About

Our Community

School Holidays 2021/22

Autumn Break:   11 – 15 October

Christmas Break:   28  Dec – 4 Jan

Winter Break:   14 – 18 February

Spring Break:   4 – 18 April

Our Community

St. Mary’s Primary School is part of a thriving community in the heart of Dunblane. A small, friendly school, our families get to know each other and our staff well.

We have strong links with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – the Rector of St. Mary’s leads school assemblies and provides pastoral care for families and staff. The Church community runs regular ‘Messy Church’ activities after school, and these are open for school pupils to attend.

We encourage our pupils to take care of our wider community – for example through visits to the residents of Randolph Hill care home, or litter picking at Holmehill woodland. We also have links with Dunblane initiatives such as the Dementia Café.

St. Mary’s is part of the Dunblane Learning Community. We work with the other Dunblane primary schools and Dunblane High School to develop joint learning and sporting activities and to support the transition of Primary 7 children to secondary school.

Communicating with parents

Maintaining great communication between the school staff and the school community is really important to us. The staff team at St. Mary’s communicates regularly and often with our school families.

Our monthly newsletter is sent to every family by email, and via our school app. Using the school app, we share news, events and important messages and reminders.

Teachers communicate with parents/carers using ClassDojo, sharing photos and insights from the school day. Regular parent evenings are an opportunity for parents/carers to meet the class teacher, and to see what the children have been working on.

Community activities and fundraising

Lots of community and fundraising activities take place at St Mary’s throughout the year. These bring our parent body together, and connect our school community with our local community.

Our unmissable Christmas Fair in early December is a lovely start to the Christmas season with food, mulled wine/juice, games, raffle, tombola and the chance for children to visit Santa in his grotto. The whole community is welcome to enjoy this festive afternoon. In the weeks beforehand, our school crafting group works with every school class to create beautiful crafts and decorations to sell as gifts.

At the end of each academic year our families come together for our summer celebration, enjoying a BBQ, games and ceilidh dancing. The pupils v. parents football match is always a highlight!

Our annual community picnic in the school grounds is a chance for the school community and local community to get together over a picnic lunch. We also invite local residents to school for a Daffodil Tea at Easter, and have hosted the Memory Café together with St. Mary’s church.  School families also participate in the Kilt Walk and mini Kilt Walk.

In addition to these events, our fundraising team develops all sorts of smaller fundraising initiatives throughout the year.  The funds that we raise through school activities are used to support the development of the school, for example through the purchase of IT equipment such as interactive whiteboards and ipads.

We also hold regular fundraising activities in support of the wider community, including Start-Up Stirling’s Reverse Advent Calendar, annual Christmas shoebox appeals, and collections of clothes and toys in support of refugee charities.

 

Easyfundraising

Easyfundraising offers a brilliant way for you to support our school when you shop online. Please go to the Easyfundraising website, register, and search for St. Mary’s Episcopal Primary School – Dunblane. Every time you shop with registered online retailers, St. Mary’s will receive a percentage of the price of your order.

 

Hello from
the Parent Council

“We are excited that you are considering St. Mary’s for your child and believe it would be a positive choice. As Chair of the Parent Council I would encourage you to come along for a visit and see first-hand how ‘small is beautiful.’ We pride ourselves in being friendly, welcoming and inclusive and are proud of what our small school achieves – both with its ability to ‘grow’ children who are creative, competent and confident but also with the links to the local community. We work to foster a sense of identity and belonging that endures.”

Liz Owen

Chair of the Parent Council

Our Parent Forum and Parent Council

Every carer or parent of a school pupil is invited to participate in the school parent forum. The parent forum is invited to attend Parent Council meetings, and to elect Parent Council representatives. Each year group has an elected representative on the Parent Council, to represent their views, concerns and ideas to the school.

Our Parent Council meets regularly with the school leadership. We support the development of the school in many different ways, including helping to develop school plans and initiatives; representing parent views on key issues affecting the school; fundraising; and organizing school events.

Our friendly Parent Council welcomes new members, and any parent or carer who has time to volunteer is very welcome to join us.

Calendar

Thursday, 21 Oct

Everyone Writes Day

15 - 21 Nov

Anti-Bullying Week

Sunday, 31 Oct

Daylight Savings end

Thursday, 11 Nov

Armistice Day

Location

Smithy Loan
Dunblane, FK15 0HQ
Scotland - UK

Phone & Email

01786 822740
stmaryeps@stirling.gov.uk

School Hours

Mon-Fri: 9am - 3:15pm
Autumn Term:  18 Aug - 8 Oct