St Mary’s are taking part in the Prom Praise for Schools (PP4S) project this year. Members of the school choir are going to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 21st March to take part in a giant concert with thousands of other children from across the Diocese of London.
As part of this project, musicians from the All Souls Orchestra, who will be playing in the concert (and their conductor, Noel Tredinnick) came to St Mary’s to lead an assembly. They taught the children some of the songs, played their instruments for us and taught us about the story of the Prodigal Son, which linked with our whole school value of Forgiveness.
We really enjoyed singing with them, especially ‘Count Your Blessings’ which we sang in 3 parts!
Last week, Year 1 visited the Tower of London as part of their Castles topic.
Here they are on their trip:
Yesterday, children and staff throughout the school dressed up as Book characters to celebrate World Book Day. This was the climax to a fantastic Book Week, which included ‘Drop Everything and Read’ moments, Mystery Readers, trips to Daunt’s bookshop and visits to our brand new school library!
Here are some of the children’s costumes:
Here is this week’s newsletter:March 10th 2017
Do also check back for some wonderful Book Day photos…
On Saturday, a group from our Year 6 class took part in a large concert at the Royal Festival Hall, organised by London Music Masters. They sang two pieces, ‘Flutter’ – an original composition – and ‘Music is Everything’ which was composed by six of the LMM schools, including St Mary’s.
Our children sang as part of a choir with children from other schools, with over 100 children playing the violins and kettle drums. It was very exciting!
Here is a video of our favourite part:
The children were a huge credit to St Mary’s and we are very proud of them. We also really enjoyed singing with children from St Barnabas School in Pimlico.
We had a fantastic International Day on Friday, with children, staff and parents dressing up in costumes from countries around the world.
This year, our focus was on countries in Africa, and each class shared work about their chosen country. It was also an excellent opportunity for the children to show the wonderful respect they have for each other’s cultures and beliefs.
A big thank you to the parents who brought in food and set up stalls, teaching us about life in your home countries.
We are delighted to have been awarded the ‘Sing Up’ Gold Award for having singing embedded throughout the school.
Sing Up Gold certificate
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!’
Here is today’s newsletter, plus information about Book Week next week: March 3rd 2017, Book Week
This week is International Week at St Mary’s, and we are all learning about different countries in the continent of Africa.
F1 and F2 are learning about Nigeria. One of our parents kindly visited F2 to share what life in Nigeria is like, including how people carry their babies!
Yesterday, engineers from Rolls Royce visited our Year 5 class to help them improve and refine their models, as part of the ‘Evolution’ project. The children are working on a mechanism, inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Amaluna’.