Congratulations to all the runners who took part in the Shore Runners event during sunny Swanage Carnival 2019 (that seems a long way off, now!) and congratulations on winning the Carnival Cup. Thank you to the members of the Carnival Committee who visited St Mary’s to make the presentation.
Year 5 invited their parents into school this morning for a cup of tea and to hear about the work they have been doing about the current World Refugee Crisis.
It was an extremely successful morning with lots of information shared, tea drunk, cakes eaten and money donated!
Year 4 helped to sell the remaining cakes after school.
Many thanks to our visitors from The Swanage School who organized and led a fun and interesting morning of maths for our year 5 & 6 girls.
Year 6 worked with Tim from Wessex Water exploring our use of water and how it is cleaned so we can enjoy water that is clean and safe. They investigated the best way to filter dirty water to remove dirt and debris.
Year 6 children spent an interesting morning measuring the speed of traffic outside our school gates. Speeding motorists were encouraged to think about the safety of our children, staff and parents, and the reasons for a 30mph limit around the school.
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.