St. Philip's Catholic Primary School, Messenger Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3DU

School Blog

Science Week Workshops

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

On Friday 15th March, ‘Science Boffins’ arrived in school to help us to celebrate National Science Week.

Our children took part in an exciting interactive assembly where they learnt about forces and changes in materials. Following this, each class took part in a workshop that involved either learning about how new materials are formed when flames are produced or they learnt how to scientifically investigate a crime scene!

Thank you to Miss Lewis for organising this exciting day and to our wonderful children for taking part with such great interest!

St Philip’s Retreat Day

Friday, 8 February 2019

On Friday 1st February we were delighted to welcome Dan Callow and Emily Jordan from One Life Music for our whole school retreat day ‘His Goodness Never Fails.’

The children had a wonderful day learning new hymns and reflecting on Jesus as ‘The Good Shepherd.’ Please ask your children about the hymns learnt and you will hear them soon during Mass in school!

Thank you again to Dan and Emily!

Y6 Sats information evening

Friday, 8 February 2019

Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Y6 SATs information evening on Monday this week. We hope that you found evening useful and enjoyed working with your children!

Paper copies of the slides from the evening are available – please see Mr Wilkes or request from the school office.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

On Monday 28th January, Mr Wilkes and the mission team led an assembly commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day (Sunday January 27th).

The theme this year is ‘Torn from Home’ and our children were thoughtful, inquisitive and reflective during this extremely important memorial. Well done children.

We have learnt about the importance of remembering this event to help end discrimination today.

Katie Stainton visit

Monday, 17 December 2018

On Friday 14th December, our children were visited by athlete Katie Stainton. Katie recently competed in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Katie spoke to the children about her resilience to overcome a devastating injury and her dedication to her training regime, which very much inspired our children!

During the visit, the children raised £312.65 in sponsorship money  – wow!

It was lovely to hear Katie say how impressed she was with the children and that she would love to come and visit us again. Well done children.


Brushstrokes shoebox appeal

Monday, 10 December 2018


Some of our children, along with Mr Padotan and Miss Anslow, today delivered many shoeboxes full of thoughtful gifts to Brushstrokes.

Brushstrokes will distribute the shoeboxes to children to be opened on Christmas Day.

Thank you to all of our children and families for being so generous to donate the gifts, and to Mr Padotan and Miss Anslow for co-ordinating this initiative where we are truly living our school’s mission ‘Learning and working together through Christ.’

BBC Live Lessons – Earth and the Solar System with Doctor Who

Friday, 23 November 2018

This afternoon, our KS2 children joined schools around the country and took part in a BBC live lesson to celebrate 20 years of the International Space Station being in space.

The children discovered how light travels and investigated Earth’s place within the solar system – all with the help of BBC’s Doctor Who!!

The children were required to be ‘Super Movers’ and get active to help the Doctor save Earth by taking part in Brain Boosters and practical challenges. Well done children!

Anti-bullying week visit from ‘Big Dave’

Friday, 16 November 2018

We have taken part in National Anti-bullying week this week which has seen lots of activities take place in classes across school.

Today, we welcomed former World’s Strongest Man ‘Big Dave’ who led an inspirational assembly promoting the importance of communication and self worth. Dave then met with our playground buddies and visited classes for a question and answer session. It was great to see you again ‘Big Dave’!

Thank you to Mr Padotan for arranging this school visit that our children found so engaging.

Remember to ask your children about all of the activities that they have taken part in during Anti-bullying week.

Sea of Remembrance

Friday, 9 November 2018

Our sea of Remembrance where our school community have the opportunity to pray for those that gave their lives for their country, as well as all the dearly departed.

All Saints and Remembrance

Friday, 9 November 2018

Our wonderful mission team prepared and led Collective Worship this morning along with Mrs Hinton to remember some of our school Saints and those who gave their lives in wars throughout the world.

Thank you to the children for such thoughtful responses and to our Y6 child who created an excellent piece of design to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Lest we forget.