Mental Health and Wellbeing Day
Today the children enjoyed a visit from the Red Balloon Company. They had the opportunity to meet Embers the Dragon and share his story ‘Ember’s Emotion Potion’. The story introduced his friends the grumpy cat, the bouncing bunny, the busy bee and the wise owl and showed the children how our feelings sometimes make us do unusual things. As Embers shared how he was feeling, his friends understood, things improved and he felt much better. The children really appreciated the ideas behind the story and enjoyed talking about them back in class.
Remembrance at St Mary's
On Friday 9th November 2018, our Year 6 children were invited to Chingford Mount Cemetery to lay flowers and remember the Service Personnel who are buried in the cemetery. The children heard stories and learnt about some of the casualties in the cemetery and laid a wreath from the Governors, Staff and Pupils of St Mary's.
Today we commemorated Remembrance Day with a special assembly led by several children across KS2. We sang songs, read poems and enjoyed a short role-play set in World War Two. All of the children had volunteered to take part and gave up lunch times, play times and some time after school in order to rehearse. A MASSIVE well done to all of the children involved, the performances were very moving and gave the audience a lot to think about.
Holy Rosary Club
October is the month of the Holy Rosary; we pray using the Rosary and reflect upon the important times in Jesus’ life. A Rosary prayer group was held in the Year 3 classroom every lunch time during the month of October. The prayer group welcomed several children from across the school.
Today at St. Mary's we celebrated our Harvest Festival with a special assembly in the hall. The donations that had been so kindly and generously provided by the children, parents and staff were displayed in the hall while we discussed and reflected on the importance of food, giving thanks for the food that we have and how we can help the world's hungry today. All of the children attended today's assembly including our new reception children who sat and listened beautifully!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to all the parents, carer's, family and friends who attended our Macmillan coffee morning today.
It was a lovely morning and it was great to see you there. All proceeds will go towards the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.
We raised just over £306.00 for this great cause.
Harry Hughes - Year 3
On Saturday 13th May 2018, Harry Hughes signed a 2 year contract with Tottenham Hotspurs as part of their under 9 team.
Harry and his team were very lucky to have met the first team during training and were taken out onto the pitch at Wembly before the last game of the season, where they were introduced to the crowd as the new under 9's team.
Well done Harry! We are all very proud and will be watching.
World Book Day
Despite the weather, St Mary's overcame all obstacles to celebrate World Book Day and the love of reading.
Both staff and children dressed up as famous and infamous characters and lots of exciting book themed activities took place.
Here are some of our pictures that reflect a very fun filled and enjoyable day.
Year 5 & Year 6 had a visit from the Young Shakespear Company who performed The Tempest.
The actors performed the Shakespeare’s tale of magic, comedy and drama in a fast-moving fully-costumed promenade-style production. The play is brought vividly to life around and among the children, at times including the whole audience to create such dramatic scenes as the storm that wrecks Prospero’s boat and the magical banquet with which the spirits of the island trick Prospero’s enemies.
Throughout the performance the children became actively involved in the play through a carefully structured range of drama and language activities. They were encouraged to explore the motives, thoughts and feelings of the characters. Volunteers from among the children are also chosen to become individual characters in the story and all the children have the opportunity to speak and enjoy Shakespeare’s words in short, accessible sections.
Young Voices - O2 Arena
Thirty six excited St Mary's choir children all trotted off to the O2 Arena on Monday 29th January. They performed in a concert involving schools all over London. Before the concert, they worked extremely hard to learn over thirty different songs. In the afternoon they rehearsed and then stayed for the evening performances where the arena was packed. There were guest performers such as 'The Magnets' and 'Urban Strides.' It was a fantastic event, enjoyed by students and parents. A very big "Thank you" to Mrs Palliser for all of her hard work to make the evening possible.
Laying of Flowers
On the 10th November 2017, year 6 were invited to attend the Annual event of Laying Flowers, with the Lay a flower and Poppy Cross on to each of the 320 graves, of Service Causality in Chingford Mount Cemetery. Over 180 students from 8 local schools helped in the act of rememberances. All the students were very respectful and behaved in a manner which was fitting to the event. The students found it very interesting and helped in their understanding of what Rememberance Sunday is about. The lives that were given to give us the freedom we have today.
Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree Project Launch Event
Our very own Lily Murray was luck enough to win the Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree poster competition in Waltham Forest. This is a fantastic achievement as so many excellent entries were received.
To celebrate Lily's success, the Murray family were invited to the brand new headquarters of New Scotland Yard with Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Well done Lily!
London 2017 World Championships - Olympic Stadium
London 2017 World Championships - Olympic Stadium
Year 2 and Miss Ward - Tottenham Hotspur Filming
During the Spring Term Year 1 and 2 were lucky to have Coach Danny Mitchell from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation come into their classes once a week in order to work with the class teachers during academic lessons and to teach and team-teach P.E. lessons, focusing on the five fundamentals of football.
The Premier League chose Tottenham Hotspur to create a video in order to show the work that Premier League Primary Stars do to engage children in the classroom and the sports field. Coach Danny was then chosen and he decided for my Year 2 class to be the focus of the video. A team of six camera and sound men came into our classroom on 10th May 2017 to film the children both in the classroom and in the playground during a P.E. lesson and this video has now been released! You can view it by clicking on the following links:
The children in Year 2 loved having the experience of having Coach Danny in our class and the experience of being filmed and recorded in the classroom! I hope you enjoy watching the Year 2 children in action!
Miss S. Ward
Key Stage Two and Assessment Lead
Good Citizenship Awards
On Friday 19th May 2017, Alessandro was awarded a Good Citizenship Award from Bishop Alan at Brentwood Cathedral.
Alessandro always demonstrates a positive approach to any situation he encounters. He gives his very even when he finds things challenging. He is a cheerful member of his class and a loyal friend which are great qualities to be recognised and celebrated.
Well done Alessandro on your achievement.