Snippets of News - 2013/14

Ice Cream for Everyone

21 July 2014


Ice cream treats funded by the PTFA.

Huge thanks to the PTFA who funded a delicious treat of an ice cream for all students and staff on the last day of Summer term 2014.

As the ice cream van drove onto the school grounds with its melodious chimes filling the air- cheers and yelps of excitement rippled across the playground... and that was just the staff.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their yummy treat.

Goodbye and Good Luck Mrs O'Sullivan


Mrs O'Sullivan is presented with a card and gift from colleagues.

17 July 2014

After 24 years teaching at Abbey Catholic Primary School, Mrs O'Sullivan is about to start her retirement. Pupils, parents, staff and governors wish her every success.

Mrs O'Sullivan was very surprised on her penultimate day when she was presented with a beautiful bouquet from staff and a gift from governors after our whole school celebration of Mass.

Mrs O'Sullivan was further surprised by her colleagues with a secret buffet in her honour.

Guitar Performance


Our talented guitar players.

14 July 2014

As the academic year drew to a close in July 2014, children who had been receiving guitar lessons all year performed to pupils and parents in a special assembly.

Students from Years 4, 5 and 6 performed to a packed hall.

Everyone was very impressed with their progress and confidence.

Mythical Maze Reading Quest


Mythical Maze Reading Quest.

11 July 2014

On Friday 11th July, our children enjoyed a fabulous presentation from our local librarian: Michael.

Michael invited all children to get a free library card and showed the amazing books and CDs available for free loan from Erdington library.

All children are invited to take part in the Summer 2014 Mythical Maze Reading Quest over the Summer Holiday.

Will you get an award from our local library over the Summer break? Remember to share it in school if you do.

Going Forth Mass


Going Forth Mass.

19 June 2014

Year 3 children took part in a beautiful Going Forth Mass, on Thursday 19th June.

This was to celebrate their continued Faith Journey as they can now share the word of God, through their words, actions and prayers, after receiving their First Holy Communion.

New Reception Parents Welcome Meeting


Reception welcome meeting.

18 June 2014

We were happy to welcome our wew Reception parents to school this evening in preparation for their child joining us in September.

It is strong school and home ties that enable our child to make the strongest possible start to their Abbey careers.

Meeting New Reception Parents

18 June 2014


Ready to serve refreshments.

Members of the PTFA served refreshments at our new Reception parents welcome meeting.

It was a great way to get to meet some of our new parents, we hope you will get involved and we look forward to seeing you again in September.

PTFA Quiz Night

13 June 2014


Teams competing in the Quiz Night.

Another popular quiz night was organised by PTFA to raise funds for school.

Teams of parents, staff and parishioners enjoyed competing to be the winning team.

Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Tierney for preparing the quiz hosting the evening.

School Council Cake Sale


A busy cake sale.

June 2014

Our School Council organised a cake sale to raise money so they can fund some of the fabulous ideas they have during their meetings.

Reception Sharing Lunch


Parents and children sharing lunch together.

23 May 2014

Parents for Reception Blue and Green group took the opportunity to share lunch with their children.

It is always a pleasure to share time with parents and it was lovely to see the progress these children have made in their independent skills throughout the year.

Y1JM's Assembly on 'May'


Y1JM's Assembly.

23 May 2014

Year 1JM have worked extremely hard on their assembly about May.

We learnt all about Mary and her life, along with other celebrations during the month of May, such as May day and Vesak. We even learnt a Buddhist dance and how to Morris dance!

Year 5 Confirmations


2014's Confirmandi.

22 May 2014

We were honoured to welcome Bishop Pargeter into school, during the afternoon of the 22nd May. He spent time touring the school, and meeting the children who were due to be Confirmed later that day.

When he was satisfied that the children were well prepared for the Sacrament they were about to receive he left in order to prepare for the Confirmation Mass

Pupils were excited, but maintained reverence as they sat with their sponsors in Church. The choir were fantastic, who when joined with the Confirmandi, made a majestic sound. Along with the Confirmandi, pupils who were not being Confirmed came along to support their peers at this very special occasion. Year 5 were also joined by a member of the Parish who was also Confirmed.

3NR's Communion Breakfast and Sharing of Refreshments


Celebrating 3NR's First Holy Communion.

