Snippets of News - 2012/13

Breakfast Club Reward Trip

Breakfast Club reward winners.

22 July 2013

For the children who attended Breakfast Club and improved their punctuality they were rewarded with a breakfast treat trip to McDonalds at the end of the Summer Term.

Ice Cream Treats

Enjoying a yummy treat - delicious!

22 July 2013

On the last day of Summer term the whole school celebrated the arrival of Summer with a fabulous picnic.

To thank pupils and staff for their hard work all year, an ice cream van arrived with yummy treats.

Thank you to the PTFA for funding this delicious reward.

Staff v Year 6 Football Final

The winning team.

19 July 2013

The time had finally come. The pressure was on. After several Year 6 v staff football matches throughout the year - this was the last chance to settle it once and for all!

Tension mounted as the Year 6 and staff teams approached the pitch. The scorching sun only added to the already tense final - who would win the coveted title of overall champions?

After a 5-all draw, penalties resulted in a victory for the staff team. Well done all players and huge thanks to Iwana for organising the matches all year.

New Reception Intake Shared Lunches

Sharing lunch together.

15 to 18 July 2013

This week we have greeted our new Reception groups in school. The children along with their parents, both familiar to the community and new, were into ted to share a lunch in the school hall in preparation for joining us in September.

Parents and Staff were very proud at how well these young pupils settled into a new surrounding.

Choir Performance

The choir perform to family and friends.

15 July 2013

On Monday the 15th July 2013 the Abbey School Choir performed all of the songs we have learned this year to our Moms and Dads.

I think that every single song brought a tear drop to each adult's eyes.

Mrs Adamo has worked so hard for the choir just for this moment, so for that we thank her very much. I'm sure we made all that hard work worthwhile.

All our practise has paid off and we put on a great show!

by Daisy, Year 6

Secondary School Head Visits Us

Mrs Steele and student leaders talk to our new Year 6.

15 July 2013

On Monday 15th July 2013, the Headteacher of our neighbouring secondary school, Mrs Steele, came to visit.

Mrs Steele was accompanied by three student leaders who explained all of the wonderful opportunities available to students who attend St Edmund Campion Catholic Secondary School.

Mrs Steele and the students are particularly proud of the floodlights and astro turf being installed over the summer holiday. One of our students immediately asked Ms Tallon "Can we have one too?"

We look forward to continuing our strong links with St Edmund Campion in 2013/14.

Church Parish Fete

Some of our pupils after face painting.

13 July 2013

On Saturday 13th July 2013, the Abbey Church hosted a Parish Summer Fete.

School was very pleased to support and our wonderful PTFA ran a stall selling temporary tattoos and Abbey School Tote bags.

The weather was glorious and everyone had a fabulous time with activities such as: hoopla, inflatable castle, face painting, splat the rat and many more. The BBQ was delicious and the cream teas simply devine.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a wonderful day.

Celebration of Culture

Our Irish Dancers.

9 July 2013

Our Irish dancers showed-off their talents at Highclare School's, Celebration of Culture, garden party.

It was wonderful to share in the celebration with our neighbours!

Sport Festival's Special Visitor

Clare Cashmore, Paralympic medalist.

4 July 2013

Pupils from Key Stage 2 taking part in the Kingsbury School Sports Partnership, sports festival, had a wonderful surprise when London 2012 paralympic, silver medalist swimmer, Clare Cashmore popped in to give her support to this community event (she even managed some words of encourgement for Travelling Ted.)

Our children, with their faces painted and flags flying to support the American Independence Day theme, tried their hands at wheelchair basket ball, baseball, judo, blind football, cricket and even cheerleading!

Lunchtime Supervisor Training

Training session.

1 July 2013

On Monday 1st July it was back to school for the lunchtime supervisors as they enjoyed a series of workshops and lectures.

The day was led by CAT - Communication and Autism Team and was very informative and useful.

Meeting Ellie Simmonds

Meeting Ellie Simmonds

June 2013

In June 2013, some of our staff and students (and of course Travelling Ted) were honoured to meet Ellie Simmonds.

Eleanor May Simmonds, OBE, is a British Paralympian swimmer. She came to national attention when she competed in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, winning two gold medals for Great Britain, despite being the youngest member of the team, at the age of 13.

In 2012 she was again selected for the Great Britain squad, this time swimming at a home games in London. She won another two golds in London, including setting a World Record in the 400m freestyle.

Sandwell Valley Farm Park

After School Club members.

