Snippets of Faith - 2017/18

Outdoor Mass

Father Maurice leading our outdoor Mass.

19 July 2018

On Thursday 19th July we celebrated Holy Mass on our school playground. By celebrating our Mass on the playground, we were able to invite as many parents and relations who wanted to attend.

Mass was beautiful and a wonderful way to bid farewell to our Year 6 pupils.

Thank you to Father Maurice for leading us in prayer and reflection.

Abbey Rocks

Painting some of our rocks.

18 July 2018

Over the past month, members of our Chaplaincy Team and Eco Team have given up time to create another batch of Abbey rocks.

A team of volunteers from St Edmund Campion 6th Form also came along to support our younger children.

Our rocks are a mix of inspirational Gospel messages and 'Eco' messages which remind us all to be thoughtful stewards of creation. We hope our rocks will put a smile on the faces of whoever finds them!

Rocks will be hidden all over the world over the summer holidays, if you find one we would love you to Tweet a picture and tag #abbeyrocks.

Visiting another Catholic School

Staff from The Abbey and Sacred Heart schools.

17 July 2018

We are very proud to be part of a worldwide Catholic family.

On July 17th we visited Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Westhaughton to share ideas.

It was an honour to tour their school and exchange great ideas. We look forward to welcoming them to Birmingham.

Year 5 Spirit and Sport

3 July 2018

Year 5 went to St Edmund Campion on Tuesday 3rd July to take part in the Spirit and Sport event. It was a great opportunity to share their faith journeys with other year 5 children and gave them chance to gain an insight in how other schools profess their faith.

The children took part in many activities during the morning and then came together for collective worship in the school hall. All children played an active role in celebrating Mass and were able to receive Holy Communion with their peers from other schools.

It was a great time to share our faith and experience Mass with our peers.

Reception's End of Year Assembly

Reception children present their assembly.

2 July 2018

On Monday the 2nd July Reception were delighted to share their journey through Reception with parents.

The children demonstrated through singing, acting and dancing that they have not wasted their talents but used them to further their learning.

They likened themselves to a tiny seed on our Virtue Tree that had grown by following in the footsteps of Jesus in all that they do.

Collaboration with Other Schools

Talking to Catholics at another Archdiocese school.

2 July 2018

On Monday 2nd July 2018 our headteacher was honoured to talk to the Catholic Life Committee of another Catholic Primary School within the Archdiocese.

We are very proud to work in partnership in the wonderful Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Cheque Presented to SVP

Presenting the cheque to the SVP.

25 June 2018

Our Chaplaincy team chairperson was delighted to present a representative from SVP (Saint Vincent de Paul society) with a cheque for �500.

The Chaplaincy Team decided to present �500 from our Lenten fundraising to support the annual Christmas dinner run by SVP . The Christmas lunch is held in the city centre for homeless and lonely men and women.

School are very proud of Chaplaincy Team�s decision.

Choir sing at BDES conference

The choir at the ICC.

22 June 2018

Our school choir were honoured to be invited to sing at the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service conference at the ICC.

It was a very early start for us, leaving school at 7.30am ready to set up before the delegates arrived.

Choir filled the ICC with joyful singing of all our favourite hymns and worship songs.

Guests told us afterwards how much they had enjoyed the musical start to their day!

Winning Gold at St Chad�s Flower Festival

Our winning display at St Chad's.

15 June 2018

Children at The Abbey have taken their inspiration for this year�s display from our school Patron Saint � Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Our children are inspired by Mary�s loving embrace of the infant Jesus in this famous icon and think about how they can live out these values themselves, loving and helping others. Our children thought about how Mary cared for Jesus and about the people who care for us. We also remembered how Mary said yes to God�s call, and that we all have a vocation in life and a duty to be the best person that God has called us to be, knowing first and foremost that we are loved by God.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an inspiring role model for us all.

Our display was made up of flowers, writing and artwork created by every child in school, we were delighted that all the children's hard work was recognised with a gold award from the judges.

New Reception Welcome Meeting

Father Morris speaking to new Reception parents.

11 June 2018

Our new Reception parents were invited into school on Wednesday 11th June 2018 and were welcomed by Father Morris who started our meeting with a prayer.

