The children in Reception have had a wonderful week learning about Advent. We looked at the Advent wreath and talked about the special candles and the symbols. We created our own Advent wreaths and made our special Advent commitments. We also enjoyed decorating our Christmas trees and starting our work around “The very First Christmas”.
Year 3 took part in the CAFOD Advent Livestream this week. We discussed the importance of Advent and then wrote our own Advent commitment prayers in RE. We are looking forward to our Advent assembly!
Year 5 have begun their Advent by writing some beautiful commitments this week, their thoughts and words were incredibly reflective and beautiful. Please take a look at some of the wonderful work produced.
Today we celebrated the retirement of Mrs Conway, our very special lollipop lady. Mrs Conway has served our community for 50 years. She began her work as a lollipop lady in 1971. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles. Mrs Conway knows so many families and has looked after thousands and thousands of children. She always has the most beautiful smile which she shares every day, despite unpredictable weather including hail and snow! She is the most caring and thoughtful lady and she always has a kind word to say to everyone she encounters.
At school today we gave our thanks to Mrs Conway by surprising her with a morning of celebrations including song, poetry and a special guard of honour as well as lots of treats.
On behalf of St. Anne’s, we would like to say a million thankyous for everything she has done and we wish her the most wonderful retirement! An incredible achievement retiring at the age of 82!
This week in Nursery the children have been learning all about the ‘Creation Story’. They have used a variety of arts and crafts, role play, small world and water play to explore all of the wonderful things that God made. They really enjoyed ‘Yoga Time’ moving like different animals. The children were able to say their own beautiful thank you prayers.
This week our focus for Catholic Social Teaching is Family and Community. We talked about The Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus) and their relevance to our own wonderful families. This fitted well with our Religious Education lesson about the Sacrament of Marriage as we talked about the love and care Mary and Joseph had shown each other. The children wrote some beautiful prayers of intention where they thanked God for The Holy Family and also asked for God's blessing for all married couples. Year 2 Superstars!
This week was Other Faith week for Year 4. We have been studying Judaism and we had two visitors come in. On Monday, a speaker from CAFOD spoke to the children about Catholic Social Teaching. On Thursday, Ruth, a Jewish lady came in to show the children some artefacts from her religion and answer their questions.
The children have made a beautiful stained glass window Christmas card with the North Star presented inside, for their MAC buddies at Our Lady of the Wayside this week. It is lovely to make close links with another school.
At St. Anne’s, we are thinking about Catholic Social Teaching and how we can live out the teachings at school. They are a set of seven principles, rooted in Scripture, to provide us with guidance on how to live out our faith in our school, community and the world, particularly thinking about social justice. Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours, brothers and sisters in every situation, following in the footsteps of Christ.
At the very core, Catholic Social Teaching is for the common good of all people.
The seven statements are:
Children in Reception have continued their work on Baptism this week and the children loved Baptising the baby in class. The children were fantastic at remembering all of the special symbols of Baptism and welcoming Baby Anne into the family of God.
Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from CAFOD today to talk about Catholic Social Teaching. They came up with some wonderful suggestions as to how they can implement the teachings into their everyday life.
Our Year 3 children took part in a workshop led by Chris from CAFOD. We were delighted to also have Deacon Stuart, Sue and Tom join us for our workshop too! We had a brilliant time learning about how we can follow the Catholic Social Teaching Principles.
Children from John Henry Newman visited St. Anne’s on Wednesday for a child-led liturgy with Mr Morgan. The theme was to be kind, with Anti Bullying Week in mind. Year 5 and 6 enjoyed singing, reflection and a prayerful time together. It embedded the idea that being kind, in all situations, is so important.
This week, the final two groups from year 6 completed their Sacrament of Confirmation. The children were a real credit to themselves and demonstrated the virtues and values which they live out every day in their lives.
They now continue their journey of faith, filled with the Holy Spirit to guide them.
Thank you to all the families and friends of the children for helping to celebrate with them.
November is the month of Remembrance. It was wonderful for the children to share in Holy Mass on Tuesday with
@SoulsSchool for All Souls Day, to remember the faithful departed.
Year 6 Confirmation
Congratulations to 6EN who have received the sacrament of Confirmation this week. The service was both reverent and special. We are so proud of you. Thank you to all our families for all their support. We look forward to 6C receiving the sacrament next week.
Congratulations to our final group of children who made their First Holy Communion last weekend. It has been lovely being able to continue with our Sacramental Masses and we look forward to our Year 6 children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation after the half term break.
Our learning in Religious Education is about The Old testament stories. So far we have learned about Noah’s Ark, Abraham and Isaac and Jonah and the Whale. The oldest Bible was written in Hebrew and we tried to write in Hebrew ourselves - we did a great job! We talked to our partners about other stories we knew from the bible and the messages from God within them.
Home Focal Points
Wonderful examples of the children in Year 3 using the prayer bag at home. Eden set up her focal point along with her own religious statues, bible and rosary and shared prayers with her family, thanking God for his love, guided and offerings.
It was also wonderful to see Nikola set up her focal point at home, along with her cousin in 5T and her cousin in 6C and they prayed as a family.
The Month of the Rosary
This week, Year 5 spent some time praying to The Rosary, in order to build our own faith and grow closer to Our Lady. We then reflected on our own private intentions and prayers and asked Mary for her love and guidance always. The children were extremely reverent and prayerful as always and it was a beautiful opportunity for them.
Paddy, Sophia and Maya represented school on Monday as part of our Care for Creation project. They joined other schools in the MAC and celebrated Mass at St. Chad’s cathedral. Following Mass, they walked to the town hall to meet the Lord Mayor. They presented some letters to be shared with MPs about the climate. As we know our children are passionate about climate change and we hope he MPs will listen to the requests put forward by the children.
Year 1 Class Saint - St. Francis of Assisi
On Monday, children in Year 1 celebrated their class saint ‘St. Francis of Assisi’. St. Francis lived a life of poverty after deciding to dedicate his life to looking after nature and God’s creatures. We wanted to celebrate this in class by thinking about how we can we can live our lives like him. We reflected on what things they love in the world that cannot be bought.
Our first group of children made their First Holy Communion last weekend. We continue to keep in our prayers all of the children who are due to receive theirs over the coming weeks.
We were delighted to welcome Saqib Bhatti to St. Anne’s last week. It was the first time we had received a visit from a Member of Parliament. The children in Year 6 sent him a letter to invite him into school to discuss climate change linked to our topic “Care for Creation”. This is what he tweeted following his visit:
Saqib Bhatti MP, @bhatti_saqib
‘I was delighted to visit St. Anne’s Primary in Chelmsley Wood last week to speak about the importance of climate change and my work as an MP. I was certainly put through my paces with this crowd! They did a good job of holding me to account and I look forward to visiting again.’
We want change! We want change! The children at St. Anne's have taken part in lots of activities linked to our topic 'Care of Creation'.
Children have had a brilliant week learning all about how to look after our world throughout 'Care for Creation' week. The children have produced fantastic work this week while discovering different ways to help tackle climate change. We have been so inspired by how thoughtful and compassionate the children have been when discussing such important topics! The children had lots of fun making placards to raise awareness of protecting our planet for future generations. Hope comes from action!
This week, the children have celebrated the official launch week for the Our Lady and all Saints MAC. The children have had a fantastic week celebrating schools joining together. The week began with a video of photos and videos from each of the 13 schools, where the children could see and meet children from each school. We then joined together in prayer, thinking about our journey is similar to the parable of the mustard seed. Our faith, friendship and support for each other as a MAC family will grow over time to become a huge success, just as the mustard seed grows into a huge tree. Later in the week the children had some fun with a Saints Trail around the school grounds, finding out fascinating facts about each of the school saints. The week ended with praying our school MAC prayer, which the children across school created last academic year. We look forward to growing our connections with each school and continuing on this exciting journey.
