Snippets of News - 2011/12

Goodbye and Good Luck to Mrs Duquette

Mrs D receives hand crafted cards and good luck messages.

20 July 2012

On Friday 20th July we bid goodbye and good luck to Mrs Duquette, who joined the Abbey six years ago as an NQT called Miss Street.

She has worked in Key Stage 1 and 2 and will be missed by pupils and colleagues alike.

Mrs Duquette has left the Abbey to join a school much closer to where she lives. Whilst we know Mrs Duquette will miss all of the children and staff at the Abbey, we're sure she won't miss the hour's journey each way.

Please keep Mrs Duquette in your prayers.

Good Luck, Mrs Evans

Mrs E admires one of the many beautiful good luck cards presented on her last day.

20 July 2012

Mrs Evans left us on Friday 20th July 2012 to start her maternity leave.

When we return to school in September, after the Summer holiday, we look forward to sharing the exciting news of her new arrival.

Mrs Evans says she can't imagine not coming to the Abbey every day, although we're sure she'll have plenty to keep her busy!

Wedding Bells Are In the Air

Children present Good Luck cards to Miss McT and Mr McT.

20 July 2012

On Friday 20th July 2012 we had a special assembly for two staff members who are getting married in the Summer holidays (not to each other!).

Each class presented beautifully crafted cards with personal messages to Mr McTernan and Miss McTiernan. Both members of staff were touched by the time and effort that had clearly gone into the preparation of the cards and by the inventive and original designs.

We say 'goodbye' to Miss McTiernan who, when she returns to school in September, will be called Mrs Morgan. We wish both teachers every happiness for both their wedding days and married life.

Key Stage 2 Children Play Petanque

Playing a game of Petanque.

20 July 2012

As part of the cultural opportunities offered to pupils, many Key Stage 2 pupils got the chance to experience the popular french game of Petanque.

They discovered that it takes skill, precision and accuracy. Great fun was had by all!

Eve's Winning 'Spider-Man' Movie Review

In the foyer of the cinema.

20 July 2012

Congratulations to Eve from Year 5 who won the competition for the best 'Amazing Spider-Man' review following our Cinema trip last week:

"This film was amazing! It was action packed, gripping and really cool! I thought that it was very realistic compared to the first Spider-man. It was a little bit scary, but not that scary really.

I thought actors like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone played their characters really well.

In the film there was a huge giant lizard running around the city of New York (who was actually a scientist who got changed by accident into a giant lizard) but Spider-man was trying to stop him from his horrid plan: turning everyone into lizards without weaknesses. Fortunately, Spider-man was there to save the day.

I would highly recommend this film to anyone. It's full of twists, turns and its just an awwesome film. It's a must see!"

Enjoy the Cinema vouchers Eve!

Summer 2 Attendance Winners

Really enjoying yummy pizza.

19 July 2012

Congratulations to class 4EH who were the best attending class in Summer 2 2012.

They really enjoyed their pizza party and celebrating their well earned success.

Will your class win the pizza party for Autumn 1 2012? All you have to do is be in school every day!

Whole School Photo

Our new school photo.

17 July 2012

We are absolutely delighted with our new whole school photograph that arrived today.

Come and see it on display in our 'top corridor'.

If you're very observant you will see that Travelling Ted managed to get himself into several group shots!

The Olympic Torch

Holding the Olympic Torch.

1 July 2012

The Olympic torch has 8000 holes in it to represent all of the torch bearers. There is only one flame that is lit from the start of the relay it then gets passed on until it arrives at the city where the games will be held.

One of our pupils was lucky enough to get the opportunity to hold one of the torches. Here she is with Joe Salmon the proud torch bearer.

Gospel Choir End of Year Concert

The choir's concert.

29 June 2012

The Abbey Gospel Choir performed songs of faith and inspirational pop songs to parents and parishioners for their end of year concert.

The children opened the concert by showing the skills necessary for singing in a choir. Such skills involve holding a harmony, delivering correct pitch and dynamics to a song and were all well received by the audience.

All choir members are responsible for playing their part and in doing so with enthusiasm the many talents of all the children were evident. Many soloists had the opportunity to sing songs of their choice.

Well done children!

Year 4 Prayer Service

The prayer service.

29 June 2012

We prepared our own Year group prayer service to celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul.

We invited our family members and parishoners as part of RE Week, which had a Parish focus.

We throughly enjoyed the challenge of writing prayers, recording readings, planning a format, etc, and the presentation and found, thorough our evaluation, that next time we would need to use the microphones!

Reception WF Class Assembly

Reception assembly.

29 June 2012

Reception WF acted out the Rainbow Fish story at their class assembly to remind us of the importance of sharing with our friends.

They have enjoyed sharing their first year at the Abbey School with their friends and Year 5 buddies!

Year 3's Lego Olympic Village

Year 3's finished village.

28 June 2012

On the 28th June Year 3 had a fantastic opportunity to design and build their own Olympic village... completely out of Lego!

They thought really carefully about what would need to be included. There were so many great ideas!

After just one hour they had built the Olympic village for all the athletes and their families. The lucky athletes had lots to chose from - mansions with swimming pools or bungalows with beautiful gardens. Then they began to build all the sports facilities. There were rivers for canoeing, cycle tracks, football stadiums and even doughnut shops for all those hungry spectators!

The children worked really well together creating a truly amazing build that we are sure the real athletes of Team GB would have been honoured to see. Well done Year 3!

Local Olympic Torch Relay

Children welcoming our Olympic torch.

26/27 June 2012

The Kingsbury partnership held an Olympic Torch competition for all the local schools.

The winning torch took part in its very own 'Torch Relay'. Children were selected by their classes to hold the torch.

Osborne brought the torch to us on Tuesday 26th June, and we passed it on to St Edmund Campion Secondary school the following day.

We were very proud to be a part of something closely linked to the Olympics. We look forward to supporting the Great British Olympic Team.

The picture show children from St Edmund Campion welcoming the torch. Each school is to pass on a torch to the next school for display. Our winner was Eve whose Olympic torch is now on display at St Edmund campion School.

Choir Performance at the Flower Festival

The choir perform at the Flower Festival.

