

9 December 2010

On Thursday 9th December, families joined together in the Abbey Church to enjoy an evening of festive songs celebrating the birth of Jesus.

The children were led in their beautiful singing and readings by Mrs Ruffinato and Miss McTiernan. Children from all year bands (including past pupils) presented their Christmas Gifts on the Altar throughout the service. All gifts were collected by the NSPCC who distribute them to families in need.

Everyone felt inspired and uplifted leaving the Church. Father Dickinson sent everyone on their way with a beautiful blessing.

6SC Inspire Workshop

6SC Inspire Workshop.

8 December 2010

Year 6SC Inspire began with 'must-should-could' starters. More numbers tried to avoid a Simon Cowell rant as they showed the factors they possessed and this was followed by the making of two dice using the nets provided.

At this point the focus shifted to the properties of 3D shape and the relationship between the numbers of faces, edges and vertices were explored.

To conclude, Testbase questions were shown to all in order to apply their understanding - again with successful outcomes!

Grandparents and Parishioners visit School

Parishioners and Grandparents.

7 December 2010

On Tuesday 7th December 2010 we welcomed Parishioners and Grandparents to share our wonderful Nativity.

After the performance Year 6 students chatted to our visitors as they enjoyed a warm drink and a mince pie.

Everyone had a splendid afternoon!

Osborne Nursery Children enjoyed our Nativity

Thank You card from Osborne Nursery.

December 2010

Each year we invite children from our local nurseries to watch our Nativity play performed by our Key Stage 1 and Reception children.

Everyone had a really super time.

We were delighted to receive a beautiful Thank You card from our young friends at Osborne Nursery.

St Edmund Campion Celebration Mass

Sharing mass at St Edmund Campion.

3 December 2010

Members of staff from Abbey Catholic Primary School were honoured to share the feast day Mass of our local feeder Secondary School - St Edmund Campion.

Past pupils from The Abbey read during the Mass and were part of the orchestra. Pupils from St Edmund Campion celebrated the Mass reverently and were a credit to their school and families.

Please take time to share this prayer together as a family.

St Edmund Campion's Prayer

Wherever I may travel,
May I always profess my faith in You, God,
To whom I owe all my obedience.
Grant that I may always have the courage:
To preach the Gospel,
To speak out against injustice.
And to face all challenges without fear.

For by your will, I will go where I am sent
To carry any cross you lay upon me
And never to despair.

For the price is paid and the work is begun:
It is of God; It cannot be overcome.
So our faith is planted:
So will our faith be maintained.

St Edmund Campion
Pray for us.

Enjoying the beautiful Winter Weather

It's a winter wonderland at the Abbey.

2 December 2010

Children and parents of the Abbey Catholic Primary School are really enjoying the fresh winter mornings and how beautiful the school and churchyard look covered in fresh sprinklings of snow.

It is a delight to see all of our children from Reception to Year 6 arriving at school perfectly dressed for the Winter weather in warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves.

Appropriate footwear including bright wellington boots are being worn by children walking to school and then changed to sensible school shoes upon arrival. We all agree that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!

In the very unlikely event of school closure, remember, you will be sent a text message and an announcement of the closure will be posted on the home page.

6EB Inspire Workshop

6EB Inspire Workshop.

1 December 2010

Year 6EB Inspire began with three 'must-should-could' starters. The parents and children were then invited to be judges on 'X Factors'. Would the number on the whiteboard show all its factors and avoid an infamous Simon Cowell response?

After making their own dice, children and parents used them to find factors of larger numbers, model the grid method of multiplication and the chunking method of division.

An enjoyable morning was wrapped up by children and parents attempting to apply their learning via worded questions - which they succeeded in admirably

Celebrating Success Together

One of our Prayer Foci with Star Pupil Certificates ready to be presented.

26 November 2010

Each week in school we celebrate children's success and achievement in a variety of ways.

We share Key Stage Assemblies and whole school assemblies; during these celebrations we pray together and promote and share our children's talents.

Sacramental Preparation Sessions

Preparing for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

25 November 2010

On the evening of Thursday 25th November 2010 the Abbey school was buzzing with activity as families from Year 3 and Year 5 came together to prepare for the upcoming Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Parents worked with Father Gabby, Miss McTiernan and Ms Tallon while children worked with Mrs Perks, Mrs Bhogal and Mr Kirke.

Please keep the children and families of Year 3 and 5 in your prayers as they prepare for these special celebrations.

Year 5PF are Inspired by Numeracy

Inspire Workshop.

24 November 2010

On Wednesday 24th November 2010 parents and children from Class 5PF joined together in the school hall to enjoy an Inspire workshop.

Everybody had a great morning and had fun whilst learning.

Dinner Supervisors Have Fun Learning

Fun training for the dinner supervisors.

22 November 2010

On Monday 22nd November 2010 the dinner supervisor team had great fun as they joined in with training to support play during lunchtimes.

They are really looking forward to applying their new skills - watch out children - they won't let you win without a challenge!

5MR Inspire Workshop

Inspire Workshop.

Year 2 visit Pizza Express

Year 2 at Pizza Express.

November 2010

As part of our food topic, Year 2 children went on a special trip to Pizza Express in Sutton Coldfield. We were really excited as we travelled by bus.

