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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 7 November 2019

    Published 07/11/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

     

    “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

    Dear parents/carers

    Welcome back.  I hope you enjoyed a restful half term.  For the staff of St. Mary’s it concluded with celebrating the wedding of our colleague, Miss Howells, now Mrs Evans.  It was a truly splendid day, the bride looked beautiful and very relaxed! I am sure Mrs Evans will share photos in good time!

    Both children and staff have returned to school happy and ready to commence another busy half term.  Classes have been engaged in making poppy wreaths, and writing poems and prayers for our Remembrance Service.

    Pupils and staff have received tag rugby coaching this week, led by the Lions Academy; more of which you can read about below.  Thank you to Mrs Wright for organising.

    Miss Griffiths has been holding her parents evenings this week, as well as attending an Early Years network meeting.

    On Thursday morning, Year 1 presented a very informative and heart warming assembly on their topic, Houses and Homes.  Well done to all the Year 1 team.

    Tomorrow we will be holding a Remembrance Service in the school hall from 10.15am.  The service will be led by Year 6 children with the help of their teacher, Rev Dr Green, Hannah Pye and representatives from the church.

    Finally, unfortunately I have to report that Mrs Radcliffe is unwell and will be off work for the next few weeks. Therefore she will not be responding to any emails.  Please forward all correspondence to myself or the admin team via the school office.  Nonetheless it is business as usual; as Mrs Radcliffe would expect,  with lots of exciting lessons and topics planned. We continue to have the highest expectations of behaviour from all pupils, promoting the school values through all aspects of school life.

    We wish Mrs Radcliffe a speedy recovery!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 24 October 2019

    Published 24/10/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

     

    “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

    Dear parents/carers

    On Tuesday evening, parents had the opportunity to meet with class teachers to receive feedback about their child’s attainment and progress, so far, this term. I hope you found these meetings both helpful and informative.

    Unfortunately, we received a report on Tuesday, that our neighbours were significantly inconvenienced by the thoughtlessness of a small minority of parents who parked their cars without consideration for the needs of local residents. One resident was forced to interrupt a meeting to ask teachers to locate the driver of a van that was blocking School Lane. Not only is this inconvenient for residents but it is disruptive to emergency services and potentially dangerous to life. This problem is not confined to parents’ evenings. On many occasions the road is blocked by vehicles, resulting in delays and, more importantly, there is a potential risk to neighbours and to children and staff due to lack of access for emergency service vehicles. We have a number of elderly neighbours who frequently require medical assistance.

    With more parents’ meetings planned for Thursday evening, may I take this opportunity to appeal to parents to be duly considerate when parking outside the school and to use the car park or roadside outside St Teresa’s Catholic Church, opposite the school and across the cricket green whenever possible. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

    One other concern, raised this week, was that of the number of children who have access to age-inappropriate computer games. As part of our school safeguarding procedure, we have an internal filter system that identifies inappropriate internet searches and closes down inappropriate sites. However, it has come to light that children have been searching for ‘Jeff the Killer’ from the ‘Granny Horror Game’ which is a violent online Roblox game which some children have been acting out in the playground. There have been further reports of older children still playing ‘Fortnite’ (which is an age 13 game) and talking about their ‘friends’ on the game. In this age of technology it is vital that parents are vigilant and that they keep up to date with the dangers as well as the value of the internet. There are plenty of sites providing advice for parents, including a free online safety magazine to which you can subscribe for regular updates: https://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/

    This week’s magazine gives information about child safety, YouTube, Hashtags and Wellbeing among other things.

    Teachers are looking forward to the final day of their TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement) training programme on Friday. They may also be slightly looking forward to half term next week! The highlight of half term, for Miss Howells, will be her marriage on Friday 1st November. I know you will join me and my colleagues and governors in wishing Miss Howells a splendid wedding day and a long and happy marriage to her lucky spouse. Miss Howells will have a new name when she returns to school on Monday 4th November;

    she will be known as Mrs Evans – a good old Welsh name - to match her new-found status. Good luck Miss Howells! Fingers crossed for good weather!

