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NEWS - 28 November 2019

Next week’s value is Wisdom


“Happy is the person who finds wisdom.  And happy is the person who gets understanding.  Proverbs 3:13

Dear parents/carers

Year six started the week with a school trip to the Surrey History Centre.  The class went to find out about Chiddingfold in World War One; they learned many facts, including all about the life of Margaret Arnold, who was a nurse from the village working during the war. 

Mid-week, our year two classes visited Woolmer Hill for a morning of multi-sports with our confederation schools.

All classes have visited the Advent Trail in St. Mary’s church this week.  Pupils and staff had the opportunity for a time of reflection, thinking about things they are thankful for, how they could bring light into others’ lives and what small acts they could do to make a difference to others this Christmas.  Children and adults all commented on how much they enjoyed this event and how calm and peaceful these sessions were.  Thank you to Hannah Pye for organising this event for us all.

On Thursday morning year one headed off to the Weald and Downland Museum to enhance their topic on Houses and Homes whilst the rest of the school were treated to an oustanding performance from year five in their class assembly. The class sang, danced and entertained us with an incredibly funny script. The costumes and props were fantastic, a trojan horse no less, made an appearance!  Well done to Miss Clark and the year five team.

The week ends with the whole school learning about the Patron Saints of Great Britain.  Thank you to Mrs Ryder and Mrs Bennett for all your hard work organising this day.  If that is not exciting enough, Key Stage One will be treated to a performance from the Pied Piper Theatre company and we look forward to welcoming our villlage nursery children and staff.

As I read through this week’s events, I realise how lucky our children are for all of these wonderful learning opportunities.  So I need to say a massive thank you to the wonderful St. Mary’s team who work so hard to ensure that all our pupils are provided with exceptional learning experiences. 

Sadly, at the end of this week, we say farewell to Mrs Edwards, who is leaving us after five years of service.  We are so grateful for all the expertise and wisdom she has brought to her role.  She will be sorely missed, but has promised to return on a voluntary basis.  We will hold her to that!

Finally, I must unfortunatley inform you that Mrs Radcliffe is not yet fully recovered.  She will therefore not be returning to work until after Christmas.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with her.  All school business continues as normal, as we head into the next busy festive few weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sheila Buckley

Deputy Headteacher






29th Nov

Patron Saints Day

29th Nov

Reception & KS1 “Star in the Jar performance

2nd Dec

Christmas Card box will be out in the Mullard Building

2nd Dec

Nasal Flu vaccines for Whole School

5th Dec @ 9.00am

Y4 Class Assembly

6th Dec @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly & Certificates

10th Dec

Nativity Dress Rehearsal

11th Dec @ 2.00pm

Nativity Performance KS1

12th Dec @ 2.00pm

Nativity Performance KS1

13th Dec @ 9.30am

Nativity Performance KS1

13th Dec @ 3.00pm

Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Fair

17th Dec

Christmas Lunch

18th Dec

Christmas Lunch

19th Dec

KS2 Carol Service @ St Mary’s Church

20th Dec @ 9.00am

Final Assembly and Rocksteady Concert

20th Dec @ 1.30pm

Last Day of Term

6th Jan


7th Jan

Spring Term begins



I have pleasure in attaching a copy of the Trust’s draft Admission arrangements for 2021-22 which include:

St Mary’s draft Admissions Policy 2021

As an academy within The Good Shepherd Trust, our policy wording has been reviewed and updated to reflect a consistency across all the Schools which form part of the Trust as a single Admissions Authority. The decision has been taken to put out each school’s Admission Policy for consultation as the Trust is the Admissions Authority for all its schools. It is possible that matters raised during the consultation for one school may impact upon the policies for other schools within the Trust.

Please note that the consultation period for any feedback on the policy is the 7 week period from Monday 18th November 2019 to Monday 6th January 2020.

Please address any feedback, as part of the consultation, to the following email address: or by post to Admissions 2021-22 Consultation Response, c/o The Good Shepherd Trust, Larch Avenue, Guildford GU1 1JY.


Twelve15 (our catering service) are holding a competition to name St Mary’s “Elf on a Shelf”.

For 2 weeks, starting on Monday 2nd December our Elf will be appearing in school each day in different locations – so keep your eyes peeled!  Children who have a school lunch will be able to make name suggestions for the Elf.

The winner will be chosen and awarded a prize in the last assembly on Friday 20th December.


If you would like your child to have a school prepared packed lunch on the day that they are NOT having a hot Christmas Lunch please email the school office by Wednesday 11th December.

The school prepared packed lunch will be a cheese roll, veg sticks, savoury scone and a handheld pudding (eg cookie).

School prepared packed lunches are also available for school trip days should you wish.


On Wednesday morning, Year 2 went to Woolmer Hill to take part in a multi-sports morning run by Woolmer Hill staff and their Young Sport leaders. This annual event is organised for the Confederation of Haslemere schools. The children were mixed with pupils from St Johns, Beacon Hill and Grayswood. It was an exciting and action packed morning, all children fully participated and enjoyed themselves! They behaved very well and we were impressed with their ability to work well with lots of new faces. Well done Year 2! Thank you to our very helpful parents: Mrs Kirk, Mr Reynolds, Mrs Quirk and Mrs Fairbairn.

St Mary’s Church Events

Messy Christmas!

We’ll be exploring and celebrating Christmas on Sunday 8th December, 4-6pm in the Village Hall.

We’d love to see you there as we ponder the Christmas Story, create masterpieces and enjoy a family meal together.

Free family fun as we explore faith together in a creative way!

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