Year 6 students attend Swanage Town Council Meeting

Year 6 were invited to send representatives to attend a Swanage Town Council Beach Management Committee meeting. They were exceptionally fortunate as the meeting took place at the town’s new RNLI Station, which is still being completed and is closed to the public. They were the first school group to have a tour! 

The School Council and Green Team members discussed aspects of the town’s tourism industry with their families and peers before each writing two questions to ask at the meeting. 

Their questions were: 

  • Why are there no bins on the beach?
  • Could we have a splash park in the town?
  • Why is there no green area where we can play sport without dogs mess?
  • Why do boats come so close to the shoreline?
  • Can you make the locks on the toilet doors easier to use? 
  • Could you close the seafront all year around?

They brought the committee’s answers back to share with their classmates.  

British Values in Years 5 & 6

Mrs Meteau’s class have been discussing British Values and making posters of each value to display in their classroom.

Brother John Visit

It was lovely to welcome Brother John to our school once again. We held a celebration assembly and Brother John visited each class during the course of his week with us. The children are fascinated to hear about the life of his school in Uganda, and the lives of the children there. We fundraise all year round to help and it is rewarding for us all to see and hear about the changes Brother John has been able to make at Dr Archbishop Kiwanuka School & Nakirebe Primary School.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Year 4 will be taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, on Tuesday 11 October from 9 – 10am in the school hall. We would welcome donations of cakes, labelled and delivered to the school hall on the morning of 11 October!

There will be tea and coffee available for a donation towards the charity, along with a variety of games and a raffle that year 4 will be organising. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible, and it will give you the chance to have a natter with friends.

We thought that children in Key Stage 2 (years 3-6) might like the opportunity to buy a cake at break time. They will be able to do this with their class teacher, if they bring in some change for the charity. Cakes will range from 30p – £1.

Year 4 look forward to seeing you!

UNICEF Global Goals assembly

In September 2015, World Leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development: seventeen goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next fifteen years.

  1. End extreme poverty.
  2. Fight inequality and injustice.
  3. Fix climate change.

St Mary’s held a whole school assembly this morning in support of these goals. To find out more you can read the UNICEF page, or watch this film. There’s also a Global Goals Comic Book, or a Global Goals booklet (written by and for children).



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.