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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 22 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 27/11/17

     

    Next week’s value is

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Phew! Another busy week at St Mary’s!

    On Monday, we welcomed Mrs Joanna Chudley (Teaching Assistant), to St Mary’s School. Mrs Chudley will join Mrs Bennett and her Reception Class children.  Mrs Chudley is looking forward to getting to know parents too.

    Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 children received their nasal flu vaccines this week. Hopefully, these will protect them from any nasty viruses that might be doing the rounds this winter.

    Children throughout the school have been enjoying some exciting, special, gymnastics sessions this week and last week Teachers have been attending as observers too; picking up some new ideas for their own gymnastics lessons in future. 

    It’s already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The caretaker has got the post-box down out of the loft and I believe I have seen a tree, some baubles and even some tinsel! I have also heard lots of tuneful singing emanating from classrooms, as children rehearse enthusiastically for nativity concerts and carol services.

    Year 3 parents will understand that senior leaders’ priority, this week, has been maintaining the staffing of Year 3 in somewhat difficult circumstances. I should like to publicly thank Year 3 parents for their generosity of spirit. We have been overwhelmed with extent of empathic sentiment and been thrilled to receive some very kind offers of support. We are doing everything we can to keep staff changes to a minimum, whilst continuing to deliver the curriculum, using high calibre teachers. Fortunately, planning is already in place, thanks to Miss Howells’ meticulous preparation and filing system, last year. Thank you to all, for your continuing patience and kind understanding.

    Thank you also to colleagues who have given additionally of their time to ensure as much consistency as possible. 

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

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  • NEWS - 16 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 16/11/17

    Next week’s value is Faith

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Earlier this week, school leaders met with Good Shepherd Trust consultants to carry out a validation exercise in respect of our school improvement plans and self-evaluation. We were delighted with the findings and are pleased that our teachers’ hard work is being recognised. Other monitoring and evaluation activities this week have included lesson observations focusing on the quality of pupils’ learning, pupils’ enjoyment and attitudes to their learning and teachers’ use of assessment data to support children’s learning and progress.

    On Tuesday, Year 6 had a fantastic day out at the Imperial War Museum, giving an added dimension to their topic work about World War 1. All had a great day out and, in typical St Mary’s style, children were well behaved and respectful, showing an interest in their work throughout the day. Well done Year 6 and thank you to Mrs Newton and to assistants and parents who helped out on the day.

    On Wednesday, children from Reception class through to Year 6 enjoyed participating in healthy eating workshops. The programme, led by an outside company, addressed many of the learning objectives from the PE, Science and PSHE curriculum. Thank you to Mrs Wright for organising this excellent day! Teachers became pupils again, in our after-school staff meeting, when our healthy eating promoters delivered staff training to further embed teachers’ knowledge and skills. Whilst all of this was going on, Mrs Buckley was at Shottermill Junior School, receiving training about extending more able pupils in maths and literacy and facilitating children’s success in achieving ‘greater depth’ learning; one of our school priorities.

    On Thursday, Year 2 pupils delivered an amazing assembly, telling us all about their topic work on the Great Fire of London. Well done and thank you to Year 2 children and to Miss Howells and her assistants, for a truly entertaining and informative assembly.

    Tomorrow is Children in Need Day when children may pay £1 for the privilege of wearing mufti. The money will go towards Children in Need charity. Thank you in anticipation of your generous contribution. Note also, that the PTA are asking for donations for the chocolate tombola and the bottle tombola - see below for more detail.  

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

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  • NEWS - 9 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 09/11/17

    Next week’s value is Faith

    "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

    Dear Parents and Carers

    It’s been another ‘fab’ week at St Mary’s!

    The week began with interviews on Monday, as a result of which we are pleased to have appointed a high calibre, temporary, Year 6 teacher. Miss Alex Pringle will cover Mrs Newton’s maternity leave from January 2018. She will spend as much time as possible in advance, getting to know Mrs Newton and the children in the class, ready for a smooth transition in January 2018. We welcome Miss Pringle. It also gives me pleasure to welcome Mrs Joanna Chudley, a Teaching Assistant, who will be working in Reception with Mrs Bennett from 20th November 2017.  

    On Thursday morning, Year 5 did us proud with their class assembly. Year 5 children explained to an attentive audience, what they have been learning about in their topic work on Ancient Greece this term. Children and teacher braved the cold, appearing in togas and Greek battle dress to impress the audience with their knowledge about Ancient Greece as well as a range of other cross-curricular themes, including geography, art, design technology, music and singing. Thank you and well done to Year 5 and Miss Clark.

