Following the Beach Management advisory meeting attended earlier in the year by Yr 6 representatives, Mayor of Swanage, Councillor Bonfield and Management Support Officer, Miss Clarke, visited us in school to report on the issues raised.
We were given copies of the minutes of the meeting and supporting documents. It was exciting to see our questions recorded. You can see the minutes of the meeting here.
In addition to the answers given at the original meeting, Cllr Bonfield reported that the locks at Burlington Chine Toilets have been replaced; there are temporarily new ‘big belly bins’ in the square; and that conversations are ongoing about dogs and closing Shore Road. However, the latter is not a Swanage Town Council matter.
The pupils were thanked for the effort they put into preparing ideas and plans for a possible splashpark in the town, although it was explained how this may not fit into council budgets.
Cllr Bonfield closed the meeting with two requests:
- That the pupils help Swanage Town Council to spread the word to not feed seagulls. They will be displaying posters and speaking in assembly about this.
- To design posters that can be displayed in local parks, encouraging owners to pick up after their dogs.
Year 1 share books with their buddies in year 5 & 6 every week.
Year 6 relaxed in the pool and enjoyed lunch together after all their hard work in the SATs this week – well done everybody!
Year 4 and 6 share their responses to the new library books. Watch out for their reviews on the corridor book shelves.
Year 5 and 6 visited Dorchester to explore its Roman heritage. They visited the keep museum where curator Chris talked to them about Roman soldiers, including their armour and fighting tactics. Then they walked into Dorchester to visit the Roman town house at the back of County Hall – the best preserved example in the country. After lunch a look around the replica round houses at the Prince of Wales School then off to Maiden Castle where they climbed the ramparts; saw the Roman temple and found relics in the mole hills – watch this space to see what they found!
Father Paul visited Years 5 and 6 to talk to them about liturgical colours and vestments.
Year 6 had an amazing day in London- visiting Parliament, walking around Westminster, enjoying the views across London from the Eye. They even found time for some healthy food 😯. The Queen was in town for the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, but our schedules did not overlap!
Year 5 and 6 designed and made sandals for children in Africa. They then evaluated the design and tried to persuade the Dragons to invest in their product. The Dragons struck some hard bargains!
Looking fierce or is it inscrutable?
It seems well thought through…
Congratulations to all the St Mary’s children who competed so successfully in the Purbeck Cross-Country Running Competition.