First Light Festival 2020

This weekend would have been Lowestoft’s second First Light Festival celebrating the summer solstice through music and the Arts. Last year our school was at the heart of the festival as a hub for the organisers. Next year St Mary’s will be taking more of an active role in the festival, but meanwhile, we can all participate in the virtual resources that the festival has put online. Watch this space and have a very good weekend!

Click here to Get involved in First Light Festival

Water, Mills and Marshes Schools Art Competition

Water, Mills and Marshes Schools Art Competition
Start Date: 9 June 2020
End Date: 24th June 2020
Who can take part: Any student from Reception to Year 6. Art work will be judged by year group.

Details: Create a collage of the animals and or plants that live in the dykes of the Broads National Park – it can be a picture of a single animal or the whole habitat the choice is yours.

Materials to Use: Collect a selection of natural materials such as leaves, twigs, flowers, stones, mud, grass from your garden, school or the park and use these to make a collage of “Life in the Dykes”. Be creative with these natural materials – some different ideas and techniques are on the website for you to look at.

Prizes: Kindly donated by RSPB – a Minibeast Explorer Pack and pencil case set. There will be a prize for best art work in each year group. Winners will be announced on the 29th of June.

How to Submit Entries: Please email a photo of your art work to your class teacher.

How the photos will be used: Photos of the artworks will be used to judge the entries and go on our website and other social media channels (so please no photos of the students themselves). No students will be named on our website or social media channels except for the winners. When the winning entries are announced we will then ask for a picture of the student to be sent to us along with parental consent for the image to be used on our website and social media.

Epic Reading

Please see below a letter about Epic Reading from Mrs Merriott.


ArtsMark Announcement

We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s has been awarded a Silver Level ArtsMark by the Arts Council! ArtsMark is an award for creative arts within schools. This is a very big achievement and something we will be celebrating along with other schools in our Multi Academy Trust who have been working towards an award.

St Mary’s has been working towards this for the past two years and has participated in projects at The Marina and Seagull Theatres, The Grit Project, Latitude Festival and currently Year 3 are working with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 

Looking ahead, we will be taking a more active role in the First Light Festival this summer and Miss Wharrier will be introducing an Arts Award project for children in Year 2 and Year 4 in the Summer Term.

To find out more about ArtsMark go to and to find out more about Arts Awards go to

More creative updates to follow!

World Book Day 2020

The children and staff were delighted to welcome  Alice Taylor – Lowestoft Mayor in her ceremonial dress, to celebrate World Book Day with us. We all enjoyed listening to our special guests read her poem ‘Because I Can Read’ the poem talked about all the things she can do because she can read, including composing her own poetry.  Children also talked about their favourite stories and how they had been inspired by them. The children and staff dressed up as their favourite book character and activities took place in classes throughout the day to celebrate our love of reading and books.  

Boccia Tournament

On Wednesday the 5th of February, six children from St Mary’s took part in a Boccia tournament at Waterlane Leisure Centre. Children from years 1,4,5 and 6 all represented the school with determination and pride. The children had a great deal of fun and came back to school with wonderful medals! We are all so proud of all of our representatives and want to say a huge WELL DONE for their amazing efforts!


We passed the  figure of Mary, Joseph and the donkey around each class as part of their Posada journey this advent. We prayed together as a class family, for all families around the world this Christmas 


St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School
Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0DG
Tel: 01502 565384

Please contact the school office if you require a paper copy of the information on our website or wish to speak to our SENCo - Mrs Ware.