Prayers for Peace

The children in years 5 and 6 had lots of questions about the conflict in Ukraine and after some interesting and heartfelt discussion they have written some prayers for peace.  We made them into two prayer trees; one of which went to the ecumenical World Day of prayer service and then to our friends at the local Parish church for their Sunday services and the other to Father Tim to share with the Parish at St Edward’s.  They include some truly insightful messages that show their compassion, humility and sense of justice for the people of our world.  

Year 6 Tyneham Public Meeting

In a dramatic re-enactment of the Public Inquiry, held at the Masonic Hall, Wareham in March 1948, the residents of Tyneham argued their case against members of His Majesty’s Government and representatives from the Army.

The village was evacuated in December 1943 to allow the Army to use the area as a firing range. The Government of the time had promised that they would be allowed to return after the war. In 1949 they were still waiting…

After an emotional and sometimes heated debate, the general public were left to cast their votes against the following motion: Should the families of Tyneham village and surrounding area be allowed to return to their homes?

After careful deliberation, the votes were cast and counted; the result was that they should not be allowed to return to their homes – it was agreed that the Government and Army has acted in the publics’ best interest with their original decision!

Well done to Year 6 for some excellent research into the families and circumstances of the requisition of the properties and land and for showing off some super acting skills.

Year 6 Visit Tyneham

Year 6 spent a very interesting and informative afternoon at Tyneham where we met with Tony who gave us a tour of the village.  We were able to explore the ruins of the houses; visit the History Barn, school and church and experience how the village has changed since the residents were asked to leave in November 1943.  This gave us the opportunity to investigate and soak up the atmosphere of the village in preparation for our re-enactment of the 1948 Public Enquiry held at the Masonic hall in Wareham.   


After taking part in the town Act of Remembrance at the war memorial year 6 made a collage to place in St Mary’s Parish Church for the Town Remembrance Service and parade.  There is a labelled poppy for each man and woman on the memorial. 

Armistice Day

Children from Year 6 attended the Armistice Day service held at Swanage War Memorial, laying crosses and poppies to remember and honour those of our community who have lost their lives in conflict. The remainder of the school observed two minutes silence in the school playground.

Intergenerational Project

We are delighted to have been invited by the Diocese to be part of their Intergenerational Project. This involves linking with a local care home and then spending time throughout the year getting to know the staff and residents and sharing activities with them. Year 6 have made a start by making some pictures that show the kind of things we like to do and are waiting to hear back from the residents who live there.