On Friday 25th January, some of the Faith Council attended a special thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, organised by the LDBS. The service was attended by schools from the Diocese of London, who came together to give thanks for the work that schools do. We were really excited to hear from Bishop Sarah, the Bishop of London, who answered some of the children’s questions. It was a wonderful afternoon.
On Monday, we held our annual carol service at St Mary’s church. The children sang beautifully and were accompanied by some members of the St Mary’s church band – thank you for lending us your talent! It was a really lovely afternoon.
On Monday 3rd December, we were treated to a performance by the cellists and violinists in Years 1, 2 and 3. They showed us the skills they have been practising this term, as well as playing some of the pieces they’ve learnt. It was very impressive – we have some very talented musicians at St Mary’s!
We had our annual Scholastic book fair last week. Our target this year was £1000 and with the amazing support from parents and children we hit our target and over – we raised £1100 in total! This incredible amount is the highest in school history and will enable us to purchase resources to support the children’s learning. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and bought books.
Mrs Leith won a Champion award from Sustrans for all the work she has done to promote sustainable travel for the school. We are really proud of her, especially as there were only 10 awards given out across London, and she is the only person in Westminster to win an award!
On 5th December, Heidi, Mohammed and Myra attended the 2018 Top Schools accreditation seminar and awards ceremony at London’s Living Room at City Hall. St Mary’s won a ‘School of the Region’ award in recognition of our achievement in active and safer travel initiatives.
On Friday 30th November, the winners of the Winter Windows competition attended a celebration of their work in Leicester Square. They received certificates and got to meet a very special guest! Go and have a look at their pictures which are being displayed in Leicester Square – they are really impressive! Here is a preview:
On Monday, some children from Year 6, accompanied by Mr Knight, Mr Watkins and Miss Philpot, went to cheer the guests at the Pride of Britain awards as they walked down the red carpet. They were inspired by the stories of some of the people they saw, and are looking forward to finding out who wins on Tuesday!
On Wednesday, we held our harvest service in St Mary’s church. The children read, prayed and sang beautifully! The choir (and Mr Watkins) also treated us to a special performance of ‘You’re Welcome’ from the film Moana. Thank you to the musicians from St Mary’s church for accompanying us.
We would also like to say a really big thank you for all the donations of food for the North Paddington foodbank. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are much appreciated and will really help out some families in need.
St Mary’s has been selected for a STARS Top School award!
STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is a scheme run by TfL to inspire young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, wellbeing and the environment.
St Mary’s has the gold level accreditation but we have also won a Top School award for all the work we have done promoting active travel, improving air quality and road safety for our school community.
Some pupils will be invited to attend a special awards ceremony in December at City Hall.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped us to win this award, but especially to our pupils and their families for all their efforts and support. We are very proud of you!