Next week’s value is Friendship
“Do not be fooled: Bad friends will ruin good habits” 1 Corinthians 15:33
As we approach the end of our second full week of the autumn term, things are ‘hotting up’ at St Mary’s, as children and teachers are becoming increasingly engrossed in their new topics.
Year 6 pupils have accepted their new positions of responsibility; Peer Mediators have been appointed and trained, Worship Leaders instated and the first meetings of the School Council and Pupil Leadership Team have taken place. Next week will be the start of School Clubs and we hope that everyone who wanted to join a club has found something of interest. A new ‘Bush-Craft Skills’ club is being added to the already extensive list of available clubs; this club will be led by Mrs Chaplin, who is ‘Forest School’ trained and she will be supported by her colleague, Mrs Dickson, a graduate engineer!
Thank you to Mrs Ryder and Year 3 pupils who led a splendid ‘New Beginnings’ Service at St Mary’s Church last Thursday. Children excelled in their presentation and it was lovely to see so many parents there to support us. Our thanks to Reverend Doctor Rachel Greene and her colleague, Miss Hannah Pye, who gave an inspiring talk about the importance of working together and persevering in all that we do, aspiring to become the very best we can be. We could not ask for any more from our children – than that they put in their very best efforts - in all aspects of their learning and behaviours.
Staff training and professional development continues, as always. This week, Mrs Buckley engaged in more Special Needs and Disability training. We also have two ambitious Teaching Assistants who will be pursuing the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Qualification throughout the remainder of this term.
For my own part, I have also been busy. I met with headteacher colleagues through the Haslemere Confederation of Schools last week, to prepare our annual plan and to discuss how we might support each other, as local partner schools, and how best to avail ourselves of local services. Next week, I look forward to meeting school leaders within the Diocese of Guildford and the Good Shepherd Trust, as we gather our thoughts in the half-termly Heads and Chairs meeting. Next week, Mrs Buckley and I will be visiting the South West Education Quadrant to find out more about the changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework. (Yes, they changed it again!) Our view, as a school, is that the Ofsted changes are a positive development, in that the inspectorate will focus less on data and pupil outcomes (although these will still matter), than on the quality of our curriculum, children’s behaviour and attitudes and their readiness for the future and next stage of their education.
Misss Griffiths will be delivering a presentation about Reading, Writing and Phonics this evening. The talk will be aimed mainly at Reception Class parents but Year 1 parents are also most welcome to attend: meeting in the school hall from 6.15pm. My thanks, in advance, to Misss Griffiths.
Next week is ‘All About Me’ week, when children from all year groups will be engaging with the theme at an age appropriate level, as part of the wider school curriculum intention for pupils to gain a greater understanding of their place in the world.
In the meantime, let us look forward to a relaxing and pleasant weekend.