Blessed by God so that we may help others

Community events


Simon Giarchi from CAFOD came into school to talk to the children about the charity’s work overseas and to thank them for their fund raising efforts.  Members of the school council presented Simon with the money raised by parents and children, which would be put to good use in many different countries around the world.


Harvest Celebration

The school held a successful Harvest Celebration, with sixty-five adults attending the afternoon event.  £158 was raised for CAFOD as a result of selling food donated by parents and food which had been prepared by the pupils.  In addition, the event was attended by a representative from the Buckfastleigh Food Bank as the school also donated food to this charity.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School Open Day

DSCF1998A very successful Open Day was held this term which began in the morning with Mass and was followed by an open afternoon with around fifty visitors being welcomed to St Mary’s.  The day was held to mark the completion of Phase 1 of the building work, enabling everyone in the local community and prospective parents to see the improvements that have taken place over the past twelve months and the new facilities now on offer at the school.  Year 6 prefects worked as tour guides, showing visitors around the school and talking about life at St Mary’s.  It was lovely to see many past pupils attend the Open Day and talk to current pupils, about how school life has changed.  Some people were able to identify themselves in the old photographs displayed in the school.

Visitors were also invited to try some of the wonderful food on offer daily as part of the school meal menus provided by Dart Abbey Enterprises.

Everyone who attended the Open Day was asked to fill in our visitors’ book and record their thoughts about the school.  There were some wonderful comments written about the school, here are just a few:

‘I had a really informative visit and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautiful new school.  Thank you so much.’

‘Very impressive, the children have been very helpful and informative.’

‘What has been achieved is fantastic!  Well done St Mary’s.’

 ‘Went to school here in the thirties, what a difference!’

‘An absolutely brilliant tour of your lovely school.’

‘What a great transformation, very good – our tour guides were excellent.’

‘Wow!  What fantastic changes – such a lot of space, light and colour.  Very different from twenty years ago.’

‘What very lucky children to have this wonderful place to learn.’

‘Fantastic.  Lots of lovely changes, a great environment for learning.’

‘A lovely learning environment for a lovely learning community.’

‘A super light and airy building, very welcoming – a school to be proud of.’

Hampton Court Flower Show

Congratulations to our gardeners who grew Garvineas for the Hampton Court Flower Show.  Here is a selection of the plants that our ‘green-fingered’ pupils produced.

Road Safety Skills

Police Community Support Officer Tamzin Campbell-Mosely visited St Mary’s to carry out road safety talks with all of the pupils.  The children benefited from role playing some of the situations that they may encounter when crossing the road and even got to sit in a police car and try out the siren!

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