Mary Procession

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.

St Mary’s Hockey Tournament

Pupils from Years 3 & 4 took part in our first hockey tournament which took place here at St Mary’s School on our astro pitch.

Congratulations to our Year 4 team who came first and our Year 3 team came who third. A special mention goes to our Year 3 team as this was the first time many of them had played hockey in tournament before, and they showed some great team work and excellent hockey skills.

Thank you to Crab Apple Catering for supplying all children with a delicious cake, after the event.

The following week our Year 5 & 6 hockey team went to the Purbeck School to take part in St Mary’s Hockey tournament on the larger astro pitch. This pitch is also home to Swanage and Wareham Hockey Club, and we wanted to give the children the opportunity to play hockey on a full-size pitch.

The final match came down to Year 5 versus Year 6 with the winner becoming the overall tournament winners. It was a fantastic final – full of effort, determination and great team work from both teams – with Year 6 winning 3-0.

A big thank you to Swanage and Wareham Hockey club for sponsoring this event with medals, trophies, and umpires.

The event is in its fourth year now and was another great success giving over 60 local primary school children the opportunity to take part in some competitive hockey.

Singing at St Mary’s Parish Church

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.

Easter Blessings from Nakirebe Primary School

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!

Cultivating Crops at Nakirebe Primary School, Uganda

You may remember that we collected money at our school carol service to buy seeds and tools to support our partner school in Uganda. They wanted to extend the areas which they can cultivate for food but to do this they needed to clear areas of bush, prepare the land and plant seeds. As you  can see from the following pictures the crops are not only planted but growing well! Many thanks, as always, for your continued support.

Spanish Day!

DSCF6927.JPGBienvenidos a la escuela primaria de Santa Maria!

What a brilliant day we had, with amazing Flamenco workshops and displays, Spanish activities, tapas, a delicious paella.

It was amazing – Lily, Y1

I liked the paella; I ate it all! – Benjamin, Y1

I really enjoyed the day – Florelyn, Y1

We really liked the Flamenco – Carlos, Y1

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.

Fun Run!

What a sight! Congratulations to all the runners who took part: our brilliant children, staff, parents, siblings, friends and family, firefighters and lifeboat crew. Also our support team of stampers and drinks monitors. The total number of laps recorded was 2896 which we think is over 1000km (or the distance to drive from Swanage to Inverness!). A great St Mary’s occasion.

CAFOD Fast Day

Lent-19_logo-small_opt_squarestory_smallAs 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.