Yesterday, we held our second after-school Play Street event for pupils and their families. We had a huge variety of activities, including a disco bike, paint bike, the ever-popular smoothie bike, bike jewellery, craft activities, an ice cream stall (thanks to our Year 6 Yound Enterprise project) and lots of fun games. It was also wonderful to have a beautiful min-park lent to us for the afternoon, complete with hay bales and olive trees.
Many thanks to Westminster Council for closing the road, Sustrans for bringing the bikes, Marylebone LEN for running a seed-planting stall and providing information, and to My Time Active for the games. We are also grateful to the staff and parents who helped out, and to St Mary’s Church for running one of the stalls.
Yesterday, we received a visit from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, to talk with us about air pollution. The children showed Mr Khan various different projects we have already worked on, such as turning our car park into a garden and all our active travel posters. He was very impressed with how knowledgeable the children were and how much they had already achieved. See more in this video on Twitter
Mr Khan was also joined by Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council. Between them, they will be funding air filtration systems for our classrooms to ensure the air that children breathe is as clean as possible.
Everyone loved playing out in the street, as it was closed to traffic for the morning to let us hold a ‘play street’. Our visitors even joined in with the games!
We are so proud of our children and their courageous advocacy on this topic. They were the highlight of the BBC London News. Well done.
Find out more here and on our Twitter feed @SMBSschool
Last week, we were delighted to host our first evening concert for friends and families of St Mary’s, organised by London Music Masters. We were extremely lucky to have Alexandra Soumm and Paloma Kouider visit us and play a fabulous repertoire of pieces, from Mozart to Ravel. It was a magical experience and wonderful that so many families joined us, including those with really young children. Part of the Music Masters programme is making classical music accessible to all, and this was a great way to do this.
This week, every class has been decorating their classroom door to resemble a favourite book cover. There has been a brilliant range of books across all ages, and the children and staff have done an incredible job. Sarah Bedford, our Chair of Governors, judged them and decided that Year 1’s cover for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was the best. They will win £100 of books and resources for their class.
Today, we celebrated World Book Day at St Mary’s. Despite the snow, many children and staff came to school dressed as a word, for our whole school vocabulary parade. There were some fantastic costumes and the children very eloquently gave examples of how to put their word into a sentence. Well done, everyone. You have done an amazing job today!
Also this week, we have had mystery readers in class each day, trips to Daunt’s Bookshop and ‘Drop Everything And Read’. Here are some of the children reading in a DEAR session:
Today, our families brought food to share from their home countries – all over the world! Children and adults dressed up in national costumes, too.
Today, the children enjoyed a recital by Ben Beilman from Philadelphia, USA. He played two pieces: Partita in D minor by J.S. Bach and a derivative piece by Bela Bartok. The children responded very well and were able to compare and contrast the pieces thoughtfully. One child in Y2 said ‘this is the best thing I’ve ever heard!’ We are very grateful to London Music Masters for this incredible opportunity.
On Friday, the children with 100% attendance last term had their reward celebration – a pizza and popcorn party. We are delighted that 44 children (around a quarter of our school) achieved 100%. Every child now has a personal target for this coming term – good luck, everyone!
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.
Here is this week’s newsletter: December 8th 2017
We have all been having a lovely time at the Christmas fair today!
Have a great weekend