    I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable half term.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 17th October 2019

    Published 17/10/19

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

     

    “Let’s come to him with thanksgiving.  Let’s sing songs to him” Psalm 95:2

    Dear parents/carers

    We are delighted to welcome Mr Matthew Leung to our temporary staff team. Mr Leung is a history graduate with a passion for sports and a determination to pursue Qualified Teacher Status. He has many years’ experience of working with children and young people, using his love of sport and his leadership skills to captain and mentor sports teams. We hope Mr Leung will be very happy at St Mary’s School. 

    On Tuesday, our School Council Representatives met with a representative from Surrey Catering Services to discuss the findings of a School Council survey about the St Mary’s lunchtime experience. As an outcome of the meeting, Year 5 volunteers are to be appointed to assist in the dining room, discouraging waste and reinforcing the wider curriculum messages about sustainability and recycling. Children will be encouraged to try new foods at the same time as taking only what they know they will eat; they will be permitted to select salad items as well as, or as an alternative to vegetables, to achieve a balanced diet. Children will be encouraged to be mindful of keeping their food on the plate/table to reduce the mountain of food that so often ends up on the floor!

    Thank you to Miss Howells, who chaired Wednesday’s staff meeting in my absence. Mrs Buckley and I visited Woolmer Hill School, where we met with other Haslemere Confederation School Leaders to discuss the needs of the local community and the services already available. We were pleased to hear about the Haslemere Youth Hub, in St Christopher’s Road, Haslemere, which offers a wide range of activities for children and young people. The Youth Hub offers free after school clubs every day, including Lego, Playdough, games tables and low cost activities for all ages, including Basketball, Cookie Decorating and holiday activities. Check out their website: thehaslemereyouthhub.com and follow on Instagram: @thehaslemerehub;

    telephone: 01428 656687. Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehaslemerehub

    On Thursday, we were delighted to welcome two special visitors. Mrs Anne Hudson from the Good Shepherd Trust and Mrs Jane Winterbone from the Local Authority both enjoyed meeting children and hearing about their learning, including topic work, school trips and personal learning targets. Both visitors were impressed with the way in which children were able to articulate what they were learning. Well done children!

    Another well-deserved mention goes to Miss Howells and her Year 2 class for their brilliant class assembly performance on Thursday. Members of the audience were enthralled to hear Year 2’s account of the story of the Great Fire of London. Children displayed their acting, singing, dancing and creative skills to an appreciative audience.

    Tomorrow (Friday 18th October) will be Celebration Assembly and our final Friday assembly of this half term. Parents are welcome to attend. Start time 2.15pm.

    Have a fun-filled weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 10 OCTOBER 2019

    Published 11/10/19

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

     

    “Let’s come to him with thanksgiving.  Let’s sing songs to him” Psalm 95:2

    Dear parents/carers

    This week’s Open Mornings were a huge success; visitors were very impressed with children’s behaviour and in their ability to articulate their understanding and enthusiasm in relation to their learning. Children gave impressive and detailed descriptions of their work, including information about topic work and related trips and activities, such as an archaeological dig, building Greek temples at Legoland and a forthcoming visit from the fire brigade! Thank you to children for being such positive ambassadors for our school and well done to colleagues and Year 6 pupils who supported me in my marketing campaign!

    On Monday, we had a visit from a representative of the ‘U-Foundation’ – a charitable organisation that specialises in global education projects. We hope to engage further with the charity to support a school in Zambia. This fits well with our wider curriculum intent to ensure that St Mary’s children have an understanding of the wider world and that they grasp the idea that not everyone has access to the educational resources we are so fortunate to enjoy.

    Earlier this week, Reception children participated in an informative presentation from the local NHS medical team. Nurse Sandra showed children how to wash their hands thoroughly to avoid the spread of germs. Everyone had a go at washing their hands and we hope that parents will encourage this at home, to help us to contain any nasty bugs that have a tendency to multiply at this time of year. We have already had a small number of children off with a sickness bug so rigorous handwashing is of particular importance at this time.