Pope Francis has named this time from September to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘The Season of Creation.’
During the Season of Creation next week, we will be starting two weeks of learning and action all about caring for the environment; for God’s beautiful creation. We have teamed up with the family of schools that creates Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Multi Academy Company (MAC) and Columban Missionaries Britain, because together we are stronger, ‘Stronger in Faith’.
Beginning on Monday 20th September and concluding on the feast of St Francis of Assisi, Monday 4th October, this MAC-wide project is a special time to pray and act for the earth, our common home. Together we are stronger; together we will listen to the cry of the earth, together we will pray and reflect; together we will take action, making a positive change for better. Find out more as it happens by following us and our MAC Family of schools on Twitter: @OurLadyandAllS1 @GrdangelsCP @StAnnesCP @StAnthonysSch @stwilfridrc @OurLadysCP @SJBsolihull @StEdRCPrimary @ourladycompass @OLWayside @StAugsCPS @StPetersSch @stgandtschool @s82twitter
On Wednesday, children watched the CAFOD ‘Go Green’ assembly. They are learning all about how we can help the Amazon Rainforest. Did you know, the Amazon rain Forest is like a giant air conditioning unit for the world? It is so important for our climate.
We must take more care of our world. The Amazon is important for the whole world. God has given us the Earth as our common home, we share it together with our family of God. We must work together to look after it. https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/National-assemblies
Year 2 have learned many things about Buddhism as part of finding out about other faiths in our world. The children listened to the story of Buddha-Siddhartha Guatama and then sequenced the story in pairs. We had a very calm time when the children meditated to free their minds and be at peace!! All our knowledge was retrieved at the end of the learning using a quiz - they remembered many facts.
Well done Year 2!
Year 1 have enjoyed finding out about Judaism, as part of 'Other Faith Week'. They each made a Star of David, discovered how Jews worship and know about the origins of Hanukkah
Year 6 thought about what the word faith means to us as a class during our RSE lesson. We completed a ‘faith’ task, where the children followed instructions, having complete faith in the person who was leading on the instructions. Using our ears to listen, without needing evidence or being able to see, just like we should be ready to open our heart and listen to God
This week the children have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and learning all about the Islamic faith. They have discovered the wonders of the Five Pillars of Islam, as well as the Pilgrimage that Muslims take to Mecca – Hajj. Finally, they children got the opportunity to recreate some Islamic artwork. Well done children – you continue to impress us every day!
Today marks the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On Friday 11th June Pope Francis encourages us to discover the riches of charity hidden in the heart of Christ.
‘May this Heart, full of love for men, give everyone hope and trust. I invite you to discover the riches that are hidden in the Heart of Jesus. The devotion to the heart of Jesus has Christ’s unconditional love at its centre. We must realise that we are never before God only as individuals, but also as members of the Church and children of the one human family.’
This week Year 6 gave thanks to the Holy Spirit and created representations using chalks and oil pastels. They drew on inspiration from famous depictions, and thought about how they could incorporate colour to represent the gift, fruits and expressions of the Holy Spirit.
In Religious Education, Year 2 had a visit from some wonderful year 6 Confirmands. We are learning about the Sacrament of Confirmation and Annabelle, Rose, Leon and Abigail were able to answer some important questions for us.
They were so eloquent and mature in their responses. The children explained how they felt when they were given the gift of the Holy Spirit and how they would use this gift in their lives. All the children gained an insight into what it means to be confirmed by listening to children who have a recent experience.
During this week, Year 5 honoured and celebrated the month of Our Lady, by contributing their own class rose and sharing in a very reverent worship together. In addition to this, they joined together to dedicate their prayers to her with a decade of the Rosary.
Children enjoyed some reflective, prayerful song with Dan and Emily this morning in preparation for Pentecost on Sunday. The children thought about the Holy Spirit; the words and music were so powerful. Many thanks to all involved.
‘Spirit of god, descend on me this day.
Grant me the Spirit of joy, to lift me,
The Spirit of hope to inspire me,
The Spirit of love to surround me and
The Spirit of truth to enlighten my path.
This week as a school we have been continuing our work with CAFOD and focusing on ways we can live out our faith by caring for our common home and for each other. This year, CAFOD are running a campaign where we have the chance to tell our UK government and world leaders that we want them to look after the planet and all the people who live on it. In November, there is a very important meeting taking place in Glasgow, where important people from around the world come to our country to talk about the climate, how it is changing and what should
be done about it. This meeting is called COP26.
This week in our collective worship sessions we have been thinking about the changes that need to be made so that people can live their life to the full and climate change isn’t making people’s lives hard. We have joined other children over England and Wales to work together to tell the Government that the eyes of the world are on them, as they make decisions for the future.
This week all year groups have produced many pictures of eyes to show the government eyes of the world are watching, and so are we! On and around an eye template the children drew what they would like our world to look like in the future. Here are some examples of the wonderful work produced.
During the Month of May, we have been praying for Our Lady and thanking her for her love and guidance.
On Tuesday and Wednesday morning classes 3T and 3O’R prayed to the Rosary to show our devotion for
Our Lady; the children were then given the opportunity to write their own beautiful prayers for Our Lady.
Year 3 were incredibly reverent and spiritual throughout this time and it was a joy for their teachers to see.
This week in Collective Worship Year 2 have been reflecting and learning about vocations. To help us and guide us we have said the St. John Vianney prayer for vocations. We have spent time thinking about the courage we need in our life to follow God's plan for all of us. Some of us would like to be nurses and doctors in the future and show the same amazing courage and care our NHS workers have shown recently. Most of all we thought about how important it is to show care and love to everyone in our world.
Religious Education in Year 1
This week, year 1 went over to church to view the Saint Anne's Paschal candle as part of our RE lesson.
We discussed the symbols that can be found on the candle and their meaning and talked about when it is first lit and why. Miss Wicketts and Mrs Bathurst were amazed by the children's answers and how reverently and respectfully they behaved whilst in God's house.
The children in Reception have been continuing their work on the story “The Little Red Hen”. We have loved listening to the story, joining in with the actions and completing lots of work linked to the story. We have also had a great time thinking about our “Vocation”. We thought about the special talents God gave us and how we can use these talents as we grow up. We spoke about what job we would like to have when we are older. We created some super work!
This week at St Anne’s, we have been celebrating the launch of the Our Lady and All Saints Multi Academy Company. We started the week with a launch assembly, introducing the 12 other schools that are joining together. It was wonderful to discuss the connections the children of St. Anne’s already have with so many of the schools.
We thought about how we, as a school community, can be ‘strong in faith’ as the strapline of the Our Lady and All Saint logo states.
Throughout the school, we then used the parable of the mustard seed to represent the journey that we are now on together during a Collective Worship. Starting as a small mustard seed, our faith as a community of leaders, staff, children and parents will grow to create new connections and a stronger faith, together. We thought about our new family that we are welcoming. We have our own families and carers at home; our school family; the family of God and now, we welcome Our Lady and All Saints family too.
In our R.E lessons, we explored each of the 13 Mission Statements from each school, and the important messages that we can take from each of them. We then created a class ‘Our Lady and All Saints prayer’, using the special words from each of the Mission Statements to help us. The prayers were then offered to God, and all the boys and girls at St. Anne’s said a special prayer thinking about the 4500 children and more than 700 staff who are joining together.