22 June 2012

On the 22nd of June the Abbey Gospel Choir performed at the annual Flower Festival held at Emmanuel Church in Wylde Green.

They were fantastic!

Year 6 v Staff Football Match

The victorious staff team.

15 June 2012

A fabulous, hard fought football match took place at lunchtime on Friday 15th June.

Both teams took to the pitch and worked hard! Only a single goal was scored - fortunately for the staff team it was scored by them!

We are sure that Year 6 will be ready for a rematch very soon.

Year 6 Class Assembly

Year 6 assembly.

1 June 2012

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, Y6B performed a fabulous class assembly that was declared open by 'Queen Elizabeth III'.

A very informative assembly, that recognised that 'real friends are like diamonds - rare and precious'.

Well done to all involved.

Ms Tallon visits Osborne Nursery School

Staff from Osborne Nursery school with their special time capsule.

1 June 2012

We were delighted to receive an invitation to attend Osborne Nursery School's Jubilee Party.

Our Headteacher was honoured to be part of the celebrations where Nursery children buried a time capsule for future generations.

It was particularly lovely to meet some of the children who will be joining us in Reception in September.

Suspense Writing Workshop

Suspense writing workshops

31 May 2012

On Thursday 31st May, children from local schools met for a workshop on suspense writing.

The tension was tangible; the children sat on the edge of their chairs, gripped!

Skyping Hollyfield Primary

Some of our Confirmandi Skype another school.

30 May 2012

On Wednesday 30th May 2012 Year 5 children skyped Year 6 children from Hollyfield primary school.

They shared the Good News as they told the children all about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and what it meant to them.

Year 5 are using modern technology to help bear witness to Jesus Christ.

Abbey Eggs Make Cakes for Jubilee Celebrations

Baking cakes for the Jubilee.

30 May 2012

Year 2 have been busy baking cakes for their Jubilee Party - using eggs from our very own chickens.

Helen the cook allowed the pupils the use of her massive industrial cookers. Delicious!

Reception Shared Lunch

Children and parents together.

22 May 2012

On Friday 22nd May, Reception parents from the Red and Green group were invited in to share lunch with their children.

The parents got to sit with the children and then go out to play afterwards. The children were very proud to be sat with their parents.

A parent said "This is a wonderful idea, I hope we get to do it again".

Year 1DP Shared Lunch

Some parents enjoying the trim trail.

18 May 2012

On Friday 18th May 2012, parents and grandparents joined 1DP for a shared lunch. Amongst our busy dining hall, our visitors enjoyed the cheeky Friday treat of pizza, chips and beans followed by chocolate cornflake cake. (Although some were very good and chose the fruit salad option!)

Afterwards our visitors joined their children on the playground and had great fun joining in the many activities. One mommy had a super time feeding the chickens!

School Rangers

Look at all the resources purchased!

18 May 2012

A Year 6 representative for our school rangers had a meeting with our Headteacher and school Business Manager to negotiate a budget to purchase resources.

After a well prepared argument was presented, the rangers were awarded a £100 budget. Strong negotiation ensured that a separate budget was allocated for hot chocolate!

The rangers were accompanied by Chris, our wonderful senior dinner supervisor and Mr Kirke as they visited a garden centre for supplies; they even negotiated a 20% discount!

We are very proud of our young entrepreneurs. Planting will start next week and we look forward to some tasty treats.

Year 4/5 Football Tournament Finalists

The triumphant finalists.

9 May 2012

The boys football team gave a great display of skill at the Y4/5 football tournament, at Benson School, Lozells, as they progressed through to the finals undefeated.

They won two matches and drew one.

Their attitude to the games was fantastic too, they persevered and triumphed.

Well done boys! Good luck in the final.

Year 1 JMcT Parents Sharing Lunch

Families and children together.

4 May 2012

It was lovely to see the children enjoying lunch with some of their families on Friday. We are not sure who was more excited - the children or parents!

It was a lovely opportunity and the Year 1 team would like to thank all that came and made it such a wonderful time.

Lenten Fundraising Donations

'Thank you' certificate.

1 May 2012

We raised over £1000 during our Lenten Fundraising.

We presented £500 to the St. Vincent de Paul charity and £500 to The Daughters of the Holy Spirit. Both charities were delighted and sent us messages of thanks.

Year 3 in Church

Year 3 in Church.

29 April 2012

Year 3 are currently very busy preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

This week we all did our First Confession, in Church.

Y1McT Class Assembly on St George

Y1McT's Assembly.

27 April 2012

On Friday 27th April Y1McT showcased their class assembly.

The assembly was based on the story of St. George. We re-enacted the the legend of St. George and the Dragon through song and then our talented actors shared the true story of St. George.

"Very enjoyable. It was very informative to learn the story of St. George. Lovely costumes, reading and acting also very funny at times." - Year 1 parent.

We then explored how St. George is the patron Saint of England and all of the things that made England famous, such as football, strawberries and cream and Maypole dancing. To finish our Assembly we sang a song that celebrated the multicultural side of England today: Aloha, Dzien dobry and Konnichiwa!

"What a multi-lingual class!" - Year 1 parent.

Year 3 at Alton Castle

Year 3 working together at Alton Castle.

25 April 2012

Year 3 had a super time at Alton Castle in preparation for their Holy Communion.

Here you can see the children are working together as one body to achieve their goal.

Celebrating Spring Term 100% Attendees

100% Attendees for Spring Term.

23 April 2012

We were delighted to award 100% attendance certificates to those children who were in school every day of Spring term 2012.

Several of the children presented with certificates also received certificates for Autumn term; they are well on the way to 100% attendance for the whole year.

Remember: you have to be IN to WIN!

Altar Servers During Easter Week

Altar Servers.

1 to 8 April 2012

Well done and thank you to all of those pupils who helped celebrate Easter with the Parish by Altar Serving during the Holy Week Masses.

It was particularly good to see so many past and present pupils having such an active role in the Maunday Thursday Mass.

Parish Mass Readings During Easter Week

Pupils who read at Mass during Easter Week.

