Snippets of News

Family Fast Day

Making vegetable soup.

15 March 2019

In Year 1, today we have been thinking about ‘Family Fast Day’.

We decided to make vegetable soup for our teachers and parents.

We used our chopping skills to prepare all the vegetables for our soup. All the teachers and parents really enjoyed our soup. We raised money for Cafod.

Code Club

Enjoying the computers in Code Club.

4 March 2019

Code club has started again after the half term break.

We now have our code club graduates supporting the newest members and all are enjoying working together to learn new things and improve their existing coding skills.

Christmaths Day

Some of our Year 5 pupils enjoying the maths challenges..

5 December 2018

Some of the Year 5 children had a very enjoyable day at Bishop Challoner for Christmaths!

Bishop Challoner had set many different challenges for the children to complete and they had to use a wide range of mathematical skills and their deeper knowledge to problem solve and complete the challenges that had been set.

The Year 5 children that went to the event were excellent ambassadors for St. Anne's and worked co-operatively throughout the day.

There was a competition and we came 5th out of all the schools that took part. We are looking forward to doing this again next year.

BCFC Ladies v Yeovil Ladies

Getting ready to start the relay.

2 December 2018

On Sunday 2nd December, some children from Key Stage 2 went with their families to watch a match between Birmingham City Ladies Football Club and Yeovil Ladies Football Club.

The match was held at Solihull Moors FC as part of the Sister Schools Partnership hosted by Birmingham City Football Club. The girls also got to be mascots at the beginning of the game and took part in a relay race at half time.

The girls had a fantastic day, which was made even better with a 2-1 win by the Birmingham Ladies team.

Boy’s 7-a-side Football Tournament

The team played on despite the freezing conditions.

27 November 2018

Tuesday 27th November saw our Year 5 and 6 boys take part in the Birmingham Catholic Schools Sports Association 7-a-side football tournament.

The weather at the Castle Value Stadium didn’t stop the team from giving their all. In all of their five matches, the team drew three matches and won one and lost one.

The team played with fantastic team work and pride in their ability.

Year 6 Mental Health Workshop

A poster from Sonia the presenter, reminds us that we have many talents and not to get stressed when exams arrive.

22 November 2018

On 22nd November, Year 6 took part in a mental health workshop.

The workshop helped the children consider any worries they had and how they could share them with the people around them.

The children listened to and developed strategies for how they can stay calm when exams start.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

The whole cast ready to perform at the MAC.

9 November 2018

On Friday 9th November, Year 6 took to the stage at the MAC theatre Birmingham as part of the world’s largest schools drama festival, The Shakespeare Schools Festival, which is celebrating its 18th year.

Since the summer term, the children had been preparing, rehearsing and working very hard to get the play ready to perform.

On the night, they performed a fantastic abridged version of Romeo and Juliet to a packed audience of around 200 people. Wesley and Jerusalem took the lead roles of Romeo and Juliet, supported by the whole class in various roles. Kyomi took on the important role of assistant director and used her expertise to help with choreography and staging as well as supporting cast members with learning their lines. Kurun and Dario also did a fantastic job in the technician’s box by working the lights and the sound during the show.

The end of their performance was met with a loud, well deserved, round of applause from the audience. Congratulations to all of the children who took part, it will be an experience they definitely will not forget. I would also like to extend a heart-felt thank you to all of the staff and parents for their support.

Our School Mosaics

Some of our school mosaics.

19 October 2018

This week parents, children, governors and teachers have worked with Garry and Lizzy to make our school mosaics.

We all worked incredibly hard on these over the past three days. We have used many of your ideas and we think they look amazing.

We can’t wait to see them at the front of school over the next few weeks.

Harvest Donations

Generous donations for Harvest.

10 October 2018

Thank you for all of your very generous Harvest donations.

We had a lovely Harvest Mass on Wednesday the 10th of October.

All of your donations will go to the Fireside and will help people in need. We are sure they will be very grateful.

Football Tournament - New Kit Launch

Showing off our new football kit.

4 October 2018

On Thursday 4th October eight pupils across Years 4, 5 and 6 participated in a tournament hosted by Kings Heath Boys School and South Birmingham District.

Our pupils played with great sportsmanship and spirit throughout. It was also an opportunity to show off our new kit from Football Foundation and Premier League Primary Stars which our pupils were very excited about.

There are also many educational resources and competitions available to our pupils and families on the Premier League Primary Stars website which can be accessed through (external link).

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Raising money for Macmillan.