It has been a delight to see the wonderful art work that has been created to represent Our Lady and All Saints. From the canvas paintings, the posters, the framed art work and the wooden mobiles. I know that Peter Davies, the Catholic Senior Executive Leader will be overwhelmed with the creativity at St. Anne’s.
It has been a truly fabulous launch week, with lots to celebrate and look forward to. We look forward to the future where can grow new friends and new connections with the other schools.
Miss Evans visited both of the year 6 classes on Monday, to launch the Our Lady and All Saints MAC to the children.
We thought about what this meant to us as a school, and how we can be strong in faith.
It was amazing to think that all 13 schools were sharing the same launch assembly this week. We said a prayer for all the members of the new, Our Lady and All Saints family.
Tree Planting in recognition of the launch of our lady and all saints multi academy company
Niamh, Finlay and Ruby helped Mr Slattery plant a Dog Rose saplin as part of our launch. All schools were kindly given this saplin as a symbol of new beginnings and growing in faith. We will watch our saplin grow and blossom over time.
In collective worship, Year 2 listened to the parable of the mustard seed. We compared how the mustard seed grows into a tree with our school growing as an academy.
Fantastic creativity linked to our new and exciting journey from Harrison in year 2. Harrison is proud to share this fantastic piece of work done at home with our new family of schools.
As part of our MAC soft launch, the children in year 3 created some beautiful prayers in class. The children thought it was important to recognise in our prayer that we are joining together as a new ‘family’.
Year 3 are looking forward to their new journey within Our Lady and All Saints.
In collective worship this week in year 1 we have been learning about something very exciting. We learnt that our school is growing into a bigger family! We are joining together with 12 other schools to become a MAC, called ‘Our Lady and All Saints’. This week we have been spending time asking God to help us as we grow and we have been having faith that he will do this. Each class planted a seed and we will nurture it over the next few weeks and encourage it to grow just like us joining the Academy, where we will become even bigger, better, stronger school, just like our sunflower plant.
Year 5 have had a fantastic first week back! All the children have been working extremely hard and we are very proud of all their efforts. Throughout this week the children have been celebrating joining Our Lady and All Saints MAC. They have all written their own beautiful prayer as well as contributing to producing a shared class prayer. Well done Year 5 for being so spiritual and thoughtful.
Fantastic artwork created by Finley for Our Lady and All Saints.
‘This picture reminds me of all the schools coming together to become one, with Christ at the centre of our lives.’ Finley made this beautiful work with beads, thousands of them!
REMOTE LEARNING COVID 19
Week Commencing 2nd March 2020
During Lent, our Liturgical Leaders will be sharing special prayers with you and our St. Anne’s community. This week our Leaders have chosen the following prayers:
“Lord, there are so many reasons to smile and be cheerful, so many God-given moments that are messengers of hope each day. Help me, during this Lent, to seize the day and to make the most of every opportunity.”
“Lord, Many communities and countries are living in poverty and daily hardship yet they show tremendous faith and love. Help us to learn from these groups the importance of love as a gift more precious than other possessions.”
Week Commencing 24th February 2020
On Wednesday, children and staff from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 attended a lovely Mass for Ash Wednesday led by Deacon Stuart. The children were reverent and respectful in church as always and read and sang beautifully; many thanks to all the children and staff. Reception and Infant children received their ashes on Wednesday afternoon in school.
During Lent, out Liturgical Leaders will be sharing special prayers with you and our St. Anne’s community. This week our Leaders have chosen the following prayers:
“Lord, in the parable of the talents you teach us to use the gifts we have been given for
our benefit and that of others. Help us to recognise the potential of our own and others’
gifts to enhance lives each day.”
“Lord, I offer you my hopes and fears during Lent. I offer you the light and shadows within me. May your light shine through me clearly, that the others will recognise your goodness in me.”
Father Hudson’s Care is the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Birmingham which is a very worthy charity. Once again we are asking for your support as part of our Lenten fund raising activities.
This week, each child will have received an information letter along with a self-assembly collecting box; please encourage him/her to put a small amount each day in the box. Would you kindly arrange to return The Good Shepherd Collection boxes to school by Friday 27th March 2020. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Week Commencing 10th February
This morning, Year 5 performed their assembly on their PSHE unit "Dreams and Goals". The assembly consisted of their hopes for future jobs and vocations and they expressed their understanding of training and the journey they must go on in order to achieve their dreams.
We also linked this to our God given talents which we must share with the world and choose a vocation that would nurture God's world for the better. The children were fantastic and sang, acted and spoke confidently and eloquently. It was a very popular assembly enjoyed by all!
On Thursday, six children from Year 5 took part in a debate held at Solihull Council Chambers. Along with other schools, the children had to put forward their argument to the Mayor of Solihull. The subject was ‘Should children under the age of 12 be banned from eating sweets and chocolate?’ All of the children performed wonderfully and were a credit to St. Anne’s. A special mention to Konrad who won a £10 book voucher for being ‘Debater of the Day’. Well done to Konrad, Abbigail, Ella, Kyle, Jack & Roxanna.
Week Commencing 3rd February 2020
Thank you for supporting the NSPCC National Number Day today. Our reception children had great fun exploring with numbers and representing numbers in different ways in the outdoor area. We had some super number sentences!!!
Each child put out the coins that they had brought into school and spelled out ‘Find Your Brave’. The Rock Star/Pop Star non-uniform theme went down brilliantly with some wonderful and funky costumes! Such an amazing effort by all for a very worthy cause. We look forward to sharing with you the amount raised as soon as we have the figure.
St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in April 2020. As part of our celebrations we are working on putting a collage of photographs together showing ‘St. Anne’s through the years’ and we really need your help please. If you have any photographs that could be part of the collage would you please arrange for us to have a copy, either electronically by sending them to the school office via email: email@example.com (please put ’50 Years’ in the subject line of the email so we can easily recognise emails relating to the 50th Anniversary) or if you have hard copies by sending them into school, ensuring that your name is on the back. Also if you have friends, family or neighbours who have had links with St. Anne’s through the years, please ask them too! We really want this to show as many of the wonderful pupils, families and events that St. Anne’s has celebrated over the last. 50 years.
Please arrange for any contributions to be sent in by Monday 16th March 2020 and many thanks in advance for your support with this important project.
This morning class 2OC celebrated Candlemas in their Class Mass. All the children were wonderful; they each had a special part to play and carried it out fantastically. A wonderful celebration for all who attended and a super effort Class 2OC. Thank you to year 2 staff and thanks to the Year 5 children who attended Mass with their Reception buddies.
On Monday this week, some of our Year 6 children attended an event in honour of Holocaust Memorial Day at the Civic Suite in Solihull. Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau with the theme ‘Stand Together’. Over many years, the Council and its partners have commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by holding a service in Solihull.
Some children attended the service in the morning with the remaining children attending a talk by Rabbi Pink about his own family’s experiences during the Holocaust.
The children represented St. Anne’s brilliantly and enjoyed learning so much about this very important day.
Week Commencing 20th January 2020
This week the children in Nursery have been learning all about Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat. The children have enjoyed tasting a variety of Chinese foods and opening fortune cookies to find lucky messages. The children were excited to take home a lucky red envelope which they put under their pillow and opened the next morning to find a lucky coin! The children have been creative by performing a lion dance, a fan dance and a ribbon dance to music using percussion instruments and we made a class story map to show all the different ways people celebrate Chinese New Year.
