Certificate of Appreciation 

St John's Hospice sent us this special certificate of appreciation in recognition for taking part in their Light Up a Life event and for raising an amazing £210.75 in aid of the hospice. 

 

A Special Visitor! Thursday 9th December 2021

On Thursday 9th December we had a very special visitor at St. Mary of the Angels…Father Christmas! He arrived just before the children’s Christmas lunch and delivered gifts for all the children. Each class in turn greeted him with a carol or festive song and he was very pleased by the warm welcome and the children's singing. After the visit, the children were treated to a fabulous Christmas lunch. A special thanks to Mr. Vacarri, Mrs Coldham, Mrs Patrascu and Mrs Benhalima, our cateing team, who do such a splendid job all year round in providing healthy and delicious meals for the chidlren and staff. 

 

Light Up A Life Service: Monday 6th December 2021

A special thanks to our Mini Vinnie and School Council representatives who opened the Light Up a Life ceremony at St John's Wood Church on Monday 6th December by singing a Christmas carol. The service gave thanks for the work of the hospice and remembered all the families who have lost loved ones this year. We are very proud of all our pupils for all their hard work and enthusiasm towards this project. They are wonderful ambassadors and showcased our school in the best light possible.

Key Stage 1 Visit to Paddington Central

On Wednesday 8th December our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils were invited to Paddington Central to see Santa Claus who arrived by boat along with his trusted reindeers and Arctic friends. The children were treated to breakfast at Pergola-Deck The Halls and many said it was their best trip ever!

Poetry Workshop: Swans Class December 2021

Earlier this term, as part of a project with the Poetry Society, Swans class participated in a day’s writing workshop with acclaimed poet Cheryl Moskowitz.

 

After learning about the history of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square which the people of Norway have given to the people of London every year since 1947 in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II, the children collaborated with Cheryl and created a wonderful class poem about this special gift entitled ‘Look at Me’.

 

This is the second year in a row we have worked with The Poetry Society and Cheryl was once again amazed by the creativity and talent of the children in our school. We hope enjoy the poem which you can read by clicking on the link below.

 

You may also like to wacth the animated performance of Julia Donaldson's magical poem 'The Christmas Pine' beautifully read by three pupils from the Swans class of 2020/21.  

 

 

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Christmas Festival 2021

Our Year 4 pupils in Kestrels and Swifts recently took part in a digital Christmas Festival along with 20 other primary schools from Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea. With the support of our music teacher, Miss Pluta and Miss NcNab, the children worked very hard throughout November to learn and then record their two songs. The Tri-borough Music Hub team then did a marvellous job of collating all the tracks to produce the Christmas Festival 2021 which premieres on Thursday 16th December at 2pm. We will share the link here as soon as we can so that you can enjoy the wonderful performance. Well done Year 4!

Cello and Violin Recital: Wednesday 8th December 2021

Key Stage 2 pupils and staff were treated to a wonderful performance by our talented violinists and cellists on Wednesday 8th December. Mrs Hayes and Miss Lorimier, our violin and cello teacher from the Tri-borough Music Hub, joined them as they played a range of pieces finishing with the ensemble playing 'Good King Wenceslas' which was greeted with much applause. Thank  you to Mrs Hayes and Miss Lorimier and to the 28 violists and 8 cellists for sharing your gifts and talents with us all. We look forward to anither recital in the spring term to which we hope to be abel to invite parents and carers. 

 

 

Year 5 at Sayers Croft
17th - 19th November 2021

 

Year 5 set off for Sayers Croft on the morning of Wednesday 17th November and had a great send off from parents and staff. Sayers Croft is a beautiful, safe site with 56 acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and fields and has been providing quality outdoor experiences for young people for over 70 years.

Their three days are filled with a range of team building and adventurous activities including orienteering, archery and climbing, We are abolsutely delighted that our first residential visit since November 2019 has been able to go ahead.Thank you to Miss Hulands, Miss O'Brien and Miss Davis for accompanying the children. As always, we will be putting up the 'Welcome Home' banner to greet them when they return on Friday afternoon.

