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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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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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  • NEWS - 21 MARCH 2019

    Published 21/03/19

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

    Dear parents/carers

    This week we were lucky enough to see two, consecutive class assemblies. On Wednesday, Class 1LS shared what they have been learning throughout their ‘inventions’ topic and audience members discovered what life might have been like before the invention of dishwashers! Can you imagine?  This morning saw the hall transformed into a tropical rainforest, as Year 3 pupils encouraged us to think about the environment and the animals within it. Thank you to all our Year 1 and Year 3 children and to their hard-working teachers. A special mention should go to Mrs Balchin for her artistic contribution to costumes and props. 

    As a further mark of their interest in wild-animals and their habitats, older children recently instigated a mufti day and collection for the World Wildlife Fund Charity, a leading independent conservation organisation. We were delighted that children were able to raise over £200, which will be donated to WWF. A WWF representative will come into school on Monday to collect the cheque. Well done children, what caring citizens we have a St Mary’s School.

    Two Year 6 pupils also displayed the characteristics of caring and community-minded citizens this week when they went out on a litter picking exercise one afternoon after school. Thank you to Fergus and Kayleb who borrowed litter picker implements from school to collect a whole black bin-bag full of rubbish from the local field. Their reported findings comprised crisp packets and polystyrene fish and chip containers! I hope that all St Mary’s children will help to keep our local community areas clean by using the bins provided.  

    The real highlight of the week may be yet to come, as it will no doubt be this evening’s PTA School Disco!   KS1 children will be dancing the night away from 6.00pm to 7.00pm and KS2 children can ‘strut their stuff’ from 7.15pm to 8.15pm! Thank you in advance to our supportive PTA members who will be organising and ‘manning’ the event to raise much-needed funds for our school. We ask parents to kindly collect children promptly at the end of the dance and take them home without delay. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

    Next week is our final clubs week of the term but please note that clubs that are normally run by class teachers will not be happening in lieu of parents’ evenings; these are scheduled to take place from 3.30pm to 6.00pm on Tuesday and from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday. Please be sure to sign up for your meeting and may we ask that you stick to your allocated time of 10 minutes. If a longer meeting is required, please arrange this for a separate time with your child’s class teacher.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 14 MARCH 2019

    Published 14/03/19

    Dear parents/carers

     

    Perhaps we were premature in celebrating the good weather recently! However, the sun always shines at St Mary’s and we have had another happy, busy and productive week.

    For my own part, I have been meeting colleagues for mid-year appraisals and catching up, in pupil progress meetings, with pupils’ end of year, academic expectations. All looks positive with the majority of pupils on track to achieve positive outcomes and good progress by the end of the year. For the small minority of children who do not make as much progress as we would like, and who may need that little bit more encouragement, we offer additional support in school and we urge parents to help at home too, by ensuring children read regularly and are encouraged to enter into conversation.

    On Tuesday, some of our more able writers participated in ‘Able Writers’ Workshops at Chandler School. Our thanks to Chandler for hosting the event and to Mrs Chaplin who escorted the group. Also on Tuesday, Mrs Newton attended a training session with Babcock assessment guru, Karen Elcombe, to reinforce our understanding of assessment for writing. Year 6 writing, unlike other end-of-year Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test subjects, is assessed by the class teacher.

    On Wednesday, children in Year 1 went to the Discovery Centre to supplement their topic work on ‘Inventions’. Our thanks to Mrs Spong, Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Bennett for arranging this exciting event for children and well done to Year 1’s for their excellent behaviour! 

    You may have heard, in the news, that a huge number of schools are suffering financial hardship. The chair of governors of one South Gloucestershire Primary School told BBC interviewers that he was ‘trying to operate on a shoestring’. A coalition of teachers' unions has warned that the majority of individual schools will have lost funding in real terms between 2015 and 2020.

    Many schools are in the same position and St Mary’s is no different. Like the Gloucestershire School, we are ever-mindful of spending. Our priority is to retain teachers and assistants in classrooms and to provide high quality educational resources. We regularly ask parents for donations, through the school fund, and we are very grateful to those parents who are able to help, with any amount. Please note that this is a voluntary donation and your children will not be disadvantaged if you are unable to contribute.

    A significant part of our budget is spent on classroom resources, such as glue, paper, writing implements etc.  If any parent feels able to support us by providing writing implements, good quality printer paper or glue and pencils etc, this would be very much appreciated. Should you wish to contribute, please see the attachment to this newsletter for a list of resources, which could help the school. We thank you in anticipation of your voluntary support.

