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NEWS - 3 OCTOBER 2019

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

REMINDERS

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

 

 

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.

SCHOOL DINNER CHOICES

Please ensure you make your choices by Wednesday noon for the following week.  If choices are not made packed lunches will be required. 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Please ensure your children have the necessary clothes and equipment for their after school clubs.  The school office spend much valuable time calling parents asking them to bring in necessary items.  We appreciate your help in this matter.

PE NEWS

On Tuesday 10 pupils from Years 5 and 6 went on 'Sports Crew' training at Guildford Spectrum, run by Active Surrey. They learnt how to manage sports activities for groups of children. They worked with other local schools to practice organising and adapting games to develop progression. You will see them in the future when we hold sports events at school - Well done: Joe, William, Max, Mattie, Jessica, Sam, Eleanor, Jemima, Dylan and Jack. 

TOYS

Please note that “squishy gooey” toys are not allowed in school, following an incident this week which has resulted in spoiled uniform and school work.  Please work with us in informing your children that these are NOT to be brought into school and if they are will be confiscated.

PTA NEWS!
This Friday sees the return of the Cake Sale! This will be held in the playground at 3pm. For this term, each week a different year group will be responsible for baking (please do volunteer as we can't do this without you lovely bakers!) and each cake will be 50p. Bring your spare change and be quick as when they're gone, they're gone!  And as an incentive, the year group that has the highest takings this term will win £50 towards their classroom budget!

The PTA are also planning to sell second hand school uniform alongside the cake sale. We have some bits already but if you have any good condition, items that you no longer require the PTA would love to take them off your hands! Minimum £1 donation per item. Please give any donations to Jo Foreman or the school office. Thank you!

And finally, who has heard of or uses Easyfundraising? Easyfundraising turns the online shopping we do every day into donations for our school! All you need to do is use www.easyfundraising.org.uk (or the app) to access the websites you shop from and buy your items as normal. Each time you purchase anything via the Easyfundraising website, the retailer makes a small donation to the school to say thank you! It really is that easy. 
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