At St Mary’s CE Primary School, we understand the importance of developing and maintaining strong links between our school family and the local and wider community. We cherish our connections through assemblies, helping to maintain the local area, music and drama concerts, special events and maintaining strong links with a local residential home, where the children meet with the residents for music, sporting and social events.
By encouraging our children to take an active interest in their local and wider community, we can help them to grow into positive, active members or our society.
St Mary’s Church Mucklestone
Christingle Family Service
Due to the closure of St Mary’s School this week, sadly we will not be able to hold the Christingle Service in church this Sunday. Instead, it will be held on Wednesday 16th December at 4pm via Zoom.
To request the Zoom joining instructions please contact the school office ( email@example.com or 01630 672126), or email me directly.
The children will make their own Christingles during RE lessons on Tuesday and will bring them home.
If for any reason your child is absent from school on Tuesday but would like to take part in the service please contact me and I will arrange to get a Christingle kit to you. Please also let me know by end of school day on Monday if your child would like a speaking part in the service.
Please join us if you can – all very welcome
Denise Keen firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great British Spring Clean 2019
As part of the national campaign, children from Class 3 enjoyed a litter pick in Loggerheads which was organised by the Parish Council. They were all up for the challenge and “picked” high and low to collect bags of rubbish.
Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home
Members of the Children’s Church Club had the opportunity to visit Cheswardine Hall Retirement Home this week to make Easter Bonnets.
Everybody had a wonderful time and it was a fabulous opportunity for the children to talk with the residents – who enjoyed sharing stories about their past and big birthday plans for a gentleman who is about to turn 100 years old!
A Happy Retirement
Mal has been our local Post Woman for the past 14 years. She has supported the school in many fund raising events and has watched us grow from a roll of only 20 children to our current 64. She always has a smile and has been willing to help the school by regularly going above and beyond the call of duty – including even taking a school assembly once! Some of the children showed their gratitude today by giving Mal a card and a bouquet to wish her well during her retirement.
We wish you a long and happy retirement.
This term we have been thinking about Harvest Festivals and how some Christians respond to God’s goodness to them by serving and caring for other people. A number of visitors to school for collective worship have told us about the organisations they are involved in. These were:
Do you know there are currently an estimated 59.5 million people displaced around the world.
Sanctus St Mark’s is a support group for refugees and people who are seeking asylum in the UK.
They welcome women, men and children, of all faiths and none without prejudice.
We collected a large amount of produce which has been displayed in the church before being taken by a representative.
Barbara and Brian told us about Jiggers. They are little bugs that bite adult’s and children’s feet in Kenya. Greenfields Africa buys medicine that kills the bugs and they buy shoes for the children so the bugs don’t bite them again. We sold Christmas items with chocolate in them for £1 each – and raised more than £90.00. That will have healed and helped 18 people.
Market Drayton Foodbank
The foodbank gives people without any money to buy food, free food:
Dry foods such as pasta, beans and noodles
Drinks from concentrated juice
They also need cleaning materials and toiletries
Our collection was gratefully received by the Food Bank representative: Mrs Jane Newton.
In addition to these charities, children also collected Christingle candle money boxes for Save the Children, which will be officially handed over during this week’s Sunday service.
Litter Picking in Loggerheads
Year 5 and 6 enjoyed litter picking in Loggerheads with the parish council. We had quite a few compliments from members of the public on our hard work and polite children. Several bags of rubbish were collected and the children enjoyed helping their local community. A job well done!