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View the latest news  and diary reminders from St Mary's School below. 

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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 - 17th March 2022

    Published 18/03/22

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Our value for the last fortnight has been Justice. In our assemblies we have been discussing the war in Ukraine (in an age appropriate way), the refugee crisis and how due to war and conflict, so many children across the world are denied an education.

    The children are vocal in their condemnation of the injustice of these situations and have discussed ways they can help to support; including an appreciation of their own liberty and the obligation to make the most of every opportunity presented to them.

    Fund raising events have already begun, with Year 3 serving tea and cake to parents after their class assembly, raising £47. Pupils in Year 6 are busy making gifts to sell and we will hold a Ukrainian Day on the last day of the spring term, where for a donation on scopay, children can come to school dressed in blue and yellow.

    Tomorrow it is Red Nose Day and children can come to school in red mufti. Whilst we had not planned to ask for donations due to the various monetary requests recently, if you wish or are able to do so, please donate on scopay to the Ukrainian Fund. We are working in collaboration with St Mary’s Church and other village organisations to raise as much as we can for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal.

    In other school events, last week the whole school were captivated by a fabulous theatrical performance of ‘Scrooge’ presented by M and M Productions. Year 6 enjoyed an amazing trip to the Houses of Parliament and this week Year 4 visited Haslemere Museum and Year 5 visited Winchester Planetarium. These experiences enrich the curriculum offer, thank you to the class teachers for organising these great events.
    Today, Year 1 performed their first ever class assembly. It was a confident performance; they learnt all their lines, sang beautifully and put a huge smile on all our faces.

    Thank you to Mrs Bennett and the Year 1 team for all your hard work.

    Have a wonderful weekend, the weather looks beautiful; spring may finally be here!

    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    Best wishes
    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News 3 March 2022

    Published 04/03/22

    Dear Parents/Carers

    The second half of the spring term got off to a great start with our annual Book Week.  The children enjoyed various book related activities; they designed spectacular posters, attended bedtime stories and finished the week dressed up for Book Character Day. Year 6 were also fortunate enough to have an on line question and answering session with author and barrister, Imran Mahmood.

    It was wonderful to have such a good turn out and chat to so many parents on the evening of bedtime stories. It really did feel like the good old days! Thank you to the PTA for organising and hosting drinks for both pupils and parents.

    A whopping £1,600 was spent over the week, which raised just over £900 to be spent on books for the classrooms and library. It is wonderful and reassuring to see the importance and priority reading has in our school community.

    On Thursday, we had a visit from Alex Tear, the Director of Guildford Diocese.  He was very impressed with the children’s learning, behaviour and manners and commented on the dedication, enthusiasm and compassion of the St. Mary’s Team.

    This week’s events have included parents evening consultations for reception parents, the hatching of some of our resident chicks in Yr2, Bikeability in Yr4, a visit from our GST Director of Education and Year 3 Class Assembly presented to the school on Wednesday and parents this morning. The children learnt many lines and performed brilliantly. 

    After this morning’s performance, parents were invited to stay to look at the children’s artwork whilst served tea and scones.

    Thank you to Mrs Ryder and Mrs Balchin for all your hard work and creative input.

    Have a wonderful weekend; hopefully there is some sunshine on the way!

    Best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 10th February 2022

    Published 10/02/22

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    This week is Children’s Mental Health week. In school, children have been learning about the importance of looking after their mental health as they would their physical health.

    On Monday, we had a virtual assembly all about the week, and introduced this year’s theme of ‘Growing Together’. This encouraged the children to think about how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow.

    Tuesday was Safer Internet Day. Pupils discussed how to keep safe on line and the necessity for age restrictions on certain games. Leaflets have been sent home via seesaw for your information and for you to talk to your children about concerns they may have.

    Please take this opportunity to check privacy settings on home devices and find out what your children are accessing on line. We have children as young as six referencing games, such as Roblox, that they are playing, which have been rated 13+.

    Wednesday was Wellbeing Day at St Mary’s. The Year 6 wellbeing team led our whole school assembly, and talked about the difference between mental and physical health. They have been running a ‘Mindfulness Club’ one lunchtime a week, where children from a different class each week take part in well-being activities such as yoga, crafts and colouring. They also encouraged pupils to look out for them on the playground if they felt like they needed a dose of sunshine to cheer them up! Year 6 also had a motivational talk from Alice Manuel, a ‘Thrive Programme’ coach – more information about this can be found in the leaflet attached.

