St Mary’s First Ever Hardball Cricket Match

Eight Year 5 and 6 pupils travelled to Parley to represent the  school in the Dorset Under-11 Hard Ball Pairs Competition.

They all played well, showcasing excellent sportsmanship and team spirit.

Unfortunately they were not victorious, but they should all be very proud of their performance.

Green Team Gardening

The Green Team have been planting the flowers from the Mary Procession. They are also planning some raised beds for summer vegetables, and planting giant sunflowers in and around the school ground.

Thank you to all parents, family and friends who contributed plants to the procession.

Swanage Mayor meets with Year 6

Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.

We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.

In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.

The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.

Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:

  1. That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
  2. To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.

New Behaviour Policy

The school council have been working on a new Behaviour Policy. They met for a meeting to decide what should be included, then their ideas were discussed with each class so that every child had a say in the policy. You can see their work in each classroom, as well as around the school.