Yesterday, Westminster Council closed Enford Street for us to hold a ‘play street’ event, highlighting the importance of clean air, road safety and fitness. We had cycling activities (including a very popular smoothie bike), fitness games with My Time Active, craft with parent volunteers and staff from St Mary’s Church, as well as the chance to draw on the road with chalk and enjoy talking to one another! We are very greatful to Carla Lowe from Westminster Council and to the Marylebone LEN for organising this along with Mrs Leith and our school staff.
Last week, Year 6 visited the London Transport Museum for a Junior Citizen workshop.
Mr Knight writes:
This week, Year 6 had a break from their SATs revision and enjoyed a day out of class. They were invited to participate in the Year 6 Junior Citizenship programme run by Westminster. The children are taught life skills essential to being a responsible member of our community. This was done through different real-life scenarios. There were six stations in total which were:
- How to travel safely on the underground tube
- How to use your zip card on the bus
- How to approach dogs in public
- Using the internet safely
- What to do in case of a fire
- How to cross the road safely
“The Westminster Junior Citizenship scheme is a unique and invaluable opportunity for Year 6 children to learn citizenship messages and life skills from participating agencies, including: the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Service, Westminster Council, the British Red Cross and our own Transport for London Safety and Citizenship Team. Students spend their morning session taking part in interactive scenarios that teach strategies for leading a safer and more responsible lifestyle.”
The forecast was lovely, which meant we could also enjoy a sunny picnic in the grounds of St Paul’s church, in the Covent Garden Piazza and play some team building games.
Overall the trip was a great success and all children had fun. Thanks to the staff and parents for making this trip possible.
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.
On Tuesday, the School Council ended their visit to the Houses of Parliament with a visit to Miss Norman’s old school, St Matthew’s. There, they met the St Matthew’s School Council and compared notes about the sorts of topics they discuss and the sorts of changes they have made. Both School Councils have made changes to school uniform. St Matthew’s School Council has changed how children line up at lunchtime and made an area of the playground safer, whereas St Mary’s have been working on raising awareness of air pollution. It was great for the two councils to meet each other and play together. Thank you, St Matthew’s, for having us.
Photo credit: Mrs R Jewitt
On Tuesday, the School Council visited the Houses of Parliament to learn more about Democracy. They had a tour of the House of Commons (the House of Lords was busy debating Brexit!) and a workshop about different forms of Government. The children asked some brilliant questions and gained a very deep understanding of how laws and decisions are made. They created excellent campaigns for combatting air pollution and for saving endangered animals. Well done, St Mary’s!
Year 3 are taking part in a project to create artwork for the Magistrates’ Court on Marylebone Road. Last term, they were visited by a blacksmith, who gave them tips and ideas. Now, 5 children’s work has been chosen to be turned into full-scale pieces of art, both inside and outside the Court.
Dalal and Matilda’s artwork has been selected for the front entrance, and Layla, Lucy and Saryu’s work will be displayed inside the building. Expected completion of the Art project at the front of the Court is July 2017. The school will recieve a certifictate, as will each of the girls.
Today, the School Council visited the offices of British Land with Mrs Leith and Miss Norman.
We have a very close partnership with British Land. Volunteers read with children in our school every week, and one of our Governors also works for British Land. They also run an annual art project and have sponsored our school library.
We met with Matthew Webster, who spoke to the children about the impact buildings and cities can have upon our well-being and health, to give the children ideas for further improving our own school environment. Some of the different ideas we discussed were: the importance of having plants and natural materials in the building, different ways to encourage people to interact with each other to build relationships, and the need to motivate people to be active throughout the day. Lots of food for thought!
This is what the children said:
“I learnt that people in hospital reovered better when they viewed greenery than when they viewed metalworks.” Sebastian – Y4
“It was so interesting finding out more about your organisation and how you try to make the world a greener place. We are also grateful for your brilliant facts you taught us, such as: don’t have any electronics at your bedtime mostly because your eyes are used to the light and are telling you to wake up.” Jaffar – Y6
“I never knew about the Kalahari Bushmen.” Mehdi – Y3
We all had a really interesting time and loved seeing the newly designed offices.
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On Friday, Year 5 pupils conducted a tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground for groups of children and adults. Pupils from our Year 3 class, and from Wetherby Prep School, were taken around, as well as our Chair of Governors and some parents and teachers.
The Lord’s staff were extremely impressed with the children and said that they had done an excellent job!