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School Photographer: Monday 17th June 

The school photographer will be coming in to school to take individual and sibling group photographs on Monday 17th June. If your child usually has PE on a Monday, please send them to school in their school uniform on this day

Hummingbirds Prayer Service: Thurdsay 6th June- Corpus Christi

The Hummingbirds reminded all gathered that on Sunday the Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi). The Hummingbirds explored the words and actions of Jesus in St Mark’s account of the Last Supper and what this means for us today. The children retold the story of the Last Supper, giving us the chance to remember, reflect and pray about the importance of what Jesus did that evening. Thank you to the Hummingbirds for leading us in prayer and reflection, and for sharing your beautiful artwork and for showing all gathered the Lord's Prayer in BSL (British Sign Language). It was truly a beautiful prayer service which made all gathered feel a sense of unity and communion with our school family. 

Key Stage 2 Sports Day: Thursday 6th June

What a fabulous Sports Day we had last Thursday at Paddington Recreation Ground. We were blessed throughout the day with good weather and brilliant performances to match. Sports Day is one day of the school year when we come together as a community. Every year, new stars emerge and remind us of what hard work and dedication can achieve.  Pupils, supporters and staff all play their part in what is one of the highlights of the school calendar.

As always, the behaviour of our Key Stage 2 pupils was exemplary and it was a joy to see them take part in the individual races and team events. The family members who came to watch were a great audience and we thank you again for your encouragement and support.  The atmosphere was incredible and it was lovely to see so many parents enjoying the day’s events and the pupils as they took part in their different activities.

Change4Life: Parental Workshop (Nursery, Reception and Year 1)
Message from Fr. Keith: May the Month of Mary

May is a special month when we think about Our Lady and her unique role in our salvation. God could have saved us in any way he wanted, but he chose to become one of us human beings by being born of a human mother. That means that Mary is specially close to Jesus, who also gave her to us as our Mother when he was dying on the Cross. We can pray to her when we are happy, to thank her for looking after us, and when we are sad or don’t know what to do. She is a very wise mother who has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve if only we go to her with complete trust!

Goldfinches Assembly: Friday 24th May

Thank you to the pupils and staff in Goldfinches (Year 1) who invited their parent/carers to gather and join them in prayer and thanks at their class assembly this morning. The assembly was based on Friendship and all gathered were reminded of the qualities required of a good friend which they illustrated beautifully by sharing their recipe for friendship. The children reminded us of Jesus’ commandment, ‘To Love One Another as I have Loved You’ and that we are all blessed to be made by God and that we should do all we can to be a blessing for other. Thank you Goldfinches, for a beautiful assembly filled with scripture, wise words, song and prayer. The special bond of friendship you all share is a joy to witness!

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Sports Day: Thursday 23rd May

What a joy it was to see so many parents and other family members at our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Sports Day at Paddington Recreation Ground yesterday. A big thank you to Miss Cox for organising and to Mr Grace, our sports coach, and his colleagues from QPR Primary Stars programme who volunteered to help out to make the day a huge success. Thank you also to our incredible staff team and to all the family members who came along to watch. Finally, well done all who took part in the ever-popular parents’ races. The children had a wonderful day and we are truly proud of how well they behaved and of their energy and successes which rightly need to be celebrated. Hence, the wonderful sound of medals clanking as they left school yesterday

Caritas Ambassador Festival: Tuesday 21st May

On Tuesday 21st May, our Caritas Ambassadors travelled to Westminster Cathedral to take part in the Caritas Ambassadors Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to share our Caritas journey with other Westminster schools and be inspired by their social action projects. Our Ambassadors were honoured to meet Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Bishop for Caritas, who led a celebration liturgy during which we were delighted to receive a certificate in recognition and celebration of all our Ambassadors’ learning and social action projects to date.

Our Caritas Ambassadors continue to reflect on social issues in our local community and what we can do to as a school community to make a difference. We have decided to support the elderly in our community and look forward to informing you about our up-in coming social action project for the summer term.

