St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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Snippets of News

July 2018 - 100% Attendance Winners for Summer Term

Congratulations to all of the children, 76 in total, who achieved 100% attendance for the entire Summer Term 2018.

Pictured is the winner of this term’s prize - an amazing tablet.



January 2018 - 100% Attendance Winners for Autumn Term

Congratulations to all of the children, 104 in total, who achieved 100% attendance for the entire Autumn Term 2017.

Pictured is the winner of this term’s prize - an amazing tablet.



12 October 2017 - Rosary Making Workshop

Our Catholic Life Group organised an after school workshop so that children could come together and make their own Rosaries during October, the month of the Holy Rosary. This was held by Miss Ryan on the 12th October 2017.

The children made boxes to keep their Rosary beads in, so they could keep them safe in their drawers at school and use them at lunchtime to pray the Rosary.

As we pray the Rosary using our beads, we think of all the sick or lonely people in the world and ask Mary our Mother to be with them and comfort them.

Other children have seen us praying with our beautiful Rosary beads and have asked us to show them how to make them so they can join us in saying the Rosary each week in our Prayer Garden. In this picture you can see some of the children who made their own Rosaries in the Workshop getting ready to lead the Rosary at lunchtime.

'Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you'



September 2017 - 100% Attendance Winners for Summer Term

Congratulations to all of the children, 104 in total, who achieved 100% attendance for the entire Summer Term 2017.

52 pupils out of the 104 have achieved 100% for the whole academic year. Well Done!

Pictured is the winner of this term’s amazing prize.



3 May 2017 - Year 5 Cricket Competition

Year 5 competed in the 'Chance to Shine' Cricket Competition at Sheldon Marlborough Cricket Club. The competition saw several schools from the local area compete to be crowned Sheldon and Yardley Champions for their respective age group. St Thomas More entered four teams into the competition.

All teams gave it their all throughout the day with some very impressive performances from our pupils. Each team competed against other schools and were a true credit to our school; displaying excellent behaviour and sportsmanship.

Our 1st team were the highlight of the day as they won the competition and beat some very good sides to claim the top spot! A fantastic achievement for Year 5 and our school.



May 2017 - 100% Attendance Winners for Spring Term

Congratulations to all of the children - 91 in total - who achieved 100% attendance for the entire Spring Term 2017.

41 of the 91 pupils have achieved 100% for both the Autumn and Spring Terms. Keep up the hard work!

One of our children, pictured right, from Miss Delaney's class won an amazing tablet.



January 2017 - 100% Attendance Winners for Autumn Term

Congratulations to all of the children, 95 in total who achieved 100% attendance for the entire Autumn Term 2016.

Keep up the hard work!

Each term we have a special raffle prize. One of our children, pictured right, won an amazing tablet. He was delighted that his name was drawn out first as he wasn't expecting to win.



24 November 2016 - Year 6 Enjoy a French Breakfast

On Thursday 24th November 2016, Year 6 had the wonderful opportunity of tasting a French breakfast.

First, Mrs Nickless (our French teacher) introduced us to the different types of food that people would eat in France for breakfast. We had learned about the different foods during our French lessons. Some of the French language that we used today was: Bonjour (Hello), s'il vous plait (please), vous desirez (what would you like?).

As we ate the delicious food, we were allowed to talk to our friends. We had to ask for certain things in French, eg. Pain (bread), Une tartine avec du beurre et de la confiture (a slice of bread with butter or jam), un croissant and une brioche.

We were grateful that Mrs Nickless spent her time organising this wonderful opportunity for us. We loved this experience and we hope that we may be able to do something like this again. We would also like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Nickless for giving up her spare time to help us with our French.



14 November 2016 - Reception's Church Wedding

The children in Reception have been learning about different celebrations in church. We learnt that Marriage is a loving relationship between two people.

They get married in church asking God to bless them. To help the children under what happens at a wedding we held our own ceremony. Conor and Arianna decided to get married, Thabetsoe was Best man, Hanna and Lexi were Bridesmaids. Father of the bride was Finley.

Father Joshua officiated at the wedding, welcoming all into God's house, leading the prayers blessing the rings and the happy couple.

After the ceremony the wedding party and their guest returned to school for the party and the speeches.



12 October 2016 - Year 6 Pilgrimage to St Chad's Cathedral

On Wednesday 12th October 2016 Year 6 went to visit St Chad's Cathedral.

We were welcomed to the Cathedral and then had the privilege of walking through the Door of Mercy. I prayed for the Pope and all those people who have died.