    Hopefully, the children will want to discuss with you some of the topics addressed this week. It is imperative that we continue to work together to support our young people, giving them opportunities to talk but at the same time, providing them with coping mechanisms to build their resilience in dealing with the inevitable challenges presented to all of us at various points in life.

    The week has drawn to a close with a Titanic Day being celebrated in Year 3 and our final Celebration Assembly of the half term will take place on Friday morning. Have a wonderful half term and I look forward to welcoming back all pupils on Monday 21st February for Book Week.


    Best wishes
    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News - 27th January 2022

    Published 27/01/22

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    Pupils have been very busy over the last fortnight, developing their leadership skills by consulting, planning and leading on school initiatives. Peer Mediators led assembly last week to remind the school about their important role in helping pupils resolve low-level disputes on the playground. This week the Eco Leaders informed the school about terra-cycle and the importance of recycling, and asked for volunteers for their litter-picking group. The School Council Reps have been meeting regularly to discuss their short, and long term plans for raising money for our sister school in Malawi. Our Well-being leaders have also met to discuss plans for Children’s Mental Health Week, commencing on the 7th February.
    Watch out for more information coming soon.

    We are very proud of our pupil leadership groups in school; how they are able to use their growing capabilities, confidence and pupil voice to motivate, influence and direct others so that they work together to achieve the goals of the whole school community.

    With very few covid cases now in school, it was great to be able to welcome parents to watch Year 4K Class Assembly about Ancient Egypt. The children performed confidently and really impressed our visitors. Well done to Miss Kightley and the 4K team for all the hard work.

    Staff and pupils are looking forward to Mr Hanson leading our Celebration Assembly on Friday, I have no doubt we are all in for a treat.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Best wishes
    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News - 13th January 2022

    Published 13/01/22

    Dear Parents/Carers,


    Welcome to the spring term, the children have settled back into school routines and are enjoying learning about their new topics.


    Last week, a six-week cricket-coaching course began for years 1 and 4 and outside PE lessons have commenced with Mrs Wright. Could you please ensure that all children have appropriate and warm clothing for outside sports? Mrs Wright is eager to discourage fair-weather sports people, so hats and gloves are recommended for outside PE sessions, as well as warm hoodies/sweatshirts.


    This week, we were delighted to welcome Cathy Penfold from Starfish Malawi to lead our Whole School Assembly. Cathy told her story of her school’s journey with their link school and shared photos of trips that she had taken to Malawi. It was wonderful to see the impact that her school’s connection with Malawi had made for the pupils in her school as well as the outcomes of the charitable work carried out for their link school.


    We have many plans to develop our connection and relationship with our link school in Kipira, Malawi this academic year.


    Presently, we have only a few positive covid cases in children and one staff member. I am aware that this can be a fast changing situation and we have planned for all eventualities. However, we remain cautiously optimistic that there will be minimum disruption in school.


    Class assemblies are due to commence again at the end of the month and we will continue to monitor and assess the situation in relation to parents attendance, as it stands, there is currently nothing to suggest that parents will be unable to attend performances following the appropriate guidance.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


    Best wishes


    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News 2nd December 2021

    Published 08/12/21

    Dear Parents/Carers


    It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at St Mary’s, with Nativity rehearsals, Carol singing, the creation of market stall gifts and even the arrival of a donkey on Tuesday morning!

    On Tuesday, Wintershall actors came to share the Christmas Story with the school. They set up scenery and stables outside on the grass area, with a shepherd and his sheep and Sam the donkey who made a great impression on the children and the staff. It was a wonderful way to bring the message of Christmas home to the children and make them stop and reflect about the significance of many aspects of the story. Thank you to Mrs Porter for organising this fantastic event.

    Year 6 and Year 4E presented their class assemblies to pupils and parents, last Thursday for Year 6, all about their learning of World War 1 and today for Year 4E about World War 2. In both assemblies, children had many lines to learn, they acted and sang wonderfully and in both cases, the audiences were very moved. Well done to all the pupils and to Miss Hampshire and Mrs Evans for the time and hard work that went into these performances.
    Next week, we are looking forward to the Key Stage One Nativity and the children are working hard on their lines and excited about performing in front of their parents.

    We continue to follow DFE guidance carefully and request that all parents wear masks at all times when attending assemblies or nativity performances in school. Therefore, please do not bring coffee/drinks with you into school, as masks must remain on throughout performances. Thank you for your support with this.

