Snippets of News

Supporting Aquaid

Children in Africa using their pump to get fresh drinking water.

30 June 2021

Here, at Oratory R.C. Primary and Nursery School, we are aware that keeping our children and staff hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the day. As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid.

Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our School the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to The Africa Trust.

These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.

Our school’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding a photo, a certificate and a letter of thanks from the villagers to our website in the near future.

To date AquAid have built over 8,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and have donated in excess of £17 million to charity.

Read more on the Aquaid website

Year 6 Visit St Mary's College, Oscott

Year 6 enjoying the tour of the museum.

20 June 2019

Year 6 enjoyed a visit to St. Mary’s College.

We learnt so much during our tour of the chapel and museum. One of our pupils was even lucky enough to sit in the chair that Pope Benedict XVI sat in during his visit to Oscott in 2010!

During our visit, the seminarians spoke to us about their vocation and we had a chance to ask them questions to find out more about life at the college. We ended the day by celebrating Mass together.

Thank you to everyone at St. Mary’s College for organising such a wonderful experience for us!

St Philip Neri Timeline

Creating the timeline.

24 May 2019

As part of the Feast Day celebrations at school for one of our Patrons, St Philip Neri, the whole school got involved in creating a picture timeline to show the key events in St Philip’s life.

The children decided on a variety of media and textiles to create the timeline which can now be seen throughout our KS2 library.

End of our May Devotions

Year 6 leading the prayers.

23 May 2019

By the end of May the Rosary is now set up and led entirely by our prayer leaders from Year 6.

They have attended regularly before school every Tuesday and Thursday throughout May and have made changes to the arrangements to suit the children.

Caring for our Outdoor Prayer Area

Year 2 children caring for our Prayer Area.

23 May 2019

Year 2 have been undertaking gardening duties this week. They took a well-earned break from KS1 SATs!

The children worked together beautifully – weeding, digging and sweeping - to ensure that our outside prayer area is ready to use throughout the Summer.

One of our governors can be seen inspecting their work!

Jazz Elective Rehearsal

Children rehearsing for this year's Jazz Electives concert.

22 May 2019

We are proud of the many talented cello and violin musicians we have in school!

Eighteen children from Years 4, 5 and 6 have been busy practising for this year’s Jazz Electives at Symphony Hall on Friday 28th June.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to perform in front of a huge audience and showcase their God given talent!

First Confessions

Preparing for the children's first confessions.

21 May 2019

Children from Year 3 received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time today at the Oratory church.

Fr Anton and Fr Richard heard the children’s confessions.

The behaviour of the children was excellent and they clearly treated the Sacrament with reverence and understanding.

Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to support their children on this very special day. The whole school community is really looking forward to the children’s First Holy Communion in June.

Good Shepherd Mass

Some of Year 5 at St Chad's Cathedral.

21 May 2019

Some of our Year 5 children attended the Good Shepherd Mass at St Chad's Cathedral.

Twelve exceptionally well-behaved children went with Mrs Walsh and Mr Hanson. One of the girls read a bidding prayer confidently and clearly.

We collected £200 for Father Hudson's Care through our Good Shepherd money boxes during Lent.

Shining Lights Assembly

Two shining lights.

21 May 2019

We were delighted to announce and congratulate our 'Shining Lights' of Summer term 1.

The staff always find it hard to choose just two children from each class as so many are setting good examples to others – in work, effort and kindness.

Following in the footsteps of our Patrons!

As always it was wonderful to see many parents, carers, grandparents and younger brothers and sisters supporting the children.

Pre-Loved Religious Items

Sharing our religious items.

17 May 2019

Mrs Walsh and Mr Slyzyk undertook an audit of the religious resources and artefacts that we have in school. As part of this undertaking both members of staff realised that we had a number of items that could be shared with our families for prayer at home.

On Friday afternoon these items were displayed at the end of the day, outside in the playground. Within half an hour all our pre-loved religious items had found a new home!

Our New Lunchtime Choir

Our lunchtime choir.

15 May 2019

Mr Hanson, a first year Newman student who is currently working with Year 4 has begun a lunchtime choir.

It takes place every Wednesday in the Family Learning Room from 12.30 to 1.00pm.

Everyone is welcome to join!

Introducing our Online Safety Crew

Our Online Safety Crew working with Year 2 children.

15 May 2019

We are very proud to introduce our Online Safety Crew members from Year 5.

They are involved in supporting the school’s work to ensure all our children use the internet safely.

Here the children are presenting a role play they devised themselves to Year 2 about keeping safe in relation to online gaming.

See, Think and Do with Mini Vinnies

Launching our Mini Vinnies group.

14 May 2019

We launched our own Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) group.

