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Janis Radcliffe, 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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  • NEWS - 3 MAR 2017

    Published 03/03/17

    Dear Parents/Carers

     

    Welcome to the first of our shortened weekly bulletins. You will continue to receive a weekly diary date reminder (as below). A more detailed bulletin will be circulated twice every half term. Well done to Year 1 who delivered a super assembly about ‘Toys’ this week and thank you to Miss Harling for organising ‘Maths Week’.  

    KS1 and KS2 teachers participated in moderation meetings at Shottermill School on Tuesday; our Early Years Leader met with a moderator from the Local Authority today.

     

    REMINDERS

    DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

    8th March

    Y2 Multi sports at Woolmer Hill

    9th March @ 9.00am

    YR Class Assembly

    9th March @ 1.00pm

    Football Tournament at Tillingbourne – (selected pupils)

    10th March

    Y5 Winchester Science Trip

    10th March @ 2.30pm

    Celebration Assembly

    13th March

    Science Week

    16th March

    NO Maths Booster for Mrs Buckley

    16th March @ 9.00am

    Y2 Class Assembly

    17th March @ 2.30pm

    Celebration Assembly

    20th March

    Y3 Wisley Trip

    20th March 1.30pm

    Y6 Netball Tournament at Rodborough

    21st March

    Y6 Natural History Museum Trip

    23rd March @ 9.00am

    Y5 Class Assembly

    24th March

    Y5 Bikeability

    24th March @ 2.30pm

    REACH Assembly

    28th March @ 10.00am

    Easter Service @ St Marys Church

    28th March @3.30pm

    Parents Evening

    30th March @ 3.15pm

    Parents Evening

    31st March @ 9.00am

    Rocksteady Concert

    31st March @ 1.30pm

    End of Term

     

     

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  • NEWS - 24 FEB 2017

    Published 03/03/17

    This week’s value is Humility

    Ephesians 4:2

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Last week, we asked for your views about our proposal to reduce the number of school bulletins, in a bid to reduce the workload on the school office. Thank you to those of you that responded (only one parent) and we assure you of our best efforts to take your views into consideration when producing future bi-half termly bulletins, endeavouring to split the sections into those that are relevant to Reception/KS1 and KS2 respectively.

    This week began with the opening of the Book Fair and the majority of children have been to have a look. Thank you to Miss Howells for organising this and to colleagues for manning the stall.

    Year 6 visited the Haslemere Museum to learn about classification of species, as part of their science work this week. Year 1 and Year 2 children were treated to a ‘Toys’ and a ‘Flight’ workshop, respectively, to supplement this term’s topic work.

    This week I have been looking at teachers’ planning to ensure they are using assessment of children’s learning to adapt to their needs. Teachers also work together on planning and next week, they will be meeting other confederation schools to carry out joint moderation activities which will validate the accuracy of our assessments. During our Wednesday staff meeting, teachers discussed the most appropriate and impactful approaches to improving children’s learning and our science subject leader provided constructive feedback, following her extensive scrutiny of children’s science exercise books that took place over half term. This is all part of our school improvement programme. Mrs Buckley and I visited another Good Shepherd School on Thursday morning. We came back with some good ideas, but it wasn’t all one-sided; St Marys had much of value to share with the other school as well!

    Next week, I will be out of school for two days. If you have any concerns in the meantime…Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lawrence are here to help!

    Have a great weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 10 FEB 2017

    Published 03/02/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    What an exciting last week of the spring half term this has been!

    Today, to celebrate the end of ‘Book Week’, we had ‘Book Character Dress-up Day’. There were lots of weird and wonderful costumes, with children dressed as the characters from some of their favourite books. Well done children, we could hardly recognise you!  Earlier in the week, the Book Fair arrived; this will remain in school over half term to be re-opened after half term.

    Our value of the week was generosity and parents, children and staff have shown their community spirit by giving generously of their time and effort, as always. Thank you to teachers and parents who supported us on Thursday for our Bedtime Stories. Children returned to school, in the dark, wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers to enjoy a bedtime story, read to them by their teachers. Thank you to our hard-working PTA who provided cocoa and refreshments to warm up the evening.

    On Monday, Booster Cushion Theatre Company came to school to present a one-man adaptation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which was hilarious and very well-received by our youngest and oldest children alike.

    Members of staff have been in and out of school for training and updates this week. Mrs Newton attended a moderation event at Shottermill Junior School while Mrs White attended a history subject leaders’ course. Mrs Buckley went to London for a Special Needs Conference and Senior Leaders have all received training on the use of ‘Optimus’ professional development package, which includes a host of free conferences as well as training materials to be used for staff inset days. We are confident this will prove to be an excellent investment in terms of the savings that can be made on high quality conferences and the availability of engaging resources for inset days and ‘twilight’ staff training sessions.  

    The school administration team is stretched to capacity. Consideration is being given to moving to a twice termly newsletter to replace the weekly bulletin, whilst still providing information about important dates via other means of communication. If you feel strongly, either way, about this, please let us know using the parents’ right to reply slip at the end of this bulletin. 

    Have a marvellous half term. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 20th February!  

     

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • News - 27 JAN 2017

    Published 27/01/17

    Next week’s value is Respect

    Matthew 7:12

    “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.

    Dear Parents and Carers

    I’ve had a very busy week, catching up with things, not least the hundreds of emails that have built up in my inbox during my absence! Apologies and thank you for your patience, if you are one of the many people waiting for a response to an email enquiry, requiring my attention.

    At the end of last week, children in our Reception class enjoyed going outdoors to join in with a ‘Bear Hunt’! Mrs Lawrence reported that the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside and that the activity stimulated some super writing work and spoken language, back in the classroom.

    On Thursday, children in each of Key Stages 1 and 2 were treated to two separate discos in the school hall. These were run by the PTA and everyone had a really good time. Our thanks go to PTA members for organising this and giving up their time. Mrs Buckley, who also attended, said,’ It was a great success, the children loved it and the DJ was fantastic, keeping the children entertained at the same time as having total control. It was brilliant!

    Can I draw your attention to the timings of the school day. We have a number of children who are regularly late in the mornings and a few who are collected late at the end of the day. Please can you reinforce the importance of punctuality with children. Here is a reminder of the timings of the school day:

    Gates open 8.30am or just before

    Bell goes at 8.35am, by which time children should be in class.

    Registration is from 8.35 to 8.40am

    Lessons start promptly at 8.40am.

    Children arriving after 8.40am are marked late in the register.

    Afternoon school is from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Mr Whitbourn opens the gates at around 2.55pm.

    Children should be collected from outside classrooms at 3.00pm (unless other arrangements have been made with the school). We ask that you please let school know, in writing, if you want to authorise for an older child to walk or cycle home alone.

    Education Welfare Officers (EWO’s) regularly check our school registers and they make a note of all unauthorised absences and poor performance in terms of attendance and punctuality. If they have concerns they will contact parents directly. We have set ambitious targets in terms of the % of children attending school regularly and on time. Please help us to meet our targets. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Have a super weekend!

    Yours sincerely


    Headteacher

     

     

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