Yesterday, Year 3 visited the Wallace Collection to investigate patterns. They observed patterns in artwork and furniture, and created their own prints to create repeated, symmetrical and rotational patterns.
On Friday, Year 6 took part in the Easter Experience at All Souls Church. They explored the story of Easter through drama and role play, and through looking at artefacts, to try and decide who was responsible for the death of Jesus.
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.
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:
— David Bedford Music (@DBedfordMusic) March 5, 2017
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.
Yesterday, engineers from Rolls Royce visited our Year 5 class to help them improve and refine their models, as part of the ‘Evolution’ project. The children are working on a mechanism, inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Amaluna’.
On Thursday, Year 6 were invited to join Wetherby Prep School for a day of ‘Religion and Science’ workshops. 4 different speakers – 3 scientists and a priest – spoke about the links between faith and Science, and shared some of their own experiences. They described how Science answers many of our ‘how’ questions, but religion seeks to answer our ‘why’ questions. The children particularly enjoyed the demonstration at the end, where the scientists made slime and inflated a balloon with vinegar!
Thank you to Wetherby for hosting us.
This week a group of Year 5 girls took part in a Westminster-wide football tournament at Paddington Recreation Ground. They played valiantly and managed to score a few goals.
Miss Bell says:
‘One of the teachers from Queen’s ollege commented on their sportsmanship which was excellent and they also initiated a friendly match against Hampden Gurney at the end of the competition as neither got into the semi-finals. They approached the other school’s adult and organised it themselves so it was great to see their enthusiasm.’
Well done girls, we are very proud of you.
This term, Year 5 have started working with Rolls Royce and the Royal Albert Hall on a Design Technology project called ‘Evolution’. The project centres around the Cirque du Soleil performance of Amaluna, which they saw on Friday at the RAH. They are now working on designing a structure inspired by the show, and will be helped in their work by Rolls Royce engineers. It is a very exciting opportunity and we are delighted to be taking part.
Today, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford to get a taste of Oxford University life!
They quizzed students about what it’s like to study at Oxford, had a tour of the college and ate their lunch in the refectory. The Chaplain, Revd Wendy Wale, also introduced the children to the college’s welfare dog, Jonah, which the children loved.
It was a particularly exciting day for one of our pupils, whose parents both studied at Wadham. Tradition dictates that a child whose parents both went to Wadham College is allowed to stand on the quad grass (which is completely out of bounds to anyone else!).
After learning all about the college, they did a short tour of Oxford, finding out about the inspiration and history behind C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories.
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.