17 May 2014

On Saturday 17th May, children from Miss Riisnaes' class enjoyed a Communion Breakfast following their first Holy Communion, while families shared refreshments in the hall.

A lovely celebration, made possible by school staff and parents volunteering their time.

Father Gabby Shares Breakfast with Year 6


Father Gabby and the Year 6 pupils.

15 May 2014

Father Gabby shares breakfast and prayers with the Year 6 children during SATs week..

Year 3 and 4 Numeracy Workshop


Parents and children working together.

14 May 2014

A group of Year 3 and 4 parents were invited in to school to attend a numeracy workshop along with their children.

The workshop covered a selection of varied strategies parents can use at home to support their children's learning.

Thank you to all who attended.

Year 6 SATs Breakfast


Year 6 enjoying their breakfast.

12 May 2014

For Year 6 children up and down the country, the month of May can be a bit stressful. The Key Stage 2 SATs test week is one that can fill students, parents and even teachers with dread.

At Abbey, we recognise that all the hard work has been done in the preparation for SATs and that the actual test week is the fun part!

We start each day during SATs week with a special Year 6 breakfast club. It is a great chance to share breakfast and chat with friends over a cup of tea.

We love it when Fr Gabby joins us to lead us in prayer and asks the Holy Spirit to guide us.

School Choir's Pizza Treat


School Choir members enjoying their pizzas.

7 April 2014

Members of our school choir enjoyed a pizza treat as a thank you for all their hard work and commitment.

Our wonderful choir are really dedicated, giving up their time to support Holy Communion, Confirmation and numerous other parish and school events.

We all appreciate the hard work. Thank you choir!

Mrs Howley's Birthday Celebration


Birthday celebration treats.

4 April 2014

We enjoyed a super celebration for Mrs Howley's birthday.

Staff organised a surprise lunchtime buffet, and invited family members along, too.

Mrs H, you don't look a day over 21!

Mother's Day Mass

30 March 2014


Flowers for our mums!

At the end of Mass on Sunday, all children were able to present their mothers with a bunch of flowers, funded and prepared by the PTFA.

What a lovely way to celebrate all that our Moms do for us.

Year 4's Alms Giving Assembly


4JB in action.

21 March 2014

Year 4 worked very hard to produce an excellent assembly about one of our Lenten Observances - Alms giving.

The children explained what different methods people and celebrities have to raise money for charities, what the money is used for and how beneficial it is. They also explored how Jesus promoted the same ethos of helping those in need.

It was an entertaining assembly with fantastic singing and acting incorporating a powerful message.

Year 5 at Aston Villa FC


Year 5 at Aston Villa.

21 March 2014

Year 5 were treated to a fabulous education day at Aston Villa Football Club.

During the morning they completed in a football tournament. The skills improved tremendously during the sessions. The teamwork and perseverance was commendable, pupils worked together and gave their very best.

After lunch, a short tour of the stadium was arranged, the pupils were able to take their places in the the stands with a perfect view of the pitch.

The Inauguration of Pope Francis

20 March 2014

We had a school assembly on 20 March 2013 in honour of Our Holy Father Pope Francis. Mrs Pawley shared this presentation with the whole school. Please share this powerpoint with your family and find out more information about our new Pope:

Teacher's Training Day


Teachers, training!

19 March 2014

On Wednesday 19th March 2014, staff from across the school were trained by experts from Read Write Inc Group.

There was grammar training which included ensuring that we knew our subjunctive from our infinitives and there was phonics training which explored how we could develop children's writing even further in their phonics lessons. We were joined by staff from five other schools.

What the Thunder Said


'What the Thunder Said' performance.

17 March 2014

Pupils from Year 5 and 6 were treated to a spectacular performing arts display on Monday 17th March by the Theatre Company, in the form of Ed Harris' adaptation of T S Elliot's 'What the Thunder Said'.

This hard hitting display brought to the forefront issues of violence, gangs and bullying, bringing home to children issues which they may one day encounter.

By the end of the performance, children were given a range of strategies to help deal with such situations. The play was accompanied by a talk from a local Police Officer and Police Community Support Officer who offered further advice on how children could keep safe.

