We are aware that some of our pupils may be accessing an app called 'YOLO’ via Snapchat. We would like to inform you that this is the latest app to make headlines that its anonymity feature could put our children at risk of cyberbullying and online abuse. Please follow the link below to access a website that provides more details and gives advice to parents on how to keep our children safe.
Thursday 5th March World Book Day 2020
As part of our drive to maintain, promote and engage pupil and parent interest in reading, our school is celebrating WORLD BOOK day!
On this special day we have decided to celebrate as a whole school. The children will be participating in lots of exciting activities, sharing their own favourite book from home, sharing teacher’s favourite books, contributing to a whole school story which we will share in an assembly at the end of the day and so much more!
This year we have decided to base the day upon the text “The day the Crayons quit!”. Costume ideas related to the text are rather simple and hopefully you can find something at home rather than having to go and purchase something. They could wear anything from a pair of green socks, a red t-shirt or they can go all out and dress head to toe in purple, blue or pink! Any coloured item is more than suitable.
Also during this week, we will launch our “Team Evie Reading Challenge” which was hugely successful last year raising over £1000. More information regarding this will be sent out the first week back.
As always we thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing your child dressed up for the special day on Thursday 6th March.
Mrs D Douglas English Subject Leader.
Aldi's Kit for Schools
Great news! St Mary’s are collecting the ‘Get Set to Eat Fresh’ stickers, so if you or any friends/family members shop at Aldi please, please, please collect the stickers and drop directly into the school office or class teacher. If we can fill the chart/poster not only can we receive an exclusive sports kit we'll be entered into a £20,000 draw!
Year 5 - Kwik Cricket
The Year 5's really enjoyed participating in the Kwik Cricket tournament at Workington Cricket Ground on Thursday 23rd May.
We were split into two teams: England and India. We didn't win but the sun shone all day and we had fun!
Class 5 visit Helena Thompson Museum
Today, Wednesday 22nd May, ten children from Class 5 visited the Helena Thompson Museum. Our brief was to help design a mural for an exterior wall of the museum. With a nautical theme in mind, we sketched whales, anchors and local scenes from Harrington and Workington, then we coloured our sketches using oil paints and pens.
Our work will go through a selection process on Tuesday - where the best parts of our artwork will be chosen to go on the mural.
A local artist will then transfer our designs onto the mural.
We can't wait to go back and see the finished result.
Flat Stan - First Aid
On 17th April our Year 3's took part in a fantastic Flat Stan first aid workshop. These workshops are different because they have been designed specifically for children to be enriching, engaging and fun. We know young children can make a difference if they are given the opportunity to be introduced to these essential life skills.
The children were encouraged to take part in a range of activities using the Flat Stan manikins. They all worked hard and thoroughly enjoyed the activity. Well done Year 3!
Easter Parade 2019
The children made some amazing Easter Bonnets and we were able see their outstanding creativity as they paraded around the school hall! Well done to every child who made a bonnet!
The time and effort that had been put into the pasche eggs was also astonishing. Well done to everyone. Mr Barber had a very difficult task judging this year. We hope you had fun making your bonnets and decorating your eggs.
Red Nose Day 2019
How wonderful the children looked today with their flashes of red and funny noses. Everyone enjoyed striking a funny pose, we hope you have fun looking at the photographs, we certainly had fun taking them.
We are proud to announce that the children and staff raised £127.71 in total. Well done everyone!
Dodgeball Competition - Tuesday 12th March
Today, six children from Class 4 and six children from Class 5, took part in the Key Stage 2 Inclusive Dodgeball Tournament at St Joseph's. They all played brilliantly; with passion and commitment; they were fantastic role models and a credit to St Mary's School. We were very proud to hear other school congratulating the children on their honest when they were 'out'.
World Book Day 2019
To celebrate World Book Day the children at St Mary’s took part in a wide variety of exciting activities. They also took the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters. From Witches, Foxes and Stick Men, to Highway Rats and Scarecrows, which is your favourite? They all looked marvellous!
The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. It’s all about getting children closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future. World Book Day is an annual event to promote reading and was first celebrated on Sunday, April 23, 1995.
