Breaking news! The Christmas chicks, which were purchased for our Ugandan partner school with the proceeds from our Christmas concerts and carol services, are all grown up and laying plenty of eggs!
Congratulations and best wishes to all our children who celebrated their first communion on Sunday 15 July 2018.
Y5 were VIP guests at the official opening of Swanage Youth Hostel after its £1.5 million refurbishment. They accompanied the mayor and CEOs of the Youth Hostel to cut the ribbon before being treated to a delicious lunch and some enormous ice-creams! After lunch they had a session learning about dinosaurs and fossil-hunting on the Jurassic Coast and even had the opportunity to go panning for fossils. An amazing day and thank you to everyone at Swanage Youth Hostel for inviting our pupils to be part of this event.
We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Regular visitors to the website will have seen many of the events that we have attended as part of our commitment to children’s sport and competition.
Congratulations to Mr White, PE coordinator, to all the children who have taken part, and to parents and other members of staff who have contributed their time.
A big thank you to the Swanage crew from Dorset Fire & Rescue who visited St Mary’s this morning. They joined in our whole-school morning run then showed us round (and through!) their amazing offroad fire engine.
Many thanks to all parents and carers who sent in plants for the Mary Procession. Green club are looking forward to planting them around school.
We held a special assembly to showcase the winners of our art competition for Purbeck Arts Week 2018. Well done to everyone who entered our competition, and congratulations to all the winners. Thanks also to Mrs Gray for organizing the fantastic art show of all the work we have done in class for Purbeck Arts Week, and to all the parents, family and friends who came to view.
We have recently set up a link with a Catholic Primary School in Poland. Look here for more details.
Year 5 have been working with CAFOD to write and perform speeches that speak out on behalf of those who are less fortunate than us. They have spent time over the last few weeks collecting information and then organising this into a speech which they performed in front of their class. The winning 4 speaking pairs then performed again in front of year 5 and 6 and some invited guests including out town Mayor Mr Mike Bonfield. Many thanks to all our visitors on the afternoon, to Bea (our CAFOD link teacher), and of course to Year 5 themselves for all their hard work. You can find more pictures of this event on the Year 5 class page.
Year 6 have been using their persuasive writing skills to write letters to Mr White to persuade him to buy some Fairtrade match balls. When Bea had heard about this she kicked off the collection with a donation of a new Fairtrade football!
Year 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed a show by the Watoto Children’s Choir at Emmanuel Baptist Church.