Category Archives: Healthy Schools

St Mary’s School Council meets St Matthew’s School Council

On Tuesday, the School Council ended their visit to the Houses of Parliament with a visit to Miss Norman’s old school, St Matthew’s. There, they met the St Matthew’s School Council and compared notes about the sorts of topics they discuss and the sorts of changes they have made. Both School Councils have made changes to school uniform. St Matthew’s School Council has changed how children line up at lunchtime and made an area of the playground safer, whereas St Mary’s have been working on raising awareness of air pollution. It was great for the two councils to meet each other and play together. Thank you, St Matthew’s, for having us.

Photo credit: Mrs R Jewitt

School Council Visit to the Houses of Parliament

On Tuesday, the School Council visited the Houses of Parliament to learn more about Democracy. They had a tour of the House of Commons (the House of Lords was busy debating Brexit!) and a workshop about different forms of Government. The children asked some brilliant questions and gained a very deep understanding of how laws and decisions are made. They created excellent campaigns for combatting air pollution and for saving endangered animals. Well done, St Mary’s!

School Council at British Land Offices

Today, the School Council visited the offices of British Land with Mrs Leith and Miss Norman.

We have a very close partnership with British Land. Volunteers read with children in our school every week, and one of our Governors also works for British Land. They also run an annual art project and have sponsored our school library.

We met with Matthew Webster, who spoke to the children about the impact buildings and cities can have upon our well-being and health, to give the children ideas for further improving our own school environment. Some of the different ideas we discussed were: the importance of having plants and natural materials in the building, different ways to encourage people to interact with each other to build relationships, and the need to motivate people to be active throughout the day. Lots of food for thought!

This is what the children said:

“I learnt that people in hospital reovered better when they viewed greenery than when they viewed metalworks.” Sebastian – Y4

“It was so interesting finding out more about your organisation and how you try to make the world a greener place. We are also grateful for your brilliant facts you taught us, such as: don’t have any electronics at your bedtime mostly because your eyes are used to the light and are telling you to wake up.” Jaffar – Y6

“I never knew about the Kalahari Bushmen.” Mehdi – Y3

We all had a really interesting time and loved seeing the newly designed offices.

Balance Bike Training

Children in Year 2 have had the opportunity to learn how to ride balance bikes this term, as part of the ‘Bike It’ scheme running in our school.

Year 1 Violins and Bicycles

Year 1 have been learning two new skills this week: playing the violin and riding a bike.

violinsTheir thrice-weekly violin lessons are provided by London Music Masters.

Every child has the opportunity to learn how to read Music, play the violin and develop their Musicianship. They are already loving it!

 

balance-bikes

The bicycle training is provided by Cycle Confident.

They are teaching children across the school to ride confidently and safely, as part of our whole-school approach to health and well-being called ‘Bike It Plus’. St Mary’s is one of 6 schools to be running this scheme.