1 to 8 April 2012

Thank you and well done to the pupils who gave up their time over the Easter holidays to read at some of the Parish Masses during Holy Week.

Spring Fund Raising

Our 'thank you' message.

April 2012

Well done to everyone involved in raising a fabulous amount of money during Lent for two worthy causes that have connections within the Parish.

We received thanks from the local Chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society and from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit to support their work in Nigeria.

Presenting a Cheque to St Edmund Campion School

Presenting our fundraising cheque.

30 March 2012

The Abbey were proud to present a cheque to St Edmund Campion School that has been raised to help support the Sixth Form trip to Lourdes.

Our 'Green Day' on March 16th raised £290.

Well done everyone for participating.

Delivering Easter Cards

Year 1 delivering their Easter cards.

29 March 2012

Children from Year 1 delivered Easter cards to the Year 1 Governor, Mr Bragington.

We walked to Mr Bragington's house but he was not in so we left our cards neatly on the porch.

Sharing the Good News of the Gospels

Hollyfield children arrived nice and early to secure super seats.

29 March 2012

On Thursday 29th March we invited pupils and staff from Osborne Primary School, St Barnabas Church of England Primary School and Hollyfield Primary School to see Year 4's interpretation of the events of Holy Week.

We understand that as a Catholic School we have a responsibility to share the Good News of the Gospels.

A Reward for Reading

Our Year 6 readers.

28 March 2012

On Wednesday 28th March, six pupils from Year 6 were rewarded with a special breakfast treat off site as an acknowledgment for their ongoing commitment to reading.

11-a-side Football Success

Our 11-a-side football team.

26 March 2012

Year 6 successfully took part in the quarter finals of the Birmingham Catholic sports competition at St Bernadettes winning 5-0.

Congratulations to all those who took part.

New School Hall Display

Our new school hall display.

26 March 2012

We are really pleased with our new display in our school hall. The beautiful image of Jesus Christ is made up of small images of every child in school.

This is another reminder that 'we are all made in the image and likeness of Christ'.

Our New Welcome Sign

Our welcome sign and prayer.

23 March 2012

We pride ourselves on the warm welcome offered to all visitors.

We are delighted that visitors to school now get a chance to share the 'Walk with me' prayer as soon as they enter our porch as a result of our new sign.

Each week staff meet for professional development sessions. Each meeting starts with the 'Walk with me' prayer.

Year 5 Guitar Performance

Year 5 guitarists.

22 March 2012

Year 5 have been working very hard to prepare for their termly guitar performance.

The progression was obvious as they treated their friends and families to renditions of Billie Jean, Titanic and Ode to Joy. The concert ended with an energetic version of We Will Rock You.

Thank you to Mr Jennings and Mr Noble for preparing the group for this event.

Mother's Day Mass

Mother's Day Mass in church.

18 March 2012

Both Year 1 classes led the 9.15am family mass for Mother's Day. They took the lead in the readings of the day, the offertory, prayers of intercession and a lovely communion reflection.

The recessional song was a special one dedicated to all the mums in church, sung by Year 1 on the Altar steps. It was finished off in the traditional way - each child receiving a bunch of daffodils provided by the school's PTA to present to their mother.

Well done Year 1 - a great way to celebrate all the wonderful things our mums do for us!

Tag Rugby Competition

The Y5/6 Tag Rugby team.

17 March 2012

Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 children that were narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of the Birmingham Catholic School's Tag Rugby Tournament competition yesterday afternoon.

All represented the school with competitiveness and sportsmanship throughout the day.

A special thank you to Mrs Kennedy, Mr O'Connor and Mr McTernan who supported the event.

PTA Quiz Night

Another successful quiz evening.

16 March 2012

On Friday 16th March 2012 we hosted one of our very popular quiz nights.

Mr Tierney, previous Headteacher of the Abbey for 27 years, was our quizmaster, accompanied by Mrs Tierney.

As usual there was a super 'turn out' with much banter and friendly rivalry between the teams. Many thanks to all who supported the quiz and helped to organise and clear up.

The profits from the evening are being used to purchase brightly coloured signs for inside and outside school supporting numeracy and behaviour.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Quiz in the Autumn term 2012.

Our Irish Dancers

Our Irish dancers at the Elwood Centre.

16 March 2012

Our Irish dancers went out into the community to entertain service users at the Elwood Centre, in Erdington, as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

The audience were delighted to watch the dancers in their array of colour and then to have a little chat.

It was a wonderful experience, enjoyed by all.

Y5OC Class Assembly

Y5OC's assembly on Influential People.

16 March 2012

Year 5 put together a fantastic assembly celebrating the lives of several influential leaders.

From a drama about Mother Teresa; a section from Martin Luther King's iconic speech 'I have a Dream'; some songs about the miracles of Jesus to a poem dedicated to Mothers everywhere. It culminated in a fabulous rendition of Miracle Man.

Our friends from Year 5 at Osborne School were able to come and watch the assembly, too.

Abbey Goes Green

Let's wear something green!

16 March 2012

On Friday 16th March 2012 all children and staff wore something green and contributed £1 to support St Edmund Campion sixth formers fundraising for their pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Following a presentation from St Edmund Campion sixth formers, children unanimously voted to hold a fundraising non-uniform day.

Year 4 Guitar Performance

Guitarists from Year 4.

15 March 2012

Year 4 gave a brilliant guitar performance to their families, who were delighted to see how much they have learned so far this year.

The audience were treated to fabulous renditions which they have entitled 'Jazzy Trousers' and 'Spanish Trousers' along with an excellent rhythm routine.

Reception's Literacy Workshop

Children and parents together.

15 March 2012

Reception parents enjoyed writing with their children at a recent Literacy workshop.

It gave parents practical tips to how they can support their child's emergent writing.

Parents were delighted with the progress their children have made in their writing.

Reception's Daffodils Bloom

Reception's daffodils are starting to open.

12 March 2012

Reception planted their daffodil bulbs back in the Autumn term and now they are starting to open up.

We have been watching them grow for a while now, but it's nice to see their hard work flourish.

Staff Collaboration Supporting RE

Staff working together.

7 March 2012

Abbey staff worked collaboratively sharing RE work from children across the school.

