Three pupils from Y6 represented St. Mary’s on Remembrance Sunday by attending the town’s service at St. Mary’s Parish Church and then marching to the War Memorial with other schools, youth groups, armed services representatives and dignitaries. There were many other pupils from St. Mary’s present as part of the local Brownie, Guide, Cub and Scout groups in attendance. It was a very moving and special service to mark not only Remembrance Sunday, but also the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Pupils from Year 5 and Year 6 have been marking Remembrance by finding out about those men and women from Swanage who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. They have created some rather special poppy wreaths that included the name and age of each of the ninety-nine men from Swanage who died in the First and Second World Wars. Year 6 have also written prayers for remembrance and peace on the back of poppies. The wreaths and prayers are on display in St. Mary’s Church.
We won! Today saw the St Mary’s Yr 5 & 6 football team bring home the Purbeck Cup.
Congratulations to all the triumphant players and to Mr White. Thank you to the tournament organiser and sponsor, and all the supporters through the (long!) season.
Y5 were VIP guests at the official opening of Swanage Youth Hostel after its £1.5 million refurbishment. They accompanied the mayor and CEOs of the Youth Hostel to cut the ribbon before being treated to a delicious lunch and some enormous ice-creams! After lunch they had a session learning about dinosaurs and fossil-hunting on the Jurassic Coast and even had the opportunity to go panning for fossils. An amazing day and thank you to everyone at Swanage Youth Hostel for inviting our pupils to be part of this event.
Congratulations to our year 4s, 5s and 6s who took part in the Dorset School Games. What a brilliant day!
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!
Year 3, 4 and 5 enjoyed a show by the Watoto Children’s Choir at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Congratulations to our year 5 and year 6 athletes on their excellent 3rd place at the Purbeck and Christchurch Indoor Athletics finals.
Too cold for birdwatching? Too windy for birdwatching? Too wet for birdwatching? No! Old-school hardcore birdwatching with years 3 & 5. Thanks again to Birds of Poole Harbour for organizing this super trip. See you next year!
As part of their topic work on World War II, year 5 recently visited The Tank Museum for some hands-on history.
St Mary’s first venture into the Dorset Hard Ball Cup: losing to Epiphany!