To find out more about Sayes Croft please click here

Go Green for Cafod: 22nd October 2021

Today, pupils and staff took part in the call to action from CAFOD to 'go green', to unite together and fundraise to support communities around the world who are protecting the planet. 

'Going Green' fundraising will support people like Luana who lives in the Brazilian Amazon. When fires destroyed the crops and trees that Luana’s community rely on to survive, CAFOD’s local experts helped them to replant using sustainable methods so that they would have food to eat and to sell.

Families and pupils were asked to bring in £2 to go towards this fantastic cause and we are pleased to say that we have so far raised £325

We thank you so much for your fantastic fundraising efforts. 

Mini London Marathon 2021: 24th September 2021

For the second year in a row St. Mary of the Angels pupils and staff are taking part in the 2021 Virgin Money Mini London Marathon. During our PE lessons and playtimes from Monday 27th September to Friday 9th October, we will be running, jogging or walking 2.6 miles or maybe even more! Every child who takes part will receive a free commemorative Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools medal and certificate. This year we are making this a sponsored event to raise money for the school. All of the funds raised will be used to buy books, learning resources and playground equipment so every child in the school will benefit!

Forest School News: September 2021

We are delighted to share with you that St. Mary of the Angels is now a Forest School in partnership with Sayers Croft Urban Nature Space at Paddington Recreation Ground. Over the course of the academic year 2021/2022 each Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 class will have six half day visits to the Urban Nature Space to take part in Forest School. 

Forest School focuses on child led learning, giving participants ownership over the area during their visits.  Children are valued and encouraged, have lots of fun, learn new skills and enjoy a positive experience in the park, engaging with nature as well as increasing their independence and self-esteem, which can transfer into other areas of life.  To find out more, including the dates of class visits, please click on the document below.
 

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Year 6 Production of Peter Pan: Wednesday 14th July 2021

Our Year 6 pupils amazing peformance of Peter Pan was filmed professionally just in case parents and carers were unable to attend the live performance scheduled for Monday 19th July. Sadly, this proved to be the case so we are delighted that we were able to gift our Year 6 families with a copy of  this unique performance. Only a few members of staff were able to watch the live performane becasue of Covid-19 restrictions. However, having even a small, select audience was a boost to the actors, narrators, singers and dancers. In fact Miss Hulands and Miss Wakley told Mrs WIlson that it was their best performance ever! Congratulatins to all the children and  staff involved who we hope will treasure the memory of their final performance at St. Mary of the Angels for many years to come.  

Year 6 Event Week 21 - 25 June 2021

Last week the Year 6's had a fun-filled, action-packed week of activities to celebrate their time at St. Mary of the Angels coming to an end. On Monday and Tuesday, we had beautiful, sunny weather for two days of kayaking on the canals at Little Venice. On Wednesday, we took part in three sessions: football with QPR, non-contact boxing training and coding. On Thursday we had an exciting day out to Chessington World of Adventure. We discovered we have lots of thrill-seekers in Year 6! On Friday, we learnt some valuable life skills with first aid and CPR training and enjoyed a BBQ lunch and movie afternoon. The staff at St. Mary's also kindly made each child a Lucky Jar to take home. We hope the children enjoyed the weeks activities. 

Dream Arts Transition Workshop

Today, Year 6 also participated in a drama-based workshop focused on transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7. We used improvisation to act out different scenarios, and talked about skills that would be useful for our 'transition toolkit' e.g. communication, teamwork and creativity.

 

Non-uniform Day: Friday 28th May 2021

St. Mary of the Angels was awash with colour on Friday 28th May as the children wore the colours of a country of their choice in honour of the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2021/21 football tournament and in celebration of the many countries represented in our school. Thanks to  he generpsity of our school comunity we raised an amazing £405! The funds raised will go towards new sports and play equipment for the school. Our dedicated School Council have already met with Mrs. Moruzzi to disucss how they woudl like the money to be spent and their list is now on Mrs. Wilson's desk! Thank you everyone for taking part. 

STEM Week 7 - 11 June 2021

St Mary of the Angels will be celebrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week from the 7th June- 11th June 2021.  Please click the document below for more information about STEM week and the planned activities.    

