Attendance Champions Term 4 (February to April 2018: Congtratulations to Class Q and Class JD!

Science Week Showcase Event: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Click on the link below to see more photos of our recent Science Week Showcase.

Reception Visit to Paddington Fire Station: Thursday 22nd March 2018

To read more about Class Q and Class R's amazing vsiit to our local fire station where they met a real life Fireman Sam, click on the documnet below

Police visit Nursery and Reception: Monday 12th March 2018

Click on the link below to find out more about what happened when the police visited Nursery and Reception.

New Life in Nursery: March 2018

On Monday 12th March our ten eggs from ‘Living Eggs’ finally arrived.  To find out what happened next, click on the link below.

Classical Spectacular Music Project Spring 2018

We are delighted to be part of the Classical Spectacular Project again this year, in partnership with The Royal Albert Hall. The project kicked off on Friday, 23rd February, with Year 3 pupils in Class JD taking part in a music workshop with members of Albert’s Band, a group of professional musicians from The Royal albert Hall.  The pupils and staff were treated to a wonderful performance of some popular classical pieces of music and found out lots of interesting information about the various instruments being played. They were then given the opportunity to play one of the instruments and the band members worked with groups of children throughout the morning to learn a peice of music. At the end of the morning, Albert’s Band and the newly formed 'Band JD' performed their ensemble piece to Key Stage 2 pupils and staff. For many of the pupils in JD, this was their first time ever playing an instrument in front of a large audience and they were amazing! The audience greatly enjoyed the performance and showed their appreciation with a wonderful round of applause.

 

The project continued when members of our School Choir attended The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 16th March for a matinée performance of Classical Spectacular. The show presented a combination of the very best classical music, led by conductor John Rigby, and state of the art technology including stunning lasers, fireworks, canons and special effects. The two combined captivated the audience who were introduced to composers such as Wagner, Holst, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar. The audience was encouraged to clap and sing along to proms favourites such as ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Nessun Dorma’, ‘Rule Britannia!’ and the ‘1812 Overture’. All the members of the choir and staff agreed that they were so lucky to have seen such a rousing and unique performance of classical music which they will always remember.

 

 

 

Class R's Assembly Wednesday 21st March 2018

Class R have been very busy this term learning all about ‘Helping Hands’. During their assembly they shared with us all they had learnt about the people in our lives and in our community that lend us a helping hand in so many different ways including police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, vets, taxi drivers, bus and train drivers, postmen and women, builders, paramedics, our families and Jesus. The key message was that everyone is unique and different but we all need a helping hand!

It was wonderful to hear the pupils in Class R share with us the jobs they woud like to do when they are grown up. We all joined Class R in thanking God for all those who help us and to ask Him to help us to always show kindness to all around us. 

London Youth Games Tuesday 20th March 2018

An update from Miss Wakely

'The girls played so well as a team today. I was so proud of them for representing Westminster. in their bespoke red 'Team Westminster' shirts which are theirs to keep. Our team played against the top teams from all the other London boroughs so it was a very competitive tournament.  Our girls played well and with such a positive attutude. Mrs Da Sousa and I are very proud of the whole team.  Our team didn't qualify for the finals on the day but played to the best of their abilities. I am sure the squad will get a special mention at Friday's assembly and Mrs Da Sousa and I are looking forward to awarding our 'Woman of the Match' award.'

International Day Saturday 17th March 2018

Message from the Parents and Friends Committee                                                                                                          

Thank you to all the teachers, support staff and parents who worked ‘as one’ to make this year’s International Day such a tremendous success and really brought our school community together. This wonderful annual event brought together people from 44 different countries across all continents to share food, drink and entertainment in an uplifting and inclusive environment. This event would not be the same without the donations of food and drink and decorations from our families and the staff so we thank you yet again for your generosity and for the delicious dishes and mouth-watering aromas that wafted through the school. A special thank you also to our families from the Philippines who came together to sing and dance for us, to  Sensei Sayed and his students for their karate display, to Nelio and his students for their capoeira display and to the Malinka drummers. Thank also to everyone who bought a ticket and supported the event by coming along on the day.  Please visit the website to see some photos of the event. Together we raised an amazing £1467.79! As you will recall, the money raised by the PFA this year is to go towards the cost of the new lighting installed earlier this year in the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. We now look forward to planning the Summer Fair which takes place on Saturday 23rd June. You are warmly invited to join Mrs Wilson and the committee  when we meet for our first  planning meeting after school on Monday 23rd April.  A crèche will be provided. Wishing you all a lovely Easter break.

Debra Caprice, Cheryl Joseph (Co-chairs), Sarah Hodges (Secretary) and Tolu Ayoola (Treasurer)

Class JI's Assembly Wednesday 14th March 2018

Many of us know that St.Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland but Class JI reminded us that he is also the patron saint of Nigeria. To mark St. Patrick’s Feast Day, celebrated on 17th March, JI shared with us what they had found out about his life. We learned about how St. Patrick answered God’s call and how he used the shamrock’s three leaves to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity. The pupils sang the much loved hymn ‘St. Partick’s Breastplate’ which reminded us that Christ is all aroud us in our waking and our sleeping. They also shared the poem below:

 

Good St Patrick travelled far to teach God’s Holy Word
And when he came to Erin’s soil a wondrous thing occurred.
He picked a shamrock from the ground and held it in his hand,
That all may one day understand that God was in our land.
The first one for the Father, the second for the Son,
the third one the Holy Spirit…
All three of them in one.