With the theme of the morning centred around the ability to make choices, this work will continue long into the year to ensure children really are equipped with the skills they need as they move into Secondary Education in the coming months and years.

School Councillors Select Artwork


School councillors with just some of the winning entries.

4 March 2014

On the 4th March 2014, School Councillors had the tricky task of selecting art work in preparation for our new mural.

Children across school had entered art into the competition depicting the life of Jesus. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the councillors certainly had their work cut out selecting only a few.

The selected pieces will be transferred onto canvas and displayed in the top corridor of school with our school motto: Learning to follow in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and Parish.

Key Stage 1 Film Night

4 March 2014


Film Night fun.

Children from Key Stage 1 enjoyed a fun film night organised by PTFA volunteers to raise funds for school.

The fresh popcorn was delicious!

Dr Bike Day


Bikes, bikes, bikes!

3 March 2014

On Monday 3rd March we held a special 'Dr Bike Day' event at school.

We were all invited to bring our bikes and scooters into school for a special 'MOT'. Rachel and Phil from Bike North Birmingham came in to carry out safety checks on all of our bikes, giving each one a special 'bike prescription' if they needed more work or parts.

Now our bikes have been checked we can start to use our bikes and scooters to ride to school, helping to keep us healthy and help the environment!

The Great Bike Bake Off


Bake Off winners.

28 February 2014

Staff from the Abbey attended a seminar hosted by Sustrans and Bike North Birmingham to find out all about how we can support our staff and pupils in cycling or walking to school.

As part of the day there was a 'Bake Off' competition, with entries being created in the shape of a bicycle part.

The Abbey were delighted to be awarded overall winners, a great end to an enjoyable day.

Forest Area Redesign


Welcome to our Forest Area.

21 February 2014

Over half term our Forest Area answer received a fantastic redesign. Designed by Reception and constructed by Mr Thornton.

We are always happy to welcome visitors to our wooded area.

4OM's Power of a Smile Assembly


4OM in action.

7 February 2014

Year 4 worked extremely hard to share a wonderful assembly about the The Power of a Smile. They focused on how the book of proverbs in The Old Testament states that 'A cheerful look brings joy to the heart'.

The children explained how a simple smile can make such a difference to somebodies day. This could be in their families, at school or even someone who does not speak the same language. They explored how it takes much more effort to frown than it does to smile leaving the rest of the school with the challenge to use the power of their smile to make a difference to somebodies day next week.

The children certainly made everyone smile with their fantastic singing, dancing and acting.

Bishop Walsh Drama Department Performance


Some of the Bishop Walsh 'Our House' cast members.

27 January 2014

On Monday 27th January 2014, cast members from Bishop Walsh Secondary School joined us to perform scenes from their upcoming performance 'Our House'.

Key Stage 2 thoroughly enjoyed watching a selection of scenes and were very impressed by the actors, musicians and dancers.

We were particularly proud to see an ex Abbey pupil in the cast and are very excited to see the full production at Bishop Walsh Secondary School.

3NR's Inventions Assembly


3NR performing their assembly.

24 January 2014

3NR worked very hard to perform a fabulous assembly about inventions that have changed our world.

The children explained that everyone has been given talents from God that can be used to change our world and the lives of others.

They encouraged everyone to let their God given talents shine!

Local Schools Join for Gifted and Talented Workshop


The Gifted and Talented Workshop.

21 January 2014

On Tuesday 21st January 2014 we were very proud to host a Gifted and Talented workshop for Year 4 pupils.

We were joined by Year 4 pupils from three other local primary schools: Court Farm Primary, Yenton Primary and Osborne Primary.

The students were fully immersed in the learning and cooperated beautifully together.

We look forward to hosting another event soon.

Staff and Governor Mass


Our special Mass in Church.

9 January 2014

On the evening of Thursday 9th January 2014 staff and governors joined together to celebrate Mass in the Abbey Church.

Father David led Mass and Father Gabby concelebrated as staff and governors started the new year by sharing a special service.

After Mass, staff and governors shared a meal together.

Year 5 Get Creative


Our own Michelangelos at work.

9 January 2014

During International Week, when each class chooses a different country to find out more about, Year 5 learnt about all things Italian.