When we got there we did some food tasting. Julie then showed us how to make our own pizza, it was great fun! Our pizzas were cooked for us and then we could take them home.

The trip was fabulous!

17 November 2010

Children and parents from Mrs Ruffinato's Year 5 class had a great morning learning together during their Inspire workshop.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Diwali Celebrations

Making Divas.

November 2010

Year 3 DP/JB prepared to celebrate Diwali and lead a whole school assembly by making Divas.

A lot of concentration went into moulding the clay and waiting until the next day when the Divas were ready to decorate.

Year 3's assembly was so good that they performed it again to the Year 3 from neighbouring Osborne School. It was lovely making new friends in the local community and we look forward to going to visit them in their school soon!

Year 4 Inspire Workshop

Inspire Workshop.

4 November 2010

On Thursday 4th November 2010 Class 4MOS were joined by family members to learn together in an exciting Inspire workshop.

Parents and grandparents enjoyed a warm drink and a biscuit in the school hall before the children joined them.

The children showed off their excellent mental maths talents and then spent a super morning working with an adult!

Guided Reading Goes From Strength to Strength

Searching the Internet, making notes and writing reports.

October 2010

Guided Reading is really enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.

It's a time when children can work with their peers to discuss various texts and really embed skills of collaboration, perseverance and communication.

During guided reading sessions children enjoy a variety of texts including short stories, plays, novels, non-fiction texts, newspapers and internet articles!

Timestable Fun

Year 4 wow the whole school with their funky timestables skills.

October 2010

Timestables are not always the easiest things to learn but are essential for success in Numeracy. Throughout 2010 and 2011 each class in school will be working with Mr NK learning, singing and performing a variety of songs and raps that support learning timestables.

Everyone that has taken part so far has really enjoyed themselves and testing of timestable knowledge before and after working with 'Tunes Timestables' shows great improvement.

Year 4 had great fun sharing their timestable expertise with the whole school!

Year 2 from Osborne School Visit Us

Our new friends really enjoyed our Tyre Park.

October 2010

We were very pleased to welcome the Year 2 class from Osborne School. They have been studying 'Pirates' and wanted to visit our fantastic Pirate Ship.

We insisted that they stay and explore our fabulous trim trail and tyre park.

All junior pirates and pupils and a smashing time, we look forward to welcoming them again in the future!

Getting Crafty at Lunchtime

Getting busy at lunchtime arts and crafts.

October 2010

Our superb team of lunchtime staff spoke to our children about what they would like to make lunchtimes even better.

As a result of this, a fabulous arts and crafts club has been introduced three times a week. This, alongside our many sporting activities helps makes lunchtime a super time of the day!

Celebrating Success

Cheers to hard work and success!

October 2010

It is often reported in the news that boys performance does not match girls performance. We are pleased to share this picture of a very hard working group of boys whose hard work and success has been recognised with a reward of juice and toast.

All of the boys have been working very hard and were either selected by their peers or nominated by their teacher for this tasty treat.

We all thank Mrs Johnson for her support and encouragement - this is a treat definitely worth working hard for!

Year 1 enjoy a French Day

Mrs Pocrnic and the Year 1 children.

8 October 2010

On Friday 8th October, Year 1 were visited by Mrs Pocrnic. She taught us some French.

We tried eating some French foods. They were delicious. Then we had a go at ordering ice creams in French... "Une glace s'il vous plait".

We had great fun learning about a different country.

Free Rucksacks for British Heart Foundation Top Fundraisers

Children display their free rucksacks.

October 2010

At the end of last academic school year, the whole school took part in a sponsored skipping event, to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.  The school raised over £1200 for the charity. 

The children that raised over £50 received a free rucksack from the British Heart Foundation, as a thank you for their efforts.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the event.

Osbourne Primary visit our school

Osbourne Primary watch Y5MR's Assembly.

1 October 2010

Osbourne Primary work closely with the Abbey Primary in sports clubs, competitions and now performances.

Children from Y5, Osbourne Primary, were invited to come and watch Y5MR's assembly.

The children really enjoyed themselves and also were given a tour of our school after the performance.

Y5MR Class Assembly

Y5MR Class Assembly.

1 October 2010

Every year, each class leads an assembly. They are really entertaining and help us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Last week Y5MR's assembly was very entertaining. They sang songs, danced and acted in front of the whole school.

Thank you for a lovely assembly Y5MR.

Reception Intake 2010

2010's Reception Intake.

18 September 2010

The 2010 intake of Reception children have settled in to school life and routines beautifully. Our Reception intake consists of 60 children, all of which are Baptised Catholic children.

Together with our new Reception families we have already enjoyed a Family Welcome Disco and a lovely Welcome Mass, where our new intake were welcomed to the Parish and each child received a gift of a set of Rosary beads. Father Dickinson blessed our new Reception children and placed them under the care of Our Lady.

Sky Ride

Two Abbey pupils after completing the Sky Ride.

10 September 2010

My family and I took part in the Sky Ride bike ride in Birmingham. It was really fun. We were able to ride on the roads, where the cars normally are.

I think over 1000 people took part. There was people watching and cheering. At the end, near Cannon Hill Park, there was a band performing on a big stage.

After cycling around a track 5 times you got a free bottle (see photo). Look out for the Sky Ride coming back to Birmingham. It's a great way to stay fit and ride as a family.