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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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

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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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  • NEWS - 14 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 14/02/19

    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

    Our Book Fair has been very popular this week (Book Week). Children and teachers are looking forward to returning to school at 6.15pm for an evening of Bedtime Stories. Thank you in advance to teachers for giving up their time and for our kind-hearted PTA members who will be providing hot chocolate.

    Tomorrow is Book Character Dress Up Day when children can come to school dressed as a character from a book of their choosing. There have been a few Mufti Days in recent weeks and we are aware that this can be costly for parents, so there will be no charge for the privilege, on this occasion.

    Well done to Pupil Leaders who prepared and delivered an assembly on the subjects of Resilience and Positive Mental Health this week. Should you or your children wish to see the presentation, you can find a copy of the PowerPoint, used in the Assembly, located in the pupil leadership section of the school website at: https://www.stmaryschidd.org/

    For those of you who may have missed Miss Howell’s and Miss Clark’s presentations last Thursday evening, you can find the Literacy and Maths Leaders presentations on the school website.

    On Tuesday, Mrs Buckley attended the annual SEND Conference to learn about latest developments regarding the care and support of children with additional learning needs. Mrs Buckley came back to school, armed with a wealth of information, which she has already shared with colleagues.

    For my own part, I was invited to give feedback to other School Leaders, regarding my reflections on the school’s recent Ofsted experience and there was more training for Mrs Chaplin, who attended a Paediatric First Aid Course.

    Finally, a reminder that tomorrow’s Celebration Assembly is the last, regular gathering of its kind. Future Celebration Assemblies will take place half termly however, parents will be notified, via the ‘Seesaw’ App, if their child has received a nomination and Jigsaw piece.

    Have a wonderful weekend and a very safe and happy half term.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 7 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 07/02/19

    Next week’s value is Honesty

    “Honest people can always feel secure, but lying cheaters will be caught.”

    Proverbs 10:9

    Dear parents/carers

    Well, that was the week, that was!

    Our school values – hope – respect – community – and wisdom, have been played out in every corner of the school this week. Ofsted Inspectors spent two days with us, this Tuesday and Wednesday. We thank parents for their support and patience in case of any short delays in responding to your communications. Thank you to those parents who took the time to respond to Ofsted’s letter and request for your views and opinions about our school. You can of course, access the Ofsted Parent View portal, at any time, to upload your comments. Naturally, if you have cause for concern, we recommend that you raise this with the school, in the first instance.  

    The inspection outcome is highly confidential.  Staff do not know the outcome and will be unable to discuss Inspection findings with you. However, we do expect to receive a draft report within the next three or four weeks (excluding half term). Once in receipt of the final report, and Ofsted’s authorisation to publish it, we will share this with parents, without further delay.

    Inspectors were somewhat surprised to see children arriving dressed as doctors, nurses, surgeons and patients on Tuesday, many of the children displaying apparently quite serious injuries! One boy hobbled round school on crutches all day and there were multiple cases of ‘red spots’, some of which remain, to this day, having been produced using rather indelible marker pen! Hopefully, the weekend’s bath-time scrub will resolve this issue, so that children can make a ‘fresh-faced’ start on Monday. The sum total of money raised through Mufti donations and the after school Cake Sale, was just a little short of £300! Well done to children and thanks to parents for your support. Special thanks should go to Kayleb in Year 6, who, on learning about the plight of Chiddingfold Surgery, used his initiative to instigate the Mufti Day. Look out for more information and photographs in the Haslemere Herald!

    A reminder that there is a timetables and spelling information evening for parents of children in Years 2 to 6, this evening, Thursday 7th February 2019 at 6.30pm; our thanks, in advance, to PTA members who have kindly agreed to serve refreshments from 6.15pm. 

    Finally, a reminder that this Friday will be the penultimate Celebration Assembly. When we return to school after half term, Celebration Assemblies will occur only once every half term. Parents are however, invited to join us for Monday assemblies at 10.10 am and/or the short Friday replacement assembly at 9.00am weekly. The extra time, on Friday afternoons, will be used to further extend the time available for teaching an increasingly rich and varied curriculum.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe
    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 31 JANUARY 2019

    Published 31/01/19

    Next week’s value is Honesty

    “Honest people can always feel secure, but lying cheaters will be caught.” Proverbs 10:9

    Dear parents/carers

    Year 6 children had a wonderful time at Haslemere Museum this week. They learned more about the process of scientific classification - grouping animals and plants according to their characteristics – and impressed our hosts with their excellent behaviour, scientific knowledge and extensive vocabulary. Well done to children and a big thank you to Mrs Buckley and her helpers for their support. Although Mrs Newton was absent from this trip (she was attending a Science Day led, by the Guildford Science Learning Partnership), she deserves a mention, since it was she, who taught the children their impressive scientific vocabulary! What a team!

