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Fri 08 Oct 2021
Our New Trim Trail!
Our old Trim Trail apparatus
As you will have seen, on the Lower Meadow the school has been having a new, fantastic Trim Trail and Adventure Play area built for our wonderful pupils to use throughout the school day. The works were completed by Pro Play and were installed over a three-week period to replace our old and tired wooden play equipment, which was slowly rotting away.
It goes without saying that we are extremely excited, as this new apparatus will enable our pupils to have even more fun and to build up core skills and muscle strength both at playtimes and lunchtimes and also during lesson times! You can see some of our Year 6 pupils already trying pout some of this equipment!
The Trim Trail will be in use from next week onwards.
Thanks to James and everyone at Pro Play!
Just to keep you in the loop, we are also working through the last stages of planning for the installation of two new log cabins which will be built on the edges of the school field. These two login cabins will enable us to have a lovely new bespoke school library and further curriculum spaces.
Watch this space!
Fri 02 Jul 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
A full on last full day here at Mersea.
One group started the day on the lake doing stand up paddle boarding and one group doing kayaking. Finally the sun shone on us and the weather was beautiful. The last group spent the morning doing bush craft - whittling, building dens, making fires and cooking bread and popcorn. After lunch, 2 groups did high wires which consisted of climbing a large telephone style post and jumping off the top in a ‘leap of faith’. The children were unbelievable and pushed themselves way past their comfort zones with all at least touching the top and most sitting or standing on the top and jumping off! The final group did the adventure course where they had to work as a team.
After a dinner of bbq chicken, chips and doughnuts, we went to the beach where we collected shells, paddled, skimmed stones and enjoyed the evening sun. We ended the day with a massive water fight and a slightly later night. We have a few activities to finish off tomorrow and then should hopefully be back at school about 3:30pm.
The children have been such a pleasure to be with; they have shown great team work and compassion for each other; pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and hopefully had a great time. All 4 of us adults have had so many laughs with them and have enjoyed spending time with them all. They have represented St Mary’s amazingly and all the instructors have commented on how engaged, enthusiastic and well behaved they have been. They have made me so proud this week and I hope they are all proud of themselves.
Thu 01 Jul 2021
Another busy day here at Mersea!
A better night sleep had by most and we had to wake most of the children up this morning. A hearty breakfast of sausage meat and cheese muffins and onto today’s activities, which were low ropes where the children had to move across a range of ropes working together to make sure they didn’t fall off; pedal Karts (like go-karting and amazing fun); bush craft and team work challenges. All the children then spent an hour in the pool all together playing and, although it was freezing, they had a great time. Dinner of pizza and jelly, then an evening of hide and seek, sardines and capture the flag. Although the weather has not been great so far, the children are throwing themselves into every activity and seem to be loving every minute.
Please see attached photos from Tuesday.
Wed 30 Jun 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
A jam packed day today! 2 of the groups went paddle boarding out on the lake. They all were amazing and loved playing all the games and races but mostly falling into the water. Some of the groups went climbing which involved being harnessed and seeing how far you could climb up a scaled wall; bush craft (starting fires, baking bread, whittling and wood art), kit karts and an adventure course. We all had a walk along the beach, collecting shells and spotting crabs then a dinner of noodles and chicken while watching the second half of the football and then relaxing before bed. The children are all pushing themselves so much and having an amazing time.
Tue 29 Jun 2021
Dear Parents and Carers
We arrived at about 12pm, we were given a tour of the site and shown to our cabins. The children spent some time setting up their cabins and exploring their surroundings. We then split into 3 groups, each doing a different activity. 2 groups did archery and kit karts (which involved constructing a go kart from a kit and then racing them down hills) and the other group did kayaking. They all really enjoyed the activities and can’t wait for a day of different ones tomorrow. They enjoyed a dinner of meatballs and pasta and then an evening playing games and chilling with their friends. They all settled well when it was time to go to their cabins to sleep.
Thu 24 Jun 2021
KS1 Seaside Fun Day (Thu 24th June)
Last week Key Stage One were lucky enough to be treated to a St Mary's Seaside Day! We were wowed by a fantastic Punch and Judy show in the morning, made our own delicious seaside snacks, dipped our toes in some sand and sploshed around in the water trays. That would probably have been enough excitement for one day, but in the afternoon the excitement went up another notch as we welcomed two beautiful donkeys to our school and an ice cream van! The children were able to stroke, groom and feed the donkeys and then played the afternoon away with tummies full of ice cream.
The day was a huge success and the polite, positive behaviour of our children was noticed by all who visited. Although it would have been wonderful to visit the real seaside, we feel our day was just as much fun. Well done and thank you to all that helped make the day such a memorable one.
Thu 10 Jun 2021
Our lovely co-Chairs of the PTA, Ruth and Gemma, organised and ran a fun Dance-a-thon for every class in the school. The Dance-a-thon took place on the school field, on the meadow area, with a wide range of popular music, colourful lights and even some super dancing props to spice things up! Needless to say, it went amazingly well and it was so lovely to see all of our St Mary’s children having fun and dancing away to their hearts content!
I am extremely happy to report that after our most recent count the school has raised nearly £2300 from incredibly generous donations.
I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to all of our parents and carers and friends of the school for your ongoing support, as the funds raised from these events goes directly towards providing additional resources for each of our children that the school would not normally be able to afford.
- Fri 07 May 2021
Thu 17 Dec 2020
On Thursday 17th December we had a crime scene investigation morning. Unfortunately, when the children arrived in school, someone had trashed the classroom leaving 8 specific clues for the children to solve. All the staff were suspects and the newly appointed detectives/officers had to use their enquired skills to solve 8 tasks. These were: fingerprinting, comparing shoe sizes to a print left by the criminal, identifying which pen was used to leave a note, identifying the staffs' favourite chocolates to match to a discovered wrapper, identifying what time staff members arrived at school and linking it to the time recorded at the crime scene, finding out the height of each staff member and matching it to the discovered hand mark, identifying phone numbers and comparing them to number imprints left at the scene and lastly, identifying suspicious material found at the scene. The children took on their roles amazingly well and after much investigation and interrogation discovered the culprit!
- Wed 02 Dec 2020