Then we had a normal Mass. Father David celebrated the Mass with Father Jonathon. Three children from every school processed up to the altar carrying a banner representing their school and a candle to show that Jesus is the light of the world. Some of the hymns we sang were, 'Lord have mercy on me', 'Father you are merciful' and 'Glory Alleluia'. The readings were from St Paul's letter to the Colossians 3:1-12, Responsorial Psalm 122:1-2 8-9 and the Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 which tells us about the Beatitudes. I thought the Mass was really clear on the message we needed to receive.

I had a brilliant time in St Chad's Cathedral. The art on the walls was very detailed and helped me to think and pray.

Here are some facts that I learnt about St Chad's: St Chad's was designed by Pugin who was also the designer of Alton Castle. St Chad's first opened in 1841. I also learnt that I should be merciful like the Heavenly Father, as it is the Year of Mercy. In WW1 a bomb hit St Chads radiator and the water of the radiator meant that the bomb did not explode and destroy the Cathedral.

by Isobella



14 July 2016 - Girls' 5-a-side Tournament

St Thomas More School Girls Football Team has made an eagerly awaited return to action this season in the Birmingham Catholic Schools 5-a-side Cup at Yardley Power League.

They started well, narrowly losing 2-3 to St Ambrose Barlow. In their second game the girls ran out convincing 6-0 winners against St Cuthbert's. This seemed to set them up nicely for their final group game, when they faced St Bernard's. The girls had plenty of possession and shots on goal, however and unbelievably they went down 3-2.

Then came the drama. We were tied with Sacred Heart and the girls had to face a penalty shootout. Three penalties each! Sacred Heart's last penalty just squeezed in. Well done to the girls.



5 July 2016 - Gaelic Football Tournament

On Tuesday 5th July our Gaelic Football Team took part in a tournament at Pairc na hEireann, Bickenhill, near the airport.

Our team comprised of Ciaran, Luke, Olivia, Aiden, Harry, Finley, Hugh, Francisco, Jack and Oliver.

There were eleven schools taking part. Our team did really well as they played with great spirit and won four of our six games and reached the semi-final of the competition.



3 December 2015 - Community Carol Concert

We were invited to join other groups from our local community to come together for a Christmas Carol event which was held at Mapledene Primary School.

There was carol singing, dancing , readings and prayers, even a balloon artist, all helping us to prepare for celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Our choir sang beautifully Moonbeams and the Calypso Carol.



14 March 2015 - Trampolining Success

Four girls from Year 6MP entered a Regional Schools Trampolining Competition on the 30th November, at Cocks Moor Leisure Centre. They came first and then went on to win the Zonal Competition in Cambridge on the 10th January.

One of their team mates was sick on the day of one of the competitions; she has been very helpful by supporting them in the semi–finals and will of course in the finals.

The girls represented our school again in the finals held on the14th March in Cocks Moor Leisure Centre and came second in the country. A remarkable achievement. Well done, girls!



3 December 2014 - 7-a-side Football Tournament

St Thomas More School Football Team has made an eagerly awaited return to action this season in the Birmingham Catholic Schools 7-a-side Cup at Hobmoor School, Yardley.

They kicked off against Our Lady of The Wayside. After starting strongly we conceded just before half-time to a soft looking goal. A very strong OLOW ran out 6-0 winners, but this did not dampen our team one bit as they headed straight in to their second game. No sooner had they kicked off had they gone out for the all important goal which they got, 1-0 to St Tommy's. However, a penalty decision was given right on half time to let St Bernadette's back in to the game and they went on to complete a 3-1 victory. So on to the last game and a chance to restore some pride. Again they set off like a speed train to get the all important first goal and it duly arrived. They settled down after this and played some great football and should have doubled their lead. Unfortunately it was only 1-0 going in to the second half.

The inevitable happen straight after kick-off Holy Souls equalised and then immediately went 2-1 up! However, St Tommy's fought back strongly and with 5 minutes left on the clock scored an equaliser, 2-2!

No sooner had we levelled the scores, Holy Souls scored! 60 seconds remained, one of players broke, he beat one, he beat two he shot, but his shot went past the post. Despair, the goalie took the kick, he scuffed straight to our striker, empty net was calling his name. He hit the ball dead centre and nestled in the back of the net. 3-3! What a result. What a game! No more than St Thomas More deserved. Well Done.



December 2014 - Advent Giving Tree

Every year during Advent our Giving Tree is set up to provide festive gifts for the injured heroes in the armed forces, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Parents and children were asked to provide simple gifts, such as, battery operated lights, festive tissues, Christmas hats and batteries so that the heroes could decorate their wheel chairs and hospital beds.

The gifts are given to Kath the 'cake lady' who takes them to the injured soldiers in hospital. They are delighted to receive them as it helps brighten up their Christmas and to know that they are remembered in a special way.



