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  • NEWS - 16 January 2020

    Published 16/01/20

    Next week’s value is Enthusiasm

     

    “Every time you find work, do it the best you can.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

    Dear parents/carers

    Children and staff are now in full swing of the new term as new and exciting topics have been introduced to each class all under our spring theme of ‘Finding out about the world’.

    I have visited each class this morning and children were eager to tell me what they have learnt so far about sea creatures, the Titanic and the Victorians to name but a few, and as I sit here typing I can hear the beautiful voices of year 2 singing enthusiastically along to a very modern version of the timetables!

    This week our School Business Manager, Mrs Oqvist and I have met with the chair of the PTA to discuss future fundraisers.  I have had meetings with both the local confederation Heads and Heads from the Good Shepherd Trust.  These have been very productive and an opportunity to share good practice and ways of supporting each other to ensure the best outcomes for children in our communities.

    Next week is the start of after school clubs.  Please ensure you inform the class teacher if your child is unable to attend or if there are any changes to pick up arrangements.

    Have a wonderful and hopefully dry weekend!

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Acting Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 19th December

    Published 20/12/19

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    Here we are at the end of term one, hasn’t it flown by?!  It has been an exciting term with lots of creative and interesting learning opportunities for the children, more of which you can read about below.

    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 for all their hard work and contribution this term.  I want to also thank those parents who volunteer their services in any capacity, from hearing children read, attending school trips and helping out with lifts to sporting fixtures. Your help is greatly valued and very much appreciated.  This support benefits the school and children in many ways.

    I should also like to thank my hard working colleagues; they have all been extra supportive this half term in the absence of the Captain of our ship!  I am truly grateful for all the assistance, support and encouragement given to me this half term.  Each one of them plays their part to ensure the smooth running of the organisation and work tirelessly to ensure all the children have the best of opportunities and experiences.

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

    A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

    Best wishes

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 12th DECEMBER 2019

    Published 13/12/19

    Dear parents/carers,

    Christmas celebrations and preparations continue to be the focus of our learning this week; KS2 have been practising for their Carol Service, classes have been busy preparing their Christmas crafts for sale at Friday’s fair, and some have even been designing and making their own festive hats and writing jokes for next week’s Christmas lunches.

    Our PTA have been running the Secret Santa Room this week for pupils to purchase ‘surprise’ gifts for parents and pets!  Thank you to all our volunteers for giving up so much of their time and being so patient with their customers.

    Tuesday kicked off with the reception and KS1 dress rehearsal of their Nativity, ‘I’m gonna shine’.  It was lovely to welcome the village nursery children to watch the show.

    On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon the children performed for parents, grandparents and friends.  They all sang beautifully and most certainly did ‘shine’ with their spectacular performances.  They are looking forward to one more show tomorrow morning.  We are very proud of them all; as we are of all of the teachers who have worked so hard with the children.  A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Balchin for the amazing set and props and to parents for purchasing such ‘show stopping’ costumes.

    Friday looks to be a super busy day, it is Christmas Jumper/Clothing Day, the final nativity performance, after which reception and year one will dash to the village nursery to watch their end of term show.  In the afternoon, we look forward to welcoming you all to the Christmas Fair, where you can purchase all the wonderful crafts made by the children recently.

    Finally, Christmas has certainly come early to our classes with the arrival of all of the items on the teachers’ Amazon wish list.  A massive thank you to parents who had previously purchased items and our wonderful and dedicated PTA for purchasing all items, such a kind donation.  These resources will make such a difference in the classrooms and have been gratefully received by staff and pupils.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 28 November 2019

    Published 28/11/19

    Next week’s value is Wisdom

     

    “Happy is the person who finds wisdom.  And happy is the person who gets understanding.  Proverbs 3:13

    Dear parents/carers

    Year six started the week with a school trip to the Surrey History Centre.  The class went to find out about Chiddingfold in World War One; they learned many facts, including all about the life of Margaret Arnold, who was a nurse from the village working during the war. 

    Mid-week, our year two classes visited Woolmer Hill for a morning of multi-sports with our confederation schools.

    All classes have visited the Advent Trail in St. Mary’s church this week.  Pupils and staff had the opportunity for a time of reflection, thinking about things they are thankful for, how they could bring light into others’ lives and what small acts they could do to make a difference to others this Christmas.  Children and adults all commented on how much they enjoyed this event and how calm and peaceful these sessions were.  Thank you to Hannah Pye for organising this event for us all.

    On Thursday morning year one headed off to the Weald and Downland Museum to enhance their topic on Houses and Homes whilst the rest of the school were treated to an oustanding performance from year five in their class assembly. The class sang, danced and entertained us with an incredibly funny script. The costumes and props were fantastic, a trojan horse no less, made an appearance!  Well done to Miss Clark and the year five team.

    The week ends with the whole school learning about the Patron Saints of Great Britain.  Thank you to Mrs Ryder and Mrs Bennett for all your hard work organising this day.  If that is not exciting enough, Key Stage One will be treated to a performance from the Pied Piper Theatre company and we look forward to welcoming our villlage nursery children and staff.

    As I read through this week’s events, I realise how lucky our children are for all of these wonderful learning opportunities.  So I need to say a massive thank you to the wonderful St. Mary’s team who work so hard to ensure that all our pupils are provided with exceptional learning experiences. 

    Sadly, at the end of this week, we say farewell to Mrs Edwards, who is leaving us after five years of service.  We are so grateful for all the expertise and wisdom she has brought to her role.  She will be sorely missed, but has promised to return on a voluntary basis.  We will hold her to that!

