We will be celebrating Las Posadas again as part of our Advent preparations. The ‘Holy Family’ were brought to our class liturgies by our chaplains and blessed, ready to start their journey visiting your homes. The children will take turns to take Mary, Joseph and the donkey home during Advent to give them a home for the night.
After taking part in the town Act of Remembrance at the war memorial year 6 made a collage to place in St Mary’s Parish Church for the Town Remembrance Service and parade. There is a labelled poppy for each man and woman on the memorial.
Keep your eyes on our website to see the other activities we took part in during COP26!
Children from Year 6 attended the Armistice Day service held at Swanage War Memorial, laying crosses and poppies to remember and honour those of our community who have lost their lives in conflict. The remainder of the school observed two minutes silence in the school playground.
Following our extremely successful sponsored walk last term we had a visit from School in a Bag charity so we could pack the school bags we bought – 65 of them! The Year 6 chaplains helped set up the assembly line and children from years 2 & 3 packed a bag each. Each bag has exercise books, stationery, a lunch box, spork, water bottle, toothbrush and toothpaste, flannel. Each bag is individually numbered so we should be able to track them and see the children who have received them. Our bags are going to children in Haiti.
Artworks from our autumn art competition are on view at Durlston in the Bellevedere Room until Friday 26 November.
This year, as part of their Remembrance commemorations, we were invited to contribute to the Keep Museum’s Poppy Cascade. Year 6 made and labelled 164 poppies for the display – one for each of the men and women on the Swanage war memorial.
Thank you to everyone who donated items to help fill the Rotary shoeboxes again this year. These are just a few of the bags of goodies that we were able to send off on the last day of half term – your compassion and generosity is very much appreciated and will help to ensure that people who do not have the same opportunities as us will be able to enjoy some treats this Christmas.
We are delighted to have been invited by the Diocese to be part of their Intergenerational Project. This involves linking with a local care home and then spending time throughout the year getting to know the staff and residents and sharing activities with them. Year 6 have made a start by making some pictures that show the kind of things we like to do and are waiting to hear back from the residents who live there.
Year 6 led a whole school worship for World Peace Day – exploring how we might be peace makers.