    Yesterday, Mrs Porter (Year 2 teacher) and Miss Pye (St Mary’s Church Youth and Children’s Worker) attended a ‘Trinitarian’ training event. This is to develop Mrs Porter as a new RE Subject Leader and to support us in further embedding the Christian character and distinctiveness of St Mary’s School. We hope this will also help us to achieve a positive outcome in our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection, in due course.

    In separate training, Mrs Buckley and Miss Griffiths attended a twilight network session in relation to assessment systems and recording of pupil outcomes for tracking purposes. Mrs Oqvist, our School Business Manager didn’t get off lightly, either; with responsibility for health and safety, she had to update her Fire Marshall and fire extinguisher training!

    Next Thursday afternoon, we look forward to welcoming Mrs Jane Winterbone, Assistant Director of Education, to St Mary’s School. Mrs Winterbone’s visit will start with a tour of the school and she will be getting to know children and staff, before meeting senior leaders. We look forward to sharing details of the school’s progress to date and to discussing our aspirations for the future. Mrs Winterbone has already identified that ‘a culture of trust, positive relationships and staff empowerment has helped to create an energy that has had a far-reaching positive impact on the school and community, to support and sustain change and create capacity’.

    Have a splendid weekend!
    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 3 OCTOBER 2019

    Published 03/10/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

     

    “Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest amongst you”.  Matthew 23:11

    Dear parents/carers

    Here we are, in October already! It felt like it too, as we walked to St Mary’s Church for our annual Harvest Service on Thursday. It felt suddenly very cold; the wasps were clearly not happy either, as they stung two of our children on the walk from school to the church! Our thanks to Mrs Newton and Year 4 children who reminded us of the importance of sharing, when they acted out the story of ‘Stone Soup’. They did it so brilliantly; we could almost smell the soup! 

    On Tuesday, selected pupils went to Guildford Spectrum for Sports Crew training. These individuals have been credited with the strength of character that makes them positive ambassadors for sport within our school. We hope that other children will follow in their footsteps, displaying resilience, a competitive spirit and positive, sporting behaviours. Well done, Sports Crew and thank you to Mrs Wright for organising this excellent opportunity for pupils.

    On Tuesday, we celebrated 20 years of ‘Open the Book’ assemblies. This week, our Open the Book team acted out the Bible Story of Ruth and Boaz, to an enthralled and highly engaged audience. We are very grateful to the team, which includes members of three local churches, who regularly perform for us. 2019 marks twenty years since ‘Open the Book’ first started with a team of volunteers attending a Bedford Primary School. The original team acted out Bible Stories, using the ‘Lion Story Teller Bible’ and were a huge success. The number of teams grew and they have now been operating in Primary Schools across the UK for 20 years.

    I was out of school on Wednesday at an ‘All Heads Day’ at the Good Shepherd Trust Offices in Guildford. The agenda included looking at the new Ofsted inspection framework, sharing ideas on school self-evaluation and looking at development planning for both Ofsted and SIAMS inspections. The SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Primary Schools) is just as rigorous as the Ofsted inspection and we aim to be well prepared. We don’t expect to be welcoming visiting inspectors into our school for a year or two yet, so there is no big hurry, but always lots to do! Our new RE Leader is Mrs Porter and our Christian Distinctiveness Officer is Mrs Ryder. We are also fortunate to receive a lot of support from the Diocese and from the Church, including Rev Dr Rachel Greene and our Youth and Children’s Worker, Miss Pye. You can find out more about the Church of England’s Vision for Education at the following site:  

    https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2017-10/2016%20Church%20of%20England%20Vision%20for%20Education%20WEB%20FINAL.pdf

    The SIAMS schedule looks at the effectiveness of schools in promoting the Christian vision, so that pupils are able to flourish academically as well as developing the spiritual aspect of their lives, so that they can experience life in all its fullness. We are confident that our broad, rich and inspiring curriculum will provide children with all the opportunities to do just that.