30 September 2014 - Choir Sing at the New Library

As part of the Library's first anniversary celebrations our school choir was invited to sing at their 'Word Up Event.' We were proud to sing our repertoire of World War Songs and some of our other favourite songs to an attentive audience.

Many people stopped to listen to us and some passed on their thanks and congratulations to staff members for our beautiful singing.



11 July 2014 - KS1 Trip to Cadbury World

The children from Key Stage 1 went to Cadbury World as part of their topic all about chocolate.

They learnt about how chocolate is made and discovered more about the history of the Cadbury family.

Everyone enjoyed their chocolate experience.



8 July 2014 - A Visit from 'The Glamophones'

On Tuesday 8th July the choir were very excited to receive a visit from 'The Glamophones'.

The three ladies were all dressed in their beautiful outfits and we felt like we had stepped back in time when they started singing World War 2 songs.

The choir then sang their World War songs they had learnt much to the delight of the Glamophones, who said we would make the perfect backing group for them when they cut their first CD!



8 July 2014 - Netball Match v Elms Farm School

Our recently formed netball team played their first match against Elms Farm School.

The Elms Farm netball team were an extremely strong team and although we were defeated, the Year 5 and 6 girls played an excellent match. As a team, they worked together with a very positive attitude.

In the second match Ruby scored an amazing goal and our defence kept the ball out of the opposing team's net on many occasions.

Well done to all the players!



June 2014 - Year 5 Meet a Fishmonger

This week, as part of Year 5's healthy eating programme, they were fortunate enough to have a visit from fishmonger Sam Martin one of our parents. A big thanks to him for an excellent presentation on the benefits of eating fish as part of a healthy diet.

The children got a close up look at some different fish breeds and watched avidly as Mr Martin carefully filleted some for them. After a delicious tasting session of some steamed salmon and haddock, some of the braver children got to experience fish filleting for themselves!

Mr Martin's generous visit was an invaluable experience for them, and has really helped them to understand the importance (and deliciousness!) of fish as part of their weekly diet.



16 December 2013 - Father Christmas Visits Reception Children

The children in Reception were very excited when they received a very special visitor.

Father Christmas had taken time out of his busy schedule to visit us and to see how good the children had been.

We were all very happy to find out that we were all on the GOOD list.



November/December 2013 - After School Science Club

This half term the Science Club have undertaken a range of exciting experiments in the after school club led by Chemical Kate. The children have been learning about various aspects of the human body through practical investigations.

One fun experiment was investigating the sense of sight. Children experienced using different light sources and created optical illusions to trick their friends.

Sophie in Year 2 said her favourite experiment was tasting sherbet. She said "I learnt that if you mix different ingredients together the taste can change". Lambros in Year 3 said he learnt that "the tongue has taste buds on it and this makes you feel different tastes".

The children have enjoyed the hands on aspect of the Science investigations and have gained a greater understanding of how their body works.



7 October 2013 - School Football Team

St Thomas More School Football Team has made an eagerly awaited return to action this season.

They kicked the season off with a three game mini-tournament at St Cuthbert's School Stechford.

The first game against St Cuthbert's A was a tense start as the boys tried to find a style of play but, soon settled as the ball rattled in to the back of the net and in the end they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

This set the team up for their next game against English Martyrs as they completed an 8-0 victory.

On to the last game all they needed to do was keep calm and draw the game to win the tournament. However they triumphed again against St Cuthbert's B Team to top the group.



2 May 2013 - Sheldon Lions Presentation

Every year our School Choir sings in Sheldon Country Farm when Father Christmas is resident in his grotto.

The Lions wanted to support our school in some way as a mark of their appreciation. Brian and Gwyn from Sheldon Lions presented us with a cheque for £500.00 to go towards our new PA system in the School Hall which will benefit of us and mean that parents will hear their children more clearly in assemblies and other celebrations.

We are very grateful to the Lions for their generous support.



27 March 2013 - Reading Champions

Congratulations to our Reading Champions who have been chosen by the staff for their commitment to reading both in school and at home.

The children were presented with their books and certificates at our End of Term Celebration Meeting.



December 2012 - Reading Champions

This term we have introduced a new format Home Reading Diary into school. Children are asked to read every night with an adult at home, so that a love of reading can be shared.

For our celebration meeting in the last week of the Autumn Term, teachers were asked to identify all the children who were 'Reading Superstars' during the term. More than half of the school were chosen to receive a Reading Superstar Award. What a success!

In addition, one child from each class was chosen as the class 'Reading Champion' to receive a certificate and commemorative book.

Well done to our first twelve champions. We look forward to finding out who our next champions will be at Easter.



Key Stage 1 at Think Tank

The children from Key Stage 1 visited the Think Tank in Birmingham. On the trip the children had the opportunity to explore many activities.