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Mental Health Awareness Week 10th -16th May 2021

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Nature’ and we would like to invite you all to take part in a special competition. You are also welcome to send your entries into school by Thursday May 20th, senco@stmaryangels.co.uk  and we will put them onto the website for everyone to see.

If you would like to think more about how nature affects your mental health, there is a wealth of information on this website

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week  

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File icon: pdf Mental Health Awareness Week Competition Poster MHST [pdf 222KB] Click to download
Creative Collective Westminster Art Exhibition Spring 2021

In November 2020 children from St. Mary of the Angels were invited to submit a creative piece for the Creative Collective Westminster Art Exhibition. The piece could be based on the topics of lockdown, black lives matter, resilience and hope, or community.

We had many wonderful entries, which have now been displayed in an online virtual art gallery. You can view the artwork by clicking here

 

In further exciting news, three children from our school were chosen as finalists. Their art will be displayed in libraries across Westminster in the upcoming months.

 

The finalists are:

Rachel - short film based on Black Lives Matter

Precious - poem based on Black Lives Matter

Filippo - artwork based on Lockdown

 

A Special Message from Marie Curie

Thank you once again for supporting and raising funds for Marie Curie and the Great Daffodil Appeal durning Lent 2021. Please see the special message that we recieved from Marie Curie thanking us for our fundraising efforts. 

National Day of Reflection: March 23rd 2021

St. Mary of the Angels pupils and staff answered Cardinal Vincent Nichols' call to take part in a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown. 

It was a day of reflection and prayer, where we came together as a school community to ponder on all that has taken place this last year and to pray the pandemic comes to an end.

We hope as you walk past the school hall you all get a chance to enjoy the beautiful daffodil window display made by the children in Nursery and Reception-reminding us all that there is hope for a brighter future. 

 

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Welcome back!

St. Mary of the Angels reopened to all pupils on Monday 8th March. The staff and pupils who attended school school during lockdown extended a warm and joyful welcome to all the pupils who have been learning at home. The school day began with an online 'Welcome Back to School'  Assembly where we took time to reflect individually on the changes and experences we have been though this last year. We asked Jesus to continue to be with us on our journey as we get back in the rhythm of school life and being togther again. 

World Book Day 2021

We hope that you all enjoyed this year’s World Book Day activities. Thank you to everyone who completed and submitted the potato book character challenge. Please click the document below to view our gallery of wonderful characters made and create by the staff and pupils of St Mary of the Angels.

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Our Virtual School Library

Whether you’re at home or in the classroom at the moment, you can join in the World Book Day fun by visiting our first ever SMA Virtual School Library. Click the book cover to listen to a story of your choice read to you by a member of staff.

 

You can also listern to the first-ever official World Book Day song! Get on your feet for the nation’s favourite rapping English teacher MC Grammar, who has created a brilliant book-themed tune to help us celebrate World Book Day! Hooray! Click on the picture to listen to the song. 

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Lent 2021

The holy season of Lent has begun and so do our preparations for Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. 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. To learn more about the season of Lent, then check out our Catholic Life of the School section on the school website. 

Challenge yourself this Lent by trying our Lenten Doodle!

File icon: pdf Mini Vinnies Lent Calendar 1 [pdf 3MB] Click to download
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Children's Mental Health Week: 1st - 7th February 2021

From 1st -7th February, we are taking part in Place2Be's Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is Express Yourself. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. During the week, pupils in school and those learning at home will take part in activities to help them  explore the different ways that they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas.There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website  that you can use with your child at home including activity ideas and tips for parents and carers. Teachers will be sharing ideas and resources via SeeSaw and Google Classroom and the website where we hope to showcase some of the children's creativity. 
 
Friday 5th February will be our school's first ever 'Dress to Express' day - more detailscan be found in the leter below..
 
To access the activity ideas and tips for parents and carers please click here or go to https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/
 
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Racial Justice Sunday 31st January 2021

On Friday 29th January, pupils in school and learning at home joined their class teachers for age appropriate assemblies about this year’s Racial Justice Sunday which is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour. The theme is ‘A Time to Act‘. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage. In light of this, Racial Justice Sunday 2021 is particularly significant. Action is needed to further the cause of racial justice but what can we do?

To help us reflect, Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Racial Justcice shared a message which you can  read by clicking here.

