Act of Remembrance

Year 6 attended the Act of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church and at the Swanage War Memorial on Friday 9 November.

Emmanuel baptist Church put on a wonderful exhibition linked to The First World War including some beautiful pieces of artwork produced by local schools, including St Mary’s.

Swanage Remembrance Day service

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.

St Mary’s 3-1 Stoborough 

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.

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Bombs and Blackberries – Year 6 play

Congratulations must go to year 6 for a very successful performance of the play Bombs and Blackberries by Julia Donaldson.  The audience packed the school hall and they were treated to a humorous and heartfelt rendition of a story, set in WW2, about evacuees and their adventures in the countryside; the escapades of their families.  The children have worked really hard during the last few weeks to learn lines and put together a very polished performance.

Year 5 CAFOD speeches

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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 6 Visit Fort Henry

As part of their WW2 topic, year 6 visited Fort Henry to find out the important part Studland played during the Second World War.  We were pleased to welcome Chris Copson from the Keep Museum who gave us a guided tour and then shared a range of artefacts with us.

British Restaurant

The evacuees form Year 6 arrived safely at Swanage Railway Station.  They then enjoyed hospitality at the British Restaurant that re-opened (for one day only) at Swanage United Reformed Church.  Whilst they were there they enjoyed a lunch of baked beans, mash and corned beef rissoles followed by jam tart and custard!   Music was provided by Spike’s gramophone. They were joined for lunch by some visitors who shared their wartime memories of Swanage.  The day finished with a good old sing song!

Many thanks  to the URC for hosting the event.

Year 6 Carol Concert

On a very cold evening, our year 6 children, the school choir and instrumentalists, the Purbeck Arts Choir and a full congregation in excellent voice joined for a joyous celebration of the Christmas story.

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the view from the back row of the orchestra just before the start