Staff used guidance from the diocese to moderate judgements made on understanding of themes across the RE curriculum.

It was an absolute delight to share children's RE work from Reception to Year 6.

New Times Table Signs Installed

Our new Times Table signs.

5 March 2012

Thank you very much to our PTA for purchasing our beautiful times table signs which have been installed around the playground.

These signs are both educational and decorative.

Why not test yourself and a friend?

Annual Book Fair

The winners of the poster competition.

2 March 2012

Mrs Woulfe would like to thank you for the wonderful support given to the annual Book Fair. We made just over £1,000 and received just over £600 in free books.

Well done to the children who won the Poster competition.

Happy reading everyone!

Reception's 100th Day

Busy children in Reception.

2 March 2012

On Friday 2nd March, the children in Reception celebrated their 100th day at school with a fun packed day that consisted of a number of different activities!

FilmClub Review of the Week

FilmClub logo

27 February 2012

Congratulations to our first FilmClub review of the week winner - Eve.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

"I really enjoyed watching this film, the story line was interesting and easy to understand too. Although there was a bit of blood and gore, there wasn't too much of it so it was tolerable. I really liked though the way that the film seemed to always have have a problem that Indiana had to solve. Although at times that became to adventurous and I became a little confused. Overall though, this film was interesting, gripping and all round a good movie."

Year 5 trip to St Chad's Cathedral

Year 5 at St Chad's.

23 February 2012

As part of their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, Year 5 went to visit St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham City centre.

There they learnt some of the history of the fabulous gothic building that has links with the Abbey Church; the architects of both buildings were related. They also learnt about the lives of a variety of saints, which will help them on their journey towards their Confirmations in May.

The visit concluded by sharing Mass with the parishioners of the Cathedral.

Bags2School Collection

Busy sorting our bags.

23 February 2012

Thank you to all families who supported our PTA 'bags to school' collection.

Once again families have been very generous in having a 'clear out' and donating unwanted goods. This is an easy way to boost school funds.

Check newsletters and text updates for details of our next collection.

World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day participants.

22 February 2012

Earlier in the year a group of Brownies approached Ms Tallon to ask if they could wear their Brownie uniforms to school on Wednesday 22nd February to celebrate World Thinking Day, the day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world will give thanks for the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement and dedicate their thoughts to the environment.

This date, February 22nd, also marks the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the Scout Movement. Coincidentally, B-P (born in 1857) and his wife Olave Baden-Powell the founder of the Guiding movement(born in 1889), shared the same birthday.

All Rainbows, Beavers, Cubs, Brownies, Guides and Scouts were invited to celebrate their involvement in the Worldwide Scouting and Guiding movement by wearing their uniforms.

We are very proud of all of them.

Key Stage 1 Disco

Ted and the girls enjoying the music.

10 February 2012

What a fun way to start the half term break! Key Stage 1 and Year 3 had a great time at their disco.

Everyone had fun dancing to some great tunes.

Thanks to all of our staff and parents who came along to support the evening. Even Travelling Ted dressed up for the occasion.

Year 3 Stay and Pray

Families and children together.

10 February 2012

Year 3 invited their family members to take part in a 'Stay and Pray' session to mark the end of RE Week.

The session was well attended and the children led the service, reading a variety of prayers. There was also an opportunity for open prayer.

This was a great end to the week where children had carried out a variety of activities based around learning more about Jesus' family and their own families.

Year 4 Visit to Hollyfield School

Showing our African masks to the children.

8 February 2012

Reception class at Hollyfield School invited three of our Year 4 pupils to share the wonderful African masks they made during International Week.

The children at Hollyfield School have also been learning about Africa and showed us their masks and sang us two African songs, accompanied by fantastic shakers that they had made themselves. We then had a full guided tour of the school and met lots of the staff and pupils.

We had a great morning and really enjoyed meeting everybody at Hollyfield School.

Reception's Stay and Pray Sessions

Reception children and family members together.

7 and 9 February 2012

Reception followed in the footsteps of Jesus with their families in recent Stay and Pray sessions on Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th of February.

E-Safety Day

Parents attending the e-safety session.

7 February 2012

As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our pupils safe, we held a sign-posting session for parents. Concerned parents were able to discuss issues around e-safety, their discussions will enable us to support families more closely.

We are aiming to hold more sessions in the future around specific issues such as: parental controls, mobile phone safety and other areas of concern.

Learning about the Olympics and Paralympics

Taking part in olympic competitions.

3 February 2012

Children at the Abbey school have been learning about the Olympics and Paralympics.

We are taking part in competitions throughout the year. Each time we take part we gain points for our school, which is representing Holland. Also, depending on where our school finishes in the competitions, gains us points too.

The children were asked to research the Olympic and Paralympics mascots. What are their names and why are they given these names?

Spelling Bee Competitors

Year 5 Spelling Bee Competitors.

3 February 2012

On Friday 3rd February six children from Year 5 visited Kingsbury School to participate in the first annual Spelling Bee.

We were in teams of four and there were two rounds. Round 1 was a knockout round where we had to answer random spellings that were thrown at us - we came 3rd in this round. The last one standing was the winner.

The next round was the quick fire round. In this round, each team took it in turns to answer as many spelling questions as they could in the time of two minutes. We came third out of seven different teams.

Overall it was a very fun day and we all enjoyed taking part.

Sharing Lunch

Year 3 families sharing lunch.

3 February 2012

It was lovely to see the children enjoying lunch with some of their families on Friday. We are not sure who was more excited - the children or parents!

It was a lovely opportunity and the Year 3 team would like to thank all that came and made it such a wonderful time.

Maths 'Whodunnit' Morning

Year 4 investigators.

2 February 2012

Year 4 children from local primary schools gathered at school for a Maths Investigation. The morning was entitled 'Whodunnit? Investigating a 'murder' in an office'.

Much learning and fun was had by all as children recalled the objects in the murder scene and other great activities testing their powers of observation, learning together and of course, mathematics.

Year 3 visit Singers Hill Synagogue

Year 3 at the Synagogue.

