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Next week’s value is Endurance

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

1 Corinthians 13:7

Dear Parents/Carers

There is a lot of important information included in this week’s bulletin, so I suggest you sit down with a cup of tea as you read through, and I shall keep my part brief.

We may have been premature in celebrating the good weather earlier this week; however, the sun always shines at St Mary’s and we have had another happy, busy and productive week.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Evans and I met with Jane Whittington from the Diocese to discuss our ongoing preparation for the SIAMs inspection, which is due in the next academic year.  We have spent time looking at and discussing our vision for the school in the coming years.  Once finalised, we will share this with you, as it is a vision for all stakeholders in our school and community.

Year 4 have had a sporty week as they took part in a confederation multi-sports event at Woolmer Hill on Wednesday, and this morning they have braved the pouring rain to begin their Bikeability training!

This morning, Year 1 made a dramatic entrance to their class assembly as a Chinese dragon danced into the hall to kick start their informative performance all about Chinese New Year.  The children had worked hard to learn their lines, and we learnt how the animals came to be chosen, including a reenactment of the swimming race!  Well done to Year 1 and their teachers.

Next week, it is the turn of Year 6 to take part in Bikeability; please ensure all necessary equipment, including a raincoat, is brought to school on Monday morning.  Let’s hope we see some better weather!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Sheila Buckley

Acting Head teacher

REMINDERS

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 Dance Off – children to wear active wear in their team colour and bring £1

11th Mar

Y5 Winchester Science Museum

11th Mar @ 1.00pm

Football Tournament at Tillingbourne Selected pupils

11th Mar

NO Girls Football Club – see below

12th Mar @ 9.00am

Y2E Class Assembly – Y2E Parents/Carers

12th Mar

Y3 Seacity Trip

13th Mar

13th Mar

YR Forest School Trip

Science Day

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 CANCELLED

20th Mar

Last Homework Club

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

 

 

 

Please remember to make your school lunch choices by noon on Wednesdays

CORONA VIRUS

As I am sure many of you will have seen over the weekend, there have been media reports about Coronavirus in the UK and in Surrey, and many of you will be concerned. I can assure you that we are taking the situation seriously but that we do not need to cause undue alarm. It is important for the children that we remain calm, sensible and work together as a school community to follow the national guidance.

The advice to us from Public Health England and Surrey County Council remains the same and is as follows:-

1)           Where a suspected case has been in a childcare or educational setting, there is no need to close the setting or send other learners or staff home.

2)           Even if there is a confirmed case in your childcare or educational setting, in most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary and advice would be provided by Public Health England.

3)           As always, everyone should continue to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene:

•            Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

                      •            Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

•            Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue and wash your hands (or use a sanitiser gel).

                     •            Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Remember, if you have any direct medical concerns, to contact NHS 111.

The Department for Education have set up a Coronavirus helpline (tel 0800 046 8687) for queries relating to schools and other educational establishments in England. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Please be assured that when there is a confirmed case, Public Health England (PHE) use the method of contact tracing to prevent the infection spreading further. Please see below to link below to find out more about contact tracing: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/13/expert-interview-what-is-contact-tracing/

For further information, please see www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and ‘Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

CLUBS INFORMATION

The last maths booster will take place on Friday 20th March.

There will be NO girls football club on Wednesday 11th March as Mrs Wright is at a tournament.

THE JUNGLE BOOK

Last Thursday morning, our school hall was transformed into an exciting theatre complete with music, lighting and scenery, as visiting Theatre Company M&M productions put on a spectacular performance of The Jungle Book.  Children from Reception through to Year 6 were mesmerised by the show, with broad smiles and a look of awe on their faces as they were invited to interact with the fast paced, energetic and fun adaptation of the story.  Staff and children agreed that it was an incredibly slick and professional performance, and the set, costumes, music, lighting and outstanding acting really brought the classic story to life and gave the children an incredible theatre experience.  After the performance, our Year 6 pupils took part in a workshop where they learnt about all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in order to put such a fantastic show together.  We have high hopes for their Summer Production!

BOOK WEEK IS COMING!

Today marks annual ‘World Book Day’, and we want everyone to spread the love of books and reading for pleasure, both at school and at home.  Keep an eye out in your child’s book bag for their £1 book token which can either be used to get a ‘World Book Day Book’ for free, or for £1 off a book or audiobook costing £2.99 or more at your local bookseller.

Key Dates:

Thursday 12th March: ‘Potato Book Character’ competition entries submitted.