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Wednesday 27th January 2021
Be The Light In The Darkness

On Wednesday 27th January, Year 6 took part in a Holocaust Memorial Day lesson. This day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz- Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 

Holocaust Memorial Day also marks the terrible crimes committed during conflicts in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. We think about the places in the world today where people are still persecuted simply because of their religion.

In the lesson, Mrs Waine explained how people in her life had been affected by The Holocaust and talked about how Jewish people had their rights affected and how this year, during lockdown, the loss of our freedoms makes us think differently.

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day is Be the Light in the Darkness and we thought how we could be that light.

For more information about Halocaust Memeorial Day please click here or go to https://www.hmd.org.uk/what-is-holocaust-memorial-day/this-years-theme/

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Remote Learning Protocols

Please read the document below. These guidelines are intended for any participants (staff, parents and pupils) in online ‘live’ or 'recorded' sessions. They are designed to keep all of the participants safe and maintain a positive, supportive learning environment. A child friendly version has been created for the pupils of St Mary of the Angels. Click on the image to make it bigger. Please ensure that you talk to your child about our code of conduct. 

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Christmas 2020

Earlier this week, we had a very special visitor at St Mary of the Angels…Santa came to school!

Santa arrived early in the morning and visited the Ducklings and Robins and then came back after lunch to meet with the rest of the school. There he heard some lovely Christmas songs and was asked lots of questions! Luckily all the children seemed to be on the nice list so they can expect a visit on Christmas Eve. Each class teacher was given a sack of presents but Santa gave them strict instructions that the presents MUST spend 72hours in quarantine and will be handed out on the last day of school.

A special thanks to our wonderful catering team who provided all the children with a delightful Christmas lunch on this special day. After lunch, the children were also treated to a virtual pantomime, 'Sleeping Beauty'!

Finally, thanks to all the staff who helped out on the day, it was wonderful to see all the children enjoying the Christmas festivities with their friends in their bubbles. A great day all round!  

Season of Advent 2020

Advent is an important part of the Christian calendar. It means 'coming' and it's the period before Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today.  It is a time for faith communities and families to remember, through prayer, reflections and good deeds what the true meaning of Jesus’ birth is.

There are many different traditions associated with the four weeks of Advent. Here at St Mary of the Angels we have been very busy reflecting and thinking about others. We packed over 650 Vinnie Packs for the homeless, donated winter coats and fleeces for the Calling London Winter Coat Campaign and most recently donated and gathered food and toiletries for the North Paddington Foodbank. Thank you to everyone for all your generosity and kindness.

Seeing as we are almost half way through the season of Advent, we would like to share with you some of our beautiful class prayer tables which reflects this special time of solace and remembrance as we await the birth of Jesus.

Pupils perform at the Trafalgar Square Tree Lighting Ceremony: Thursday 3rd December 2020

The Poetry Society premiered a new poem 'The Christmas Pine' by Julia Donaldson, at the recent Christmas tree lighting ceremony to welcome the iconic Norwegian Christmas tree to Trafalgar. Square  Three of our Year 6 pupils had the great honour of performing the poem following their participation in a recent poetry workshop lin school led by poet Coral Rumble.. You can find out more about the workshop in the section below.

The  tree lighting ceremony was a virtual one this year for the first time ever and premiered online on Thursday 3rd December. The Lord Mayor of Westminster invited all to gather online to enjoy the ceremony. Now more than ever, it is important to come together – even if that means doing so virtually! You can now visit the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and read the poem ‘The Christmas Pine’ on the banner until January 6th 2021. 

To view the ceremony and enjoy the premiere of  'The Christmas Pine' beautifully performed by Reinfrancis, Poppy and Fabio please go to https://youtu.be/jLTVSJoV87k

To view the animated version of the poem please click on the following link:

https://poetrysociety.org.uk/news/julia-donaldsons-the-christmas-pine-an-animated-introduction/

 

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Poetry Workshop & Lord Mayor of Westminster's Visit: Friday 20th November 2020

Pupils in Herons class had an amazing day on Friday 20th November with two special visitors coming to see them, the first of which was the celebrated poet Coral Rumble. Coral, the winner of the Caterpillar Poetry Prize in 2018 for her wonderful poem 'Mustafa's Jumper' led the pupils in a day long poetry workshop during which she likened poets to comedians as they have a similar purpose - to entertain and perform! The pupils were encouraged to use similes and personification to create their very own poems and there were plenty of opportunities throughout the day for them to perform their original work. 