28 September 2018

On the morning of the 28th of September we had a parent coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

We also had a cake sale at playtime and the children had lots of lovely cakes.

We raised £174.55 . Thank you all very much for your generous donations and support.

Women's Aid Coffee Morning

At the first of our coffee mornings.

25 September 2018

On the 25th of September we had our first of many Women’s Aid Coffee mornings. This was well attended by many parents who wanted to find out more about many aspects of life.

Look out for future dates on the newsletter.

If you ever need to contact them their phone number is 0121 685 8687.

Gardening with Let's Grow Together

Nurturing our school garden.

15 June 2018

Year 1 have been finding out all about gardening with Rob from Let's Grow Together.

On Friday 15th June they had a very busy afternoon. Year 1 got involved with watering the plants, picking strawberries and caring for the vegetables including potatoes and erected pea-canes.

Our pupils also learnt how to tie a knot and were able to identify the different coloured ladybirds they saw.

Pizza Workshop

Look at our pizzas!

6 and 7 June 2018

Across the two days parents and children from Year 3 and Year 4 were involved in a workshop with CityServe and were given the opportunity to make pizza with different toppings.

Some children thought the dough was slimy, but they all loved picking their own toppings, and the finished products were awesome.

The children had a fabulous time learning how to make a pizza from scratch and we are sure when they arrived home they enjoyed tasting them too.

Year 5 Art Workshop

Some of Year 5's colourful tiles.

5 June 2018

On Tuesday 5th June children in Year 5 got on an opportunity to attend Bishop Challoner to enjoy an Art Day.

The children painted sections of Vincent Van Gogh’s Road with Cypress and Star.

The finished paintings will be copied and produced onto ceramic tiles.

St Anne's Meet Blue Peter

Pupils with some of the Blue Peter presenters.

25 May 2018

On Friday 25th May some of our pupils had the opportunity to attend BBC Birmingham and meet the current presenters of Blue Peter Lindsay Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya and former presenter Katy Hill who presented between 1995 and 2000.

The pupils were invited to have a look at the Blue Peter Time Capsule which was buried in 1998 under the Millennium Dome, now the O2 Arena.

The pupils got to see some of the precious items that were buried which include a France 1998 World Cup ball, a picture of a dove to symbolise peace in Northern Ireland, a Roald Dahl book, Tellytubby dolls, a picture of Princess Diana and a Spice Girls CD.

The pupils were also allowed to record a message which was broadcasted on Blue Peter during the half term of what they would include in the Time Capsule for people to see in 2050. Some of the pupil's suggestions included slime, building blocks, ipad with the latest games or music and a picture of Prince Harry and Princess Meghan's wedding to put with the picture of Princess Diana.

The pupils were also given their very own Blue Peter badge.

Do you know? Blue Peter is a significant part of British culture, it first aired in 1958 and is the longest-running children's TV show in the world. This makes the show 60 years old.

Year 6 Become Teachers

One of our Year 6 children teaching RE.

25 May 2018

On Friday 25th May children in Year 6 became the teachers.

They planned their own lessons, prepared their own resources and led their own RE lessons to Year 2. The lessons the children prepared was how to pray The Rosary. The Rosary is an important devotion that honors Mary while focusing on the events in the life of Jesus Christ.

The Year 6 children were fantastic teachers and Year 2 were fabulous students.

Tag Rugby Tournament

A tag rugby game in play.

23 May 2018

On Wednesday 23rd May, we attended our first ever Tag Rugby tournament.

The event was part of our Clifton School Games partnership and was held at Birmingham Exiles RFC. This was a wonderful occasion for our pupils to showcase their talent and skills which they started developing in the Autumn term.

The children who attended were fantastic representatives of our school and gained some tournament experience.

Royal Wedding Celebration

Preparing for the royal celebrations.

17 May 2018

With The Royal Family preparing to introduce Meghan Markle to their family who was marrying Prince Harry on Saturday 19th May, St Anne's School decided to hold their very own celebration lunch for Prince Harry and Princess Meghan.

The children got to enjoy different activities from colouring to learning about The Royal Family before sitting down to enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch with Royal music playing in the background.

The children had a wonderful time spending time with friends and staff to celebrate The Royal Wedding.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Work on mental health awareness.

14 to 18 May 2018

The Week beginning Monday 14th May the Learning Mentors prepared a week of activities to support the children in understanding Mental Health Awareness Week and what it means to them such as being aware of what makes them happy, who they can talk to, what they can do if they find things difficult and how a kind gesture can change someone's day.

Pupils and staff also had the opportunity to take some time out to listen to music, for relaxation, reflection, meditation and mindfulness colouring.

