News & Projects

Here's the latest news and information on life at St. Mary's.

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We are Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Marks have been awarded to 200 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 3500 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science,  enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

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Jigsaw PSHE

Ms Seale launched our new PSHE scheme in Collective Worship and shared our topic for the half term which is ‘Being Me in My World.’ The new scheme is called Jigsaw.

Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.

To find out more about Jigsaw, go to www.jigsawpshe.com

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Science Museum Visit

Blue class had a material workshop at the science Museum on Friday. The focus was to explore different materials around us and their uses. We explored the different materials in the ‘Garden and the Space Centre’ in other to answer our enquiry question: Does the material used for different objects have an effect on what it is used for?

We investigated an astronaut’s suit to find out about the different materials it consists of and why it had been used but our most memorable experience was travelling through the different planets in digital Space.

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Anti-Radicalisation Workshops

Year 5 and Year 6  took part in an ‘Anti-Radicalisation’ workshop, which actively promotes positive values including equality and diversity – supporting schools in relation to SMSC and the British Values requirement.

They incorporate storytelling and activities to help young children understand difficult issues like terrorism and radicalisation in a supportive and age-appropriate manner.

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Year 4 visit HMS Belfast

Our year four pupils were all ship “shape and Bristol fashion” as they set of to London to visit one of the cities greatest landmarks. HMS Belfast.

Built by Messrs Harland & Wolff in 1936, HMS Belfast was launched by Anne Chamberlain, wife of the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, on St Patrick’s Day in 1938. After fitting out and builder’s trials, HMS Belfast was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 5 August 1939 under the command of Captain G A Scott DSO RN.

Designed for the protection of trade and offensive action she was immediately called into service patrolling the northern waters in efforts to impose a maritime blockade on Germany. However, disaster struck after only two months at sea when HMS Belfast hit a magnetic mine. There were few casualties but the damage to her hull was so severe she was out of action for three years.

After the Second World War HMS Belfast played an active role in the Korean War from 1950-1952 working with other Allied Forces to support the retreating American and South Korean troops. Her final years were spent performing peace-keeping duties until she was retired from service in 1963.

As early as 1967 the Imperial War Museum had been investigating the possibility of preserving a Second World War cruiser. This led to the formation of a trust, headed up by one of HMS Belfast’s former captains Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles. After some years the trust was successful and HMS Belfast was brought to London opening to the public on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1971. Today she is the last remaining vessel of her type – one of the largest and most powerful light cruisers ever built.

The children had an amazing day exploring all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea. The most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. We took some pictures om the day, which can be seen in the galery below.

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Bishop’s Certificate

As you are aware, Governors play a key role in developing and improving their school; clarity about the role of Governing Bodies is crucial to an effective partnership between Governors and the Head Teacher and staff. The Bishop of Southwark acknowledges this important role played by Governors of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Southwark.  He encourages Governors to work towards this certificate which aims to clarify the role of the Governing Body in a Church of England school.  The Bishop’s Certificate course is designed for the whole Governing Body.

Below is a list of the modules covered:

  • Module 1: The nature and purpose of church
  • Module 2: Admission policies
  • Module 3: The curriculum
  • Module 4: Teaching and Learning
  • Module 5: Self Evaluation and Inspection
  • Module 6: Effective governance
  • Module 7: School buildings
  • Module 8: Religious Education and Collective Worship
  • Module 9 & 10: Staffing

I am very pleased to let you know that our Governing Body has been awarded the Bishop’s Certificate which is a huge achievement.  We will be presented the certificate at Southwark Cathedral next week. Please join with me in congratulating our Governors, who are volunteers, for their achievement, alongside their commitment and support of our School.

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Day of Inspiration

Creative Club had a Day of Inspiration and visited interesting London sites. They recorded observations and took photographs to create research for creative writing and storytelling.

Creative Club visited the following places:

  • Tate Modern
  • Lambeth Palace
  • Premier Media

The girls had a truly wonderful day and their behaviour was exemplary. We took some pictures and shot a video of the day, which can be seen on this page. Please click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Video:

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Gallery:

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