Milo Davison, Oskar Anstey, Shane Moore, Alice Ford and Niamh Hourd with the dragonChildren at St Katharine’s School in the Savernake Forest have built a Chinese dragon as they explored the culture of the country around Chinese new year.
The six metre long (20 ft) dragon, made with the assistance of parents Laura Bone and Sara Clemence, formed the centre point of an exhibition which also included terracotta warriors and calligraphy.
Pupil Alice Ford said: “The dragon took two weeks to make. We did sections of the body in groups and all helped with the head.”
Marlborough St. Mary’s CE VC Primary School is now accepting applications for September this year.
The new school is currently under construction on the six acre site (commonly known as Van Diemen’s land) behind the current St Mary’s Infants School and will be ready to accept pupils at the start of the next school year.
In addition to excellent facilities within the building, the school’s external space for play and exercise is substantial, presenting Marlborough families and children with something very different and exciting.
Mark Thomas, chair of governors said, “We will be able to hold our topping out ceremony, when the last brick is put in place, at the end of January. We are on-schedule and committed to opening in September 2017.”
Marlborough St Mary’s is the amalgamation of St Mary’s CofE Infant School and St Peter’s CofE Junior Schools. The £7m school will provide places for 420 children from reception to age 11 (Key stages 1 and 2) in a spacious single storey building, with plenty of play space outside. There will be two classes in each year group.
The school will offer breakfast and after school clubs, hot lunches cooked in the school’s kitchen and a technology suite. Outside there will be an EFA approved football pitch, training grid and all weather games area. There will also be a Resource Base for 20 Special Educational Needs children.
Access to the school premises will be straightforward with new pedestrian pathways, a bicycle and scooter park and a car-park.
Fundraising to provide new sports’ equipment and new IT equipment started with the Chilli Triathlon Challenge last September and is continuing. The school is also looking for local companies or individuals who would be prepared to sponsor a classroom. As an example, a new whiteboard, projector and laptop will cost approximately £2,000 per classroom.
Headteacher Anne Schwodler, formerly head of St Mary’s Infants when it was designated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED, has been joined by Toni Holford-Wright, who was appointed Deputy Head last September. Toni moved to Marlborough from Lincolnshire where she had previously been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at two different schools both rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.
The new school’s mission statement is:
“Together we believe, learn and achieve. Within a loving, nurturing, community based Christian environment, we aspire to the highest standards. We value individuality, searching out every child’s unique talent so that each can be supported, flourish and grow; seeking to send out of our school bright, confident, responsible young global citizens.”