Category Archives: Whole School

Harvest Festival Service

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.

Here is the choir’s medley:

 

Black History Month

At St Mary’s we have been celebrating Black History Month throughout October. Each class has been learning about someone who was the first black person in their field in Britain. Here are some of the things they have been learning about:

Year 6 learnt about Diane Abbott, one of the first black British MPs, and held their own parliamentary debate about school uniform:

Year 3 learnt about the first black British bishop, Bishop Wilfred Wood, and made their own mitres and stoles:

Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 have learnt about James Peters, the first black British rugby player, who had an incredible life story!

Y5 BHM

Class Collective Worship

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.

Prayer Spaces Day

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:

Music and Dance Concert

This afternoon, we had a concert to celebrate some of the wonderful Dance and Music that our children have learnt this year. We had four performance pieces from the choir, solos from several different children on the piano, a reprive of Year 6’s musical and two dance numbers. Also, two girls sang an original composition, unaccompanied.

Everyone did brilliantly and we are very proud of you all.

We then had fabulous refreshments out in the playground, courtesy of the Friends of St Mary’s.