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News - 11 Nov 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

During this week, children have been thinking about heroes and people who have given their lives in wars and fighting. Years 6 and 4 continue to study World Wars 1 and 2 respectively in their class topic sessions. Children made poppies and attended a Remembrance Service on Friday morning. Thank you to Reverend Sarah and Year 6 teachers and pupils for leading this poignant event.

Members of the PTA met earlier this week; they discussed fundraising and how money raised will be invested. As the recipient, we, the school, are very grateful to parents for their time and effort which supports the school and supplements income significantly. Without this help, we would not be able to offer the opportunities we offer for children. This week’s meeting included discussions about forthcoming, end-of-term events, including the Christmas Fair which looks set to be a very exciting affair. Can you believe we are talking about Christmas!

Year 4 had a super trip to the Rural Life Centre, Tilford on Wednesday, when they had a great time learning what life was like during the Second World War. Children had opportunities to “Make, Do and Mend” by darning socks and learnt about the jobs of the Home Guard, learning how to control fires and protect families against bombs.

I attended a GST Heads’ meeting on Tuesday where I met fellow Heads from other Good Shepherd Trust Schools at the GST’s new headquarters in Guildford. GST schools are a family of church schools who enjoy a shared character, culture moral purpose. All schools have a level of Christian distinctiveness with between 5% - 10% of curriculum time being spent on the teaching of RE. Half of RE teaching time is spent on the study of Christianity with the remainder of the time spent learning about other major world religions, comparing and contrasting these with Christianity.  We are proud of our values and of the behaviour, attainment and progress of our children at St Mary’s School.  

On Tuesday, after school, all teachers attended moderation meetings at St Bart’s School, where they met with colleagues from other confederation schools, to discuss and share information about assessment without levels. We continue to refine our own extensive internal data systems so that we are confident in the attainment and progress of every individual and use assessments to inform planning and initiate interventions and extension activities.


I can report that there is some preliminary news from the inspectorate and we are confident that the Ofsted Inspection Report will be available on the Ofsted website from Wednesday 16th November 2016. Anyone wishing to discuss the report with me may make an appointment to do so, by contacting the school office.

Have a great weekend!







Wednesday 16th December – Y1 @ Woolmer Hill Sports event

Wednesday 16th December – Y2 Museum of London Trip

Wednesday 16th December – Y4 & Y6 Guildford Cathedral Advent Workshop

Friday 18th November – Mufti Day in exchange for chocolate or bottles (drink)

Sat 19th November – GDPSSA Cross Country event – see Bulletin 38 for details

Friday 16th December – Christmas Fair (School Hall)

Thursday 24th November – Y6 Class Assembly



Everyone is welcome to our Remembrance Sunday Parade Service this Sunday (13th), starting at the earlier time of 9.30am.



Just to remind you shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child need to be at The Rectory by 13th November.




The 3 Chiddingfold churches have joined forces to run this year’s Parish Christmas Card Competition. It’s open to children in all year groups. The winning design will be announced during our Celebration Assembly on Friday 25th November and will feature on the Parish’s official 2016 Christmas Card. Please note that entries must be brought into school no later than next Wednesday, 23rd November, in time for the judges to carefully choose the winner. Please see the sheet in your child’s book bag for more details and note that the design must be in plain leaded pencil for printing purposes.




CHRISTMAS FAIR – Friday 16th December, from 3.00pm


Our plans for the Christmas Fair 2016 are taking shape. However, we would really welcome extra help from parents or carers who are keen to be a part of the event whether it be lending a hand on a stall or even taking a stall. Please let the Office know if you or a friend might be interested.


To make this year’s Fair extra fun, we would like parents to make a note of the following key dates:


Friday 18th November – Mufti Chocolate/ Bottle Day

In exchange for wearing home clothes, please bring in either something chocolatey for the children’s Chocolate Tombola or a bottle (drink) for the adult Tombola.


Friday 2nd December – Decorated Jolly Jam Jar Mufti Day

Another chance to wear home clothes! This time children can wear what they like if they bring in a jam jar filled with small goodies like sweets, toys, stationery, mini gifts … things that would appeal to both boys and girls. Feel free to decorate the jars to make them look festive!


The PTA would welcome donations for the Christmas Hamper prize. There will be a list inside the Mullard Building from tomorrow, Friday, where you can choose what to bring in. Thanks in advance for your support with donations.




There will be three performances of the Nativity for KS1. The dates are as follows:

Wednesday 7th December at 9.30am

Wednesday 7th December at 2.00pm

Thursday 8th December at 2.00pm.

More information to follow regarding tickets, etc.



A huge thank you to everyone who had responded so positively to the £1 Challenge.  We have raised a record-breaking sum to date, but are still waiting for some children to return their £1 and profit.  If you have not managed to complete the challenge, we still need your pound back!  We are aware of those children whose money is still outstanding.   Please return your £1 and any profit by Wednesday 16th November.   


Join our ‘Glow Party’ this coming Sunday 13th November at 4pm in the Village Hall. Lots of fun for all pre and primary school age children with crafts, activities, story-time and singing, all on the theme of celebrating LIGHT! Cost £2 per person to include tea. For more information visit our Facebook page or contact Lily on 01428 684419 




Reminder: GDPSSA Cross Country Event -Saturday  19th November 2016. Please see the attached leaflet for more information, otherwise contact Mrs Wright.