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Swimming Gala 2019

Report by Clare Ryan and photos by Marina Burns

Friday 8th March 2019 saw St Mary's School swimming gala. The children overcame trying weather conditions with a cool breeze to swim fantastically. The older children competed in freestyle and breaststroke races. As usual, the house team relay was hotly contested with Inaccessible taking the win. The younger children in Class 1 and 2 took part in a running race, a kicking with a float race and a toy dive. They all did fantastically well and the children were well-cheered on from the poolside by parents, friends and family. It was a great success and a lovely way to end the half-term.

The gala was held in association with Queen's Day, held two days previously. See: Queen's Day 2019.

Swimming Gala - House team relay race Swimming Gala - Diving
House team relay race Diving
Swimming Gala - Kicking with a float race Swimming Gala - Diving
Kicking with a float race Diving
Swimming Gala - Girls freestyle Swimming Gala - Class 1 & 2 running race
Girls freestyle Class 1 & 2 running race

Caves Beach Clean Up

Report and photos by Richard Lockwood

At 7:45am on Wednesday 30th January 2019, a total of 13 secondary students from St Mary's School, accompanied by two members of staff, assembled at Calshot Harbour.

Students gather at the harbour for their trip to Cave Point

Students gather at the harbour for their trip to Cave Point

The students were met there by Kirsty, Cedric, George, Julian and Trevor from Tristan da Cunha's Conservation Department with their two RIBs, Arctic Tern and the as yet unnamed Blue Belt funded RIB. After boarding, the party travelled westwards around the island to Seal Bay, passing many of the island men fishing from their boats. With Julian at the dinghy's helm, the students and Conservation Department staff were ferried ashore, skillfully aided during the landing by Cedric and Nathan so that most people remained dry.

Landing at Seal Bay Pulling the dinghy away from the waves.
Landing at Seal Bay Pulling the dinghy away from the waves.

Following the landing, the dinghy was hauled high up the rocky beach, into a safe zone above the lapping waves, and left under the watchful eyes of a pair of moulting penguins.

There was then a short amble over to The Pool side of Cave Point to the beach that required cleaning. Working in teams of three, the St Mary's students quickly filled ten large black sacks with plastic rubbish that had washed ashore.

Students collecting rubbish from the shore.

Students collecting rubbish from the shore.

There were bottle-tops and brush heads, flip-flops and fenders, crates and children's toys, lighters and lengths of rope, pipes and plastic pieces of all colours and shapes. Lunch for most of the group was eagerly downed in the shadow of the radio antenna, sat amongst the huts, whilst watching the grazing cattle.

The students with their haul of cleared rubbish.

The students with their haul of cleared rubbish.

The return journey to the RIBs saw every member of the party wet to some degree and then the journey continued. We travelled eastward this time, passing Sailshardy Rocks, Trypot, Lyon Point and Sandy Point. All too soon the circumnavigation of the island was completed and as we arrived back in Calshot Harbour, thankyous and goodbyes were said.

Homeward bound in a Conservation Department RIB.

Homeward bound in a Conservation Department RIB.

St Mary's School Christmas Concert 2018

Photos and report by Shirley Squibb

The school's Christmas play, entitled "Tristan Love Island", was performed by Classes 2-5 on the 10th December 2018. It was based on two island families preparing for a wedding whilst going about their everyday chores - working in the patches, knitting, etc - and the wedding day followed by a dance. It was very entertaining and had the audience laughing throughout.

Playgroup and Class 1 performed two carols with actions which were also very enjoyable.

Play group and Class 1 singing (along with actions) to a Christmas Carol

Playgroup and Class 1 singing (along with actions) to a Christmas carol

Bride to be working in the patches with her family

Bride to be working in the patches with her family

The Proposal Groom-to-be chatting with his family
The Proposal Groom-to-be chatting with his family

Discussing the Wedding

Discussing the Wedding

Wedding Day

Wedding Day

St Mary's School closing the play with a song

St Mary's School closing the play with a song

MBE for Anne Green

Former Chief Islander honoured by HM The Queen
30-Dec-2018
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Chief Islander visits islanders in Hampshire

Ian Lavarello meets Tristan students at Peter Symonds College
20-Nov-2018
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School Book Week 2018

St Mary's School celebrated Book for the first time in March 2018.
12-Jun-2018
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2018 Easter Egg Hunt

The annual event was held on 26th March
12-Jun-2018
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Anne Green's Retirement Assembly

Occasion celebrates 42 years of teaching in St Mary's School
12-Jun-2018
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2018 Swimming Gala

St Mary's School event held on 9th March
11-Jun-2018
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