As if this wasn’t wonderful enough, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Jonathan Glanz, paid a visit to our school to find out more about Coral's work with pupils in the borough as part of the Look North More Often project.

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Maths Week!

Exciting news!

St Mary of the Angels will be taking part in a London Maths competition, against lots of other primary schools in London. The competition will take place from 22nd June-26th June. Every child in Years 1-6 can take part and there are lots of prizes to be won!

This week, your class teacher will be calling you with your log-in details - have a piece of paper and a pencil ready to write them down! Then, you must go to the Sum Dog website 
https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in and enter your log-in details. Each pupil will need to log in and answer some maths questions every day next week to win prizes!

The prizes are:

  • The overall 1st place class will receive a Maths Week London trophy. Each pupil in the winning class will receive an app store voucher, either for Android or iOS.
  • 2nd and 3rd place classes will receive medals.
  • The top 3 pupils across London will receive medals and app store vouchers.

Click on the letter below for more details - good luck!!

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St. Mary of the Angels Self-Portrait Artist of the Year Competition

Winners Announced!!

Thank you so much to everyone who sent entries in for our first ever school wide art competition. Our judges were

Our judges were: Mrs Magda (LSA - Class JJ), Mrs Waine (SENCo) and Mrs Hafalla (School Governor). 

Our judges found it very hard, but we are delighted to announce our winners! Please see the attachment below to see the winning entrants from each class. 

Each winner will each receive a £10 book voucher in the post! 

 

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Tuesday 12th May 2020 is International Nurses Day 

International Nurses Day is a special occasion that happens annually where we can thank nursing staff globally for all their essential work. 2020 is also the International year of the Nurse and the Midwife. 

The 12th May also marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Florence was a nurse who saved many soldiers lives during the Crimean War. She became known as the 'Lady with the Lamp' as she carried a lamp to check on her patients during the night. She is remembered for making changes to improve the care of patients and showing others what an important  profession nursing is. To find out more, please visit our Home Learning pages. 

Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 is being celebrated around the world on Tuesday 11th February 2020The global theme is ‘together for a better internet’ and this year in the UK we are putting the focus on how young people explore and express their identity online. Everyone has their part to play in making the internet a better place.  During the week beginning the 10th February we will be sharing the Safer Interent Day message through age appropriate assesmblies and lessons. Parents and carers from all year groups are invited to our Digital Leaders assembly for our Key Stage 2 pupils on Tuesday 11th February at 9am. 

A range of resources to support parents and carers in helping keeping their children safe online are available by visiting the Online Safety page which can be found in the Parental Information tab and by clicking on the document below which contains links to a number of useful websites.

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Writing Showcase: Thursday 6th February 2020

Thank you to all who came along to our Writing Showcase. Our budding writers of all ages were inspired by the magical worlds they found hidden 'Behind the Door' of the nurture room in the Key Stage 1 playground.

 

Year 5 Residential: Sayers Croft 18 - 22 November 2019

Sayers Croft is a beautiful site, owned and run by Westminster City Council,  which has over 50 acres of woodlands, meadows, ponds and fields. It has been providing quality outdoor experiences for young people for over 70 years. St. Mary of the Angels has been taking our Year 5 pupils to Sayers Croft for the last 15 years and we are pleased to say that so far this week the weather has been chilly but bright and dry so the staff and pupils can enjoy all the wonderful activities on offer. For more information about Sayers Croft please click here or visit https://www.sayers-croft.org.uk/home 

Of course, the trip wouldn't be possible without the dedication of our staff who give up their time with family and friends to look after the pupils. A big thank you therefore to Miss Wakley, Mr Mittner, Mrs Zakhary and Miss Stephenson. 

