Category Archives: Collective Worship

Early Years Nativity Play

This afternoon, Early Years delighted us with their Nativity play: The Sleepy Shepherd. They sang so beautifully and acted out all the parts really well to tell the Christmas story. Huge thanks to the staff for all their hard work putting the show together.

We also took a collection for ‘Save the Children’ at the end.

School Choir Christmas Carol Singing

Our school choir are very busy at the moment, singing carols around our local community.

On Friday, some of the children visited Portman Nursery to sing carols in their Christmas jumpers (which they did with some great jingle bell backing!).

On Sunday, they sang at the St Mary’s Church Christingle service, delighting the whole congregation with their fabulous version of Away in a Manger.

On Tuesday, some of the choir sang at the British Land offices for the people who work there. We have a very close link with British Land, so were delighted to be able to sing for them!

Harvest Festival Service

Yesterday, we held our Harvest Festival in church. The children brought in lots of gifts of food for North Paddington Food Bank. We sang some of our favourite songs, on the themes of ‘Rescue’ and giving thanks. The choir sang a medley based on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Year 5 prayed for us really beautifully.

Here is the choir’s medley:

 

Class Collective Worship

This year, we have started a weekly time of Collective Worship in the classroom, for children to explore our assembly themes in even greater depth with their classteacher. As part of this, we are also using a variety of creative ways to pray and reflect, both about ourselves and the world around us.

Prayer Spaces Day

Today, Kirstine from St Mary’s Church led a ‘Prayer Spaces in School’ day. Different stations were set up around the hall for children to engage with and respond to. The most popular stations were the map of the world, thinking about people we might want to pray for in other countries, a ‘be still’ corner for personal reflection, and a place to say sorry. Children from every class visited our prayer space. Here are some of the children’s responses from the day:

Joint Service at All Souls Church

Yesterday, Key Stage 2 all visited All Souls Church on Regent’s Street for a joint service with All Souls School. The two choirs came together to sing pieces they had both learnt, including a medley of Beatles songs. All Souls read from the Bible and St Mary’s led the prayers. Everyone sang their hearts out and it was a wonderful occasion. We were particularly privileged to have Noel Tredinnick playing for us.

All Souls Service 1

 

 

 

 

Here is a clip of our Beatles medley:

And here is a clip of ‘Great is Your Faithfulness’:

 

Trip to Uganda

Over the Easter holidays, Ms Granite, Mr Knight and Benny (our Music teacher) visited Kiwoko in Uganda with a team from St Mary’s Church. They particularly went to strengthen the link between Goshen school and orphanage, and St Mary’s. They took pencil cases, stationary and football kits that our pupils had donated to give to the orphans in Goshen. They also modelled some lessons for teachers and provided them with training.

Pupils at St Mary’s have been writing to the children at Goshen, and learning all about school life in Uganda, which is very different to here! We have also been learning Ugandan songs and a song Benny wrote in Uganda, which he has taught to children in Goshen and to us.

We are so proud of what Shadrach and his team are doing in Uganda, and we are keen to keep supporting them in the years to come.

 

Easter Service 2017

Today we held our Easter service in St Mary’s Church. We sang a range of Easter hymns and songs, had Holy Communion and prayed for our school and the wider world. Revd Ben Jones talked to us about the meaning of the cross (including a Hot Cross Bun eating contest between Mr Knight and a Y6 pupil!) and this term’s value of forgiveness. The choir sang two anthems: Viva la Vida and He Reigns. It was great to see so many parents joining us, too.

Hot Cross Buns