One of the tasks that pupils undertook was creating their own Sistine Chapel replica. Children created representations of Bible stories by sticking their paper on the underside of their desks and creating a masterpiece in order to emulate one of Italy's most famous artists - Michelangelo.

Their creations have been put on display on the ceiling in their classroom.

Year 5 Visit St Chad's Cathedral


Year 5 heading to St Chad's.

8 January 2014

As part of their preparation for Confirmation, Year 5 visited the Basilica of St Chad in Birmingham.

Here they found out all about the history of the Cathedral; about the life of St Chad and even heard about some links with The Abbey Church.

Together, staff and pupils celebrated the public Mass once they had completed a tour of the Cathedral.

What the Ladybird Heard


Reception outside Birmingham's Town Hall.

8 January 2014

Reception went to see 'What the Ladybird Heard' at the Town hall on Wednesday 8th January.

We had a wonderful time watching the play, and the next day the children made a 'Prize Cow' in the classroom.

Year 6 visit the Islamic Exhibition Centre


Developing an understanding of Islamic life.

7 January 2014

Year 6 went to the Islamic Exhibition Centre to learn more about the Islamic faith.

We had a fantastic time, with all the children getting involved in all aspects of the day. The children enjoyed being able to ask questions to clarify their understanding as to what Muslims believed through their faith and expressed some shock at how many links there were between our faith and the Muslim faith.

Children enjoyed trying on some of the Islamic fashions and had their names written in Arabic, although they were surprised to find out that Arabic is written from right to left!

A great day out was had by all, even Travelling Ted!

Christmas Jumpers


Staff in their fashionable(!) Christmas jumpers.

17 December 2013

'Tis the season to be jolly... At the end of Autumn term 2013 staff enjoyed their festive lunch and got into the full swing of things in their superb array of 'Christmas jumpers'.

We're sure you'll agree, they really are a sight to behold!

The standard has been set very high and the challenge for who has the best (or is it worst) Christmas jumper has been set!

5W Good News Class Assembly


5W Good News Assembly.

29 November 2013

Year 5 shared a fabulous assembly all about Good News. Focussing on the Patron Saint of Scotland, St Andrew, and how he became the patron of the country.

From good news about birthdays to homework, Year 5 described how they hoped to become better messengers of the Good News of Christ. Enthusiastic singing, dancing and acting meant that everybody had a great time and working and celebrating together.

PTFA Quiz Night


A packed hall for the Quiz Night.

29 November 2013

A fun night was had by all at the recent quiz night. There was a great turnout, raising all important funds to support pupils in school.

Huge thanks as always to our regular quiz masters Mr and Mrs Tierney and to our helpers on the night.

We hope to see you all again next year!

Year 6 v Staff Football Match


The winning team.

25 October 2013

On Friday 25th October 2013, we held the, now well established, Year 6 versus staff football match.

Despite lots of boasting from the staff team (the previously undefeated winners) the Year 6 team were victorious.

Excellent sportsmanship was displayed from both teams - although Mrs K had to be thrown out of the winning team photograph several times!

Official Opening of Featherstone Primary New Building


School Council members meet Jack Dromey, MP.

25 October 2013

On Friday 25th October 2013, Ms Tallon and three representatives from the School Council attended the official opening of Featherstone Primary new building. It was lovely to share the success of one of our neighbouring schools.

School Councillors enjoyed touring Featherstone Primary and have lots of ideas to discuss at the next School Council meeting.

School Councillors particularly enjoyed the posh buffet lunch and meeting local MP, Jack Dromey.

Four Hundred Children Tell the Story of the Gingerbread Men


Children tell the story of The Gingerbread Men.

24 October 2013

All the children gathered in the hall to tell the story of the Gingerbread Men. Every child had learnt the story in class so that they could recite it in a grand story telling assembly.

The assembly was a great success with some children leading the story from the front of the hall.

Children from Reception to Year 6 told the story of the Gingerbread Men with great animation and passion.

Each term the children are learning a story to build up a collection of stories that they can recite - stories that will be a 'bank' of ideas for them to use in their own story writing. And stories that they retell later in life. The story last term was 'The Papaya that spoke'.

Children have been asked to submit a story that we can learn as a whole school in the weeks leading up to Christmas. If you have any good short stories from around the world that we could learn, please send them in.

