Sports News

A massive congratulations to all the Year 5 and 6 pupils who were involved in the Purbeck and Christchurch finals of Indoor Athletics. St Mary’s won the event for the first time, defeating some much larger primary schools from East Dorset. This was a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by the children, who have been practising long and hard, as well as the dedication of Mr White.


Also a big well done to the handball team who won all seven matches to qualify for the Dorset School Handball final to be held at a later date. They played with excellent teamwork and had some good performances beating St Mark’s 7-1 as well as Stoborough 5-2. This was a mixed event with five players on the court at one time.  The basic rules of handball are you must pass or bounce the ball within three strides and shoot outside of a D.

Dorset School Games

St Mary’s athletics team were able to produce an excellent second place in the Dorset School Games Quad Kids event. Comprising of 75m sprint, 600m run, a broad jump and a throw the pupils worked extremely hard on a hot day to prove how talented they are and how their extra training has paid off. A special mention must go to Lauren who won best girl overall and Olivia for finishing third.

St Mary’s were the only single-form entry school to reach the final and achieving second place was an excellent achievement.


Tri-Golf Tournament

Congratulation’s to our Year 4 golf team, who took part in the Tri-golf Tournament at the Purbeck school.

Five local primary schools entered this event and our Year 4 team took first place. The team worked very hard throughout this tournament and their fantastic teamwork and determination were a key factor in winning the event.


Year 4 tennis

Congratulations to our Year 4 tennis team who went to the Purbeck School on Thursday 16th May, to take part in the Purbeck Partnership mini red tennis tournament.


The team played 36 games of mini red tennis. They lost 4 matches, drew 3 matches and won an incredible 29 matches!

A big well done to all four players on representing the school with such great enthusiasm and excellent team work.

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.

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.

Netball Triumph

St Mary’s High 5 Netball team came second overall in the Dorset School Games. Winning 6 out of their 7 matches. They won 5 out of 5 in the group stage, beating Park School (6-1), Allenbourn Middle (12-2), Sticklands (13-0), St Josephs (11-0) and Downlands (8-2). In the semi-final we were up against the runner-up of group B and we were comfortably able to beat Burton Primary 7-0. However, the final proved one step too far as we were outplayed by a hugely impressive St Walburgas school, 11-0.

Credit to the team and our squad of players who gave up a lot of their free time (including a Saturday!) to reach this high standard and produce our best ever result in the Dorset School Games.

Year 4 Hockey Festival

Year 4 had a fantastic afternoon of hockey at The Purbeck School. We spent the first half of the afternoon with, sports leaders of the school. We practised how to carry the ball, the block tackle, passing and shooting. The second part of the afternoon was spent playing matches against other local primary schools. St Mary’s won all three of their matches, winning 1-0 , 1-0 and 1-0.

Well done to all the children that took part, it was great to see all the hard work you have put into hockey club at school come together in the matches.


Netball Success

Congratulations to the two teams we sent to the Purbeck Sports Netball Competition. Our A team won the competition and now progress to the Dorset Games. Our B team came second, only losing to the A team.