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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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  • NEWS - 7th JUNE 2019

    Published 07/06/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

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

    Dear parents/carers

    I trust you all had a good half term break! It’s barely credible to think we are now on the home run to the end of year, with only 7 weeks to go until the summer holidays! May I take this opportunity to slip in a sneaky reminder that the school holidays are quite substantial and we do expect that families will refrain from taking children out of school during term time.  Aside from missing important aspects of the curriculum, it is such a pity for children to miss out on all the fun activities, including talent shows, drama and musical performances, poetry presentations, parties and dress up days.

    Mrs Buckley mentioned how much we appreciated Chiddfest last week but I should like to add my own word of thanks to Mrs White and to our devoted and hard-working PTA members for their incredibly hard work throughout the year. Mrs Quickfall and Mrs Cook have been highly effective as joint PTA Chairs but have been in post for longer than anticipated and have done their bit, so they really do want to hand over the baton now!

    The PTA are running a meeting to say thank you and farewell to them in the Crown pub on Tuesday 11th June at 8pm. The meeting agenda will also include a summary of the year’s fundraising and, as I understand, there will be an opportunity for parents to offer their services as the new Chair or to volunteer to shadow the outgoing Treasurer for a preparatory period, with a view to taking on the role in future. Each role will have a maximum tenure of 2 years and the Committee values new expertise and fresh ideas. The invitation is open to all parents so do go along on the 11th June to find out more and volunteer your services. 

    We had a lovely Holy Communion Service on Thursday. All children contributed in some way; some made bread and ‘wine’ while others created prayers and made displays to depict their understanding of Jesus’ miracles. Children sang beautifully and behaved respectfully throughout, showing us that, for all their youth, they too, value the opportunity for thoughtful reflection and engagement in collective worship.

    Finally, I thought you might be interested in a research study carried out by two Japanese psychologists, who have been investigating why children choose particular foods. The pair have discovered that children choose foods (and toys) that seem to be in short supply. Michel Mairmaran and Yuval Salant think this might help parents to get their children to eat their greens!  For more detail about the study, see below. You can also see the full article by visiting the following website:

    https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/want-your-kids-to-eat-more-healthy-food-offer-them-less

    Have a lovely weekend eating all your veggies!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 23 MAY 2019

    Published 23/05/19

    Next week’s value is Kindness

    “A smile makes people happy.  Good news makes them feel better.” Proverbs 15:30

    Dear parents/carers

    Mrs Radcliffe has been attending a residential Headteachers Conference this week which leaves me to fill you in on this week’s events!

    It has been a super busy week here at St Mary’s.  The week commenced with everyone still buzzing from the fantastic day at Chiddfest.  It really showcased our wonderful village and what can be achieved when the community comes together.  However, this is a huge task to organise and our thanks and congratulations go out to Mrs White and her team for their hard work. Well done everyone, you should feel immensely proud!

    The ladies from the WI joined us for assembly on Monday morning to present the school with a cup to commemorate their 100th year.  The cup is to be presented at the end of the year in our awards ceremony to a Year 6 pupil who has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable living and a desire to promote global awareness, a pupil who wishes to make a difference to our community and our world.

    The WI enjoyed the beautiful singing from the children, followed by tea and cake served by our Year 5 pupils.

    Year 2 have been undergoing their ‘secret agent’ training this week. (SATs)  All have demonstrated perseverance and a maturity beyond their years.  Miss Howells is very proud of all them.

    On Tuesday I attended a curriculum conference in London. It confirmed for me that we are on the right path with our vision here at St. Mary’s; for all children to be exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum that incorporates wider global issues,  enabling them to be critical thinkers and  preparing them for their futures.

    Year 6 attended a Pentecost workshop at the Cathedral on Wednesday morning whilst the rest of the school took part in ‘share a pencil day’.  This is to highlight to the children how fortunate they are to have access to an education, something that we take for granted and yet is denied to many children across the globe.  Thank you to Mrs Spong for organising this event.

    Friday is the last day of this half term, so our Celebration Assembly will take place at 2.15 to present completed certificates.  Everyone is welcome.

    Please remember to take home PE kits and check the lost property box for ‘missing’ items.

    Check out our new Twitter page and follow us @st_chiddingfold

    The final half term commences on Monday 3rd June.

    Have a wonderful half term, let’s hope the sun continues to shine! 

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Head

     

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  • News 16th May 2019

    Published 16/05/19

    Next week’s value is Kindness

     

    “A smile makes people happy.  Good news makes them feel better.” Proverbs 15:30

    Dear parents/carers

    Other schools may have been solemn places this week but not so, St Mary’s. Our Year 6 children ‘enjoyed’ taking their SATs papers and all of them benefited from just the right healthy dose of adrenaline to boost their performance. That said, I am sure they are glad it’s all over because Mrs Newton has so many more exciting things in store for them this term!

