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Community events

Well-being Garden

We have developed a new ‘wellbeing garden’ on the school field, with the help of the Abbey Gardening Department.  The school kindly received a donation from a local family, which has enabled the school to embark on this project.  The school’s Mental Health Ambassadors came up with an action plan for what they would like to see in the garden and one of their ideas was to create a quiet place, where people can go and sit, rather than running around on the field. The garden has also been designed as a sensory garden, so there is always lots to see, hear, feel, smell (and even taste some of the herbs or fruit in our school meals, once it has grown). The garden was officially opened with a blessing led by Father Francis, our Chair of Governors.  The garden has also been entered into a Britain in Bloom competition so was visited by RHS judges recently.

Buckfast Abbey’s Children’s Book Festival

Children from each class attended a book festival at the Abbey. We attended different workshops led by authors of a range of children’s books.

Devon County Show Scarecrow Competition

Pupils in Venford designed and created their own scarecrow from recycled materials and entered this in the Devon County Show.

Beach Clean

Following Venford’s work on recycling and protecting marine habitats, a beach clean was organised in the holidays at Dawlish Warren.

Devon Wildlife Champions

St Mary’s is taking part in the South Devon Wildlife Champions scheme, which is organised by Devon Wildlife Trust.  Maya from the Trust came into school to launch the project with a special assembly.  The Wildlife Champions project encourages pupils to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through outdoor learning.  St Mary’s will be focussing on birds and encouraging them into the school grounds.  Activities planned during the year include:

  • Making bird feeders
  • Designing and making bird boxes
  • Taking part in the RSPB School Watch
  • Learning about using and taking care of binoculars
  • Visit Slapton Ley to look at wintering birds
  • Use Devon Wildlife Trust’s bird microphone to learn different bird calls in the classroom
  • Use a Bushnell style camera traps to attached to bird feeding stations to become familiar with identifying different birds
  • Experiment with which birds like which foods best
  • University of Exeter ITT Partner
  • School Games Gold 2018-2019
  • RHS Five Star Gardening School Logo (1)

    RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Eco Schools Silver Award