Walk to School Week

Thank you to everyone who supported Walk to School Week. The walking bus was a tale of two halves with a still, sunny walk on Tuesday and a cold, blustery one on Thursday. The bus will run again on Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

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

Summer halfterm – 250 club draw

Due to lockdown we didn’t draw the 250 club winners for the Easter or May half term draws. These have been done today and winning numbers  are below. Please collect winnings from the office.
£75   139
£50    143
£20   247
£10  140
£10  117
£75   26
£50   144
£20    139
£10    242
£10     75

St Mary’s Hens

We have now received delivery of eight ex-battery hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust. They look a bit worse for wear but we are hoping that with our Reception children’s daily care they recover quickly. We have already had some eggs. Each class will adopt one of the hens who each have a different coloured leg band.

If you would like to be involved helping to look after the hens at weekends or holidays, we have a hen-care rota in the office.

Bedtime Stories

A big thank you to all the staff and to the FoSM for making Bedtime Stories such an enjoyable evening for both the children and parents. The children were treated to stories and hot chocolate in their classrooms (teddies too!) whilst the parents listened to a talk about reading and vocabulary development and browsed the book fair in the hall. We are hoping that we will have made a good profit from the sale – we use all of the cash raised to replace books in the school library.


We have four new additions at St Mary’s…

Tortoises: Loving and Truthful
Guinea Pigs: Bailey and Licorice

(Just to be clear, the tortoises and the guinea pigs live separately but Mrs De Leon could not resist the photo-op of them together.)