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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

Crocus Blessing

Pupils from St Mary’s School Council planted crocus bulbs in the autumn, kindly donated by the local Rotary Club, as a way of raising awareness of the countries around the world where polio still exists.  As the bulbs started to come into flower, representatives from the local Rotary Club and the School Councillors  attended a blessing service at the Abbey, conducted by Father Francis Straw, the parish priest.


Pupils from Burrator Class were invited by the Abbey Education Department to take part in a range of activities related to religion and ethics.  All of the activities were designed to give time for people to think carefully about themselves and the world around them.

Chinese New Year

Meldon pupils have enjoyed learning about Chinese culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year.

School Council Fundraiser for Cancer Research

The School Council decided upon Cancer Research as one of its chosen charities, following a request from one of the pupils in school.  One initiative was to organise an obstacle course with sports coach Jordan, which was completed by all of the pupils in school.  Everyone was asked to donate £1 to take part.  From all of the fund raising events held so far this year, nearly £200 has been raised for Cancer Research.

Radio Devon Christmas Day Broadcast

Some of our pupils were invited to take part in the special Radio Devon service which took place in Buckfast Abbey and was broadcast on Christmas Day.  The theme of the service was ‘Millennium’ as 2018 marks the start of the millennium celebrations for Buckfast Abbey.  Four pupils in Burrator Class were asked to write and then read their own reflections on what they hope for the next millennium.  Take a look at their thoughts below:


If I look back over the last 1000 years it is amazing to see how things have changed. People have changed, technology runs the world and we are more knowledgeable than ever.

Who knows what the next millennium will bring? Perhaps humanoid robots will take over or even we might find a whole new solar system!

I hope that the next 1000 years will bring a solution to world hunger. It is unfair that some people have lots of food yet others have nothing. Even in our country there are people going hungry every day. I would like to see everyone sharing what they have with people less fortunate. This could be food, clothes, homes or even simple love and care. We need to support the farmers and producers of our food now, so that there will be enough resources left for the future. We need to make sure we are growing, farming, and fishing with a thought to what might happen over the next 1000 years.


A millennium is a very long time. Many changes have happened over the last 1000 years but still there are things that need to improve.

I hope that the next millennium will bring peace to all nations around the world. Every year there are wars, fighting and terror that seem unnecessary to me as a 10 year old. I cannot be the only one to think this and so I hope that over the next 1000 years we learn to love and treat other people as we would want to be treated ourselves. No more suffering, no more fighting no more needless deaths anywhere in the world.

I want there to be a world where people care about and look after each other no matter what they look like, believe in or where they live.


The next 1000 years could mean many changes to our world. Our planet is running low on resources and space. We keep taking more and more land and using it for buildings and roads. We are cutting down rainforests every day without a thought for the plants and wildlife that live there. There is no thought for what happens when all of this is gone. It will not magically come back or always be there without us doing something about it now.

Over the next 1000 years I hope that we find a way to look after our planet, to realise that animals and plants are precious and will not be there unless we look after them.

Perhaps new discoveries or even space travel will allow the Earth to repair itself from pollution and further damage.  I hope that we all have enough space to live, either here or on another planet, in harmony with nature.


I hope that in 1000 years the Earth, humans and all living things are still here. I know that global warming is a problem already. The Polar Regions are melting and sea levels are rising. The world is getting warmer and the weather more extreme every year. If this continues then the next 1000 years could be very different from the 1000 years we have had before now.

I wish that we could find a way to stop and even reverse the effects of global warming.  I hope that people become less selfish and wrapped up in their own little bubbles. I want everyone to see what is happening around us and in other parts of the world every day. The things that are important are the things we need to take care of. These things are: love, care, friendship, family, homes, living creatures, trees and plants, and our Earth’s precious resources above and below the ground.  I hope that everyone comes together to work on this dream to build a better world for all of us.

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