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/

St Mary’s Got Talent

Congratulations to all who auditioned for St Mary’s Got Talent 2019; what a talented bunch you are. We had a range of acts for the final, including comedy, dance, song, gymnastics and music. Thank you to all parents and families who supported our finalists and to our judges. We had a very entertaining evening.

Douglas Strickland Award Evening

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.

Advent & Las Posadas

This Friday, 30 November at 9am we will be celebrating Mass; finding out about the start of Advent and lighting our first Advent candle.

We will also be celebrating Las Posadas again as part of our Advent preparations. The ‘Holy Family’ will be brought to Mass and blessed ready to start their journey, visiting your homes until they return to school on the 21st December.

I have attached the information about Las Posadas below and it will also be inside the pack when your child brings Mary and Joseph home with them.

On Friday 21st December @ 9am we will be celebrating our Christmas Mass, the Holy Families will come back and return to the classrooms with the addition of a baby, Jesus. We hope you will be able to join us for this very special celebration.

Las Posadas at St Mary’s

This year, as part of our Advent preparation for Christmas, we are going to celebrate Las Posada at St Mary’s.

This is a celebration that is predominately practised in South America and follows the ‘Holy Family’s’ journey and search for somewhere to stay. We will be representing this by asking each child to take home the ‘Holy Family’ to stay with them overnight. The following day they come back to school, ready to go home the next night with someone different.

As part of the traditional celebrations when the Holy Family eventually finds somewhere to stay gifts are given; songs are sung; food is shared and Pinatas are broken.

To represent these celebrations, we are asking that, if you feel able to, you might send in a small token of Christmas giving when your child brings back Mary and Joseph. These will be given to the local Foodbank and used in Christmas food parcels for those who need support this Christmas. If it could be something slightly Christmassy that would be wonderful e.g. gold coins, sweets, Christmas biscuits etc. there is quite a range in the various supermarkets for £1. Inside the pack there will also be a copy of ‘The New Noisy Neighbour’ book. This is for you to keep and share at home. We would also welcome any photographs of Mary and Joseph whilst they are staying with you. If you email them to me or the school office, we will put them onto the school website.

Plymouth CAST Admission Consultation

Plymouth CAST schools are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021 for an 8 week period before 31st January. St Mary’s consultation will run with effect from Monday 26th November 2018 to Friday 4th January 2018. Details of the consultation are available to view here.

Responses must be submitted either in writing to:

Plymouth CAST Multi-Academy Trust
St Boniface House
Ashburton TQ13 7JL

or by email to admin@plymouthcast.org.uk .

The closing date for responses is Friday 4th January 2018.

Admission Arrangements Consultation

Dorset are running the annual consultation on the School Admission Arrangements for 2020/2021 with effect from Monday 12th November 2018 to Friday 21st December 2018. Details of the consultation will be available to view at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/education-and-training/education-and-training.aspx?folderIds=5377,43802 from 9am on Monday 12th November 2018.

Responses must be submitted either in writing to School Admissions Team, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ or by email to schoolorganisation@dorsetcc.gov.uk by Friday 21st December 2018. Upon the conclusion of the consultation period all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to the shadow executive prior to the determination deadline on 28th February 2019.

Home to School Transport Consultation

Dorset are re-consulting on the Home to School Transport Policy and the Post 16 Transport Policy for 2019/2020 with effect from Monday 3rd September 2018 to Sunday 30th September 2018. Details of the consultation are available to view here. There are also two accompanying documents to provide additional information to potential respondents.

All comments (both negative and positive) should be sent to schoolorganisation@dorsetcc.gov.uk