Skip to content ↓

School News

 

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

If you are a parent or carer who would like to register to receive these weekly news bulletins updates  direct to your email, please contact the school office

Page 2

  • News - 10th September 2020

    Published 10/09/20

    Dear Parents/Carers

    It has been wonderful to welcome back all our pupils from Year 1 to 6 this week and I look forward to welcoming Reception Class from Monday.  Hearing the sound of the children’s voices around the school has been a delight and it was lovely to chat to them in their ‘bubble’ assemblies.

    Pupils have begun their ‘restorative curriculum’ learning, using the book, ‘Here we Are’ by Oliver Jeffers as a stimulus. They have also been introduced to the new St. Mary’s behaviour policy, following our three simple rules: be ready, be respectful and be safe.  We have discussed with the children how we will be doing things the ‘St Mary’s Way’ which will of course differ from home learning experiences. The lack of snacks did feature! 

    Thank you for getting your children to school on time and your patience and understanding around starting times, entrances and exits.  We had a few initial teething problems which needed addressing and we will continue to monitor and adapt our plans as necessary.

    Siblings may now enter the school gate of the eldest child who can walk the younger sibling to their class line.  Having watched parents sprint from one gate to the next, I appreciate that this is an extra stress to the start of your day.  If you do have time and would prefer to walk your younger child/ren to their appropriate entrance, continue to do so.  If you intend for all siblings to enter through the same gate, please let the office know.

    Please continue to monitor your child for any COVID

    symptoms and do not send them to school if they

    display any symptoms.  Please read the information below and the latest government guidance.

    Check that all contact details are correct and let the office know of any changes immediately, please ensure that someone on the list is available to take a call in the event of emergency or accident.

    Finally, it has been brought to our attention, that there are some worrying posts on TikTok.  Please be aware if your children are using this, however, the age for access is 13.  Talk to your child/ren about the importance of on line safety.  This will be covered in school as part of the computer science curriculum.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Mrs S Buckley

    Headteacher

    Read More
  • News - 9th July 2020

    Published 09/07/20

    Next week’s value is Confidence

    “I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength.” Phillippians 4:13

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Reopening of school to all pupils in September

    We know you will have seen on the news that schools will reopen for all pupils in September.  We are doing everything we can to make sure we’re ready to receive all our pupils back whilst following the government guidelines.

    We have created a detailed action plan and updated our Covid-19 Protective Measures risk assessment to ensure the safety of both pupils and staff, and to mitigate risk as much as possible.  Below are the timetables and guidelines as they stand at the minute.

    On Monday 14th September, we will welcome our new reception class pupils. Please see the timetable attached for timings and access to the school site.  Due to the updated government guidance, there have been some changes to the previously published start and finish times, please see below.

    The guidance specifies that bubble/group numbers can rise, and therefore we will have three groups in school.  Early Years and KS1 are group one, Years 3 and 4 group two and Years 5 and 6 group three.  Each class within a group will have the same break and lunch times, but will work and play within their own class groups as much as possible. There will be no mixing between the three groups at any time during the day. Classrooms and toilets will be cleaned thoroughly twice during the school day, and again after all pupils have left the school site.

    School starting and closing times will be staggered, and entrances have been allocated to each year group.  Please check carefully the timetable below which will also be placed on the school website under the Covid 19 section.

    Break and lunch times will also be staggered with KS1 eating lunch in the hall and KS2 eating in their classrooms.  New menus from Twelve 15 are attached.  There will be no choices – only those registered as vegetarians will receive this meal.  Outside play spaces have been allocated for each class or group.

    Teachers will meet their class at the designated school entrance in the morning and walk the children back to the gate at the end of the day. Parents are asked to ensure punctuality to avoid any cross over of groups.  Where possible, pupils should be allowed to walk to the school gates on their own and line up outside.  Parents will not be permitted on the school grounds, unless an appointment has been made through the school office.

    Breakfast club will open in the week commencing 21st September, the price remains at £4.25 a session, which will now be payable in advance via Scopay.  Koosa club will also reopen in September.  In both breakfast and Koosa clubs, children will be placed where possible within their groups.

