Homepage Archive 2022

Tuesday 29th March 2022

On Tuesday we had a very exciting day in the Kingfishers class. We had a visit from Tim Maynard who brought Maynard's Mini Zoo with him. He really showcased these wonderful creatures and highlighted their importance in the Natural World. Kingfishers were very brave and touched a millipede, frog, tarantula, chameleon and even held a snake around their necks! 


'I loved when the snake went on my neck it made me look like I had a moustache' - Meeti

'I liked it when snake went around my neck and stroking the tarantula because it was so soft!' - Sienna-Blue

'I liked the frog because it had a little jelly belly. It felt just like jelly!' - Shagaf

'I want the bugs to come back! The best bit was the snake because I never knew they were so long and cold!' - Scarlett 

Goldfinches at Forest School Thursday 27th January 2022

On Thursday, Goldfinches had an incredible morning at Forest School starting with a treasure hunt searching for items suggested by the Forest School leaders including foliage, sticks, stones, acorns and pinecones. They then listened to the story of the Choo Choo people and the friendly dragon who accidently sneezed and burnt down their homes! The children were then tasked with building some new homes and villages for the Choo Choo people which they did using the 'treasure' they had collected earlier. Some of the children decided to build an enormous den for the friendly dragon! After all the hard work the children were treated to some delicious popcorn cooked on the campfire where the leaders taught them about fire safety. Great teamwork Goldfinches! 


Children's Mental Health Week: 7 - 13th February 2022

Cick on the 'Place to Be' image above centre or here for resources for parents and carers.

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 8th February 2022

On Tuesday 8th February we joined schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2022.

Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and more, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

A special thank you to Adrian, Erica, Jordan, Omar and Tristan, our dedicated team of Year 6 Digital Leaders, who met with Mrs WIlson during the week before Safer Internet Day to review and discuss all the resources available. The DIgital Leaders kicked off the day with a whole school Safer Internet Day online assembly during which they shared their Top Tips for keeping safe online based on the Top Tips for 3 - 7 year olds below. 


Click to Download Top Tips 3 - 7 years old [pdf 211KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Age Ratings guide for parents and carers [pdf 7MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Top Ten Tips for parents and carers re respect online [pdf 3MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Safer Internet Day 2022 Letter for Parents & Carers [pdf 582KB] Click to Download
Author Visit: Wednesday 23rd February 2022

As part of our celebration of reading in the run up to World Book Day, we welcomed Renata Kaminska, author of 'Hector - A Dog's Story' to our school on Wednesday 23rd February. The novel is the amazing story of a dog named Hector who, like every one of us, wishes only to find happiness. He is a great example of how dogs don't just see our outside, but more importantly what's on the inside too. Renata held a special assembly and Q+A session with Reception, KS1 and KS2. We discussed themes in the book such as feelings, friendship and searching for belonging. Renata also read an extract of her book to us, which we thoroughly enjoyed listening to! We ended the session with some artwork linked to the book. If you would like to know more about our special guest, please visit Renata’s website: https://www.hectorandfriends.com/


Lent 2022

The forty days of Lent are an opportunity to change our daily lives and become even closer to God. We can do a range of things to help us to be more like Jesus. 

Challenge yourself this Lent by trying our Lenten Doodle!

Click to Download Mini Vinnies Lent Calendar 1 [pdf 3MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Lent Pillars Mini Vinnies [pdf 269KB] Click to Download
Lenten Appeal 2022 – One Community

This year our school is participating in the Lenten Appeal which is led by the Catholic Children’s Society, a charity which helps children and families living in poverty in the UK. Through their services they also help children overcome disadvantage, achieve their full potential and have better chances in life. As Lent is a time of giving, we ask that you donate what you can to this great cause. Each child will receive a Catholic Children's Society Lenten box. We ask that all boxes are returned to the school office no later than Wednesday 30th March.

If you would like to know more about our chosen Lenten Appeal for 2022, then please click here.

