Tristan da Cunha Education News
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School Book Week 2018

Report and photos from Victoria Stapleton

On Monday 19th March 2018, St Mary's celebrated Book Week for the first time. We kicked the week off with a visit from a local published author, Detective Constable Conrad Glass. He told us all about his book, "Rockhopper Copper", and how it had been written and published highlighting to the children the skills he needed to accomplish this.

All the classes chose a book to focus on over the week with the aim to highlight the importance of reading but also to show how much fun books are regardless of your reading ability.

Leo Duval with his muti-lingual Very Hungry Catterpillar session

During the week we had a visit from Leo Duval who read the children's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Class 1 and 2 in French and in Spanish. Craig Bergh visited the next day and also read us the story in Afrikaans. The children really enjoyed listening to a story they knew in a new language and had fun learning to count to 5 in French and Afrikaans as well as learning how to say hello and thank you.

We also did some paired reading and Class 3 visited Class 1 and Class 2 visited Playgroup to read them books to celebrate the progress they have made over the years with their reading.

1st photo of pupils dressed as book characters on 23rd March - see others below

On Friday 23rd March, we held a Book Week assembly and invited parents and the community to join us. All the children dressed as a character from a book and we had princesses, pirates, vampires and creepy clowns to mention a few. Given the limited shopping opportunities, the children and parents had been really imaginative and the costumes were fantastic. In assembly, the children shared what they had learnt over the week from the book they had been focusing on. Everyone really enjoyed the Book Week and hopefully it will become an annual school event.

More fantastic book characters on 27th March


2018 Easter Egg Hunt

Report and photos from Victoria Stapleton

The crowd gathered on the Residency lawn

On Monday 26th March 2018, Marina Burns hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of St Mary's and the Crèche at the Residency. We were really lucky with the weather and it was a beautiful sunny day.

Egg and spoon race

Randal, Chloe and Nathan had helped Marina to hide all the eggs around the garden. On Tristan, eggs are sometimes in short supply but we have lots of locally grown potatoes so our 'eggs' were in fact foil wrapped potatoes. Once the children had found their 'egg' then they presented it to be traded for a yummy bag of chocolate treats. A big thank you to Jayne Drew from Richard James Shipping who supplied the much appreciated prizes.

More fun and games

After the hunt, the children and teachers enjoyed some cool drinks before organising more games for the children to enjoy. It was a lovely morning and St Mary's and Crèche would like to say a big thank you to Marina Burns and her helpers for organising such a lovely day.

Marina Burns (standing centre in front of table) addressing the crowd at the end of the successful event.

Anne Green's Retirement Assembly

Report and photos from Victoria Stapleton

Anne receiving a bouquet from senior pupil Randall Repetto
with Sean Burns and Anne’s husband Joe looking on.

On 2nd May 2018, St Mary's held a special assembly to celebrate Miss Anne's time in education as she retired at the end of the 2017 academic year, after 42 years of teaching generations of island children.

Anne with pupils

Anne Green became a trainee teacher in 1975 under the head teacher at the time, Nigel Humphries. Nigel says, "Her selection proved to be a good one, as her qualities proved to be that of a very special person. She commanded the respect of the children in her care and of her colleagues." She then took over the headship from Marlene Swain in October 2010.

Anne gathered with the current St Mary's School staff.
Left to right: Back row -Tracey Price, Renee Green, Maria Swain, Sheila Glass,
Anne Green, Julia Hagan, Marina Burns and Peter Foster;
Front row - Kaitlyn Hagan, Rachel Green and Victoria Stapleton.

Anne Green has also been an Island Council member for many years and became the first woman to be elected as Chief Islander in 1988, serving until 1991 and again from 2003-2007.

Included in the many children she has taught are three generations of her own family: starting with her younger brother James Glass, her own daughters Joanne and Iris, and their children (Anne's grand-children Sasha, Rachel and Caryn, as well as her niece Sarah and her boys Kieran and Connor.

Anne with her family ex-pupils:
Left with daughters Joanne and Iris and grand-children Sasha, Rachel and Caryn;
Right with brother James, his daughter Sarah and her sons Kieran and Connor.

Anne Green has been a huge part of education on Tristan da Cunha and she will be very much missed at school but everyone wishes her the best of luck in enjoying her retirement.

2018 Swimming Gala

St Mary's School event held on 9th March
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St Mary's School Sports Day 2018

Event held on 24th April 2018
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Christmas Concert 2017

Photo report of the 2017 St Mary's School Christmas Concert.
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Children in Need Fundraising 2017

Tristan's schoolchildren undertook three sponsored activities to raise funds for BBC Children in Need.
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Tristan students begin studies in UK

Three Tristan students enrol at Peter Symonds College in Winchester, UK
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Tristan's Past and Future Meet for a Key Anniversary

On the 200th anniversary of the first settlers signing their agreement on equal rights, three Tristan students visited the British Library to see the original document.
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