The whole school held 2 minutes’ silence today to mark Remembrance Day. The children explained that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, ‘we will remember them’. Year 6 read ‘On Flanders Field’ and we all prayed together for the peace of our world.
We are delighted that our Sport Relief Fundraiser in April raised £300 towards helping children around the world have a better life. Thank you to everyone who supported our run around St Mary’s Church and playground bunny hop!
Yesterday, Year 5 visited the Bank of England Museum in the City. They learnt about our country’s financial system, held real gold (yes, really!) and discovered how bank notes (including the brand new £5 note) are made. It was a great way to put their Mathematical learning into a real life context.
On Saturday, the Queen celebrated her official 90th birthday. Several of us celebrated at an indoor Street Party in St Mary’s Church on Sunday, and on Monday, we had a specially themed assembly about the Queen and royal tea with Miss Norman. We have been thinking about the ways in which the Queen has kept herself healthy and happy – physically, emotionally and spiritually – and looking at what we can learn from her. Happy birthday, your Majesty!
Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless those who are gathered here,
that, by serving others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life. Amen (adapted from the CofE)
Today was Wear it Wild Day at St Mary’s. Children (and adults) dressed up as animals to support the work of WWF in protecting endangered animals. Year 2 had written to Miss Norman to ask for this day, after learning about the plight of different animals at London Zoo. This morning they shared some of their work in assembly, and all the children showed off their outfits!
Year 6 pupils have been creating artwork for the Westminster Faith Exchange, on the topic of ‘What Prayer Means to Me’. Here is some of their work, and the inspiration behind their Art:
St Mary’s has been awarded the BIT award in recognition of its work in preventing bullying in school. This is a wonderful achievement and something we are extremely proud of, as we take anti-bullying extremely seriously. Year 5 worked intensively with Kidscape last term, and both Mrs Leith and Mr Davies have been trained to deliver high-quality anti-bullying teaching to the children. A huge thank you to Mrs Leith, Mrs McSherry and all the staff for all their work in protecting our children.
This week is International Week at St Mary’s. Each class is learning about a country represented by children in our school. This year, we are mostly focusing on countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We are also learning about caring for and celebrating people who have a different faith or different beliefs to us (one of the ‘British Values‘).
Year 1 have been learning about Morocco. They have been painting tiles with Moroccan patterns, and Adam’s Mum visited the class to talk about life in Morocco.
Here is today’s newsletter: 22nd January