    Pupils are expected to return to school in full uniform, as listed on the website, except for PE days, when children can come to school in their PE kit. This will not only help with timing, but will prevent the possibility of children going home with other children’s items and enable the kits to be washed regularly.   Please check the website for appropriate/compulsory kit.  Teachers will let you know in September what the PE days are for your child/ren.  Please ensure all uniform is labelled – this is even more important now!

    If your child, or anyone in your house has any coronavirus symptoms, please follow the latest Government advice. If a child becomes unwell in school, you will be contacted by the school office and children should be collected within 15 minutes.  We are unable to administer any medication, including calpol or antibiotics.  However, we can still give inhalers and use epipens if required.  Please ensure these are up to date before your child returns.

    Pupils are not required to bring any equipment with them, this will be supplied by the school.  Arrangements will be put in place in regards to reading books.

    Children should not bring mobile phones to school as they cannot be stored in the office and are not allowed to be accessed by pupils during the school day, so must be left at home.  If collecting or home arrangements differ, contact the school office and information will be passed on.

    Finally, in order for teachers to best plan to meet the needs of the children on their return to school, we are attaching a questionnaire for parents to fill in and return to their child’s current class teacher.  This will also be posted on class seesaw accounts, and is accessible on the school website.  We want to build a picture of what you have found out about your children’s learning as well as their emotional wellbeing during lockdown.  All information will of course be confidential, but will help to inform teachers’ handover meetings and ensure that they are able to plan the appropriate amount of core work balanced with restorative work.  We are determined that our curriculum will match the needs and requirements of all of our pupils, and that the right support and interventions will be in place to ensure success for everyone.

    If you have any queries or concerns about the above information, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

    With your very best wishes

    Mrs Buckley

    Headteacher

    End of term dates

    Year 5 Group A Thursday 9th July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group B Thursday 16th July at 2.00pm

    Year 1 Thursday 16th July at 1.45pm

    Reception Thursday 16th July at 1.30pm

    Key worker class Friday 17th July at 3.00pm

    The last week of home learning for all classes will be w/c 13th July.  Teachers will not post work on seesaw or the website after this week.

    Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd July, school will be closed for all pupils for deep cleaning, classroom rearrangements, staff training and preparation for a full opening in September (following Government guidelines).

    Uniform

    Your school uniform have asked for new orders to be placed before 15th July for uniform for September.

    September School Drop Off and Collection

     

     

    School Day Starts

    School Day Ends

    Drop Off and Pick Up Point

    Reception

    8:45am

    2:45pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 1

    8:40am

    2:50pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 2

    8:40am

    2:50pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 3K

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 3R

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Petworth Road Gate

    Year 4

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    School Lane Gate

    Year 5

    8:35am

    2:55pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

    Year 6

    8:30am

    3:00pm

    Back Gate (Recreation Ground)

     

    Government Guidance for Parents

    The link below will take you to the Government Guidance that the Dfe has prepared for parents and carers for the Autumn term re-opening of schools:-

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

    Parents/Carers Right to Reply slip

     

    Is your Right to Reply comment for the School or PTA?

    (Please delete as applicable)

    School

    PTA

     

    Please use the space below or overleaf, or email admin2@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk to notify us of anything you wish to discuss:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Name

     

    Child/ren’s class/es

     

    Date

     

     

     

     

    Read More
  • News - 25th June

    Published 25/06/20

    Next week’s value is Creativity

    “In all the work you are doing, work the best you can.  Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

    Dear Parents/Carers

    St Bartholomew’s in Haslemere build a music school, which was completed at the beginning of lockdown.  The school is for children and adults in the community.  Below are two videos about the school.  They are planning to open for 1:1 guitar and drums lessons from 1st July.

    https://youtu.be/uIOuohWqRJQ

    https://youtu.be/cbdZvjLcTA0

    They will also be hosting summer clubs for children during the school holidays.  Watch out for further information regarding these on their website https://www.stbartholomews.surrey.sch.uk/

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Head teacher

    Class arrangements from June 29th

    Please see the timetables attached and note the drop off/collection points and times for your class group.

    If you do not wish your child to attend on either Friday 3rd or 10th July please let the school office know.  Y5 parents please also let the office know if you do not wish your child to attend.