    Another mention should go to Year 4 children and Miss Hampshire, for their presentation of a wonderful class assembly on the topic of ‘The Egyptians’. Children performed the ‘chicken peck’ dance with great enthusiasm and they described, in goriest detail, the process of mummification of the Egyptian gods. Costumes and part-singing were wonderful and the audience was thrilled with the show! 

    School leaders are looking, beyond Ofsted, to a full curriculum review, and an impending SIAMS inspection. Although the latter may not be imminent, it is, nevertheless, imperative to maintain a focus and momentum in all areas of our school.  Mrs Spong is our Religious Education Leader and Mrs Ryder our Christian Distinctiveness Officer. Between them, they lead the coverage of Religious Education and ensure that children are familiar with the school’s over-riding values (hope – respect – community - wisdom). Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are promoted, as they learn about cultures and beliefs beyond their own; they consider important issues, such as nature, global warming, environmental degradation and climate change.  We encourage children to look beyond themselves as we promote pupils’ character development, through philosophical enquiry and teaching about ‘disadvantage’, ‘deprivation’ and the ‘exploitation’ of the natural world. Children are encouraged to show respect and compassion, being positive, hopeful, charitable and aspirational, in all that they do. 

    On Tuesday, there will be a Mufti Day and Cake Sale to raise funds to support those impacted by the fire at Chiddingfold Surgery. We hope that all children will bring in £1 for the privilege of dressing up as a nurse, doctor or patient and that parents will support the Cake Sale, to support this worthy cause. More about this in the body of the bulletin, below.

    Next week, (Tuesday), is Safer Internet day. You can find out more by following the following links: www.saferinternetday.org and https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/,  both of which have information for parents to help you to make every day a Safe Internet Day. It is especially important to take account of age restrictions on internet games, such as ‘Fortnight’, which has been blamed for inappropriate language used by children as young as 9 and 10. Studies have shown that free access to phones and social media can lead to addiction. Children are not always able to exercise the control required and there is a requirement for adults to step in to protect them. Employers have reported that they are dealing with young employees, entering the workplace, with established addiction; some of the youngest employees choose to work with their phone facing up, next to them, so that they can observe them, repeatedly, all day long! The science is alarming; experiments on mice have shown that the brains of individuals exposed to flashing lights, which mimic the computer screen and mobile phone, take three times as long as those not exposed to the lights, to solve problems. Excessive use of mobile phones and social media can also interfere with the development of healthy relationships.

    My message is this: ‘It’s okay for parents to say No!

    Have a brilliant (techno-free?) weekend!  Perhaps there will be a chance of some snow?
    Have a wonderful weekend!      

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

     

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  • NEWS - 24 JANUARY 2019

    Published 24/01/19

    Next week’s value is Perseverance

    “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

    Dear parents/carers

    This week’s value is perseverance and we have seen many examples of this in school, as Year 6 pupils grappled with the techniques of proficient cycling, teachers engaged in training with the Guildford Science Learning Partnership and School Leaders attended a twilight session, to consider the benefits of embarking on the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP).

    On Thursday, our Year 4 children visited the British Museum to supplement their topic work; they have been learning about Ancient Egypt. No doubt, this was a wonderful opportunity to reinforce all the gory details, inherent in the process of mummification, to preserve the bodies of important individuals and much-loved Kings!

    From a personal point of view, I have had the privilege of observing some very exciting lessons this week. I am pleased to report that, yet again, I have witnessed excellent standards of teaching and learning. I will continue to work through this term’s monitoring and evaluation schedule and subject leaders will assist me in assessing the quality of the school’s provision for its pupils. This extends, beyond merely delivering a good lesson in the classroom, to ensuring teachers know their children well and that they are using this knowledge, and the results of their assessments, to inform planning and differentiation of work, to suit the needs of individual pupils.

    Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated in school, as well as nationally and globally, on Tuesday 5th February 2019. This year’s slogan is “Together for a better internet”. The day provides us with an opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives; teachers will focus on internet safety and there will be an internet safety assembly during the course of the week. We hope you will also talk to your children at home about having a positive and safe time online. To help you, there are some excellent resources, including conversation starters, factsheets and family pledge cards. These can all be found online at: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2019/education-packs/activities-parents-and-carers

    We are ‘cranking up’ our focus on all things environmental, by encouraging the children to give more thought to preserving our planet and valuable resources. School Council representatives are currently investigating a project, entitled ‘Eco-bricks’, which encourages children to find a safe and harmless way of reducing plastic waste, by packing plastic bottles with other waste plastic, to create a re-useable building block. If you would like to find out more about this initiative, please visit: https://www.bing.com/search?q=eco+bricks&form=IE9TR&src=IE9TR&pc=MDDRJS

    Finally, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Wrap up warm and cosy and take care, if venturing out, on the icy roads.