    On Thursday afternoon, Mr Alex Tear, Diocesan Director of Education visited St Mary’s School. He was given a tour of the school and we spoke at length about academic, social and spiritual outcomes for St Mary’s children. Mr Tear enjoyed his visit and was impressed with what he saw. 

    Warburtons, the bakers, visited two classes in KS2 this week.  Years 3 and 4 children thoroughly enjoyed hearing about how bread is made and had a go at making their own tasty sandwiches! Warburtons’ visitors described our children as ‘super’ and ‘among the best they have had the pleasure of working with’! A number of prospective parents have also visited school this week and, without exception, have commented positively on our ethos and values and the behaviour and confidence of our children. Well done to all!

    On Friday 10th November, we will be having a Remembrance Service at school. Children will have an opportunity for reflection and will observe a short silence. Every child in the school has made a beautiful poppy which they have coloured and cut out carefully to be displayed around the flag-pole at the front entrance to the school. Do take the time to have a look, if possible!

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 2 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 03/11/17

    Next week’s value is Hope

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Children have made a good return to school after their half term break and teachers have heard some lively reports of the events of the holidays!

    This week we have welcomed a number of prospective parents who, when visiting classrooms, have commented on how impressed they are with our children’s learning and behaviour, and especially with their ability to explain the details of their learning and outline their personal targets for improvement.

    Children had their first sing-song of the half term yesterday. KS1 sang along with Mrs Griffiths, when they practised the words to some of our more familiar songs and KS2 sang with Mr Crocker, who will be preparing them for our end of term carol service.

    On Wednesday, during the first of our weekly staff meeting, teachers engaged in a joint assessment of the quality of work in pupils’ exercise books; they looked at continuity and progression across the school and assessed the quality of marking, feedback and pupils’ responses, which were deemed to be of a high standard.

    A representative from ‘Music-works’ came into school on Thursday to help set up new equipment and show school leaders how to use the new sound equipment that has been purchased with funds raised by the PTA. We are very grateful to the PTA for these additional, exciting resources and look forward to putting them into use. We hope that the addition of microphones will enhance our performances, especially where children are required to talk to a large audience.

    On Thursday I attended a ‘Headteacher’s Away Day’ at Waverley Abbey. The day included a focus on ancient, contemporary and personal wisdom alongside a rare opportunity for some reflection time!

    I plan to take forward what I learned about reflecting and relaxing through to the weekend and I hope you have a relaxing weekend too!

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 19 OCTOBER 2017

    Published 19/10/17

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

    Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

     Dear Parents and Carers

    This week we held parents’ evenings for parents of children in Years 1 to 6. The exception was Year 3 and those parents should have received separate communication. Year 3 meetings will be rescheduled for later this term. Teachers had plenty of positive things to say about children and, in some cases, parents gave complimentary feedback about their child’s class teacher, something we always welcome and appreciate! 

    Selected netball players played competitive matches at Tillingbourne on Tuesday afternoon and St Mary’s children did extremely well, coming 3rd out of the seven teams represented. More about this below and well done to our young netball players! Thank you to Miss Clark and parent volunteers who helped to make the event a success. 

    On Wednesday morning, Mrs Isobel Ramsay, our GST attached Consultant, visited St Mary’s to carry out joint lesson observations with school leaders. Mrs Ramsay was happy to validate the accuracy of leaders’ judgements about the quality of teaching and learning. It is good to know we can have confidence in the accuracy and usefulness of our monitoring and evaluation activities. 

    Tomorrow (Friday) is World Maths Day! Teachers have some exciting activities up their collective sleeves to hopefully inspire and entertain our young mathematicians.

    Following some concerns raised by parents and colleagues this week, we have given consideration to our PE/Games kit requirements. (See Mrs Wright’s entry further down this bulletin). Children should ideally have separate indoor and outdoor kit (i.e. yellow T shirt and blue shorts for indoor dance/gymnastics and a track suit, extra T shirt and a pair of trainers for outdoor games). Although, ideally, indoor kit needs washing at least every half term, the outdoor kit might need more regular attention, especially in the winter months when the ground is invariably wet. Teachers will remind children to take their outdoor kit home more regularly and it would be helpful if parents can please try to ensure the kit is returned immediately, so that it is in school ready for the weekly games lesson. We apologise, in advance, for the extra washing! 