Reception is the start of the children's new journey and they will be learning new skills for life during their time at the Abbey.

Parents were reassured that they are not alone now they are part of our Abbey family.

Preparing for St Chad's Flower Festival

Creating flowers for our display.

5 June 2018

We are delighted to be taking part in the Flower Festival at St Chad's Cathedral which runs from 15th to 17th June.

Every child in school participated in a creative afternoon where time was set aside to create beautiful flowers and writing for our display.

This year, the theme is 'Mary, Mother of God'. Our display will draw inspiration from Mary as a role model to us all and also as our school Patron Saint, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

We know that our pupils enjoyed the chance to reflect on their faith in a creative way and we hope our completed display conveys this joy to all who visit.

Collecting for the Homeless Shelter

A collection of sugar bags for the homeless.

4 May 2018

On Friday 4th May 2018 we dropped off bags and bags of sugar to the Sifa Fireside Homeless Shelter.

Each week the yearband leading school Mass donate bags of sugar for this excellent facility.

Thank you very much to our supportive and generous families. It is wonderful that our pupils get to see Caritas in action.

Year 3 Study Transubstantiation

Father Maurice talking to Year 3.

25 April 2018

Father Maurice took the time to support the Year 3 pupils in their theological learning as he visited them on Wednesday 25th April to discuss transubstantiation.

Father was very impressed with the knowledge and understanding the pupils displayed and praised the children and staff for their hard work.

Symbols of our Lenten Journeys

Designing our Lenten display.

24 April 2018

During Lent 2018, each yearband and the staff team completed a piece of artwork in the shape of a cross. Each cross represented the journey through Lent of each person within that group.

Crosses were shared with the whole school community as part of our Holy Week celebrations.

Pupils were asked to consider where they thought the crosses should be displayed. One young lady put together a detailed plan of how she thought the crosses should be displayed.

During Eastertide the headteacher and site manager met with this pupil to agree the final display. After a quick rearrangement of furniture the crosses were fixed to the wall in the corridor for all to enjoy.

We are very proud of our pupils making real life decisions to improve our school environment.

Mrs Hughes Received into the Church

Mrs Hughes and family.

31 March 2018

On Easter Saturday it is traditional for new members of the Catholic community to be welcomed into the faith life of the church.

Mrs Hughes, along with other members of the parish, were baptised or confirmed at the Easter vigil on Saturday evening.

The Abbey parish are delighted to count these new members of the community into the parish.

Supporting the Fireside Centre

Collections of sugar for the Fireside Centre.

29 March 2018

As a school, we are very aware that we have a duty to support those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.

Our families are very generous in helping us in this mission.

When a Year band is leading the Thursday Parish Mass, pupils are asked to offer a bag of sugar. This sugar is then delivered to the Fireside Homeless Shelter in Birmingham City Centre; to help with the hundreds of hot drinks they make for our homeless brothers and sisters every day.

Moderating RE Work

Moderating the RE work of our school.

27 March 2018

School follow the Diocese Programme of Study for RE. In order to ensure that this is being completed to the highest standard , staff meet throughout the year to moderate RE work and ensure that we are inline with diocesan expectations.

Yet again, we had a wonderful moderation session and were very proud to celebrate the hard work and success of staff and pupils.

Abbey Rocks

Our Abbey rocks.

26 March 2018

In March 2018 our Chaplaincy team began a project called Abbey Rocks.

The Chaplaincy team stayed after school and painted rocks with a selection of inspirational messages.

Underneath each rock they stuck a message explaining that if you find the rock you can either keep it or re-hide it for someone else to find.

People who find the rocks are asked to share a picture on our twitter page with the hash tag #abbeyrocks

It is hoped that the rocks will bring joy to all who find them.

Thank you to the Chaplaincy team for their hard work and to Mrs Lonergan for her inspiration and dedication.

Chaplaincy Team visit Erdington Baptist Church

Fun at Erdington Baptist Church.

26 March 2018

On Monday 26th March 2018 our Chaplaincy team were honoured to accept an invitation to visit Erdington Baptist Church.

Our Chaplaincy team were given a wonderfully warm welcome from the pastor and parishioners.

