Community Life Blog – Celebrating our Christian Distinctiveness
St Mary’s – Learning with love, strength and faith: following the example of Jesus
Friday 20th December 2017
As we come to the end of the term it has been an opportunity to reflect upon all that has happened at SMV recently. Your children never cease to amaze us and despite all the coughs and colds they have smiled through, continued to do their best as they have shown they learn with Love Strength and Faith in all that they do.
It’s often the little things that make a difference to us and standing on the playground this morning, watching children joyously playing, singing and laughing we noticed how they support each other in the smallest but most meaningful ways; inviting each other to join in games, helping each other up after they slip over and picking up each other’s coats and gloves that have got left behind- you should be very proud of the young people they are becoming.
What a pleasure to follow Miss Banks and the school choir up to the village Christmas lunch last week, where they were able to interact and entertain us all with their beautiful pure voices. Thank you to those of you who made it up to the Christmas service this morning. It was a beautiful service that reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas as the reception children made a tableau at the front depicting the nativity scene, while some of the older children led us in prayer, Bible readings, songs and even an instrumental solo, combining to tell the Christmas story.
Friday 1st December 2017
It was a magical sight this week watching 91 faces full of the awe and wonder of the natural world as a few snowflakes fell from the sky. Children’s joy is a wonderful thing to be around and reminds us what a privilege it is to work with them. As we move into the advent season, we are reflecting on our Christian value this term; generosity. Our own ‘star of generosity’ has appeared in the hall full of generous ideas to try out over advent. We will turn over a star every day in our collective worship and look forward to giving and receiving small acts of generosity!
Arriving on the gate today your children looked amazing in their pyjamas and Christmas outfits. They were also delighted to see their teachers dressed in Christmas hats, pyjamas and jumpers- its put us
all in the mood for Christmas, and with the fair tomorrow it
couldn’t be better timing! Thank you for your own generosity, supporting with your time, your donations and your good spirit – we look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas fair tomorrow from 12 -2pm as the school is transformed by our amazing PTFA volunteers – thank you all of you.
Monday 12th- Friday 17th November – Anti Bullying Week & Children in Need
It was children leading the learning all the way this week. From anti-
bullying week badge making to running for Children in Need today, our children continue to shine. Thank you to the Class Champions for all their organisation and support.
Visitors to the school continue to be impressed by all that is happening and showing prospective parents around today was a real pleasure, as we saw the joy and hard work happening in every classroom.
We welcomed Jono back to Collective Worship this week and we enjoyed hearing children singing in tune with his guitar, as he brought joy to the children, as they listened to Bible stories and through our theme of Generosity.
St Mary’s Families were also invited to be a part of Anti-Bullying
Week with an E-Safety Workshop. If you would like to see a copy of the presentation please click on the link below.
Learning through Love Strength and Faith, following the example of JesusOur vision, seen in all that we do, was on full display again last week when we spent a morning working in our houses learning about love strength and faith. Each classroom had a different activity going on
Will and Olly told us: “In the love activity we decorated hearts that had the names of all those we love on. In the strength classroom we had to try not to make each other laugh! In faith – we heard a story of a captain of a pirate ship and how he saved the day- we did some clever newspaper folding to change a captain’s hat into a life jacket! Finally, we read bible stories that inspire us with love strength and faith, and put our thoughts and ideas onto our Love Strength and Faith tree.”
Thank you to those parents who came along to the afternoon’s assembly to see what we have been up to. Mrs F Taylor