    Finally, I must unfortunatley inform you that Mrs Radcliffe is not yet fully recovered.  She will therefore not be returning to work until after Christmas.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with her.  All school business continues as normal, as we head into the next busy festive few weeks.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • News - 21 November 2019

    Published 22/11/19

    Next week’s value is Faith

     

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in faith and in purity”.  2 Timothy 4:12

    Dear parents/carers

    This week kicked off with all of us still basking in the glory of the performances of the pupils at the Children in Need show held at Woolmer Hill last Friday evening.  Our Key Stage One entry won best act in their age category, well done to Mya, Imogen, Grace and Pippa, (you will be able to see them perform next year at the Haslemere Fringe Festival); Darcey and Sam were our Key Stage Two representatives and both performed with confidence and style! The school choir sang with the other confederation schools, which sounded magnificent.  We could not have been prouder of all of the children who took part, you did yourself, St. Mary’s and Chiddingfold proud!  A special thank you to our music co-ordinator Miss Griffiths for all your hard work leading to this event. St Mary’s also raised £215.40 which is a great effort.

    Myself and Mrs Evans have been carrying out lesson observations this week as part of our termly monitoring procedures and we also met for our half termly governing body meeting.

    This morning Year 3 impressed us with a fabulous performance as they took us on a journey through prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  Set against a backdrop of the children’s prehistoric artwork, they spoke and sang out beautifully, and it was wonderful to see the enjoyment on their faces as they took part in their class assembly. Well done and thank you to Mrs Ryder and Mrs Balchin for their hardwork and support with numerous costume changes!

    Mrs Creswell completes her final day of ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training and will soon start working with individual and groups of children as part of our mental health and resilience initative.

    On Friday morning myself and Miss Clark will be attending our mastery embedding meeting.  This will allow us to build upon the mastery maths within the school and share good practice across the confederation.  Miss Clark will soon be hosting the participating schools where in she has the opportunity to showcase St. Mary’s excellent maths teaching and learning.

    Please may I alert you to the signs put up on School Lane requesting that you refrain from parking there; emergency services would be unable to access the Lane if required.  Thank you in advance for supporting us with this request.

     Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 7 November 2019

    Published 07/11/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

     

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    We wish Mrs Radcliffe a speedy recovery!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 24 October 2019

    Published 24/10/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

     

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 17th October 2019

    Published 17/10/19

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

     

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a fun-filled weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 10 OCTOBER 2019

    Published 11/10/19

    Next week’s value is Thankfulness

     

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a splendid weekend!
    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 3 OCTOBER 2019

    Published 03/10/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

     

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a wonderful weekend!
     Janis Radcliffe  

    Headteacher

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  • News - 26 September 2019

    Published 26/09/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

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

    Dear parents/carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     Headteacher

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  • News - 19 September 2019

    Published 24/09/19

    Next week’s value is Friendship

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

    Dear parents/carers

    As we approach the end of our second full week of the autumn term, things are ‘hotting up’ at St Mary’s, as children and teachers are becoming increasingly engrossed in their new topics.

    Year 6 pupils have accepted their new positions of responsibility; Peer Mediators have been appointed and trained, Worship Leaders instated and the first meetings of the School Council and Pupil Leadership Team have taken place. Next week will be the start of School Clubs and we hope that everyone who wanted to join a club has found something of interest. A new ‘Bush-Craft Skills’ club is being added to the already extensive list of available clubs; this club will be led by Mrs Chaplin, who is ‘Forest School’ trained and she will be supported by her colleague, Mrs Dickson, a graduate engineer!

    Thank you to Mrs Ryder and Year 3 pupils who led a splendid ‘New Beginnings’ Service at St Mary’s Church last Thursday. Children excelled in their presentation and it was lovely to see so many parents there to support us. Our thanks to Reverend Doctor Rachel Greene and her colleague, Miss Hannah Pye, who gave an inspiring talk about the importance of working together and persevering in all that we do, aspiring to become the very best we can be. We could not ask for any more from our children – than that they put in their very best efforts - in all aspects of their learning and behaviours.  

    Staff training and professional development continues, as always. This week, Mrs Buckley engaged in more Special Needs and Disability training. We also have two ambitious Teaching Assistants who will be pursuing the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Qualification throughout the remainder of this term. 

    For my own part, I have also been busy. I met with headteacher colleagues through the Haslemere Confederation of Schools last week, to prepare our annual plan and to discuss how we might support each other, as local partner schools, and how best to avail ourselves of local services. Next week, I look forward to meeting school leaders within the Diocese of Guildford and the Good Shepherd Trust, as we gather our thoughts in the half-termly Heads and Chairs meeting. Next week, Mrs Buckley and I will be visiting the South West Education Quadrant to find out more about the changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework. (Yes, they changed it again!) Our view, as a school, is that the Ofsted changes are a positive development, in that the inspectorate will focus less on data and pupil outcomes (although these will still matter), than on the quality of our curriculum, children’s behaviour and attitudes and their readiness for the future and next stage of their education.  

    Misss Griffiths will be delivering a presentation about Reading, Writing and Phonics this evening. The talk will be aimed mainly at Reception Class parents but Year 1 parents are also most welcome to attend: meeting in the school hall from 6.15pm. My thanks, in advance, to Misss Griffiths.

    Next week is ‘All About Me’ week, when children from all year groups will be engaging with the theme at an age appropriate level, as part of the wider school curriculum intention for pupils to gain a greater understanding of their place in the world.

    In the meantime, let us look forward to a relaxing and pleasant weekend.

     Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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