Laudato Sí

At St Mary’s we try to think about how we treat each other and how we care for our common home. Last term, each class developed a project linked to the Pope’s letter to the world Laudato Sí in which he urges everyone to think carefully about how we are treating the world and the people in it and also to identify what we can do to help.

Many thanks to the parents and other visitors who came to see the children explain what they had been learning about.

Last week, representatives from year 5 and 6 visited St Mary’s and St Mark’s churches to talk to their church committees about how our school is helping to look after the environment and support people in our world who do not have the same opportunities as many of us.  They also represented the school at the town Civic Service on Sunday – where they read a poem about the environment written by year 6.  A big thank you to them for some excellent public speaking and for giving up their time during the evenings and weekend.

St Mary’s Pupil Chaplains

In July our new Pupil Chaplains were commissioned by Bishop Mark at Buckfast Abbey – they had applied for the post and then given presentations to illustrate what qualities they had to make them a good chaplain.  We are delighted to welcome them to this important role and of course to the assistant chaplains who will be helping them perform a range of duties in school.

You can find out more about what they will be dong on their notice board by the office and on the school website.

Leavers Mass

Thank you to all who came to Leavers’ Mass on the last day of term. We wish our year 6 leavers best wishes for their transition to secondary school and in the future.

Dorset School Games

St Mary’s athletics team were able to produce an excellent second place in the Dorset School Games Quad Kids event. Comprising of 75m sprint, 600m run, a broad jump and a throw the pupils worked extremely hard on a hot day to prove how talented they are and how their extra training has paid off. A special mention must go to Lauren who won best girl overall and Olivia for finishing third.

St Mary’s were the only single-form entry school to reach the final and achieving second place was an excellent achievement.

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Parish Tea Party

Singers from year 6 were welcomed at the Parish Tea Party where they entertained the parishioners with a selection of songs.  Many thanks to them for some lovely singing and to the parish for delicious cake!

Litter-pickers

Pupils have been very enthusiastic about the Plastic Free Schools Campaign and many children have been picking up litter both in and out of school. Some of them have even got some specialist equipment for picking up litter on the journey to school.

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Healthy Eating at St Mary’s

St Mary’s has a strong commitment to instilling in children the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and, as part of this we have developed a Healthy Eating policy, which is supported conscientiously by parents, staff and children. This letter gives more information on our commitment.