20 June 2013

Members of the 'Creative 12' after-school club enjoyed a wonderful day at Sandwell Valley Farm Park.

They put themselves through the challenges of the adventure playground, explored the area on a woodland walk, devoured their packed lunches outside and viewed a variety of farm animals (including some very smelly pigs!).

A thoroughly exhausting, but wonderful day!

Kingsbury Tennis Competitors

Our tennis players.

14 June 2013

On 14th June, four children represented our school in the Kingsbury Tennis competition. It was great to see so many other schools there and to be involved in such a fun competition.

The Abbey team came 3rd, and we even won a prize for 'Sportsman of the competition!'

Well done to everyone involved - what a credit to our school!

Mrs Morgan Leaves on Maternity

Saying goodbye to Mrs Morgan.

7 June 2013

Today was Mrs Morgan's last day before her maternity leave starts.

In our morning assembly the children all shared with her special cards wishing her all the best in the coming weeks.

Wishing you every happiness for this special time in your family life, we cannot wait for your next visit.

Kingsbury Sports Festival

The Abbey team.

6 June 2013

Children from Key Stage 2 represented the Abbey at the Kingsbury School Sport Partnership Sports Festival, which included a multi-skills circuit and introduction to paralympic sports.

It was delightful to see all the participants enthusiasm for sport and their team skills at work, whilst enjoying a morning of fun.

Well done to all participants - we are proud of you!

Our Beautiful Story Chair

A beautiful chair to remember Sarah.

23 April 2013

Our huge thanks to McDermotts for installing our beautiful story chair.

Our story chair is known as 'Sarah's Story Chair' and is in memory of our wonderful dinner lady, Sarah Daviu, who sadly died last year.

Year 1 and 2 Athletics Competition

Our Athletics Champions.

22 April 2013

On Monday 22nd April 2013, Year 1 and 2 ventured to Edmund Campion and competed in Athletics and Multi Skills competition. There were various activities, from speed bounce to relays.

The competition was of a very high standard, and young athletics were in the making.

The conduct of the children was remarkable. Teamwork was united and everyone supported their team companions within individual races.

It is with great pride to announce that The Abbey Catholic School came first! Well done! Miss Ross would like to thank everyone who supported the children at Edmund Campion and taking part in this great event.

Spring Term Attendance Awards

Our proud attendees.

16 April 2013

We are very proud of all of our children who are 100% attenders in school. Each term, children who have 100% attendance are presented with a special gold certificate. Children who have only missed one day are presented with a silver certificate.

After returning to school after the Easter holidays we held a welcome back assembly to celebrate our excellent attendance. So many children were awarded certificates, we couldn't fit them in for a group photograph!

We are very proud of all of them and hope to present even more at the end of Summer term 2013.

Year 2's Trip to Plantasia

Year 2 at Plantasia

March 2013

Before Easter, Year 2 went on an educational visit to Plantasia to help us with our topic work on flowers and insects.

We went on the big green bus but it broke down on the way there. When the bus got started again and we arrived at Plantasia, we were met by our guide who talked to us.

We had lots of fun getting nets and pond dipping to find living things in the water.

We also enjoyed taking a wild walk and meeting lots of animals and playing on the playground. We also spent some time in the mazes where we tried to get the stamps.

It was a great day.

Teachers v Year 6 Pupils Football Match

Victorious staff team.

28 March 2013

A packed playground saw an exciting match as Abbey teachers looked to avenge last years surprise loss to the Year 6 pupils.

The early midfield battle featured strong tackles, committed challenges and Mr Ferris trying to stretcher off Year 6's star striker.

A fine goal from Mr O'Connor settled the teachers nerves and they began to play with increasing confidence. This was typified by Mr Gopaul's towering performance in the centre of defence.

Despite conceding two more quick goals the pupils never gave up. They pulled one back through a lovely individual goal from Demi which Mr Barr had no chance with.

A late strike from Mr Ferris, reminiscent of Rooney (Colleen not Wayne), made the scoreline harsh on the pupils who all played in the right spirit.

Final score Teachers 4 - Pupils 1.

Donation to Macmillan Cancer Support

Our cheque donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

28 March 2013

During 2012, Sarah Daviu, one of our Dinner Supervisors sadly passed away.

We raised £415 in memory of Sarah. This money has been donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

We also had a story chair built which we have called Sarah's Story Chair as a lasting reminder of a special person.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning Donation

Our cheque donation for Macmillan Cancer Support.

28 March 2013

In September 2012 we took part in the World's Biggest Coffee morning.