1 February 2012

On Wednesday 1st February 2012, Year 3 went to Singers Hill Synagogue to learn about Judaism.

The children travelled to the synagogue by train. On arrival the children had a guided tour of the Synagogue.

They were fascinated to learn that the men and women sit on separate sides of the synagogue. The children enjoyed wearing kippahs, a brimless skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men.

It was a very informative visit and a great time was had by all.

Collaborative Learning

Staff from other schools working together.

30 January 2012

On Monday 30th January 2012 we were proud to host a training day focusing on creativity in problem solving in Numeracy.

Our provider was Anthony Reddy who helped us learn whilst having great fun.

We were honoured to welcome staff from twelve other primary schools to learn together.

We thank our visitors for the lovely comments about our school and look forward to welcoming them again in the future.

Football Team Success

The team.

28 January 2012

The Abbey football team took part in a competition on Saturday 28th January.

They played exceptionally well and made if through to the semi-finals!

Year 2 Heroes Assembly

Heroes Assembly.

27 January 2012

Who is your hero? Year 2 attempted to decide who the best hero would be to help them with a homework problem.

After visits from the Ghostbusters, Spiderman and Superman they decided that they could help each other and become heroes themselves.

It was a inspiration to us all. Well done Year 2!

The Circus Comes to School

Circus skills training.

26 January 2012

The Circus has came to the Abbey!

Today Year 1 learnt what it takes to be a circus performer. We balanced feathers, rode monkey bikes, juggled scarves and a whole host of other activities.

Everyone had a super day, and we were very impressed with Year 1's perseverance when learning tricky skills!

E-Safety Awareness for Parents

E-Safety sessions for parents.

13 and 27 January 2012

As part of our ongoing e-safety programme at school we held two parent awareness sessions in January. These were very useful for those attending and are the start of an ongoing e-safety campaign.

The topics discussed in this session were:

  • The possible risks posed to children in the online world.
  • The types of technologies they are using.
  • The ways you can protect them in these online spaces.
  • Where you can go for more help and advice.

Recommended website for more information:

Year 3 – Best Attendance Class for Autumn Term

Enjoying our pizzas.

13 January 2012

Y3McT celebrated being the best attending class for Autumn Term by having a Pizza Party!

The children all had a slice of Pizza and listened to their favourite music as a treat.

The children were delighted with their reward.

Year 4's African Masks

Winning African masks.

7 January 2012

Look at these fabulous African masks created by Year 4 during International Week.

Here are the winners proudly showing their creations.

Year 5 Make Jamaican Smoothies

Year 5 make smoothies.

6 January 2012

As part of International Week - Year 5 decided to make some smoothies with a selection of fruits from the Caribbean.

We carefully prepared the fruit and blended a selection together with natural yoghurt and honey - they were delicious!

Year 6 Enjoy a 'Taste of India'

Year 6's Bangri routines.

5 January 2012

As part of International Week Year 6 children created and performed their amazing 'Bangri' dance routines, following first class tuition from Raj (Year 5) and Mrs Bhoghal.

Pupils had the opportunity to see and model an Indian wedding dress, embroidered with real gold thread which was truly a wonderful example of their traditions and craftsmanship.

A selection of Indian food was sampled including, Barfi - a sweet made from milk and sugar, Sev - a savoury made from blown rice and Chervra - another savoury which is made from gram flour with peanuts and lentils.

Year 3 Taste Food from Israel

Trying hummus and pita bread.

5 January 2012

For International Week children in Year 3 tasted a variety of food from Israel.

They tasted Hummus, Pita bread (the national bread of Israel), Blintzes (a thin, flat pancake rolled around a filling) and Krembo (a chocolate coated marshmallow treat).

There were lots of messy faces!

First Aid Training for Dinner Supervisors

Role playing emergency situations.

5 January 2012

On Thursday 5th January all of our lunchtime team completed their First Aid Training.

Everyone enjoyed learning the basics of first aid and had great fun learning together. Hopefully this is knowledge that will never have to be used.

We are very proud of our team for being such excellent students.

Looking After Our Chickens

Chicken monitors discussing possible solutions.

5 January 2012

Looking after our resident chickens is a demanding job, but our team of Year 6 chicken monitors do an outstanding job.

Our chickens love their eglu and area to scratch about but the viewing area has become quite muddy. Our chicken monitors met with a local landscape gardener and builder to discuss the problem and come up with possible solutions.

Keep watching to see what they came up with.

Goodbye 2011

Carols from the school choir.

16 December 2011

Staff and children joined together in the school hall on Friday 16th December for the last time in 2011.

Prayers and carols were led by the school choir. Staff joined together to sing for the children, resulting in rapturous applause and great cheering.

Year 5 Enterprise

Year 5 sell their Christmas decorations.

13/14 December 2011

Year 5 have been busy researching and designing Christmas decorations to support their IPC topic - They See the World Like This.

The designs were transformed into beautiful wooden decorations that would look fabulous on any tree.

The children proudly sold the extra ornaments that were made to parents and friends of the school.

Years 2/3 Theatre Trip

At the Old Rep Theatre.

13 December 2011

On Tuesday 13th December all children from Years 2 and 3 got on the green bus to travel into Birmingham to visit The Old Rep Theatre.

We watched The Jungle Book. It was really good. The props and costumes were amazing and the singing and acting was great - especially Mowgli. We had sweets and a drink during the interval.

Alex from Year 2 won the drawing competition - well done Alex!

Reception's Nativity Mass

Reception children at the Nativity Mass.

11 December 2011

Reception children took great pride in showing off their fabulous acting and singing talents whilst sharing the wonderful celebration of the Nativity Mass with the parish, family and friends on Sunday 11th December.

Year 5 Guitar Performance

Parents enjoy the performance.

8 December 2011

Year 5 have been practising hard all term to produce an excellent performance for their parents.

They played several songs, including Jazzy Promenade, Jingle Bells and Ferucca. Parents and staff got to join in with their final festive song - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

E-Safety Sessions

Pupils enjoying e-safety sessions.

5 December 2011

As part of our commitment to safeguarding the pupils in our care, we are carrying out sessions to ensure that all pupils are aware of how to have fun, stay in control and report any problems or concerns that they have when using the internet either at school or home.

