Admissions Consultation

Plymouth CAST and Dorset are running the annual consultations on the School Admission Arrangements for 2022/2023. The draft Plymouth CAST consultation runs from 30 November 2020 until 21 January 2021; the draft policy is on the school policies page.

The Dorset consultation runs from 12 November 2020 until 23 December 2020. Details of the Dorset consultation can be viewed at https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/education-and-training/schools-and-learning/policies/school-admissions-policies/school-admissions-policies.aspx

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to schoolorganisation@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk by Wednesday 23rd December 2020. 

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.
Easter
£75   139
£50    143
£20   247
£10  140
£10  117
May
£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.

Welcome!

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.)

St Mary’s supports Mosaic charity

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.

https://mosaicfamilysupport.org/