Last week’s Dojo points winners had milkshakes on Monday afternoon! We talked about the things that they liked about their new classes, which included funny teachers, challenging work and making new friends.
We have had some visitors into our school in the last week to share their lives and beliefs with the children. Year 4 had a visit by a Sikh, who talked about the 7 Ks of Sikhism and what life is like for him. Year 1 and 5 were visited by a Jewish believer, who spoke about different practices in Judaism. She also brought Challah bread, which the children were able to try!
Our children have told us they love these visits, because it helps them to understand the difference faith makes to a believer’s life – it makes it real and relevant for them. It also helps them to develop respect for others, which is one of our core Christian values.
We are very grateful to our visitors for giving up their time to come and see us.
Yesterday, we held our first outdoor Prayer Space Day led by St Mary’s Church. Using our Collective Worship theme of Jonah, there were different stations enabling the children to explore the themes of the story. There was even a whale’s mouth to go into!
Children thought about: who helps them to make choices, what they do when things are difficult, what they want to aim for, and forgiveness for the things we are sorry for.
We are very grateful to Kirstine and Charlotte from St Mary’s for running this wonderful day for us.
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
Here is this week’s newsletter, including an appeal for the North Paddington Food Bank: April 27th 2018
Here are this week’s dojo winners having hot chocolate:
Yesterday, Year 6 went to All Souls’ Church in Langham Place for the ‘Easter Experience’. They investigated various different simulated crime scenes, with evidence from the Easter story, to try and work out who might have been responsible for the death of Jesus. They enjoyed the creative and imaginative approach to the story, and thinking about it from a legal perspective.
On Monday, Year 6 visited Wadham College in Oxford. They met students, toured the college and ate their lunch in a real life student refectory! Afterwards, they toured the city of Oxford, learning about the history of the city and some of the authors who had lived and studied there. Do you recognise the lamppost and know which famous series of books it inspired?
It was a great experience for the children, enabling them to think about their own futures in a new way.
Here is today’s newsletter: March 2nd 2018
Have a great (and safe) weekend.