Today, Year 6 were visited by a PhD student about his scientific work and his Christian faith. They have been studying Creation in Religious Education and thinking about how Christians combine their religious beliefs with their understanding of Science. The children had written to Mr Shaw beforehand and had composed some really insightful questions, such as ”why did you choose to study Science if you thought it might affect your faith?” During the discussion, the children took notes about things they found particularly interesting, or answers to the questions they had.
We are very grateful to Barnabas Shaw for visiting us today.
Yesterday, we held our Harvest Festival in church. The children brought in lots of gifts of food for North Paddington Food Bank. We sang some of our favourite songs, on the themes of ‘Rescue’ and giving thanks. The choir sang a medley based on ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Year 5 prayed for us really beautifully.
This year, we have started a weekly time of Collective Worship in the classroom, for children to explore our assembly themes in even greater depth with their classteacher. As part of this, we are also using a variety of creative ways to pray and reflect, both about ourselves and the world around us.
Today, Kirstine from St Mary’s Church led a ‘Prayer Spaces in School’ day. Different stations were set up around the hall for children to engage with and respond to. The most popular stations were the map of the world, thinking about people we might want to pray for in other countries, a ‘be still’ corner for personal reflection, and a place to say sorry. Children from every class visited our prayer space. Here are some of the children’s responses from the day:
Today, we held our very first Graduation for Nursery pupils going up into Reception class next year. They were presented with a scroll, congratulating them on their achievements. The children who will stay in F1 next year also received a special card. The children sang songs about moving on and the future, while dressed in their amazing gowns, which were kindly donated by one of our parents. Well done, F1!
Yesterday, Key Stage 2 all visited All Souls Church on Regent’s Street for a joint service with All Souls School. The two choirs came together to sing pieces they had both learnt, including a medley of Beatles songs. All Souls read from the Bible and St Mary’s led the prayers. Everyone sang their hearts out and it was a wonderful occasion. We were particularly privileged to have Noel Tredinnick playing for us.
Here is a clip of our Beatles medley:
And here is a clip of ‘Great is Your Faithfulness’:
We joined together with schools across London to wear green today in solidarity with the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, and brought in donations to give to the Red Cross, who are helping families in need.
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: