Category Archives: Healthy Schools

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!

 

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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.

Healthy Schools Award

St Mary’s has just been awarded the Healthy Schools Bronze Award for its commitment to children’s health and well-being. This includes all aspects of health: physical, emotional and mental health. The award is a way of recognising good practice in schools in promoting healthy lifestyles and keeping children safe from harm.

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A huge congratulations to the staff who contributed to the awards process, especially Mrs McSherry and Mrs Leith who collated all the evidence. Thank you, too, to our parents; your support with healthy lunchboxes and engagement with sports clubs and activities has helped make this possible.

 

F1 (Nursery) Trip to Pizza Express

Yesterday, F1 went to Pizza Express on Baker Street.

The children were able to make a classic Italian Margherita pizza. It gave the children a great experience while picking up some useful skills as well. The children learnt how to knead the dough and create the perfect base. They discovered the importance of using fresh ingredients and they also had a chance to taste some ingredients. The children returned to school with their very own hand-made pizzas. They all loved making their pizzas and all behaved well. Many parents came to help for which we were very grateful.