Attendance Champions 20th - 24th November: Well done Class R (100%) and Class JJ (99.6%)
Black History Week (13 - 17 November)
During Black History Week Foundation Stage pupils read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. The story is set in Kenya and we had lots of fun reading about Handa's adventure as she brings a delicious basket of fruit to her friend Akeyo. We had great fun making our own African drums, tasting and drawing fruit that Handa had in her basket, sequencing the events of the story and writing about the cheeky animals that casued Handa so much trouble. To find out if Handa had any fruit left in her basket by the time reached her friend Akeyo, you will have to read the story. Enjoy!
Pupils in Key Stage 1 enjoyed finding out about the life and work of Mary Seacole. Mary was a nure who was born in Jamaica. During the Crimean War (1854-1856) Mary paid for herself to sail to the Crimea where she set up a hospital tto care for wounded British soldiers. Mary even went out in the middle of battles to help others in need. We really enjoyed learning about Mary and agreed that she made a significant contribution to the lives of others and to history. Click here to find out more about Mary Seacole.
Children in Lower KS2 found out about the life of American Civil Rights Activist, Ruby Bridges. Ruby was born in Mississippi, America and in 1960, aged six years old, she became the first African American student to attend an all-white elementary school in the the south of America. Children in Year 3 and 4 were fascinated to learn about Ruby’s bravery and determination to attend school despite the angry and loud crowds that gathered at the school in protest everyday.
In Upper Key Stage 2, we reserached the life and achievements of the civil rights activist Rosa Parks . It was on a US bus in 1955 that Rosa, a 42-year-old black woman, politely refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act which was against the law Rosa's life and story inspired others then and still does today. We also read the book "Child of the Civil Rights Movement" which gave us a greater understanding of what being a child was like during this period of history. Click here to find out more about Rosa Parks.
Meet our School Council
Congratulations to the following pupils who have ben elected by their peers to represent their class on our School Council this year.
JD Grace and Fabio
JI Seret and Elionai
JN Lydia and Chaokas
JJ Viola and Nathan
JK Isabella and Jack
JL Lavinia and Dominic
To find out more about our School Council have a look at the presentation below.
School Council News
At our meeting on Thursday 2nd November, we agreed to ask Mrs Wilson if we can once again take part in the Calling London campaign in partnership with Chestertons. Mrs Wilson has agreed and so we are asking parents, carers, staff, governors and friends of the school to donate unwanted winter coats and jackets which will be distibuted to people in need throughout London. We have put posters up around the school to remind everyone and will be sending a letter home this week. Thank you for your help.
For more information on the Calling London campaign, please click here or see the letter from chool Council below.
St Mary of the Angels Church Christmas Bazaar
School Council will be running a craft stall at the Church Bazaar. For a donation of £1 children (and adults too) will be able to make and take home their own unique Christmas decoration. Please remember to put this date in your diary and we hope many of you will be able to come along and join in the festivities.
Computing news: mBots
Our new mBots arrived in school on Friday 3rd November. What is an mBot? It is an electronic programmable robot which is used in schools to teach coding skills using drag and drop programming blocks. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 were the first to practice their coding skills, once they had built their mBot! They then learnt how to write a code to control the mBots lights and buzzer and some even managed to devise a code to make the mBot move and ‘sense’ its surroundings. Amazing! The mBots are on loan to our school for the next three weeks so look out for more updates on their adventures soon.
Roman Day: Wednesday 18th October
There was a Roman invasion at St. Mary of the Angels this week when our Year 3 and 4 pupils and staff came in dressed as Romans. Our visitors from Freshwater Theatre Company performed a wonderful show to teach us all about life in Roman times. We learnt about how Romans lived and how their fierce and well equipped armies fought in battle. We found out more about Roman towns and how the weatly Roams feasted! We looked at artefacts such as Roman jewellery and weapons and some of us got a chance to try on some Roman armour. Through role play we learnt about the life of Boudicca and used Roman designs to decorate the reports we will write about our amazing Roman day. Thankfully, the Roman invasion ended at 3.30pm when all the Romans went home!
Foundation Stage Fun Day: Friday 13th October
On Friday 13th October 2017 we welcomed parents and carers of children in Nursery and Reception to join their children and enjoy in the fun at our annual Foundation Stage Fun day. The fun included a bouncy castle and face patining for the children and there was plenty of delicious food to eat. Thank to everyone who donated cakes and prizes for the raffles and to our catering team for cooking such tasty burgers and hot dogs. Not only did we have lots of fun we also raised an amazing £500 which we will use for resources and equipment in the FOundation Stage. Thank you!
Book Corner Competition
Friday 29th September
This year we invited Carloyn Gelenter, a specialist in language and communication, to come and judge our annual Book Corner competition. The criteria was that each classroom should have an area devoted to the love of reading that was creative, imaginative, well organised, labelled clearly and with evidence of pupils' work as well as being cosy and comfortable of course.
It proved to be a difficult task to choose a winner but, after much deliberation, Carolyn eventually chose Class JD's book corner featuring Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. Carolyn felt it was the class that most met the criteria.
Carolyn said, 'It was was very inviting with the theme of celebrating women authors embedded in the environment. There was some lovely children's work on display and the books were well organised. In addition it was nice and cosy and had lots of interesting words related to reading displayed within the context of the book corner. Well done Class JD!’
Nursery's Gruffalo Forest and Class JJ's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs themed book corners were highly commended.
Click on the photo of Class JD's winning book corner or the Book Corner tab above to see all of our wonderful book corners inspired by women authors.
