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!
Yesterday, some children in Year 5 and Year 6 took part in the Westminster Tag Rugby tournament in Regent’s Park. They had skills training and then played 3 matches against other Westminster schools. They didn’t emerge victorious this time but they scored some points and made lots of tags! It was a great day and we are very proud of the children’s determination, sporting attitudes and enthusiasm.
On Monday, we held our Sports Day at Paddington Recreation Ground. It was a swelteringly hot day, but despite that we managed to have a great time doing different activities. There was an egg and spoon race, long jump, sprinting and football dribbling amongst other things. We finished with an adults vs Year 6 relay race, which the children easily won! Well done, everyone, and thank you to Mr Pendlebury for organising it.
Today, we awarded children with certificates for their participation, and medals for the children who made the greatest effort and showed the best sportsmanship. We also announced that BLUE team had won this year. Congratulations!
Yesterday, we held our first outdoor Prayer Space Day led by St Mary’s Church. Using our Collective Worship theme of Jonah, there were different stations enabling the children to explore the themes of the story. There was even a whale’s mouth to go into!
Children thought about: who helps them to make choices, what they do when things are difficult, what they want to aim for, and forgiveness for the things we are sorry for.
We are very grateful to Kirstine and Charlotte from St Mary’s for running this wonderful day for us.