Click to Download CCS-One-Community-Poster [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Williams Greaves Trophy Semi-finals: Friday 4th March 2022

Well done to our Year 6 cricket team who represented our school and the City of Westminster at the semi-finals of the William Greaves Indoor Cricket Competition for London primary schools at the MCC Indoor Academy at Lords Cricket Ground today. They played brilliantly - winning two matches and narrowly losing the third match by 1 point! The fantastic news is that we are now through to the finals of the William Greaves competition and willl compete against 6 other London boroughs on March 25th. Well done all and thank you for being such excellent representives of our school. 

For more infomration on the competition and how we reached the semi-finals please click here or go to https://www.ckc.london/mwgt-1


World Book Day 2022

St. Mary of the Angels celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. It was a spectacular day full of fun activities and most importantly - lots of READING!

Classes participated in activities such as book tastings, virtual storytelling, author presentations, visits to Paddington Children's Library, mystery storyteller 'drop-ins' to the classroom and our famous book costume parade to end the day.

This annual event is an important day in our school calendar as it promotes and encourages a love for books and reading for pleasure. We model and teach reading every day with our students, and this special celebration certainly showed us how much the children of St. Mary of the Angels love to read.

Thank you to parents and carers for your support, not only in helping to create amazing costumes, but also for encouraging and participating in home reading each day with your child. Reading is the foundation of learning and we certainly value this at our school.

Book Fair Update

A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the recent Book Fair. £935.95 worth of books were sold, which in turn raised an amazing £501.57 for our school. This money will be used to buy books for our school library. Thank you also to all of you who bought a book for your child’s class.

Welcome to St. Mary of the Angels Lurky!

We recently welcomed a new member to our staff team. His name is Lurky and he will be visiting us every Friday afternoon. The Dog Mentor programme has built upon the benefits of the human-animal bond by providing children with positive experiences with dogs that can help them educationally, developmentally, emotionally and socially. We envisage that The Dog Mentor Programme will bring a positive influence into the school environment as a whole and look forward to the impact that The Dog Mentor programme will have on our children. Please feel free to visit The Dog Mentor’s website for more details www.thedogmentor.co.uk



Amazing Animals: Tuesday 29th March 2022

On Tuesday we had a very exciting day in the Kingfishers and Goldfinches class when Tim Maynard and his Mini Zoo visited the school. He really showcased these wonderful creatures and highlighted their importance in the Natural World. We got the opprtuniy to touch a millipede, frog, tarantula, chameleon and some even had the snake around their necks! 

'I loved  it when the snake went on my neck it made me look like I had a moustache' - Meeti

'I liked it when the snake went around my neck and stroking the tarantula because it was so soft!' - Sienna-Blue

'I liked the frog because it had a little jelly belly. It felt just like jelly!' - Shagaf

'I want the bugs to come back! The best bit was the snake because I never knew they were so long and cold!' - Scarlett 

New Life! 31st March 2022

The children in Foundation Stage have enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a chicken over the last two weeks. Our batch of 10 eggs from the Living Eggs Company arrived and we were amazed to see 10 chicks hatch in thier special incubator in Ducklings Class. Everyone in Foundation Stage got the chance to hold a chick and see them grow. We were very sad to say farewell to our chicks but we know they are going to have a happy life living on Mrs Mourino's allotment.

Art Exhibition: Thursday 31st March

Herons and Swans chidlren were delighted to welcome thier families to an interactive exhibition of their art work whcih was the culmination of thieir four week photography and collage project with Paddingtom Arts. Their individual and collaborative pieces of art were imaginative, creative and inspiring.  Thank you to all of the family and friends who came to celebrate the chidlren's work and for the lovey comments who sared on our comments board. The children were extremely proud of what they had created as are all the Upper Key Stage 2 staff.  Gail and Steve from Paddington Arts were very impressed with the level of creativity shown by our pupils as well as thier positivity and teamwork. Well done Year 5 and 6!

Road Safety Assemblies: Wednesday 4th May 2022

We were delighted to welcome Carla Leowe to our school on Wednesday 4th May to lead two special road safety assemblies, one for Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils and staff and one for Key Stage 2 pupils and staff. Ms Leowe is a Road Safety Officer with the CIty of Westminster and has been a great support to the school in setting up our School Street and helping us campaign to make changes to improve road safety in and around the school. The assembly also included information about  the Shrewsbury Road School STreet and propsal to extend the zig-zag markings in front of the school. 