    Finally, I should like thank parents for their help and encouragement this term and to wish you all a safe, happy and enjoyable half term holiday. School resumes on Monday 30 October, at the normal time as we race towards Christmas! 

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 13 OCTOBER 2017

    Published 13/10/17

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

    Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

    Dear Parents and Carers

    The week began with a visit to Butser Ancient Farm, linking with this term’s Year 3 topic work on the Stone Age. Pupils made some rare and interesting discoveries as they carried out an archaeological dig and practised their hand at chalk carvings. Thank you to teachers and parents who helped make the day a success.

    On Wednesday and Thursday, we held Open Mornings when prospective parents were invited to look around St Mary’s and hear about what we have to offer, including our extra-curricular clubs, sporting activities, music, entrepreneurial skills, day and residential trips. 

    On Thursday morning, Year 4 pupils dressed as evacuees, as part of their World War II topic work; they went out of school to the homes of ‘host families’. Thank you to our volunteer host families who set the scene with drinks and biscuits and kept the children busy with their chores!

    Tomorrow (Friday) Year 6 pupils are going on a Roman Dig! Our thanks go to Mrs Moser who owns Windmill Farm in Hampshire, where the Liss Archaeological Society has been excavating a substantial Roman site. Mrs Moser very kindly invited our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to participate. Children made some interesting discoveries on the 200 acre farm. During the afternoon, children had an insight into orienteering and learned some valuable map reading skills.

    Remember next week is parents’ evenings for Years 1 to 6. Please sign up on the sheets which are on the windows of the Mullard building if you have not already done so. Reception Class parents will have an opportunity to find out about the progress of young children after half term.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 5 OCTOBER 2017

    Published 05/10/17

    Next week’s value is Serving

    But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Chronicles 15:7

     

    Dear Parents and Carers

    The week began with an assembly presentation from the Cats’ Protection League and speakers encouraged children to think about animal welfare. We always welcome outside speakers, but equally, we welcome parents and grandparents who might have a hobby or an interest they would be willing to share with children. Please contact the school office if you have a burning desire to present an assembly or perhaps you would be more comfortable in the smaller setting of a classroom, delivering age-appropriate material.  It would be great to have a list of parent volunteers.

    Teachers, as well as children, have been continuing their learning this week. On Monday, Mrs Spong attended an RE Conference and, on Tuesday, Mrs Newton learned about ‘Engaging and Inspiring More Able Children’. We also have in-school professional development opportunities, including through conference feedback and  via our monitoring and evaluation programme. Lesson observations have taken place this week and will continue into next week with the GST Consultant visiting on Tuesday to carry out joint observations, to validate the accuracy of our judgements about the quality of teaching and learning.

    Wednesday was ‘no Pens Day’ and children and teachers had to find ways of communicating other than in writing. As you can imagine, this was a great excuse for chatter but children did learn to express themselves clearly and to consider ways of making them heard and understood, other than by putting pen to paper.

    Thank you to Year 4 and Mrs Ryder who led our Harvest Service at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday morning. We were treated to some lovely signing and a tale about ‘Stone Soup’, which fitted in well with the theme of thanks and giving. Thank you to Reverend Sarah for her contribution and for allowing us to use St Mary’s Church.

    Year 1 pupils led their own marvellous assembly this morning, sharing with us some of what they have been learning in their topic work this term. Thank you to Year 1, Mrs Spong and Mrs Buckley for their support.

    Next week we have Open Days on Wednesday and Thursday morning (9.30am to 11.30am). This is really a marketing exercise to attract prospective families, but parents of current pupils are very welcome to attend. Please let Mrs Bishop in the school office know if you would like to join in with a tour of the school.

    Finally, we are looking for a Teaching Assistant. Mrs Davies has unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons and we need a part-time Teaching Assistant for Early Years. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the school office and ask for a job description and application form. Closing date Friday 13th October at noon.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 28 SEPTEMBER 2017

    Published 29/09/17

    Next week’s value is Serving

    But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Chronicles 15:7

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Firstly, thank you to Reverend Sarah and all pupils, parents, colleagues and governors, who attended Sunday’s ‘Education Sunday’ Service in St Mary’s Church.  Children who took part are to be commended for their confident speeches and performances. Participants enjoyed tea and juice with home-made cakes, in the sunshine afterwards.  