Children across all year groups were amazing this week – they carried out a litter pick around our school. They were so enthusiastic and worked brilliantly together to make our environment greener! Our new eco committee in St. Anne's were wonderful in leading and encouraging children from other year groups to help gather litter. A big thank you and well done to all involved in our big clean up!
Week Commencing 13th January 2020
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Compassionate and Loving’
‘Our pupils are taught that compassion means always trying to be respectful and kind to one another even if it just means a smile to someone. Every year we raise money for charity and we support those in need. Our pupils are taught to love one another as God loves us.’
We are delighted to inform you that Saint Anne’s have been awarded a five-star rating and made the top ten schools in Solihull in the Birmingham Mail Real Guide to League Tables for our results from 2018-19 cohort.
St. Anne's was rated in TOP position in Solihull and ranked 163rd overall across the country, out of 14,749 primary schools in England!
The school earned a maximum five stars in different categories including progress, attainment for all and attainment. Parents can go online to browse the full data, compare different schools, and find links to contact details and recent Ofsted reports:
We are very fortunate to have such wonderful, committed staff, fantastic children and great families and together we can continue to make Saint Anne’s the best it can be.
An initiative announced in February 2019 by The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales dedicated the Year 2020 to Sacred Scripture. It has been given the name “The God Who Speaks” and it takes the Bible as its focus. It takes place in cooperation with the British Bible Society and it offers all Catholics an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God Who Speaks’. Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The Word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.
‘We are invited to listen afresh to the word of God as did Our Blessed Lady at the Annunciation, to encounter anew the presence of that word, and to proclaim it afresh in the Church and the World.’ - Pope Francis
Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in school and around the country, focusing on three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s Word.
The year will also serve to commemorate two important anniversaries of Scripture’s role in the Church;
2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini;
it is also the 1,600th anniversary of St. Jerome’s death. For Catholics all over the world, St. Jerome is a very important Saint and Biblical scholar.
"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life." - 1 John 1:1
On Tuesday morning, the school joined together in prayer to celebrate the first Mass together of the New Year. Father Christopher then blessed the Bible during Mass, as part of launching the Year of the Word, signifying the importance of the Bible.
The prayer for the Living God, You walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Year of the Word: Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses
throughout the world. Amen
Week Commencing 16th December 2019
On Wednesday morning we held a beautiful Advent Mass in Church. As usual the children were amazing both in terms of their singing and their behaviour. Thank you to Mrs Cope and everyone involved in organising Mass.
Bambinelli Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) when all the children bring their figure of baby Jesus from their nativity scenes to St. Peter’s Square to be blessed by the Pope.
St. Anne’s Nursery and Reception children have made their own beautiful Bambinellis and on Wednesday morning Deacon Stuart came to school to bless them. The children have taken their Bambinellis home, meaning that Jesus will be present in their home during the Christmas season.
Some of our Year 3 children went to Orchards Care home in Shard End on Wednesday to sing Christmas carols to the residents; we also celebrated some very special birthdays! The children gave the residents handed out a lovely Christmas card to all. The children wished everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.
On Thursday morning, the children of Key Stage 2 come together to share in the annual Christmas Carol Concert. The children travelled on a journey through the very special build up through Advent leading up to Christmas Day; through readings from the bible and a mix of traditional and modern carols. We then ended the Carol Concert with the twelve days of Christmas and Santa Claus is coming to town, really getting into the Christmas Spirit. Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Christmas from all of Key Stage 2!
Week Commencing 9th December 2019
The children in year 5 had a visitor linked to their work on The School of Sanctuary on Wednesday. Barbara spoke to the year group about the wonderful work her charity does in helping asylum seekers who are waiting for help as they have not yet been given refugee rights. She spoke about a dear friend of hers named Muhammed who was a businessman in Pakistan before he was forced to leave due to his conversion to Catholicism. The children learned about the tough conditions he now has and were informed about all the wonderful ways they could welcome refugees to their community linked to the fact that Jesus was a refugee due to Herod's actions.
Barbara also left two wonderful books with us; Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird and We Are All Born Free by Amnesty International.
The Year 3 children performed their Advent assembly this week. The children were fantastic and have really enjoyed preparing to share the very special message of the importance of preparing for the birth of Christ. The year 3 children and staff hope that everyone enjoyed the performance and are looking forward to preparing for Advent.
A big thank you to all of the staff and children involved for a truly beautiful Advent assembly.
It was a proud occasion on Thursday evening when our Year 6 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Church. Canon David Evans visited school in the morning and confirmed the children in the evening. He was very impressed by our school and the children’s knowledge and understanding of the Sacrament and why they had chosen to be confirmed.
Thank you to everybody who helped to make it such a special occasion and most of all, to the children who with the support of their families and sponsors, received this very special sacrament and led it beautifully.
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Attentive & Discerning’ -
‘Our pupils are taught to be attentive to always listen to the word of God. The Bible shows us how to live a good life. They are taught that the views of others are important and should always be listened to. Our pupils are taught that everyone deserves to be heard. They are taught that to be discerning is to choose between right and wrong in the light of God’s word’.
Week Commencing 7th October 2019
Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman
We are looking forward to the Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13th October 2019.
Prayer with Archbishop Bernard
On Wednesday afternoon, the children and staff of St. Anne’s School joined together in prayer by praying together the rosary as part of the extraordinary missionary month, during a live stream with Archbishop Bernard. As disciples of Jesus, we live out our Mission by praying for everyone in the world. The Liturgical Leaders then presented each class with a set of rosary beads, which are the same beads used by Archbishop Bernard during the time of prayer. They have been placed on the focal point and used during class worships to pray the rosary together as a class.
Harvest Mass led by Year 2 children - Tuesday 8th October 2019
Children in Class 2M led a wonderful Mass this morning celebrating The Harvest. Every child had an important role in the Mass and Mrs McGuire was so proud of them all. The children read eloquently, sang beautifully, carried the offertory gifts reverently and led the congregation with actions so well for the songs. The children greeting members of the parish and the community as they arrived were so ‘welcoming’ as they entered St. Anne’s church to join Class 2M for a wonderful celebration.
Week Commencing 30th September 2019
Thank you all for your very generous donations for the Macmillan Cake sale last week. We raised an amazing £318.60 for this wonderful charity!
Year 6 confirmed their new status as the School’s leaders this week by celebrating a wonderful Mass on Tuesday morning. All of the children in Key Stage 2 represented St. Anne’s wonderfully by showing great reverence and as always, by their lovely singing.
Our Year 6 children were presented with their Leaders’ badges and certificates in a special ceremony this morning. Many thanks to the family members who joined us on the special occasion and well done to our Year 6 children who we are sure will be super leaders in our school.
Children in year 3 led a wonderful Mass this morning marking the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul. The children were reverent and respectful in Church as always and sang their hymns beautifully.
Today we held a cake sale in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. A huge thank you to the junior children who brought cakes in to sell and to all children who bought cakes to raise money for this wonderful charity; we look forward to letting you know how much we raised in the upcoming weeks.
Over the last few weeks we have been celebrating in assembly all the leaders in our school. Our children lead St. Anne’s so well in so many different ways. Here are some examples; Liturgical Leaders, School Councillors, Mini Vinnies, Eco Leaders, Sports Leaders, Year 6 leaders, Faith friends, Year 5 buddies, Altar Servers, Play leaders.
Week Commencing Sunday 8th September
Last week, the children across the school this week have focused on what Our Mission means to them. They thought deeply about how Our Mission can be threaded through school, home and our community and thought particularly about the words that really stood out to them.