Gary O’Brien, a development worker for the SVP, led an assembly alongside the Year 5 pupils who will be setting up our ‘Mini Vinnies’ group.

The children have lots of ideas for how we can put our faith into action and help others in our local community.

The Oratory’s ‘Mini Vinnies’ will start their work in June and we hope to see many of our pupils getting involved.

Marian Devotions

Year 6 leading our prayers.

7 May 2019

Year 6 prayer leads set up the room for Rosary and are confidently leading the prayers.

Marian Devotions take place on a Tuesday and Thursday from 8.40 to 8.55am.

Everyone is welcome to take part.

May Grotto

Our May Grotto.

7 May 2019

We have used the crown, flowers and candles from the Crowning of Our Lady to decorate our school grotto.

We will make sure we use May to devote more time and prayer to Mary, our mother in Heaven.

May Procession

Our May Procession.

5 May 2019

We had the wonderful opportunity to make a public witness to our faith – our annual parish May Procession.

Our 'Coronation team' were at work again – solemnly crowning Our Lady in the Oratory Church before leading the procession around the streets of Ladywood and Edgbaston.

The children were beautifully respectful again and did a great job in front of hundreds of parishioners.

Crowning Our Lady

The crowning of Our Lady.

3 May 2019

Our May Queen, her Maids and Pageboys respectfully and elegantly crowned Our Lady.

Fr Anton reminded us of this wonderful opportunity to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary today and throughout the month of May.

The whole school sang Marian hymns particularly well this morning and we all left the Hall uplifted.

The parents and carers of the 'Coronation team' were delighted to see their children carry out their special roles.

Lenten Roadshow

Participating in the Lenten Roadshow.

16 April 2019

Although we had finished school for the Easter holidays, we really didn’t want to miss out joining in with other Caritas Christi schools for our annual Lenten Roadshow.

So, a group of children from the Juniors and Mrs Dickinson were very happy to give up some of their holiday and take part in acting out the Passion Play at St Patrick’s School.

All the children involved worked well together to produce a thought-provoking play.

Passion Play

Depicting the Passion.

12 April 2019

Year 5 ended our Spring Term with tableaus representing each of the Stations of the Cross.

The children performed very respectfully and the audience were mesmerised.

Many parents and carers attended and at the end, as usual, we departed the Hall in silence – a very effective reminder of the solemnness of the approaching Holy Week.


Egg Sheeran!.

12 April 2019

Our annual Pre-Easter competition once again produced a wealth of creativity. Who knew the different ways in which a hard-boiled egg can be decorated!

All winners received a chocolate egg.

Pictured is one of the winning eggs as voted by staff!

Goodbye Mrs Hall and Miss DaCoasta

Goodbye Mass for Mrs Hall and Miss DaCosta.

12 April 2019

Sadly, we said goodbye to two of our teachers today – Mrs Hall and Miss DaCosta.

After whole school Mass Fr Anton, on behalf of the governors and staff, thanked them for their hard work over the years and bestowed God’s blessing on them for their new professional journeys.

Mrs Hall and Miss DaCosta were very sad to be leaving but also looking forward to new challenges and opportunities.

Year 6 Remember Confirmation

Confirmandi displaying their certificates.

12 April 2019

Our Confimandi were delighted to receive their official Certificates which commemorated them receiving the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation.

Shining Lights

Spring term Shining Lights.

9 April 2019

More Shining Lights!

Children from throughout the school were congratulated today for being super examples to their classmates and others during the Spring Term.

Football Champions

Our fabulous football champions.

2 April 2019

Our football team won the Corpus Christi Catholic Football Tournament!

This is a fantastic achievement. Last year we reached the quarter finals.

Coach Milligan said that the boys worked as a team, played superb football and stayed focus.

Well done everyone and many thanks to parents and carers who support the team on a regular basis.

Easter Cards and Art

Some of our Easter artwork.

1 April 2019

Year 1 used their recent Art experience – using the media of chalk pastels – to create Easter cards for their families.

It was wonderful to transfer skills from one area of learning to another and the children clearly enjoyed producing such effective art work.

We hope their families enjoy the beauty of the cards and use them as a reminder of the approaching Holy Triduum.

Gymnastic News!

Our talented gymnast.

25 March 2019

One of our Year 5 children came to school laden with medals after a fantastic win over the weekend.

She competed in a gymnastics competition and won two Bronze medals. One as part of a team and one as an individual.

This is a superb achievement as over one hundred gymnasts were competing in the Under 11s.

Talented Musicians

One of our talented musicians.

20 March 2019

Two pupils in Year 5 have been playing the Cello since Year 4 as part of the school’s partnership with the Music Service.

