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News - 26 September 2019

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

REMINDERS

27th Sept

Y4 Roman Dig Trip

30th Sept

Clubs Week 2

3rd Oct @ 10.00am

Harvest Service at St Mary’s Church – All welcome

4th Oct @ 9.00am

Celebration Assembly – All welcome

7th Oct

Y5 Legoland Trip

9th Oct @9.30 – 11.30

Open Morning

10th Oct @9.30 – 11.30

Open Morning

11th Oct @ 9.00am

School Assembly

14th Oct

Clubs Week 4

16th Oct

School Photos

17th Oct

Save the Planet Special Menu

17th Oct @ 9.00am

Y2E Class Assembly – All welcome

18th Oct @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – All welcome

21st Oct

Clubs Week 5

22nd Oct @3.30 – 7.30pm

Parents Evening – Years 1-6 only

24th Oct @ 9.00am

Y2P Class Assembly – All welcome

24th Oct @ 3.15pm

Parents Evening – Years 1-6 only

25th Oct

INSET DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

28th Oct

HALF TERM

 

 

AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS   

The Afterschool Club Registration Fee of £15.00 per term is available to pay on Scopay.  Please make this payment before the club starts (if you are not signing up for a club please ignore this on your account). Please note this registration fee does not apply to invitation only clubs.

The Harvest Festival service in St Mary’s Church is on Thursday 3rd October at 10.00am.  We kindly ask for non-perishable food donations (in date please) to be delivered to school from Monday 30th September.  They will then be distributed to local charities.

PE NEWS

Mrs Wright has had a disappointing number of girls sign up for Girls Football Club on a Wednesday after school. At the moment we can only play 3 a side practice matches! It is a very relaxed fun club, with an opportunity to learn some football skills. Please try and persuade your girls in KS2 to join!

SECOND HAND UNIFORM

If you have any second hand school uniform you no longer need, the PTA would appreciate these donations. These can then be passed on to other parents for a small donation in order to raise money for the school. 

The first school uniform sale will be held after school in the playground, on Friday 4th October -  any ad hoc requests outside of this, please speak to your class reps. All good quality items greatly received (particularly with the school logo) - please bring to the school office in a bag.

SAVE THE PLANET MENU

Surrey Commercial Services (our lunch providers) are holding a Save our Planet day on Thursday 17th October.  The main menu will be as follows (not the listing on Scopay) and we would like to encourage all children to try it:-

  • Orbit Bao Bun filled with a medly of Mexican flavours
  • Asteroid Salad Belt and sauce bar
  • Sticky Gastronaut Brownie and Fresh Fruit Kebab

There will be fun information sheets and competitions on the day!

Please help us to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Eat Well – see the attached flyers for more information.

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