Monday 16th – Friday 19th March:  Book Fair open in School Hall (7:50 - 8:45am)

Wednesday 18th March: Book Character Dress Up Day

Thursday 19th March: Author Rachel Jane to visit Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 

Thursday 19th March: School Disco & Book Fair open in Year 5 (6:00 – 8:00pm)

Book Fair

The Book Fair will be returning to St Mary’s in the week commencing Monday 16th March, when St Mary’s will be celebrating, sharing and developing our children’s love of reading throughout the whole week!  The fair will run for the duration of the week, and we’re hoping to match, or even better last year’s success where we raised over £500! 

Children will have the opportunity to browse the bookshelves with their class throughout the week, and the fair will be open to parents in the school hall every morning during breakfast club, as well as in the Year 5 classroom on the evening of Thursday 19th March when the children return to school for the school disco. 

This year we are working towards creating a small library space outside the Years 3 and 4 classrooms, and with funding from the PTA and parent donations, we have been able to purchase new seating and shelving.  To further enhance this area, we would love to refresh our library stock, and every purchase at the book fair contributes towards raising money for more books for our children.  Look out for a leaflet in your child’s book bag to give you some indication of the types of books that will be available, and for information on pre ordering books before the fair. 

Book Character Dress Up Day

On Wednesday 18th March, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for our ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’. 

Author Visit

Reception and KS1 will be visited by children’s author Rachel Jane on the afternoon of Thursday 19th March for story time sessions and a workshop.  Rachel has written a series of rhyming picture books, which are aimed at children in early years and KS1. They all follow the adventures of the campervans from Red Hatch Farm, focusing on friendship, adventure and kindness.  These will be available for parents to purchase for just £5, instead of the usual retail price of £6.49, at the end of the school day.

Book Week Competition

Prior to the week, we will be running a ‘Create a Potato Book Character’ competition to allow children the opportunity to win vouchers to spend at the Book Fair.  Simply get a potato, and be as creative as you can to turn it into a book character!  You may use a range of materials to design your potato, including googly eyes, paint, pipe cleaners, pens, fabric etc, and completed Potato Book Characters are to be brought to school on Thursday 12th March.  Winners will be announced and presented with their vouchers in assembly on Monday 16th March.

Reading at Home

To continue to support your child’s love of reading at home, we recommend signing up to www.oxfordowl.co.uk  The website is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.  It is free to register, and once signed up you will have access to top tips for helping at home; activities and games to support your child’s developing maths and English skills as well as a free library of over 200 eBooks for children aged 3-11.

SHARE THE MIRACLE AT EASTER

This term, St Mary’s will be participating in an initiative called Share the Miracle (sharethemiracle.org), which invites individuals and organisations to collect chocolate eggs and give them to those less fortunate in the local community at Easter.

Our egg collection station will be open from Monday 23rd March to Thursday 2nd April, during which time we hope that our children and their families who are able to give a chocolate egg, will bring them in to school.

Then, on Friday 3rd April, we have arranged for our Reception class to visit Chiddingfold Village Hall and donate the eggs to a monthly Lunch Club of elderly people. The children will have the chance to sing to the group before giving an egg to each member. Any remaining eggs will then be donated to a number of other worthy local causes.

The ‘giving’ event promises to be a lovely opportunity for our children to connect with members of the older generation, many of whom can feel lonely and isolated at times.

If you can spare a chocolate egg this Easter, please do send it in with your child between the dates given and we will ensure that it brings a smile to the face of a member of our local community.

WATER AID

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everybody – but they aren't. Together with St Mary's church we will try to make a world of difference by supporting Water Aid, a UK charity working to ensure everyone everywhere has clean water to drink, cook and clean. This Lent we are encouraging children to put their spare change in a jar and help collect funds to improve lives of many people. If you'd like to take part and join our Jars of Change appeal, please collect a jar from the school's office and bring it back by the end of Spring term. To find out more information about the charity please go to https://www.wateraid.org/uk/

SURREY YOUTH GAMES

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest multi-sport youth event in the county. The next games will take place on 13 and 14 June 2020 at Surrey Sports Park. Young people from all the boroughs in Surrey can get up to eight weeks' free sports coaching in preparation for the games. Children need to meet the sports criteria and live or go to school within the Borough. It's a great opportunity for young people to try a new sport. All of our sports and how to register can be found on our website via this link: https://www.waverley.gov.uk/syg.

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