    On Saturday, our Christmas Fair is taking place outside on the grounds from 12pm to 2.30pm. It promises to be a wonderful event, with various stalls, Santa’s Grotto, tombola, mulled wine and Carol singing. Access is through the Recreation Ground and School Lane gates from 12pm, the gates will remain open, so please be vigilant with all children at all times. St Mary’s children will sing at 1pm on the ampitheatre, it would be wonderful to see as many of them as possible; however, we would also appreciate audience participation. For the more reserved amongst you, a couple of cups of mulled wine should do the trick!

    The PTA and I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Best wishes
    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News - 18th November 2021

    Published 18/11/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    It has been an action packed fortnight with many events to highlight and celebrate.

    Last week, Rev Rachel joined Year 6 in leading a poignant Remembrance Service for KS2.  The pupils read moving stories and recounts from the viewpoint of the soldiers serving during World War 1. All of the classes made beautiful sustainable poppies; that were placed under the flag at the reception area.

    On Thursday, Year 2 performed their class assembly for parents and visitors all about The Great Fire of London.  It was wonderful to welcome so many parents, and definitely the correct decision to show to the school on a separate occasion!  It was an outstanding performance by Year 2, they learnt all their lines and sang and spoke out so confidently. Mrs Porter was rightly very proud of them all.

    This week, we were delighted to welcome back the “Open the Book” team to lead the whole school Collective Worship.  The children really look forward to these assemblies and we are very grateful to all the volunteers for coming in.

    Today, it was the turn of Year 3 to perform their assembly for parents.  Once again, we had a magnificent turn out and the standard of the performance was as impressive as last week’s.  The children told us all about life in The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and impressed us by learning a phenomenal amount of lines. 

    Well done to the Year 2 and 3 children and to the teaching staff, a lot of hard work goes into producing these assemblies but I think our audiences were very impressed.

    We end this week with a mufti day for Children in Need, we have been very fortunate this week to hear from our link school in Malawi.  Our pupils were surprised to see photos of children in Malawi sitting on the dusty floor of their classroom to complete their assessments. Therefore, this mufti day is a good time for us to reflect as a school about how grateful we should be for all of our life comforts, and a time to stop and think about what we can do to help and support others. 

    Thank you for all of your contributions.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 7th October 2021

    Published 15/10/21

    Dear Parents/Carers


    There is no doubt that the last fortnight was sent to try us! Despite the uncertainty and speed of changes, the St Mary’s team responded and reacted to the constant challenges in a calm and measured way. I am very proud of everything they have done to ensure that the school could remain open for the majority of children and the safety measures reintroduced.


    We are also very grateful for the support from parents, for your patience and understanding with the unavoidable actions required.


    The children as always, have been marvelous at getting on with their learning, celebrating successes back in key stage bubbles and preparing for Harvest this week.


    Next week, is the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. Due to the recent rise of positive covid cases, we have decided that these meetings will all be held on-line.


    School Cloud will be live from 6pm this evening for parents to login and book a time.


    For my part, I am really looking forward to returning to school on Monday morning. I have missed the sound and smiles of the children and it will be lovely to see my colleagues and NOT on a screen!


    Until then, have a lovely weekend, more glorious sunshine on the way.


    Best wishes
    Mrs Buckley
    Headteacher

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  • News - 23 September 2021

    Published 24/09/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    As we reach the end of our third full week back at school and Reception Class’s first full week; I am happy to report that school life has completely returned to the happy, exciting and vibrant way it was before the pandemic. Children are enjoying working together; attending whole school collective worship and singing sessions and playing more freely at playtimes as we return to pre-covid routines and doing things the St. Mary’s way.

    All classes are enjoying learning about their new topics, which include World War I and II, The Great Fire of London, Stone Age and Road Trip USA.  All of these topics and the entire curriculum offer are underpinned by the school values.  Research highlights that providing a values-based curriculum has positive effects on pupils, both socially and academically. Our aims and vision are that our values-based curriculum inspires our pupils to be the drivers for change, helping humanity to flourish and our world to be sustainable.

    Each class will also integrate an area/topic from the curriculum of our link school in Malawi into their year’s planning. This term, Year 5 are learning about the importance of trees, biodiversity and the effects of deforestation.

    Pupil Leaders are busy fulfilling their job roles, welcoming younger pupils into school each day and supporting them at playtimes, setting up assemblies and attending meetings, (setting agendas, taking minutes and following up actions) both with myself and School Council Leaders.

