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NEWS - 12th DECEMBER 2019

Dear parents/carers,

Christmas celebrations and preparations continue to be the focus of our learning this week; KS2 have been practising for their Carol Service, classes have been busy preparing their Christmas crafts for sale at Friday’s fair, and some have even been designing and making their own festive hats and writing jokes for next week’s Christmas lunches.

Our PTA have been running the Secret Santa Room this week for pupils to purchase ‘surprise’ gifts for parents and pets!  Thank you to all our volunteers for giving up so much of their time and being so patient with their customers.

Tuesday kicked off with the reception and KS1 dress rehearsal of their Nativity, ‘I’m gonna shine’.  It was lovely to welcome the village nursery children to watch the show.

On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon the children performed for parents, grandparents and friends.  They all sang beautifully and most certainly did ‘shine’ with their spectacular performances.  They are looking forward to one more show tomorrow morning.  We are very proud of them all; as we are of all of the teachers who have worked so hard with the children.  A special thank you to Mr and Mrs Balchin for the amazing set and props and to parents for purchasing such ‘show stopping’ costumes.

Friday looks to be a super busy day, it is Christmas Jumper/Clothing Day, the final nativity performance, after which reception and year one will dash to the village nursery to watch their end of term show.  In the afternoon, we look forward to welcoming you all to the Christmas Fair, where you can purchase all the wonderful crafts made by the children recently.

Finally, Christmas has certainly come early to our classes with the arrival of all of the items on the teachers’ Amazon wish list.  A massive thank you to parents who had previously purchased items and our wonderful and dedicated PTA for purchasing all items, such a kind donation.  These resources will make such a difference in the classrooms and have been gratefully received by staff and pupils.

Have a lovely weekend,

Sheila Buckley

Deputy Headteacher


13th Dec @ 9.30am

Nativity Performance KS1

13th Dec  3.00pm

Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Fair

17th Dec

Christmas Lunch – Amber and Sapphire

18th Dec

Christmas Lunch – Ruby and Emerald

19th Dec @ 6.30pm

KS2 Carol Service @ St Mary’s Church (children to be in church at 6.15pm)

20th Dec @ 9.00am

Final Assembly and Rocksteady Concert

20th Dec @ 9.30am

Rocksteady Concert

20th Dec @ 1.30pm

Last Day of Term

6th Jan


7th Jan

Spring Term begins


The ladder of school communication is as follows:-

School Bulletin – is sent out weekly on Thursdays.  Used for all important future diary dates, dates changes and notices regarding school arrangements

See Saw – is for class teachers to share photos and videos of their children’s learning and maybe used for quick class reminders

Emails – are sent out when there is a need to communicate to parents between bulletins

Text – are sent when there is an immediate need to communicate ie when a trip is running late

Diary Dates – are sent out at the end of each term for the following term

Letters – are sent out regarding specific class arrangements eg trips, sports tournaments

What’s App Groups – are set up by parents and are not school communications

If you have any queries about dates or school arrangements please ask the school office

Diary dates and the bulletins are published on the school website.


Unfortunately, we have had a near miss this week in School Lane.  Can we please remind you that School Lane is NOT to be used to drop off or pick up your children.  This applies to breakfast club drop off as well.  The Catholic Church carpark is the nearest safe parking.  Please inform all parents, grandparents or others collecting/dropping off that School Lane cannot be used for safety reasons.


Please remember to bring a packed for the days when your child is not receiving a Christmas Lunch:-

Tuesday 17th December

Amber and Sapphire Christmas Lunch

Ruby and Emerald pack lunch

Wednesday 18th December

Ruby and Emerald Christmas Lunch

Amber and Sapphire pack lunch

For KS1 children that have requested a pack lunch this will be provided by the catering team.


A reminder to please make your meal choices for the first week of term in January by Wednesday 18th December in order for the catering team to place their food order on 19th December.


Years R, 1 & 2                   FREE

Years 3, 4 & 5                  £136.30

Year  6                               £138.65

If you wish to pay for the first half of the term only the amount required is:

Years R, 1, & 2                  FREE

Years 3,4,5 & 6                  £68.15

If you wish to pay a week at a time the cost is £11.75 (£2.35 per day)


All meals must be paid for in advance and online.


We have many items in lost property – please collect before the end of term otherwise, they will be sent to charity.


Christmas Eve is a special night full of anticipation and wonder. We’d love you to come and be a part of the Crib Service. All are welcome to come dressed up as an Angel and if you would like your little one to take part in the living nativity scene (we have costumes so don’t worry about providing them) there are Characters that need an actor! Please get in touch with Hannah to join the cast – all are welcome!

Come and experience the joy and wonder of Christmas at the Crib Service; 4pm on Christmas Eve.


The draft policy is on the school website.

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.

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