Our Mission is part of our continued faith journey, a statement that all children and staff live out daily. Our Mission embeds everything we do and we will continue to discuss this and keep it alive in different ways across the year.
Week Commencing Sunday 1st September
“Our pupils are taught to be grateful for all that they have, all that they are and that is. They are taught that generosity is the root of good deeds. They are encouraged to be generous with their time, their talents and to use them to support others.”
Our first school Mass of the new term was held today. The children all sang beautifully and were reverent as always in Church. It was lovely to see parents and family members at Church today and we thank you for joining us. Thank you to all the staff who organised Mass.
This Sunday, 8th September, is Education Sunday.
Education Sunday is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in September – our children have been learning about this in school this week and the learning will continue with next week’s edition of the Wednesday Word.
The theme this year is ‘Form and flourish – to re-form’. If you would like more information and/or resources, please visit the Churches Together in England (CTE)
In assembly today, we have been discussing our Mission Statement with the children. The children’s responses were amazing and expressed what our mission statement to them and how they practice our mission.
Autumn 2018 - Summer 2019
‘Our pupils are taught that compassion means always trying to be kind and respectful to one another even if just means a smile to someone. Every year we raise money for charity and we support those in need. Our pupils are taught to love one another as God loves us.’
Our first school Mass was held today. The children all sang beautifully and were reverent as always in Church.
All the Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham joined Archbishop Bernard through a live video link in a very special service of prayer and adoration of Jesus. It was a beautiful service in which our children participated with great reverence, demonstrating their love and respect for Jesus.
Year 6 confirmed their new status as the School’s leaders this week by celebrating a wonderful Mass. All of the children in Key Stage 2 represented St. Anne’s wonderfully by showing great reverence and as always, by their lovely singing. The Year 6 staff would like to give a big thank you to all of the parents and family members who were able to support their children on what was a very special day.
We are delighted to announce that we, St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include: Athletics, Dodgeball, Football, Gymnastics, Inclusive Quad Kids, Inclusive Tennis, Indoor Athletics, Hockey, Netball, Personal Best Festival, Rounders, Tennis and Tag Rugby.
With an increasing number children year on year competing in local inter-school competitions, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil many different criteria including participation and competition, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to Miss Smith, Mr Humpherston, Mrs Welbourne, all the children who have competed and taken part in clubs and events and St. Anne’s staff for training, supporting and encouraging the children in all sporting events. We look forward to applying once again in 2019!
We are delighted to announce that we have also recently gained our Artsmark Gold Award. Artsmark’s motto is ‘Bringing learning to life through arts and culture’ and we are very proud of our ability to do that and thank all the staff and children who engage so wonderfully with the Artsmark activities.
Children in year 3 led a wonderful Mass marking the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul. The children were reverent and respectful in Church as always and sang their hymns beautifully.
Class 2M entertained the local community at the Tea Dance in St Anne’s Parish Centre. They sang their hearts out and behaved impeccably – Mrs McGuire was so proud! A treat was given for their amazing efforts.
Children in year 6 led a wonderful Mass on along with their Year 1 buddies on St. Francis of Assisi. The children were reverent and respectful in Church as always and sang their hymns beautifully.
Thank you for your generous contributions for the cake sale last week – we raised £278.66! There was also a cake sale at the Parish Centre which raised a further £56.97 bringing the grand total to £335.63 which is a fantastic amount to raise for this very deserving charity.
Class 2M celebrated a beautiful Harvest Mass - we were saying thank you to God for all the food we have and the children donated money to CAFOD for boys and girls all over the world who need our help. The children read amazingly, sang beautifully and showed great reverence in Church as always.
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Faith-filled & Hopeful’
‘Our pupils are taught about their faith from home. They begin on their journey of faith with the Sacrament of Baptism, through to Confirmation. Our pupils are taught that hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something. We are taught that it is important not to wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope and you will fill yourself with hope.’
We are very lucky to have a very special candle as part of our wonderful Poppy display.
Our Site Manager, Mr Slattery, served in the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment and this candle was made by the regiment to mark the centenary year of the end of World War I in remembrances of all those who fought and died during the conflict.
Mr Slattery will be representing his regiment at the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph this Sunday, 11th November. It will be a very proud moment for Mr Slattery and our school community.
If you would like us to remember any of your loved ones in our prayers this month, please complete the slip we sent out before half term and send them into school with your child. They will be put in to our Prayer Box and included in our Remembrance prayers throughout the month of November.
Class 5C led a wonderful Mass on St. Martin de Porres. The children represented St. Anne’s wonderfully and as always were respectful and reverent in Church. Many thanks to the families who attended Mass; it was lovely to see you all in Church.
As part of other Faith Week, children in Year 3 have explored the religion of Hinduism. Children have enjoyed a range of activities including making their own 'Diwa lamps' and creating some beautiful rangoli patterns; we even had the opportunity to learn some Hindu dance moves! Year 3 have shown respect and enthusiasm throughout the week and have gained a wonderful understanding of the faith. Well done to all the children and to thank you to all the Year 3 staff.
Our Site Manager, Mr Slattery, took part in the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday as part of the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment in which he served.
If you would like us to remember any of your loved ones in our prayers this month, there is still time to complete the slip we sent out before half termand return it school – all slips will be put in to our Prayer Box and included in our Remembrance prayers throughout the month of November.
Class 5H led a beautiful Remembrance Service in Church. During the service we remembered those we have lost and the children represented our School wonderfully being respectful and reverent in Church as always.
Many thanks to Miss Healey and Year 5 staff for all their hard work and to all families who attended the service; it was lovely to see you all in Church.
Some of our Year 5 children visited the council House to take part in a Debating Competition. The children were amazing and represented St. Anne's fantastically well; they were so respectful to others and clear with their speeches. Kyle had a special mention from the Mayor for his convincing presentation. Well done to all the children who took part – Anne, Ethan L, Kyle, Harry, Jessica and Georgina and a big thank you to Mrs Malone for doing such a wonderful job in preparing the children.
Many thanks for your kind contributions and donations for non-uniform day. We raised a brilliant £390 for our School charities.
It was a proud occasion when our Year 6 children received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Church. Bishop Robert Byrne visited school in the morning and confirmed the children himself. He was very impressed by our school and the children’s knowledge and understanding of the Sacrament and why they had chosen to be confirmed.
Thank you to everybody who helped to make it such a special occasion and most of all, to the children who with the support of their families and sponsors, received this very special sacrament and led it beautifully.
Year 3 performed their Advent Assembly with dances, songs and 'The Advent Factor' they were able to show the real meaning of Advent and send a wonderful message. Well done to all of the children who sang beautifully and have worked so hard to prepare for this assembly and many thanks to all of the Year 3 staff for preparing the children.
Children from class 3O'R performed for parishioners at a tea dance at the Parish Centre. They performed a range of songs from our Advent assembly including: 'Awake, Awake', 'O Holy Night' and 'A Whole New World'. The children sang beautifully and the singing was enjoyed by all. The children were even given the opportunity to join in on a Christmas sing along!
Ruth Jacobs, a Jewish speaker, came to visit Year 4 to talk about her faith. The children learned about the major festivals; Hanukah, Yom Kippur, Shabbat and Sukkot. Ruth shared with us some of the signs and symbols of Judaism including the traditional outfits used in prayer. The children learned so much from this experience, gaining a deeper appreciation for other religions and thought about the traditional upbringing that Jesus and his family would have had.
