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NEWS - 24 October 2019

Next week’s value is Hope


“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Dear parents/carers

On Tuesday evening, parents had the opportunity to meet with class teachers to receive feedback about their child’s attainment and progress, so far, this term. I hope you found these meetings both helpful and informative.

Unfortunately, we received a report on Tuesday, that our neighbours were significantly inconvenienced by the thoughtlessness of a small minority of parents who parked their cars without consideration for the needs of local residents. One resident was forced to interrupt a meeting to ask teachers to locate the driver of a van that was blocking School Lane. Not only is this inconvenient for residents but it is disruptive to emergency services and potentially dangerous to life. This problem is not confined to parents’ evenings. On many occasions the road is blocked by vehicles, resulting in delays and, more importantly, there is a potential risk to neighbours and to children and staff due to lack of access for emergency service vehicles. We have a number of elderly neighbours who frequently require medical assistance.

With more parents’ meetings planned for Thursday evening, may I take this opportunity to appeal to parents to be duly considerate when parking outside the school and to use the car park or roadside outside St Teresa’s Catholic Church, opposite the school and across the cricket green whenever possible. Thank you for your kind cooperation.

One other concern, raised this week, was that of the number of children who have access to age-inappropriate computer games. As part of our school safeguarding procedure, we have an internal filter system that identifies inappropriate internet searches and closes down inappropriate sites. However, it has come to light that children have been searching for ‘Jeff the Killer’ from the ‘Granny Horror Game’ which is a violent online Roblox game which some children have been acting out in the playground. There have been further reports of older children still playing ‘Fortnite’ (which is an age 13 game) and talking about their ‘friends’ on the game. In this age of technology it is vital that parents are vigilant and that they keep up to date with the dangers as well as the value of the internet. There are plenty of sites providing advice for parents, including a free online safety magazine to which you can subscribe for regular updates:

This week’s magazine gives information about child safety, YouTube, Hashtags and Wellbeing among other things.

Teachers are looking forward to the final day of their TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement) training programme on Friday. They may also be slightly looking forward to half term next week! The highlight of half term, for Miss Howells, will be her marriage on Friday 1st November. I know you will join me and my colleagues and governors in wishing Miss Howells a splendid wedding day and a long and happy marriage to her lucky spouse. Miss Howells will have a new name when she returns to school on Monday 4th November;

she will be known as Mrs Evans – a good old Welsh name - to match her new-found status. Good luck Miss Howells! Fingers crossed for good weather!

I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable half term.

Janis Radcliffe


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



Get Going club on Monday 4th November will be cancelled.

Choir Club will be cancelled on 7th Nov due to Reception parents evening.


This year we will be combining our mufti day on Friday 15th November raising money for Children in Need and asking for donations for the St Mary’s Christmas Fair.

The PTA would like KS1 parents to bring in bottles (of drink) and KS2 parents to bring chocolate gifts for tombola stands.  One gift per child please ideally!  Please leave your donations/gifts in the box provided in the Mullard Building.


A reminder for all parents to complete the e-consent form for your child’s flu vaccination at: (your school’s unique code/URN number is SR140026 which you will need to enter on to the flu consent form).

Please complete the e-consent form by MONDAY 25/11/19


Poppy merchandise is on sale in the school office.  Minimum recommended donation is 50p – please support this worthwhile cause.


As all schools face difficult financial times, we are always thinking of ways that parents may be able to help us. St Mary's has created it's very own amazon wish list.  If you would like to support us you can follow this link:

We appreciate any donations and would like to thank you all in advance for your support.


Please can all KS1 parents pay £3.00 for the Pied Piper theatre production on 29th November on Scopay.


Please can all children have a spare pair of socks in their PE bag after half term. The field is very wet and trainers get muddy and wet when the children are having their outdoor PE lesson, resulting in soggy socks and tights!

Some Year 4 boys played in a football tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Tillingbourne School. They played four matches against other local schools. The boys had two wins, one draw and one loss. They were brilliant ambassadors for St Marys; in their new kit funded by our PTA! Well done: Max, Archie, Billy, Max, Albie, Joseph, Zach, Rory. A big thank you to Mrs Moser and Mrs Elson who drove the boys! Mrs Wright is very grateful.

Families @ St Mary’s Church Events and Activities

#Fridaynightthing – Our youth group is now on weekly every Friday. This week is a film night so come in comfy clothes, money for sweets and bring your favourite DVD (PG & under only) to enjoy a relaxing end to the half term. To fit the film in we run 5.30-7.30pm. Come along weekly for games, activities and our renowned tuck shop! £1 entry and max £1.50 for tuck.

Half-term Madness gets a pumpkin make over!

Join us on Thursday 31st October in Church for games, toys, activities - all with a pumpkin twist! 2-4pm with coffee, cake and lots to keep all ages engaged.

Parentalk: The Primary Years – Following feedback from last year the course is back with just 3 sessions. We’d love you to join us as we journey through a DVD led course with other parents, discussing and debating some of the big issues and topics we encounter as children grow up. In the Church Room, 7- 10pm on the 11th 18th & 25th November. For details and to book, contact Hannah

As ever if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch,


Youth, Children and Families Minister


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