Harvest Mass

What a celebration of harvest! Rainbow colours as part of CAFOD’s Brighten up for Harvest, gifts of food for Swanage Food Bank and many parents and grandparents as guests.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Year 4 held a very successful coffee morning on Wednesday 7 October 2015, raising £265 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done Year 4, Mrs Horley, Mrs DeLeon and their helpers.


Uganda Fund Raising

We held a fund-raising afternoon on Tuesday 13 October, organised by the school council, and generating £215 for our partner school in Uganda. Well done to the school council, and thank you to all who contributed or attended.

Anti-Bullying Conference

On Monday 12th October Mrs Horley took our Year 6 School Councillors to Dorchester to attend the annual Anti-Bullying Conference. It was led by Dorset Youth Council and our students worked with other children from primary and secondary schools across Dorset. We attended 3 different workshops and the had the opportunity to start discussing how we can implement our action plan at St. Mary’s. We will be working hard over the next few weeks ready to launch our ideas in time for Anti-Bullying week which is 16th November.

CAFOD Fast Day

Bea, from Cafod, took assembly and told us about this year’s Cafod Fast Day.  We are planning to ‘Brighten Up for Harvest’ next week when we celebrate our Harvest Mass. Year 4 and 5 took part in workshops linked to children’s rights. Year 6 explored some traditional forms of African art and then spent time finding out about typical living conditions for rural families in Kenya.

Uganda Visit 2015

The exciting news is that we are off to Uganda again in October.  We will be staying at Nakirebe Primary School with Brother John and can’t wait to see the results of the donations made by so many people in school and the wider community over the last three years, since we were last there.  This will include the new hall and infirmary building, the water filter system and the classroom block which must be fairly near completion now.

As you may know the reciprocal visits between St Mary’s School and Brother John’s School are funded by a grants from the British Council through the Reciprocal Visit Programme.

We are hoping that some fundraising activities will take place before we go and this money will be used towards buying educational resources for the school; last time we took quite a lot with us however we have been advised that it is actually cheaper and benefits the economy more if we take money and buy pens, pencils, paper etc when we are there. We will also explore the possibility of purchasing mosquito netting for the orphan dormitories.  We took pre made nets last time but these aren’t always big enough as their bunk beds are 3 tiered.   We will also be making some classroom resources to take with us – posters etc.

We will be talking about Uganda at 2.45pm  on 7th October and you are all most welcome to come and find out a little bit more about our Ugandan partnership.  We look forward to seeing you then.  If you can’t make that date Mrs Meteau will be giving a talk on 4th October at Swanage URC at 4.30pm.