Remembrance Day 2019

Class JJ started our Remembrance Day commemorations with a beautiful and very moving assembly on Friday 8th November. The pupils reminded us that the 11th November, or the the nearest Sunday to it, is a very special day when we remember and pray for the souls of all those who have fought in wars to ensure our country’s  freedom.  We do not just remember those who died in World War I and Word War II but those who have died in conflicts all around the world.  Class JJ's assembly was followed by a special assembly for our Key Stage 2 pupils on Monday 11th after which the whole school joined the nation in a 2 minute silence. The staff are incredibly proud of the reverence shown by the pupils from Nursery up to Year 6. Our class prayer tables continue to be a focus for our prayers for the fallen and all the dearly departed who we espcecailly pray for during the month of November. 

 

Class F's Trip on the Floating Classroom

On Tuesday 15th October 2019 Class F were lucky enough to be Pirates for the day on the Floatiing Classroom. We  journeyed from Paddington Basin all the way to Camden and enjoyed exploring our local area, identfying materials used in the enviroment on the way. We also got to make our own pirate treasure chests and hats and promised that we will never litter, and always do our best to recycle.

Anyone for Tennis?

On Tuesday 24th September 2019 twenty female pupils from St Mary of the Angels School were invited to take part in the ‘She Rallies’ programme which is delivered in partnership with Judy Murray, tennis coach and mother of former Number 1 British tennis player and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray. The event took place at the Westway Sports Centre and Judy Murray was there on the day so we were delighted that our school was the ony school invited to take part in this very special event.  The aim of the programme is to develop more opportunities for women and girls in tennis. For more information, click on the link below.

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After School Clubs

We have a few places available in our Key Stage 1 Art Club (Wednesdays) and Football Club (Mondays) and our Zumba Club (Tuesdays Years 2 - 5). Please contact the school office to book a place.

Class P's Assembly

Class P's assembly fell on May 10th 2019, the 79th anniversay of the day Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain for the first time in 1940. Class P think that raising morale at a time when the country needed it the most made Mr Churchill a great leader. They also learnt that young Winston faced lots of challenges at school which he overcame which showed great resilience. As well as having leadership qualities, Class P also shared that in order to succeed you need to have a dream. The pupils proudly shared their own dreams and identified people in their own lives who they think are good leaders. Class P closed their assembly by retelling the events of the Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples (John 13: 1-7). In doing so, we were reminded that Jesus, our Servant King, is the best leader we must strive to follow in all we think, do and say. Please click on the link below to find out more about the aspirations of our Year 1 pupils in Class P.

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Look Out Centre in
Hyde Park

On Friday 29th March Class F went to the Look Out Centre in Hyde Park. When we got there we learnt about the life-cycle of a butterfly. We learnt that there are different stages, called the egg, larva, pupa and adult. Next, we went to the pond to look for creatures that live in the pond. After that, we went on a nature trail and we had to answer some questions. The answers were hidden along the trail. Then we went back inside to do some painting. We got to do finger painting and painted a the life cycle of a butterfly. Finally, we had lunch then went back to school. It was a great trip and we learnt so much. Thank you to the teachers and parents that came on the trip with us.

By Meron, Kelly-Mae and Abrielle

Digital Blues

The Education Department at the Chelsea FC Foundation visited JI and JN on May 2nd 2019 as part of the 'Digital Blues' programme that aims to stimulate children’s interest and awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering, science and maths) through exciting and challenging activities. The children really enjoyed using coding to move the 'Geo Balls' around the mini football pitch. 'It was fun and challenging and I'd like to do it again' - Anastasia; 'The Geo Balls were little robots and we had to programme them with the tablet' - Senay.

 

Easter Bonnet Parade

 

Foundation Stage pupils had a wonderful afternoon on Thursday 4th April showcasing their amazing and creative Easter Bonnets in front of their families and classmates in our Easter Bonnet Parade. Well done to all for taking part and to the wonderful audience that always make this event so special.  Everyone was a winner but a special well done to the winners from Nursery and Class Q. What a joyous way to share your creative talent! 