    Year 2 will take their SATs papers next week. Miss Howells has written to parents to give an outline but there are no special requirements of children or parents other than to remain calm and check that children have a healthy diet and plenty of sleep.

    This week’s value of the week (empathy) has been well demonstrated by children in classes not taking SATs papers. Children have shown an awareness that the tests are in progress and they have shown due respect, modifying their behaviour and adapting their noise levels to ensure they did not disturb the hard-working examinees.

    We are looking forward to Chiddfest on Saturday and our grateful thanks go to Mr Crocker, the church choirmaster, and Kate from The Music Works, for their support in preparing children and teachers respectively for this weekend’s event. I don’t want to give too much away but I am prepared to advise that a handkerchief might be a useful accessory to pack on the day!

    With the curriculum under review, we are always looking at ways to broaden opportunities for our children. This week, teachers have been talking about careers education for pupils. We would like to invite any parent, grandparent, friend or associate of St Mary’s School to consider giving up a short spell of their time to talk to children about career opportunities within their field of employment. Please see more about this below and do let Mrs Oqvist know if you think you could contribute to our proposed ‘Careers Fair’.

    Mrs Wright was keen to tell me that she and Mr Hanson enjoyed a lovely afternoon of football on Wednesday this week. For more information, see Mrs Wright’s report below, but suffice for me to say that I was delighted to hear that the selected pupils’ behaviour was second-to-none! Well done, boys! Another case of St Mary’s pupils being good ambassadors for our school!

    Have a fabulous weekend. See you on Saturday!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • News - 9th MAY 2019

    Published 09/05/19

    Next week’s value is Empathy

    “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

    Dear parents/carers

    What a funny week that was! No Monday and already, it’s Thursday! How did that happen?

    Nevertheless, St Mary’s School has been its usual hive of activity, starting with Tuesday’s Eco-brick workshops when children learned about the importance of recycling and considered ways to dispose of, and even make good use of their waste. This is both timely and fascinating. Did you see an article in this week’s news about the recycling of human waste to make useful products? And a US based company is already converting 100 per cent plastic waste into an alternative building material. 

    The problem of plastic waste is massive; according to statistics by the World Economic Forum, by the year 2050, there will be more plastic waste in our oceans than there are fish! So innovations that turn could turn mountains of trash into functional products are crucial to our handling of the problem. We are making a start and hopefully encouraging children to pursue new careers that might involve innovative solutions to tackling waste. For an interesting article on how waste can be used to make products such as ‘newspaper wood’, ‘nappy roofing’, ‘mushroom walls’ and ‘Plasphalt’, may I suggest a visit to the following website:

    https://www.citymetric.com/skylines/9-building-materials-made-entirely-waste-products-932

    Our thanks to Mrs Creswell for organising the Ecobricks workshops.

    Teachers and children have been practising furiously for their performance at Chiddfest (more about this below, including deadline dates for purchasing online tickets and details of timings and supervision for children who are performing on the day).

    You may know that Miss Clark, our maths subject leader, has been regularly engaging in research and learning about the teaching of maths for mastery, through the Surrey Maths Hub. On Friday we are expecting a number of visitors to St Mary’s, including headteachers and mathematicians from other schools, who will observe Miss Clark’s delivery of a mastery maths lesson with her own class. We are very proud of Miss Clark, who, although relatively new to the teaching profession, has developed the confidence and charisma to present to a large audience so that, not only is she serving St Mary’s well but can have a potentially much wider influence, both across the confederation and trust schools. And Miss Clark really did volunteer with no arm twisting required! Well done, Miss Clark; we all think you’re amazing!

    Next week is KS2 SATS week so I hope Year 6 children will get plenty of fresh air and rest this weekend. If recent practice tests are anything to go by, I know that they will do their very best and make us all very proud!

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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  • News - 2nd MAY 2019

    Published 02/05/19

    Next week’s value is Empathy

    “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

    Dear parents/carers

    Mrs Buckley and I have been keeping an eye on children’s uniform this week. The majority of children are in the correct attire but please do familiarise yourself with uniform requirements and ensure that children are correctly attired, with no extraneous embellishments such as tattoos, earrings and/or over-sized hair accessories. Thank you for your cooperation.

    There was no uniform for Year 3 children on Monday, however, since they were all dressed as characters from the 1912 voyage of the RMS Titanic. Children enjoyed welcoming a very knowledgeable visitor from Godalming Museum who brought interesting artefacts and told the children more about that fateful Titanic voyage.

