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News - 8th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers 
This week our value is responsibility and we have been discussing in assembly our roles in looking after our school, village and our global responsibilities to take care of our world. The children have so many wonderful ideas and initiatives; it is up to us adults to take heed!  
On Monday, we started the day with our first Fire Drill of the academic year.  The children responded maturely and swiftly, including our new pupils, who have been absolute superstars! 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I attended the ‘virtual’ Good Shepherd Trust Leadership Conference, where in we discussed our vision and hopes for the future education of our pupils and the role of the Trust within this vision.  
This morning, Year 3 and 4 welcomed Dr Rev Rachel Greene to lead our Harvest Service.  Whilst we missed the rest of our school and our visit to the church, it was nonetheless a beautiful and celebratory service.  Thank you to Mrs Ryder and the Year 3 team for organising and to Year 3R for their wonderful readings and prayers. 
Next week, teachers will be commencing virtual parent’s evenings and you will be contacted by your child’s teacher with the relevant information. If you have any problems or issues with technology, please let us know as soon as possible.  
Congratulations to Mrs Oqvist, who received her Level 5 Diploma Certificate for School Business Leaders.  Well done Mrs O, we are very proud of you! 
Finally, please do read below and ask your children about our hopes and plans to replace part of our grass area with artificial grass.   
This is so important to ensure all children have adequate outside space during the wetter months. We will be so grateful for any donations or ‘squares’ purchased! 
Have a wonderful weekend. 
Mrs Buckley 

Diary Dates Date Activity 14th Oct

Individual School Photos 20th

22nd Oct Open Mornings (by booking)

26th Oct Half Term 2nd Nov Term begins 
SCHOOL PHOTOS Please ensure your child is in full school uniform with big smiles, ready for their school photo on 14th October.  This year there will be no sibling photos to ensure no crossover of bubbles.  The photographers have a Covid secure process in place to ensure pupil safety. 
SCHOOL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES APPLICATIONS For pupils in KS2 applications are now being taken for School Council Representatives, full details will be sent via Seesaw.  Deadline is 16th October. 

We have set up an “Artificial Grass Project” with a view to replace half of our grassed playground with artificial grass. 
This will provide an area for year-round play and PE for all pupils.  Artificial grass is expensive and we plan to fund this through a number of ways; part school funded, PTA donation of £3,000, a £2,000 grant from the Chiddingfold Community Fund, which has already been approved and individual/family donations.  If you would like to donate to this, we invite all families to buy a square meter (or two) of grass:- 
£40 per one sq metre £20 per half sq metre £10 per quarter sq metre 
Donations can be made via Scopay in the usual way. 
We will also be running the £1 Challenge for pupils to participate in over half term.  Monies raised from this will also go towards the grass.  Please encourage your children to raise money for this worthwhile initiative over half term!  Information will be sent via Seesaw for the £1 challenge. 
PARENTS EVENINGS We will be trialling School Cloud, which will enable us to book and schedule virtual parent evening meetings.  Teachers will be contacting parents via Seesaw with details of how this will work.  Details are also attached to this bulletin.  If you would prefer not to have a virtual meeting and to have a phone call instead that is absolutely fine, please inform your class teacher. 
HARVEST FESTIVAL We have celebrated harvest festival in school today.   As we were unable to receive food donations as usual, we would invite parents to make a food donation via local supermarkets to food banks in the area – there are usually trolleys placed near checkouts to put donations in. 


We are thoroughly enjoying being back at school with our friends in Year 4, and have had an incredibly busy start to the Autumn Term. We spent the first week readjusting to school life as we used the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers to explore our lockdown experiences through art, literacy and outdoor activities.  We created a class journal, and a beautiful display in our classroom to showcase the work we produced. 
In Literacy, we have been developing our story writing skills further as we wrote a narrative based on the short Disney film ‘Feast’.  We concentrated on crafting our sentences carefully, making precise vocabulary choices and exploring new sentence structures and writing techniques. We displayed our sentences to create a whole class ‘Sentence Stack’, which quickly took over a display board, a wall and even ventured into our cloakroom!  We are now using what we have learnt through this process to independently write our own stories. 

Our WW2 topic learning is underway, and we have been finding out about the precautions put in place to keep people safe.  We have made our own gas mask boxes, taken part in a gas mask drill, designed Anderson shelters, and role played taking shelter during an air raid. 
We have also been enjoying learning about electricity in our Science lessons, and have been making complete and incomplete circuits and testing different materials to find out which are electrical conductors and insulators. 
WE LOVE BOOKS! Shortly before lockdown, you may remember we held our annual book fair as part of ‘Book Week’ at St Mary’s.  With money raised from this event, we were able to refresh our range of fiction books to fill our new reading area outside Year 3 and 4 with a variety of new and classic books for our children to enjoy.  We are very grateful to parents for their donations to school fund as these enabled us to buy the new bookcases, and the colourful seating and rug were funded by our generous and supportive PTA. We are also extremely grateful to Mrs. Taylor (mum of Billy in Year 5) who donated gorgeous posters, bookmarks and stickers to brighten this area too!         
FLU VACCINATIONS Please complete the e-consent by Tuesday 10th November, following the instructions in the letter.  If you don’t wish to partake you are still required to return the e-form. 
OPEN MORNINGS 20th, 22nd October and 3rd, 5th November This year we will have 4 open mornings for parents new to St Marys only.  To book your place please email:-

W E E K  C O M M E N C I N G  4 T H  O C T O B E R 
R E C E P T I O N – 99.3% 
Y E A R 1– 98.1%   
Y E A R 2 – 98.2%  
Y E A R 3K – 9 6.6%  
Y E A R 3R – 97.5%   
Y E A R 4 – 98.2%%   
Y E A R 5 – 96.8%  
Y E A R 6 – 97.0%  
E V E R Y D A Y C O U N T S ! 
Christian Values Vision Statement 
Reflecting the virtues of Jesus' Mother, Mary, our vision is for every member of our school community to be inspired to blossom and grow in order to fulfil their potential in all aspects of learning.  By exploring the underpinning core values of wisdom, hope, respect and community, our pupils understand how to live out this vision and become kind, respectful and resilient individuals. 

COVID TESTS If you have a COVID test for your child please inform the school of the result asap. 
The main symptoms of coronavirus are: • a high temperature  • a new, continuous cough  • a loss or change to your senses of smell or taste  
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms 
Please DO NOT send your child into school if they have had any of these symptoms overnight. 
If your child is sent home with symptoms, they will need to be tested and a negative result received before they or their siblings can resume school