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.
Over the Easter holidays, Ms Granite, Mr Knight and Benny (our Music teacher) visited Kiwoko in Uganda with a team from St Mary’s Church. They particularly went to strengthen the link between Goshen school and orphanage, and St Mary’s. They took pencil cases, stationary and football kits that our pupils had donated to give to the orphans in Goshen. They also modelled some lessons for teachers and provided them with training.
Pupils at St Mary’s have been writing to the children at Goshen, and learning all about school life in Uganda, which is very different to here! We have also been learning Ugandan songs and a song Benny wrote in Uganda, which he has taught to children in Goshen and to us.
We are so proud of what Shadrach and his team are doing in Uganda, and we are keen to keep supporting them in the years to come.
Today we held our Easter service in St Mary’s Church. We sang a range of Easter hymns and songs, had Holy Communion and prayed for our school and the wider world. Revd Ben Jones talked to us about the meaning of the cross (including a Hot Cross Bun eating contest between Mr Knight and a Y6 pupil!) and this term’s value of forgiveness. The choir sang two anthems: Viva la Vida and He Reigns. It was great to see so many parents joining us, too.
On Friday, Year 6 took part in the Easter Experience at All Souls Church. They explored the story of Easter through drama and role play, and through looking at artefacts, to try and decide who was responsible for the death of Jesus.
On Tuesday, the school choir took part in the Prom Praise for Schools event at the Royal Albert Hall. They joined thousands of other children from Church schools in London, singing songs we have been learning together in school, such as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Count your Blessings’. They also listened to some wonderful pieces of classical music, and joined in the beatbox storytelling of the Prodigal Son parable. The theme was ‘Lost and Found’ which linked really well with our current school value of Forgiveness.
Everyone had a great time and our children sang their hearts out!
St Mary’s are taking part in the Prom Praise for Schools (PP4S) project this year. Members of the school choir are going to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 21st March to take part in a giant concert with thousands of other children from across the Diocese of London.
As part of this project, musicians from the All Souls Orchestra, who will be playing in the concert (and their conductor, Noel Tredinnick) came to St Mary’s to lead an assembly. They taught the children some of the songs, played their instruments for us and taught us about the story of the Prodigal Son, which linked with our whole school value of Forgiveness.
On Thursday, Year 6 were invited to join Wetherby Prep School for a day of ‘Religion and Science’ workshops. 4 different speakers – 3 scientists and a priest – spoke about the links between faith and Science, and shared some of their own experiences. They described how Science answers many of our ‘how’ questions, but religion seeks to answer our ‘why’ questions. The children particularly enjoyed the demonstration at the end, where the scientists made slime and inflated a balloon with vinegar!
Thank you to Wetherby for hosting us.
Here is today’s newsletter: February 3rd 2017
Please take note of the term dates for the half term holiday, and for Easter, to make sure your holidays match. Thank you.
Today, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford to get a taste of Oxford University life!
They quizzed students about what it’s like to study at Oxford, had a tour of the college and ate their lunch in the refectory. The Chaplain, Revd Wendy Wale, also introduced the children to the college’s welfare dog, Jonah, which the children loved.
It was a particularly exciting day for one of our pupils, whose parents both studied at Wadham. Tradition dictates that a child whose parents both went to Wadham College is allowed to stand on the quad grass (which is completely out of bounds to anyone else!).
After learning all about the college, they did a short tour of Oxford, finding out about the inspiration and history behind C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories.
Year 5 shared what they had learnt about the Water Cycle in assembly today, through singing and through reading their Topic Writing.
They also led us in the hymn, In the Bleak Midwinter (due to the snow this morning!), and prayers about our Christian Value of Respect, and for people in Syria who are suffering.