St Mary’s has been awarded the Gold level accreditation for its work on encouraging children to travel to school in a healthy and sustainable way, and for its work on air quality.
Well done to all the children, staff and parents who helped us to achieve this. We are also grateful for the help we received from Westminster City Council.
Today in assembly, we were delighted to receive a certificate from Carla Lowe (Wesminster Council Road Safety Officer) from the Marylebone LEN for our efforts to reduce air pollution. In particular, they were really impressed with our ‘Clean Air Quality Street’ on May 23rd.
Our School Council Chair and Vice Chair received the award:
Yesterday, Westminster Council closed Enford Street for us to hold a ‘play street’ event, highlighting the importance of clean air, road safety and fitness. We had cycling activities (including a very popular smoothie bike), fitness games with My Time Active, craft with parent volunteers and staff from St Mary’s Church, as well as the chance to draw on the road with chalk and enjoy talking to one another! We are very greatful to Carla Lowe from Westminster Council and to the Marylebone LEN for organising this along with Mrs Leith and our school staff.
Last week, Year 1 visited Pizza Express to learn how to make pizzas and explore different ingredients. Here they are making and enjoying their pizzas:
Last week, Year 6 visited the London Transport Museum for a Junior Citizen workshop.
Mr Knight writes:
This week, Year 6 had a break from their SATs revision and enjoyed a day out of class. They were invited to participate in the Year 6 Junior Citizenship programme run by Westminster. The children are taught life skills essential to being a responsible member of our community. This was done through different real-life scenarios. There were six stations in total which were:
- How to travel safely on the underground tube
- How to use your zip card on the bus
- How to approach dogs in public
- Using the internet safely
- What to do in case of a fire
- How to cross the road safely
“The Westminster Junior Citizenship scheme is a unique and invaluable opportunity for Year 6 children to learn citizenship messages and life skills from participating agencies, including: the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Service, Westminster Council, the British Red Cross and our own Transport for London Safety and Citizenship Team. Students spend their morning session taking part in interactive scenarios that teach strategies for leading a safer and more responsible lifestyle.”
The forecast was lovely, which meant we could also enjoy a sunny picnic in the grounds of St Paul’s church, in the Covent Garden Piazza and play some team building games.
Overall the trip was a great success and all children had fun. Thanks to the staff and parents for making this trip possible.
Here is this week’s newsletter:March 10th 2017
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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
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!
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.
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