Breakfast Club Topic Discussion

Talking about Birmingham in Breakfast Club.

2 May 2018

During Breakfast Club staff lead topic discussions and the focus this term is Birmingham.

On Wednesday 2nd May the children got the opportunity to find out about the journeys both West Bromwich Albion's Darren Moore through research and our very own Mr Whelan had developing their football skills during different times.

The children found out how they both grew up playing football in a tunnel, used jumpers for goalposts and the lights in an underpass as floodlights during the evenings.

The message to our pupils is 'You can achieve anything when you put your mind to it!'

Reception's Living Eggs Programme

Our hatched chicks.

16 to 27 April 2018

Reception Class started the Summer Term by taking part in the ‘Living Eggs Programme’.

Ten eggs were delivered to our school and they had the opportunity to watch them hatch and then care for the chicks.

The children were able to observe the life cycle of a hen first hand and they kept ‘Chick Diaries’ to document their experiences.

BCSSA Netball Tournament

Our talented netball players.

21 March 2018

On Wednesday 21st March representatives from Year 5 and 6 participated in the Birmingham Catholic School Sports Netball Tournament after several months of training with Miss Price and Mrs Virdee.

The pupils showed fantastic development throughout training and were very keen to succeed at this year’s event. The pupils played some fantastic netball, showed a good understanding of positioning and showed fantastic team work and communication throughout the tournament.

St Anne’s finished the group stage with three wins, one draw and one defeat before winning their semi-final fixture and reaching the final. The girls played with high spirit and were very motivated in the final against difficult opponents which ended with St Anne’s finishing runners up after a very competitive final.

All the girls were able to come away from the tournament proud of their efforts. Well done to all of them.

BCSSA 7-a-side Football

The squad.

24 November 2017

On Friday 24th November we entered a group of boys into the Birmingham Catholic School Sports 7-a-side tournament.

The boys were fantastic representatives of our school and played with confidence and belief. The team worked together well in attacking play and defensively, which saw them win four games from five, keep four clean sheets and score eight goals throughout the competition.

St Anne’s started the tournament with a 1-0 win thanks to a well worked team goal which was finished off by Jameil. After losing the second game narrowly 2-1 and hitting the crossbar on two occasions St Anne’s won the next three games 2-0 with Jameil, Shakyree and Tye all contributing to the goals.

Once all the football was played all the schools who participated gathered together to find out the results. St Anne’s were announced winners of the group to the delight of the team and the players were informed they will be moving on to Finals Day which will take place later in the year.

BCSSA 9-a-side Football

The football match in full flow.

23 November 2017

On Thursday 23rd November we entered a group of boys into the Birmingham Catholic School Sports 9-a-side tournament.

The boys were involved in a thrilling game of football with Guardian Angels Catholic School, which finished 3-3 and St Anne’s having to come back on three occasions from conceding.

Throughout the game the St Anne’s team demonstrated some fantastic football and understanding of positions and roles in the team. After forty minutes of football and scores level at 3-3 the game went to extra time where both schools had opportunities to win the game, but for good goalkeeping and defending neither school could take the advantage.

The game ended on penalties with Guardian Angels winning the shootout 2-1.

Year 4 WW1 Poetry

Acting out some of the dramas of WW1.

21 November 2017

During Year 4's Literacy lessons we have been learning about poetry and World War 1.

In their lesson pupils created pieces of drama using the book One Boy’s War to inspire their piece.

What is Your Vocation?

Members of the police force speak to our children.

15 November 2017

To help children to have a better understanding of vocations we have been joined in Breakfast club by our School Nurse and representatives from West Midlands Police.

During their time with us children were able to find out more about their vocation and how they support our community.

Harvest Mass

Our special Harvest Mass.

19 October 2017

In school, we celebrated our special Harvest Mass. We thanked God for the flowers, fruit and vegetables and for making the earth so beautiful at this time of year. We remembered the children and adults who are less fortunate and haven’t got such gifts and thought of ways to help and share God’s good gifts.

Pupils were encouraged to think about the difference they are making to somebody else as they decided what they would like to donate. We would like to thank you for your generous donations of food to our Harvest collection, which was donated to the SIFA Fireside. This is a Birmingham based charity which works with homeless people and some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Our donations were very well received and appreciated. This small act of kindness can have such a tremendous impact.

Our Prayer

God our Father, We praise and thank you for your wonderful gifts. We thank you, especially at this time of year, for your gifts of fruit, vegetables and wheat. Help us to bring joy to others, and learn to share the good things of the harvest with each other. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Working with the HSBC School Bank

Some of our bank workers.

19 October 2017

Year 5 have been selected to run the HSBC school bank. We have been preparing for interviews and greatly impressed Sandra from HSBC with our hard work.

From the interviews, our team of bank employees have been selected. They are:

  • Branch Manager: Idris
  • Marketing Managers: Tanya Zvavareyi
  • Cashiers: Hafsa Rehman and Kurun Singh
  • Record Keeper: Rodrigo Ramos
  • Reserve Team: Wesley Mpakati, Rita Lopes, Christina Mebrahtu and Dario Ramsay.

We’re really looking forward to using our skills in the school bank.

100% Attendees Trip to the Cinema

100% attendees enjoying their cinema visit.

17 October 2017

The children and staff from St Anne’s had a very enjoyable day at the cinema, celebrating the achievement of those children who have had 100% attendance for the whole academic year 2016/17.

It was a fun-filled day, including a viewing of The LEGO Ninjago Movie, popcorn, drink and laughs.

Birmingham City Ladies Sister Club Programme

FA WSL Sister Club Programme.

9 October 2017

Over the last couple of years St Anne’s have seen an increase in the number of girls participating in after school clubs and inter school competitions in school and getting involved in sports outside of school.

We have also seen a growing success within football where many girls have and continue to be part of the St Anne’s football team which includes a group of girls reaching a tournament semi final last year and two individuals going on to represent the South Birmingham District team for the 2017/18 season.

This year we are continuing to encourage girls’ participation in football by working in partnership with Birmingham City Ladies Football Club by joining their Sister Club Programme. The programme, which is now in its third season, gives us access to BCLFC match tickets, player appearances, coaching sessions, camps, mascot spaces and much more. Watch this space!

Hallfield Football Tournament Winners

Our fantastic footballers.

28 September 2017

On Thursday 28th September we entered a group of boys into a 6-a-side football tournament at Hallfield School.

The boys were fantastic representatives of our school and played some fantastic football throughout the tournament.

St Anne’s started the tournament with a 1-1 draw before winning three games on the bounce without conceding and scoring nine more goals which resulted in St Anne’s Catholic Primary School lifting the Hallfield School 6-a-side football trophy.

After all the football had been played we gathered together with the other participating schools to celebrate football, achievement and teamwork where we was handed our winners trophies and medals. Two individuals from our school Jameil who was clinical in front of goal scoring six goals in four games and Lloyds who kept three clean sheets in four games in his first tournament as a goalkeeper were awarded players of the tournament.

Congratulations to the whole team on your achievement.

Sports Day

18 July 2017

On the 18th July 2017 we had our annual sports day. This included lots of fun events that all our children can take part in. Activities this year included obstacle racing, sprinting, egg and spoon race, team relays, throwing events and football dribbling events.

At St. Anne's we believe in team cooperation and our teams were set challenges in their school houses St Patrick, St Andrew, St David and St George. We awarded points for how successful teams were at each activity and bonus points for how well they performed as a team.

The winning house this year was St David. This was once again a very successful event enjoyed by all who were present.

Here are the results in full:

Year St Andrew St David St George St Patrick Winning Class Saint
Reception 25 pts 50 pts 45 pts 30 pts St David
Year 1 45 pts 35 pts 35 pts 40 pts St Andrew
Year 2 35 pts 45 pts 35 pts 40 pts St David
Year 3 50 pts 40 pts 35 pts 55 pts St Patrick
Year 4 50 pts 45 pts 60 pts 40 pts St George
Year 5 40 pts 45 pts 40 pts 40 pts St David
Year 6 55 pts 45 pts 45 pts 30 pts St Andrew

House Totals:

Position Saint Total Points
1st St David 305 pts
2nd St Andrew 300 pts
3rd St George 295 pts
4th St Patrick 275 pts

100% Attendance Reward

Bouncy castle treat for our 100% attendees.

26 May 2017

Each half term pupils are rewarded for 100% attendance.

This half term 148 pupils were rewarding with a bouncy castle treat. The pupils got time to socialise and have lots of fun with their friends.

Next half term our 100% attendance achievers will receive an ice cream from the ice cream van. Yum, yum!

Rounders Tournament

We all had a fantastic time and worked well as a team.

22 May 2017

Saint Anne's took part in the Clifton Rounders tournament in the stunning grounds of Blue Coat School in Harborne.

Children from Years 5 and 6 took part in some difficult and nail biting matches which put their skills to the test.

