Yesterday in F1, the children learnt about the story of the Last Supper and made unleavened bread to share with each other. They used flour, butter, oil, eggs, honey and salt to make their bread, but no yeast. They waited while it cooked in the oven and then ate it round a table together, just like Jesus and his disciples did at the Last Supper.
F2 have been using playdough to make the things they are thankful for, as part of our weekly class worship. Some children made happy faces to show their thankfulness for being happy, and some made bracelets for their mums to show they are thankful for them. They used these to help them pray and reflect.
On Thursday, Year 4 visited Holy Trinity church in Sloane Square. They had been learning about the Trinity in RE last term, and so they were able to look for and explore symbols of the Trinity in this church. The Rector of Holy Trinity church gave the children a wonderful tour (including being able to go up into the pulpit) and helped them to find all the different symbols around the church. The children also learnt about the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and saw the special silver patten and chalice used at the church. One child said ‘this is wonderful, I feel holy just being here.’ Miss Norman used to work at Holy Trinity, so there is a special link between our schools. On the way, we even saw horses from Buckingham Palace!
We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold RE Quality Mark for our excellent practice in Religious Education. This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work put in by all the staff, as well as contributions by parents and our local community, to ensure that our children receive high quality Religious Education. Please do look at the RE page of our website to see examples of the children’s wonderful work.
We are passionate about this subject at St Mary’s because we believe that learning about each other’s religions and beliefs is an essential part of living in modern Britain and making a positive contribution to society, but most of all it is one of the ways to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. As a Church School, we also believe in the importance of teaching children about the Christian faith and giving them the skills to understand why Christians do what they do.
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.
Today, our families brought food to share from their home countries – all over the world! Children and adults dressed up in national costumes, too.
Here is this week’s newsletter, full of International Week pictures: