We really appreciated the size of our lovely new hall when we celebrated the lighting of the first Advent candle on Friday afternoon. Lots of parents came to share with Father and the whole school.
Years 3 & 4 were lucky enough to be invited to the Teddy Bear Concert given by the Kings Chamber Orchestra at Emmanuel Baptist Church. They listened to music by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, as well as music from the films Frozen and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Year 3 picked a damp, cold and grey day for their morning at Studland, but it didn’t stop them enjoying themselves. In support of our topic work we tried fire-lighting (unsuccessfully!) and shelter-building. We also took a very enjoyable tramp through the woods, foraging for things our ancestors might have eaten.
A big thank you to the PTA and helpers, and to Mrs Meteau, Mrs Gadston, Mrs Harwood and Mr Wollen for a super half-hour of bedtime stories. More than seventy children braved the grizzly weather and enjoyed fairy-light-lit classrooms, stories and hot chocolate.
We held a celebration Mass in our school hall on Wednesday 19 November, attended by parents, governors and friends of the school. The Mass was jointly led by The Right Reverend Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, and our own Father Tony. It was a joyous occasion, after which Bishop Mark blessed each class, their teachers and their classroom. There will be more photos to follow.
At the invitation of Swanage British Legion members of Year 6 visited the War Memorial on 11th November and took part in the annual service. They helped to lay a commemorative cross for every person from Swanage who died in WWI and WWII. They used information from the memorial to create a centenary thanksgiving display in school for all the Swanage men who died in WW1. They also helped raise money by selling poppies every day before school and during registration.
The rest of the school gathered in the school hall for assembly, last post and two minutes silence.
The PTA thought it would be a good idea to support Children in Need this year on Friday 14th November. The children’s charity has supported children’s projects in the UK since 1980 and has raised over £650 million.
There is no pressure to do so and no pressure about how much you want to donate. If your child can dress up in a ‘spotty’ way we are asking for donations from anyone who does want to dress up and support the cause.
Sorry for the late notice but we’re sure you can all dig out something spotty at home if you want to join in!
Thank-you for your support and we’ll look forward to seeing your spots!!
Catherine Starmer-Howes (PTA secretary)