News - 19th October 2023
Dear Parents and Carers
Am I getting old, or did that half-term go by in a flash?!
It has been an exciting, busy and productive seven weeks and it is a pleasure to stop, reflect and celebrate the fantastic achievements and progress made by our pupils over the past few weeks.
Firstly, I would like to commend our reception class for settling in so well. It is always a big step for our youngest learners to start their educational journey, but they have embraced it with enthusiasm and determination. Their smiling faces and eagerness to learn have been a joy to witness.
In terms of curriculum highlights, our history topics have been a resounding success. The children have delved into the past, exploring different eras and civilizations. It is truly remarkable to see their knowledge and understanding grow as they engage with these fascinating subjects. As a school, we have all extended our knowledge of the history of Chiddingfold during our very successful Heritage Week.
Additionally, our school trips have been a great success. From the educational experiences at Butser Farm and Ufton Court to the awe-inspiring visits to the Mary Rose and theatre trip to Cranleigh Prep, our pupils have had the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and create lasting memories.
I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our pupils during their class assemblies. These events not only showcase their talents but also provide a platform for them to develop their public speaking skills and boost their confidence.
Furthermore, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the parents who generously donated towards our fundraising efforts for Starfish Malawi. Your contributions for coffee and tea have made a significant impact on the lives of those in need.
Moving forward, I would like to remind you about the winter uniform policy. After the half term break, we kindly request that all KS2 students return wearing a shirt, tie, school sweatshirt, grey skirt/pinafore/trousers and black school shoes (not trainers). KS1 pupils should wear, a polo shirt, school sweatshirt (not navy cardigans), grey trousers/skirt/pinafore and black shoes. This will ensure a smart and cohesive appearance throughout the school.
Looking ahead, we have many exciting events coming up. Bonfire Night, Remembrance Service, Christmas Fair and Nativity performances to name a few.
In closing, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the staff, pupils, and parents who have contributed to the success of this half term. Your unwavering support and dedication have created a nurturing and inspiring environment for our children to thrive.
Wishing you all a restful half term break and looking forward to the exciting half term ahead.
As we enter the new half term, I would like to take a moment to remind you about our school policy regarding pupil sickness.
It is important that we maintain a healthy and safe environment for all our students, staff, and families. As such, we kindly request that children who have been unwell remain at home for a minimum of 48 hours after their last episode of sickness or diarrhoea before returning to school. This precautionary measure is in line with the guidance provided by public health authorities.
By adhering to this policy, we aim to minimise the spread of contagious illnesses within our school community and reduce the risk of further outbreaks. It is crucial that we work together to protect the well-being of all our students and staff.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
You need to apply online for a secondary school place by 31st October 2023. 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 200 1004
If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 you will need to apply for a school place. You can apply between 31 October 2023 and 15 January 2024.
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 200 1004
KEY STAGE 2: GODALMING AND DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION CROSS COUNTY EVENT
Sadly due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has now been cancelled. This was due to take place on Saturday 18th November.
YOUR INFORMATION UPDATES
We are in the process of ensuring all student records are up to date. A form will be sent home with your child/ren on Friday. Please can you review this information, and update where required. Please sign this form, and return to school on Monday 30th October.
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 i.e. 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 2023 – 2024, we would like to ask each family to contribute £25 per term; however, anything you can contribute would be gratefully received.
We have a number of unnamed jumpers in lost property. Please come and have a look. A polite reminder to label all clothes, water bottles and lunch/snack boxes as this will reduce the risk of losing these items.
The next PTA meeting is due to take place on the 1st November at 8pm. This will be taking place at the Crown. Any parent is welcome to attend.
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 9THTH OCTOBER 2023
RECEPTION – 88%
Year 1 – 98.2%
Year 2 – 91.6%
Year 3 – 98.1%
Year 4 – 94.1%
Year 5 – 97.8%
Year 6H – 89.5%
Year 6N – 92.8%
ST. MARY’S SCHOOL VISION
Wisdom is a core Christian value in our school because we believe through wisdom good choices are made, that it encourages us to learn from our mistakes and encourages us to live our lives wisely for the benefit of all. "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’’ John 8:32
Hope is a core Christian value in our school because hope gives us energy and supports us through difficult times. "Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time.’’ Romans 12:12 To act with hope is to aspire to greater things, to promote positivity and courageous advocacy.
Respect is a core Christian value in our school because we believe that all life is precious within the image of God and deserves to be valued. "Do to others as you would have them do unto you." Luke 6:31 Our Christian value of respect means living up to the image of God with our school, our community and ourselves.
Community is a core Christian value in our school because we know that together we are stronger and can achieve more. "Live together in peace with each other. Don’t be proud, but be willing to be friends with people who are not important to others. Don’t think of yourself as smarter than everyone else.’’ Romans 12:16
Everyone in our school, local and global community are needed and valued.