    Next week’s value of the week is ‘serving’ and we look forward to welcoming Sarah Elton from the U-Foundation Charity, to present our Monday assembly. Sarah will be telling children about the global charity, which raises money to support educational projects in countries such as Kenya and Zambia.

    You can find out more about the U-Foundation’s Work, using the following link: https://www.theufoundation.org/

    Have a wonderful weekend!
     Janis Radcliffe  

    Headteacher

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  • News - 26 September 2019

    Published 26/09/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

    “Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest amongst you”.  Matthew 23:11

    Dear parents/carers

    This week has been ‘All about Me’ week, which, despite its title, is not a selfish pursuit, but one that has seen children thinking about their place and responsibilities within our world. Senior Leaders carried out a learning walk and were delighted to see children focusing, not entirely on themselves, but on what they, as children of the future, can do to protect and sustain our precious planet. We saw some wonderful pieces of artwork, including Reception class fishes and Year 1 pictures, all made from plastic waste.

    On Tuesday, Mrs Buckley and I attended a training session about the ‘New Inspection Framework’, where we learned that the inspection focus will be less on data and more on curriculum (Hoorah!) We are confident that our revised curriculum is already reflecting some of the things that inspectors will be looking for. We have created a broad and balanced ‘St Mary’s Curriculum’ that goes far beyond the basic requirements of the ‘National Curriculum’, and that will encourage children to pursue deep, meaningful and memorable learning.

    Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes (including attendance and punctuality) will also contribute to the new inspection judgements. Schools cannot expect to be judged ‘outstanding’, unless every inspected element is graded ‘outstanding’. Under the new framework, there will be no tolerance of ‘low-level disruption’, which happens when children talk over the top or don’t listen well, whilst their teacher is giving instruction. With this in mind, we will be focusing on children’s manners and promoting respectful behaviour, in the coming weeks. You can support us at home, by reinforcing the school’s expectations, reminding children that they have playtimes to make a noise, encouraging them to wear their uniforms with pride and to display beautiful manners that will be noticed and acknowledged by their teachers.  

    Reception pupils have all settled beautifully into their new routines. You can look out for photos of them in next week’s Haslemere Herald.

    Thank you to Year 6 and Miss Hampshire for a wonderful assembly on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, (a case of two places at the same time), but I have it on good authority that it was an excellent performance!

    I would like to use the rest of my bulletin space (they limit me to a page a week, you know!) to thank the PTA for their outstanding contribution to the school this past year. We have been very fortunate to have their hard-earned funds to purchase smart boards, cooking equipment, outdoor classroom resources, astro turf, a bug hotel, an outdoor xylophone, 16 x new iPads, a trophy cabinet and some new sports bibs. Classroom budgets also saw a bit of an uplift. We are sincerely indebted to parents for all that you do to support our school; it is testament to an incredible community spirit that we enjoy such invaluable support and can enjoy such luxuries. Thank you again to everyone involved!

    Year 4 are off to do a Roman Dig on Friday – let’s hope the weather doesn’t get any worse! Have a wonderful weekend!

     Headteacher

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  • News - 19 September 2019

    Published 24/09/19

    Next week’s value is Friendship

    “Do not be fooled: Bad friends will ruin good habits” 1 Corinthians 15:33

    Dear parents/carers

    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.

     Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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  • NEWS - 12th September 2019

    Published 13/09/19

    Next week’s value is Community

    “Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

    Dear parents/carers

    Looking back to the end of last term, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all colleagues, to thank you for your generous end-of-term gifts and kind words of encouragement; always very much appreciated!

    As we approach the end of the first full week back in school, after the long summer holiday I am reflecting on how lovely it has been, this week, to see the majority of children and all of the teachers getting stuck back into the curriculum and enjoying their work. Our ‘New Beginnings’ Service at St Mary’s Church this morning was a delightful occasion and we are very grateful to Reverend Rachel and her fine support team for helping us and for making us feel so welcome.

