News - 13th January 2022

13 Jan 22
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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the spring term, the children have settled back into school routines and are enjoying learning about their new topics.

Last week, a six-week cricket-coaching course began for years 1 and 4 and outside PE lessons have commenced with Mrs Wright. Could you please ensure that all children have appropriate and warm clothing for outside sports? Mrs Wright is eager to discourage fair-weather sports people, so hats and gloves are recommended for outside PE sessions, as well as warm hoodies/sweatshirts.

This week, we were delighted to welcome Cathy Penfold from Starfish Malawi to lead our Whole School Assembly. Cathy told her story of her school’s journey with their link school and shared photos of trips that she had taken to Malawi. It was wonderful to see the impact that her school’s connection with Malawi had made for the pupils in her school as well as the outcomes of the charitable work carried out for their link school.

We have many plans to develop our connection and relationship with our link school in Kipira, Malawi this academic year.

Presently, we have only a few positive covid cases in children and one staff member. I am aware that this can be a fast changing situation and we have planned for all eventualities. However, we remain cautiously optimistic that there will be minimum disruption in school.

Class assemblies are due to commence again at the end of the month and we will continue to monitor and assess the situation in relation to parents attendance, as it stands, there is currently nothing to suggest that parents will be unable to attend performances following the appropriate guidance.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Buckley
Headteacher

Diary Dates  
21st January Y6 Height & Weight
27th January   4K Class Assembly
2nd February 4E Swimming
9th February  4E Swimming
14th – 18th February  HALF TERM
Year 6

Year 6 have settled really well into the Spring Term and are excited about the year ahead.

For Christmas, Year 6 adopted an African elephant through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and since returning to school, we have been finding out more about these amazing animals- did you know that the gestitation period of an elephant is 22 months? We have used our research to create a piece of writing in a genre of our choice, such as non-chronological reports or poetry. We are looking forward to sharing these pieces of writing with Reception class later this week.

This term, we will be continuing our link with our school in Malawi. We were excited to share What’s App messages with Kapira School last month and on Monday we enjoyed an assembly with Cathy (the Schools Linking Co-ordinator) from Starfish Malawi. This year, we will continue to send regular messages to Kapira School and will be taking part in the Health Walk project.

For the first-half of this term, Year 6 are exploring the topic of the Victorians. We will find out about the industrial revolution and how this has influenced our lives today. We will also learn about rich and poor lives as well as Victorian schools. In science, we will be finding about evolution and the work of Charles Darwin, and in art, we will be getting creative in the William Morris style!

For the second-half of this term, we will be learning about parliament and law making. We will create our own polictical parties and hold an election in school. This learning will culminate with an exciting trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament!

With an important year ahead for Year 6, we have been talking about hopes, dreams and goals for the future.
Our pupil leaders continue to do an amazing job supporting Mrs Buckley, the staff and other pupils in our school. This term, our peer mediators are busy preparing to run a Well-Being lunchtime club for younger pupils in the school. Watch this space for more details!

Miss Hampshire and Year 6

SCHOOL FUND

On a termly basis, we ask for a small contribution per family in order to support some of the extended opportunities that we provide. This may be used for additional resources for specific resources ie Art or a piece of equipment to be used by pupils on the school site.

In today’s economic climate, I am aware that parents are concerned about requests for financial support from schools. However, the reality of the situation is that, like all schools, in our latest budget we have had to make significant savings, which reflect reduction in our funding allocation from central government. It is only through continued careful management of resources that we have been able to afford to do this and protect the core curriculum resources.

With this in mind, your on-going support for the school fund would help us to continue to support these additional resources. For the academic year 2021 – 2022, we would like to ask each family to contribute £25 per term; however, anything you can contribute would be gratefully received.

THANK YOU

A huge thank you to the PTA and all parents/carers for your generous Christmas gifts, cards and good wishes. They were much appreciated by us all!

RECEPTION

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 you will need to apply for a school place. You can apply between 1 November 2021 and 15 January 2022.

If you live in Surrey, you can find out all you need to know about school admissions and apply online at surreycc.gov.uk/admissions or you can call on 0300 2001004

SCHOOL FUND

On a termly basis, we ask for a small contribution per family in order to support some of the extended opportunities that we provide. This may be used for additional resources for specific resources ie Art or a piece of equipment to be used by pupils on the school site.

In today’s economic climate, I am aware that parents are concerned about requests for financial support from schools. However, the reality of the situation is that, like all schools, in our latest budget we have had to make significant savings, which reflect reduction in our funding allocation from central government. It is only through continued careful management of resources that we have been able to afford to do this and protect the core curriculum resources.

With this in mind, your on-going support for the school fund would help us to continue to support these additional resources. For the academic year 2021 – 2022, we would like to ask each family to contribute £25 per term; however, anything you can contribute would be gratefully received.

Following Government guidelines, schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you take your child out of school, you may face a penalty notice.

 

WEEK COMMENCING 3TH JANUARY 2022

Reception – 96.3%
Year 1 – 96.1%
Year 2 – 95.5%
Year 3 – 96.8%
Year 4K – 94.7%
Year 4E – 97.4%
Year 5 – 88.1%
Year 6 – 98.7%

 

ST. MARY’S
SCHOOL VISION

Reflecting the virtues of Jesus' Mother, Mary, our vision is for every member of our school community to be inspired to blossom and grow in order to fulfil their potential, academically, socially and spiritually in all aspects of learning. By exploring the underpinning core values of wisdom, hope, respect and community, our pupils understand how to live out this vision and become kind, respectful and resilient social advocates, playing their part in building a better world.