We wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a peace-filled new year. See you in January!
Last week was Anti-bullying Week at St Mary’s. On Friday, everyone wore blue to remind us that we can be a ‘power for good’ and stop bullying if we all work together.
Here is Lalita’s poster (Y4):
Here is today’s newsletter: October 21st
We hope everyone has a lovely half term break.
Today, we held a celebration assembly to share what we had learnt over Black History Month.
Year 6 started by singing ‘Amazing Grace’, a hymn written by John Newton in 1779 after he realised how damaging his job as a slave ship captain had been, and an anthem of people trying to escape slavery all around the world.
Then each class told us what they had learnt about their class value and the person they studied who demontrated that value.
Lulu in Year 5 shared her version of Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech:
I have a dream!
I have a dream that the homeless will find a home, the poor will find a job, the soldiers in war will have God always hovering over them, and prisoners in jail will learn their lessons.
I have a dream that one day the war in Syria will stop and the war will not only end but end in happiness and peace and that the children there will finally return to school.
I have a dream that more people will sit down with the poor and homeless and talk to them and give them their spare change.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that more people will make more shelters for refugees and the world will be peaceful for years to come.
I have a dream!
Today, we held our Harvest Festival in St Mary’s Church.
The children generously donated gifts for the North Paddington Food Bank: food-bank-shopping-list-and-poster
Kirstine reminded us of the story of Joshua, with an amazing colour-changing Bible. Revd Ben talked to us about how God is always with us when we are afraid, as He was with Joshua, and how we can therefore look back and be thankful to God.
The choir sang their first performance piece of the year, written by gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.
Year 6 led our prayers:
Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks during this Harvest time. We give thanks for our friends, family and teachers. We give thanks for life and the freedom to enjoy it and all other blessings.
At this Harvest time we thank you for the world we see around us; for the flowers, the trees and the animals. Bless all those who care for them, Lord. Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use your resources.
We pray at this time for those affected by conflict and war. In particular, we send our prayers to those who have fled Syria and now live in homes, churches and camps in the region and across our continent of Europe. Watch over them and may all Syrian refugees find true refuge.
Thank you for the work that the Paddington Food Bank does to help people who don’t have enough food in our area. We hope that the donations we have brought will bring happiness to those who are in need.
On Wednesday, Hannah Kendall visited to talk about how she became a composer, as part of our Black History Month celebrations.
Hannah has a passion for encouraging children and young people from a range of backgrounds (particularly girls, who are under-represented in the profession) to explore a career in composition and Music.
Hannah also shared how her faith in God had inspired her and helped her discover her vocation.
The children loved listening to her orchestral piece, which was very dramatic and exciting!