They started off slowly losing their first match, but refreshed their skills to go on to win the second match by four rounders and draw the final match.

Overall, the team came third in the tournament. Well done to all who took part!

District Football Trials

Our football trial representatives.

19 May 2017

During May, three representatives of our school participated in the South Birmingham Football District trials.

The children were put through their paces and represented themselves and the school with pride. After the initial trials, it was confirmed that all three representatives had successfully made it through the trial stage.

Mr Whelan said "It was fantastic to hear the news about our pupils' achievements. They have worked hard, been focused on their development and are showing a real passion for football."

Netball Tournament

Our netball players in action.

23 March 2017

On Thursday 23rd March representatives from Year 5 and 6 participated in a Birmingham Catholic School Sports Netball Tournament at John Henry Newman Catholic College.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to show off their development in a competitive situation and to represent the school.

The girl’s determination and hard work during the early morning and after school training sessions with Mrs Virdee contributed to them leaving the event in high spirit and feeling some achievement even though they didn’t come away with a trophy

100% Attendance Circus Workshop

The children enjoying their circus workshop.

12 February 2017

Each half term pupils are rewarded for achieving 100% attendance. The reward for January to February was a circus skills workshop.

The children got to participate in many different activities such as using stilts, learning to juggle and spin plates. All the pupils had an enjoyable time.

Who knows what the reward will be for the next half term?

Football Tournament

Our footballers in action.

8 February 2017

On Wednesday 8th February 2017 representatives from Year 4 and 5 participated in a football tournament at John Henry Newman Catholic College.

This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to show their development in a competitive situation.

The children have been developing their technical ability and understanding at lunchtimes and in after school clubs with our Health Mentors Mr Whelan and Mr Healy.

Safer Internet Day

7 February 2017

On Tuesday 7th February everybody was involved in Safer Internet Day.

The theme of 2017 was Be the change: unite for a better internet. The day involved us understanding and discussing the internet and social media. Our Safer Internet Day included reading, being creative and being involved in discussions and debates.

As a school we have learnt how we can keep safe online at home such as keeping passwords protected, making parents aware of what we are doing and keeping personal details to ourselves.

You can find out some top tips or gain advice on the Safer Internet Day website (external link).

Sparks Visit

Year 5 meet the Fire Officer.

27 April 2012

Year 5 enjoyed an interactive and informative visit from officers from Ladywood Fire Station on Friday 27th April.

Afternoon of Singing

28 March 2012

Mrs Stone, our music teacher, came into school to lead the children she teaches across the school in demonstrating what they have been learning in their music lessons. The programme ran as follows:

Year 2: 'Jellyfish' and 'Cat Sat on a Mat', songs linked to class topic of poetry and rhyming words. Year 5: 'One Love,' 'Amazing Grace' and 'Three Little Birds,' three of the class's favourite songs chosen around classwork on Water and the Land. Year 3: An a cappella 'call and response' song based on tabla drum sounds and 'Switching it On' about the invention of the light bulb, as the children have been studying Light and Sound. Year 1: 'Part of your World,' from The Little Mermaid, 'A Tiny Seed was Sleeping' chosen from songs about fairy tales and Spring. Year 6: Obladi Oblada with Year 3, then 'Ain't no Mountain High Enough.'

This was an enjoyable afternoon and showed just how much the children gain from singing.

Flute Recital

Flute recital.

20 March 2012

Parents and friends were welcomed to a flute recital given by Year 4 and some pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 on Tuesday 20th March.

The pupils are taught each week by a member of the Birmingham Music Service.

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom.

6 January 2012

The Reception Class had a treat on the afternoon of 6th January. They went to the Town Hall to see 'Room on the Broom.'

After reading the book in class the children didn't really know what to expect. The show started and they were all gripped with excitement as to who might get on the broom next and indeed would there be room on board?

In the classroom the next day the children talked about their experience so we read the book again, but this time they knew what to expect and joined in with parts of the story.

The children produced some lovely pieces of writing which were put on display in the Key Stage 1 corridor.

Our New Mosaic: The Four Saints

14 December 2011

After a lot of thought and deliberation it was decided that one of the mosaics that was commissioned for Saint Anne's would depict the four house groups; Saint David, St Patrick, Saint George and Saint Andrew.

All the children had a hand in creating the mosaic. Parents were invited too! Everyone agreed that the finished piece of art work was spectacular in its design, colour and detail.

There was a short service where the mosaic was blessed by Father Pat on Wednesday 14th December.

It now hangs proudly just inside of the front reception doors. You are invited to come and have a look.