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NEWS - 10 OCTOBER 2019

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!


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


28th Oct


2nd Nov

Bonfire Celebrations

4th Nov

5th Nov @ 3.15 – 7.30pm

Clubs Week 6

Parents Evening for Reception

7th Nov

7th Nov @ 3.15 – 6.00pm

8th Nov @ 10.15am

Y1 Class Assembly

Parents Evening for Reception

Remembrance Service

13th Nov

Y6 Imperial War Museum

14th Nov

14th Nov

Governors Open Day

Y2 Museum of London

15th Nov @ 9.00am

15th Nov

School Assembly

Y6 Height & Weight Measurement

15th Nov

Children in Need – Wear Mufti for a £1 donation


If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please email or call the school office and not individual class teachers by 9.00am.


Individual school photos will take place next Wednesday 16th October in the morning.  Please ensure that your child is in full correct uniform looking smart and ready to smile!


Sign-up sheets for parent’s evenings will be up in the Mullard Building in the morning on Monday 14th October.  Please sign up for your time slots.


The intercom linked to the pedestrian gate has broken and we are waiting for parts and an engineer to fix the problem.  Please bear with us and be patient if trying to gain access.


If you have any enquiries about school uniform deliveries please contact Beverley McGirr our Sales Supervisor on 01773 837380 or email 

Your School Uniform deliver on the dates below into school, free of charge or can deliver sooner for £3.99 to a chosen address.


06/11/2019         16/10/2019        

27/11/2019         06/11/2019        

18/12/2019         27/11/2019        

08/01/2020         18/12/2019        

29/01/2020         08/01/2020        

19/02/2020         29/01/2020        

11/03/2020         19/02/2020        

01/04/2020         11/03/2020        

22/04/2020         01/04/2020        

13/05/2020         22/04/2020        

03/06/2020         13/05/2020        

24/06/2020         03/06/2020


Christmas Cards:

Please have all order forms for Christmas cards returned to the school office in an envelope by Monday 14th October.  

You can pay by cash; cheques (made payable to St Mary’s School Chiddingfold PTA) or bank transfer to the PTA (HSBC a/c no. 21435191 sort code 40-23-15). If paying by bank transfer, please use your child's name and class as reference and state that you have used this method of payment on the order form. 

School uniform sale:

The second hand school uniform sale was rained off last week, however will be held on the next dry Friday after school (hopefully tomorrow...)!

If you still have uniform to give, please only laundered uniform and with the school logo on, as we have plenty of non-logoed. Thank you. 

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