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Christmas Craft and Gift Fair – Friday 18th November

A Danish Christmas tree illuminated with burni...

Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

on Friday 18th November

from 7.00pm until 9.00pm

at South Marston Primary School.

Free entrance

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas Gifts, Decorations and Floral arrangements, Stained Glass Gifts, Ladies lingerie, Cards, Fragrances, Children’s Toys and Books, Jewellery, Preserves and Oils, Framed Photos, Refreshments & all things Fairy plus much more!

23 different stalls

Christmas in the post-War United States

All your Christmas gifts under one roof, plus a gift wrapping service (charges apply)

Sponsored by The Mercure Swindon South Marston Hotel and Spa.

Organised by South Marston Parents’ Association to benefit school funds.

Vote for your favourite teacher and put South Marston on the map

The Swindon Advertiser are holding a competition to find out who is your (or your child’s) favourite teacher, details here.

We only have until Monday (13th June) to get our entries in.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if one of the teachers at South Marston Primary School was in the paper!

I’m off now to buy my copy of the Adver and fill out the form to vote for my favourite teacher…

Advertiser – Youngsters join Police in carrying out speed checks

Swindon Advertiser run an article about the latest cooperation between Wiltshire Police and pupils from South Marston School:

SPEEDING drivers got a grilling from a panel of unforgiving youngsters as part of a police operation in South Marston.

Five children from South Marston Primary School were picked to talk to drivers who were caught exceeding the 30mph limit in Old Vicarage Lane and Highworth Road between 8am and 10.30am yesterday.

Officers from the rural north neighbourhood policing team also carried out speed checks in Blunsdon on Thursday and over the course of the two days issued 14 verbal warnings, three fixed penalty notices and one driver reached the points limit and must report to magistrates’ court.

One motorist, who refused to give her name, was caught doing 34mph and was asked why she was speeding and whether being confronted made her stop to think.

The 44-year-old businesswoman said: “I was running late for work and was in a rush but I made myself even later so I haven’t achieved anything.

“I should’ve left earlier and this has definitely made me think.”

Nine-year-old Jake, who walks home from school, said: “I think people shouldn’t speed because it could cause a serious accident.”

Harry, 10, said: “We showed them that they shouldn’t drive fast because it is dangerous.”

PC Marc Jackson, community beat manager for rural north, said: “The operation is in response to a highlighted concern from local residents and parish councillors in regards to vehicles speeding thorough the village at peak times.

“As a result it is one of the priorities for the neighbourhood police team to address in the rural north area of Swindon.

“The local school is situated on one of the busy roads, and at peak times children will often be walking through the village on route to school.

“Some areas of the village do not have pavements, so the children are at risk from speeding traffic as they have to walk on the road.

“They learned about stopping distances for vehicles at different speeds, understanding roads signs and identifying safe places to cross the road.

“Hopefully, the scheme made drivers stop and think for a moment about the potential risks they pose while driving at excess speed.”

School Update – November 2010

The latest news from our village school:

We have been very busy this term at South Marston C of E Primary School.

The new children in Reception have made a fantastic start to school, many of whom are from our village. They are really enjoying making new friends and have already started to explore the village on their famous welly walks!

We were all particularly excited about the Mr Men dressing up day on the 21st October and seeing their amazing costumes.

We are looking forward to the start of hot meals being served in the new school dining room after half term. The children have already been wowed by the food they tasted in a special after school tasting session and are excited about trying more of the healthy meals available.

We are in the process of naming the new school dining room and would welcome any suggestions.

Also this term we have already made some important links with other local schools. Class 4 have made a link with Bishopstone Primary School and have enjoyed visiting Swindon Town Football Club together before returning to our school to work together on Maths problem solving involving the dimensions of the football stadium and souvenir prices.

Class 3 have also made a link with Oaktree Primary School and have had fun looking at similarities and differences between themselves and the locations of their schools. Our children really enjoyed showing them our village location. We look forward to more exciting opportunities with these projects.

Swindon Advertiser – Mayor splashes cash

Swindon Advertiser provided the following article, regarding the fund-raising efforts of the villages school children.

SWINDON mayor David Wren presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Swindon branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association at South Marston Primary School yesterday.

The money from the Mayor’s Charity Fund, raised with the help of several local schools, will buy a guide dog and pay for its training and upkeep for a year.

South Marston Primary School was allowed to name the new dog because the pupils raised the most money per head towards the project.

Coun Wren said: “It is fantastic they have raised that much money.

“I went around the classrooms when I first paid a visit a couple of months ago and their school work was focused around the association and what it meant to be blind.”

He added: “I chose to support Swindon Guide Dogs because, when I was a lot younger, I actually went blind in my left eye. It was a really worrying time for me. I have got my sight back now but I did appreciate then how worrying it is to lose your sight.”

Mayors in Swindon get to nominate several charities to raise money for during the civic year from May to May.

Coun Wren, who will step down at the end of this week, also chose community radio station Swindon 105.5, Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool and Swindon Carers.

He has so far generated just over £26,000 through donations from businesses and individuals, as well as events, such as concerts.

Five local schools raised about £300 towards the £5,000 target for Swindon Guide Dogs.

