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  • Covid 19 Information

    Published 25/06/20

    Please click here to find our Covid 19 information. Please let the school know if anyone tests positive for Covid. If it falls on the weekend please email sbuckley@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk

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  • News - 29th April 2021

    Published 29/04/21

    Dear Parents/Carers Welcome back and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. It already seems a distant memory as pupils have the hit the ground running, diving into the summer term and their new topics with fervour and positivity. Whilst we did not receive the reduction in restrictions we would have liked, things are gradually looking like the old ‘normal’, as we have begun to welcome some visitors into the school, (covid compliant of course). Year 4 have been taking part in ‘bikeabilty’ training on the school playground and we are looking forward to resuming our Church assemblies very soon. For now, children will continue to work within their bubbles and rota systems will be set up to work with any visitor coming into school. On Monday, Year 6 attended a zoom meeting with the UK Parliament Education Team, where they found out about the Houses of Parliament and had the opportunity to question Jeremy Hunt about his position in parliament and how he got into politics. Year 6 have now formed their own political parties and are currently on the campaign trail. I have read some of the manifestos and they are very impressive. A potential future Prime Minister in that class! Today, we also welcomed Petrina Foster from Surrey Young Carers to present us with the Angel Award. The Award is made to schools that demonstrate they are ‘young-carer friendly’. Schools have to meet eight standards, checked by the Young Carer staff and young carers, including having a carers’ champion, a carers support group, training for staff, and assemblies about young carers to help all pupils understand the issues the young carers face, as well as support pupils to selfidentify and find the help they need We are delighted to receive this award, and are very proud of our young carers and grateful for the hard work and compassionate support they receive from the Home School Link Worker (HSLW) and Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). I wish also to congratulate Charlie P, Rory G and Noah B, who have been challenging themselves cycling long distances to raise money for charity. Well done boys, we are very proud of you and your achievements. Finally, a reminder as we are (hopefully) heading towards sunny weather, that all children should have water bottles in school, bring a hat and have sun cream applied at home in the morning.

    Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

    Sheila Buckely Headteacher

    Diary Dates

    W/C 26TH April Parents evenings – letters sent home

    28th April Y4 Bikeability

    3 rd May Bank Holiday – school closed

    4 th May@ 6pm Governors Meeting

    17th May Book Fair in school

    18th May Y6 Surrey Police Drug and Alcohol Awareness Talk

    24th May Y6 Bikeability

    31st May Half Term

     

    CHRISTIAN VALUES

    Sun, spirituality and springtime celebrations At the end of the Spring Term, the whole school took a giant ‘deep breath’ away from normal lessons to reflect on the Easter story and the importance of this period in the Christian calendar. Our so-called Pause Day was a great opportunity for the children to engage in a range of activities that promote deeper thinking and spiritual wellbeing. Moreover, we were truly delighted that the entire day was bathed in glorious, warm sunshine! It was wonderful to look around the school to see children enjoying pilates sessions on the grass, art activities in our outdoor classroom and Easter garden making in and around the classrooms. All children had the chance to visit special ‘reflection stations’ in the hall where they could think and write down some of their innermost thoughts in a calm and peaceful environment adorned with twinkling lights. The day was rounded off with a very special appearance by the Easter Bunny who visited each classroom with a bulging basket of Easter treats for the children to enjoy. At a time where serenity can be hard to find, it was great for the children to have the space and time to enjoy a range of wellbeing activities alongside their friends in the safe environment of school. A perfect start to the Easter period!

    YEAR 5

    It’s safe to say Year 5 are certainly happy to be back in school again! They were absolutely wonderful during the home learning period. We can’t believe it’s summer term already. Upon returning to school, we finished our topic all about SPACE! We looked in details at the planets, astronauts and were even lucky enough to have a Zoom with someone who works in a company designing video satellites for space. How exciting! After the wonderful news about NASA sending the Perseverance rover to Mars, we decided to spend time building our own rovers, which had to survive various tasks. We had little ‘eggstronauts’ who sat inside our rovers. They had to withstand extreme heat, extreme height and a VERY bumpy obstacle course! There were some points for creativity too. This term we are excited to begin our topic looking at Ancient Greece! This week we completed a Greek murder mystery… Miss Clark was quite unfair as she made us wait until the end of the week to find out the answer. We definitely have some good detectives here. In Art, we are making our Greek masks based on various Greek Gods and Goddesses. Hopefully they will look fantastic on our display! We also have plans to have Greek day, create our own Olympics as well as looking further in to some wonderful Greek mythology! We are looking forward to another wonderful term (in the sunshine)!

