Children swing into sporting action

Hundreds of east Dorset school children tried their hand at golf when they took part in a special festival. Hosted by Wimborne Academy Trust’s (WAT) St Michael’s CE Middle School, almost 300 Year 3 and 4 pupils from 10 schools attended the Tri Golf and Multi-skills festival. Schools that took part included WAT’s Colehill First, Witchampton CE First, Merley First, … Read More

School is flying the flag for the environment

A Poole school is flying the flag for the environment after receiving international recognition for its green credentials. Merley First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, has been awarded the Eco School Green Flag, which is now proudly hoisted on its grounds. The Flag is recognised across the world and Merley is only just one of 1,200 schools in the … Read More

Children drive environmental changes at their school

Youngsters at one east Dorset school are helping to ensure a greener future for fellow and future pupils. The children at Merley First School have devised their very own Eco Code following a week of intensive learning about the environment. During the week in which World Environment Day fell, the pupils of Merley learned all about the harmful effects of … Read More

Hair today – gone tomorrow

When Emma Denton was just five years-old she took the selfless decision to cut off her long auburn hair so another little girl in need could have a real wig. It’s taken nearly two years for her hair to grow back to its original length but rather than enjoy her long locks the generous Merley First School pupil has decided … Read More

Flower beds will be cream of the crop

It’s going to take a lot of bottle but thanks to a generous donation children at one Poole school will be able to create new flower beds for their playground. Merley First School has received a ‘Making a Difference’ donation of £500 from the local Nisa store. With the money, the school will purchase flower beds made out of recycled … Read More

Food bank reaps benefit of school’s generosity

Children from an east Dorset school have generously put together a bounty of food to give to local families in need. For their annual harvest festival the children of Merley First School brought in hundreds of items of tinned and packaged food to give to the Wimborne Food Bank. Set up by local churches and the charity Faithworks Wessex, the … Read More

Fundraising was hair-raising

From spiky Mohicans to heads donned with cakes, youngsters at one Dorset school rose to the challenge when they were invited to come in with wacky hair. Merley First School, near Wimborne, staged a ‘mad hair’ day as a creative way of raising funds to improve the school playground. Staff and students swapped sensible pony tails and short back and … Read More