    It is still early in the term and there has been the inevitable small number of ‘teething problems’, requiring some simple early reminders, to help children understand what is expected of them back in school, now that the freedom of the beach and their friends’ gardens is but a distant summer memory.  We ask that children:

    • Walk inside the school buildings and corridors and when approaching the dining hall at lunchtimes
    • Treat each other and their teachers with respect and kindness at all times 
    • Exercise silence and good listening skills when lining up at the end of playtime, during a fire drill, during reflective assemblies and at other occasional times, when required to do so by teachers
    • Arrive on time and leave school promptly at the end of each day, refraining from using the unsupervised outdoor climbing equipment, which is required for use by Koosa After School Care staff.  

    We rely on the support of parents and I urge you to reinforce our school values, and, in particular, to remind children of the above points. I assure you that we do have children’s welfare and happiness at the heart of everything we do and we firmly believe that it is in children’s best interest that they are able to be cooperative, well mannered, to listen well, follow instruction and understand the needs of others. We thank you for your cooperation in establishing good learning habits from the start.

    I hope those of you that attended our ‘Meet the Teacher’ events earlier this week, found them useful. Please do ask if you have any further questions or concerns. We are here to help and don’t mind addressing short questions, preferably at the end, rather than the beginning of the school day. For longer or more complex issues, you can make an appointment through Mrs Bishop in the school office. Please do make every effort to read the weekly bulletin, which is also a useful source of information.   

    Classroom Resources

    In common with many other schools, we have to be extremely mindful of our spending; the funding we receive from central government does not match our annual outgoings.

    We are very grateful for the support of the PTA, who raise funds for some of the important extras but it is also helpful if individual parents can support us generally, by providing some of the basic resources for their own children.

    Please would you be kind enough to ensure your child has a pencil case containing the basics: pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc.

    We are also looking for ways to supplement our resources and teachers have been asked to prepare a list of the resources they most need in their classrooms. These will include things like card, glue, whiteboard pens etc.  We are always grateful for donations and, if you are able to provide any of the requested resources, this would be most appreciated.  

    Please look out on classroom doors for the list of requirements for your child’s class.  Thank you in anticipation.

    I will be out of school at a Local Confederation Team planning meeting all day tomorrow, leaving the school in the very capable hands of Mrs Buckley (Deputy Head) and Miss Howells (Senior Leader).

    I look forward to seeing you all back in school next week.  Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 11th July 2019

    Published 12/07/19

    Dear parents/carers

    This week can best be described as ‘hectic’!

    As we hurtle towards the end of term, teachers are working at full pace to keep children educated and busy, right up until the end! At the same time, teachers are completing children’s end of term reports, preparing for the end of year production, having handover meetings with prospective teachers and generally going flat out to make the end of term a roaring success! 

    Teaching Assistants, premise staff and administrators don’t get off lightly either! They are already planning premises work to take place over the summer holiday and thinking about next year - dusting off the paperwork for review and coordinating diaries, events, trips, clubs and much more!  My thanks go to every single one of my hardworking colleagues, as well as to our lovely children for being so helpful and well-behaved! A reminder from parents, to keep it up until the end of term, never goes amiss, thank you.

    Colleagues were invited to attend the first part of Tuesday evening’s governors meeting. The Chair of Governors, Mrs Doherty, presented staff with a wonderful cake, decorated in school colours, and with the school name and Ofsted outcome ‘good’ written in the icing! A great time was had by all as cake was washed down with something sparkly and we were all very appreciative of governors’ kind acknowledgement.

    For my own part, I should like to thank governors in their turn, in particular our Chair, for their incredibly hard work; they are all unpaid volunteers and invest a great deal of time and effort into supporting our school. We value their collective wisdom, their approachability and the common sense and guidance we receive from them. They have helped us through a demanding year and also deserve every credit for our very pleasing Ofsted outcome. 