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Foundation Stage Trip to Wigmore Hall: Wednesday 22nd May

On Wednesday 22nd May the children in Foundation Stage attended a special concert called ‘Sing a Story’ at Wigmore Hall. On arrival the children were given a special train ticket for entrance to the magical story train. They then clickty clacked through story land where they enjoyed a musical retelling of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Rabbit Fo Fo’. Thank you so much Wigmore Hall for inviting us to such an interactive and immersive experience. It is a trip that the children will cherish for a long time and what a wonderful first outing for our Nursery Class.

Pentecost Sunday: 19th May 2024  

Message from Fr. Keith

This is a very exciting time of year for us in the Church, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which we celebrate this year on May 19. It’s even more exciting for us in St. Mary of the Angels this year because thirty of our young people will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit two days before the Feast of Pentecost in the Sacrament of Confirmation. When the Holy Spirit came on the twelve Apostles the first Pentecost, he filled them with courage and joy in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection openly and boldly even in the face of persecution which at times was extreme. When he comes upon our young people in the Sacrament of Confirmation, we pray that they will receive the same joy and courage in living and proclaiming the teaching of Jesus. But remember! – we already have the Holy Spirit through our baptism and the presence of the risen Jesus in Holy Communion, so let us ask him to help us live our faith joyfully even when we have to face troubles of all kinds.

SportInspired Team Spirit Festival: Friday 10th May

Kestrels and Swallows were invited to take part in a high-excitement, mixed ability, multi-sport festival where they sampled six different sports available locally along with a number of other schools. The aim of the day was to generate the best team spirit possible and the winners of this would receive a trophy. We are pleased to say that St Mary of the Angels were the winners of this trophy. We want to say a huge well done to the pupils in LKS2 for their team spirit and overall behaviour during the day!

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord: Thursday 9th May  

On Thursday 9th May, we were delighted that children and staff from Reception to Year 6 were able to attend Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, a feast of great importance within the Catholic Church. The Ascension takes place 40 days after Easter Sunday and commemorates the day on which the resurrected Jesus leaves his disciples in Galilee to join God the Father in heaven. Before He did so, Jesus shared with his disciples his final instruction – known as the Great Commission – to go out and deliver the message of God’s love and mercy with everyone, everywhere. This is the mission all Christ’s followers continue to share. Please see the message below from Fr. Keith.

School closure: Thursday 2nd May

The Mayor of London Elections are taking place on Thursday 2nd May and St. Mary of the Angels Will be used as a polling station. The school will be closed to all pupils on Thursday 2nd May.

St. George, Martyr, Patron of England: Whole School Mass 

On Tuesday 23rd April, we were delighted that children and staff from Reception to 6 were able to attend Mass to celebrate the memorial of St. George, Martyr, Patron of England. Please see the message below from Fr. Keith.

Message from Fr. Keith

This week we had the great joy of celebrating the Feast of St. George with our school community. St. George is, of course, the patron saint of England, and also of several other countries, even though he himself probably lived in what is now Israel / Palestine. Everyone knows the story of him fighting the dragon, even if they only know it from the many pub signs on which it figures! Actually, we know very little about his life, except that he was a soldier and was martyred about 300 years after Christ. Catholics often ask the saints to pray for us, and what we ask them to pray for depends on what they were famous for, so we can ask St. George to help us fight bravely in the struggle between good and evil and not to be afraid to give everything for Jesus. We can also ask him to pray for our country always to defend the weak from those who oppress them.

We look forward joining parishioners on Thursday 9th April at St. Mary of the Angels Church at 11am to celebrate The Ascension of the Lord. Parents and carers are most welcome to join us.

Caritas Ambassador

We are also delighted to say that on Tuesday 23rd April, our Caritas Ambassadors were presented with their Caritas Ambassador badges by Sister Silvana Dallanegra from Caritas Westminster, in recognition of all their work relating to Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Caritas Ambassadors is a programme for both primary and secondary schools created by Caritas Westminster. It aims to equip pupils with a strong understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and how we can put it into action in our daily lives. As a group, we are thinking about social issues in our local community and what we can do to make a difference. Please keep an eye out for more exciting initiatives-coming soon!

