We are open as usual, and enjoying the snow at St Mary’s. This morning, school looks like this:
Yesterday, children had lots of fun exploring the snow!
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.
St Mary’s has been awarded the Gold level accreditation for its work on encouraging children to travel to school in a healthy and sustainable way, and for its work on air quality.
Well done to all the children, staff and parents who helped us to achieve this. We are also grateful for the help we received from Westminster City Council.
We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Sing Up’ Gold Award for having singing embedded throughout the school.
Here are some of the endorser’s comments:
‘Overall I am very impressed with the quality of singing, particularly from the choir. It is clear that pupils are encouraged to sing well and with conviction, listening to their tuning, and as a result lots of the singing I heard was very beautiful.
It is good to hear that children are given lots of opportunities to lead singing, particularly in the upper years, and it’s good that this will be developed by supporting them to lead part singing.
It is nice to see such emphasis put on staff training. The training that took place was obviously a valuable experience for the staff that took part and it sounds like it has had an impact on their use of singing in the classroom.
Congratulations again St Mary’s Bryanston Square, you are a golden singing school and I look forward to hearing about your next singing adventures!’
Yesterday, a group of children from Year 5 and Year 6 attended the red carpet of the Pride of Britain Awards. A host of celebrities stopped to chat to the children and kindly took photos with us as they made their way into the event. The children were most excited to meet the Olympians, politicians (especially the Prime Minister) and stars of the Great British Bake Off. Mr Knight and Miss Norman were also delighted to meet the stars of Strictly Come Dancing!
Thank you to Pride of Britain for inviting us to your event – we had a wonderful time.
St Mary’s made it into the newspaper this morning, after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, agreed to take a ‘selfie’ with our children at the Pride of Britain Awards last night. We were invited to stand on the red carpet to welcome the guests, many of whom stopped and chatted with the children. We will upload more photos from the evening – so do keep posted.
Thank you Mrs May for being such a good sport.
Pupils in Year 3 have been working on a special project involving seeds from Space, to link in with Tim Peake’s time on the International Space Station.
We are one of around 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from Space, which will be grown alongside seeds that haven’t been to Space. The difference between the two groups will be measured to find out the impact of Space on the seeds. We won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the Royal Horticultural Society.
You can find out more about the project here: schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk
St Mary’s has been awarded the BIT award in recognition of its work in preventing bullying in school. This is a wonderful achievement and something we are extremely proud of, as we take anti-bullying extremely seriously. Year 5 worked intensively with Kidscape last term, and both Mrs Leith and Mr Davies have been trained to deliver high-quality anti-bullying teaching to the children. A huge thank you to Mrs Leith, Mrs McSherry and all the staff for all their work in protecting our children.