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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 - 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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  • News - 25th June

    Published 25/06/20

    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

    St Bartholomew’s in Haslemere build a music school, which was completed at the beginning of lockdown.  The school is for children and adults in the community.  Below are two videos about the school.  They are planning to open for 1:1 guitar and drums lessons from 1st July.

    https://youtu.be/uIOuohWqRJQ

    https://youtu.be/cbdZvjLcTA0

    They will also be hosting summer clubs for children during the school holidays.  Watch out for further information regarding these on their website https://www.stbartholomews.surrey.sch.uk/

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Head teacher

    Class arrangements from June 29th

    Please see the timetables attached and note the drop off/collection points and times for your class group.

    If you do not wish your child to attend on either Friday 3rd or 10th July please let the school office know.  Y5 parents please also let the office know if you do not wish your child to attend.

    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.

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  • NEWS - 18th June 2020

    Published 18/06/20

    Next week’s value is Reflection

    “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Proverbs 27:19

    Dear Parents/Carers

    What a busy week of home and school learning.  It has been wonderful to walk round the school, see, and hear the children so engaged in their activities. 

    The Key worker group have been very creative and have tie-dyed fabric, which has been woven beautifully through the fence outside Year 3.

    Year 6 have had an active couple of weeks, den building, toasting marshmallows, taking part in team challenges and had an archery session with a leader from High Ashurst.  Not quite their planned residential, but lots of fun!

    Year 1 have been using their ‘ice cream’ parlor to help them with their maths and have written a comparison of how holidays are different from the past. (Quite apt in the current situation!)

    Reception class have been performing ‘The Little Seed’ as they have been learning about the different parts of plants and what they need to grow.

    All classes are planting sunflowers donated from the Sunflower Project in Chiddingfold.  The aim is to spread joy whilst attracting bees and butterflies to our gardens. Let’s see who has tallest sunflower by the end of term!

    At home, in place of their residential, Year 5 have taken part in an orienteering challenge set by Miss Clark.  The response to this has been wonderful and all other year groups and families are welcome to participate.  Do send in your photos!  Thank you Miss Clark for all your time and effort, you have brought great joy to many!

    Years 2, 3 and 4 have been busy with science experiments; this has made Mrs Newton very happy. They have also written beautiful poems, baked delicious cakes and created beautiful pieces of art.

    Well done everyone, both home and school learners.  We are so impressed with your commitment and the high standard of your work.

    For my part, I have been meeting with staff for their appraisals, (never thought the word, pandemic would feature in an appraisal!), have met with SLT to ‘plan’ for September, and am looking forward to meeting with the headteachers from the Haslemere Confederation on Friday to discuss transition and plans for the next academic year.

    Have a lovely weekend, and Happy Father’s Day to all of our wonderful dads.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Head teacher

    Class arrangement from June 29th

    Please see the timetables attached and note the drop off/collection points and times for your class group.  Teachers will have notified parents via Seesaw, which groups children are in.

    KS2 children wishing to have school lunches will need to book them in the usual way on Scopay by Wednesday noon the week before attending.  Please see the new menu attached (there are no choices available at this time, you will only receive a vegetarian meal if you are already registered as a vegetarian with us).

    KS1 and KS2 pupils not wishing to have a school lunch should bring in a packed lunch (no nuts or fizzy drinks please) and inform the school office asap.

    If you do not wish your child to attend on either Friday 3rd or 10th July please let the school office know.  Y5 parents please also let the office know if you do not wish your child to attend.

    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.

    Library Books

    We have renewed our stock of reading books over the last couple of months and now have some old books that are looking for new homes.  They will be available from Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th June outside the back gate of the school – please come and have a browse and take some home!  There will be a donation box if you would like to make a donation, which will go towards Year 6’s leaving party.

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  • NEWS - 18th June 2020

    Published 18/06/20
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  • NEWS - 11th JUNE

    Published 11/06/20

    Next week’s value is Wisdom 
     
    “Teach me wisdom and knowledge because I trust your commands”.  Psalm 119:66 
     
    Dear Parents/Carers  
     
    There is a lot of important information in this week’s bulletin, so please take time to read carefully and digest. 
     
    This week saw the return of Year 1 to school and it was wonderful to see all the smiling faces enter the school gates.  We have been delighted with how easily the children have adapted to their ‘new’ surroundings and class set-ups. 
     
    For those year groups at home, you continue to do a magnificent job with home learning.  Teachers are surprised and delighted in equal measures with the ideas you come up with in response to the work set, see examples below.   Some have said it has given them ‘food for thought’ about how certain topics are taught and it has given them ideas for next year’s planning.  So I reiterate, well done all of you.  I appreciate the home learning for many is wearing a bit thin; I am with you on that one!  Nevertheless, teachers are working hard to come up with even more creative and fun activities for the rest of the academic term. 
     