    This week has been ‘All About Me’ week and, as expected, children have shown a great deal of interest in themselves! That said, the themed week was also an opportunity for pupils to think of others, starting with an assembly on the subject of autism on Monday and including some NCPCC presentation workshops on Wednesday. Some children will be bringing home letters to explain a little bit more about their learning in the NSPCC workshops, together with some guidance and ideas for continuing the learning at home.

    Wednesday was also ‘National Fitness Day’ and Mrs Wright kept staff and children busy and active, encouraging them to think about their health and wellbeing. More about this from Mrs Wright - see below.

    I will be out of school all day on Friday, when I will be attending the annual planning meeting for headteachers in the Haslemere Confederation. This is a group of schools that works together, sharing ideas to deliver best practice and making some cost savings through efficient purchasing.

    No news to report on the home-front this week!

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

    Published 21/09/17

    Next week’s value is Friendship

    “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 -10

    Dear Parents and Carers

    This has been a very exciting week, both in terms of events at school as well as for me personally!

    In the early hours of Sunday morning, I was notified of the birth of my new grandson, the second baby to be born into the family this year! I have absolutely no idea when, or how I became old enough to achieve grandparent status but I thought I would share with you because, not only does it highlight how quickly life passes you by, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder to be thankful for the little miracle of new life and all the excitement and promise of new beginnings.

    Onto school matters, another busy week! Clubs started this week and hopefully children enjoyed this extra dimension to their school day. On Tuesday evening, governors came together for a Full Governing Body meeting, preceded by a short introduction to staff, when governors had the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with long-serving members and to meet with our new colleagues. Our thanks go to Mrs Oqvist and Mrs Buckley for kindly arranging the refreshments and washing up! The governors’ meeting included analysis and review of the external report on governance, which will be used to inform development planning and, on Wednesday, Mrs Buckley and I met with the Good Shepherd Trust’s Consultant to clarify our own School Development Plans, which are coming together nicely. This year’s planning is based on our own self-evaluation, coupled with the findings of the 2016 Ofsted inspection and our end-of-year pupil assessment data.

    School development priorities will include endeavouring to raise the percentage of pupils who  achieve ‘greater depth’ learning; further improving reading and phonics; increasing the number of pupils achieving the so-called, ‘good level of development’, at the end of the Reception Year; identifying and supporting pupils at risk of not meeting expectation in one or more areas of the curriculum and further extending our more able pupils. Added to that, we aspire to improve the quality of writing, handwriting and presentation across the whole school and to inspire our more able mathematicians. With this in mind, our ‘maths booster’ sessions will begin in earnest next week and we have invited some higher ability mathematicians from King Edward’s School, to inspire young, aspiring mathematicians.

    We are very grateful for all that parents do at home to support children with their learning. There is no better way to encourage your child than by reading with them at bedtime and talking to them, around the dinner table. For younger children, social skills and practical skills such as handling cutlery are always useful. All children benefit from new experiences and, even a short trip to the supermarket can be a learning opportunity; 

    ask your child to find the cheapest/best value beans and compare prices for different brands of shampoo!

    Don’t forget this evening’s reading, phonics and writing evening for parents of children in Reception, Years 1 and 2! I look forward to seeing you there!

    Have a good weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 7 SEPTEMBER 2017

    Published 07/09/17

    Next week’s value is Community

     

    “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Welcome back to St Mary’s and the autumn term!

    All children, teachers and new colleagues have made a great start on their return to school this week! We welcome all of our new children and their teachers, including Miss Halliday, Miss Clark, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Dickson, Mrs Davies and Mr Hanson. We hope all newcomers will soon feel at home and enjoy being part of our very special St Mary’s School Community.

    We have received some exciting news that Mrs Newton is expecting her first baby early next year. I know you will want to join me in congratulating her. Mrs Newton will be going off on her maternity leave after Christmas and a letter has been sent to Year 6 parents confirming the school’s plans to temporarily replace her with a high calibre, experienced professional who will ensure that Year 6 children continue to make good progress and are well prepared for their end-of-year tests.  

    Although children returned to school on Tuesday, the term began a day earlier for teaching staff who held a whole staff meeting on Monday, followed by a series of training sessions, including Safeguarding, First Aid, revision of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and training in the use of Electronic Registers. The latter will speed up the process of registration and gives us some options to add other functions to the system later in the year.

