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Athletics Success

Well done to everyone who achieved personal bests in the Welsh Catholic Athletics (Junior) Competition. St Mary's came second out of all the primary schools which took part. An amazing achievement.

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Llangrannog

Year 5 pupils enjoyed an amazing residential trip to Llangrannog. They basked in the sunshine, faced their fears on the high ropes, some skied for the first time, they raced down the toboggan track, went horse-riding, learned some orienteering skills and to make sure they were really ready for bed, they ended most days with a walk along the stunning coastal path and played on the beach.

The children on the trip were a credit to St Mary's and were praised by Llangrannog staff for their good manners, their enthusiasm and even for keeping their rooms neat and tidy! Well done to all of them. Here are just a few of the highlights from an unforgettable action-packed week. 

The Hay Festival

Children from Year 5 and Year 6 were incredible ambassadors for St Mary's when they represented our school on the world stage at the Hay Literary Festival. The pupils were lucky enough to attend an inspirational talk by children's author Cressida Cowell. 

Here is the official video from the Hay Festival which includes interviews with pupils from Class 6 and Class 7. Well done to everyone involved.

Cressida Cowell

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ECO WEEK

Well done to Mrs Dash and the Eco Committee who helped organise our Eco Week. The week of themed lessons culminated in Fair Trade Friday  when parents and members of the school community joined us for Afternoon Tea and helped raise £190 for Cafod. The whole school initiative was a great success, with every class being involved. To help improve our knowledge of Fair Trade products, pupils from Class 4 were tasked with creating informational videos explaining why we should buy Fair Trade.

 

Fair Trade Tea

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Fair Trade Chocolate

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Fair Trade Sugar

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Fair Trade Coffee

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Look out Bear Grylls! Pupils from Class 6 and Class 7 have been trained in survival skills on a trip to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Delancey Uk Schools Chess Challenge

 

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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.

 

Read all about it: Our new school logo is hitting the headlines.

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.

 

 

St Mary's Got Talent 2018

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. 

Author Mark Dorey read his new book and talked to the infants and juniors about being an author.

Mad Scientist

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.

Mad Science

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Give it up.... for Lent.

To help us think about what we should give up or take up for Lent, we had a special Cafod Assembly.

Our Mission Day

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.

Our Mission Day: 2018

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Show Racism the Red Card

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. 

The Ghastly Gravy on the Starship Gastromo

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.

Playtime Fun

New outdoor games and sports equipment purchased in part by The School Council has made playtimes and lunchtime even more fun.

SCHOOL LOGO COMPETITION

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.

 

AUTUMN TERM RAFFLE TICKET AND TOCYN IAITH AWARD WINNERS

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. 

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ATTENDANCE AWARDS FOR AUTUMN 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.

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Our Christingle Service.

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.

Come and join the celebration

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A long time ago in Bethlehem.

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Christingle

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Well done to everyone involved in our Christmas infant production of Rock Around The Flock. See lots more videos and photos on our twitter account.

Rock Around The Flock

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The Nursery Sheep

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Class 1

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Nursery Dance

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Afternoon nursery children step onto the St Mary's stage for the first time!

The Finale: Rock Around The Flock

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The school choir entertained the residents of the Romilly Nursing Home with Christmas Carols. A merry Christmas to all the staff and residents.

 

 

Silent Night

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The Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone who helped organise and run stalls at this year's Christmas Fair. A total of £250 was raised for school funds.

Mass: December 15

The school community came together for an early end-of-term mass. Thank you to Fr Bord for helping us focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Advent Wreath

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Starry Night

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Farewell Mrs Henneberry.

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After 12 years working as a TA in the school and many years as a volunteer and a parent Mrs Henneberry is leaving St Mary's at Christmas. Along with members of the parish community we wished her well in her retirement.

Pupils from Class 6 and Class 7 visited The Tabernacl in the Hayes to see their production of The Christmas Story and to get a festive lesson in bell-ringing. Thank you to all those involved in helping us focus on the true meaning of Christmas during Advent.

The Christmas Story

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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.

