St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Snippets of News

Fundraising for the Local Foodbank

29 May 2020

Children raising money for the local foodbank.

Siblings in KS1 and KS2 set themselves a baking challenge where they independently baked brownies, biscuits, cakes and cookies (with a little help from Michael and the Pirate Paddy Recipe!). Children decided that they wanted to raise some money for the local foodbank.

The children set out a few tables and put out all the treats and invited the local neighbours and friends around and raised an amazing £156.20. Wow!

The local foodbank told the children that this money equated to 100kg of food. What incredible and inspiring work. Well done children!

Whole School CAFOD Assembly

9 March 2020

Listening to the visitor from CAFOD.

This morning, a CAFOD representative came in to talk to the children about their work. CAFOD is an acronym standing for ‘Catholic Aid for Overseas Development.’

The true meaning of harvest was explained and what a difference it can make to the lives of others in the developing world.

An example of when CAFOD gave the gifts of worms to farmers was given and of consequence, their soil became more fertile and productive as worms began to aerate the earth.

It made the children realise how fortunate we are to live in the developed world and to remember those who struggle to survive due to poor harvest abroad.

Years 5 and 6 Girls' Football

6 March 2020

Our Year 5 and 6 Girls' Football team.

Teamwork, discipline, perseverance, goal-setting, handling success and failure, time management, and keeping fit are just some of the advantages when we participate in team sport.

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 football team who took part in football matches against Hollywood Primary School and St Bernard’s Primary School today!

Lenten Family Fast Day

6 March 2020

Collecting on our Lenten Family Fast Day.

Storms, droughts and floods have had a devastating impact on the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers worldwide, destroying homes, farms and lives.

Children throughout the school contributed money towards CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, to ensure people are able to cope with the impact of these disasters as well as preparing themselves for future shocks.

Good Shepherd Appeal Assembly

2 March 2020

The children listening to our visitor from Father Hudson's.

A representative from the Father Hudson's Society came into St. Ambrose Barlow school. She spoke to the children about all the areas the charity is involved in, throughout the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham.

The children will be bringing home the 'Good Shepherd Appeal' collecting boxes to fill with any pennies they may earn (or save by not buying sweets!) during Lent.

Year 3 Year of the Word Liturgy

12 February 2020

Year 3's Liturgy.

Year 3 held a liturgy based on this week which was taken from Matthew’s gospel 5:13-16

We thought about how we can follow in the light of Jesus and placed our prayers on the altar.

The Pen Brigade Competition

7 February 2020

Winners of our pen recycling competition.

Our school is a Terracycle community recycling point for plastic pens. Our Steering Group and School Council have created wonderful posters that help publicise this initiative around school.

Due to their mixed plastics, pens are unable to be recycled with household waste and need to be processed through a specialist recycling plant. Bic have teamed up with Terracycle, an innovative recycling company that specialises in hard-to-recycle materials, in order to provide facilities to recycle any brand or type of plastic pen.

Following a suggestion from the school council, classes throughout the school participated in a Pen Brigade competition. Winners of this competition were Year 6, who collected over 140 used and old pens for recycling. Well done! Nearly 600 pens were collected and recycled.

Please send any old plastic pens, felt tips, old ink cartridges, highlighters or markers into school with your child. There is a ‘Pen Brigade’ box for recycling in every classroom.

Year 2 Liturgy

5 February 2020

Year 2 with Father Paul.

On Wednesday 5th February, Year 2 shared a very special Liturgy with Father Paul.

We reflected on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. We really enjoyed closing our eyes and visualising the scene as Father Paul read the Gospel, and we raised the roof with our wonderful singing!

Winners of ShoeShare Competition

3 February 2020

Enjoying our prize tub of chocolates.

St. Ambrose Barlow children came out trumps for their generosity for the annual ShaoeShare campaign!

During Rights Respecting Focus Week, we helped support children across the world, helping them access their right to education.

ShoeShare is a campaign in partnership with the UNICEF and Clarks Shoes. This partnership began in May 2008 and so far over 300 schools have taken part.

St. Ambrose Barlow collected nearly 500 pairs of shoes in the space of a week.

There was a competition between each class. Members of the Steering Group that tallied up the number of pairs of each shoes that were brought in by each class. Year 1 brought in over 120 pairs of shoes. That is incredible effort - well done!

Members of the Steering Group and the rest of Year 1 were rewarded with a tub of chocolates, which they thoroughly enjoyed! Fantastic!

Confirmation Front Cover Winners

24 January 2020

Year 6 winning artists.

A competition was held for willing artists of Year 6 to design an original cover for the Confirmation Mass PowerPoint that took place on 24th January 2020.

These are lucky Year 6 winners who had their designs re-created and displayed on the PowerPoint used during the Mass.

During whole school assembly, they were rewarded with a pack of chocolate goodies! Well done children!

Keep our World Plastic Fee School Display

24 January 2020

Our display 'Keep our World Plastic Free'.

As part of Rights Respecting Week 2020, children from across the school have collected a huge number of plastic bottles and screw tops for our hall display. Doesn’t it look fantastic?

We have promoted Article 24 of the convention throughout our learning, stressing the need for Global Goals 13, 14 and 15.

Did you realise that plastic exists in our environment for many years, threatening wildlife and spreading toxins? Plastic also contributes to global warming (almost all plastics are made from chemicals that come from the production of planet-warming fuels like gas, oil and even coal).

As a school, we are making every effort to help look after our common home, highlighting the use of single-use bottles, tubs and other items that go in the bin, eventually ending up in landfills or the natural environment.

Launch of 500 Words Competition

17 January 2020

Watching the launch of the 500 Word Competition.

We are a school of budding writers!

Following the launch of the BBC 500 Word Competition and their live lesson on Thursday 17th January, members of Year 6 have started work on their masterpieces.

It is one of the most successful story-writing competitions for children in the world, and helps to get children excited about reading and writing. Keep an eye on our school website for potential winning entries!

Well done children.

Value and Virtue Certificate Winners

20 December 2019

Certificates for children demonstrating our Values and Virtues.

Our half termly value and virtue this half term was striving to be attentive and discerning citizens.

Children from across the school were nominated for showing particular ‘attentive and discerning’ thoughts and actions both inside and outside the classroom.

Well done children!

100% Attendance Awards for Autumn Term

20 December 2019

100% Attendees for Autumn term.

On Friday, we celebrated our pupils who have given 100% attendance for the entire term.

Congratulations children, well done all. Keep up the great work!

Sports Personality Awards

20 December 2019

Our Sports Personality Award winners.

Congratulations to all of the children who were nominated for either KS1/ KS2 Sports Personality Award in today's special assembly.

You show Personal characteristics include: integrity, respect, honesty, compassion and determination. Not only that, but performance characteristics also, which include focus, confidence, competitiveness, self-discipline and mental toughness.

Well done children!

Rights Respecting Champions

20 December 2019

Our Rights Respecting Champions.

This term, we celebrated KS1 and KS2 children who showed particular awareness of their rights and others’ rights, both in school and at home.

These children help promote the fact we are a Rights Respecting School; this is a place where we can all feel confident with ourselves and it encourages children to use their voice.

It has helped these children to build their confidence and has helped them raise awareness of injustice in the world. Well done!

Swimming Water Safety Awards

20 December 2019

Swimming award winners.

Swimming isn’t just about being able to have fun in the water with family and friends, it’s also about knowing what to do if someone gets into trouble. Or, if a strong current takes your friend away from the edge. Or, you fall in when running by a river or canal.

Swimming is also incredibly good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing – it’s the only activity you can do at any age and at any ability.

We have an opportunity to ensure every generation is taught basic water safety skills. But we have to work together to make it happen.

Children in KS2 were awarded with School Swimming Water Safety Awards 1, 2, 3 or 4. Well done children. Keep up the fantastic work!

Whole School Christmas Party and Disco

19 December 2019

Enjoying the disco.

The children of St. Ambrose Barlow were treated to a Christmas party today.

KS1 classes even had a visit from Father Christmas!

All classes experienced first class entertainment that consisted of party games, music, dancing and laughter.

Sleeping Beauty on Ice

16 December 2019

Ready to watch the show!

KS2 had a fantastic time watching the performance of the famous fairytale of Sleeping Beauty – on ice!

The curse of a wicked fairy, one touch of a spindle, and a beautiful princess falls into a deep, enchanted sleep which can only be broken by a kiss from a prince!

Meeting the Lord Mayor of Solihull

16 December 2019

Solihull's Mayor with some of our KS2 children.

KS2 children were very fortunate to meet Cllr. Stuart Davis, Mayor of Solihull today.

During his time on the Council, Cllr Davis has been Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chairman of The Overview Scrutiny and Management Board, Chairman of the Councils first Licensing Committee. He was a member of CENTRO and was also a member of the West Midlands Fire Authority, where he was Conservative group leader.

For the past year, he has been Solihull Council’s representative on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

British Sign Language Association Assembly

9 December 2019

Learning how to sign the latest hits.

Mrs Maloney from the British Sign Language Association and members of sign language club delivered an assembly to all pupils.

She taught us sign language to the latest chart topping hits!

We had a fabulous time and look forward to putting our newly learnt sign language to the test!

Reception Class Liturgy

3 December 2019

Reception's class liturgy.

On Wednesday 3rd December Reception class had a class liturgy led by Fr Paul; the theme of which was ‘friendship.’

The children thanked God for all the new friends they have made since they started at St. Ambrose Barlow and also asked God to take care of those who are lonely.

Steering Group Meeting

29 November 2019

Reporting on the dangers of single use plastic.

Members of Year 6 informed our steering group of the dangers of using single use plastic. They presented their informative presentation themselves and wrote the script and created the PowerPoint.

Single use plastics, often also referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used for plastic packaging and include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery items of which were brought in, as part of their presentation.

It is hoped that each steering group member will cascade the worthwhile message the presentation contained, so that our community can become single use plastic free!

