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Community events


A local handbell group came into school to work with Burrator Class. They performed some traditional Christmas carols and allowed the pupils to play the handbells. The carols performed included Jingle Bells and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. This was a very inspiring opportunity for many of the pupils and it is hoped that the school may also be able to develop its own handbell group as so many of the children were enthusiastic to continue to practice their new skills.

Carol Service and Crib Blessings

Pupils from Venford, Fernworthy and Burrator all took part in our annual Carol Service in Buckfast Abbey Church. Each class also led a special Crib Blessing in each of the parish churches during December. Our Art Club kindly made sheep and angels to decorate the cribs with.

Choir Community Events

The school choir was invited to sing at the Buckfastleigh Christmas Fair. They performed a number of carols from the school nativity, which were enjoyed by the local public in Buckfastleigh and the surrounding area.

The choir also sang at St Luke’s residential home in Ashburton. Pupils were also given the opportunity to talk to the residents afterwards, an experience which the children and residents both seemed to enjoy. The choir also performed for members of the Lunch Club at St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre.


Operation Christmas Child

This year St Mary’s has collected shoe boxes and filled them for the annual Operation Christmas Child appeal, organised by Samaritan’s Purse.  The School Council helped Mrs Freeborn to check, pack and load the finished shoe boxes ready to be taken to a local collection point.

Children in Need

Pupils took part in a non-uniform day to raise money for BBC Children In Need. The school also sold various Children In Need themed items such as wrist bands and headbands. After school, three of our Year 6 Prefects also helped to run a cake sale. Altogether the school were able to raise over ÂŁ200 for this charity.

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