    Well done to children who participated in the District Sports at Charterhouse School this week. More about this below and a big thank you to Mrs Wright, for the breadth of opportunities she provides for children to participate in competitive sports.

    Thank you to our Worship Team who delivered a super assembly this week. It was also my privilege, on Wednesday morning, to attend the final dress rehearsal for the end of year production of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. Our friends from the local Village Nursery also came along to watch. It was the first time I had seen the result of the hard work that has gone into the production. We look forward to yet another fantastic performance this evening and tomorrow night! The PTA will be serving refreshments and we look forward to seeing you all there!

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Janis Radcliffe 

    Head teacher 

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  • News - 4th July 2019

    Published 04/07/19

    Next week’s value is Growing

    “I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again” Philippians 2:6

    Dear parents/carers

    This week’s value is ‘Growing’! My thanks to Miss Howells, who delivered a super introductory Monday assembly on my behalf, on the topic of ‘Growth Mind-sets’. 

    For my own part, I attended a training course, to better understand current thinking regarding health education (including relationships and sex education). Happily, we are already covering many of the recommended elements of the health education programme, through our taught curriculum and through our values-led assemblies. We use the ‘Jigsaw’ resources to deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme; some educators have suggested the ‘E’ in the acronym should denote ‘economic’ and we intend to add more aspects of economic education in with our revised curriculum from September 2019.

    Currently, children acquire information and age-appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding from Reception Class to Year 6, so that, by the time they reach Year 6, they have learned a great deal about respectful friendships, healthy relationships, E-Safety and managing  their personal on-online reputation.  In Upper KS2, the biological aspect of human reproduction is taught within science lessons. From September, we plan to incorporate even more mental health and wellbeing education into our curriculum and I am hoping to arrange a presentation from a mental health professional, to support staff and parents’ understanding of this increasingly high profile area of interest. 

    Whilst talking about our curriculum, I should like to thank Mr Freeman, one of our esteemed governors, who has very kindly offered to deliver a politics session to Year 6 pupils this Friday. Year 6 children look forward to welcoming Mr Freeman and learning more about the vagaries of politics! Now’s as good a time as any? 

    On Wednesday, we had our ‘Moving Up Day’; Year 6 children visited their prospective senior schools and the remaining children migrated to new classrooms to meet their new teachers. Teachers and children alike had a super time getting to know each other and we hope children will be looking forward to spending more time with their new teachers, from September. 

    As outlined in my letter to Year 1 parents earlier this week, Mrs Lawrence is very much in our thoughts and we hope that she is recovering well. We look forward to welcoming her back into school next week. I must thank Mrs Spong who has given generously of her time during Mrs Lawrence’s unavoidable absence. Thank you too, to Year 1 parents and children for your continuing patience. 

    The School Production is fast approaching and I, for one, can’t wait to see what children and teachers have prepared for us! You can find more details about preparations for ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’ below. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 11th or Friday 12th July. Let’s hope the weather stays fair! 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

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  • NEWS - 20th June 2019

    Published 21/06/19

    Next week’s value is Loyalty

    “A person who tries to live right and be loyal finds life, success and honor.” Proverbs 21:21

    Dear parents/carers

    With Year 5 and 6 children back in school this week, we had hoped for a full calendar of activities and events, as planned. Unfortunately, for KS2 children, there was no option but to cancel their sports afternoon on Tuesday, due to poor weather and potentially hazardous ground conditions. Cancellation decisions are always difficult to call and just moments after the decision was announced the weather did seem to brighten up. I was reassured however, by Mrs Wright’s report that, raining or not, the ground conditions were indeed treacherous. 

    Rain aside, Sports Day wasn’t entirely a ‘wash-out’, because younger children had managed to complete their events in the morning. Everyone remained positive and patient and shared in the good humour of it all, including parents who relocated to the indoors, with their children, for ‘picnic’ lunches, albeit dressed in raincoats! Thank you for your patience and kind understanding.  