    Have a good weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 7 MARCH 2019

    Published 07/03/19

    Next week’s value is Justice

    “Learn to do good.  Look for what is right and fair.” Isaiah 1:17

    Dear parents/carers

    SING IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS! ST MARY’S SCHOOL IS A ‘GOOD’ SCHOOL!

    So says the Ofsted report (FEBRUARY 2019), which will be distributed to parents this afternoon.

    Please look out for a hard copy of the final report in children’s bags today.  You can also find a copy on the school website.

    As you can imagine, the report has been the main topic of conversation in the staff room this week but there has been much more on the agenda, as always.

    Last week ended on a high with yet another spectacular performance from M&M Theatrical Productions.  The company put on their classic literature adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which was delivered with energy, enthusiasm, lights and music and had our children hooked!  We particularly enjoyed celebrating our ‘unbirthdays’ with the Mad Hatter, the hare and Alice at their tea party!  The show was followed by a workshop for our Year 6 pupils who had the opportunity to find out more about what happens behind the scenes of such a fabulous production.  Thank you to parents for your contributions, which give children the chance to experience such high quality live theatre right here in our school hall.

    On Wednesday, Year 5 visited the Planetarium in Winchester to find out more about their Space topic.  The children spoke enthusiastically about what they enjoyed about the day – including watching a show where it felt like they were in the sky!  More information about Year 5’s exciting day can be found in next week’s bulletin.

    Year 5 aren’t the only ones to be out and about this week, today has been lovely weather for Year 3’s visit to Kew Gardens where they have been learning more about plants and rainforests.  Further details about their trip to follow in next week’s bulletin.

    Back in school, Year 1’s were the latest classes to take part in the Mini-Mile this week, an activity run by Mrs Wright and our Year 6 Sports Crew which promotes the benefits of getting active.  An obstacle course with mini hurdles and slaloms was set up on the tennis courts for our Year 1 pupils to tackle and enjoy!

    As we approach the end of another busy week, we would like to remind you that tomorrow (Friday 8th March) children are invited to come to school dressed as an animal for a donation of £1 to WWF, an idea put forward by the Pupil Leadership Team and yet another example of our children’s courageous advocacy and charitable nature!

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 28 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 28/02/19

    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

    Dear parents/carers

    I hope you were able to make the most of the wonderful weather during half term! How fortunate we were to experience ‘above average’ temperatures for this time of year!  Over half term our new Outdoor Classroom has been installed thanks to the fundraising of the 3 Peaks Team!  We are very excited by the new addition to the playground and look forward to many outdoor learning opportunities.

    The second half of the spring term has got off to a flying start! I have been reflecting, alongside my busy colleagues, on how it seems like more than four days since we returned to school after the half term! Monday was the first of our earlier-timed assemblies, since we adjusted the timetable to fit in more curriculum time.  On Wednesday, I attended an all-day training event at the Good Shepherd Trust offices, when head teachers heard, from a practising psychologist, about the latest developments and provisions offered by Educational Psychology Services. During the afternoon, we were privileged to receive detailed and well-informed child protection/safeguarding training. 

    This afternoon, Mrs Buckley and I meet with the Trust’s Director of Education. We will talk through our experience of the recent inspection, in respect of which we expect to receive a formal account of findings at some point during the next couple of weeks. Please look out for the report in an A4-size envelope in children’s bags.

    Tomorrow, to finish off the week, children in all classes are to be treated to a performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ presented by ‘M and M Productions’. There will no Monday morning assembly and no Celebration Assembly next week.

    Two of our teaching assistants will be out of school tomorrow. They will be attending the training centre at Guildford Church House, where they will learn about supporting teaching and learning in Early Years.  Mid-year staff appraisals are due to commence next week. As well as assessing teachers progress towards meeting their predicted targets for pupil outcomes at the end of this year, this provides me with an opportunity to thank all of my colleagues for their invaluable contribution to the school.

    Finally, a reminder that next Friday (8 February), children may come to school dressed as animals, in return for a small fee (£1). This is to support the World Wildlife Fund, a charity which raises money to help sick and injured animals. This is a cause that is very dear to our children’s hearts. The Mufti Day was instigated by our Pupil Leadership Team and School Council! This is yet another example of children displaying caring attitudes and the values we try to promote. Aren’t they all wonderful! 

    Have a super weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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