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News - 22nd October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers 
 
Well didn’t that half term fly past quickly? But, what a fantastic half term it’s been.  Fitting with our value this week, there is plenty to be thankful for, despite these strange and challenging times. 
 
We are thankful that your children returned to school in September, confident, happy and ready to learn. It’s astonishing what they have packed in to the first seven weeks. Progress has been spectacular! So well done parents, staff and pupils, collaborative work at its best! 
 
We are immensely thankful to our fabulous bonfire committee for their hard work on our school grounds but more significantly, what they have done and continue to do for the whole village community.   
 
Finally, I am so thankful for my wonderful team here at St. Marys.  Their commitment, hard work and utter determination to ensure the children have productive, challenging and fun filled learning experiences is a joy to behold. 
 
So, I wish you all a restful half term and look forward to welcoming children back on Monday 2nd November in their smart winter uniforms.  There are so many more exciting ‘adventures’ planned for next half term – no spoilers – but it will be worth the wait! 
 
Have a wonderful half term. 
 
Mrs Buckley 
 
Headteacher  
 

 
Diary Dates Date Activity

26th Oct Half Term

2nd Nov Term begins

3rd and

5th Nov Open Mornings (booking only)

13th Nov Children in Need – mufti

17th Nov Nasal Flu Vaccinations 
 
CHILDREN IN NEED Is on Friday 13th November.  This year we are suggesting that pupils come in mufti wearing something green to raise funds for the artificial grass project. 
 
We suggest a voluntary £1 donation for Children in Need and £1 to go towards the grass project. 
 
If this is a PE day for your child, please come dressed in mufti clothes and bring in your PE kit to change into.  Please ensure all PE kit is named. 
 
ATTENDANCE Please see attached our updated Attendance Policy, which is also on our website.  Please note that holidays in term time will not be authorised. 
 
RECEPTION CLASS PHOTOS Keep an eye out for the new Reception class photo supplements, which will be available to be seen as follows:- Surrey Ad – 13th November Haslemere Herald – either 29th Oct or 5th Nov 
 
Y6 SECONDARY APPLICATIONS Just to remind you the deadline is 31st October. 

ARTIFICIAL GRASS PROJECT 
 
Fundraising is going very well so far with a £3,000 donation from the PTA, £2,000 from the Chiddingfold Community Fund and £2,000 from local families and businesses! 
 
If you haven’t already donated to this worthy cause you can encourage your child to participate in the £1 challenge over half term to raise funds or make a donation to the school via Scopay. 
 
£40 per one sq metre £20 per half sq metre £10 per quarter sq metre 
 
Help us to keep active and outside this winter! 
 
Please note contributions are voluntary. 
 
ST MARY’S GUY St Mary’s Guy is looking fantastic (not to mention Covid compliant) and is looking forward to spending a couple of weeks at Elliots Café on the Green.  Please visit him over half term and donate a “penny” for our Guy.  He will then end his journey at a small bonfire celebration (tickets only) at The Winterton on Sunday 8th November.  All proceeds will go to the Bonfire Committee. 

YEAR 3

Year 3 have had a fantastic start to Autumn Term with our transition recovery curriculum based on the book Here we are. The words and pictures worked together to help children understand their place in the world and to move forward as a class in a positive and constructive way. Y3 have engaged in creative activities (artwork, posters, lyrics to a song and poems) using the book as a stimulus to help make sense of their experiences, their relationships with each other, their wider school community and the wider world around them.  


Afterwards, we continued with our Y3 curriculum, exploring life in the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  We became archaeologists, digging up rocks and artefacts, making cave paintings using charcoal, chalk and clay, creating our own dinosaur fossils and making fire collages. We have much more to explore and discover and we are looking forward to becoming Young Experts in prehistory.