    Have a wonderful weekend!     
    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

     

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  • NEW - 17 JANUARY 2019

    Published 17/01/19

    Dear parents/carers

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with the community of doctors, nurses and patients affected by last week’s devastating fire at Chiddingfold Surgery. One of our pupils, an active Year 6 Pupil Leader, has shown real character by highlighting the plight of the surgery and bringing to my attention the possibility that we might be able to help by raising funds to support the surgery. The pupil leadership team will be planning an extra Mufti Day to support this cause. Please look out for more information and try to support this fund-raising event in due course.  

    Thank you to those of you who have returned comments about the proposed removal of Friday afternoon Celebration Assemblies in favour of more teaching and learning time. The overwhelming majority of parents have voted in favour of the initiative and therefore there will be no more weekly Friday afternoon Celebration Assemblies after half term. However, we will continue with a half termly Celebration Assembly, which will take place on the last Friday of each half term. There will be a short, weekly Friday morning assembly at 9.00am, which parents are welcome to attend. I am also very happy to extend a warm invitation to any parent/carer, who may wish to attend my weekly values-led assemblies on Monday mornings at 10.20am. Please advise us, in advance, of your intention to attend, so that we can ensure adequate seating capacity.

    A couple of concerns have been brought to my attention this week. One is a health and safety concern. A local resident has reported that, in the cold weather, a number of parents are sitting with their cars idling, in the recreation ground car parking area. This is potentially hazardous for smaller children who, due to their height, have to walk past the exhaust fumes, which can have a detrimental impact on their breathing and potentially damage immature lungs. We are very keen to promote good health, including a healthy diet, exercise and fresh air and it would be very much appreciated if parents would try to avoid leaving cars idling, for this reason. We thank you for your kind understanding. If you would like to know more about this issue, please go to the following link: 

    https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/idling/.

    The second concern is that of the increasing number of mobile phones being brought into school. Teachers tell me that some children are bringing phones to school, unnecessarily. Whilst a very, very small minority of pupils may need a phone, which must be stored in the school office during the day, there is no need for the majority of pupils to have a mobile phone in school.

    In the event a child is not collected from school, teachers will automatically notify parents or their appointed representatives and we will always allow a child who is concerned about anything to use the office phone to contact parents.

    For pupils who attend clubs or Koosa After Care, the same applies. As a primary school, where pupils go home with their parents, we will always ensure that pupils are collected and that any necessary contact is made from the school office, in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  Similarly, important messages can be relayed to children, via the school office.

    We understand that children can be demanding and that they like to have all the latest gadgets, but, in this age of expectation of ‘instant personal gratification’, we think it does no harm to occasionally say ‘No!’

    We ask that you to support us in our quest to reduce the number of mobile phones in school.

    On Tuesday this week, Mrs Buckley and I were delighted to be in attendance at the Institution, Induction and Installation of the Reverend Rachel Greene, who takes over from Reverend Sarah as Rector of St Mary’s Church. The occasion was suitably auspicious and beautiful as befits our new Reverend whom we welcome most warmly to Chiddingfold and to St Mary’s School. 

    Clubs start next week and Year 6 will have their ‘bikeability’ experience, whilst Reception class pupils are to be measured to record their height and weight. On Tuesday, we have a Full Governing Body meeting when Mrs Wright will present to governors on her leadership of the Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing Curriculum.

    As usual, it’s all systems go at St Mary’s School!
    Have a wonderful weekend!     
    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 14 DECEMBER 2018

    Published 14/12/18

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    Here we are already! It is the end of term and time has flown!   

    This extended newsletter is full of information about each class’s learning themes this term, so I will try to keep my own piece very short and to the point.

    One thing I should mention is that I have received reports of a number of children cycling to school without proper lighting on their bicycles. If your child is one such cyclist, please would you check that they have fully functioning lights and that they are using them properly. The mornings are becoming increasingly dark!

    On behalf of all the staff of St Mary’s School, thank you for your generous gifts, cards, kind words of encouragement and continuing support. I should particularly like to thank members of the PTA and those of you who have supported children’s reading or who have helped with school trips, transport to sporting events and fund-raising initiatives this term. Your help is greatly valued and very much appreciated. By working together, we continue to make progress and children are inevitably flourishing.

    I should also like to thank my hard working colleagues; every one of them is important to the smooth running of the organisation and every one of them goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that children have the opportunities they deserve and enjoy.

