Swanage Food Bank

Please note that the Swanage Food Bank accepts self-referals. If you feel you need their help, you can call them on 07759 230313 .

The Food Bank has been so busy this week they’ve run out of all desserts – tinned fruit, custard, milk puddings, instant puddings. They’ve also no meat products left, including Frey Bentos pies, cold meats and tins of minced beef, stew, chilli con carne, chicken in sauce etc. Packets of rice, and tinned vegetables are also low in stock. The luxuries of sweets and chocolates have been used up, which aren’t strictly necessary but lift the clients’ hearts a bit at this difficult time.

Gifts can be left in the Food Bank containers in the following locations

  • Co-op
  • Budgens
  • Costcutters
  • Spa (Arkwrights)
  • at the Food Bank (the Food Bank which is open from 12-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Salvation Army Lower Hall in King’s Road East)
  • in the porch just inside the All Saints building.

All contributions will be really appreciated.

Home Learning Update

Please note that teachers will continue to add content to their home learning class pages on the school website weekly whilst schools are closed. There are also many links to other ideas, activities and websites under the Home Learning link. In addition, from tomorrow there will be daily lessons for each year group on BBC Bitesize, and also from Oak National Academy.

We have also found this very useful and reassuring explanation of Coronavirus for children.

Father Tim & online resources for Easter & prayer

Father Tim

Father Tim is uploading Mass to YouTube

Stations of the Cross

This activity is based on a version of the Via Crucis used by Pope John Paul II at the Colosseum in Rome; it can be used to engage children in the Passion story. Working through each station, allow time for the children to reflect on each state of the story and complete the activity. Say the prayer together before moving to the next station.

Family liturgy & prayer resources from TenTen

Daily prayer and Sunday liturgy resources that we use in school.


Home Learning

You may be having trouble accessing some of the online learning resources, eg TTRockstars. With most children now at home and many adults working from home, servers and internet services face a massively increased load. Please be patient and use non-internet suggestions for working at home. Don’t forget to keep looking at this page for more ideas from St Mary’s teachers.

Also, please remember that this is not home-schooling and you are not expected to be your child’s teacher. Do some reading, do some writing, do some maths – but use the novelty of being at home too: telling the time, cooking, shopping and money, seasons and growing/living things around them, helping out, child-led learning/projects, drawing/sketching and definitely time to play.