Caritas Ambassador

On behalf of the Caritas Ambassadors, we would like to say a huge thank you to the pupils of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School for all their fundraising efforts last term and for their very kind donations towards our chosen Lenten Appeals for 2024: Catholic Children’s Society (CCS), Marie Curie- The Great Daffodil Appeal and the Children’s Book Project. Please see the messages of thanks that the school has received due to your kindness and generosity.

We thank you so much for your fantastic fundraising efforts. Just a quick note to say that your donation of £183 has been received and processed. I have posted a letter of acknowledgement for your records and a thank you certificate to your school. Thank you again for your kind support of Marie Curie during the Great Daffodil Appeal! Thanks to the efforts of St. Mary of the Angels, more people will have access to our health care and support service.

Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie

Thank you so much to you and your lovely school for your amazing fundraising efforts. My colleague Marie collected another donation from your school today taking your lent donation to a total of £635.35! Thanks again to you, all the staff and all pupils for all your kind efforts in raising this money. We are grateful for your support, and we will ensure it reaches the children and families that need it the most. We will of course follow up with a proper letter of thanks and a certificate for your school.

Catholic Children's Society (Westminster)

Year 5 Herons trip to Lord's Cricket Ground

On Friday 19th April,  Year 5 went to Lord's cricket ground for their School Engagement day. Despite the weather, the children still got to tour the grounds, engage in cricket-based activities and visit the museum. Hopefully next time they will be able to watch some cricket too!

Year 5 Herons trip to the National Army Museum

Year 5 also were treated to a visit to the National Army Museum on Monday 22nd April to take part in the Trinity College Arts Award. This consisted of; visiting the war museum and discovering the artefacts, creative writing in groups and an afternoon of painting.

Year 6 Swans Prayer Service: Friday 19th April

On Friday 19th April the Year 6 Swans class held their prayer service for parents and family. The children shone as they lead us in prayer and worship based on our current topic 'Pentecost'. They shared how the fruits of the Holy Spirit can be lived out in their own lives, and reflected on a special person in their family who shows this in everyday life. Parents and family joined in the final hymn of 'Shine Jesus Shine'. Thank you for a lovely service Year 6.

The Great Daffodil Appeal 2024

On Friday 22nd March pupils and staff were encouraged to wear something yellow along with their school uniform in return for a small donation to show their support for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2024. I’m please to inform you that collectively we raised £178 for this wonderful cause. Thank you for supporting your child in fundraising for Marie Curie and the Great Daffodil Appeal. 

Catholic Children’s Society Lenten Appeal

At the beginning of Lent, each child was given a purple money box from the Catholic Children’s Society. Boxes were due to the school office by Monday 15th April, but if you have not yet returned it please do so ASAP. Thank you for your support!

Book Fair

Thank you all for visiting our Book Fair, which was held in our school hall in the week beginning 11th March. Research shows that children are five times more likely to finish a book if they have chosen it themselves. Every book bought raised funds for the school to spend on new books. We are thrilled to tell you that we raised an amazing £465.52, which we will use to buy new books for our class libraries.

Journey to the Cross

Thank you to the Herons (Year 5) who began our journey with Jesus to the Cross on Tuesday 26th March with a very special Palm Sunday Assembly. Herons retold the story of Jesus' triumphant ride into Jerusalem travelling on a donkey, which showed that He is a friend of the poor and that He came in peace. Thank you Herons for a wonderful assembly. The following day, Swans (Year 6)retold the story of The Last Supper. Through confident narration, acting and song, the children led all gathered through the events of Holy Week with great reverence. A huge thank you to our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils and staff for leading us so beautifully on our journey to the foot of the cross which concluded with the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross is a form of prayer used traditionally in Lent with each of the fourteen stations retelling part of Jesus’ Passion – His suffering and death. However, the Stations of the Cross are more than the retelling of Jesus’ Passion story: they are a prayerful participation in the event that lies at the heart of Christianity – Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The children, as always, showed great reverence throughout this moving and solemn ceremony and we pass on our thanks to Miss Hulands, Miss O’Brien, Miss Cox, Miss Smaller and our Year 6 Pupil Chaplaincy Team (Beatrice, Justin James, Kyla and Julia) who read so beautifully and also to our wonderful school choir who lead us in worshipful song. A special thanks to Fr. Keith who joined us for our Holy Week assemblies. Thank you also to Mrs Murphy, Mrs Rastelli and Mrs Fahss who helped set up a Prayer Room for the children to go and pray the Stations of the Cross this week.