    SCHOOL FUND

    ou can now make the voluntary termly donation via Scopay for the suggested amount of £25.00 per pupil. These funds go towards additional extras for classes to use and enjoy. The school budget has been even more challenged this year due to the additional costs incurred due to Covid so if you are able to donate that would be much appreciated. SICKNESS/ABSENCE Please ensure that you inform the school office by 8.30 if your child is not going to be in school via email to:- admin2@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk Please do not email your class teacher.

    Haslemere Rotary Club are organising the family scarecrow competition which can be summed up as follows: • We are asking families to make a scarecrow(s) and display it / them in their front gardens during the two weeks of the Festival. May 17th – 31st . • No theme apart from a requirement to bring a smile to people’s faces when they see them. • An entry form is on the scarecrow section of the Rotary club of Haslemere website - https://www.rotaryribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=835365&ClubID=1454 • They can opt to make a scarecrow from their own materials, or we will provide the basics – straw and three hessian sacks. • Materials need to be pre-ordered & will be handed out over the weekend of May 1st / 2nd . • Final day of competition is May 20th . • Initially scarecrows will be judged virtually from their own photographs. • The top 12 will then be asked to bring them to Lion Green on May 30th where the final judging will take place. (Scarecrow parade) • Prizes given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd .

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  • NEWS - 25th March 2021

    Published 25/03/21

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the spring term. We are immensely proud of how the children have returned to school life and how they are engaging in their learning. 
     
    The classrooms are bubbling with enthusiasm; there have been so many exciting activities going on in school this week.   
     
    Year 3’s kicked off the week with a Titanic Day, children dressed up, took part in various creative sessions and ended with what looked like a ‘First Class’ afternoon tea. 
     
    On Tuesday, we welcomed Dr Rev Rachel to introduce and enjoy Year 5 perform the Easter Story.  This will be shared with the whole school next week. 
     
    By Wednesday, the excitement in the building was palpable, with the arrival of three chicks in Year 2, more details and photos below!  
     
    Today, all children enjoyed a Covid compliant live production of the Wizard of Oz, attended in their bubbles.  The ‘reviews’ have been incredibly positive, ‘entertaining, engaging and educational’.  Well done and thank you to M and M Theatre productions. 
     
    Tomorrow, we shall end the week with a Science Day, with lots of practical, hands on lessons planned.  Next week, we look forward to Pause Day on Tuesday, a day for reflection, whilst creating a whole school mosaic art piece that will remind us of importance of hope.  
     
    So, as you can tell, never a dull moment here and always busy!  There are so many more exciting learning opportunities to look forward to in summer.  We shall welcome back all children on Tuesday 20th April.  At the moment we will continue to follow the measures currently in place, however, we are preparing for changes that may be put in place after this date. 
     
    Have a wonderful Easter break, fingers crossed for plenty of sunshine. 
     
    Best wishes 
     
    Mrs Buckley 
    Headteacher  
      
     

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  • News - 11th March 2021

    Published 12/03/21

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    It was lovely to welcome all the children back into school on Monday morning; hearing the sound of their chatter and laughter around the building is wonderful, and the school feels ‘alive’ again!  
     
    The children have been busy settling back into school routines, there have been a few wobbles, which is expected, but the staff are here to help, support and encourage the children.  The HSLW is also available if you have any concerns about your child and how they are settling back into school life. Children will have opportunities to talk about their worries in PSHE lessons and if necessary, extra 1:1 or small group sessions will be organised.  However, overall the children are delighted to be back with their friends and I am sure this happiness and positivity is infectious. 
     
    In assembly this week, we have discussed our school behaviour rules, ‘be safe, be ready and be respectful’ and how in school we need to do things ‘The St Mary’s way’, as learning in school is busier than at home, therefore patience and kindness is required, along with the characteristics of independence and resilience.  
     
    There are many exciting events and days organised in the next few weeks for the children to look forward to, starting with a mufti day next Friday in aid of Comic Relief; and an opportunity to splat a few members of staff with a custard pie if their joke telling does not measure up! I’ve heard some of them; it’s going to be messy! 
     
    Finally, a gentle reminder about social distancing at the school gates.  Some parents are anxious and concerned, so please be mindful of this.  Once you have dropped off or picked up, leave as soon as possible.  Thank you. 
     
    Have a lovely weekend. 
     
    Mrs Buckley  
     

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  • 14th January 2021

    Published 15/01/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Our return to remote learning, after a few technical glitches, has started well.   Pupil’s engagement is fantastic and they are producing high quality pieces of work, enabling them to continue to progress in their learning.

    Staff and pupils are enjoying the morning registration sessions, a positive start to the day, motivating pupils and setting them up for their learning.  The addition of various furry family members is also cheering the staff up immensely.  Please remind your children about appropriate on-line behaviour at all times.

    Pupils of key worker parents are also working very hard in school, supported superbly by our wonderful teaching assistants.

    Mrs Wright continues to deliver quality PE sessions both remotely and in school.

    This half term, we are using the opportunity of having so many children off site to decorate and refurbish various areas of the school, which will hopefully put a smile on those faces visiting the HSLW and ELSA.  We are certainly keeping Mr Whitbourn busy!

    Whilst ‘working’ with my teenager on her home learning and feeling frustrated, (even as a teacher, working with your own child, VERY stressful), I came across these words from Emily W. King, which resonated:-

    ‘What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible…. working, parenting and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.  It’s not hard because you are doing it wrong. It’s hard because it is too much. Do the best you can……. If you are stressed, lower your expectations where you can and virtually reach out for social connection.  We are in this together to stay well.  That means mentally well, too.’

    Remember, we are here to listen, to help and support you.

    So, do the best you can, and as we always tell the children, your best is good enough!

    Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 26th November 2020

    Published 01/12/20

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    We are nearly at the end of our remote learning fortnight. Thank you all for engaging so superbly with the home learning offer, the standard of work submitted has been high and the children’s enthusiasm fantastic. I appreciate the sacrifices that have been made and the impact and pressures it has put on your own work and home life. 
     
    We are determined to mitigate against this having to happen again. The risk assessment has been reviewed and we are going to go beyond DFE measures and expectations. This will include the tightening of bubbles further on order to minimise non-essential contact between staff.  All staff have been designated areas, kitchen space and time slots.  They will wear masks when outside the classroom and will spend the majority of their day within their classrooms, sharing lunch duty with the class teaching assistant. Windows will remain open for ventilation and the thorough cleaning regime will continue.  The school has also been thoroughly deep-cleaned with a “fogging” machine. 
     
    As we head towards the colder months, children may need an extra layer of clothing under their uniforms and may bring a fleece jacket/jumper to wear in class if they feel particularly cold. 
     
    I am very grateful to my wonderful colleagues for their response to the school closure, how swiftly they organised their remote offer and how understanding and flexible they have been with the new measures and changes required from next week.  
     
    Thank you to Mrs Wright for her live and recorded fitness sessions; they were a huge hit for staff, parents and pupils.  Staff have continued to be busy with training over the last fortnight, including staff well-being and GDPR courses attended by Mrs Oqvist, a Curriculum course attended by myself and Miss Hampshire and a four-part Writing course attended by all of the teaching assistants.  

    Next week, our virtual tour will be filmed on Tuesday and Wednesday, and therefore pupils are required to attend school in full winter uniform and bring PE kits in a bag. 
     
    The nasal flu vaccinations have been re-arranged for Wednesday 2nd December. 
     
    We are really looking forward to opening our doors again on Monday morning, welcoming back the children and hearing their happy voices around the school again. 
     
    Mrs Buckley 
     
    Headteacher 
     

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  • News - 12th November

    Published 12/11/20

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    What a busy few weeks we have had!  During half term, our school community busied themselves making and selling various items to raise money for our artificial grass project.  I was totally blown away with the effort put in and the magnificent quality of the items sold.  You certainly have inspired the teachers when it comes to Christmas gift making this year and definitely raised the bar! (No pressure teachers!)  
     
    The second half of autumn term has got off to a superb start with so many wonderful learning experiences occurring for both pupils and staff.  
     
    Year 6 have been busy making connections near and far, writing to our elderly residents to let them know what has been going on in school, ensuring our community stays connected and bringing a little piece of happiness during these ‘strange’ times. 
     
    Well done to Alfie in Year 4, who has also reached out to our elderly neighbours by making little bags of sweet treats for the members of the ‘Lunch Club’ this week.  I had a phone call from Faith Reynolds, who commented that it had made her day and how she was looking forward to delivering them to the elderly tomorrow with their lunches.  She said, “it will bring so much joy”!   
     