    Mrs Wright counted-up the points from the morning’s activities and deduced that ‘Emerald’ team were the winners. Well done, Emerald!  House Captains accepted the trophy on behalf of their team in an unscheduled afternoon assembly, attended by all pupils, who sang, at the top of their voices, to the tune of ‘We are the Champions’!

    Our thanks to Mrs Wright for her brilliant organisational skills. Mrs Wright has also kindly promised to allow Key Stage 2 children an opportunity to complete their races during their regular PE sessions before the end of this term.

    Year 4 left for Sayers’ Croft on Wednesday. Fingers crossed they have an exciting time, in spite of the vagaries of the British weather!

    Year 6 pupils treated our audience to a wonderful class assembly on Thursday. Well done and thank you, Year 6 children, and thank you to Mrs Newton and colleagues for all their hard work in preparing the children to deliver an entertaining assembly. We look forward to our end of term production, when we will have the privilege of seeing the further development of speech and drama skills in our school. 

    We also wanted to share some of the Chiddfest numbers with you; 1,800 people attended the event and raised a phenomenal £18,000 which the local youth groups and the school will benefit from.  A huge thank you to all those involved in making it such an overwhelming success.

    We are also looking forward to tomorrow (Friday) when we will be hosting the first of our ‘Careers Carousels’. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to take part by sharing with children the intricacies of their professional lives so that children may learn about what different jobs entail and maybe consider them as possibilities for future paid careers.  Won’t it be nice when they start ‘paying their way’?

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • News - 13 June 2019

    Published 14/06/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

    “Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you”.  Matthew 23:11

    Dear parents/carers

    This week has been a relatively quiet week in school, due to children and teachers from Years 5 and 6 being out on their annual residential visit. We understand they are having a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming them back in school next week, when, no doubt, they will have lots of exciting news to share (and sleep to catch up on)!  Our thanks to the Chidham organisers and Year 5 and 6 teachers and assistants for all their hard work. No doubt, they, too, will sleep well this weekend.

    It goes without saying that sleep is crucial but did you know the extent to which sleep can affect your child’s physical and mental development. Research has shown that sleep is as important as exercise and healthy eating, if your child is to thrive and enjoy optimal health and wellbeing. Children who do not get enough sleep can develop a number of health related problems including obesity, difficulty in concentrating, over-activity and irritability. For more about this fascinating subject, I can personally recommend a book entitled ‘Why we Sleep’, by Matthew Walker. See also an introductory article in the Guardian at:  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/21/why-we-sleep-by-matthew-walker-review.

    Our Year 3’s weren’t sleepy on Thursday morning when they delivered an amazing assembly on the subject of this term’s topic work ‘The Titanic’. Our thanks to the children, Mrs Ryder, and Mrs Balchin for all their hard work. I have to add that it never ceases to amaze me, just how much time and effort parents and grandparents invest in supporting this topic, especially the design technology aspect! Year 3 classroom is ‘chockablock’ with massive models of the ill-fated Titanic, including half-sunk vessels and ship-shaped cakes! Thank you to all of our parents and family members, this year and past years, for your continuing support and engagement with this exciting annual project.

    Another word of thanks to Mrs Wright and KS1 teachers and children who participated in this week’s Confederation Sports Day hosted by St Mary’s School. St Bart’s visitors were the deserving winners but every single child is to be congratulated for taking part with such enthusiasm and celebrating sportingly in each other’s achievements.

    Finally, tomorrow I am looking forward to welcoming Mr Alex Tear, who is the Diocesan Director of Education, leading the Education team based at Church House, Guildford. He is a member of the Bishop’s Staff and provides the strategic leadership for education within the diocese working closely with Bishop Jo Bailey-Wells who Chairs the Diocesan Board of Education.

    Obviously, I will be on my best behaviour! Have a brilliant weekend and ...Sleep Well!        

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

     

     

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