Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in our Advent Mass. For the first Sunday of Advent our purple candle symbolised Hope, with the ‘Prophet’s Candle’ reminding us that Jesus is coming. Our new Key Stage 1 choir beautifully premiered a brand new Advent carol – Stay Awake – written especially for them by David Fawcett. Year 3,4,5,6 impressed us all by singing the Posada Song in Spanish. Finally, Father Tim blessed our Posadas and they were taken back to the classrooms to start their journey, through the coming weeks, until we celebrate the birth Jesus on Christmas Day. We hope you enjoy offering the Holy Family hospitality in your homes this Advent and sharing the Noisy Neighbour story together.
Our next Mass will be on the last day of term, December 21st at 9 am. We will welcome back Mary and Joseph; each class will receive a baby Jesus to complete the family; the food collected for the food-bank will be blessed and we will celebrate Mass together as we look forward to Christmas Day.
After our very successful trip to Dorchester, Chris Copson, the curator of the museum, paid us a visit. Year 6 visited the Commonwealth War Graves at the Northbrook Road cemetery and then researched about the men who are buried there.
He also brought a selection of artefacts with him and the pupils researched them on the internet to find out more information about them. They produced pages for non fiction books.
To raise money for Children in Need we had a super visit from Pudsey Bear in the morning and a very successful cake sale in the afternoon.
This year the Green Team are working on reducing plastic waste at school and in our local environment. We established a link with the local Litter Free Purbeck group in Swanage after a visit from Wayne Dixon, who’s about half way around a litter picking/beach-cleaning walk around the UK coastline. Wayne is the No. 1 Litter Ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy and is also a recipient of one of the Prime Minister’s Points of Lights awards.
Read more about Wayne’s walk here. Photos of him and Koda in school to follow.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to our harvest collection for Swanage Foodbank. All of the food will go to help vulnerable people in our own community. We are hoping some of our school council will be able to visit and help sort food and find out about how the foodbank works.
It was also lovely to welcome parents to Mass; you are always welcome to join us – keep an eye on the school calendar for future dates and opportunities for you to join us for our worship times.
A big thank you to the Swanage crew from Dorset Fire & Rescue who visited St Mary’s this morning. They joined in our whole-school morning run then showed us round (and through!) their amazing offroad fire engine.
We were very lucky to be visited by a dancer from the Northern Ballet who gave workshops for years 2, 3 and 4. It was hard to capture the grace and beauty of the St Mary’s dancers, but Mrs White had a go…
Horse and Pony club is a new club that has started this term for years 3 and 4. This week we designed and built show jumps during our lunch time club. After school, we were extremely lucky to have two special visitors!
Year 5 have been working with CAFOD to write and perform speeches that speak out on behalf of those who are less fortunate than us. They have spent time over the last few weeks collecting information and then organising this into a speech which they performed in front of their class. The winning 4 speaking pairs then performed again in front of year 5 and 6 and some invited guests including out town Mayor Mr Mike Bonfield. Many thanks to all our visitors on the afternoon, to Bea (our CAFOD link teacher), and of course to Year 5 themselves for all their hard work. You can find more pictures of this event on the Year 5 class page.
Year 6 have been using their persuasive writing skills to write letters to Mr White to persuade him to buy some Fairtrade match balls. When Bea had heard about this she kicked off the collection with a donation of a new Fairtrade football!
Busy reception mathematicians showing off their knowledge and skills.