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, we held our second after-school Play Street event for pupils and their families. We had a huge variety of activities, including a disco bike, paint bike, the ever-popular smoothie bike, bike jewellery, craft activities, an ice cream stall (thanks to our Year 6 Yound Enterprise project) and lots of fun games. It was also wonderful to have a beautiful min-park lent to us for the afternoon, complete with hay bales and olive trees.
Many thanks to Westminster Council for closing the road, Sustrans for bringing the bikes, Marylebone LEN for running a seed-planting stall and providing information, and to My Time Active for the games. We are also grateful to the staff and parents who helped out, and to St Mary’s Church for running one of the stalls.
Yesterday, we received a visit from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, to talk with us about air pollution. The children showed Mr Khan various different projects we have already worked on, such as turning our car park into a garden and all our active travel posters. He was very impressed with how knowledgeable the children were and how much they had already achieved. See more in this video on Twitter
Mr Khan was also joined by Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council. Between them, they will be funding air filtration systems for our classrooms to ensure the air that children breathe is as clean as possible.
Everyone loved playing out in the street, as it was closed to traffic for the morning to let us hold a ‘play street’. Our visitors even joined in with the games!
We are so proud of our children and their courageous advocacy on this topic. They were the highlight of the BBC London News. Well done.
Find out more here and on our Twitter feed @SMBSschool
On Tuesday 23rd January, 24 Year 3 and 4 children participated in the Sportshall Athletics competition. They represented St Mary’s very well and showed all our school values – we came back with an award for Honesty! A highlight was Alyah and Olivia winning the Girls Hurdles relay.
EYFS have been learning about Japan during International Week. They had a special visitor who showed the children how to make sushi and origami hats, and taught F2 about the special festival of Children’s Day, where they make beautiful fish kites. F1 learnt about the spring festival of Sakura, and made cherry blossom paintings. They also read the book ‘I live in Tokyo’ and found out about the bullet train, the fastest train in Japan.
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As part of Westminster’s strategy to make roads such as Enford Street ’20 miles per hour’ zones, they have been visiting schools with a road safety presentation. The children really enjoyed it and were challenged to think about how they can keep themselves safe when they are out and about.
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: