You may remember that we collected money at our school carol service to buy seeds and tools to support our partner school in Uganda. They wanted to extend the areas which they can cultivate for food but to do this they needed to clear areas of bush, prepare the land and plant seeds. As you can see from the following pictures the crops are not only planted but growing well! Many thanks, as always, for your continued support.
Family Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated at St Edward’s on 14 April at 9am.
On Saturday 20 April, Holy Saturday, there will be a food blessing service at 11am.
Bienvenidos a la escuela primaria de Santa Maria!
What a brilliant day we had, with amazing Flamenco workshops and displays, Spanish activities, tapas, a delicious paella.
It was amazing – Lily, Y1
I liked the paella; I ate it all! – Benjamin, Y1
I really enjoyed the day – Florelyn, Y1
We really liked the Flamenco – Carlos, Y1
What a sight! Congratulations to all the runners who took part: our brilliant children, staff, parents, siblings, friends and family, firefighters and lifeboat crew. Also our support team of stampers and drinks monitors. The total number of laps recorded was 2896 which we think is over 1000km (or the distance to drive from Swanage to Inverness!). A great St Mary’s occasion.
Recent pictures from our Polish link school: a green team project on climate change. Children at St Mary’s will shortly be working on a similar project.
As a school we are holding a fast day on Wednesday 3 April 2019. We are not asking you or your children to fast, but to think about a luxury or treat you regularly eat that you could forego for a day, or a week, or all of Lent. Any money you save in this way would be welcomed as a donation that we will send to CAFOD to support our neighbours in other parts of the world.
More information on the CAFOD website.
Year 6 children spent an interesting morning measuring the speed of traffic outside our school gates. Speeding motorists were encouraged to think about the safety of our children, staff and parents, and the reasons for a 30mph limit around the school.
Year 2 represented St Mary’s in style at the Douglas Strickland Bursary 30th anniversary awards evening on Tuesday. They recited a choral poem about Christopher Columbus which they have been learning as part of their topic about Explorers.
We attended the evening to receive a donation from the bursary, with which we have purchased some class sets of books to support the teaching of reading across the school.
A huge thank you must be said to the bursary as we have received many generous donations over the years which we have used to buy a variety of resources to support the teaching of the arts across the school.
The school Green Team recently visited the Budgens and Coop supermarkets in the town to look at how much unnecessary packaging is being used. They also asked members of the public what they thought and they agreed unanimously that it should be reduced. Next the Green Team will be writing to the supermarkets to ask if this is possible.
The Green Team visited Swanage beach on a very damp afternoon for a beach clean. They found a wide collection of rubbish to remove, including plastic, glass and dead fish and rays.