On Monday, some children from Year 6, accompanied by Mr Knight, Mr Watkins and Miss Philpot, went to cheer the guests at the Pride of Britain awards as they walked down the red carpet. They were inspired by the stories of some of the people they saw, and are looking forward to finding out who wins on Tuesday!
On Wednesday, we held our harvest service in St Mary’s church. The children read, prayed and sang beautifully! The choir (and Mr Watkins) also treated us to a special performance of ‘You’re Welcome’ from the film Moana. Thank you to the musicians from St Mary’s church for accompanying us.
We would also like to say a really big thank you for all the donations of food for the North Paddington foodbank. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are much appreciated and will really help out some families in need.
We have had some visitors into our school in the last week to share their lives and beliefs with the children. Year 4 had a visit by a Sikh, who talked about the 7 Ks of Sikhism and what life is like for him. Year 1 and 5 were visited by a Jewish believer, who spoke about different practices in Judaism. She also brought Challah bread, which the children were able to try!
Our children have told us they love these visits, because it helps them to understand the difference faith makes to a believer’s life – it makes it real and relevant for them. It also helps them to develop respect for others, which is one of our core Christian values.
We are very grateful to our visitors for giving up their time to come and see us.
We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold RE Quality Mark for our excellent practice in Religious Education. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work put in by all the staff, as well as contributions by parents and our local community, to ensure that our children receive high quality Religious Education. Please do look at the RE page of our website to see examples of the children’s wonderful work.
We are passionate about this subject at St Mary’s because we believe that learning about each other’s religions and beliefs is an essential part of living in modern Britain and making a positive contribution to society, but most of all it is one of the ways to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. As a Church School, we also believe in the importance of teaching children about the Christian faith and giving them the skills to understand why Christians do what they do.
On Tuesday 23rd January, 24 Year 3 and 4 children participated in the Sportshall Athletics competition. They represented St Mary’s very well and showed all our school values – we came back with an award for Honesty! A highlight was Alyah and Olivia winning the Girls Hurdles relay.
Today, our families brought food to share from their home countries – all over the world! Children and adults dressed up in national costumes, too.