    Year 6 have also made a connection with a school in Malawi, which will become a whole school initiative and be embedded into our curriculum.  Children will share experiences of their respective lives and pupils at St Mary’s will learn about global citizenship, conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice and sustainable developments.  

    Teachers have taken part in training in the last couple of weeks on Religious Education, supporting pupils with ADHD and ‘The Write Stuff’ programme, as we work to further develop creative and extended writing opportunities and outcomes for all pupils. 
     
    Next week, a virtual tour of the school will be filmed on Tuesday and Wednesday, pupils are to come to school in full winter uniform, PE kits can be brought in a bag.  We will attempt to keep them all neat and tidy for the duration of the two days, wish us luck! 
     
    Finally, we have had a call about children cycling to school not being visible to drivers. Please ensure your children are wearing high-vis jackets and speak to them about road safety, particularly in reference to these dark mornings and evenings. 
     
    Have a lovely weekend 
     
    Mrs Buckley 
     
    Headteacher  

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  • News - 22nd October 2020

    Published 22/10/20

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    Well didn’t that half term fly past quickly? But, what a fantastic half term it’s been.  Fitting with our value this week, there is plenty to be thankful for, despite these strange and challenging times. 
     
    We are thankful that your children returned to school in September, confident, happy and ready to learn. It’s astonishing what they have packed in to the first seven weeks. Progress has been spectacular! So well done parents, staff and pupils, collaborative work at its best! 
     
    We are immensely thankful to our fabulous bonfire committee for their hard work on our school grounds but more significantly, what they have done and continue to do for the whole village community.   
     
    Finally, I am so thankful for my wonderful team here at St. Marys.  Their commitment, hard work and utter determination to ensure the children have productive, challenging and fun filled learning experiences is a joy to behold. 
     
    So, I wish you all a restful half term and look forward to welcoming children back on Monday 2nd November in their smart winter uniforms.  There are so many more exciting ‘adventures’ planned for next half term – no spoilers – but it will be worth the wait! 
     
    Have a wonderful half term. 
     
    Mrs Buckley 
     
    Headteacher  
     

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  • News - 8th October 2020

    Published 08/10/20

    Dear Parents/Carers 
     
    This week our value is responsibility and we have been discussing in assembly our roles in looking after our school, village and our global responsibilities to take care of our world. The children have so many wonderful ideas and initiatives; it is up to us adults to take heed!  
     
    On Monday, we started the day with our first Fire Drill of the academic year.  The children responded maturely and swiftly, including our new pupils, who have been absolute superstars! 
     
    On Tuesday and Wednesday, I attended the ‘virtual’ Good Shepherd Trust Leadership Conference, where in we discussed our vision and hopes for the future education of our pupils and the role of the Trust within this vision.  
     
    This morning, Year 3 and 4 welcomed Dr Rev Rachel Greene to lead our Harvest Service.  Whilst we missed the rest of our school and our visit to the church, it was nonetheless a beautiful and celebratory service.  Thank you to Mrs Ryder and the Year 3 team for organising and to Year 3R for their wonderful readings and prayers. 
     
    Next week, teachers will be commencing virtual parent’s evenings and you will be contacted by your child’s teacher with the relevant information. If you have any problems or issues with technology, please let us know as soon as possible.  
     
    Congratulations to Mrs Oqvist, who received her Level 5 Diploma Certificate for School Business Leaders.  Well done Mrs O, we are very proud of you! 
     
    Finally, please do read below and ask your children about our hopes and plans to replace part of our grass area with artificial grass.   
     
    This is so important to ensure all children have adequate outside space during the wetter months. We will be so grateful for any donations or ‘squares’ purchased! 
     
    Have a wonderful weekend. 
     
    Mrs Buckley 
     
    Headteacher  

    Diary Dates Date Activity 14th Oct

    Individual School Photos 20th

    22nd Oct Open Mornings (by booking)

    26th Oct Half Term 2nd Nov Term begins 
     
    SCHOOL PHOTOS Please ensure your child is in full school uniform with big smiles, ready for their school photo on 14th October.  This year there will be no sibling photos to ensure no crossover of bubbles.  The photographers have a Covid secure process in place to ensure pupil safety. 
     
    SCHOOL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES APPLICATIONS For pupils in KS2 applications are now being taken for School Council Representatives, full details will be sent via Seesaw.  Deadline is 16th October. 