Their hard work has paid off as both gained a Bronze Award for Cello and were awarded a badge and certificate from the Royal Schools of Music.

Stations of the Cross

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

19 March 2019

Throughout Lent, classes are pairing up to pray the Stations of the Cross together – either at the Oratory Church or in school.

Today it was the turn of Years 2 and 5.

Fr Anton led the Worship and the children, as usual, displayed reverence and respect by joining in being reflective on the life of Jesus and on their own lives too.

St. Patrick's Day

Year 4 telling us about the lift of St. Patrick.

15 March 2019

Collective Worship this morning was led by Year 4. They presented information, reflection, prayers and music based on the life of St Patrick.


The Confirmandi with Archbishop Longley.

14 March 2019

A beautiful evening enjoyed by all celebrating our Sacrament of Confirmation with His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley.

The Year 6 children were very well prepared by Fr Anton, Miss Corns and Mrs Westley. Archbishop Bernard talked to each of them individually and the Confirmandi displayed great reverence throughout Mass – attentive, respectful, clear reading, organised Offertory, melodious signing in Latin and English and calm and mannerly too.

Congratulations to Year 6 and we all pray you will call on and use the Holy Spirit to guide you on your continuing journey of faith through life.

Lent Meditation

Meditation time during Lent.

14 March 2019

Throughout Lent, a time for quiet meditation is available before school every Tuesday and Thursday.

It’s wonderful to see so many children choose to voluntarily spend this time with God. Some read, some use the simple candle to focus and some close their eyes.

Incredibly reverent behaviour always. And beautiful kindness and example shown to the younger children when they first join us.

Donating Hair to the Little Princess Trust

Donating some of her hair to charity.

21 February 2019

One of our Year 6 pupils decided to donate 12 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust, so that wigs can be made out of her hair.

The wigs made will be used by children who have suffered hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Her actions are an inspiration to us all. Taking action for others instead of just thinking about it!

The Transfiguration

Year 4 re-enact The Transfiguration.

14 February 2019

Year 4 children participated in a role play focussing on the Transfiguration

A pupil explained, "The role play helped me to understand what transfiguration means using an example from the Bible. It helped me understand how the disciples must have felt when they heard the voice of God. These events show how Jesus is shown as The Light of the World and how he is God’s Beloved Son."

Baptism of Jesus

One of Year 5's models.

29 January 2019

Children in Year 5 Really love RE and really love Art and DT so they cherished the opportunity to show their understanding of Jesus’ Baptism by creating models and recalling vocabulary identifying the event.

The Annunciation

Re-enacting the Annunciation.

15 January 2019

Year 1 children, as part of their Advent learning, re-enacted the story of The Annunciation and Mary’s “Yes!” to God.

They offered insightful thoughts and comments on how Mary may have felt and how they would feel if it happened to them.

Born in a Barn!

Year 1 presenting their nativity.

18 December 2018

Year 1 children performed a wonderfully vibrant and well-acted Nativity entitled Born in a Barn which was enjoyed by the many parents, carers, grandparents, brothers and sisters who attended.

Year 2 supported the performance with their joyful and pitch perfect singing!

Come and Join the Circle

Enjoying our first Prayer Circle.

7 December 2018

Children and staff loved our first Prayer Circle collective worship this afternoon.

We started with the 'Come and Join the Circle' song (by Bernadette Farrell), followed by prayer and reflection.

We look forward to the children taking the lead from now on.

Times Tables Rock Stars

Proudly showing off their certificates.

23 November 2018

Year 6 children proudly holding their Times Tables Rock Stars certificates for winning a class 'Battle of the Bands'.

This new online maths initiative has proved to be a real 'hit' with our children who are keen to improve their recall speed.

Our new EYFS Forest School

The outdoor reading area.

19 November 2018

Mr Milligan has been working very hard developing and creating the EYFS outdoor environment.

Mr Milligan is delighted to have Year 5 helping him in this endeavour.

The photo shows our new outdoor reading area!

Debating Competition Winners

Members of our winning debating team.

13 November 2018

Our Year 5 debating team won the Caritas Christi Debating Competition, and were honoured and extremely proud to receive their award shield for a second time at St Paul’s School for Girls Awards Evening.

The Debating Shield was presented to them by former Labour MP and Cabinet member, Clare Short - herself a St Paul’s old girl!

Outstanding achievement in Cello

Our cello winner.

12 November 2018

One of our Upper KS2 children won the 2018 Abraham Wilson No Fear Award out of hundreds of children throughout Birmingham who took part in Jazz Elective sessions with Services for Education Music Service and Town Hall/Symphony Hall.

She consistently demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment and musicianship and continues to do so.

As part of her prize she was awarded a cello (which she is playing) and a year of free tuition!

