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World Albatross Day 2020 at St Mary's School

Report from Clare Ryan and Stephanie Martin. Photos by Clare Ryan and Trevor Glass

Playgroup Art Playgroup Collages

St Mary's School celebrated the first ever World Albatross Day on Friday 19th June 2020. The children have been busy learning about the albatrosses that live on Tristan da Cunha and the surrounding islands. They created and displayed a range of different work including posters, pictures and information sheets about albatrosses.

Enjoy these photos of the day and of the children's work.

Playgroup (top) and their art (right & below)

Playgroup Art

Staff from the Conservation Department visited school to look at the children's wonderful work and to give a presentation showing how large the wingspan these seabirds have. It was also an excellent opportunity to learn about the Tristan Albatross, a species that only nests in the Tristan archipelago.

Trevor Glass, the Head of Conservation, thanked the staff and children for their support of World Albatross Day. His colleague Kirsty Green brought along a beautiful and tasty cake that she had made, showing an Atlantic Yellow-nosed Alabatross and chick. Everyone tucked into the cake at the end of the presentation.

'Save our Albatross' cake Class 1 Artwork
Kirsty Green's 'Save our Albatross' cake Class 1 Artwork
Cake and Children
Students with the cake and and the model used to demonstrate albatross wing spans
Shannon and Kieran Chantelle and Callum Jamie and Julie
Information sheets by Shannon & Kieran (left), Chantelle & Callum (middle), and Jamie & Julie (right)

Playgroup Patches Trip

Report and photos from Education Adviser Clare Ryan

With a trip to the Patches planned, Playgroup were pleased on Tuesday 9th June 2020 when the weather was sunny and bright. The children have been learning about different types of transport and had hoped to visit the Patches on the bus. Unfortunately, that wasn't possible so we borrowed the Administrator's Land Rover. Accompanied by Miss Clare and Miss Kaitlyn, the children counted all the different vehicles they saw on the way.

Playgroup and their transport to the Patches

Playgroup and their transport to the Patches.

The weather was nice enough to enjoy a picnic in the sun. After some exploring at the Patches, and more counting of vehicles, it was time to return to school!

Playgroup's picnic during their Patches trip

Playgroup enjoying their picnic during their Patches trip.

Ella's writing about the Patches trip Holly's writing about the Patches trip
In the days following the trip, the older children in Playgroup did some fantastic writing about their trip! Tyler's writing about the Patches trip
Sophie's writing about the Patches trip

Magic Potions in Playgroup!

Report and photos from Clare Ryan

For the last few weeks, Playgroup have enjoyed reading the book 'Room on the Broom' which features, as its main character, a very friendly witch. To celebrate their wonderful work which has included some fantastic writing, pictures and maths work, the children made a magic potion on Thursday 7th May 2020. Obviously, magic wands were needed first so the children decorated their own! This was followed by writing magic spells before moving outside for the magic potions!

Playgroup around their magic potion

The children were fascinated to watch the reactions involved in mixing vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, bubble bath, food colouring and glitter! The magic potion bubbled as the children waved their wands and said their magic words! They really enjoyed the chance for practical learning (which is very important for young children) and had fun making predictions and observations about their potion!

The Playgroup's magic potion

End of Term School Assembly

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

Community and school children clap for carers
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Easter Egg Hunt

Co-Administrator Steve Townsend hosted an Easter egg hunt in the residency garden for children from the school and crèche.
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Playgroup Pirate Performance

Playgroup performed pirate songs and poems to families on the 27th March 2020.
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Vacancy for Primary Education Advisor

Applications are invited for a Primary Education Advisor to provide continuing support to the staff and pupils at St Mary's School.
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Progress Report on Storm Damage at St Mary's School, March 2020

Photo report on the state of the school in January 2020, with an update on the situation in March.
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