Chaplaincy team thoroughly enjoyed the prayer opportunities provided in the glorious interactive prayer garden.

Chaplaincy Team at the Prayer Space

The Chaplaincy Team at the Baptist Church.

26 March 2018

Chaplaincy Team were delighted to be invited to attend Six Ways Baptist Church's 'Prayer Space'.

We started our session by thinking about the Easter Story and then had time to explore the creativel prayer stations, each giving us an opportunity to try praying in a different way. Our session ended by joining in prayer together and sharing some reflections on the activities.

Thank you to all the volunteers at the Baptist Church for such a wonderful morning.

Year 2KR Class Assembly

Y2KR presenting their assembly.

19 March 2018

Year 2KR entertained the whole school and their families with their class assembly with the theme being 'Water'.

They talked about the importance of water in our lives and focused on how God is like a lighthouse in our lives. Just as lighthouses keep sailors safe, God always guides us to do the right thing and he is the light in our lives.

Year 2KR also gifted each year group with a pack of paper shamrocks as a go forth message, inspired by their class Saint, Saint Patrick, to be used in prayer services that same week in trays of water as a way of offering their intentions to God.

NQT Retreat Day

NQTs at the retreat day.

9 March 2018

On Friday 9th March 2018 our newly qualified teacher (NQT) joined other NQTs from across Birmingham at their special retreat day at St Chad�s Cathedral.

The retreat day is organised annually by the Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership Headteachers Association who value the opportunity to support the spiritual development of the newest members of our teaching community.

Please keep these newly qualified teachers in your prayers.

National School of Formation Event

Ms Tallon speaking at the event.

8 March 2018

We are very proud of our Headteacher and her involvement with the National School of Formation.

On Thursday 8th March 2018 she was invited to speak to Cohort 2 of NSF about her experiences through the NSF.

She was very honoured to speak to such a wonderful group of people focused on Building the Kingdom.

Confirmation Workshop

Families together in the Confirmation Workshop.

7 March 2018

On 7th March 2018, Year 5 welcomed their families as they gathered as a school community to support their children on their faith journey.

The Confirmation workshop formed an integral part of Year 5�s preparation towards the Sacrament of Confirmation.

During the workshop, Year 5 pupils were reminded of the story of Pentecost. They were given the opportunity to look at religious art and discuss this with their family members. They also produced their own prayers and created a piece of art work to take home.

Prayer Cards for Our Parishioners

Parishioners receiving prayer cards.

14 February 2018

In preparation for Lent our Chaplaincy team were very busy making prayer cards to give to parishioners after Mass.

As part of the Chaplaincy Team�s outreach work, they wanted to make more contact with the many visitors to the weekday Masses at the Abbey Church.

Members of the Chaplaincy Team distributed prayer cards devoted to St Valentine as parishioners left the 10am Ash Wednesday Mass. Parishioners really enjoyed meeting our children and were delighted with the hand decorated prayer cards.

Chaplaincy Team are currently working on their action plan which will include future outreach projects to spread the Good News of the Gospels.

Year 6 at the Greek Orthodox Church

Year 6 inside the Church.

11 January 2018

Year 6 enjoyed a visit to the Greek Orthodox Church in Erdington as part of our International Week.

The children had a tour around the church and learnt many interesting facts including how Orthodox Churches should be built.

During the trip we learnt that there are many similarities between how we celebrate and prayer at The Abbey and how the Orthodox Church practise their faith.

Year 1 visit the Hindu Temple

Year 1 at the Hindu Temple.

10 January 2018

Year 1 visited the Hindu Temple as part of their Multi-faith week studies.

The children were curious and active as they spotted signs and symbols of the Hindu faith, that they had been introduced to in school, around the temple and its many shrine.

We were privileged to observe the Hindu priests undertaking their daily prayers and the children�s behaviour was truly outstanding as they showed a respectful attitude throughout the visit.

Year 2 at the Buddhist Temple

Year 2 outside the temple.

9 January 2018

As part of the whole school Multi-Faith Week, Year 2 visited the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara to enhance their learning about Buddhism.

They listened to many great stories about the life of Buddha, looked around the temple and even had a go at meditation.

Year 2 were very respectful towards our host and came back to school ready to share their new knowledge of Buddhism.

