Brother John Visit

It was lovely to welcome Brother John to our school once again. We held a celebration assembly and Brother John visited each class during the course of his week with us. The children are fascinated to hear about the life of his school in Uganda, and the lives of the children there. We fundraise all year round to help and it is rewarding for us all to see and hear about the changes Brother John has been able to make at Dr Archbishop Kiwanuka School & Nakirebe Primary School.

Cake Sale for Brother John

cakesale.pngSt Mary’s School Council are holding a cake sale after school on Thursday 15th September in the school hall. All funds received will benefit our partner school in Uganda.

If you would like to contribute something for the sale, please bring it to school on the morning of the sale.

Thank you, The School Council

St Mary’s Got Talent 2016

Thank you to all the acts that auditioned for St Mary’s Got Talent 2016. We had an excellent range of talents on show at our final last night. A big thank you to our judges who had the very hard task of choosing our winners, and to the winners themselves. Thank you also to the parents and carers who supported them in their journey! We raised over £100 for our partner school in Uganda, so thank you on their behalf.


Fun Run for Brother John

On Friday 18 March the whole school took part in a fun run on the school playing field. Very well done to everyone who took part and to the many parents who came to support the children, or to run themselves. We were raising money for our partner school in Uganda, to help them put a secure fence around their school. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of friends and family we have so far raised over £1000!

Fun Run for Brother John

On Friday 18th March we have decided to support Sport Relief by organising a Fun Run at St Mary’s School. All money raised will go directly to our partner school in Uganda to pay towards a much-needed security fence around their school grounds. Our fun run follows a course around our own school grounds and each lap will be around half a mile. Children will be encouraged to run at their own pace for as long as they want.

Members of the school council, who are helping to organise this event, gave an assembly to the whole school, explaining how the Fun Run will work.


Year 6 Uganda assembly

Year 6 told the whole school a little bit about Mrs Gadston and Mrs Meteau’s recent visit to Uganda.

They found out about all the work that had been done since their last visit and also about their adventures teaching in Africa!

there will be an opportunity for parents to come and see a  presentation soon – date to be confirmed.


Uganda Fund Raising

We held a fund-raising afternoon on Tuesday 13 October, organised by the school council, and generating £215 for our partner school in Uganda. Well done to the school council, and thank you to all who contributed or attended.

Uganda Visit 2015

The exciting news is that we are off to Uganda again in October.  We will be staying at Nakirebe Primary School with Brother John and can’t wait to see the results of the donations made by so many people in school and the wider community over the last three years, since we were last there.  This will include the new hall and infirmary building, the water filter system and the classroom block which must be fairly near completion now.

As you may know the reciprocal visits between St Mary’s School and Brother John’s School are funded by a grants from the British Council through the Reciprocal Visit Programme.

We are hoping that some fundraising activities will take place before we go and this money will be used towards buying educational resources for the school; last time we took quite a lot with us however we have been advised that it is actually cheaper and benefits the economy more if we take money and buy pens, pencils, paper etc when we are there. We will also explore the possibility of purchasing mosquito netting for the orphan dormitories.  We took pre made nets last time but these aren’t always big enough as their bunk beds are 3 tiered.   We will also be making some classroom resources to take with us – posters etc.

We will be talking about Uganda at 2.45pm  on 7th October and you are all most welcome to come and find out a little bit more about our Ugandan partnership.  We look forward to seeing you then.  If you can’t make that date Mrs Meteau will be giving a talk on 4th October at Swanage URC at 4.30pm.