The whole school held 2 minutes’ silence today to mark Remembrance Day. The children explained that on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, ‘we will remember them’. Year 6 read ‘On Flanders Field’ and we all prayed together for the peace of our world.
Yesterday, a group of children from Year 5 and Year 6 attended the red carpet of the Pride of Britain Awards. A host of celebrities stopped to chat to the children and kindly took photos with us as they made their way into the event. The children were most excited to meet the Olympians, politicians (especially the Prime Minister) and stars of the Great British Bake Off. Mr Knight and Miss Norman were also delighted to meet the stars of Strictly Come Dancing!
Thank you to Pride of Britain for inviting us to your event – we had a wonderful time.
St Mary’s made it into the newspaper this morning, after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, agreed to take a ‘selfie’ with our children at the Pride of Britain Awards last night. We were invited to stand on the red carpet to welcome the guests, many of whom stopped and chatted with the children. We will upload more photos from the evening – so do keep posted.
Thank you Mrs May for being such a good sport.
Today, we held a celebration assembly to share what we had learnt over Black History Month.
Year 6 started by singing ‘Amazing Grace’, a hymn written by John Newton in 1779 after he realised how damaging his job as a slave ship captain had been, and an anthem of people trying to escape slavery all around the world.
Then each class told us what they had learnt about their class value and the person they studied who demontrated that value.
Lulu in Year 5 shared her version of Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech:
I have a dream!
I have a dream that the homeless will find a home, the poor will find a job, the soldiers in war will have God always hovering over them, and prisoners in jail will learn their lessons.
I have a dream that one day the war in Syria will stop and the war will not only end but end in happiness and peace and that the children there will finally return to school.
I have a dream that more people will sit down with the poor and homeless and talk to them and give them their spare change.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that more people will make more shelters for refugees and the world will be peaceful for years to come.
I have a dream!
Yesterday, Year 4 and 5 attended another ‘Puffin (Virtually) Live’ event at Sadlers Wells, wearing their own creations of fancy hats – just like a day at the races!
Sports presenter Clare Balding has written a children’s book called ‘The Horse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’. It’s about a girl called Charlie whose family buy a racehorse to try and raise money to save their farm. Unfortunately, the horse (Noble Warrior) won’t gallop unless he’s with his friend Percy the pony. The story is about facing challenges and not giving up. The show was hosted by Radzi (from Blue Peter), who interviewed Clare; some of the children also asked her questions. Clare read an extract from the book and all the children received a free copy!
The children also had the chance to see behind the scenes at a racing stables and learnt how to draw a horse.
It will be airing on Friday 14th October at 2pm: http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/ClareBalding2016
Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome into school football stars Nedum Onuoha and Steven Caulker from Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club. They both spoke about how they had become professional footballers and the importance of their academic schooling in their upbringing. The children asked a range of questions about their lives and careers.
We were also pleased to welcome Year 6 children from Christchurch Bentinck School to join us for this Black History Month Assembly.