    The prefects have asked me to remind parents about the importance of labelling all items of school uniform, as they gathered six items of unnamed clothing from the playground after lunch. Take heed parents!

    It has been lovely to welcome back our representatives from the church, Rev’d Dr Rachel and Mr Crocker to lead assemblies and singing practices. Other visitors have included our lead Mental Health Nurse, our Community Police Leader, our Director of Education and the headteacher from King Edwards School; who we are looking forward to working with this academic year, developing links between the school communities.

    Have a wonderful weekend, there is more sunshine to brighten our days!

    Best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 9th September

    Published 17/09/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Welcome back to you all and a very special St Mary’s welcome to our new parents and families.  It has been lovely to chat to many of you at the gates in the morning.

    Thank you all for adhering to the new school rules regarding the start of the day; we are already seeing the positive impact this is having in regards to the children’s independence and how quickly the learning starts in class each morning.

    After two productive and informative INSET days, staff were delighted to welcome back the children and it was certainly wonderful to see them coming in looking so confident and happy.

    On Friday, we held our first whole school assembly in 18 months, it was nothing short of wonderful, and a little bit emotional.  It was a delight to have all the children back together again, and hear them sing so enthusiastically.

    This week, parents have had the opportunity to meet with the class teachers to find out about the day to day events in school, including curriculum, time tables and class communications. For those unable to make it, please contact the class teacher for the slides or information.

    On Friday, Year 6 will be presented with their badges for the various roles they are undertaking as pupil leaders and it will be an opportunity to explain to their parents what their new roles entail. I am looking forward to my work with the Pupil Leadership Team, they are already showing great promise, demonstrating maturity and independence and are great role models to the younger pupils.

    We are cautiously optimistic, that from next month we can start inviting parents back into watch assemblies.  We continue to be led by the DFE guidance, following the Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plans, which you can find on our website.  Presently, we do not plan to have the whole school and visitors in the hall altogether, but will invite relevant parents to their children’s celebrations and assemblies as they occur.  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and make any relevant changes as necessary.  Thank you for your continued support and patience with this.

    Have a wonderful weekend; let’s hope the sun shines on us for a while longer!

    Best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

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  • News - 17th June 2021

    Published 21/06/21

    Dear Parents/Carers

    The sun has shone down on us since our return from half term and it has been glorious.

    On Monday, Year 6 spent an action packed day at Chidham, enjoying water activities and a campfire. Today they are spending the day at Bentley Copse, taking part in various activities including, archery, go-karting, laser tag and zip wiring.   Next week they spend the night at Winchester Planetarium.  So despite the changes and cancellations this year, it has been wonderful to see them able to enjoy their end of year activities and outings organised at short notice. Thank you to the Year 6 team for your time and energy ensuring these events could take place in a covid friendly way.

    On Tuesday, Year 2 had a visit from Farnham Beekeepers to find out about the importance of bees and why and how we must look after them.  They got to taste various delicious honeys, but were unanimous that their favourite was the most locally sourced!

    We have also had a visit from the Inclusion Officer, who visits every term to go through attendance and punctuality records. We have been reminded that as a school we are obliged to only authorise absences for medical appointments and unforeseen circumstances, like funerals and weddings. Requests for holidays, concerts and days out will not be authorised.

    As I am sure you are aware, the government have deferred the end of current restrictions and we have received the updated DFE guidance for schools.

    At present we are unable to invite parents into school, all presentations and end of term events must take place outside with a maximum audience of thirty people.  We have been preparing for this information and therefore had planned two versions of the end of year production. Year 6 will receive a separate letter, explaining your children’s end of year events. 

    For the rest of the school, we must remain vigilant as numbers of the latest variant of covid continue to rise. 

    Therefore, unfortunately, we are unable to invite parents to sports day and end of term assemblies and events.  The whole school production will be filmed on Tuesday 6th July by Wizard, each class will perform their song and then return directly to their classrooms. Copies of the production will be available to purchase the following week.

    All other school events, sports days, REACH assembly and end of year events will all be filmed and sent to the relevant families. 

    Whilst disappointing for parents, in school we are keeping things as ‘normal’ as possible.  The children are still excited about their learning and are looking forward to day trips out, sports day, Malawi week, a fun run, school production and a talent show to name but a few of the exciting events planned for the end of the academic year.

    Thank you all for your continued support.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Sheila Buckley

    Headteacher

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