"The robot is moving all by itself."



6 March 2010 - Lenten Appeal 2010

This year our Lenten Appeal is for 'Children with Leukaemia' called 'The Cheeky Monkey's Marathon Challenge.'

Our Year 6 children were keen to find a fun and exciting marathon Challenge and were delighted when Red Watch from Sheldon Fire Station agreed to bring a fire engine to school on Friday 6th March 2010. The children were sponsored by family and friends to wash the fire engine in 26 minutes.

Sponsored events were held by all our classes during Lent to raise funds for 'Children with Leukaemia.'



Autumn Term 2009 - Sporting Succcesses

Reports from recent sporting activities:


July 2009 - Artsmark Award

St Thomas More was awarded the Silver Artsmark for our excellence in the teaching of the performance arts and the creative arts.

Mrs McGrory, Miss Delaney, and two pupils from Years 3 and 6 attended a presentation at Birmingham Town Hall. We were treated to a celebration of the arts including rap poetry, solo and choir performances and a touching dance collaboration between Brays Special School and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Our two pupils proved great ambassadors, conversing freely about the quality and quantity of St Thomas More's arts provision to the representatives of Bright Spark.

It was a wonderful day. However, we must confess to opening our award before reaching the stage for the official presentation. Too much excitement!


December 2008 - Christmas Card and Calendar Competition

The pupils were asked to design a Christmas card and a calendar for the New Year. The entries were of a high standard this year and it was a difficult decision to find the winning entries. In the end it resulted in a staff vote. This year we had three Christmas card winners and one calendar winner. The cards and calendars will be sold and all profits will go towards the school Arts fund.



Card Design Winners
Lauren - Reception
Elena – Year 3
Emily - Year 4


Story Winners
Christie – Year 1
Taylor – Year 3
Thomas - Year 6H


Calendar Winner
Grace – Year 4

Well done to all the winners, we look forward to seeing the entries for the coming year in October 2009.


4 July 2008 - Yardley Junior Schools Basketball Tournament

St Thomas More School Basketball Team played against other primary schools at Sheldon Community Centre. Our very skilled basketball team reached the semi-final.

The final match against the Oratory Catholic School was very fast and exciting with players on both sides striving with all their energy to score valuable points.

Both teams were extremely well matched with each side taking the lead at various points in the game and consequently supporters on both sides were on the edge of their seats with the tension and excitement of the match.

Finally, with only second to go until the final whistle, the score was even and the Oratory School scored.

The children of St Thomas More School were awarded an impressive cup to keep for the school as runners-up and each player also received a medal to keep. They had played brilliantly and deserve to feel really proud of their skills, behaviour, sporting attitude and good humour throughout the day.



21 May 2008 - Fire Safety Quiz Night

Pupils from Year 5 spent an exciting evening competing with other schools in the Sheldon heat of the West Midlands Schools Fire Safety Quiz 2008.

The team of five had to answer a range of questions on road safety, water safety and first aid, as well as fire safety.

The quiz supports the Every Child Matters Agenda and is part of a series of activities for Year Five pupils as part of Science, Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) within the National Curriculum.

In a hotly-contested competition the children came a commendable fourth and were presented with certificates from the station's Chief Fire Officer.



February 2008 - A Message from a Former Pupil

A VERY former pupil - I left in 1964! Even though I have long since left England I do return to Sheldon from time to time. I always make a point of wandering down Horse Shoes Lane to check on my well-remembered former school and the 'new' church (built during my school days I think, or not long afterwards - services used to be held in the hall alongside).

I am delighted to see the school thriving - it indeed seems to remain the happy place I remember, if your excellent website is anything to judge by.

Times have changed greatly of course. An ICT room, basketball coach, lady football coach! Mr Corrigan and Mr Dempsey must be shaking their heads in wonder as they look down.

And class saints. If my memory serves we had 'houses' comprising the patron saints of the four UK countries.

I have many happy memories. One was acting as Crown Bearer in the annual May Procession, which comprised the whole school one May Sunday each year and devoted to Our Lady. Happily I recently made contact with my fellow principal player that day, the Queen of the May, Pam Rutter (then Morris). I see that this no longer features in your highlights of the year. I'm not really surprised as I think overt religious occasions such as this no longer sit comfortably in a school context. I would be extremely interested to learn when the May Procession died out - do your records show this?

Again I am delighted to see the school doing so well and I send you every best wish from Dublin.

Roy McCarthy


October 2007

Our school garden team entered the BBC Gardeners' World Live 'Grow a Turnip' competition this year.

Our efforts won the school and individual growers a Dedicated Growers Award. Here are some of our successful winners! Next year we hope to grow some prize winning potatoes.