The school choir entertained customers in Tesco Canton with some Christmas Carols and collected around £80 for school funds. Thank you to everyone for their generous donations and to the staff of the store who rewarded pupils with a drink and a snack. Every little helps!

Parish Bazaar Bottle Stall Appeal: December

 

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.

 

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CHESS TOURNAMENT (November 28)

The school's newly formed chess team did themselves proud at the Cardiff Schools Chess Tournament in the Cardiff City Stadium today.

Around 500 children attended the event and our school team, which was only chosen last week from members of the chess club, did incredibly well for their first appearance.

As well as winning many of their games, Miss Allen, who accompanied the team to the stadium, said their behaviour and sportsmanship was outstanding and was commented upon by staff from other schools.

Well done to everyone involved. Pupils from Junior classes can attended the Tuesday lunchtime chess club. The cost is £2 per week.

CRUCIAL CREW

Year 6 pupils were trained by experts on how to stay safe in the annual Crucial Crew event.

As well as getting some self-defence training, the 10 and 11 year olds learned about the dangers they faced from playing near electricity pylons, railway lines or in our seas and rivers.

They were also given some tips on safely preparing food at home and are now better informed on making sensible choices when eating out or food shopping.

Representatives from many organisations and charities including South Wales Fire Service, South Wales Police, the RNLI and the Food Standards Agency were on hand to offer practical advice to the children during this educational but fun school trip. Have a look at Class 7's webpage for more pictures from the event.

Visit the Mini Vinnies' page to find out who has been chosen as officers of this year's Committee.

Members will be announcing a new fundraising initiative for advent so we will keep you posted and hope you can support the venture to raise much needed funds for people less fortunate in our local community.

Nov 15: The newly appointed school council today set out their priorities for the year ahead at their first official meeting.

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Halloween Disco Raises £1,100 for the school.

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.

History Chefs

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.

 

 

 

History chefs Carys and Ceri sent a letter to the school following their visit to thank the staff and pupils for their warm welcome, their enthusiasm and their good manners and said they hoped they could return to St Mary's again in the future.

Ceri added: "You have a lovely school and all the students were so polite and enthusiastic." 

Mini Vinnies

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.

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School Council Election

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.

 

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Hurricane Ophelia stops children in their tracks at playtime.

We may not have been in the path of Hurricane Ophelia this week but the incredible sky and red sun it created, prompted much debate at break-time. 

There were many theories as to why the sky had changed colour. Some thought it was an eclipse, others thought it might have been caused by an asteroid crashing to earth and some of the Reception children thought it might have been brought on by Mrs Walsh reading Room on the Broom.

However, fact proved stranger than fiction, when further investigation found the phenomenon was caused by sand particles from the Sahara Desert and dust from the forest fires in Portugal being whipped up by the tail of the hurricane. This was one science lesson pupils of all ages learned through play. 

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Reading Challenge

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.

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Oct 6, 2017, Non-Uniform Day raises £126 for CAFOD.

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House Captains

The votes have been counted and the results are in. The House Captains, all from Year 6, have earned their badges. The only thing left to decide is which house, Raglan, Caerphilly, Conwy or Harlech earns the most points this year. 

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It was lights, camera, action today, as pupils from every class got their photo taken.
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Welcome Mass


Pupils Of The Week

Every Friday morning certificates are awarded to pupils from each class. Pupils are chosen by their class teacher, for their achievements, hard work, kindness, or manners, to receive a Pupil of the Week certificate.

One pupil from each class is also nominated for a Welsh Speaker of the Week award. These certificates are presented in front of the whole school at Assembly.

St Mary's pupil named as a finalist in the Young Journalist of the Year competition.

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)

 

The Big Interview - Evan and Caoimhe put questions from pupils to D-Day Veteran Ted Owens, on a trip to Normandy.

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Welsh Champion gives pupils a chess masterclass.

Three-times Welsh Champion Tim Kett is coaching budding grandmasters at a weekly chess class.

The chess club for Junior pupils meets every Tuesday lunchtime. All are welcome. It costs £2 per class. 

Gallery of artwork created by pupils from St Mary's gets five-star rating on TripAdvisor.

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!!