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Community events

All pupils at St Mary’s benefit from using a diverse outdoor learning environment, to support their learning. The school is fortunate to have a large field, woodland habitat walk and woodland area to use for a number of outdoor education activities throughout the year. Key Stage Two also have the opportunity to achieve the John Muir Award each year.

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

Bellever Shetland Ponies

St Mary’s has been visited by two Shetland ponies, called Milly Magic and Elegant Grace. Pupils learned how to care for the ponies and even had the opportunity to carry out some grooming.  Some people learnt how to lead the ponies using reins.  We are hoping that the ponies will come back to St Mary’s again next term. Thank you to Sally and David who kindly brought the ponies to St Mary’s (and to Poppy and Honey-rose who helped with the ponies during the morning).

Fairtrade Fortnight

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, pupils organised a Fairtrade Sale selling fairtrade snacks and using fairtrade products to bake cakes.


  • 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