All the Nursery children enjoyed performing the ‘ABC Nativity’ to their families and spending time in the classroom with their parents, sharing books and making a variety of Christmas craft activities. The children showed their parents how confident they have become since they started nursery back in September at the ‘Welcome to Nursery’ workshop. Both staff and parents were extremely proud of the children’s acting, singing, dancing and behaviour. Each child received a book from school as a gift to encourage reading for pleasure. Many thanks to the staff for all their effort and to all the parents/carers who attended.
Well done to all of the Reception children for such wonderful nativity performances this week – the children have been working so hard to learn their parts. The hard work certainly paid off when they made everyone feel so jolly and festive with their storytelling, dancing and singing to tell the Christmas story. They made their parents and staff extremely proud.
Many thanks to all of the reception staff for producing such a wonderful nativity.
The 'Mini Vinnies' went over to the Parish Centre to help with the Christmas dinner and festivities for the local community and parishioners of St. Anne's. The children got into the Christmas spirit and delivered hand-made Christmas cards (which had been made by the Mini Vinnies and the Liturgical Leaders at school) to everyone that was there. The children helped serve during the afternoon and were most helpful. The children engaged in some delightful conversation and were beaming upon their return to school.
Well done Mini Vinnies!
A beautiful Advent Mass in Church took place this week. As usual the children were amazing both in terms of their singing and their behaviour. Thank you to Mrs Cope and everyone involved in organising Mass.
Key Stage One performed their annual Christmas show 'The Nativity'. The nativity really did show us all the true meaning of Christmas and what an amazing performance it was! The Year 2 children acted, sang and danced incredibly well to put on a spectacular show for us all. The children were real superstars! A huge well done to Year 1 too, who performed a poem and a Christmas song at the beginning of the show. They also had choir roles throughout the nativity and supported the Year 2 children amazingly.
Many thanks to the Key Stage 1 staff who worked so hard to ensure that the performances were a success and thanks to all the family members who watched the performances; it was lovely to see you all.
The children of Key Stage 2 came together to share in the annual Christmas Carol Concert. The children travelled on a journey through the very special build up through Advent leading up to Christmas Day; through readings from the bible and a mix of traditional and modern carols. We then ended the Carol Concert with the twelve days of Christmas and Santa Claus is coming to town, really getting into the Christmas Spirit. Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Christmas from all of Key Stage 2!
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Eloquent and Truthful’
‘Our pupils are taught that it is important that they are able to express their thoughts and beliefs and that they must be taught to explain and convince others with great articulation and eloquence. To understand that being truthful is being faithful to oneself and to Jesus.’
We held our Epiphany Mass in Church this week. The children all sang beautifully and were reverent and respectful in Church as always. Many thanks to the families who joined us for our special Mass.
We are delighted to inform you that Saint Anne’s have been awarded a five-star rating and made the top ten schools in Solihull in the Birmingham Mail Real Guide to League Tables for our results from 2017-18 cohort.
St Anne's was rated in top position in North Solihull, 3rd in Solihull and ranked 1217th overall across the country, out of 14,459 primary schools in England.
Parents can follow this information on www.birminghammail.co.uk › News › Midlands News
The school earned a maximum five stars in different categories including progress, attainment for all and attainment. Parents can go online to browse the full data, compare different schools, and find links to contact details and recent Ofsted reports.
We are very fortunate to have such wonderful, committed staff, fantastic children and great families and together we can continue to make Saint Anne’s the best it can be.
This morning class 2OC celebrated Candlemas in their Class Mass. All the children were wonderful; they each had a special part to play and carried it out fantastically. A wonderful celebration for all who attended and a super effort Class 2OC. Thank you to year 2 staff and Miss O’Connor who is so very proud of her class and all the children who attended Mass this morning. Thanks too to the Year 5 children who attended Mass with their Reception buddies.
Members of Year 5 went to the Parish Centre on Wednesday to perform a number of songs to parishioners. They sang three different songs from their assembly which was about 'Islands and looking after God's Earth'. Some of the songs were very well known to the parishioners and it became a lovely celebration with both children and audience singing along together. Thank you to all the children who represented the school beautifully and to staff for arranging the afternoon.
Many thanks to all who sent in loose change for the NSPCC Number Day. We are very pleased to announce that we raised a total of £209.97 for this very worth charity.
Many thanks to the parents who attended class 4E’s Collective Worship. It was lovely to welcome parents in to school to join in this very important part of our learning. We look forward to welcoming parents of the other classes over the next 3 weeks.
The dates and times for each class are listed below. All sessions take place in the School Hall at 2.50pm and parents should come to the main school entrance by 2.45pm.
Class 4S - Thursday 7th March. Class 3OR - Thursday 14th March. Class 3D: Thursday 21st March 2019.
The children and staff from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 attended a lovely Mass for Ash Wednesday led by Deacon Stuart. The children were reverent and respectful in church as always and read and sang beautifully; many thanks to all the children and staff. Reception and Infant children received their ashes on Wednesday afternoon in school.
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Eloquent and Truthful’
‘Our pupils are taught that understanding the Word of God is the way for making the most important decisions in life. Through learning, observation and from the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, we can come to understand the truth. Our pupils are taught that we are wise because we know that life is about the journey; not the goal. They know that they should treat everyone how they want to be treated. They are wise because they follow the school mission; that everyone is special and unique.’
Many thanks to the parents who attended class 4S’ Collective Worship. It was lovely to welcome parents in to school to join in this very important part of our learning. We look forward to welcoming parents of the other classes over the year.
The dates and times for each class are listed below. All sessions take place in the School Hall at 2.50pm and parents should come to the main school entrance by 2.45pm. Class 3OR - Thursday 14th March. Class 3D: Thursday 21st March 2019.
Class 4E led a very special Mass today in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day’! The children all sang beautifully, read wonderfully and behaved reverently. Thank you to all the parishioners and family members who joined us for this wonderful Mass and many thanks to Miss Evans and the Year 4 staff for organising such a beautiful Mass. Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone from St. Anne’s!
Father Christi would be delighted to see as many of the children as possible at 11am Mass on Sunday morning to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick and help lead the singing of the hymn ‘Hail Glorious St. Patrick’, which they sang so beautifully today.
During Lent, out Liturgical Leaders will be sharing special prayers with you and our St. Anne’s community. This week our Leaders have chosen the following prayers:
“Lord, in the parable of the talents you teach us to use the gifts we have been given for our benefit and that of others.
Help us to recognise the potential of our own and others’ gifts to enhance lives each day.”
“Lord, I offer you my hopes and fears during Lent. I offer you the light and shadows within me.
May your light shine through me clearly, that the others will recognise your goodness in me.”
We were very lucky to have Margot from Father Hudson Society present an assembly on Thursday about the Good Shepherd Appeal. She explained the work of the Father Hudson’s and spoke to the children about their Good Shepherd boxes and how their kindness and generosity will make a huge difference to the people supported by the Father Hudson’s Society.
Many thanks to the parents who attended class 3OR’s Collective Worship yesterday afternoon. It was lovely to welcome parents in to school to join in this very important part of our learning. We look forward to welcoming parents of the other classes over the year.
Class 3D’s Collective Worship will take place next Thursday, 21st March 2019 in the School Hall at 2.50pm. Parents should come to the main school entrance by 2.45pm. Thank you.
On Tuesday, class 4S led a very special Mass on the feast day of St. Joseph. The children were a real credit to the school; they all read and sang beautifully throughout.
Thank you to all the parishioners and family members who joined us for this wonderful Mass and many thanks to Miss Smith and the Year 4 staff for organising such a beautiful Mass.