World Book Day @ SMA Friday 9th March 2018

Thank you to all the pupils and staff who joined in the fun of our  World Book Day parade on Friday 9th March. The pupils are always excited to see the books the staff have chosen and, once again, they did not disappoint. Foundation Stage staff kicked off the parade dressed as characters from Allan Ahlbergh’s ’Burglar Bill’, while Key Stage 1 decided on Jon Scieszka’s ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!’ and Key Stage 2 staff chose ‘Peter Pan’.  Once we finally managed to get the staff off the runway, the pupils proudly paraded in their costumes along with their book. Our judges this year - Miss Hulands, Mrs Etingen and Mrs Lucchini - had the unenviable task of choosing their top three from each class but after much debate they finally came to a decision.  All those chosen paid a visit to Waterstones in Notting Hill to choose a book to keep and to select some books for the book corner in their class. Click on the link below for a list of winners. 

 

Dream BIG! READ!

Class JJ’s assembly on Wednesday 7th March was inspired by the pupils’ love of reading. All gathered were treated to a superb action-packed retelling of Peter Pan. It was wonderful to see how much thought and preparation had gone in to the acting, costumes and narration; it is obvious that Class JJ are a great team as everyone had an important role to play. They even managed to weave some tap dancing and music recitals into the performance which was very creative!  The acting was of such a high quality that when Paper Pan pointed to a ship on the horizon, Nursery pupils looked around to see where it was! Thank you Class JJ for  sharing your love of reading with us and reminding us of the most special book of all, the Bible, where the Word of God inspires our daily lives.

Westminster Schools' Football Finals

The finals of the Westminster School Football Competition took place on Friday 23rd February and we were delighted that both our girls and boys squads made it through. Both teams played exceptionally well and were supported in true St. Mary of the Angels style by their Year 5 & 6 classmates and staff.  The boys played St. Joseph’s in a very close game which they lost 2 – 1. The girls played Essendine School in an even closer match which ended a draw so went to extra time and then penalties, which are always a tense way to settle a match for players and supporters.  Our girls kept their nerve and won the game and will now go on to represent Westminster in the London Youth Games Finals in Redbridge on 20th March. Both teams should be very proud of their achievements and for their conduct throughout the tournament. We look forward to hearing of how the girls get on and will keep you posted.

myUSO

The myUSO website provides access to a range ot online resources to support learning at home and at school.

How to log on

Click on the myUSO logo on the left or go to http://my.uso.im/213-3532 to access the school's myUSO page. At the bottom of the page you will see three login buttons.   

In school pupils can log in by clicking on the blue  Who Am I login and choosing their class, name and then entering their 4 digit pin number. 

At home all pupils must use the green Easy Login option. Usernames and passwords were sent home on Friday 9th February. We hope you and your child enjoy exploring all the resources.

Class P's Assembly: Wednesday 31st January 2018

Class P have been learning about feelings and emotions, what they mean and where they come from. During their assembly, they enjoyed sharing all that they had learnt so far. We were reminded that knowing how we feel is important and expressing our feelings and emotions in a safe way helps us to learn more about the people and the world around us and ourselves. Class P clearly love science and were very good teachers as they explained  how the brain processes emotion. 

As always, we learn best by following the examples of others and Class P shared many of the ways we care for those in our school and our familieis who are sad or worried. Most importantly of all, we were reminded of God's promise to us that He is always there for us in times of need or worry; we can always talk to God and look to Him to guide us.  Thank you Class P for guiding us too!

You can read God's Promise, based on a reaidng from the Book of Isiah, by clicking on the link below.

Class JI's Assembly: Wednesday 24th January 2018

Class JI's assembly challenged us to be more kind to others. The renactment of Jesus choosing his twelve disciples reminded us that Jesus calls us all to follow Him and spread the Good News through our words and actions . We all  enjoyed the story of the queen and her two selfish brothers (Nursery thought it was hilarious watching the two brothers trying to eat with such long spoons) and were very touched by the heartfelt original poems shared on the theme of community and the violin playing. Thank you JI.  

GABRIEL'S BIG BREAK!; Key Stage 1 Nativity Tuesday 12th December 2017

ANGEL EXPRESS! Foundation Stage Nativity: Tuesday 5th December 2017

Year 5 at Sayers Croft (20 - 24th November 2017)

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

Calling London 

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. 

Class JD's Horrid Henry themed winning book corner
Class JD's Horrid Henry themed winning book corner

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

The online booking system for the forthcoming Parent Teacher Consultations is now open. Click here to book an appointment or visit www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmaryangels

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 reception@stmaryangels.co.uk

File icon: pdf Letter re online booking 22 Sep 17 [pdf 548KB] Click to download

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