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  • News - 10th September 2020

    Published 10/09/20

    Dear Parents/Carers

    It has been wonderful to welcome back all our pupils from Year 1 to 6 this week and I look forward to welcoming Reception Class from Monday.  Hearing the sound of the children’s voices around the school has been a delight and it was lovely to chat to them in their ‘bubble’ assemblies.

    Pupils have begun their ‘restorative curriculum’ learning, using the book, ‘Here we Are’ by Oliver Jeffers as a stimulus. They have also been introduced to the new St. Mary’s behaviour policy, following our three simple rules: be ready, be respectful and be safe.  We have discussed with the children how we will be doing things the ‘St Mary’s Way’ which will of course differ from home learning experiences. The lack of snacks did feature! 

    Thank you for getting your children to school on time and your patience and understanding around starting times, entrances and exits.  We had a few initial teething problems which needed addressing and we will continue to monitor and adapt our plans as necessary.

    Siblings may now enter the school gate of the eldest child who can walk the younger sibling to their class line.  Having watched parents sprint from one gate to the next, I appreciate that this is an extra stress to the start of your day.  If you do have time and would prefer to walk your younger child/ren to their appropriate entrance, continue to do so.  If you intend for all siblings to enter through the same gate, please let the office know.

    Please continue to monitor your child for any COVID

    symptoms and do not send them to school if they

    display any symptoms.  Please read the information below and the latest government guidance.

    Check that all contact details are correct and let the office know of any changes immediately, please ensure that someone on the list is available to take a call in the event of emergency or accident.

    Finally, it has been brought to our attention, that there are some worrying posts on TikTok.  Please be aware if your children are using this, however, the age for access is 13.  Talk to your child/ren about the importance of on line safety.  This will be covered in school as part of the computer science curriculum.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Mrs S Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 9th July 2020

    Published 09/07/20

    Next week’s value is Confidence

    “I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.” Phillippians 4:13

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Reopening of school to all pupils in September

    We know you will have seen on the news that schools will reopen for all pupils in September.  We are doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive all our pupils back whilst following the government guidelines.

    We have created a detailed action plan and updated our Covid-19 Protective Measures risk assessment to ensure the safety of both pupils and staff, and to mitigate risk as much as possible.  Below are the timetables and guidelines as they stand at the minute.

    On Monday 14th September, we will welcome our new reception class pupils. Please see the timetable attached for timings and access to the school site.  Due to the updated government guidance, there have been some changes to the previously published start and finish times, please see below.

    The guidance specifies that bubble/group numbers can rise, and therefore we will have three groups in school.  Early Years and KS1 are group one, Years 3 and 4 group two and Years 5 and 6 group three.  Each class within a group will have the same break and lunch times, but will work and play within their own class groups as much as possible. There will be no mixing between the three groups at any time during the day. Classrooms and toilets will be cleaned thoroughly twice during the school day, and again after all pupils have left the school site.

    School starting and closing times will be staggered, and entrances have been allocated to each year group.  Please check carefully the timetable below which will also be placed on the school website under the Covid 19 section.

    Break and lunch times will also be staggered with KS1 eating lunch in the hall and KS2 eating in their classrooms.  New menus from Twelve 15 are attached.  There will be no choices – only those registered as vegetarians will receive this meal.  Outside play spaces have been allocated for each class or group.

    Teachers will meet their class at the designated school entrance in the morning and walk the children back to the gate at the end of the day. Parents are asked to ensure punctuality to avoid any cross over of groups.  Where possible, pupils should be allowed to walk to the school gates on their own and line up outside.  Parents will not be permitted on the school grounds, unless an appointment has been made through the school office.

    Breakfast club will open in the week commencing 21st September, the price remains at £4.25 a session, which will now be payable in advance via Scopay.  Koosa club will also reopen in September.  In both breakfast and Koosa clubs, children will be placed where possible within their groups.

    Pupils are expected to return to school in full uniform, as listed on the website, except for PE days, when children can come to school in their PE kit. This will not only help with timing, but will prevent the possibility of children going home with other children’s items and enable the kits to be washed regularly.   Please check the website for appropriate/compulsory kit.  Teachers will let you know in September what the PE days are for your child/ren.  Please ensure all uniform is labelled – this is even more important now!

    If your child, or anyone in your house has any coronavirus symptoms, please follow the latest Government advice. If a child becomes unwell in school, you will be contacted by the school office and children should be collected within 15 minutes.  We are unable to administer any medication, including calpol or antibiotics.  However, we can still give inhalers and use epipens if required.  Please ensure these are up to date before your child returns.

