Brass Showcase

Many thanks to Purbeck Youth Music and Robb from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Joe from English National Opera for a brilliant session of listening to and trying out brass instruments. Visit Purbeck Youth Music to find out about instruments and lessons at St Mary’s , or collect a form from the school office.

Hot dinners ordering change

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Due to some upgrades to our school ordering software, including an update on our payment system, and a few accessibility upgrades, we have had to change the domain of our system. We would like to kindly ask you to use for any future orders.

Please do not use the old system any longer for bookings AFTER EASTER. The new system is a carbon copy of the old one, so your existing log in details, and all of your childrens details will still be on the system, unless you have registered after 18th March 2022.

The menu for next term is now active on the new site, so you can continue to order as normal. Any orders made before 31/03/22 will be automatically transferred by ourselves.

If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to contact us on 01929 505029, or email we are happy to help with anything.

Thank you for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience caused!

Jordan, Matt and Julia

Crab Apple Catering Ltd

Bedtime Stories

Book Week got off to a great start with Bedtime Stories. Around 90 children returned to school, with teddies and blankets, ready to share stories and hot chocolate!

Many thanks to all staff who entertained classes with some excellent books; to parents for dropping off and collecting and Lisa and Georgie for delivering delicious hot chocolate!

Big Walk & Wheel

Next week we will taking part in the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2022 (the new name for Big Pedal), the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting challenge. The challenge runs from 21 March to 1 April. It’s free and we would love everyone to be involved.

What do you need to do?

Encourage your child(ren) to walk, use a wheelchair, scoot or cycle to school on as many days as possible during the event. Children will be able to record their journeys, each day, in their classrooms.

Including everyone

We know that some people come on the school bus, which makes it a little difficult to walk, but if you go for a walk at the weekend then you can tell your teacher about that and tick off some boxes on the class chart. We also realise that some people live too far away to walk or scoot but don’t forget that you are able to park your car for free, before and after school, in the Council car park at the top of De Moulem Road – you can then walk or scoot through Day’s Park.

Why we are taking part

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is a great way to build physical activity in children’s daily routine which is important for their physical health and mental wellbeing.

Active school runs also help to reduce congestion and air pollution outside the school gate. A 2021 YouGov study showed nearly half of UK children worry about air pollution near their school. And that children thought active travel was the best away to bring down these pollution levels.

Useful resources

To help you prepare, Sustrans has developed a handy free guide packed with advice, games and challenges to help you have hassle-free cycle, walk or scoot to school.

Download your free family guide using this link:

Enjoy the challenge!

Donations for Ukraine

At St Mary’s in Swanage, we have been a drop off point for donations of clothes, food, nappies, tents, blankets etc. to send to support our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.  Both the school and wider community have been incredibly generous to the point where we had to temporarily stop any more items being left!