We Will Remember Them

Our Remembrance display.

9 November 2018

100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first global war.

During a whole school assembly on Friday 9th November led by Mr Paine we remembered all those who lived through this tragic time.

Celebrating Black History Month

Some of our work for Black History Month.

8 November 2018

Throughout the month of October we set the children in Years 1 to 6 a special challenge to choose and research a black role model from the past or present day and find out as much information as possible thinking about key questions.

We have been overwhelmed by the high standard and creativity of this challenge and feel that an assembly will not do justice to the work of the children.

So instead of an assembly, the children’s work was displayed in a Black History Exhibition from Thursday 8th November until the end of November on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Shakespeare in Schools Festival

Year 5 at The Old Rep.

25 October 2018

Year 5 performed the excellent play ‘Macbeth’ at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham.

They rehearsed for the play for six weeks and even memorised lines at home to make sure that they would put an incredible show on for the audience. There were four hundred people in the audience, some Year 5 were a little nervous but glad to have the opportunity.

After the play finished the stage echoed and rumbled with the audience cheering and clapping extremely loudly!

The Daily Mile

Children enjoying one of their runs.

27 September 2018

The Daily Mile supports our children’s fitness, stamina, health and mood. Recent research shows daily physical activity has a positive impact on children's behaviour and concentration levels.

It is a simple yet effective, enabling every child in our school to be active.

Caritas Christi Residential

Enjoying the residential trip.

21 to 24 September 2018

Mrs Dickinson and a group of children from Year 4 joined over 60 children from thirteen different primary schools and two secondary schools on a fun filled, action packed three night weekend residential trip to Kingswood in Staffordshire.

Our children overcame a number of fears, supported others, tried many challenging activities and made new friends.

It was a truly awe inspiring and amazing experience for both adults and children. We can’t wait for next year!

Welcome Frenchtastic!

French lessons in Year 4.

10 July 2018

Angela Livingstone from Frenchtatsic came into school and worked with Year 4.

We are delighted to welcome Angela to the Oratory family. She will work with our children on a Monday afternoon and also begin a French Club after school in the new academic year.

She said, "It was a real pleasure to meet you all, thank you for such a warm welcome. It was wonderful to see the children enjoying themselves so enthusiastically! I am really looking forward to working with the Oratory in September."

Let's Talk Money

St Paul's pupils working with Year 2.

26 June 2018

Guardian Angels from St Paul’s School for Girls came to work with Year 2 on money matters!

They told stories about the importance of thinking about money and how important it is to save and look after money in a sensible way.

he children then had a game of Money Monopoly. Six games were donated to the school. Thank you St Paul's!

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Windrush

Windrush Concert.

22 June 2018

Year 4 were involved in a spectacular concert at Town Hall Symphony Hall to mark 70 years since the Windrush ship made an 8,000 mile journey from the Caribbean to London with 492 passengers on board from Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and other islands.

It was a celebratory showcase of music and dance, delivered in partnership with Black Voices and Ladywood Arts Forum.

Picture Book Competition Entries

Some of our competition entries.

20 April 2018

Our children were set the task over the Easter holidays to create, write and illustrate their own picture book in the style of David Lucas following his visit to the school in March.

He tweeted, "Some of the wonderful picture books made by children after my workshops at Oratory School."

So many different skills have to combine in a picture book: good use of language, storytelling, character creation, drawing, page-design, lettering, book-making.

David Lucas announced the winners: first prize goes to Ester Manukyan in Year 4 followed closely by Maya Bhatoa and Tyla Davis in Year 5.

Welcome to Catholic Author, David Lucas

David Lucas speaking to the children.

13 March 2018

Our children took part in a ‘Create a picture book’ workshop led by David Lucas. The workshop was highly structured, with a clear, tangible goal. The tension between formal structure and free-wheeling imagination sparked lots of creative energy!

In the workshop David demonstrated how he draws – then everyone drew together – each child making their own picture of one of his characters. David then wrote lists of mixed-up ‘picture words’ that the children choose from, to each create an exciting, original character of their own. The children discussed story ‘problems’.

At the end of the workshop David explained how to turn their story into an illustrated book of their own, with front and back covers, reviews, blurb, and a decorative title page with dedication and copyright info – so their book will feel as much as possible like the real thing.

Commenting on his visit David Lucas exclaimed, "Thanks for a lovely day at the Oratory - I was inspired by the children’s character and story ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing their finished books!"

World Book Day

All dressed up on World Book Day.

1 March 2018

On World Book Day our children dressed in their pyjamas and shared their favourite bedtime read!

Everyone entered into the fun and enjoyed sharing their favourite book with one another.

Over £145 was raised for Diabetes UK.