    Teachers and administrators have been hard at work during the summer holidays. This year has been unusual in that we have had a lot of building work done to create an additional classroom. The results are spectacular and I should like to thank everyone involved, in particular our School Business Manager, Mrs Oqvist, who manages the school’s finances and premises and the teachers themselves, who have been moving furniture and locating resources. Thank you also, to Mr Whitbourn, Mrs Bedford and Mrs Swift for ensuring the school was clean and ready for business on Tuesday and to the remarkable Mrs Bishop who has given of her own time to get systems up and running! What a great team!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 20 JULY 2017

    Published 20/07/17

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    This week has been spectacular; children have been busily creative and teachers have been tying up loose ends from the term and forward planning for the autumn!

    All subject leaders have submitted their action plans for the new academic year, and these will be incorporated into new school development plans over the summer.

    The successes of the previous development plans are clearly reflected in the progress that pupils have made. The percentage of pupils achieving age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 2 as follows:

    KS2 Maths 100% (compared to 75% last year)

    KS2 Reading 95% (compared to 81% last year)

    KS2 Writing 90% (compared to 75% last year)

    KS2 Grammar, punctuation and spelling 84% (compared to 69% last year).

    At the end of Key Stage 1, the percentage of Year 2 pupils achieving the ‘expected standard and above’ in reading, writing and mathematics was as follows: Reading 83%, (previously 67%), Writing 73% (previously 53%), Mathematics 83% (previously 62%).

    The percentage of Reception Class pupils achieving the ‘GLD’ (i.e. a ‘good level of development’, has risen to 70% (this year) compared to 53% (last year).   Well done to all our hard-working children and a big, big thank you to St Mary’s dedicated teaching team, for all that has been achieved this year.

    I should like to add my thanks to the administrative team and those working ‘behind the scenes’ at St Mary’s; these quiet and humble individuals maintain the high standards of our school environment, keep children safe and ensure the smooth running of the vital administrative, financial and premise functions of the school.

    Finally, my personal, most sincere and heartfelt thanks to my trusted and committed Deputy, Mrs Sheila Buckley, without whom things simply wouldn’t be as they are at St Mary’s! Thank you Mrs Buckley! 

    On Monday, Year 6 pupils ran a Talent Show and after-school fund raising event, along the lines of Chiddfest. This was a test of their entrepreneurial skills learned in Biz School and children raised sufficient funds to pay for a party, (with bouncy castle), to take place after school this Thursday.

    On Tuesday, Year 6 children led the Leavers’ Service at St Mary’s Church. Thank you to Reverend Sarah and Miss Hannah Pye for helping with the selection of some very lovely bible readings. Together with the children’s own carefully-written prayers and Reverend Sarah’s poignant words of wisdom, this made for a thought-provoking and beautiful service.

    Thanks to Mrs Wright, who, on Tuesday afternoon, organised a whole school running event ‘Race for Life’, raising significant sums of money for cancer research charity.  Thanks to the PTA for snacks and refreshments.

    On Wednesday, staff held a lunch-time ‘get-together’ in honour of four members of staff who are leaving us at the end of this term. Our very best wishes to Mrs Denyer, Miss Harling, Miss Hughes and Mrs White, who are moving on to pastures new. 

    Term ends on Friday, with a final assembly starting at 9.00am, parents are welcome.

    On behalf of the staff of St Mary’s School, thank you for all your support throughout this year and for the generous array of beautiful gifts and words of thanks, which are very much appreciated. 

    With our very best wishes for a safe and happy summer!


    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - SATs Results

    Published 07/07/17

      7th July Mufti Day – bring in a bottle and sweets for Production 7th July Rocksteady Concert 9am-1pm 7th July @ 2.30pm Celebration
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  • NEWS - 15 JUNE 2017

    Published 16/06/17

    Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God” Leviticus 19:3

    Dear Parents and Carers

    It’s been another busy week at St Mary’s, but the weather has been very kind to us, has it not?

    The week has seen Phonics Screening Checks in KS1 and Sports Day for both Key Stages on Tuesday; more about sports day in Mrs Wright’s report below but suffice to say it was a fantastic day! Teachers were immensely proud of the children who showed great passion and determination, increasing resilience, a great attitude, and, in some outstanding cases, some really skilful and intelligent sportsmanship! Well done children and a big, big thank you to Mrs Wright and the teachers and to our helpers from Godalming College.