    As you will have seen on the news, schools are no longer required to open to all pupils before the end of term.  Despite not having the available space to accommodate the whole school in groups of 15, we are very disappointed about the prospect of not seeing all pupils before the end of term.  I have met with the staff, Chair of Governors and the CEO of the Trust to discuss various arrangements that would allow an opportunity for pupils to come, see some of their peers, and say goodbye to their class teacher.  
     
    Therefore, we have decided that reception class and year one will continue as now until the end of term, with the following arrangements in place for other classes. 
     
    Year 6 Year 6 term will end on Thursday 2nd July, to enable Year 5 to come into school for a week. I am liaising with secondary schools at present around transition arrangements.  Once we have received more information we will let you know.  In their remaining three weeks, Year 6 will participate in end of year/school activities including a party and an award ceremony.  
     
    Year 5 Year 5 will be divided into two groups, Group A will have an opportunity to come to school on Friday 3rd July to spend time with Miss Clark and say goodbye, then return on Monday 6th of July for four days of transition and preparation work in Year 6 with Miss Hampshire.  Group B will come to school on Friday 10th July to see Miss Clark and return on Monday 13th July for four days with Miss Hampshire. Miss Clark will let you know which group your child is in very soon. 
     
    Years 2, 3 and 4 Years 2, 3 and 4 will be split into two groups and have an opportunity to come to school on either Friday 3rd July or Friday 10th July to spend time with their class teachers and say goodbye. Class teachers will be in touch shortly to let you know groups and dates.  
     
    Key worker pupils Children who attend the key worker class will have to remain with that group and therefore unfortunately this does not apply to them; however, their class teachers will ensure they find some time to see them and say goodbye before the end of term. 
     
    Children do not have to return if you would prefer them not to; the teachers felt it was important that all pupils had a chance for some sort of closure before meeting their new teachers in September. With all models set out, we are having to compromise in some way, but we feel that this is fair and equitable for everyone.  
     
    Please let the office know if you do not intend to send your child in by Wednesday 17th June.  
     
    End of term dates  Due to these changes end of term dates are now as follows: 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  
     
    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). 
     
    Staff for September  Year 6 Miss Hampshire  Year 5 Miss Clark Year 4 Mrs Evans  Year 3R Mrs Ryder Year 3K Miss Kightley Year 2 Mrs Porter Year 1 Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Bennett Reception Class Miss Griffiths  
     
    More details will follow next week regarding drop off/collection points and lunch information. 
     
    Have a lovely weekend, the sun is due to shine! 
     
     
    Mrs Sheila Buckley Head teacher   

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  • News - 3 April 2020

    Published 03/04/20

    Dear Parents/Carers

    I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well. At St. Mary’s we are all adjusting to our changed circumstances and the responsibilities we have as a result of the current crisis.

    Prime amongst our responsibilities is to minimise contact with others and stay at home unless really required for either work or picking up essentials for home. St. Mary’s remains open for children of our key workers, and we are operating a rota system for school staff which ensures as many as possible are able to stay at home. Nevertheless, in true St. Mary’s style, my colleagues are incredibly eager to come to work and support where they can. My thanks go to you, parents, for only using this service when absolutely necessary, thus helping us to keep our staff, children and families safe.

    Teachers are enjoying seeing what the children are up to at home and the creative ways they are spending their time. It is still early days for home learning; we all have to recognise that it is not possible to follow the curriculum as we do in school. Pupils and parents have to manage their approach to learning in the way that best suits their circumstances; work set by teachers should not be approached competitively and thought needs to be given to being able to sustain home learning potentially over a number of months. So please be kind to yourselves, we are all in the same situation, teachers will guide and support where they can, but do not stress about completing huge amounts of work as this is not a school expectation. Some days will be better than others and you should congratulate yourselves when that is the case but give yourselves a break on the not so great days.

    We have seen a lot of memes out there, (some very funny) all alluding to the point you now know what it is like to teach children and the fact there may be a new found respect for educators in the future. Whilst I do hope, as I always have, that our teachers are given the respect and praise they rightly deserve, there really is no comparison between teaching at home and teaching at school. I for one would gladly have thirty of your lovely children in a classroom with all the resources and technology available than teach algebra at home to one very unresponsive and whining teenager! Yes, it has been one of those weeks! So don’t let them break you! We’ve got this!

    School is closing for the Easter break. Key worker parents have been contacted with arrangements for child care provision over this period, and we will continue on line learning from Monday 20th April. 

    Teachers are working hard to think of creative solutions for home learning in the summer term, with a view to finding opportunities to provide more structured individual feedback and guidance for children’s academic work.

    We are currently, monitoring the situation with our summer term residential trips and in the event that these are cancelled, refunds will be given in due course. In the meantime, please do not make any further payments towards these.

    Despite the worries and the uncertainty of the current situation, I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of people in our local community. We really are incredibly lucky to live in a village like ours. In times of crisis, people come together to help and support the community in so many ways, and for this I cannot thank you enough.

    All that remains to be said is Happy Easter, stay safe, and please keep in regular contact to let us know how you are doing and if we can offer you any further support.

    Mrs S Buckley

    Acting Headteacher

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