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Advent Fundraising 2018
English Martyrs’ is fundraising this year for Fatima House.
The children in Year 6 have been learning about Refugees
and Asylum Seekers and the problems they face. Our
charity this year helps people who have had to leave their
own homes and have come to live in Birmingham.
We will be holding non-uniform days on the dates listed
below, where we are asking for a £1 donation per family or
items that can be used by the people living in Fatima
Throughout Advent the children will be involved in making
Christmas crafts. These will then all be sold at a Christmas
Fair on Tuesday 18th December from 1.00 p.m.
Thank you in advance for your continued generous
Friday 23rd November
Non-uniform day - £1 per family
or an item from the list
Money donation or an item from
the list: toiletries (packaged
soap, shower gel, shampoo,
toothpaste, toothbrushes,
sanitary products etc)
sugar, oil, rice, cereals, tinned
Friday 30th November
Non-uniform day - £1 per family
or an item from the list
Friday 7th December
Non-uniform day - £1 per family
or an item from the list
Friday 14th December
Christmas Jumper Day – £1 per
family or an item from the list
Tuesday 18th December
Christmas Fair—1.00 p.m. onwards
for each class.
Friday 21st December
Non-uniform day - £1 per family
Items will cost 50p or a £1
The Fair will be open from 3.15
to 3.45 for parents



English Martyrs’ School is running a number of events during week commencing 13th  November to raise money for ‘Smile Train’.


‘Smile Train’ is an international children’s charity which provides 100% free life-changing cleft-palate repair surgery to children in over 85 developing countries. For more information, visit the ‘Smile Train’ website at


On Wednesday 15th November, the children will be holding a ‘Dance-a-Thon’ in the morning and a ‘Make a Smile’ art competition in the afternoon. To take part in these events, the children will need to bring £1 to school on the day.


Friday 17th November will be a non-uniform day when the children can wear their own clothes – again, a contribution of £1 is required.


All monies collected from these two events will be sent to ‘Smile Train’


Please help us to support this very worthwhile cause.




Reception having Fun in their Wonderful New Playhouse

Reception would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everybody at “The Big Game Hunters” for donating the beautiful Redwood Lodge! We have had so much fun creating stories in our new house and can’t wait to use it throughout the year. We would also like to thank our parents for their very generous donations for Reception’s mile run. Thank you!




Harvest Festival Fund-raising


As Part of our Harvest Festival fund-raising, we are asking our children with parents support to bring any of the following items into school to donate to the Sparkhill Food Bank.


Suggested Items:


  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Soup
  • Instant Mashed Potato
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Instant Noodles
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sponge Puddings (Tinned)
  • Rice Pudding
  • Tinned Meat
  • Biscuits or Snack Bars
  • Tinned Hallal Meat
  • Fruit Juice (Carton)
  • Tomatoes (Tinned)
  • Tea Bags/Instant Coffee
  • Tinned Fish
  • Cooking Oil (Small)


Thank you for your support





Leavers Assembley 2016

Lenten Fundraising

As always I have been totally amazed by the generosity of our parents and children at English Martyrs’. During the period of Lent we have been looking at times in which not only the Christian faith but our many other faiths in English Martyrs’ consider the needs and give alms to others.  This year we have been supporting the work of Father Hudson’s Care which is a charity who work with many different needs in our local community. The children have raised money through the following activities



Baking and selling breads from around the world

Year 1

Cake Sale

Year 2

Tombola and buy a ticket to guess how many sweets

Year 3

Milkshake Bar

Year 4

Running a World War II Café selling Eggless Pancakes, Glory Buns and Vegetarian Jelly

Year 5

Selling Fruit Kebabs and Smoothies

Year 6

Sports Competitions

Fundraising during Advent

Following on from the success of last year- we are once again raising money to create shoeboxes of goods for the homeless. These are given to the Sifa Fireside Centre, who give them out at their Christmas party. Any extra money is donated to the centre to buy sleeping bags or other goods they need to keep the centre running.


This year we hope to raise money in 2 ways

- making and selling a product or organising games.


Year 6 will be creating the shoeboxes - we link this to our theme which is

'People without Homes'



Friday 4th December


Year 4 - 'Wibbly Wobbly Jellies 


Tuesday 7th December

Year 5 - Fruit Salad Kebabs

Thursday 10th December Year 2 -Christmas Decorations Sale/Guess How Many?/Name the Teddy?
Friday 11th December

Own Clothes Day

£1 donation

Monday 14th December Year 6 - Bookmark Sale
Wednesday 16th December Year 3 - Daily Delicious Toast/Raffle/Name the Bear?
14th-18th December Reception Classes making and selling decorations


Summer Reading Challenge - Sparkhill Library


Health for Life Celebration


Health for Life is an exciting initiative funded by the Mondelez International Foundation as part of a broader programme fulfilling the organisation's commitment to help make 'a sustained, demonstrable improvement in healthy lifestyles across Birmingham schools'

The four key elements that we are focussing on include:

  • Healthy eating and cooking skills
  • Growing food
  • Physical activity
  • Family involvement 

On 22/06/15 some children from the school council attended a celebration of work ceremony at Edgbaston Cricket ground. Please view the pictures below linked to the work we have done so far at English Martyrs' to promote a healthier lifestyle.


Albums - Please Click a Heading

Health for Life Project at English Martyrs'

The children of English Martyrs' received their First Holy Communion at Mass on 7th June 2015.

Solar Eclipse - Observations from Year 2

Non Uniform Day and a Solar Eclipse......!

Book Review Competition Part 2......Putting 'recommended by' book plates onto the selected books in Sparkhill Library for all to enjoy!

Book Review Competition Part 1.....Choosing our books from Peter's Book Store (Yr5 & Yr 6)

World Book Day 5/3/2015 'Inspirational'