Life at St Mary's
After School Clubs
After School Clubs
At St Mary’s, extra-curricular activities play a very important role in the life of the pupil and the school. Throughout the school year, we offer a variety of clubs for our students to enjoy, both at lunchtimes and after school. These are changed periodically to attract a wider range of children. Some activities are directed at a particular year group and others are open to all children.
Clubs organised and delivered by independent specialists will involve a charge.
We are always keen to increase the range of activities we can offer. If parents/carers are interested in helping with these or have suggestions for new ones please contact school.
St. Mary’s School Garden Project
We have 472 children in the school and many of our children have taken some part in the planning, planting and maintenance of our whole school grounds.
We have made our raised beds look attractive by using "companion" planting – so it does the fruit and vegetables good, but also it is good to see the beautiful colours.
Lynn Redfern, a grandparent form school, has made a huge difference to our school garden. She has a wealth of knowledge and she is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with others. We have grown some of our flowers for our planters from seed, and have bought some. Children have visited Hopewood Park to buy plants. Different children have taken responsibility for planters – selecting plants and maintaining them. We are very proud of how our school looks now. Last year we won Sunderland in Bloom best school garden in the East – we have entered the competition again this year and are waiting to hear the outcome!
We are very proud of our hard work, and love it when parents and visitors comment on what a beautiful school we have.
Lynn Redfern, Siobhan Carton and St. Mary’s Gardening Group
(On behalf of all the gardeners in our school!)
The Karate Club ( Shotokan) is open to Years 4 and 5 and meets on Tuesdays. The children are trained by an experienced Northern Karate Association Instructor, and are presently working towards new gradings.
At St Mary’s we are lucky to have a wonderful choir, which is open to Years 4, 5 and 6. Over the last two years the choir have taken part in a huge range of events. This year we are singing at the Sage Gateshead, in support of Barnardo’s and the children are delighted to have been invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in June.
The 2016 chess tournament is underway with 18 enthusiastic players and 6 mentors who oversee the games. Well done to everyone taking part. The St. Mary’s chess club tournament has now taken place. Everyone participating received prizes and a certificate. Our new chess champion for 2016 is Ewan Wilson. Well done Ewan!
Our Drama Club is led by Sophie from ‘All-Star Productions’, incorporating song, dance and role- play. You name it, they will have a go! Building on its popularity, the club has been able to add new members, and now has members from Years 2 – 6. The children meet every Wednesday (Y4, 5 & 6) and Fridays (Y2 and 3).
BREAKFAST CLUB We meet every school morning, from 8 am – 8.45 am and start the day a healthy way, with a balanced breakfast. The Club is open to children from Years 1 – 6.
At St. Mary’s we encourage the musical talents of our children, and in KS 2 we have many instrumental lessons on offer including: String, Woodwind, Brass, Keyboard, and Drums. The skills of the pupils are celebrated in our musical assemblies held at Christmas and in the summer term. (Unfortunately, there are no spaces available at the present time.) Our Brass Band and Rock Band also meet weekly.
ACTION TEAM Two representatives from each class meet every Wednesday. They are the driving force behind making St Mary’s a more environmentally friendly place, and are working towards achieving our Green Flag. The action team introduce many Green initiatives in school, including our ‘Walk to School’ programme. They also put the Morrison’s vouchers, collected by the children to good use, using them to purchase hosepipes, a wormery and seeds, which will be used during their upkeep of the school allotment and gardens.
BOOSTER CLASSES Throughout the academic year, various booster sessions take place in both Key Stages, including Reading and Writing clubs.
Our Lunchtime Club is proving very popular. The children access their Mathletics accounts and continue practicing whilst building up their points tally!
SCHOOL COUNCIL The School Council is run by Year 6 pupils, who meet weekly at lunchtimes. They are the voice of St Mary’s, representing their fellow pupils in meetings etc.
Throughout the school year, there are many sporting activities taking place including:
FOOTBALL 5, 7 and 11-a-side football is available at various stages over the year.
GIRLS FOOTBALL TRAINING Year 6 girls have just started t taster sessions, meeting every Friday.
NETBALL At the moment, this is available to Year 6, who are members of the Sunderland League, playing at Thornhill School.
RUGBY Tag Rugby is held at different times of the year (weather permitting) for KS 2. Watch this space!
BADMINTON We have links with St Aidan’s Junior Badminton Club, which takes place every Wednesday 5 – 6 pm. KS 2 all welcome.