We have been very impressed with the knowledge of pupils so far!

A Visit from Deacon Andrew

Deacon Andrew and Abbey pupils.

4 December 2011

To support their RE topic about finding out more about the sacrament of Holy Orders, Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from Deacon Andrew.

They had the opportunity to interview him about his role as a deacon at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, Perry Common. The information that he gave them allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of this important role in the Catholic Church.

Supporting Abbey Parish Christmas Fayre

Mrs Johnson's car full of donated goodies.

2 December 2011

We were overwhelmed with the generous donations of cakes, sweets and biscuits from families in support of the Parish Fayre.

In exchange for a non-uniform day children donated confectionary to be used at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December.

Year 4's Guitar Recital

Year 4 guitars playing.

1 December 2011

The Year 4 classes had a guitar recital on Thursday 1st December.

They have been attending guitar lessons once per week since September and have these have become a popular lesson during that time!

Families of the pupils were invited to attend the recital to see and listen to their progress.

School Grown Produce Used in Kitchen

Handing over our home grown tomatoes.

1 December 2011

After hours of loving care from our school rangers and weeks of ripening on a sunny window sill our own grown tomatoes are ready!

Our rangers handed them over to our school cook, Helen, who will slice them ready for use in today's salad cart.


Multi-Skills Competitors

The Multi-Skills team.

29 November 2011

Ten children from Year 2 competed brilliantly to claim second place in the finals of the Year 2 multi-skills competition.

After a brilliant 2nd place in the cluster competition last week our young athletes claimed second spot this evening in the finals.

Well done to all teams involved.

Star Performers

Modelling their show t-shirts.

27 November 2011

We are very proud of achievements both in and out of school.

We are delighted to celebrate our performers who work with the Birmingham Stage School. Recently they were chosen to perform in Birmingham Town Hall.

Watch out for some of them in this years pantomime at Birmingham Hippodrome. Well done girls!

The Holiday Show

Setting up their display stand.

25 November 2011

The 'Travel Agents Fair' came to Year 6 as part of their IPC topic.

Pupils displays were set up, Powerpoints shown and refreshments were provided, as agents aimed to attract and entice customers (Year 6 pupils and staff) to their holiday stand - Mr Kirke showed a keen interest in holiday destinations where refreshments were available!

It was a good opportunity to develop pupils marketing and persuasive language skills.

A fabulous afternoon enjoyed by all.

Year 5 Trip to the German Market

The Nativity Scene.

25 November 2011

To support their IPC topic - They see the world like this - Year 5 visited the German Market to experience the sights and sounds of this annual event.

They tasted some German sausage and a very generous stall owner gave the whole group a doughnut each.

We visited the nativity scene and had a ride on the carousel.

Year 5 Parent's Confirmation Meeting

Parents Confirmation meeting.

24 November 2011

Parents and pupils were invited to school for an evening of Confirmation Preparation. Parents met with Ms Tallon and Mrs Pawley and were given the information required in order to support their children during their preparation for this Sacrament that is to take place in May.

Meanwhile, the pupils gathered together with their teachers and created some prayers that then shared with their parents at the end of the evening.

Year 3 Prepare for First Holy Communions

Parents discussing their memories of First Confession and First Holy Communion.

24 November 2011

On the evening of Thursday 24th November 2011 parents and pupils from Year 3 returned to school at 6.00pm as part of their preparation for First Holy Communion.

Parents joined Father Gabby and school staff to learn about the importance of Reconciliation while pupils worked together sharing prayers and parables. Both groups joined together to share prayers and song at 7pm.

We are very grateful to Father Gabby and all the school staff who are supporting our Year 3 children during their preparation towards First Holy Communion and First Confession.

Father Gabby Visits Year 6

Fr Gabby with Year 6.

23 November 2011

It was lovely to have Father Gabby visit Year 6, to explain why and how the priests administer the Sacrament of the Sick.

How Small is a Nanometre?

Demonstrating how small a nanometre is.

21 November 2011

Year 6 children explored the size of micro-organisms and the rate of which bacteria grow.

To try and visualise just how small micro-organisms actually are, children were involved in a task demonstrating, in distance, that a nanometre is equal to one thousand-millionth of a metre.

Just how small is that!

Quiz Night

18 November 2011

A packed hall for Quiz Night.

On the evening of Friday 18th November 2011 the Abbey school hall was packed with 15 teams made up of parents and parishioners ready to compete in the twice yearly PTA quiz.

A wonderful evening was had by all. We were delighted to welcome back, ex Headteacher, Mr Tierney as quiz master.

Thank you to everyone who supported the evening. We look forward to seeing you all at the next quiz in Spring 2012.

Y5OC Family Lunch

Families on the trim trail.

18 November 2011

Parents/grandparents were invited to join pupils in Year 5 over lunch time. We were overwhelmed with the fantastic response as nearly all of the pupils had someone from their family came to share their lunchtime.

After eating together in the school hall, they burnt some calories by playing on the trim trail.

It was a lovely occasion and many people gave really positive feedback and requested that it be repeated in the future.

Fisher Family Trust Training

Training session in progress.

17 November 2011

Staff from local primary schools attended training at Abbey Catholic Primary School to be trained by the local authority Assessment Consultant on using the Fisher Family Trust assessment website.

Heads and Deputy Headteachers and Assessment Coordinators met for the morning in the ICT suite for training with Paul Archer from Birmingham's Assessment Unit to train in using the data from the Fisher Family Trust to track children's progress and to use as a further source of information for setting ambitious targets for school.

Ms Tallon Visits St Paul's Secondary School

Ms Tallon and some ex-pupils of the Abbey.

11 November 2011

Our Headteacher visited St Paul's Secondary School to see how our ex Year 6 pupils are settling in.

All of the girls have enjoyed a smooth transition to secondary school; have made lots of new friends and are enjoying a greater level of independence.

Please continue to keep these ex-pupils in your prayers.

Year 5 Literacy Inspire Workshop

Using robots to complete instructions.

10 November 2011

Parents were invited to spend the morning in school working with their child on a variety of Literacy tasks.