During Lent, out Liturgical Leaders will be sharing special prayers with you and our St. Anne’s community. This week our Leaders have chosen the following prayers:
“Lord, I offer you this Lent with all the generosity I have. I give you each hour, each decision and each challenge, may I learn to do the most loving thing. May I ease the pain and injustice of the world and help to build your kingdom.”
“Lord, Lent is a time when you ask us to focus on what needs to change in our lives. Like dusty rooms, our lives need a spring clean. We need to look at our lives and change the furniture of our lives around and throw away whatever is unhealthy. Be with us, Lord, as we change our lives this Lent.”
Voluntary Prayer: It was lovely to see so many children from across KS1 and KS2 today taking part in the voluntary prayer during break time. Each Friday, the children spend a couple of minutes reflecting upon the week through music, prayer and silent reflection.
Mrs Conway leads the children in prayer each week and there is an opportunity to sit silently afterwards and spend some time with God…a very calm, spiritual and reflective way to end another fabulous week at school.
Liturgical Leaders Meeting:
The Liturgical Leaders from KS1 and KS2 got together again for their weekly meeting during Lent. What a successful meeting it was indeed! The children had some fabulous ideas of how to promote the prayer garden on the playground through posters and new resources; thought deeply about how as a school during Lent we can help the homeless and also chose the Lenten prayers which will feature over the next coming weeks during Lent. Fabulous commitment, determination and passion was shown by each Liturgical Leader to help drive the Catholic Life of the school. Well done to all!
Easter Cards: On Thursday and Friday afternoon, the Mini Vinnies in KS2 gave up their lunch time creating beautiful Easter cards ready to present to the parishioners and local community of St. Anne's that are part of St. Anne's Parish Tea Dance.
The children will then present the cards in good time, wishing everyone a happy and Holy Easter for the 21st April. Well done to the Mini Vinnie's for their commitment and creativity!
Year 3 led a beautiful Mother's Day Mass in Church. During Mass we thought about our wonderful mothers; the children all read and sang beautifully and represented St. Annes wonderfully showing reverence and respect in Church as always. They were a real credit to school and their families. Many thanks to the Year 3 staff for all their hard work and to all families who attended Mass; it was lovely to see you all in Church.
Children in Year 3 have been making a special step in their journey towards First Holy Communion. Children have been making their First Confessions in Church throughout the week in preparation of receiving this Holy Sacrament. They have represented themselves wonderfully and we look forward to them making their First Holy Communion in the summer term. Many thanks to all of the parents for attending and to Year 3 staff for leading the children.
“Lord, some of us begin Lent full of determination to stick to our targets. Help us not to be too hard on ourselves if we fall short. Instead help us to realise it was worth having another try, as we battle against our weakness. Be with us Lord and give each of us a new enthusiasm and determination to renew our lives in your love”.
“Lord, I offer you this Lent with all the generosity I have. I give you each hour, each decision and each challenge, may I learn to do the most loving thing. May I ease the pain and injustice of the world and help to build your kingdom”.
The Liturgical Leaders once again met during their lunch time to discuss different ways in which our Catholic Life can be celebrated. The children were so enthusiastic and on this particular occasion used their creative flare to create posters to advertise the Prayer Garden. The finished posters will be displayed around school to encourage all of the children to use the Prayer Garden throughout the season of Lent and beyond! Well done Liturgical Leaders, your dedication is commendable!
Year 5 & 6 Lenten Stalls
Year 5 & 6 were able to buy a gift for their mums from our Lenten Stalls. All gifts had been kindly donated and the stalls organised by Mrs Southall. In doing this, we raised and very impressive £117.85 which will be donated to our Lenten charities.
“Lord, there are so many reasons to smile and be cheerful, so many God-given moments that are messengers of hope each day. Help me, during this Lent, to seize the day and to make the most of every opportunity”.
“Lord, thank you for the gift of this day and for all the blessings it has brought. Forgive me when I have lost my balance today. When I have taken myself too seriously, lost my temper, or refused to learn or to relax with others. Help me to be more aware of Your presence and live with more balance tomorrow”.
This week we had our very special Mass of Holy week. The children read and sang beautifully and as always were reverent and respectful in church. It was lovely to have so many families join us for this special Mass.
“Lord, you have given us the sun so that we can see clearly,
You have given us clouds to provide us with cooling rain.
You have given us the wind to calm our heated tempers.
You have given us the night time so that we can rejoice once more at the start of a new day”.
“We ask Jesus to help us with our Lenten promises by saying Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation”.
At lunchtime on Monday, the Liturgical Leaders went over to Church to help lead in the ‘Stations of the Cross’. The children read the prayers and reflections beautifully, thinking deeply about the journey of Jesus on Good Friday, through to Easter Sunday. The children were respectful and reflective throughout considering the great sacrifice Jesus made.
On Tuesday evening, the staff of St. Anne’s also journeyed through the Stations of the Cross in Church. This was a beautiful moment for staff Collective prayer and opportunity for reflection and prayfulnes during Lent. Deacon Stuart led the Stations for the Staff.
On Tuesday Morning, Year 3 enjoyed having family members in school to create some wonderful banner craft highlighting the importance of the Eucharist and their upcoming First Holy Communion date. It was wonderful to see such enthusiasm and pride from the children. We were so impressed with how wonderful all of the creations were; all of the children and adults should be extremely proud of their hard work! A big thank you to Year 3 staff for organising this event.
We had some wonderfully creative designs for our Easter competitions today! Well done to all who entered and congratulations to the winners of the Crowne Plaza competition. The overall winner from the whole school was Aoife from class 4S. Well done Aoife!
NAM – Tommy and Niamh NPM – Sidney and Jasmine
RSH – Patrick and Ella RH – Ikenna and Evaleigh
1H – Jack and Sonia 1W – Stan and Kelsi
2OC – Jakub and Anais 2M – Riley and Casey
3OR – Sophia and Leighton 3D – Harley and Molly
4E – Clarke and Kaya-Anne 4S – Liam and Aoife
5C – Frankie and Amelia 5H – Caiden and Shauna
6M – Joey, Thomas and Laillie 6N – Paige and Kaiden 6N – Calum and Siobhan
The Virtue for this half-term is ‘Curious & Active’
‘Our pupils are taught that from curiosity comes great learning. They are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and to be active in their engagement with the world and how it is changing and how they can make it a better place.’
This morning we held a beautiful Mass for the new term. The children read and sang beautifully and as always were reverent and respectful in church. It was lovely to have so many families join us for this special Mass.
During Thursday Lunch time, the Liturgical Leaders got together to help distribute all of the generous donations provided by all of the boys and girls of St. Anne's for the homeless people of Birmingham. The children worked really hard to ensure that each donation bag had a selection of donations from each year group and each bag was put together with love and care. Each gift bag has a message on it: 'Best wishes, from all of the boys and girls from St. Anne's Catholic Primary School.' There is also a prayer included, which was written by a child at St. Anne's.
On Wednesday morning, a representative from Tabor House will be presented with the donations during assembly. Thank you all again for your generous contributions to this very worthy cause.
Children in Year 5 spent Monday at St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham; they had an awe inspiring and reflective experience. Firstly, they were brought around the Crypt and then the Cathedral whist the guides told stories behind the building as well as the significance of many of the items and artwork around the Cathedral. The trip concluded with a beautiful mass which allowed the children and staff to spend some time in the presence of God.
Yesterday our Year 1 and 2 children took part in a beautiful May Procession around the School. The children kindly brought flowers into School as a symbol of their love for Mary which were then taken to service users at Roundmead Day Centre by our Liturgical Leaders.
