This year the Green Team are working on reducing plastic waste at school and in our local environment. We established a link with the local Litter Free Purbeck group in Swanage after a visit from Wayne Dixon, who’s about half way around a litter picking/beach-cleaning walk around the UK coastline. Wayne is the No. 1 Litter Ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy and is also a recipient of one of the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights awards.
Read more about Wayne’s walk here. Photos of him and Koda in school to follow.
The Green Team have been planting the flowers from the Mary Procession. They are also planning some raised beds for summer vegetables, and planting giant sunflowers in and around the school ground.
Thank you to all parents, family and friends who contributed plants to the procession.
Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.
We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.
In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.
The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.
Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:
- That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
- To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
Thanks to all the children (and parents/grandparents!) who supported our Fairtrade Breakfast this morning. They enjoyed hot chocolate, juice, bananas and toast and jam. Key Stage 2 tomorrow! Also, thank you to the staff and PTA who provided and organized the breakfast.
Year 6 were invited to send representatives to attend a Swanage Town Council Beach Management Committee meeting. They were exceptionally fortunate as the meeting took place at the town’s new RNLI Station, which is still being completed and is closed to the public. They were the first school group to have a tour!
The School Council and Green Team members discussed aspects of the town’s tourism industry with their families and peers before each writing two questions to ask at the meeting.
Their questions were:
- Why are there no bins on the beach?
- Could we have a splash park in the town?
- Why is there no green area where we can play sport without dogs mess?
- Why do boats come so close to the shoreline?
- Can you make the locks on the toilet doors easier to use?
- Could you close the seafront all year around?
They brought the committee’s answers back to share with their classmates.
Over 40 staff and pupils set out on the walking bus from St George’s field to school as part of Walk to School Week.
St Mary’s will be supporting national Walk to School Week this year and hope that parents will take the opportunity to try walking/cycling some, if not all, of the way to school rather than drive.
Full detail of how your child can take part are here.
On Friday 18 March the whole school took part in a fun run on the school playing field. Very well done to everyone who took part and to the many parents who came to support the children, or to run themselves. We were raising money for our partner school in Uganda, to help them put a secure fence around their school. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of friends and family we have so far raised over £1000!
Look at this! Key stage 1 children enjoying their Fair Trade breakfast: toast and jam or marmalade, bananas and home-made breakfast bars. To drink there was juice, tea or hot chocolate.