A showcase of technology was utilised, from an alphabet brain break on the iPad, a reading challenge using robots, and a speaking and listening game using Lego. There was even a chance to have a go at re-writing a traditional tale as a modern day version.

Headteacher Collaboration

Children shared their work.

9 November 2011

As part of the extended working partnerships between Abbey, St Barnabas and Osborne Primary, the Headteachers completed a learning walk around school.

Children shared their work with the visiting heads and identified work they were proud of and how they could improve next time.

We look forward to continuing these very useful school links.

Celebrating Reception Starting School

Reception children featured in the Birmingham Mail.

8 November 2011

On November 8th 2011 the Birmingham Evening Mail published a twelve page picture pull-out celebrating children in the city starting primary school.

Imagine our delight when we discovered that not only were we featured in the pull-out but we are on the front cover!

Congratulations to all Reception children for a super start to school.

Year 1 Children visit Parkfield School

Abbey and Parkfield children together.

3 November 2011

As part of our 'Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our Friends' week, Year 1 spent time writing letters to some new friends.

On Thursday morning eight Year 1 children visited Parkfield Community School to deliver our letters. The children met their new friends and took part in a circle time with them, then they shared a playtime with all of the KS1 children.

The teachers at Parkfield were really impressed at how confident the children were as speakers and we look forward to receiving their replies.

Year 4's Inspire Workshop

Year 4 children with family members.

3 November 2011

Year 4 children were joined by family members for a Literary Inspire Workshop.

The session was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, family members and staff. It included many different Literacy activities including writing tasks and word games. All tasks were based around the theme 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' which the children had recently been covering in Literacy.

Literacy Workshop at Yenton School

Gifted and Talented Workshop participants.

3 November 2011

On Thursday 3rd November a group of children in Year 5 participated in a Gifted and Talented workshop at the Yenton Primary School, it involved code breaking.

We had lots of fun learning about lots of different codes including the Enigma, Pig Pen, Morse code and Braille.

We also learned about how the Germans communicated in the Second World War, they used the enigma.

By Georgia, Shona, Raj, Beth, Grace, Olivia, Joe, Eve.

Jamaican Teachers Visit School

Even Travelling Ted got to meet our international visitors.

2 November 2011

On Wednesday 2nd November we were proud to welcome teachers visiting the UK from Jamaica.

We are working in partnership with other local Erdington schools to establish links between our schools and schools in Jamaica.

Our visitors really enjoyed visiting our school and left with lots of ideas to think about using in their own schools in Jamaica.

Father Gabby Visits Year 2

Father Gabby with Year 2.

2 November 2011

On Wednesday 2nd November 2011 Father Gabby spent the afternoon with all of the Year 2 children.

Father Gabby taught the children about the Sacrament of the sick and answered lots of questions.

Everyone had a lovely afternoon.

Halloween Cooks

Our 'witch' cooks.

31 October 2011

At the Abbey we are really lucky to have such a super set of lunchtime staff - whenever they can they always go the 'extra mile' to make lunch time special.

Take a look at the kitchen staff's Halloween costumes and decorations!

Halloween Home Grown Delights

Our home-grown pumpkin.

31 October 2011

Our rangers have been working really hard on nurturing seeds into healthy plants. We were delighted with our pumpkin and worked really hard to ensure it lasted until Halloween.

Helen, our cook, carved our own grown pumpkin into a spooky face for Halloween.

Thanks go to Chris, our dinner supervisor for supporting and guiding our rangers each day.

Wear It Pink Day

All dressed in pink!

21 October 2011

As part of our fund raising efforts, everyone was invited to wear something pink in return for a donation to a Breast Cancer charity.

From the photo you can see that our assembly hall was transformed into a sea of pink, and a grand total of £400 was raised and will be sent to this worthwhile charity.

Well done everyone and thank you for your generosity.

Sensory Garden is Officially Opened

The official opening of our Sensory Garden.

21 October 2011

Our local councillors officially cut the ribbon to announce our garden open for business.

They were instrumental, last year, in helping the school council to get the project under way by starting their fund after a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation.

We have already had many goods from our super garden, when we came back after the summer break we were greeted by beautiful tall sunflowers and more recently have been treated to fresh tomatoes and marrows.

Super Science Assembly

Reception children measuring and planting.

21 October 2011

We were treated to a super science assembly from Future 4 Science.

Our pupils were shown how powerful air can be, and some were challenged to keep a ball up using their breath and a straw.

The assembly culminated in a football being kept aloft by the power of a leaf blower - great fun!

Reception Measuring Skills

Reception children measuring and planting.

21 October 2011

Reception are busy reading instructions and using a ruler to measure how far apart to plant their daffodil bulbs.

We look forward to seeing the results of their hard work in the Spring.

Our Reception children thought their daffodil bulbs were onions at first - they do look very similar!

Harvest Donation from Marmadukes Playgroup

Ms Tallon and two children from Marmadukes.

20 October 2011

We were delighted to receive a donation of goods for our Harvest Festival, from the playgroup that is held at Marmadukes.

They will be forwarded to the Fireside centre and help them to continue to assist those in need in our community!

Christmas Wrapping Evening

The hard working wrappers.

20 October 2011

On a chilly October evening a group of parents and staff gathered together in the school hall to answer Santa's plea for help.

Everyone was busy wrapping presents for Santa and making reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends. Christmas tunes played merrily, festive jumpers were worn proudly and a few glasses of wine were shared (just to be polite).

Santa is now ready to visit Reception and Key Stage 1 in December.

Hollyfield Primary Visitors

School Councillors from Hollyfield show Harvest offerings.

20 October 2011

School Councillors from Hollyfield Primary School joined their Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher at our school to celebrate our Harvest Mass.

They brought bread baked by a parent and produce, grown in their well established school garden, to be offered as gifts during Mass. Some of the children took part in the Offertory Procession.

We look forward to joining them in December for their Christingle service.

Osborne School join our Harvest Mass

Osborne children in the Abbey Church.

20 October 2011

Some of our friends from Osborne School, along with their Headteacher, joined us to celebrate Mass.

