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News - 6 February 2020

Next week’s value is Perseverance

“So let’s not lose heart in doing good.  At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing

if we don’t give up.”  Galatians 6:9

Dear parents/carers

This week’s value is perseverance and I have seen this in abundance from both pupils and staff.  Children have brought me examples of work to show case how they succeeded with a task they at first found difficult.  We discussed in assembly the importance of not giving up and how we all actually benefit from ‘small failures’ in order to progress and achieve our end goals.

I was sent a relevant article on the subject and it made for some thought provoking discussions with my colleagues both as an educationalist and as a parent. Please see link below:

On Monday, Year 6 spent the morning being educated in a Victorian classroom in Guildford.  The class took part in observational drawing and learning facts by rote.  They all agreed they preferred a classroom where their contributions are valued and children are encouraged to use their voice to benefit themselves and others.

Rev Dr Greene joined the Year 2 classes on Wednesday afternoon to talk about their RE topic - the importance of the bible.  Rev Dr Greene helped the children think about and answer some of the big questions they had, for example ‘is the bible actually magical’?  The classes finished their session with writing a book review for other readers.  Thank you Rev Dr Greene for your visit!

Thursday morning, Year 4 educated and entertained us with their class assembly on WW2.  The children spoke out confidently and sang with enthusiasm; displaying their wonderful acting skills.   Well done to the class, Mrs Newton and her team.

The teachers have also shown great perseverance and commitment to their roles this week; on Tuesday morning, Miss Clark hosted and led the maths hub lesson and discussion here at St. Mary’s.  She taught in front of nine colleagues from other schools and listened to feedback; all fantastically positive! Well done Miss Clark and Year 5 pupils who were great ambassadors for our school.

On Wednesday afternoon, it was Mrs Evans turn to lead and deliver a presentation on spelling for the other literacy leads in the Good Shepherd Trust. Thank you Mrs Evans for the time and organisation put into this workshop, which was gratefully received.

We really are incredibly lucky to have such skilled and knowledgeable staff who are willing to share their talents to help support teachers in other schools both in our confederation and trust; it makes me feel very proud to know that St. Mary’s teachers are recognised and valued for their ability to contribute on a wider scale.

I was delighted to welcome the HLTA assessor for Mr Hanson on Thursday, as he is now fully recognised as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  Mr Hanson is a great example of how hard work and perseverance pays off and how it can

help develop confidence and character.  We are so delighted with his achievement and count ourselves fortunate that he is part of our team.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Sheila Buckley

Acting Headteacher



7th Feb @ 9.00am

Assembly – All welcome

13th Feb @ 9.00am

Y2P Class Assembly – Year 2P Parents/Carers

14th Feb @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – All welcome

17th Feb

Half Term

24th Feb

Spring Term Starts

24th Feb

World Week

26th Feb @ 1.00pm

Football Tournament Tillingboune – Selected Y5&6 boys

27th Feb

Jungle Book Production

28th Feb @ 9.00am

Assembly – All welcome

4th Mar

Y4 Woolmer Hill Dodgeball

5th Mar @ 9.00am

Y1 Assembly – Y1 Parents/Carers

5th Mar

Bikeability – Year 4 Group A

6th Mar @ 9.00am

Assembly – All welcome

6th Mar

Bikeability – Year 4 Group B

9th Mar

Y4 Rural Life Centre

9th Mar – 12th Mar

Bikeability Y6

9th Mar @ 2.30pm

Netball Tournament selected Y5&6 pupils

10th Mar

Sports Relief

11th Mar

Y5 Winchester Science Museum

11th Mar @ 1.00pm

Football Tournament at Tillingbourne Selected pupils

12th Mar @ 9.00am

Y2E Class Assembly – Y2E Parents/Carers

12th Mar

Y3 Seacity Trip

13th Mar

YR Forest School Trip

13th Mar @9.00am

School Assembly – All welcome

16th Mar

Book Week + Book Fair in school

18th Mar

Book Character Dress Up Day

19th Mar @ 9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly - Y3 Parents/Carers

19th Mar @ 6.00 – 7.00pm

KS1 School Disco

19th Mar @ 7.15 – 8.15pm

KS2 School Disco

20th Mar

Football Tournament @ Pennthorpe School Y2

24th Mar @ 3.30 – 7.30pm

Parents Evening – whole school

26th Mar @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly – Y5 Parents/Carers

26th Mar @ 3.30 – 6.00pm

Parents Evening – whole school

27th Mar @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly – All welcome

30th Mar

Y2 Marwell Zoo Trip

31st Apr @ 10.00am

Easter Service @ St Marys Church

1st Apr

Pause Day

2nd Apr

School Photos and Y6 Leavers Photos

3rd Apr @ 9.00am

Celebration Assembly + Rocksteady Concert – All welcome

3rd Apr @ 1.30pm

End of Term


A reminder that there is no Year 3 football on Monday 10th February.

Girls Football Club on Wednesday is available for Y3 girls as well.  If they would like to participate please talk to Mrs Wright.


Please be advised that the Admissions policy and respective documentation has been determined and is available on the school website

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