On Tuesday, the school choir took part in the Prom Praise for Schools event at the Royal Albert Hall. They joined thousands of other children from Church schools in London, singing songs we have been learning together in school, such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Count your Blessings’. They also listened to some wonderful pieces of classical music, and joined in the beatbox storytelling of the Prodigal Son parable. The theme was ‘Lost and Found’ which linked really well with our current school value of Forgiveness.
Everyone had a great time and our children sang their hearts out!
Yesterday, Year 1 performed for the first time in front of the whole school and their parents. They have all been learning the violin since September with teachers from London Music Masters, and it was great to see how confident they now are at playing. They also had a visit from a professional violinist, Marc Bouchkov, who inspired them with his incredible playing.
Last week, F2 visited the Sea Life centre (London Aquarium) as part of their Water topic.
They enjoyed seeing a whole range of underwater creatures, including the incredible jelly fish, and learning about different animals and their habitats.
Here is the weekly newsletter for Friday 17th March: March 17th 2017
St Mary’s are taking part in the Prom Praise for Schools (PP4S) project this year. Members of the school choir are going to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 21st March to take part in a giant concert with thousands of other children from across the Diocese of London.
As part of this project, musicians from the All Souls Orchestra, who will be playing in the concert (and their conductor, Noel Tredinnick) came to St Mary’s to lead an assembly. They taught the children some of the songs, played their instruments for us and taught us about the story of the Prodigal Son, which linked with our whole school value of Forgiveness.
We really enjoyed singing with them, especially ‘Count Your Blessings’ which we sang in 3 parts!
Last week, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their Castles topic.
Here they are on their trip:
Yesterday, children and staff throughout the school dressed up as Book characters to celebrate World Book Day. This was the climax to a fantastic Book Week, which included ‘Drop Everything and Read’ moments, Mystery Readers, trips to Daunt’s bookshop and visits to our brand new school library!
Here are some of the children’s costumes:
Here is this week’s newsletter:March 10th 2017
Do also check back for some wonderful Book Day photos…
On Saturday, a group from our Year 6 class took part in a large concert at the Royal Festival Hall, organised by London Music Masters. They sang two pieces, ‘Flutter’ – an original composition – and ‘Music is Everything’ which was composed by six of the LMM schools, including St Mary’s.
Our children sang as part of a choir with children from other schools, with over 100 children playing the violins and kettle drums. It was very exciting!
Here is a video of our favourite part:
The children were a huge credit to St Mary’s and we are very proud of them. We also really enjoyed singing with children from St Barnabas School in Pimlico.
We had a fantastic International Day on Friday, with children, staff and parents dressing up in costumes from countries around the world.
This year, our focus was on countries in Africa, and each class shared work about their chosen country. It was also an excellent opportunity for the children to show the wonderful respect they have for each other’s cultures and beliefs.
A big thank you to the parents who brought in food and set up stalls, teaching us about life in your home countries.