Ahoy!

Children from our school choir finally took part in the performance of Ahoy! which they have been working towards for months. What a super evening! Children from local primary schools, ex-St Mary’s pupils, a large adult choir and a super band, as well as dancers from the Ranger School of Dance, all celebrating the recovery of the Mary Rose with sea shanties and new music. Thank you as always to Jay Buckle for leading us in this uplifting venture.

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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.

Nakirebe Primary School – Uganda

They have started work on repairing the roof and toilets at Nakirebe Primary school – many thanks for all the donations of cakes last term. Our fund raising, combined with generous donations over Easter from the local Easter breakfast, has meant that we have been able to send £1000.

You can also see from the pictures that a large container has arrived. This is the result of a lot of work with another sponsor in the UK. We did send some things to go into the shipment and plan is that the container will be kept by them and fitted out as a play room for the younger pupils.

Last time Brother John visited us he took back some seeds to grow hoping that is would help to vary the vegetable diet for the orphans. As you can see he has been very successful with the courgettes and the sweetcorn is looking good too!!

Many thanks, as always, for your continued support of our link school in Uganda.