    On Tuesday morning, a GST Consultant visited our school to discuss predicted end-of-year outcomes for pupils in each class. There were many positives to report however, the approaching end of term does not signal a time for complacency. Teachers and Senior Leaders will continue to focus on strategies to further improve our end of year outcomes. This will occur at the same time as ensuring children continue to enjoy their learning and that they participate in the many exciting events planned for the end of the year.

    On Wednesday, our Year 5 pupils set off on their residential visit to High Ashurst and reportedly had a wonderful time. We welcomed our September Reception pupils who came to school to meet their new class teachers, Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Bennett. On Thursday we had a visit from the KS1 moderator, who worked with Mrs White to validate the accuracy of our end of KS1 assessments.

    Also on Thursday, our School Council representatives visited Woolmer Hill School, where they met children on School Councils from different schools. Thanks to Mrs Creswell and Mrs Rauch for preparing the children so well for this visit.

    Finally, keep an eye out for the July Parish magazine which will include an article about last week’s Holy Communion Service, written by one of our children, Joshua in Year 5 – do look out for it!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 9 JUNE 2017

    Published 09/06/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Welcome back – I hope you all had a lovely half term.

    Although this has been a short week for children, Monday was an INSET day and staff were involved in school activities, including meetings with a Governance Review Team to reflect the requirements of our Post Ofsted Improvement Plan. There was also a meeting of the Governing Body to determine St Mary’s new budget and consider the forecast for the next couple of years. Whilst finances are improving slowly, it is worth mentioning that, in common with many other schools, St Mary’s still has to work within extremely tight financial constraints. This means that we are always very grateful for your contributions and for the hard work of the PTA and those who support them by attending functions, such as the recent Chiddfest event, to raise additional funds for the school.

    This weekend we look forward to seeing you again; this time at the Village Fete, when our Year 4 children will again be dancing around the maypole! Children have been practising furiously and they are looking forward to showing their skills!

    On Tuesday, we held a minutes’ silence to mark the London terror attack and we have talked to children about the importance of vigilance but also about remaining calm and remembering that most of the time we are safe and these incidents are not the norm. We have encouraged children to talk to adults if they have any questions or concerns.

    On Wednesday after school, teachers attended a staff meeting when they received feedback from a colleague who has attended a couple of recent conferences about Special Educational Needs. This is one of the ways in which St Mary’s obtains best value for money, by using its own, internal resources and breadth of expertise, thus saving money and providing opportunities for colleagues’ professional development.

    On Thursday morning we held our annual Holy Communion Service when children behaved impeccably, showing great respect and a sense of occasion. They also sang beautifully! Well done, children and thank you to Reverend Sarah, Mr Crocker and colleagues who helped to organise this service.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 25 MAY 2017

    Published 25/05/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    A great day was had by all on Saturday at ‘Chiddfest’ music festival. Rain did nothing to detract from the success of the event nor to deter the whole community from coming together for a fantastic day of music and fun. Well done and thank you to all parents and helpers; in particular our thanks and congratulations go to Mrs Taylor, Mr Cowley, Mrs Quickfall and Mrs Cooke who worked tirelessly to make the day a huge success. Thanks also to Music Works’ volunteers who worked patiently with our children and staff to prepare them for their performances. Finally, well done to children who sang their hearts out and looked brilliant! 

    I have now interviewed and appointed a second class teacher for the September Reception Class intake. Mrs Kirsten Bennett is a highly qualified and experienced Reception Class/Key Stage 1 teacher who graduated from Liverpool University and the University of Roehampton as well as the Guildford College of Law. Mrs Bennett has undertaken further training including school leadership and Child Protection training. She is very experienced in delivering both the Early Years and KS1 National Curriculum and has previously taken responsibility for devising tracking and assessment systems. Mrs Bennett enjoys encouraging children to learn through hands-on, practical activities, drama and role play, and she provides challenging and stimulating learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. In her spare time, Mrs Bennett enjoys reading, sport and theatre. We look forward to welcoming Mrs Bennett to St Mary’s in September 2017, when she will work closely with Miss Griffiths to ensure that both Reception Classes enjoy equal, high quality provision.  Children have now been allocated to their classes, following a painstaking process, including input from local Nursery providers.

