Chicks in Year 1!

One of the highlights of the year! This year’s chicks began to hatch on Monday. For more details, ask anyone in year 1.


British Values Day

We spent a day celebrating British values across the school. These values are democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Everybody came to school dressed in the colours of our national flags and each class undertook activities to develop their understanding and celebrate these integral values. The highlight of the day was when the whole school took part in a ballot to vote for an animal to become our national symbol. There were hustings with campaign speeches by groups of year 4, 5 & 6 children, followed by a whole school vote.

Swanage Town Council meeting with Year 6

Councillor Bonfield and Nicola Clark, from the Town Hall, visited school to meet with 5 representatives from Year 6 who had previously attended a Beach Management Meeting.  All 5 had asked pertinent questions at the meeting and were keen to receive updates on topics such as: bins, dogs on beaches, safer swimming area, speeding boats, first aid and lifeguards.

We found out that many of our ideas have been discussed at further meetings and learnt about the process the councillors have to go through whilst effectively liasing with many other agencies.

We were most interested to hear how one beach legislation has been rewritten due to St Mary’s pupils asking for an explanation of the complicated language used in it. We have also been asked to help with designing a poster for dog owners after our pupils asked for clarification of local legislation.

Councillor Bonfield was very keen to encourage all pupils to contact the Town Hall or himself if they have any questions or suggestions.

Want to Play a Musical Instrument?

Come and have a go! The Purbeck Instrument Loan Scheme are holding an open drop-in session at The Swanage School on Thursday 16 June, from 3.45 to 4.45pm. Try out different orchestral instruments: saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, flute, trumpet, euphonium, trombone, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.