    End of term dates

    Year 6 Thursday 2nd July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group A Thursday 9th July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group B Thursday 16th July at 2.00pm

    Year 1 Thursday 16th July at 1.45pm

    Reception Thursday 16th July at 1.30pm

    Key worker class Friday 17th July at 3.00pm

    The last week of home learning for all classes will be w/c 13th July.  Teachers will not post work on seesaw or the website after this week.

    Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd July, school will be closed for all pupils for deep cleaning, classroom rearrangements, staff training and preparation for a full opening in September (following Government guidelines).

    Uniform

    Your school uniform have asked for new orders to be placed before 15th July for uniform for September.

    Read More
  • NEWS - 18th June 2020

    Published 18/06/20

    Next week’s value is Reflection

    “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Proverbs 27:19

    Dear Parents/Carers

    What a busy week of home and school learning.  It has been wonderful to walk round the school, see, and hear the children so engaged in their activities. 

    The Key worker group have been very creative and have tie-dyed fabric, which has been woven beautifully through the fence outside Year 3.

    Year 6 have had an active couple of weeks, den building, toasting marshmallows, taking part in team challenges and had an archery session with a leader from High Ashurst.  Not quite their planned residential, but lots of fun!

    Year 1 have been using their ‘ice cream’ parlor to help them with their maths and have written a comparison of how holidays are different from the past. (Quite apt in the current situation!)

    Reception class have been performing ‘The Little Seed’ as they have been learning about the different parts of plants and what they need to grow.

    All classes are planting sunflowers donated from the Sunflower Project in Chiddingfold.  The aim is to spread joy whilst attracting bees and butterflies to our gardens. Let’s see who has tallest sunflower by the end of term!

    At home, in place of their residential, Year 5 have taken part in an orienteering challenge set by Miss Clark.  The response to this has been wonderful and all other year groups and families are welcome to participate.  Do send in your photos!  Thank you Miss Clark for all your time and effort, you have brought great joy to many!

    Years 2, 3 and 4 have been busy with science experiments; this has made Mrs Newton very happy. They have also written beautiful poems, baked delicious cakes and created beautiful pieces of art.

    Well done everyone, both home and school learners.  We are so impressed with your commitment and the high standard of your work.

    For my part, I have been meeting with staff for their appraisals, (never thought the word, pandemic would feature in an appraisal!), have met with SLT to ‘plan’ for September, and am looking forward to meeting with the headteachers from the Haslemere Confederation on Friday to discuss transition and plans for the next academic year.

    Have a lovely weekend, and Happy Father’s Day to all of our wonderful dads.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

    Mrs Sheila Buckley

    Head teacher

    Class arrangement from June 29th

    Please see the timetables attached and note the drop off/collection points and times for your class group.  Teachers will have notified parents via Seesaw, which groups children are in.

    KS2 children wishing to have school lunches will need to book them in the usual way on Scopay by Wednesday noon the week before attending.  Please see the new menu attached (there are no choices available at this time, you will only receive a vegetarian meal if you are already registered as a vegetarian with us).

    KS1 and KS2 pupils not wishing to have a school lunch should bring in a packed lunch (no nuts or fizzy drinks please) and inform the school office asap.

    If you do not wish your child to attend on either Friday 3rd or 10th July please let the school office know.  Y5 parents please also let the office know if you do not wish your child to attend.

    End of term dates

    Year 6 Thursday 2nd July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group A Thursday 9th July at 2.00pm

    Year 5 Group B Thursday 16th July at 2.00pm

    Year 1 Thursday 16th July at 1.45pm

    Reception Thursday 16th July at 1.30pm

    Key worker class Friday 17th July at 3.00pm

    The last week of home learning for all classes will be w/c 13th July.  Teachers will not post work on seesaw or the website after this week.

    Monday 20th to Wednesday 22nd July, school will be closed for all pupils for deep cleaning, classroom rearrangements, staff training and preparation for a full opening in September (following Government guidelines).

    Uniform

    Your school uniform have asked for new orders to be placed before 15th July for uniform for September.

    Library Books

    We have renewed our stock of reading books over the last couple of months and now have some old books that are looking for new homes.  They will be available from Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th June outside the back gate of the school – please come and have a browse and take some home!  There will be a donation box if you would like to make a donation, which will go towards Year 6’s leaving party.

    Read More

Page 2