From September 2020 all primary schools have a statutory duty to teach Relationships & Sex Education (RSE). Department of Education guidance is available on the DFE website.
Our multi-academy Trust, Plymouth CAST has produced an RSE policy to meet these requirements that is also in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church and which will be adopted across all its academies, including St Mary’s. This policy is now open to parents for a consultation period and is available on the policies page. If you would like a paper copy, please ask in the office. The consultation runs from now until the 20th March.
The guidance recommends that schools should ensure that, when they consult with parents, they provide examples of the resources that they plan to use as this can be reassuring for parents and enables them to continue the conversations started in class at home. We have therefore also made available a document that breaks down in more detail what children will be taught. This document, RSE A Model Primary Catholic Curriculum, shows the content different age groups will be learning. Much of this is taken from an online resource teachers will be using called Life to the Full. Parents are able to log in to see some of the resources at https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/
Parent login is as follows:
In addition, there will be a meeting for parents who would like more information or have any questions about the school’s teaching of RSE in the school hall on Thursday 26th March at 7.30 pm.
They’re back! Our successful and popular Fair Trade breakfasts will take place in the school hall on 3 and 4 March 2020.
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.
Plymouth CAST are consulting on the admission arrangements for 2021-2022. The consultation runs from 16 December 2019 until 5pm on Friday 31 January 2020.
You can read the draft policy and a letter from Plymouth CAST chief executive.
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.