The assemblies were bespoke to our school with photos of the school and the surrounding roads used to engage the chidlren and help them understand the Green Cross Code

You can view the assembly and the Green Cross Code by clicking on the links below.


Click to Download Road Safety Assembly 04 05 2022 [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Green-Cross-Code [pdf 426KB] Click to Download
Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1 Sports Day: 7th June 2022

What a wonderful day we had for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Sports Day. The children participated in a range of events including running, egg and spoon and sack races. They were also able to show off their PE skills on the field including tennis, jumping, football and throwing skills. Stickers were awarded to all who took part with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place stickers awarded in each race. Mr Bryant, our PE Coach, and Miss Cox, our PE Lead, were so impressed with the children's progress, positive attitude and participation. Well done everyone and thank you to all the staff who ensured the event was a great success. Thank you also to the team of coaches from QPR Rising Stars who came to help us on the day, espceically Mr Adams, and to all the parents/carers and family members who came to cheer the children on. We now look forward to our Key Stage 2 Sports Day on Thursday 7th July.



A trip down memory Lane: Prince William meets the Lionesses squad of 2017 and St. Mary of the Angels girls' team at Kensington Palace

Congratulations to England on winning the Euro 2022 championship! Back in July 2017, 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 which was won by the Netherlands. No doubt all who took part in this visit were thinking back to this special day as they watched the Lionoesses win the 2022 tournament on Sunday 31st July. Happy memories indeed!

Catholic life of the school: Ten Ten Newsletter October 2022


September 2022 saw upheaval on a national scale: from the change of Prime Minister to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, to the ongoing cost of living crisis. Times of upheaval and uncertainty are understandably difficult and can take their toll on us physically, mentally and emotionally. But as Christians, we can be grateful for and find comfort in the constancy of God’s love and provision.

This newsletter shares some of the content children will experience in school throughout October and suggests ways for you to engage with them about it. We hope and pray that, whatever is going on for you and your family at the moment, these resources will inspire you and your family to look to God.



St. Mary of the Angels Book Corner Competition

We love reading at St. Mary of the Angels so having an inviting, engaging and comfortable area to read and enjoy books is must in all of our classrooms. To ensure our class reading corners meet our high expectations, we held a 'Book Corner' competition. This year's theme was ‘The Environment’ which was in keeping with our National Poetry Day celebrations.

Mrs Mulvey, who works as a volunteer in our school, was tasked with visiting each classroom and choosing an overall winner. After much deliberation, Swans (Year 6) was announced as the winner during a special assembly on Friday 21st October. During the assembly, the winning class was awarded £100 to spend on new books. Ms Hulands, Mrs Fahss and Mrs Tavernier received a bouquet of flower for their hard work and commitment to making reading a priority.  Due to the high standard of all entries, Mrs Wilson decided to award all classes £50 to spend on new books for their class. Please visit your child’s class page to read about their chosen theme and cosy reading area. They are all truly amazing!  

Herons Class at Sayers Croft: 14 - 16th November 2022

Day 3

Herons Class at Sayers Croft: 14 - 16th November 2022

Day 1 & 2

Coffee Morning with Rua
A Special Visitor! Thursday 15th December 2022

Today was a very special day here at St. Mary of the Angels.  Father Chirstmas paid us a visit with sackfuls of gifts for the children. Each class visited Sana in his magical Christmas grotto to sing him a Christmas song and wish him a Merry Christmas. A very special thank you to Mrs Sodaro and Mrs Murphy, Head elves for the day, who decorated the grotto so that Father Christmas would feel at home. Thank you Father Chirstmas. 

Our First Nativity: Foundation Stage Tuesday 6th December 2022

Little donkey, little donkey On the dusty road Gotta keep on plodding onward With your precious load

Been a long time little donkey Through the winters night Don't give up now little donkey Bethlehem's in sight

Ring out those bells tonight Bethlehem, Bethlehem Follow that little star tonight Bethlehem, Bethlehem

KeyStage 1 Nativity Tuesday 13th December 2022

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from Heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing hallelujah Christ the Savior is born Christ the Savior is born


Glad Tidings!: Key Stage 2 Carol Service Friday 9th December 2022

Away in a manger No crib for a bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay