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.
On Thursday, Year 6 went to ZSL London Zoo to see different biomes. A biome is a particular habitat for different plants and animals, eg the rainforest where sloths live and hibiscus flowers grow. It was really fun seeing the different animals, and finding out new facts – some of which were almost unbelievable! Did you know that otters are carnivores, for example? The children very bravely stroked Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches and enjoyed watching red kangeroos in the outback biome.
Our weekly newsletter for 12th January: January 12th 2018
Yesterday, children from our Animation Club and other budding artists visited the Regent Street Cinema to be judges for the British Animation Awards. This is a huge honour and we were delighted to have been invited! The children watched 6 short films, giving them a score out of 10 and writing down their feedback. The results of their judgements will be announced in March as the ‘Children’s Choice Award’. They also had a great time making thaumathropes and animating them on a laptop! It was a wonderful day.
We were delighted that 4 of our children have had their artwork turned into displays in Leicester Square! They had to create a design which incorporated a London landmark and a Christmas theme. The children drew famous public buildings, places of worship or bridges and then decorated them with Christmas symbols and images. We are very proud of what they have produced.
The winners went to Leicester Square on Tuesday to receive a certificate and to see their artwork in situ.
Yesterday, Year 4 had a brilliant time visiting QPR football club for a ‘meet the author’ day. This was part of the Premier League’s Primary Stars programme. They met Matt Oldfield, who has written a book about Lionel Messi, and Will Mabbitt who has written a pirate adventure story called ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’. They also had a tour of the stadium.
Today F1 and F2 went on a trip to the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. We saw The Little Christmas Tree puppet production which combined carved wooden marionettes and beautiful shadow puppets to tell the story of a unique friendship between a little boy and a wonky Christmas tree. We all loved this magical story with imaginary scenes, lightening and lovely soundtrack.
On Friday, Year 1 were given the opportunity to go to the Academy of Ancient Music’s rehearsal of B Minor Mass by JS Bach (1685-1750). Year 1 children are all learning either the violin or the cello this year, and it was a great chance for them to see where this could lead to and experience live music so close up!
Thank you, London Music Masters, for this amazing opportunity.
Last week, Year 5 visited the Imperial War Musem in Lambeth, as part of their topic on World War 2. This is what Ayida said about the trip:
‘We were following the story of the Allpress family, who survived the war. We learnt about rationing, and how little food people were allowed. It was really exciting, and unbelievable, because of all the differences compared to now.’
On Monday, Year 6 went to the Grosvenor House Hotel to cheer for the award winners and celebrities at the Pride of Britain Awards. They behaved extremely well and were very polite and well-mannered to all the people they met. They enjoyed getting the celebrities to sign their autograph books and chat to them.