World Book Day 2019: Vocabulary Parade

Mrs Hough’s request to dress as a word for our first ever Vocabulary Parade on World Book Day did not phase us one bit. Rather, it fired up our imaginations. The school was a riot of colourful costumes and varied vocabulary on the day and the ’Story in a Jar’ creations are amazing. The judges, led by head judge Mrs Claridge, had a difficult task selecting winners from each class but they rose to the challenge. The winners and runners up were announced at assembly on Friday 15th March. Well done to the following winners:

Foundation Stage: Nursery - Emmanuelle. Class Q - Chloe

Key Stage 1: Class P - Ava, Class G - Julia P, Class F - Elletra

Lower Key Stage 2: Class JD - Justin , Class JI - Aaron, Class JN - Tommy

Upper Key Stage 2: Class JJ - Edrich, Class JK - Liya, Class JL - Andrew

The prize for the winners is to order a book of thier choice to keep from the Scholastic website. 

The 'Story in a Jar' winners will be announced next week.

SPORTING NEWS: MARCH 2019

On Thursday 28th February, 9 of our Year 5 & 6 pupils represented our school at the Westminster Schools annual swimming gala at the Queen Mother Sport’s Centre.  The squad swam well individually and in teams with our boys bringing home the gold medal in the freestyle relay and bronze in the medley relay. Marcel and Giacomo won individual gold medals in backstroke and front crawl respectively with Gabriel taking the  silver in the in backstroke and Jeremiah the bronze in butterfly. Congratulations to them and the rest of the squad.

Congratulations too to our Year 6 boys football squad for reaching the final of the boys football tournament last term, losing narrowly on penalties to St. Joseph’s. A special well done to Hugo for being the top goal scorer in the tournament. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westminster Children's University Graduation: Friday 15th February 2019

Message from the Headteacher

St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School joined Westminster Children's University in October 2018 and I have been amazed by the range of extracurricular activities our pupils enjoy taking part in. Congratulations to all 134 pupils who graduated at the wonderful ceremony held at Westminster University. The staff and I are very proud of your achievements and your conduct and behaviour during the ceremony was exemplary. 

Mrs Wilson

Safer Internet Day 2019: Tuesday 5th February 

Our Year 6 Digital Leaders started our preparations for Safer Internet Day (SID) with a special assembly for our Key Stage 2 pupils and staff on Monday 4th February. This year's theme in the UK is 'Our Internet, our choice - Understanding consent in a digital world'. Well done Dieudonne, Kai, Mia, Essey, Jada, Jeremiah and Jonathan. 

Mrs Claridge and two of our Digital Leaders led the assembly for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils on Safer Internet Day. The story of Zap and Zoom helped the pupils to think about making good choices when online so we can look after ourselves and other people.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Safer Internet Workshop with Mrs WIlson and Miss Wakley on the day. 

For more information visit www.saferinternetday.org.uk or go the Online Safety section of the school website which can be found in the Parental Information section. 

 

Our Eucharistic Journey: Oh Come All Ye Faithful Assembly 14th December 2018

As part of our Eucharistic journey in this year of Adoremus , Mr Harrison set the pupis and staff a special challenge. Our task was to write and perform our own lyrics for the well known carol 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful' or sing the carol in a different way at our 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful' assembly on Friday 14th December. One of the many highlights of this special assembly was Class JD's performance of the orginal carol in simplified British sign language while JI's rendition of the hymn in Latin was very impressive. Please click on the links below to hear our Nursery and Reception pupils sinigng their wonderful version with the rest of the school joining in the last verse snd Class P singing 'Oh Come All Ye Loyal'. For more information on Adoremus please visit the Catholic Life of the School section of the website.

File icon: pptx Hands Up! Jesus is Born, Foundation Stage [pptx 4MB] Click to download
File icon: pptx Oh Come All Ye Loyal, Class P [pptx 3MB] Click to download
File icon: docx Lyrics Ji and JL [docx 14KB] Click to download
Shakespeare Exhibition Thursday 15h November 2018

Our first ever Shakespeare Fortnight here at St. Mary of the Angels saw the pupils spend the first two weeks of Term 2 studying the works of William Shakespeare. Each Key Stage took part in an exciting range of learning activities including drama, art, discussions and debates which resulted in some fantastic pieces of work. One of the many highlights of the project was the collaboration between our Upper Key Stage 2 classes and our youngest pupils in Nursery and Reception who delved into the romance and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Key Stage 1 studied A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lower Key Stage 2 studied Macbeth. Thank you to everyone who came to see the work for themselves when they joined pupils and staff at the wonderful Shakespeare Exhibition which took place after school on Thursday 15th November. To find out more please click on the document link below. 

