Twende Pamoja celebrates the International Day of Peace
As part of the International Day of Peace celebrations on September 21st, 20 representatives from St. Mary’s joined over 300 pupils from schools in Edinburgh that are part of the Twende Pamoja link with Tanzanian schools to take part in a peace walk. The pupils were fantastic ambassadors and kept up their stamina, walking from Lauriston Hall, through The Meadows and into Holyrood Park. They finished their walk at the Scottish Parliament, where the children presented their ‘Global Vision’ of what they want the world to be like in the future to the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
Kilema Primary School, Tanzania
We have been connected with Kilema Primary School in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for over 4 years now. This connection has included exchange visits with teachers from both schools and we have shared our school work, photos and lots more! In September, we were very excited to have the opportunity to FaceTime some of the pupils at Kilema – it was great to be able to speak to and see each other. We both sang a song and said a quick ‘hello’ or ‘jambo’! In the future, we hope to continue these conversations on a more regular basis with the help of a 3G iPad.
To help in their community Primary 3b collected toiletries for people who were being housed in the locality. They sent out flyers advertising it in school and the local parish. The response was amazing!
Mock Court Case
Primary 7 have taken part in the Mock Court Case Project (http://www.mockcourt.org.uk/). The class was split into 2 teams – the defenders and the pursuers. They worked extremely hard to prepare themselves for a trial, with the children taking on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, gown makers, court artists, journalists and researchers. We attended the trials at Leith Court and the Edinburgh Sheriff Court against different teams from Edinburgh. Both groups won their trials and the pursuers scored enough points overall to make it through to the Mock Court Case Finals. They were competing against teams from across Scotland in the Edinburgh Central Hall and took part in another trial in front of 900 people, including 3 High Court judges! We were absolutely delighted to hear ‘St. Mary’s’ being declared the overall winners and were thrilled to share the news with the rest of the school.
Most classes in St. Mary’s learnt about Islam during R.E. as our Other World Religion this year. Lots of us visited Edinburgh Central Mosque where children said they felt relaxed, welcomed and learned a lot about Islam.
Some of us visited the Mosque kitchen where we were given huge portions of tasty food, some of us had never tried curry or spicy food before but we really enjoyed it!
Every year St. Mary’s takes part in the Euro Quiz, a national competition about Europe and the European Union where Primary 6 pupils meet with other schools in their local authority and compete for the chance to go to the national final at The Scottish Parliament. This year’s group of P6s came 3rd in all of Edinburgh after training hard on Wednesday lunch times and at home, well done!
At St. Mary’s we already learn French or Italian in our classes but some children from the upper school have also been to a lunch time club to learn Spanish with Miss Gordon. Ole!
Last year on European Languages Day, Primary 5 sampled food from; Poland, Italy, Spain, France and Greece. Some of us tasted food we had never tried before and agreed it was all very tasty!