In Year 5 we have been learning about the Islamic faith. We have spent time looking at the story behind Islam and Muhammad, the signs and symbols seen in the faith, the 5 pillars of Islam and also some of the art work linked to the faith. The children have been really engaged and have shown the virtues of being curious and active about other faiths. They have shown respect and also great knowledge about various facts linked to the faith.
On Wednesday, Dr Bhogal who is a practitioner at Birmingham QE and a senior member of the Sikh community, came to visit the Year 6 children as part of other Faith Week. During the visit he spoke to the children about a variety of topics such as the origins of Sikhism, their beliefs and their way of life. Both children and staff learnt lots from this very wise individual. Thank you very much to Dr Bhogal visiting St. Anne’s and to Year 6 staff for organising.
It is important that as part of our faith and learning, our children learn about other faiths and living in a multi-cultural society. The lessons are invaluable and children benefit greatly from them.
On Friday, three Minnie Vinnies, from year 4, took food that had been donated by St. Anne’s staff to a local food bank. The volunteers that help out at Auckland Hall Food Bank were extremely surprised and grateful for the fabulous amount of food that St. Anne’s had gathered together. Martin, the lead volunteer, runs a very tight ship and showed the children how the food is catalogued and then distributed to those in need. We were all very interested to see first-hand how help was shared in the local community.
Our final group of children made their first Holy Communion last week. We would like to congratulate all the children who made their First Holy Communion this year; you were all so reverent and respectful and as always it was a proud moment for everyone.
Thank you to Mrs Cope and all of the staff at St. Anne’s for helping and supporting the children for this very special occasion and to all of our families for their continued support.
Thank you to everyone involved in the beautiful First Holy communion Thanksgiving Mass held last Sunday. The children all looked splendid in their Communion clothes and the service was beautiful. It was lovely to see parents and family members at Church so many thanks, as always, to those who came along. Congratulations once again to all children who made their First Holy Communion this year.
Roll up, roll up! The children had a fantastic morning "Flourishing" their fivers! A few weeks ago, year 5 were set an entrepreneurial challenge to make £5.00 grow. Age UK Solihull (a local charity for the disadvantaged and elderly) gave the children £5 each which they were to use whilst working in teams, to produce a profit. The children budgeted and designed fundraisers to make a profit for the charity.
This morning, years 1 to 6 school had great fun spending their pennies and giving to this very unique and special charity. The fundraisers ranged from penalty shoot outs, a cinema club, board games stalls, mocktail making and plenty of sweet treats! Fun was had by all and the children raised plenty of money for charity!
Reception children made everyone very proud with their super performance in their class assembly 'We Love Reading'. We took everybody on an ABC reading adventure and shared our passion and love for reading books at school and home. The children shared all the bible stories that they had learnt through the year showed their parents how important the Bible is to all the children and families at St. Anne's.
All the children were excited to dress up as their favourite book characters and share the books that they love. Many thanks to all the Reception children for such a wonderful performance and to the staff for ensuring the children knew their lines and moves so well!
Our Year 6 pupils have been on a 2 night residential trip to the Kenelm Trust this week. The children took part in a number of activities and a fabulous time was had by all! Many thanks to all the staff involved for their organisation, hard work and commitment. More photos and information can be seen on our Twitter page: @StAnnesCP
Children in Year 1 have been celebrating Judaism this week and learning lots of exciting things! They created Menorahs out of peas and pasta; made a Star of David using paper, felt tips and sequins and learnt about some special Jewish artefacts that they use or wear and the place in which they worship.
special Jewish artefacts that they use or wear and the place in which they worship.
This week St. Anne’s have been celebrating National Sports Week. As part of National Sport Week, the children have learnt about the patron saint of sports, St. Sebastian, as well as learning about sporting role models such as Mo Farrah, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katie Taylor and many more. The children were in House Saints teams.
Throughout the week, children from year groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 have also taken part in a mini-Olympics event which involved participating in a carousel of activities to emphasise the importance of being active, having fun and trying something new.
Thank you to all of our fantastic year 5 and 6 leaders who independently led each event; you are a real credit to the school and made Miss Smith and your class so proud!
Leaders: Maizie, Amelia, Haydn, Georgina, Dante, Dawid, Giovanna, Tamara, Tegan, Siobhan, Alfie C, Tayla, James, Paige, Gabby, Frankie & Hughie.
Children in Year 2 have been celebrating Buddhism this week as part of our work on other faiths. The children took part in lots of exciting activities including meditation and art. The pictures show the children creating ‘Wesak Lanterns’ which are traditionally very bright and colourful and used during times of celebration.
On Thursday, Class 5C held a very special Collective Worship which was attended by their parents and some of our school governors; the focus was on St. Peter and St. Paul. The children focused on how we can strengthen our faith with God despite making mistakes, just like St. Peter and St. Paul did. Children were sincere and reverent with their delivery of the worship and there was a beautiful atmosphere. All involved benefited from this spiritual time with God. Thank you to all who attended.
On Thursday last week, the children in year 4 had a wonderful experience as Mr Slattery's friend from the army came to visit the school. He talked to the children about his vocation to join the army and also how he became a very talented musician playing the bag pipes. The beautiful sound from the bag pipes resounded around the hall and the whole school. The children also had the opportunity to ask Duncan questions to get to know him a bit more. The governors of St. Anne's and the liturgical leaders also joined this special event too. Thank you to Mr Slattery for organising and to Duncan for joining St. Anne's for the afternoon.
Today the children across the school celebrated the feast day of St. Anne, which falls on the 26th July during the school holidays. We began with Mass in church and prayed together the prayer to Saint Anne during the Mass and sang our school hymn. The Liturgical Leaders then planned a fabulous day full of activities, learning opportunities and a special celebration in the afternoon with food, a quiz about the life of St. Anne and a party afterwards with an opportunity for art work too. The liturgical leaders then presented each child and member of staff with a special keepsake St Anne’s bookmark which they created alongside the Mini Vinnie’s during their lunch times over the last few weeks.
This will certainly become a yearly tradition now at School! It was a fabulous, memorable very special day indeed celebrating our school saint.
On Thursday, the parents of the children in 5H shared and lead a beautiful collective worship, focusing on God's Kingdom. The children shared the Gospel and explored its meaning about being a part of and growing God's Kingdom. It was wonderful to share this with parents and to rejoice in our faith that is rooted in Christ.
Children were sincere and reverent with their delivery of the worship and there was a beautiful atmosphere. All involved benefited from this spiritual time with God. Thank
you to all who attended.
Thank you to everyone involved in the end of term Mass. The children were fantastic and it was a beautiful service. We are so proud of our Year 6 children. It was lovely to see parents and family members at Church. Thank you to all the staff who organised Mass.
We are very lucky at St. Anne’s to be able to offer our children many sporting opportunities. In recognition of this, we were invited to attend the Solihull Sports Awards 2019 - Incorporating North and South Solihull School Sport Partnership Awards at the Core Theatre, Solihull. The awards were for schools that can demonstrate the impact of the PE and Sport Premium funding on their pupils’ engagement in physical activity or health improvement activities
On Tuesday evening, Mrs Conway attended the ceremony with our P.E Co-ordinator, Miss Smith and our Sporting Teaching Assistant, Mr Humpherston. We are very proud to announce that we won! St. Anne’s won the Regional P.E and Sports Premium Award for Physical Activity and Health Enhancing initiative and Miss Smith won the North Solihull School Games Organiser Special Recognition Award!! A massive well done to you both! Please see poster at the end of this Newsletter for detail.