PTFA Disco for Years 4, 5 and 6


Young disco-goers.

18 October 2013

Great fun was had at the first Key Stage 2 disco of the year - the dancing never stopped from start to finish!

Thank you to the PTFA and the staff and DJs for generously giving up their time to host the event.

Harvest Festival


Some of our Harvest food colletion ready to be delivered.

16 October 2013

On Wednesday the 16th October 2013, the feast of St Gerard Majella, the Abbey School celebrated a beautiful whole school Harvest Mass.

We were delighted to be joined by parishioners and parents. Father Gabby shared with the children the importance of valuing the food we are lucky enough to have.

A small selection of Harvest goods were displayed on the Altar whilst the very generously donated items from families were delivered down to the Erdington Foodbank. A huge thank you to the families for their generosity.

The School Councillors from Osborne Primary School joined Abbey pupils to celebrate Mass for the second year running - an example of Abbey Primary School bearing witness to their faith and sharing the Good News with their neighbours.

The Abbey school would like to thank Father Gabby for celebrating Mass on a feast day that we know is close to his heart.

Shakespeare Schools Festival


Working at the MAC.

11 October 2013

On Friday 11th October some members of the Year 6 cast who will be performing Macbeth in the upcoming Shakespeare Schools Festival took part in a cast workshop held at the MAC theatre in Birmingham.

All of our performers had opportunities to meet another school performing on the same night, share their work-in-progress, and benefit from acting tips and techniques from professional actors and directors.

No Pens Day


A day without using pens.

9 October 2013

We ditched the pens and pencils for the day and focussed on other ways of learning and of expressing ourselves.

We painted, we built, we cooked, we acted, we sang, we debated and we told each other stories to name just some of the activities.

A very exciting and enjoyable day.

No Pens Day is promoted by The Communication Trust to develop learning, friendship and academic achievement through communication.

Headteacher Visits Ex Pupils at Bishop Walsh Secondary School


Ex Abbey Pupils at Bishop Walsh.

7 October 2013

Each year, Ms Tallon visits our ex-pupils who have started Year 7 in our Catholic Secondary school.

On Monday 7th October 2013 she visited Bishop Walsh Catholic Secondary School. Ms Tallon was welcomed by Head of Year 7, Mrs Clegg, who has been very pleased with the way the children have settled in.

Ms Tallon had the pleasure of spending 'form time' with our ex pupils who told her all about their new friends and new adventures. Every child commented on how much they had enjoyed making new friends and giggled at how nervous they had been back in July, leaving the security of Abbey Primary.

Lots of children have begun extra curricular activities including drama club, rugby, football and netball.

Being able to purchase your own food at the canteen was a great talking point and the option to buy a hot drink at break time was overwhelmingly popular.

We are very proud of our Year 7 pupils and wish them continued success. Please keep them in your prayers.

Macmillan Coffee Morning


Coffee for sale on the school drive.

27 September 2013

A 'green day' was held to support this fabulous cause. Everybody came dressed in their finest green clothes and donated money to do so.

A coffee morning was held on the school drive, where parents gave generously to enjoy a hot drink to keep them warm in the early morning!

Donations totalled an excellent £424 on the day. Thank you to Midland Plant Training &andTesting who provided the refreshments we served on the day.

Ms Tallon Visits Ex Year 6 Pupils


Ex Abbey Pupils.

27 September 2013

On Friday 27th September 2013, our Headteacher, Ms Tallon, visited our ex Year 6 pupils at St Edmund Campion Secondary School to see how they are settling in.

Our ex pupils looked very smart (and very grown up) in their new school uniforms. All of the children have settled in beautifully and were singing the praises of their new teachers and the new friends they have made.

The newly installed astro turf has been a great hit.

Thank you to Mrs Steele and everyone at our secondary feeder school for helping our children to settle in so well.

Year 5 Numeracy Inspire Workshop


Year 5 children and parents.

20 September 2013

Mr Barr led a challenging workshop all about place value for the parents and pupils of Year 5. From a Japanese counting challenge to solving subtraction problems using diennes blocks, the buzz in the room was tangible.

Zero the Hero had everyone stumped at times, but with hard work and perseverance more understanding of this important area of maths was achieved.