Swanage Community Awards Winner

St Mary’s is delighted to have been recognized in the Swanage Community Awards with the award for Young Person or People of the Year. This is in recognition of “the tremendous work they have done in their efforts for the environment, including working closely with groups like Sustainable Swanage and Surfers Against Sewage who awarded them with the status of plastic free school.”

You can read about some of the initiatives and activities that show this tremendous work here.

The award was presented to representatives of Years 5 and 6 at a ceremony held at The Band Stand on Tuesday 25 May. See the story and pictures on Swanage News.

Earlier, outgoing Mayor of Swanage Mike Bonfield had presented the award in school.

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.

Green Team Litter Pick

Members of the Green Team invited volunteers from their class to a litter pick around the area outside the school grounds. Despite extremely muddy conditions, they collected a considerable amount of litter along with helpers from Litter-Free Purbeck.

Sustainable Swanage Youth Group

Members of the Green Team have joined a new Sustainable Swanage Youth Group run by the Town Council. In recognition of St Mary’s status as a Plastic-Free School, some of the Green Team were invited to present awards to local businesses as part of Swanage’s application to become a Plastic-Free Town.


Swanage Shops & Cafes Plastic Survey

The Green Team visited the town centre to see what local businesses are doing to reduce single use plastic. Some like Salt Pig, Fortes and the Fish Plaice had changed what they were using but others had not. We gave out certificates we had made to the ones we felt were trying to help the environment. We will be writing to Greggs about separating their rubbish for recycling. We also visited Country Foods where you can fill up your own containers with washing up liquid, detergent and shampoo.



Pupils have been very enthusiastic about the Plastic Free Schools Campaign and many children have been picking up litter both in and out of school. Some of them have even got some specialist equipment for picking up litter on the journey to school.