All children came to school in non uniform wearing something green and donated 50p each. We also sold tea and coffee on the drive to our parents as they dropped children at the school gate.

We raised a total of £280.52 - thank you for everyone's support.

Pink Days Money Raising

Our cheque donation for Breast Friends.

28 March 2013

During the last 12 months school has raised £595.51 in aid of Breast Friends Sutton Coldfield.

Money was raised during 'Pink Days' in school on behalf of staff and families who have benefited from this wonderful charity.

Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraising.

Year 5 Maths Inspire Workshop

Families working together to solve the maths problems.

27 March 2013

Year 5 families came together to support their children in a maths workshop.

The room was soon full of healthy competition as parents, siblings and grandparents competed with pupils to work systematically through problems. It soon became apparent that many areas of maths require organisation in order to be completed successfully.

It was great to see so many families supporting their children in such a relaxed environment. We love maths!

Staff Development Days

Time for the teachers to be the students.

21/22 March 2013

On 21st and 22nd March 2013 children got two days off school as teachers from Abbey and other local schools enjoyed professional development.

Abbey school hosted the event and were thrilled to welcome teachers from other local primary schools - promoting collaborative learning across the Erdington consortium.

We were delighted to receive training on developing writing, reading and grammar skills. The days involved traditional lectures, active workshops and collaborative working and planning. We are very much looking forward to applying these skills in the classroom and evaluating the impact.

School Council Help with Teaching Staff Interviews

School Council feedback their thoughts to senior staff and governors.

13 March 2013

On Thursday 13th March 2013, School Council members came up with questions to ask prospective staff.

Candidates came to school and had two interviews; one with senior staff and governors and one with the School Council, who had composed their own questions and interviewed the candidates.

School Council fed back to senior staff with their thoughts on the appropriate appointment. Their comments and opinions were insightful and thoughtful. Well done all School Councillors.

Following the rigorous interview process, we are delighted to welcome Mrs Dewell to the staff team.

Celebrating the Year of Faith

Mass of Celebration for Catholic Teachers in the Year of Faith.

9 March 2013

On Friday 9th March 2013 members of our school team joined the Mass of Celebration for Catholic Teachers in the Year of Faith.

The Principal Celebrant was the Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. Our Archbishop gave thanks for the vocation that has been entrusted to Catholic teachers. He shared that this vocation was a noble calling inviting all teachers to share in the work of Christ our teacher.

During Mass, teachers were invited to renew their dedication and commitment to the responsibility that has been entrusted to them.

Abbey staff were proud to represent Abbey Catholic Primary School alongside other primary and secondary staff from across the diocese.

BCSSA Badminton Competition

Our wonderful badminton players.

2 March 2013

On Saturday 2nd March 2013 a team from the Abbey took part in the BCSSA Badminton Competition and came second overall.

We took part in all four categories and the children played really well. In the Girls Singles competition we came a very close second; in the boys singles competition we came a very close second; and in the Girls Doubles we came a very close third place. All of these positions were only decided by points difference as we actually scored the same game points as the winning teams.

The boys doubles team also won two of their matches and played really well.

Sewing Club Creations

Cushions created by members of our sewing club.

28 February 2013

Our newest sewing club members have enjoyed selecting fabrics and learning both hand and machine sewing techniques to create patchwork cushions.

The finished cushions look amazing!

Cooking with Your Kids

Parents and children learning about cooking together.

4 February 2013

This five week session is being held at the school with Key Stage 2 children and their parents.

These interactive cooking sessions held in collaboration with Foodnet and run by an NHS Food Health Advisor includes:

  • Cook and taste in each session;
  • Interactive games;
  • General healthy eating;
  • 5-a-day and portion sizes;
  • Hidden fats and sugars.

E-Safety Awareness Parent Session

Parents at the Awareness session.

4 February 2013

As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students' development but always want them to spend their time online safely.

We also know the important role that parents/carers can play in ensuring this. In February we held one of our parent sessions at the school with the support of PCSOs Daniels and Hurst.

E-Safety Lessons

Children learn about e-safety.

30 January 2013

E-Safety relates to many parts of the curriculum, including ICT, citizenship and PHSE. More broadly, however, because technology can be used in any subject area, it is relevant to all teachers and those who support children in and out of the classroom situation at the Abbey school.

As part of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum pupils in all year groups took part in e-safety lessons with the support of PCSOs Daniels and Hurst.

Parents Help Clear the Snow

Parents clearing the snow.

24 January 2013

Thank you very much to the parents who came to help to move some of the snow from the playground last week.