    Pupils are not required to bring any equipment with them, this will be supplied by the school.  Arrangements will be put in place in regards to reading books.

    Children should not bring mobile phones to school as they cannot be stored in the office and are not allowed to be accessed by pupils during the school day, so must be left at home.  If collecting or home arrangements differ, contact the school office and information will be passed on.

    Finally, in order for teachers to best plan to meet the needs of the children on their return to school, we are attaching a questionnaire for parents to fill in and return to their child’s current class teacher.  This will also be posted on class seesaw accounts, and is accessible on the school website.  We want to build a picture of what you have found out about your children’s learning as well as their emotional wellbeing during lockdown.  All information will of course be confidential, but will help to inform teachers’ handover meetings and ensure that they are able to plan the appropriate amount of core work balanced with restorative work.  We are determined that our curriculum will match the needs and requirements of all of our pupils, and that the right support and interventions will be in place to ensure success for everyone.

    If you have any queries or concerns about the above information, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

    With your very best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

    End of term dates

    Year 5 Group A Thursday 9th July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group B Thursday 16th July at 2.00pm

    Year 1 Thursday 16th July at 1.45pm

    Reception Thursday 16th July at 1.30pm

    Key worker class Friday 17th July at 3.00pm

    The last week of home learning for all classes will be w/c 13th July.  Teachers will not post work on seesaw or the website after this week.

    Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd July, school will be closed for all pupils for deep cleaning, classroom rearrangements, staff training and preparation for a full opening in September (following Government guidelines).

    Uniform

    Your school uniform have asked for new orders to be placed before 15th July for uniform for September.

    September School Drop Off and Collection

     

     

    School Day Starts

    School Day Ends

    Drop Off and Pick Up Point

    Reception

    8:45am

    2:45pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 1

    8:40am

    2:50pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 2

    8:40am

    2:50pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 3K

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 3R

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 4

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    School Lane Gate

    Year 5

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 6

    8:30am

    3:00pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

     

    Government Guidance for Parents

    The link below will take you to the Government Guidance that the Dfe has prepared for parents and carers for the Autumn term re-opening of schools:-

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

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  • News - 2nd July

    Published 03/07/20

    Next week’s value is Creativity

    “In all the work you are doing, work the best you can.  Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

    Dear Parents/Carers

    It’s been an emotional week at St Mary’s as we said goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, their time at St. Mary’s ended with a beautiful and moving Leavers’ Service, led by Dr Rev. Greene, a class party with a vintage ice cream van, disco and the obligatory water pistol fight. Today we look forward to their final assembly and awards ceremony. We wish all of year 6 the very best in their new schools and look forward to hearing about their future successes.

    On Friday, we will welcome pupils from Years 2 to 5 to spend a day with their teachers, to say farewell and have some sort of closure of this academic year.  We are very proud of all our pupils who have shown great resilience in these very strange circumstances.

    Attached is an interesting and informative guide to assist parents with talking to children about racism.  This is in light of the Black Lives Matters agenda.  This movement is something we will be addressing as part of our curriculum next year.

    Recent events have reminded us that teachers, parents and carers must play an integral role in ensuring children

           have an accurate, informed understanding of white privilege, racial bias and racial hierarchies evident in

           our society and the ways we can combat racism.

            Please also find attached some resources that we hope you will find useful in supporting children with transition and returning to school supplied by CAMHs.

    Following a communication review, we will be making some changes to the bulletin.  From September we will be issuing the bulletin, fortnightly (instead of weekly) and it will have a new and updated format that will be better suited to digital platforms, which we hope you will like.  We will review this at the end of the Autumn term.  The website will still continue to publish important dates and copy of the bulletin.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

     

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Head teacher

    End of term dates

    Year 6 Thursday 2nd July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group A Thursday 9th July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group B Thursday 16th July at 2.00pm

    Year 1 Thursday 16th July at 1.45pm

    Reception Thursday 16th July at 1.30pm

    Key worker class Friday 17th July at 3.00pm

    The last week of home learning for all classes will be w/c 13th July.  Teachers will not post work on seesaw or the website after this week.

    Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd July, school will be closed for all pupils for deep cleaning, classroom rearrangements, staff training and preparation for a full opening in September (following Government guidelines).

    Uniform

    Your school uniform have asked for new orders to be placed before 15th July for uniform for September.

    School Lunches September

    Please find attached the new menus for September onwards.  Please ensure you make your choices for the first week back by noon on Wednesday 22nd July.  All payments should be made in the usual way via Scopay.

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