    Children and teachers alike have been practising their singing performance for the forthcoming Chiddfest concert (Saturday 18 May). This promises to be yet another very exciting event, suitable for all ages, and it is hope that as many families as possible will attend. Tickets can be purchased on line at:

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=chidfest&form=IE9TR&src=IE9TR&pc=MDDRJS

    Gates open at 12.30pm.

    Remember Monday is Bank Holiday; let’s hope for some splendid weather and an opportunity to get outdoors.

    If you are partying over the weekend, don’t worry about what to do with those empty plastic drinks bottles because, on their return to school on Tuesday, children can bring them with them to recycle them in our Ecobricks morning workshops. Ecobricks are plastic bottles which can be filled with other plastic materials to create a dense product that can be used as a  building block. For more information about Ecobricks, visit: https://www.bing.com/search?q=ecorbicks&form=IE9TR&src=IE9TR&pc=MDDRJS

    Parents, these days, have a lot to contend with, not least the imperative to teach children about recycling and sustainability. Since the explosion of technology, they have the additional safety concerns associated with the over-use or potentially inappropriate use of the internet and social media. The following E-safety materials might help; they are new resources available on line. You can find out more about how to keep your children safe, including for older children, using the links below (see Internet Safety). 

    One way to keep children off the internet and get them into the great outdoors is to wake them up at 4.30am and encourage them to listen to the Dawn Chorus! More about an opportunity to do this below.

    I hope you enjoy listening to the birds and that you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

    See you all on Tuesday!

    Internet Safety

    Keeping under 7s safe online

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/how-you-can-keep-your-under-7s-safe-online/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    ‘ThinkUKnow Toolkit 11+’  tackles a wide range of issues including child exploitation and digital dating.

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/thinkuknow-toolkit/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    Tips for parents on using Bluetooth devices safely

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-the-internet-of-things-iot/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    I hope you enjoy listening to the birds and that you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

    See you all on Tuesday!

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 4th APRIL 2019

    Published 04/04/19

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We have such an action packed, fun-filled newsletter for you this week; perhaps the less said by me the better! Hopefully, this will give you time to read and savour the accounts of this term’s exciting activities!

    As you will see, it has been an eventful term. The one thing missing from the reports below is reference to the Ofsted visit; not the sort of thing you expect to see colourfully illustrated, but we are still celebrating the written Ofsted report that confirms St Mary’s is a ‘good’ school which supports the outstanding welfare and personal development of its pupils. The report says that pupils leave St Mary’s as confident, articulate people who are ready to play their part in the wider community. This last point is well illustrated when we consider the work of our children including Pupil Leadership Team and School Council representatives, all of whom are truly innovative in their fundraising ideas and extremely mature in their desire to help others less fortunate than themselves. Thank you children; you are an inspiration and great ambassadors for our Christian School!

    I should like to add my thanks to parents and governors for your continuing support and to my esteemed colleagues, both in school and at the Good Shepherd trust, for their invaluable contribution, commitment and continuing good humour. It is a pleasure to play a small part in this incredible team.

    All that remains is for me to wish you a wonderful Easter and a safe and happy holiday.

    I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday 24th April.

    Best wishes

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head Teacher

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  • NEWS - 28 MARCH 2019

    Published 28/03/19

    “How great is God’s love for all who worship him?  Greater than the distance between heaven and earth”!

     

    Dear parents/carers

    In the penultimate week of term, we watched the drama club deliver a confident and engaging performance for the school. Some of our Year 6 children played netball in County Qualifiers at Rodborough School and today Year 2 informed and entertained us with their assembly all about our wonderful world.  The children spoke out beautifully and wowed us with their amazing facts.  Great work from the pupils and thank you to their hard-working teachers.

    Year 6 set off to London on Tuesday to visit the natural history museum to enhance their science topic, they spent the morning looking at exhibits linked to evolution including dinosaurs, fossils and early man.  The children were impeccably behaved and great ambassadors for our school.

    Next week is the last week of term and there is still lots going on.  The photographer will be in school on Monday morning for class photos, please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform.  The Easter Service will take place in the church on Tuesday morning and will be led by Year Three.  Everyone is very welcome to attend.

    Those children participating in the Easter Bonnet competition need to bring their masterpieces in on Wednesday. Photographs will be sent to the Surrey Advertiser and prizes will be awarded to the most creative from each class on Friday.

    On Thursday Year 1B will deliver their class assembly and Friday at 9am will be the final assembly of the term, completed certificates will be presented in this assembly.  School closes at 1.30pm for the Easter break.  Please take home PE kits and have a rummage in the lost property bin, you will be amazed what you can find in there!  Summer term begins for the teachers on 23rd April for an INSET day in which we will be developing and enhancing our curriculum. Term begins for children on Wednesday 24th April.

    Don’t forget clocks go forward this weekend!  Happy Mothering Sunday.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sheila Buckley

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