The children really enjoyed visiting the Abbey Church and celebrating a Catholic Mass for the first time.

Each visitor from Osborne Primary School received a special blessing from Father Gabby.

Harvest Celebrations

Loading the donated goods ready to go to the Fireside Centre.

20 October 2011

We are often too busy to stop and think about how lucky we are. As part of our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass we offered donations of food and toiletries, sent in by families, to be given to the Fireside Homeless Shelter in Birmingham City Centre.

The whole school, led by Father Gabby, shared Mass in Church. Children sat with a buddy from another year group and Reception children joined the whole school for the first time.

We shared the Good News by inviting friends from both Hollyfield and Osborne Primary School.

Thank you to all families for their generosity.

Year 6 Literary Inspire Workshop

Year 6 Inspire Workshop.

20 October 2011

Year 6 children were joined by family members for a Literary Inspire Workshop.

The session included drama which develops children's speaking and listening, word games that help to extend their vocabulary and writing tasks around the theme 'The Prince Charming's Ball.'

A fantastic event for all involved with gallant performances and presentations by children and parents.

Year 6 Shared Lunch

Family and children sharing lunch.

14 October 2011

On Friday 14th October family members joined children in Y6R for a shared lunchtime meal.

Afterwards, they viewed the garden with school rangers, observed activities around the chicken run and one dad even brushed-up on his goalkeeping skills.

A wonderful time enjoyed by all.

Staff First Aid Training

The staff receiving their first aid training.

10 October 2011

As part of our commitment to our pupils' safety and well-being, all staff attended a full day's first aid training.

So if the need should arise there will always be a trained first aider available to deal with pupils' ailments.

The day involved lots of hands-on activities, and many life saving skills were shared.

New Doors in Year 1

Children try out the new 'doors'.

7 October 2011

On Friday 7th October both Year 1 classes received freezer style doors to enable free flow access to our outdoor area.

"They're just like a water fall" noted one of our children.

Bring on the cold weather!

Y6B Shared Lunchtime

Children and family members together.

30 September 2011

On the last day of September, family members joined pupils from class Y6B for lunch.

After lunch, they enjoyed time with the children in the playground, under glorious sunshine. There was even time for a cuddle in the outside classroom.

A special time enjoyed by all.

A Fiddle Player Visits Reception

Reception meet the visiting musician.

29 September 2011

Charlotte Beresford, a professional violinist, enjoyed playing her violin to reception at the end of September.

The 'fiddle' from ' Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle' was brought to life as we clapped to Scottish and Irish jigs, held our breath when listening to a haunting 'ghost' tune and enjoyed some of Charlotte's favourite composers.

Charlotte was impressed with Reception. She thought they were a brilliant audience who asked her super questions and knew more than she expected about the violin. Well done Reception.


Ready for the road.

September 2011

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 brought their bicycles and helmets into school for a four day road safety training scheme.

They had some sessions in the playground before being assessed as safe to go out on the road.

They then travelled safely on their bikes around the local neighbourhood following the road safety guidelines that they had learnt.

Y3McT Assembly

Class Y3McT's Assembly.

23 September 2011

Year 3 led a fabulous assembly called 'New Beginnings' in which they acted out the bible story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and Jesus.

Their assembly also included a poem about school rules, photos from Pirate Day and some super songs.

Reception Parents Reading Workshop

Our reading workshop was very well attended.

22 September 2011

On Thursday 22nd September our Foundation Stage team led an evening workshop for reception parents focused on how to support your child with reading at home.

Parents were toured through a sample phonics lesson and picked up handy tips to use at home including "my turn, your turn". Parents were introduced to 'blending' real and nonsense words. Fred the frog was introduced to parents and were introduced to 'Fred talk' and 'Fred Fingers' as a tool to support children with their spellings.

Parents may wish to access for further guidance on phonics and reading.

Numeracy Governor visits School

Governor and Co-ordinator tour school.

22 September 2011

On Thursday 22nd September our Numeracy Governor toured school with our Numeracy Co-ordinator.

During the morning our Numeracy Governor had the opportunity to visit numeracy lessons across all key stages, examine children's work and talk to children about their learning.

The morning was very successful and our Governor felt very informed about numeracy learning across the whole school.

Our First Tomatoes are Harvested

Proudly showing off our first home-grown tomato.

19 September 2011

Thanks to our dedicated dinner supervisors and team of gardeners, our new garden area is going from strength to strength.

September saw the arrival of our first ever tomatoes! Delicious!

Y6R Assembly

Y6R Assembly.

16 September 2011

Y6R led an assembly incorporating song, dance and sumo wrestling around the theme of 'Happiness.' Their performance asked us all to consider 'What makes us happy? Money, fashion, our physique?'.

A reflection on the teaching from John's Gospel explained that the greatest happiness can be achieved in our relationships with other people.

"My commandment is this: love one another just as I love you."

Charity Cheque Donation

Children hand over our giant cheque.

12 September 2011

In June 2011, the Abbey held a non-uniform day to celebrate the anniversary of the kidney transplant of one of our pupils. Children who wore non-uniform were asked to make a donation and in total £361.60 was raised.

The cheque was presented today to the family who are sending it to the Birmingham Children's Hospital where the operation took place.

Reception Welcome Mass

Mass at the Abbey Church.

11 September 2011

To welcome our new intake of Reception children we invited them all to attend our regular family Mass at our parish church, the Abbey.

The readings and offertory were lead by older pupils. At the end of Mass each Reception child was presented with a set of rosary beads to start them off on their faith journey with the Abbey School.

We look forward to seeing them every week with their families.

School Councillors' Survey

The council work on their survey.

5 September 2011

The School Council devised a survey to be carried out amongst their peers to find out their views on many topics from whether they feel safe in school to whether they like their environment and lessons.

The survey took place in the ICT suite and used the activote system to get quick and anonymous opinions.

Staff Training Day

Ted with Alan.

1 September 2011

Abbey staff joined two other primary schools - Whitehouse Common and Hollyfields - attending Literacy training delivered by Alan Peat.

It was a lovely way to start our new academic year and have come away with lots of ideas that will be put into practice in the coming weeks.

Even Travelling Ted came along!