At St Mary’s we try to think about how we treat each other and how we care for our common home. Last term, each class developed a project linked to the Pope’s letter to the world Laudato Sí in which he urges everyone to think carefully about how we are treating the world and the people in it and also to identify what we can do to help.
Many thanks to the parents and other visitors who came to see the children explain what they had been learning about.
Last week, representatives from year 5 and 6 visited St Mary’s and St Mark’s churches to talk to their church committees about how our school is helping to look after the environment and support people in our world who do not have the same opportunities as many of us. They also represented the school at the town Civic Service on Sunday – where they read a poem about the environment written by year 6. A big thank you to them for some excellent public speaking and for giving up their time during the evenings and weekend.
St Mary’s Pupil Chaplains
In July our new Pupil Chaplains were commissioned by Bishop Mark at Buckfast Abbey – they had applied for the post and then given presentations to illustrate what qualities they had to make them a good chaplain. We are delighted to welcome them to this important role and of course to the assistant chaplains who will be helping them perform a range of duties in school.
You can find out more about what they will be dong on their notice board by the office and on the school website.
Thank you to all who came to Leavers’ Mass on the last day of term. We wish our year 6 leavers best wishes for their transition to secondary school and in the future.
Traditionally May is the month of Mary and we celebrated this with a May Procession, followed by liturgy for the whole school led by Father Tim. This year we took a gamble and carried our statue of Mary (thank you year 6 bearers for being so steady and reliable!). Our children brought plants to honour Mary and to brighten our school grounds. Many thanks to all parents and carers for their support.
Easter Blessings as we return to school for the summer term. We have now entered the season of Eastertide which started, as can be seen from the photo, with the most beautiful sunrise. Many people gathered to worship together on Swanage beach, to celebrate this important day.
Year 6 children from St Mary’s Catholic and St Mark’s CE primary schools came together on April 3rd in Swanage Parish Church to learn about and sing Vespers with Fr Tim Lewis and the Team Rector, Very Revd John Mann, and directors of music Simon Lole and David Fawcett. We had a great time, culminating in a beautiful service attended by many parents. We’re looking forward to the next occasion when we can sing and worship together in this special way.
Brother John, all the staff and pupils sent Easter Blessings to us all at St Mary’s School . Easter Sunday started early as they celebrated Mass together. Then the children worked together to prepare an Easter meal to share. They slaughtered and cooked a pig and some chickens (a very special treat), accompanied by cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes and matoke bananas- you can see from the pictures their cooking facilities are very different from ours!
Family Palm Sunday Mass will be celebrated at St Edward’s on 14 April at 9am.
On Saturday 20 April, Holy Saturday, there will be a food blessing service at 11am.
As a school we are holding a fast day on Wednesday 3 April 2019. We are not asking you or your children to fast, but to think about a luxury or treat you regularly eat that you could forego for a day, or a week, or all of Lent. Any money you save in this way would be welcomed as a donation that we will send to CAFOD to support our neighbours in other parts of the world.
More information on the CAFOD website.
Many thanks to everyone who has already hosted Mary and Joseph and a huge thank you for your generous contributions to the food bank. The first bags of food have already been collected and volunteers at the food bank were delighted. If you haven’t had the Holy Family in your home yet there is still time and I will be delivering the next consignment of food next week.
The Holy Family have already begun to find comfortable places to stay…