    Whilst I don’t often single out individuals for a special mention, it would be remiss of me not to point out that Mrs Kay Bedford has been at the school for 30 years this year! Thank you and well done, Mrs Bedford; that ticks all the boxes for perseverance, resilience and staying power! Mrs Bedford was very much in the limelight earlier this week when, along with our three wonderful chefs (Mrs Lowman, Mrs Swift and Miss Pocock), she planned, prepared and presented a wonderful festive lunch for the whole school! Delicious!

    Finally, all that remains is for me to wish you all:-

     A Very Merry Christmas

    and a Happy New Year!

    Stay safe, warm and close to family, friends and loved-ones this Christmas.

    We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 7th January 2019.

    Best wishes

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head Teacher

     

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  • NEWS - 29 NOVEMBER 2018

    Published 30/11/18

    Next week’s value is Charity

     

    “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20.35

    Dear parents/carers

    What an eventful week! 

    On Monday, Year 6 pupils and their teachers went to the Surrey History Centre to reinforce learning within their World War 1 Topic Work. We are very proud of our Year 6 pupils whose excellent behaviour prompted a hugely complimentary email from the Project Officer at the History Centre; pupils were credited with being ‘fully engaged in all of the sessions and impeccably behaved’ and ‘the best class we have worked with in all the sessions we have done around the country’. Praise indeed! Well done Year 6 and thank you to Mrs Newton and other adults who helped to make the trip such a success. 

    For younger pupils, much of the week has been dedicated to Nativity rehearsals. It’s all going swimmingly well and I am confident that children will rise to the occasion. I have been enjoying listening to the Year 1 and 2’s singing, from the comfort of my office, situated right inbetween the two classrooms. It all sounds good. The trick of course, is not to peak too early! We look forward to welcoming you to our performances next week. 

    A group of Year 6 pupils attended Chandler School’s ‘Able Writers’ Day’ today. This was an opportunity for them to work on some very challenging writing activities with able writers from other schools. 

    This morning, children and parents were treated to a fantastic assembly on the theme of Ancient Greece. Year 5 pupils shared with the audience all that they have learned in their topic work this term. Well done Year 5 and Miss Clark and her team. It was especially great to see some of our shyer pupils coming out of their shells, gaining in confidence. 

    This afternoon, the hall was booked out by Miss Hampshire and Year 4. They hosted their WW2 Tea Party which included tea, sandwiches, home-baked cakes and a display of the wartime dance, the Lindy Hop! A good time was had by all! 

    Teachers have had another busy week of training, including Advanced Level 3 Safeguarding training for Mrs Buckley and Miss Howells. Mrs Oqvist attended data protection training and Mrs Newton met with other science leaders at the Science Education Partnership’s Science network meeting. All teachers participated in a curriculum workshop, which, together with feedback from an informative Year 6 pupil questionnaire, will complement our discussions and facilitate a wider curriculum review in due course.  

    Reception and KS1 pupils are looking forward to a visit form the Pied Piper Theatre Company tomorrow. The local Village Nursery children will join them for a presentation of ‘The Enormous Present’!

    Don’t forget the Santa Dash this Saturday 1st December.  More about this PTA led event attached.  

    Have a great weekend 

    Janis Radcliffe Head teacher 

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  • NEWS - 22 NOVEMBER 2018

    Published 22/11/18

    Next week’s value is Charity

    “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20.35

    Dear parents/carers

     

    It’s been another action packed week at school for children and staff.

    The week commenced with a visit from two community police officers who spoke to children in assembly about the importance of appropriate behaviour and responsibility both in school and in the wider community.  The officers then visited reception class as part of their topic, ‘People who help us in our community.’  Children were excited to be able to have a look at the police car, see the flashing lights and listen to the siren.

    On Tuesday evening the governing body met for it’s half termly meeting.

    Wednesday was a busy day for staff development; our school business manager began her Level  5 School Business Manager’s diploma.  This will involve eighteen months of training and assignments, so it’s very much ‘back to school’ for Mrs Oqvist. 

    After school, Mrs Radcliffe and I attended training at the Good Shepherd Trust whilst teachers began their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training in school. The first session dealt with assessment, looking at ways to move from test base assessment to formative assessment to see how children are progressing on a weekly basis.

    Mrs Radcliffe was out of school Thursday attending a Head Teachers conference at the Trust.

    In school, Thursday began with an outstanding assembly delivered by Y3. The children had learnt a staggering amount of lines; they spoke out beautifully and entertained us with their singing and dancing. (Apparently the Floss was around then too!) Well done to Y3, Mrs Ryder and Mrs Denyer for a superb performance.

    Nativity rehearsals are under way and beautiful singing can be heard floating down the corridors from the Key Stage One classrooms, please can you read the information below regarding seating capacity and use of photographs and social media.

    Finally, as the cold days have now hit us can I remind you to send children with appropriate coats for playtimes.

    Have a great weekend

     

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