The Endangered Seahorses of Studland Bay

For their Laudato Si project this term, year 3 wrote non-chronological reports after learning all about the seahorses from Julia at The National Trust. We learnt about their habitat, diet, features and why they are an endangered species. Julia also informed us how The National Trust are aiming to protect and support these seahorses by planting more seagrass at low tide to sustain their habitat.

Swanage Community Awards Winner

St Mary’s is delighted to have been recognized in the Swanage Community Awards with the award for Young Person or People of the Year. This is in recognition of “the tremendous work they have done in their efforts for the environment, including working closely with groups like Sustainable Swanage and Surfers Against Sewage who awarded them with the status of plastic free school.”

You can read about some of the initiatives and activities that show this tremendous work here.

The award was presented to representatives of Years 5 and 6 at a ceremony held at The Band Stand on Tuesday 25 May. See the story and pictures on Swanage News.

Earlier, outgoing Mayor of Swanage Mike Bonfield had presented the award in school.

Fair Trade

In addition to enjoying Fairtrade breakfast, classes reasearched Fairtrade and tried some Fairtrade recipes; made some Guardians of the Rainforest gardens; wrote poems  and  produced information leaflets – look out for them at the Co Op this Thursday – there are some for the public to take away and find out why they should support Fairtrade. Many thanks to Swanage Co Op for donating a box of Fairtrade bananas for our breakfast! 

Holy Week at St Edward’s – Food Blessing

Details of special services during Holy Week are here.


The Church of the Holy Spirit & St Edward, Victoria Avenue, Swanage.

Food Blessing Święconka – Holy Saturday, 3rd April @ 11am

Please bring baskets filled with Easter food and chocolates.

We bring eggs (hardboiled and decorated) as a symbol of new life; bread as a symbol of the body of Christ; salt and pepper to add to our other Easter food and any other food you would like to be blessed.

We hope to see you there.

Operation Encompass

Text of letter sent to parents/carers on 12 March 2021:

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Dorset Police.

Operation Encompass is the notification to schools when a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse, this information will be shared with the schools.

Operation Encompass will ensure that senior safeguarding members of the school staff, (DSL/DDSLs) – known as a Key Adults – are trained to allow them to receive information from the police and to use the information that has been shared, in confidence, while ensuring that the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident.

We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and we believe this will be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

 

Maria Gadston

Head Teacher

Hats on for the Homeless

Last Friday, our pupil chaplains organised our annual Hats on for the Homeless event to support St. Mungo’s. Although we were few, we still managed to raise around £70 by wearing our hats and eating cake! We know some of our pupils at home were also wearing their hats whilst they worked. Well done and many thanks!

Carol Singing!

Year 6 brought great joy to the residents of York House Rest Home today when they stood outside and sang Christmas songs and carols.  The tennis players at Beach Gardens seemed to have enjoyed the singing too!