South Marston, which raised the most money for the number of pupils at about 85p per head, named the puppy ‘Marston’ after the school. Coun Wren presented the cheque to Alan Fletcher, chairman of the local branch, during a special assembly yesterday.

Coun Wren has pledged to have his hair and beard shaved off if Swindon residents can raise at least another £1,000 before the end of the week. The fundraiser – named Hair Today Gone Tomorrow – is planned to take place in the Brunel Centre on Thursday, June 3 at noon.

To sponsor him, send a cheque payable to Swindon Borough Council to:

Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

Cheques should be marked with the words ‘mayor’s haircut’.

The Swindon branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is seeking to recruit volunteers to provide basic training for puppies.

Volunteers look after and socialise guide dogs between the ages of about six weeks and 14 months.

As well as providing food and accommodation, duties include teaching basic obedience and introducing the animals to public environments, such as buses and schools.

No previous experience is needed and all costs are covered, however puppy walkers must be able to devote a lot of time to the animals.

For more information, call the charity’s national recruitment office on 0845 371 7771.

The original article is available here.

Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated

UPDATE: Mrs Plested is being interviewed live on BBC Wiltshire radio at 5.15 on Thurs 14th Jan 2010, about virtual lessons conducted when the school was closed. It’s on 103.5FM,104.3FM and DAB.

Swindon Advertiser recently published the following article about South Marston Primary School

MODERN technology in Swindon could soon put an end to education-free days during school closures.

On Thursday a number of children at South Marston Primary School took part in an innovative home lesson via the wonders of the internet – complete with a teacher, an in-home science experiment and a question and answer period. Continue reading Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated

South Marston All Sorts

At South Marston Primary School

Children 0 to under 5yrs

Expectant mums welcome

Tuesdays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

(Term time only)

50p charge per family

Telephone: Saplings Children’s Centre – 01793 829996

On 22nd January 2009, our team of qualified and experienced crèche/support workers, commenced a weekly Stay and Play session at South Marston Primary School between 1.30-2.30pm (term time only).  These sessions are suitable for ‘mums to be’ (bumps) to children under five with their parents/carers.  It provides an ideal opportunity for parents/carers to make new friends whilst playing with their children, who enjoy learning through play.  The sessions are free of charge and are run on a drop-in basis with no need to book.

Our friendly staff will give a warm welcome to anybody who wishes to attend.
Stay and Play is run by the Saplings Children’s Centre, based in Delamere Drive, Stratton St Margaret, and it officially opened its doors on 10th May 2008.
Children Centre’s are service hubs where children under five years old and their families/carers can receive seamless integrated services and information. By 2010, every community will be served by a Sure Start Children’s Centre, offering permanent universal provision across the country, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life.
Saplings are able to offer the following services:
Support for parents/carers – including advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families.
Child and family health services – ranging from health screening, health visitor services to breast-feeding support.
Child and family health services, including ante-natal services
Parental outreach
Family support services
Support to childminders and a base for a childminder network
Support for children and parents/carers with special needs
Effective links with Jobcentre Plus to support parents/carers who wish to consider training or employment.
Appropriate support and outreach services to parents/carers and children who have been identified as in need of them
Information and advice to parents/carers on a range of subjects, including: local childcare, looking after babies and young children, local early years provision (childcare and early learning) education services for 3 &; 4 year olds and tax credits
Drop-in sessions and other activities for children, parents/carers at the centre and off site, such as South Marston Primary and Beechcroft Infants School.
Facilities at the Centre include:
A community kitchen where Healthy Eating and Cooking on a Budget courses have run
An indoor crèche with an outdoor play area
Meeting rooms for training and community events
Clinic rooms for easy contact with other professionals

saplings Our friendly staff will give a warm welcome to anybody who wishes to attend.

Stay and Play is run by the Saplings Children’s Centre, based in Delamere Drive, Stratton St Margaret, and it officially opened its doors on 10th May 2008.

Children Centre’s are service hubs where children under five years old and their families/carers can receive seamless integrated services and information. By 2010, every community will be served by a Sure Start Children’s Centre, offering permanent universal provision across the country, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life.

Saplings are able to offer the following services:

  • Support for parents/carers – including advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families.
  • Child and family health services – ranging from health screening, health visitor services to breast-feeding support.
  • Child and family health services, including ante-natal services
  • Parental outreach
  • Family support services
  • Support to childminders and a base for a childminder network
  • Support for children and parents/carers with special needs
  • Effective links with Jobcentre Plus to support parents/carers who wish to consider training or employment.
  • Appropriate support and outreach services to parents/carers and children who have been identified as in need of them
  • Information and advice to parents/carers on a range of subjects, including: local childcare, looking after babies and young children, local early years provision (childcare and early learning) education services for 3 &; 4 year olds and tax credits
  • Drop-in sessions and other activities for children, parents/carers at the centre and off site, such as South Marston Primary and Beechcroft Infants School.

Facilities at the Centre include:

  • A community kitchen where Healthy Eating and Cooking on a Budget courses have run
  • An indoor crèche with an outdoor play area
  • Meeting rooms for training and community events
  • Clinic rooms for easy contact with other professionals