F2 at Pizza Express

On Tuesday, F2 visited Pizza Express on Baker Street to have a go at making their own pizzas.

National Air Quality Summit

This morning, children from our School Council and Green Team visited Mansion House in the City of London to speak at the National Air Quality Summit, hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Mayors and representatives from around the country were present to think about how this issue can be tackled as a whole country.

Having been introduced by Mr Khan, each member of our team spoke about a different topic, from sustainable travel to greening of our site to air quality monitoring. They were confident and eloquent, and gave everyone lots to think about. The Mayor of the Midlands and the Mayor of Manchester also spoke and said how impressed they were with the children, and how concerned they were to make changes so our children and their children can grow up with cleaner air and better health.

It was a huge privilege to be involved! We also loved seeing the building, including the amazing gold and silver, and one of the Mayor of London’s new electric buses.

You can find out more about the event here: https://www.airqualitynews.com/2018/06/20/london-commits-to-tenfold-increase-in-electric-buses/

Play Street 2018

Yesterday, we held our second after-school Play Street event for pupils and their families. We had a huge variety of activities, including a disco bike, paint bike, the ever-popular smoothie bike, bike jewellery, craft activities, an ice cream stall (thanks to our Year 6 Yound Enterprise project) and lots of fun games. It was also wonderful to have a beautiful min-park lent to us for the afternoon, complete with hay bales and olive trees.

Many thanks to Westminster Council for closing the road, Sustrans for bringing the bikes, Marylebone LEN for running a seed-planting stall and providing information, and to My Time Active for the games. We are also grateful to the staff and parents who helped out, and to St Mary’s Church for running one of the stalls.

Mayor’s Visit – Writing Competition

Children across the school have been competing to produce the best piece of work linked to the Mayor of London’s Air Quality visit in May.

Here are some of the winners!

 

Year 2’s Visit to a Hindu Mandir

On Friday, Year 2 visited the Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasdon, West London, as part of their topic on Hinduism. When they got off the bus, they were immediately astonished by the size of the Mandir and how white and ‘shiny’ it was. They described it as ‘magnificent, amazing, beautiful’. Inside, they really enjoyed looking at the wooden carvings all over the walls, the colourful carpets and the marble ceilings. They watched a film about the making of the Mandir and also observed a prayer ceremony, comparing it with ceremonies in their own religions.

On the way, the children tried out our new air quality masks to help them breathe better as they travelled around the streets of London.

Mayor of London’s Visit to St Mary’s

Yesterday, we received a visit from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, to talk with us about air pollution. The children showed Mr Khan various different projects we have already worked on, such as turning our car park into a garden and all our active travel posters. He was very impressed with how knowledgeable the children were and how much they had already achieved. See more in this video on Twitter

Mr Khan was also joined by Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council. Between them, they will be funding air filtration systems for our classrooms to ensure the air that children breathe is as clean as possible.

Everyone loved playing out in the street, as it was closed to traffic for the morning to let us hold a ‘play street’. Our visitors even joined in with the games!

We are so proud of our children and their courageous advocacy on this topic. They were the highlight of the BBC London News. Well done.

Find out more here and on our Twitter feed @SMBSschool