Week Commencing 7th October 2019
Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman
We are looking forward to the Canonisation of Sir 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.
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, 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.