File icon: pdf Shakespeare Fortnight & Exhibition [pdf 4MB] Click to download
Brigthen Up for CAFOD! 19th October 2018

Thank you on behalf of our team of Mini Vinnies to everyone who wore something bright to school today and made a donation to CAFOD. Together we raised £230! Our team of Mini Vinnies will be writing to pupils and parents/carers after half term to share more about their pledge to help our school community to continue to turn concern into action. Click here to find out more how CAFOD is supporting the people of Indonesia after the recent tsunami. 

Heavenly Father, You hold the whole world deep in your heart. Sharing our pains and burdens. Delighting in our joys and successes. We offer you our prayers – both spoken and unspoken – and ask you to hear us as we pray for others around your world. Amen.

Harvest Festival 2018

On Friday 5th October, pupils and staff came together for a special assembly to celebrate Harvest Festival. The tins, cans and other assorted foods that had been kindly donated by the families of St. Mary of the Angels took centre stage as we took time to thank and praise God for all we receive and the many blessings in our lives. Heather Neufville, a representative from the Westminster Foodbank, reminded us all how imprtant it is to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  As always, we could not help the organisations that we do without the support of the generosity of our school community. Thank you.

Foundation Stage Fun Day

On Friday 5th October, we had our annual Foundation Stage Fun day. Everyone had a wonderful time and it was lovely to see parents, carers, pupils, siblings and staff enjoying the day.  The bouncy castle, tombola and face painting were big hits once again and the cakes and burgers went down a treat. A big thank you to everyone that came and made it such a successful and enjoyable day for our school community.

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

Click on the myUSO logo above 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 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 ealrier this term. We hope you and your child enjoy exploring all the resources. 

Book Corner DIsplays

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 hold an annual 'Book Corner' competition in September. This year's theme is British authors. Our resident poet, Neal Zetter, and Maura Murphy, our school receptionist, were tasked with visiting each classroom and choosing an overall winner. After much deliberation, Class Ps 'Jungle Book' by Rudjard Kipling themed book corner was announced as the winner during a special assembly on Friday 28th September. During the assembly  Neal performed some of his new poems as well as some of our old favourites. Well done Class P and to all our other classes. More photos to follow soon.

Year 6 Production of The Adventures of Staggering Stan
Year 6 School Journey

Year 6 are enjoying an action packed week of adventure at YMCA Fairethorne Manor is Southampton this week (18 - 22 June). Activities include archery, abseling, zip wire, rock climbing and an obstacle course. They have been blessed with wonderful weather and are making the most of all that is on offer. A definite highlight is Wednesday evening's disco and we hope the pupils (and staff) have enough energy left to hit the dance floor!

Summer Fair 
Green for Grenfell

On the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, we showed our love and support for all those who died and have been affected by the tragedy by joining with the nation for a minute’s silence. Read more by clicking on the link below. 

Life Education Bus Annual Visit: 21st - 23rd May 2018

Corum Life Education’s ‘Life Bus’ will be parking up outside the school this Friday in preparation for our class and parents, sessions next week. The fun and engaging life skills sessions are aligned with the National Curriculum and support the school in deleivering aspects of the curriculum for Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship.  The pupils will get the chance to meet Harold the Giraffe (the puppet also know as ‘Healthy Harold’) and friends, have discussions and watch short age appropriate films about healthy eating, legal and illegal drugs and their effects, the body and how it works, friendships and their influence, and how choices and behaviours can affect dreams and aspirations.  Click here to see the programme overview and find out more about the sessions for each year group. Parents and carers are warmly invited to come and experience the wonder of the Life Bus at 3pm on Tuesday 22nd May. 

Science Week Showcase Event: Thursday 22nd March 2018

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

File icon: pdf Science Week Showcase 22 March 2018 [pdf 5MB] Click to download
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)

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.

The Duke of Cambridge meets members of the St. Mary of the Angels girls' football squad

On Thursday 13th July 2018, 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