Children enjoyed visiting the mobile library van and Year 6 revelled in reading stories to Reception children. Children paraded proudly around the school hall in our special assembly.
Well done everyone!
Class 5 and 6 Harry Potter Celebration Day - 20/12/2018
Class 5 and Class 6 had a Harry Potter theme day to celebrate the end of our topic. This half term we have studied Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone and have produced some outstanding work.
For the day we transformed our school into Hogwarts and the children had the opportunity to participate in many magical sessions. We were sorted into our houses and given an wizard name for the day. We designed and made our own wands, created some potions and had a dual! We ended the day with a huge feast in the Hall full of treats and "wizard food".
All of the children and staff dressed up showing a huge amount of effort - we had a fantastic day!
Many thanks to all grown ups and parents who provided and made costumes, gave resources and made donations towards our Feast! We had a brilliant day and it was the perfect end to a unit of work we have all loved doing!
Shoebox Appeal 2018
Pupils from schools across the Parish were invited to represent their school to show their support of the Shoe Box Appeal 2018. St Mary's donated a lot of shoeboxes this year which are now on their way to Romania help make Christmas as special as possible for Romanian children.
Thank you to every child, parent, grandparent and staff member who took the time to make up a shoebox.
The Big Little Shoe Appeal
St Mary's are supporting Siiboo's Big Little Shoe Appeal this year, joining forces with schools from Egremont, Thornhil and Seascale.
Since 2015 through our BIG little Shoe Appeal we have found new feet in The Gambia for over 5000 pairs of outgrown children's shoes donated to us by the kind hearted public here in West Cumbria. Our operation is a very simple process, we collect shoes from those participating in the project, we box them up, ship them to The Gambia and our team in The Gambia distribute the shoes to those in need.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School has kindly agreed to support our BIG little Shoe Appeal. As a very small charity our only real limitation is financial. All of the shoes you donate travel 3920 miles just to be in The Gambia and some can travel up to 4100 from your house to find new feet and this journey costs money.
We are asking for a small donation of £1 per pair of shoes if you can. Your £1.00 will ensure your shoes can reach new feet in The Gambia and allow us to run the The Big little Shoe Appeal all year round. If you would like to donate shoes but not the £1, please speak to the school office.
Students (or parents/carers) should bring their outgrown shoes to the school along with the £1 donation if they can and deposit them in a box that we provide, once the box is full we would come and collect it and leave an empty one for the process to continue.
Unfortunately (for the time being) we can only accept shoes up to an adult size 3.
How you can donate: Simply tape the shoes together along with a £1 coin (if you can’t - see the office) and drop them off at school, it really couldn't be any easier. However, please remember;
Shoes must be in good condition.
Any zips or buckles must work.
Have laces if required.
They should be clean.
We are excited to introduce St Mary's 100 Club, a monthly draw where 50% of money collected is given out as prizes and 50% is for school fundraising.
Each number is £10 for ten monthly draws (£1 per draw). The winning numbers will be drawn on the last Wednesday of each month in our school assembly.
Please ask friends, family and neighbours if they would like to buy a number!
Spare forms can be found in the office. Good luck everyone!
Team Evie Challenge
The Team Evie Reading Challenge is a sponsored event which St Mary's children in years 1 to 6 are taking part in to raise money to buy mobile libraries for children in hospital. It is a great way to raise make a difference.
The challenge is very simple. All the children have been given a sponsor card (along with a book mark each!) and asked to set themselves an appropriate challenge to complete in a week. For example; A 5 year old may decide on a challenge of ‘I will listen to my mum read 2 books to me each night’ and a 10 year old may decide to read a full Harry Potter book. The children ask for sponsors from family and friends and then take on their challenge!
We are in the middle of our Team Evie Challenge. Good Luck everyone and don't forget your sponsors!
On Wednesday 11th July, Year 3 pupils took part in first aid training when they completed a Flat Stan First Aid Workshop. This was a great way to introduce our children to basic First Aid. The workshop was aimed to give your child knowledge and confidence in a safe and fun environment.
Children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the tutor was impressed with their enthusiasm and retention of their knowledge. Well done Year 3!