On Thursday 20th June, we celebrated the launch of our School Street. It was a brilliant occasion, with games from Sustrans, expert advice about cycling, Bikers’ Breakfast, Dr Bike and a few special guests! Thank you to everyone who came to help us celebrate and a special thanks goes to Mrs Leith who put it all together.
This Thursday is Clean Air Day and we will be celebrating with a range of exciting activities! See the poster below for more details:
As you will have noticed, our School Street is up and running! It is the first in Westminster and it is great to have less traffic at the start and end of the school day. The road is still open to cyclists, so make sure you look both ways before crossing.
Councillors Tim Mitchell and Iain Bott came down to see it in action, and we will be having an official opening event very soon!
Mrs Leith won a Champion award from Sustrans for all the work she has done to promote sustainable travel for the school. We are really proud of her, especially as there were only 10 awards given out across London, and she is the only person in Westminster to win an award!
On 5th December, Heidi, Mohammed and Myra attended the 2018 Top Schools accreditation seminar and awards ceremony at London’s Living Room at City Hall. St Mary’s won a ‘School of the Region’ award in recognition of our achievement in active and safer travel initiatives.
St Mary’s has been selected for a STARS Top School award!
STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) is a scheme run by TfL to inspire young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, wellbeing and the environment.
St Mary’s has the gold level accreditation but we have also won a Top School award for all the work we have done promoting active travel, improving air quality and road safety for our school community.
Some pupils will be invited to attend a special awards ceremony in December at City Hall.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped us to win this award, but especially to our pupils and their families for all their efforts and support. We are very proud of you!
This morning, children from our School Council and Green Team visited Mansion House in the City of London to speak at the National Air Quality Summit, hosted by the Lord Mayor of London and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London. Mayors and representatives from around the country were present to think about how this issue can be tackled as a whole country.
Having been introduced by Mr Khan, each member of our team spoke about a different topic, from sustainable travel to greening of our site to air quality monitoring. They were confident and eloquent, and gave everyone lots to think about. The Mayor of the Midlands and the Mayor of Manchester also spoke and said how impressed they were with the children, and how concerned they were to make changes so our children and their children can grow up with cleaner air and better health.
It was a huge privilege to be involved! We also loved seeing the building, including the amazing gold and silver, and one of the Mayor of London’s new electric buses.
You can find out more about the event here: https://www.airqualitynews.com/2018/06/20/london-commits-to-tenfold-increase-in-electric-buses/
Yesterday, we held our second after-school Play Street event for pupils and their families. We had a huge variety of activities, including a disco bike, paint bike, the ever-popular smoothie bike, bike jewellery, craft activities, an ice cream stall (thanks to our Year 6 Yound Enterprise project) and lots of fun games. It was also wonderful to have a beautiful min-park lent to us for the afternoon, complete with hay bales and olive trees.
Many thanks to Westminster Council for closing the road, Sustrans for bringing the bikes, Marylebone LEN for running a seed-planting stall and providing information, and to My Time Active for the games. We are also grateful to the staff and parents who helped out, and to St Mary’s Church for running one of the stalls.
Children across the school have been competing to produce the best piece of work linked to the Mayor of London’s Air Quality visit in May.
Here are some of the winners!
And here is the letter the Mayor of London sent to us after his visit: Mayor’s letter June18
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