Year 3's trip to Singers Hill Synagogue

Year 3 at Singers Hill Synagogue.

9 January 2018

On Tuesday 9th January Year 3 visited Singers Hill Synagogue as part of our International Week.

The children learned lots of different aspects of the Jewish faith and how the faith is practised in Birmingham. We even managed to a celebrate four Jewish weddings!

Mazel Tov!

Year 4 at the Multi-Faith Exhibition

Year 4 enjoying the exhibition.

9 January 2018

On Tuesday 9th January 2018, as part of Multi-faith Week, Year 4 attended a multi-faith exhibition.

Throughout the morning, we learnt about numerous aspects to do with the Islamic faith such as family life, the five pillars of Islam and the history of the faith.

The children particularly enjoyed finding out about family life - especially trying on the traditional dress. It was a fantastic and informative trip that helped us with what we are learning about in school during our Multi-faith Week.

Supporting the Homeless

Letter of thanks from Brushstrokes Sandwell.

9 January 2018

Staff at school have been supporting the sifa fireside centre for the homeless for over twelve months with fundraising, volunteering and food collections.

Following on from our fabulous nativity and choir performances , the audience were told about the work of fireside by our headteacher. Our headteacher shared some reflections on the plight of the homeless in Birmingham and referenced the Gospel messages we are asked to live out each day.

Parents, grandparents and visitors were incredibly generous and we collected over �600 for Sifa fireside.

Sifa fireside sent school a lovely letter of appreciation.

Supporting Brushstrokes Sandwell

Letter of thanks from Brushstrokes Sandwell.

9 January 2018

In December 2017 we held our annual collection of Christmas gifts for children not as fortunate as ourselves.

Once again, families were incredibly generous and a large number of wrapped gifts were received.

Gifts were given to the Brushstrokes charity who were very appreciative and sent a lovely thank you letter to school on 9th January.

Staff Prison Visit

22 December 2017

On 22nd December 2017, some staff members accepted the opportunity to visit a prison and be a part of the Christmas Day celebration for prisoners and their families.

Staff were very much reflecting on living the Gospel in their everyday lives. Staff focused on the message within the Gospel of Matthew:

"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.� Matthew 25:35-36

Five members of our staff share their reflections with us:

Advent Concert

Performing in our Advent Concert.

18 December 2017

On Monday 18th December 2017 our amazing school choir led us in a beautifully spiritual celebration of Advent.

The original concert date had to be postponed due to the snow, however the change of date did not hinder attendance; our school hall was packed.

Our amazing choir mistress, Mrs Rosangela Adamo, had prepared the choir fantastically well and their passion, energy and enthusiasm were infectious.

Mrs Esther Howard and Mrs Rebecca Lonergan had supported the choir in their preparations and were very proud of all involved.

The audience were invited to support the Sifa Fireside Centre after the concert and over �200 was raised to support this local homeless shelter.

Thanks go to all involved in preparing and supporting this wonderful event.

Sharing the Nativity Story

Youngsters act out the nativity story.

18 December 2017

During Advent 2017 we were absolutely thrilled to share the nativity story with parents and parishioners.

Our youngest children presented the special story beautifully and reminded us all of the reason for the season.

Gospel Goes Charity

The choir singing at the Town Hall.

13 November 2017

The Abbey Choir were honoured to be invited to sing alongside the Birmingham Community Gospel Choir at their annual concert held at the Town Hall.

We are so proud of the professionalism of our students and the commitment they have shown over weeks of rehearsals.

Deceased Headteachers' Mass

Headteachers at the special Mass.

13 November 2017

On 13th November 2017 our Headteacher joined fellow serving and retired headteachers from across the city to celebrate Holy Mass in remembrance of deceased headteachers.

The evening was coordinated by The Birmingham Catholic Primary Partnership and the celebration of Holy Mass was led by Father Jonathan Vesey.

Wearing our Poppies with Pride

Proudly wearing our poppies.

6 November 2017

During the week beginning 6th November 2017, British Legion Poppies were for sale each morning on the school drive.

In the days leading up to 11 November, people on the TV and in the streets wear a poppy. This is a symbol to remember those who have given their lives in war.

The reason poppies are used to remember those who have given their lives in battle is because they are the flowers which grew on the battlefields after World War One ended. This is described in the famous World War One poem In Flanders Fields, which you can read below.

Ever since then, they have come to be a symbol of remembering not just those who gave their lives in World War One, but all those who have died on behalf of their country.

In Flanders Fields - by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

All Saints' Day

Celebrating All Saints' Day.

1 November 2017

All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on 1 November. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven.

Our whole school community gathered together to celebrate whole school Mass on this Holy Day of Obligation.

Our pupil chaplaincy team worked hard preparing the Mass and writing prayers.

Building on from previous pupil feedback, we also had some adults reading alongside children, as pupils have shared that they like to hear adults read in Mass as well as their peers.

Brighten Up for Cafod Day

Everyone wearing bright colours.

6 October 2017

Inspired by three girls from Year 4 our whole school 'brightened up' for Cafod on Friday with all proceeds going to Charity.

We are extremely proud to support these inspiring young Catholics and future leaders of or faith.

Raising Money for Macmillan

Delicious cakes created in aid of Macmillan.

29 September 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 we held our annual fund raising event for MacMillan Cancer.

One of our families very kindly sponsored the event by providing cups, tea, coffee and milk, whilst our amazing Head Chef cooked the delicious cakes.

The heavy rain meant we had to move from our usual position by the Children�s Entrance to underneath the rain shelter inside the middle gate. This didn�t stop the generosity of our amazing families.

Thank you very much to everyone for their generosity. The cake sale raised �240 for the MacMillan Cancer Charity.

Year 5MM Assembly on Peace

Class 5MM's assembly.

25 September 2017

On Monday 25th September, Year 5MM delighted the school with their class assembly about Peace.

The children thought about what Peace means to them and what they could do to bring Peace to the world.

Each class had a tasty treat to take back to class. All the children were given a jelly baby, which were originally called 'Peace Babies', and were asked to think about the symbols on them.

Stewardship of Creation

Pupils join in with our assembly.

21 September 2017

The earth and all life on it are part of God's creation. Each and everyone of us are called to respect this gift.

On Thursday 21st September 2017 we had a special assembly helping us to understand that we are responsible for taking care of the world we live in and for taking care of the wonders and resources the earth gives us.

We learnt about our changing environment and how we need to think about how we live on our planet.

We learnt about top tips to conserve water and use water wisely. Each pupil was given the challenge to share these tips at home with their family.

What can you do to save water in your life?

Staff Prayers for Year 6

Prayer tags created for the children.

11 September 2017

Each week begins with staff shared prayer.

On Monday 11th September 2017, our shared prayer focused on the Year 6 pupils who were about to depart for their five day residential in the Isle of Wight.

A prayer was written on a special luggage tag for each child travelling to the Isle of Wight.

The children then attached their prayer tags to their bags.

Staff asked St Christopher, the patron Saint of travellers and children, to protect all the adults and children on their journey.

Starting our New Academic Year

Keys and keyring showing our virtue tree.

5 September 2017

On 5th September 2017 we welcomed our pupils back to school after the Summer break with a whole school assembly.

Each child was presented with their own key attached to a key ring showing our school virtue tree.

The key represents the key that each of us holds. The key to unlock the door to building the Kingdom here on earth.

Our pupils know that by following our school mission of following in the footsteps of Jesus with our friends, family and Parish , they can unlock the secret to being the person God has called them to be.

Blessing of Classrooms

Fr Maurice blessing our classrooms.

5 September 2017

On the first day of the school year in September 2017, Father Maurice visited each classroom in school with our Headteacher to deliver a blessing.

Father Maurice explained that he wasn't just blessing the room, he was blessing all the children and adults within it.

During each class blessing the children and adults prayed for the staff and governors and all involved in helping our school.

Father's Day Mass

Father's Day Mass.

18 June 2017

On Sunday 18th June 2017 we were delighted to lead the Parish Family Mass.

Father Elias reminded all fathers in his sermon that they are role models for their sons and daughters.

After a beautiful celebration of Holy Mass, the PTFA distributed gifts for all of the wonderful fathers on their special day.

Thank you to everyone involved in preparing and celebrating Holy Mass.