Welcome to St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School
Croeso i Ysgol Santes Fair
A very warm welcome to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School. We are very proud of our school and its community. Our success starts with the children and families we serve, and our committed staff and governors. At St. Mary’s we firmly believe we are a team, a school family, and all pupils, parents, governors, the parish and the wider community are a very important part of that team.
St. Mary’s strives to provide a safe, happy and stimulating environment for learning and teaching. Our mission is, ‘Together we inspire, empower and achieve, with Christ in our hearts’. We seek to achieve this through setting the highest expectations in all that we do and constantly reviewing to ensure we continue to offer the best quality education.
We recognise that we are all individuals made in the image of God and that God has given each one of us special talents, which we have a duty to nurture and develop. We actively engage in improving as a learning community: children; parents; staff and governors, continuing to move forward together, celebrating our achievements with clear ideas of where further improvements can be made.
We want all children to be happy and well-motivated, with a passion for learning and a desire to achieve to their potential. We recognise parents as the first educators of their children and try to find ways to involve parents fully in all aspects of the life and work of the school. We work hard to strengthen the relationship between home, school and parish. We also welcome those families of other faiths who specifically want the education and values we offer at St Mary’s school.
We hope that you and your children will enjoy your time as a member of our school community. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries of concerns. Please support us as we will support you.
Mrs Donna Evans
Acting Headteacher/ Prifathrawes
St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School is situated on the outskirts of the city centre of Newport. The school serves mainly the Roman Catholic community of the west of Newport. This includes the All Saints Parish: the communities of St. Mary's; St. Anne’s; St. David Lewis’; and St. Basil's and Gwladys, and also the parish of Ss Anthony and Clares.
St. Mary's is a Voluntary Aided School. This means that the school is the responsibility of the Trustees of the Archdiocese of Cardiff. The school is funded in the same way as the schools in the Local Authority with the exception of the maintenance of the externals of the school building, which are the responsibility of the Governors.
The school is a vital and formative part of the mission of the Church in the area. The history of St. Mary's Voluntary Aided School dates back to 1844, when the original school was established at Stow Hill and Commercial Street.
The Buildings / Yr Adeiladau
The present building was opened in 1900 in response to the needs of the Catholic families of Newport and the surrounding areas. The main building houses the majority of the classrooms, the upper and lower halls and libraries over three floors. There are a further three classrooms in an annexe building situated just behind the main building.
The school also has use of an adjacent building which houses a kitchen and dining facilities. This building is also used for physical education and assemblies an concerts.
The school is set in extensive grounds with two playgrounds, fields, an outdoor classroom, trim trail and play equipment and a Forest School area.
All classrooms are equipped with interactive white boards and data projectors, or wide-screen TVs with Apple TV. Each class also has use of a number of iPads to support their learning.