Children's Rights and Citizen UK Celebration Event: delivering letter to the Department of Education
Following some workshops with UCL students about children’s basic rights to education, housing and health a group from Year 5 travelled to Westminster for a celebration event with other schools who took part in conjunction with Citizens UK. Their artwork was displayed and the children themselves performed a powerful piece about children’s basic human rights. Mr. Wright also spoke brilliantly about the effects of a hostile environment on schools and families.
They then marched to the Department of Education and presented a report and a letter requesting a meeting with the Children’s Minister to discuss the issues which affect children at St. Mary’s and across the UK when the basic rights of housing, health and education are denied.
This is a real example of children being courageous advocates for society and we are very proud of them all.
Petition for a Safer Crossing outside school
The School Council have been busy obtaining signatures for their petition to make changes to the crossing outside school. We are requesting the provision of a lollipop person, changing the timings on the crossing and installing school crossing signs.
The School Council members have been getting signatures from parents, passersby, local shops and businesses and the church community. Members even met with TFL representatives to highlight the issues and hope to present their petition to Lewisham Council and TFL soon. Have you signed our petition? If not, please do so. It only takes 2 minutes and it could save a life.
Students from Year 5 visited Lewisham Hospital this week as part of their community project. The purpose of the visits was to visit the elderly on Oak and Elm wards and to have conversations with the patients about their earlier life experiences during the war and whilst at school.
The children had such interesting conversations and heard about evacuations, rationing, telephone boxes and life before computer games were even invented! The children also developed their confidence and social skills and were perfect ambassadors for St. Mary’s school. T
he children will now do some creative writing and artwork which is due to be exhibited – so watch this space
The children have been making plans to improve the Air Quality in our local community. St Mary’s are delighted that we have received a grant to help create a ‘living wall’ of plants which will help to cut pollution. We have also been encouraging the children to walk to school wherever possible – which is good exercise and better for the environment. Here you can see pictures of the children parking their bikes and scooters at school.
It brightened our day to receive this picture from Marion, a lay reader at St Mary’s Church. Children from our school planted Spring bulbs in the Church grounds in 2018, and on Easter Sunday they produced a wonderful display of flowers. Well done to all of the children who are helping to improve our local community.