As a rights respecting school we recognise the need to embed the message of Laudato Si’, A.24 of the UNICEF convention where children are given a right to a safe environment, Global Goal 13 (Protect the Planet) and Global Goal 14 (Life under water.)

Well done children!

FOSABS Movie Evening

21 November 2019

All enjoying Toy Story 4.

FOSABS held a movie evening on Friday. Children were treated to large screen showing of the ‘Toy Story 4’ film.

Not only that, but the children were given the opportunity to eat snacks from the FOSABS tuck shop.

A fun evening was had by all!

Life Education Workshops

15 November 2019

One of our Life Education workshops.

On Friday 15th November Years 3 to 6 took part in Workshops. Each workshop had a different theme:

  • Year 3: Our talented brain
  • Year 4: Choices
  • Year 5: Friends
  • Year 6: Decisions

At the end of the day parents were invited into school for their own workshop. Pupils enjoyed a range of practical activities and discussions.

Remembrance Day Display

11 November 2019

Our Remembrance Day display.

Over the half term, we asked children to bring in plastic bottles, we then used these to create a poppy display for Remembrance Day.

KS1 After School Dance Club

24 October 2019

KS1 Dance Club.

Have you heard the chart topping hits coming from the hall each Thursday after school? KS1 look forward all week to their dance session with a professional dance coach!

They are given the chance to:

  • Explore how the body can move using direction, speed, space and level.
  • Seek/explore new movement ideas using improvisation.
  • Work co-operatively with a partner.
  • Explore movement imaginatively to express emotion.

Star Diners

24 October 2019

Star Diners.

Here are some of our school star diners! Awards were given to children for being excellent examples to other pupils in the school dining hall.

Star diners will be treated to a delicious lunch and waitress service.

Thank you and well done!

Harvest Festival Collection

18 October 2019

Just some of our harvest collection.

We have been busy putting our values and virtues to good use! This photograph is just a small glimpse of what they have collected for those less fortunate than ourselves in the local community.

Our children and their parents exemplify how generous they really are, not to mention generous.

Keep those cans and non-perishable foods flooding in and well done!

KS2 Boys' Football Winners

17 October 2019

Our Year 5/6 footballers.

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 football team who won their match 5-0.

Year 5's Energy Club

17 October 2019

Reception show off their certificates.

Year 5 love running their Energy Club at lunchtime.

Reception loved receiving certificates for taking part!

An Invitation to Prayer with Archbishop Bernard Longley

9 October 2019

Prayers with Archbishop Longley.

Once again this year, we spent some time in prayer with Archbishop Bernard through the wonders of modern technology.

This took place on Wednesday 9th October at 2.00pm and schools across the Diocese joined us via a livestream. In fact, up to 80,000 children and young people prayed together with Archbishop Bernard at the same time!

As October is the Extraordinary Missionary Month and the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Our children behaved so reverently during this special time in prayer, well done!

School Sponsored Walk

27 September 2019

Dressed up on our sponsored walk.

Our school sponsored walk took place on Friday 5th October.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, despite our aching feet and the wet weather.

Each child dressed up, honouring a person who they admire, whether it be William Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Granny, Dad, or the fire service. Who can you spot?

School Council Posters Remind us to Care for 'Our Common Home'

20 September 2019

Our talented flautists.

Members of our school council have designed bright, colourful, eye-catching posters to be displayed around school.

Linking the conventio, global goals and Laudato Si’, we have discussed the damage being inflicted on the earth by humans. Ladato Si’ calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles and how we consume energy in order to protect the planet. It deals with many environmental issues including pollution; climate change; water; loss of biodiversity and decline in the quality of human life.

Many of the posters contained reference to A.24 of the UNICEF convention where children are given a right to a safe environment, Global Goal 13 (Protect the Planet) and Global Goal 14 (Life under water.)

Well done children!

Year 6 Music Awards

17 September 2019

Our talented flautists.

This talented group of Year 6 flautists were presented with their music awards and badges after passing their music exam which they took at the end of the Summer Term.

Well done to both pupils and their flute teacher, Miss Wrighton. A great example of using your gifts and talents.

Year 1's Teddy Bear's Picnic

12 September 2019

Year 1 enjoying their picnic.

Year 1 had a special treat for their teddies today.

After receiving their invitations their teddies came to school and enjoyed a picnic just like Fred did in ‘This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch.’

Luckily, the sun shone so we did not need to have our picnic inside!

Fr. Kieran Brady Mission Assembly

6 September 2019

Father Kieran conducts the assembly.

The whole school was treated to the most informative assembly about St. Ambrose Barlow’s imminent mission.

A Parish Mission is a time for renewal, growth, celebration and empowerment. As well as a time to deepen faith, unite parish communities, share the Good News, reach out in the Spirit.

Fr Kieran enlightened us all of the fact that we are all disciples and the Holy Spirit works in a special way during a mission experience. He also explained the significance of his vestments and taught us how to sign one of our favourite hymns, ‘Walk in the Light.’

Thank you Fr. Kieran!


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