At St Mary’s we try to think about how we treat each other and how we care for our common home. Last term, each class developed a project linked to the Pope’s letter to the world Laudato Sí in which he urges everyone to think carefully about how we are treating the world and the people in it and also to identify what we can do to help.
Many thanks to the parents and other visitors who came to see the children explain what they had been learning about.
Last week, representatives from year 5 and 6 visited St Mary’s and St Mark’s churches to talk to their church committees about how our school is helping to look after the environment and support people in our world who do not have the same opportunities as many of us. They also represented the school at the town Civic Service on Sunday – where they read a poem about the environment written by year 6. A big thank you to them for some excellent public speaking and for giving up their time during the evenings and weekend.
St Mary’s Pupil Chaplains
In July our new Pupil Chaplains were commissioned by Bishop Mark at Buckfast Abbey – they had applied for the post and then given presentations to illustrate what qualities they had to make them a good chaplain. We are delighted to welcome them to this important role and of course to the assistant chaplains who will be helping them perform a range of duties in school.
You can find out more about what they will be dong on their notice board by the office and on the school website.
Singers from year 6 were welcomed at the Parish Tea Party where they entertained the parishioners with a selection of songs. Many thanks to them for some lovely singing and to the parish for delicious cake!
Pupils have been very enthusiastic about the Plastic Free Schools Campaign and many children have been picking up litter both in and out of school. Some of them have even got some specialist equipment for picking up litter on the journey to school.
It’s official: the work we have done, led by our green team, has given us Plastic-Free School status. Let’s keep it up and get even better at reducing our plastic use.
The letter got damaged in the post!
The Green Team presented their petition to managers of Co-op and Budgens asking that they try and reduce unnecessary plastic packaging in their stores. Since our last visit to Budgens they have switched to paper bags instead of plastic for customers to use when buying loose fruit and veg.
Pupils from Years 3 & 4 took part in our first hockey tournament which took place here at St Mary’s School on our astro pitch.
Congratulations to our Year 4 team who came first and our Year 3 team came who third. A special mention goes to our Year 3 team as this was the first time many of them had played hockey in tournament before, and they showed some great team work and excellent hockey skills.
Thank you to Crab Apple Catering for supplying all children with a delicious cake, after the event.
The following week our Year 5 & 6 hockey team went to the Purbeck School to take part in St Mary’s Hockey tournament on the larger astro pitch. This pitch is also home to Swanage and Wareham Hockey Club, and we wanted to give the children the opportunity to play hockey on a full-size pitch.
The final match came down to Year 5 versus Year 6 with the winner becoming the overall tournament winners. It was a fantastic final – full of effort, determination and great team work from both teams – with Year 6 winning 3-0.
A big thank you to Swanage and Wareham Hockey club for sponsoring this event with medals, trophies, and umpires.
The event is in its fourth year now and was another great success giving over 60 local primary school children the opportunity to take part in some competitive hockey.
On Friday 24th May, St Mary’s will be supporting ‘Bring £1.00 to Work / School day. Organised by Wessex FM, who have selected Mosaic this year as their chosen charity. (Please note this is not a dress down day)
Mosaic was created to fill the gap in the provision of bereavement services for children and young people across the county. They provide counselling for children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one through any cause of death. They also offer support to families facing the death of a loved one.
As a school we been fortunate to have accessed help from Mosaic for our own children and families within the school. We also received staff training from Mosaic for our ELSA staff to enable them to support children appropriately.
Please see below link for more information on Mosaic. If you feel able to support this very worthwhile course, please send a £1.00 in with your child on Friday.
We visited our local supermarkets, Budgens and Co-op, once again, this time to collect signatures for our petition. We now have over 300 signatures from our local community and hope to collect even more. Soon we will be sending our petition off to the supermarkets and hope that they do something about this tragedy of plastic waste.
Written by Dobrusia (Y6)
Easter Blessings as we return to school for the summer term. We have now entered the season of Eastertide which started, as can be seen from the photo, with the most beautiful sunrise. Many people gathered to worship together on Swanage beach, to celebrate this important day.
Year 6 children from St Mary’s Catholic and St Mark’s CE primary schools came together on April 3rd in Swanage Parish Church to learn about and sing Vespers with Fr Tim Lewis and the Team Rector, Very Revd John Mann, and directors of music Simon Lole and David Fawcett. We had a great time, culminating in a beautiful service attended by many parents. We’re looking forward to the next occasion when we can sing and worship together in this special way.