They spent two hours clearing snow and made a safe area for children to be able to go outside at break time.

Multi Faith Week Visitor

Mrs Boshell visits Year 2.

18 January 2013

As part of our Multi Faith week, Mrs Boshell came in to visit Year 2 children.

Mrs Boshell showed us lots of artefacts from her travels and told us all about her trip. She told us that there were lots of statues of Buddha and that people left offerings of flowers, candles and incense.

It was lovely to hear about Mrs Boshell's experiences.

Staff Collaborating to Moderate Work

Busy sharing ideas and best practice.

16 January 2013

Each Wednesday morning, staff meet at 8.00am to work as a team to move our school forward to be the best it can be.

Staff worked together moderating children's work as well as their own marking. By doing this together as a whole school team we are ensuring that best practice is shared across the school.

We teach our children to 'magpie' good ideas from each other, our staff team do exactly the same thing.

Collaboration and teamwork works for children and adults!

Year 2 Visit Pizza Express

Year 2 at Pizza Express.

10 and 15 January 2013

As part of our ongoing topic work on Food, Year 2 classes went on an educational and exciting trip to Pizza Express.

We tasted lots of different foods and then we made our own pizza.

We travelled to and from Sutton on the bus. It was very good fun.

Autumn 100% Attendees

All our 100% attendees for the Autumn term.

21 December 2012

Congratulations to all our Autumn term 2012 100% attendees.

Can you continue this feat for the whole year?

Guitar Performance

Some of our guitar students waiting to perform.

20 December 2012

On Thursday 20th December 2012 our Year 4 students played guitar for pupils, staff and parents in their first public performance since they began guitar lessons in September 2012.

Year 5 and 6 'elective' students joined them and their progress and confidence was superb.

Well done to all students involved.

Santa visits Erdington

Mrs W checks Santa's ID.

18 December 2012

On Tuesday 18th December the Abbey school roof was transformed into a magical parking space as a sleigh swooshed into place. Reindeers patiently waited in silence as Father Christmas signed himself in and visited Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

Father Christmas distributed gifts which he had commissioned the PTA to purchase on his behalf.

Everybody had a wonderful morning and Santa was overjoyed to find that all Abbey children and staff were on the 'nice list' ( although it was rumoured to be a bit 'touch and go' at some points).

Father Christmas wished a very merry Christmas to all children, families, staff and governors.

Advent Display

Entrance Hall display for Advent.

14 December 2012

Pupils and visitors enjoyed a beautiful Advent display in our entrance hall during December 2012.

Carol Service

Choir singing at the Carol Service.

13 December 2012

Our choir started our Christmas celebrations with their beautiful singing at the Carol Service on Thursday 13th December.

Sewing Club End-of-Term Celebration

Sewing club members enjoying their chicken and chips.

12 December 2012

On Wednesday 12th December, Sewing Club enjoyed their end-of-term party.

Throughout the term sewing club have designed, resourced and completed some amazing projects. As a group, they decided their end of term treat would be chicken and chips!

It was a wonderful opportunity to relax after school and reflect on the success of Autumn 2012.

Many thanks go to Mrs Lonergan, Mrs Barton and Mrs France who make sewing club possible each week.

Non-Uniform Day in Support of Parish Christmas Fayre

Loading the car with donations.

7 December 2012

On Friday 7th December all children and staff were invited to come to school in casual clothes. In exchange for this they were asked for cakes or biscuits to be sold at the Abbey Parish Christmas Fayre.

Thank you everyone for your generosity.

Mrs Johnson loaded the sweet delights straight into her car for easy transportation; she was victim to great banter from parents, children and staff who playfully teased that she had an escape plan to keep all the delicious treats for herself!

Welcoming Jamaican Teacher

We welcomed our visitor from Jamaica.

6 December 2012

On Thursday 6th December 2012 we were pleased to welcome a visiting teacher from Jamaica.

She was really impressed with her tour around school and really enjoyed talking to pupils. She commented on many similarities between schools in Jamaica and Birmingham and felt the main difference was the use of ICT. She was impressed with the use of Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms.

We were very proud to show our visitor around.

PTA Quiz Night

Everyone concentrating on the tricky quiz questions.

30 November 2012

Another very successful PTA quiz was held in the school hall.

Our thanks go to our quiz masters, Mr and Mrs Tierney who led the enthusiastic crowd in an evening of mental challenge and fun. Thanks go to the Jackson family who set up the hall for the event and organised the refreshments.

