Well done to Evan and Nicolas who represented St Mary's in the South Wales Mega Final of the Delancey Schools Chess Challenge.
Competing against 30 champions from other primary schools, Evan came second in the Under 9s and both boys performed so well that they earned their place in the Uk Gigafinal.
These finals, which take place in London, Manchester and Birmingham in the summer and will see the final 1,000 chess players from across the Uk battle it out to be a "grandmaster" in their age group. In total more than 40,000 youngsters took part in the Delancey Schools Chess Challenge this year so it is a fantastic achievement for our Year 4 boys to make it to the Uk final.
The South Wales Echo featured a story about Class 3 pupil Summer, who designed our new school logo. Her artwork is at the centre of a £260,000 makeover of the streets around our school, designed to slow traffic and make it safer for pupils and their families on the school run. The logo features on the traffic signs on opposite sides of Wyndham Crescent.
Well done to everyone who took part in St Mary's Got Talent. It was a fantastic evening and a wonderful opportunity for pupils to show off their talents and grow in confidence. We had singers, dance acts, ballerinas, ventriloquists and singer songwriters.
Pupils were treated to an exciting and interactive science lesson as a Mad Scientist led an awesome assembly testing the laws of physics and mixing up some crazy chemistry.
The Mad Science team will be back after Easter to run an after-school workshop for six weeks.
To help us think about what we should give up or take up for Lent, we had a special Cafod Assembly.
Pupils got the chance to live out our Mission statement (Through Jesus, we learn and play, care and pray,) during a special mission day.
Every class got the chance to visit other classrooms and work with different teachers on various activities all themed around learning, caring, praying and playing.
In the infants, the children played Welsh games and made chocolate treats for their friends. In the Juniors, pupils swapped classes and made heart-shaped biscuits for a loved one, as well as writing their own prayers and playing team-building games.
The day ended with mass celebrated by Fr Delaney in the school hall.
Pupils in Class 6 and Class 7 took part in a workshop teaching them how they can play their part in stamping out racism and challenging stereotypes. They were given some hard facts about the type of derogatory language and treatment some people from ethnic minority communities have to face every day in Wales and across the world and heard first-hand accounts of how it feels to be a victim of racism. Everyone left the workshop with a renewed enthusiasm to work together to make racism a thing of the past.
It was not all about learning our ABCs when a theatre company from the Food Standards Agency came in search of some space cadets. We all had to concentrate on the four Cs, Cleaning Cooking, Chilling and Cross-Contamination for this important life-lesson in food hygiene.
All the children were invited to see the show, before solving a problem in workshops organised for every class from Year 1 to Year 6.
New outdoor games and sports equipment purchased in part by The School Council has made playtimes and lunchtime even more fun.
The finalists in the design a new school logo competition have been announced. The judging panel, which included members of the School Council and Governors, considered all the entries from every class and the final three designs are now with the design team. The new school logo will be unveiled later in the year.
All the raffle tickets awarded during the Autumn Term for hard work, good manners and behaviour, as well as the Tocynau Iaith awarded for Welsh speaking were collected from all the classes and six were chosen at random. The six lucky winners received a cash prize. Let's hope even more raffle tickets and tocyn iaiths are awarded this term.
More than 60 pupils who did not miss a day at school from September to December received a certificate and a treat for their excellent attendance. Well done to them all.
The pupils from the Junior Classes helped us take time away from shopping, cooking and wrapping presents to remember the true meaning of Christmas at our Christingle Carol Service.
Wind In The Willows
Children from all the junior classes enjoyed a festive school trip to the Sherman Theatre to see the funny, entertaining and often mesmerising adaptation of The Wind In The Willows.
And if that was not exciting enough for one day, the children were amazed to see their artwork on display in the foyer of the theatre in Cathays.
They had been set a challenge by the theatre company to create their own portrait gallery of fictitious members of Toad of Toad Hall's famous relatives.
Their entries did not disappoint. They included President Donald Jump , ballerina Darcey Bounce, footballer Frogba, and singer Toadlor Swift.
If you cannot make it to the theatre to see the portrait gallery then examples of their artwork can be seen closer to home on each junior class webpage.
Thank you for your donations of bottles of pop, wine, beer and spirits for this year's Parish Bazaar.
All those donations not only help to raise much-needed funds for our local parish community but also earn pupils points for their class in a school competition. Bottles of pop earn 5 points, beer and wine 10 points and spirits and champagne 15 points.
Class 3, took an early lead but were nearly pipped to the post on the final day but luckily for them they managed to cling on to the leadership by just five points. Here is the final graph which shows Class 3 in first place, Class 4 in second and Class 6 in third.
A big thank you to all the parents who helped organise the first big fundraiser of the year - the Halloween Disco. The sell-out event raised an amazing £1,100.
The next fundraiser will be the Christmas Fair which is planned for December 8. Anyone who would like to help run a stall or anyone who has some good fundraising ideas for the festive season should leave their name and contact details with the school office.
Pupils from Class 6 and Class 7 were treated to a history lesson with a difference when the History Chefs visited school to talk about the food eaten in Tudor times, by the rich and the poor.
While Henry VIII may have enjoyed an array of every cut of meat from boar to swan over a seven-hour banquet, the poor relied on "pot luck", a pot of food which was kept cooking over the fire and added to as food was foraged. The pot was never cleaned and some food could have been in there boiling away for years.
The phrase "pot luck" came from the fact that when dinner was served you had no idea what you might find in your dish, how fresh it would be or how bad it would taste.
As well as learning interesting facts about food and where it came from in the world in the 16th Century, the workshop also gave the children a chance to become Tudor bakers and make their own bread.
This year's new recruits have been selected and have pledged to do what they can to make life better for people in need in our community and around the world.
They have already represented the school at a special mass at St David's Cathedral on October 14. Find out more about the youth organisation of the St Vincent De Paul charity on the Mini Vinnies page of our website.
Manifestos have been written, hustings have taken place and candidates have asked for support. This week the ballot box was opened and voting took place in all classes. The results will now be counted, verified and published in the coming days. Every class will be represented on the council and the council members will help Miss Russell make important decisions about school life in this academic year.
Children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge have been rewarded for their efforts at a special awards ceremony. The children who all read at least six books during the summer holidays received a certificate and a medal. Well done to all of them.
Evan from Class 6, has been named as a finalist in the Young Journalist of the Year competition, run by children's newspaper First News and Stabilo.
Evan wrote about his trip to the Normandy beaches with D-Day veteran Ted Owens. Along with his sister Caoimhe, he interviewed Ted. Some of the questions they asked came from pupils in the school.
His newspaper article about the life lessons he had learned from Ted, earned him a place in the final along with 11 other young writers from across the UK.
The story of his friendship with Ted sparked interest from the local press. (see the article below)
A gallery displaying masterpieces from every class in St Mary’s has become so popular it is even getting reviews on TripAdvisor.
St Mary’s teamed up with Tenby Museum to create, what the Curator Mark Lewis described as, the “quirkiest” gallery in Wales, and it is proving a real tourist attraction. The second exhibition of work has proved even more popular than the first.
The museum set the school a challenge three years ago to transform its public toilet into a gallery.
“The Loo-vre” ended up attracting attention from TV and newspapers.
Now holidaymakers to the popular seaside resort have been reviewing the gallery on TripAdvisor and have cited it a good reason to visit the town and the museum. One reviewer said of the museum, “ It’s got the best lavatory I have ever seen in a museum, I would say award winning.” Another added: “I loved the way the local children had made a visit to the toilet interesting and entertaining!!