    Finally, can I remind you of your right to reply if you have a concern, comment or complaint about the school? There is a form at the end of each weekly bulletin for your respectful feedback.  We also enjoy receiving positive comments and would encourage you to copy these onto the Ofsted portal by going to the hyperlink under ‘parents’ / ‘parent views’ on the school website.

    Yours sincerely

    Mrs Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • News - 19 MAY 2017

    Published 19/05/17

    Next week’s value is Trust

    “When I am afraid I put  my trust in you” Psalm 56:3

     

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Well done to Key Stage 1 children who have been working really hard on their tests this week!

    All children enjoyed ‘Empty Classroom Day’ on Thursday, amid reports from children that this was ‘the best day ever’! Thank you, Miss Harling and other teachers for organising this special outdoor learning event.  

    Younger children enjoyed more of the outdoors on Friday when we had ‘Kidsrome’ visiting farm on site!

    On Tuesday after school, governors met in the presence of two external observers, as part of an external review of governance, to comply with the October 2016 Ofsted recommendations. During the governors’ meeting, Mrs Newton also reported back on pleasing developments in science. On Thursday, Mrs Buckley and I met with a GST Consultant to evaluate the progress of the detailed post Ofsted Improvement Plan. We are very pleased with what has been achieved in a short space of time since the plan was drafted and I am indebted to my colleagues for their hard work, willingness and incredible contribution to so many aspects of our school’s ongoing development.

    On Friday, Year 2 and Year 3 teachers took part in a moderation/training event, allowing them to share good practice with other schools in the Haslemere Confederation.

    Next Thursday is ‘Africa Day’ when we ask children to bring £1 for the privilege of dressing in African attire. Money raised will go to charity. We look forward to seeing lots of colourful outfits!

    Have a fantastic weekend, including Chiddfest on Saturday. Let’s hope for drier weather!

    Janis Radcliffe 

     

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  • NEWS - 12 MAY 2017

    Published 12/05/17

    Next week’s value is Koinonia/Community

    “Live in harmony with one another, do not be proud but be willing to associate with all people – do not be conceited.” Romans 12:V6

    Dear Parents/Carers

    This week has seen the KS2 SATS out of the way, with many children commenting that they found them ‘manageable’, if not ‘easy’. Well done, Year 6 and well done to their teachers for preparing them so well! We look forward to receiving the results later in the term. It is perhaps no coincidence that this week’s value was ‘hope’! Thank you to all other pupils who showed consideration towards those taking tests.

    Friday’s music concert was a fitting end to a busy week - congratulations to all participants!

    Janis Radcliffe 

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  • Exciting News!

  • News - 20 Apr 2017

    Published 20/04/17

    NEWS - 20 APR 2017

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  • NEWS - 17 MAR 2017

    Published 20/03/17

    Next week’s value is Compassion

     

    Matthew 9:36

    “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’’.

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Monday’s Science Day was a great success, starting with an informative assembly and followed by lots of exciting activities and investigations, including examining liquids behaving strangely, setting off ‘fizzy’ rockets, producing water cycle dramas, creating ‘seasonal’ artworks, mixing colour pigments and studying insulation, hibernation and even some elementary chromatography! 

    On Wednesday afternoon, selected pupils took part in the Regional General Knowledge Quiz Championships at George Abbott School. Although we didn’t quite make it to top position, participants did extremely well and are to be congratulated. Thank you also to Mrs Fozard and parents who attended and lent their support.

    Super School Councillors attended a Joint Schools’ Council meeting at Woolmer Hill and came back with lots of ideas this week and Year 2 children delivered a superb assembly on Thursday, telling an engrossed audience about what they have been learning in their topic work ‘Around the World’ this term. Thank you to children and teachers for working extremely hard to entertain us.

    Finally, a plea to parents of younger children: can I respectfully ask that, when bringing younger children to watch our assemblies, you ensure they remain seated and quiet throughout the performance. Otherwise, please remove them via the doors to the rear of the hall. This ensures that children who have practised so hard and other audience members, who have come to support them, can get the full enjoyment from these ‘painstakingly’ prepared presentations. Thank you in anticipation of your full cooperation. 

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe 

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St Mary's has become an academy within the Good Shepherd Trust, part of the Guildford Diocese. We provide education from Reception (age 4) through to the end of KS2 (age 11).

St Mary’s School aims to offer every opportunity for children to reach their full potential in a secure and nurturing environment. We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we value achievement in all areas of the curriculum...

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