Year 3 and Year 4 Boys Football: Friday 22nd March

On Friday 22nd March ten boys from Kestrel’s and Swallows class were selected to represent the school at the Westminster’s Year 3 And 4’s Boy’s Football Competition at Paddington Rec. Mr Drury and Mrs Murphy reported that our pupils played fairly, consistently and skilfully. This was the first ever football competition for some of the team so well done!

Wigmore Hall Key Stage 1: Friday 22nd March

On Friday 22nd March, KS1 were invited to take a dive down into the deep blue sea for an aquatic musical adventure at Wigmore Hall. This underwater extravaganza was brought to life by the Lawson Piano trio, presenter Jessie Maryone Davies and the students themselves. The children sang sea shanties and were even involved in the creation of a stormy piece of music. It was an incredible, interactive experience which truly inspired a love of music and storytelling. Here are some quotes from our Year 2 Pupils:

‘I really enjoyed when we were making the thunder music.' - Chace

'I liked when we did the amazing sea shanties.' - Eliud

'I liked when we were clapping.' - Olivia-Rose

Message from Fr. Keith 

We are now looking forward to the most important week in the Church’s calendar, Holy Week, which this year begins on Sunday 24 March. We are reviving the pre-COVID tradition of starting our Palm Sunday morning Mass at the school, followed by a procession to the Church. And you may be interested to know that this year the clocks go forward one hour on Easter Sunday itself, that is 31 March. We have to begin the Easter Vigil the day before when it is already dark, so that means we can begin earlier this year at 7.30pm. The other main services are Holy Thursday, 28 March at 8pm, when following the example of Jesus at the Last Supper, Fr. Keith will wash the feet of twelve parishioners, and Good Friday, 29 March, when we do not have Mass but instead a solemn service at 3pm. We also have Stations of the Cross for children and families at 11am on Good Friday. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of our Holy Week services!

Lent is a movable feast, occurring between February and April. The 40 days of Lent, echo Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Ash Wednesday is often seen as a time to clean the soul and mind ready for Lent. 

During Lent, Christians devote more time to prayer, charity, and sacrifice as they prepare for the greatest feast in the Church year, Easter – when Jesus rose from the dead.

As Lent is a time of giving, we ask that you donate what you can to this great cause. Each family will receive one box per family and we ask that all boxes are returned to the school office after the Easter Holidays on Monday 15th April. This wonderful charity helps vulnerable children and their families all over the Westminster Diocese. If you would like to know more about our chose Lenten Appeal for 2024, then please click here.

The second charity that the children have chosen to support is, The Great Daffodil Appeal.

On Friday 22nd March pupils and staff may wear something yellow along with their school uniform in return for a small donation to show their support for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2024. More information to follow

Year of Prayer 2024

In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer. The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be year of prayer, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee with a special focus on - The Our Father.

The Pope has asked everyone to pray for Christian unity and for peace throughout the world. During this year, as well as praying for unity and peace, each class will learn more about the Our Father that Jesus taught his disciples and pray it often as a class or as a whole school.

It would be a lovely opportunity for families to come together and pray it at home. The Lord’s Prayer offers us a great opportunity to go back to the basics of prayer.

International Woman’s Day Assembly: Monday 11th March

On Monday 11th March  Miss Hampshire from QPR's Primary Stars Programme led us in a special whole school assembly all about International Woman’s Day, which is celebrated annually on the 8th March. Miss Hampshire spoke to our pupils about gender equality in the world of football. Together we discussed our hopes, dreams and aspirations and looked at how far women have come in football and in society. We looked at some of the amazing female football players who play for QPR and listened to their stories and celebrated their successes. Thank you to Miss Hampshire for delivering such an awe-inspiring assembly and for presenting our girls with a new football kit which our Year 3 and 4 girls wore when they competed in Westminster School Girls Football Competiti