Poetry Slam: Thursday 28th September
Pupils and staff were treated to an afternoon of performance poetry on Thursday 28th September. In fact, there was so much talent we ran out of time and so enjoyed the remaining performances at assembly the next day.
Our comperes and judges were almost as entertaining as the performers! Thank you to them and all the performers whose love of poetry was clear to see.
Parent Teacher Consultations
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th October
More information on how to use the system can be found in the letter below which was sent home on Friday 22nd September.
A small number of slots have been set aside for parents and carers experiencing difficulties using the system or without access to the internet. Please contact Mrs Murphy in the school office on 02077821993 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
KS1 Classes take a trip on the Floating Classroom: 4 October 2017
This week Class P, Class G and Class F each took a pirate themed trip on the Floating Classroom. The children had an amazing time learning about different materials such as plastic, glass, fabric and metal, and investigating which materials float and sink which is quite important if you are thinking of building a pirate ship!. A trip on the canal was also a great opportunity to think about the responsible way to dispose and recycle these materials to protect the environment. One way of recycling is to use these materials to make something so the trainee pirates had great fun making their own treasure chests and pirate hats. To complete their pirate expedition the pupils found out what true sailors and pirates call different parts of the boat such as the stern (back), bow (front), port side (left) and starboard (right) as they enjoyed a trip down the canal to Camden to see the Pirate Castle. Miss Cox, Miss Percival and Miss Haughey are pleased to report that all were well-behaved pirates and that no one had to walk the plank! Finally, the pirates would like to say a big thank you to the parents who came along to help.
News from Nursery: 22nd September 2017
We have come to the end of our second week in Nursery and the children have been busy playing and making new friends whilst exploring their new environment, especially the outdoor space. One of our highlights this week has been making our own Gruffalo for the Reading Corner.
We have also been busy exploring our current topic “Home Sweet Home”. The children have brought in photos of their home and have drawn self-portraits, which we will proudly display in the Foundation Stage corridor.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the Nursery parents and carers for returning the “All About Me” books which are a great way to develop our home – school partnership.
Mrs Tavernier, Mrs Carroll and I are looking forward to the children starting full-time next week and an exciting year ahead.
Mrs Moruzzi, Nursery Teacher
Kurt Felix, Olympian decathlete,
visits St. Mary of the Angels
On Wednesday 20th September, an Olympian visited our school! Kurt Felix is a decathlete who competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games representing Grenada. Kurt won bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is in London visiting family following a competition in France. Kurt is the uncle of Malachi in Year 6 who was was very proud to welcome his uncle to St. Mary of the Angels.
During his visit Kurt spoke about the importance of persistence, dedication, commitment and passion when working towards a goal. He told us of his love for athletics as a child and how he developed his skills and mind-set to become a professional athlete. JI and JK were able to participate in a workshop with Kurt where he shared tips on how to improve their sprinting, hurdling and javelin skills.
Kurt is a fine example to all at St. Mary of the Angels of someone who strives to be the best he can be! Thank you Kurt (and Malachi).
‘It was amazing to see an Olympian come to our school. He actually spoke to us!’ - Jonathan
‘It was a great experience to meet an Olympian, and to be able to get his autograph. I loved it!’ - Nicholas
Legacy Games at Westway Sports Centre
On Friday 15th September, all of our Year 5 and 6 pupils participated in the the annual Legacy Games organised by Fit for Sport at Westway Sports Centre. The morning was action packed with a range of activities on offer for participants to pratice and develop their skills including javelin, hockey and netball.
In the afternoon session, selected children took part in individual and relay sprints. We were delighted that we came back to school with 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
All of the pupils who took part were fantastic ambassadors for the school. Well done and what a fantastic start to the sporting year for St. Mary of the Angels!
The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) meets members of the St. Mary of the Angels girls' football squad
On Thursday 13th July, members of our girls' football squad were delighted and honoured to meet Prince William as he hosted a reception at Kensington Palace for the England's Women's Football team to wish them luck ahead of the UEFA Euro 2017 tournament. Thank you to Charlotte Edwards, QPR's Football Development Officer (Women & Girls) for inviting our school to take part and to the pupils for representing the school so well. Some of them even managed to score a penalty against the Prince! Memories to treasure forever.
A message from the PFA Committee
THANK YOU to everyone who came and made our ‘We are the World’ Summer Fair on June 24th such a huge success. We had a fantastic day filled with an amazing sense of community spirit. The feedback from the children is that they had a really wonderful and memorable day and particularly enjoyed this year’s attractions: the go-karts were a real success! A huge thank you to all the staff, parents/carers and friends of the school who gave their time to set up and run the stalls with such energy and enthusiasm and to all of our families who came along and enjoyed all the fun of the fair. Thank you also for all the donations and raffle prizes we received this year from bric-a-brac to the delicious International food which was once again a highlight of the event.
We really appreciate your support in making the event such a happy and successful event.
Together we raised a wonderful £5,000 for the children of St. Mary of the Angels.
The PFA Committee agreed for the funds collected this academic year to go towards the cost of the beautiful mosaic in the KS2 playground. In the new school year, we will be raising funds towards the cost of new lighting in the KS1 playground and a new school public address system which the PFA will be able to use during our PFA events. We look forward to working you and the staff in the new school year and wish you all a lovely summer holiday.
Debra Caprice and Cheryl Joseph, Chairs of the PFA
A special community
'Thank you for making the school what it is: a peaceful environment, where everyone loves each other and everyone cares for each other. We all feel like one big community of brothers and sisters looking out for each other.'
Message written in a Christmas card to all the staff by a pupil in Upper KS2, Dec 2016