All profits go straight back into funding opportunities for our children. Thank you to all who supported the evening.

New Stacking Chairs

Our new stacking chairs.

26 November 2012

We have recently purchased a set of stacking chairs for the Hall. These make such a difference and are really nice for the parents to sit on during assemblies and plays.

As they are folding and come on a trolley, they take up less room and can also be used around school.

Spooky goings on in Reception and Year 1

Our kitchen team serve seven spells stew from their cauldron.

31 October 2012

As part of their topic work, Reception and Year 1 came to school looking very scary as part off their spooky day.

Helen and her team of cooks served some very spooky food for Halloween!

National Heroes Day Assembly

Year 5OC's 'Heroes' Assembly.

19 October 2012

Y5O'C have worked hard on producing an assembly to celebrate National Heroes day.

From Super Heroes, to those around us for whom are our own heroes, they recognised the importance of never giving up and overcoming obstacles in our lives.

Year of Faith

11 October 2012

On 11 October 2012 we held an assembly to introduce the Year of Faith. You can read the presentation used at the assembly below:

No Pens Day

We're guessing this sign was written the night before!

10 October 2012

On Wednesday 10th October 2012 we celebrated 'no pens day' in school.

We thought about all the different ways we could learn without writing things down.

Everyone had a great time discussing, acting , painting, dancing , using ICT and much more.

Black History Month Assembly

Children in their Black History Month Assembly.

5 October 2012

Y5CW have worked hard on producing a very informative assembly celebrating some key people in Black History.

From Sojourner Truth, an American woman who fought for the rights of black women, to celebrating the success of some of our home grown athletes, like Phil Brown and Mo Farrah. Celebrating how the 'rainbow people of God' can live together in harmony.

Gifted and Talented Literacy Workshop

Children from Abbey, Osborne, St Barnabas, Marsh Hill, Yenton and Court Farm Schools working together.

4 October 2012

On Thursday 4th October we were very proud to host a Gifted and Talented workshop for Year 5 children across Erdington consortium.

The children thoroughly enjoyed writing, editing and presenting their own news reports.

Schools in Erdington consortium are working in close partnership to provide the best opportunities for the children of Erdington.

Running Club take part in Cross Country Competition

Our running club after their race.

3 October 2012

On Wednesday 3rd October our running club took part in the Birchfield Harriers Cross Country Open. Our team put all of their weekly lunchtime training sessions to good use and were excellent ambassadors for our school.

The boys came third overall in their age group.

Impact: the team could see that perseverance and dedication results in great personal achievement and satisfaction.

Child Line Schools Service Workshops

Child Line Workshop.

27 September 2012

Child Line Schools Service came to Year 5 and 6 classes to deliver some classroom workshops after having an assembly.

This was a very engaging and interactive workshop which gave all pupils in Year 5 and 6 a better understanding of how to protect themselves against abuse and to know who they can turn to for help.

The NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000 - is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide advice and support to anyone concerned about a child's welfare. Children and young people can call Child Line confidentially at any time on 0800 1111. Calls to Child line are free.

Sewing Club trip to the Rag Market

Sewing Club children in Birmingham city centre.

25 September 2012

Sewing Club members enjoyed a trip to Birmingham Rag Market to buy more supplies.

We chose lots of lovely material, buttons and ribbon to use for our next projects.

Watch this space for pictures of our finished creations!

Reception Welcome Mass

A Reception child proudly shows his new Rosary Beads.

16 September 2012

Father Gabby and the Abbey Parish welcomed our new Reception children and families during the 9.15am Family Mass.

Reception children were welcomed onto the Altar as Father Gabby explained the Gospel message and talked about 'Who do people say I am?'

Each Reception child was presented with a set of Rosary Beads as a welcome gift.

Service of Commitment

Fr Dickinson leads the service.

6 September 2012

What a wonderful start to the new school year!

On September 6th, Fr Dickinson led the whole school in a Service of Commitment which involved all stakeholders at the Abbey.

It was lovely to see so many people in the school hall, including, children, teachers, admin staff, governors, dinner ladies and cleaning staff all of whom pledged to try their best at all they do and most importantly reinforcing our dedication to the faith.

Year 1 Re-painted

Contrasting colours looking lovely in Year 1.

August 2012

Even though it's the Summer holidays, no children doesn't mean no work is taking place in school!

Our dedicated Year 1 staff decided a lick of paint and a splash of colour would be a wonderful welcome back for the children in September.

Thank you to the dedicated staff members for giving up their time to make this classroom look superb.