The latest newsletter has been sent out – look here.
We hope you enjoyed the wonderful Nativity performances put on by reception and years 1-4, and the Year 5 & 6 Carol Service. Many thanks for your generous donations for our partner school in Uganda; at all these events a total of £323.12 was collected which will be used for seeds, tools and a Christmas treat. Brother John sent Christmas blessings to us all and thanked everyone for their continued support. The orphans who live permanently at the school celebrated Christmas in the country at Brother John’s home village, where they had a ‘happy time’. The pictures shows some of the fruits of last year’s hard work in the garden.
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.
On 22 November a team of 12 very enthusiastic Year 1 and 2 children took part in a gymnastics session at the Swanage School and had a great time. Thanks to Hannah from Swanage Gymnastics Club and Mr Lewis from The Swanage School for giving us this opportunity.
A big thank you to all the staff and to the FoSM for making Bedtime Stories such an enjoyable evening for both the children and parents. The children were treated to stories and hot chocolate in their classrooms (teddies too!) whilst the parents listened to a talk about reading and vocabulary development and browsed the book fair in the hall. We are hoping that we will have made a good profit from the sale – we use all of the cash raised to replace books in the school library.
Yr 5 and 6 represented St Mary’s by attending the town Laying of the Poppies service. We met with other schools, the Royal British Legion, Mayor Mike Bonfield and The Very Reverend John Mann at St Mary’s Church where they led us in thoughts about Remembrance. From there we paraded to the War Memorial to lay a poppy for each fallen soldier from Swanage.
We have four new additions at St Mary’s…
Tortoises: Loving and Truthful
Guinea Pigs: Bailey and Licorice
(Just to be clear, the tortoises and the guinea pigs live separately but Mrs De Leon could not resist the photo-op of them together.)
What an amazing turn-out for the great St Mary’s Bake Off, with children from all classes frantically decorating cakes at playtime and lunch time. Congratulations to the organizers for their money-raising idea and to the proud winners. Many thanks to all who took part and those at home who supported them.