Education news from St Mary's School, Tristan da Cunha and Tristanians studying overseas.

2020 School Christmas Show

Report and photos from Kelly Green and Shirley Squibb

The annual School Play was held on Monday 14th December 2020 at 6.30pm. It was fantastic and enjoyed by all.

Finale song

The main sketch was a funny tale of former United States President Donald Trump visiting Tristan da Cunha and Nightingale Island. Before the trip over to Nightingale, a reception is held for him by Sam Glass, Chief Islander, at the one and only Albatross Bar. After one night of staying in a shack, the ex-President has driven everyone mad and they decide to leave him on Nightingale!

Donald Trump welcomed to Tristan da Cunha

Donald Trump welcomed to Tristan da Cunha

Reception for Donald Trump at the Albatross Bar Donald Trump's speech
Reception for the President at the Albatross Bar, and his speech.

Donald Trump en route to Nightingale The longboat casts off from Nightingale (without Donald Trump!)
The longboat Lorna takes Donald Trump on a visit to Nightingale - then, to everyone's relief, leaves him there!

Finale of the main sketch

Finale of the main sketch

There was also a dance performance entitled 'Party Animal' from Shannon and Chantelle with Kieran and Tristan, and an enthusiastic song from the younger children - 'If you're happy'.

At the end of the show, the Administrator, Steve Townsend thanked the school and the students. The children did so well!

Shannon and Chantelle's dance Shannon and Chantelle's dance
Chantelle and Shannon's dance with Kieran and Tristan

Song by Playgroup and Classes 1 & 2

Song by Playgroup and Classes 1 & 2

Admin Steve Townsend's thank you speech at the end of the show

Admin Steve Townsend's thank you speech at the end of the show

Students Support BBC 'Children in Need' 2020

Report and photos from Social Worker Sam Lowe

Tristan da Cunha has a long history of supporting the BBC's annual 'Children in Need' appeal and this year was no exception. On Friday 13th November 2020, the children of St Mary's school participated in a variety of sponsored walks to raise money for this worthy cause. The children had spent the previous week collecting sponsorship pledges from friends and family.

Quick photstop for playschool children at the harbour

Quick photostop for playschool children during their sponsored walk to the harbour

The day started dry with the Playschool children walking from school to the harbour, stopping off to collect pine cones on the way back to school. Then was the turn of Classes One and Two who headed to the foot of the 1961 volcano, via the Thatched House Museum. Once at Park '61, the children enjoyed a picnic lunch before heading back to school.

Class Four and Five were not so lucky with the weather, yet determinedly made their way from the Settlement to Runaway Beach. Here the children enjoyed a very chilly swim before heading home to warm up.

A charity bake sale was held on the 23rd November at Prince Philip Hall, for which the community donated a variety of delicious home made cakes, biscuits and savories.

All together the total amount raised was £1310; an amazing achievement for such a small community!

Playschool Sponsored Walk to the Harbour

Play school children setting out from school

Playschool children setting out from school

Playschool collecting pine cones

Playschool collecting pine cones

Classes 1 & 2's Sponsored Walk to the Foot of the 1961 Volcano

Classes 1 & 2 outside the Thatched Cottage museum on their way to Park '61

Classes 1 & 2 outside the Thatched Cottage museum on their way to Park '61

Class One and Two enjoying a picnic lunch at Volcanic Park '61

Classes 1 & 2 enjoying a picnic lunch at Volcanic Park '61

Classes 4 & 5's Sponsored Walk to Runaway Beach

Class Four and Five Students on walk from the Settlement to Runaway Beach

Classes 4 & 5 students on walk from the Settlement to Runaway Beach

Community Bake Sale Cake Table
Community Bake Sale held on the 23rd November 2020

School Holiday Art Club

Report and photos from Social Worker, Sam Lowe

The children have now broken up for their two week school holiday. On the morning of Tuesday 8th September 2020, a holiday Art Club was held at the Prince Philip Hall for some of the very excited younger children. Lots of fun was had as the children enjoyed different activities including puppet making, salt painting, shaving foam marbling and mask making.

Tristan school children wearing masks.

Here are the children wearing some of their creations!

Art Club work on display in Prince Philip Hall

Art Club work on display in Prince Philip Hall

Move back to St Mary's School after the Storms

Almost a year after the July 2019 storm, students have moved from temporary accommodation back to the 'Old School'
31-Aug-2020
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World Albatross Day 2020 at St Mary's School

The Conservation Department celebrate World Albatross Day 2020 with the children at St Mary’s School.
25-Jun-2020
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Playgroup Patches Trip

Playgroup made an educational trip to the Potato Patches on 9th June 2020.
16-Jun-2020
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Magic Potions in Playgroup!

Inspired by the book 'Room on the Broom', Playgroup made their own magic potion.
15-May-2020
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End of Term School Assembly

St Mary's School ended the first term of the school year with a prize giving assembly.
15-May-2020
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Clap for Carers

Community and school children clap for carers
14-May-2020
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