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NEWS - 1 DEC 2016

Dear Parents and Carers


With Christmas trees in place, the nativity rehearsals well underway and the Christmas post-box ready to be filled with children’s greeting cards, it really is beginning to feel a lot like  Christmas!

This week’s value was ‘hope’ and, of course, we have high hopes for a Christmas full of joy and festive cheer, as well as happy families and continuing positive relationships.

Reception and KS1 children have been working really hard to polish up their nativity performances this week, and older children are getting to grips with their carols for the end of term carol service, on Thursday 15th December 2016 at 6.30pm; all welcome!

There has been a lot of music around school this week, with an exciting visit from the Music Works bus on Thursday. Each class visited the bus to record a CD of their performance of a chosen Christmas song. It is hoped these CD’s will be ready for sale at the Christmas Fair. Look out for them!

On Thursday, Year 4 presented a superb assembly to a very appreciative audience. The assembly theme was World War II, consolidating what children have been learning about in their topic work this term.  The assembly was both informative and enjoyable. Well done to Year 4 and a big thank you to Mrs Ryder, for whom it was her very first assembly at St Mary’s. We look forward to many more!

Today was Mufti Day when children came to school wearing their own clothes in return from bringing in jam-jars full of goodies for the PTA Christmas Fair; thank you to those of you that sent jam-jars! The Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 16th December after school.  The hall will open for parents to visit from 2.30pm but please don’t forget to pick up children from their classrooms at 3.00pm. Children will not be dismissed by teachers until there is a visible adult to collect them. However, if you are involved in the organisation of the Fair and wish to make special arrangements to collect children early (between 2.30pm and 3.00pm) please speak to the class teacher in advance.

Finally, let’s hope the slight improvement in the temperature continues into the weekend, as promised, and I hope you all have an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. 


Best wishes



If you have any empty small jars (baby food) with lids please could you bring them to Year 4 Classroom on Monday 5th December to help with their art project. Many thanks from Mrs Ryder


This is a kind reminder that we require all data collection sheets to be checked and signed and returned to the office by latest Monday 5th December. Even if there are no changes, we still need it signed and returned.


This year we have a real Christmas tree in the hall and we would like all children to bring in a decoration to hang on the tree. Please ensure your decoration has a string to attach it to the branch. Please bring in your decorations by Tuesday 6th December.


It is getting to that wintery time of year. In case of school closure, due to snow, a notice will be put on the school website by 7.30am.


Families with children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 should now have received an application form for tickets for the 3 main performances of this Year’s production, “Superstar” on 7th December at 9.30am, 7th December at 2.00pm and 8th December at 2.00pm as well as details of all of our Christmas events over the final couple of weeks. As it explains, there is an initial limit of 4 tickets per family. Tickets will be going home in your child’s book bag today.

Please note Thursday 8th December at 2.00pm is now at full capacity so if you haven’t sent your forms back yet please bear this in mind.


Children will be able to ‘send’ Christmas cards to each other from Monday 8th December when our school post box will be put out. PLEASE, PLEASE remember to check that the envelope clearly shows the recipient’s name AND their CLASS, so that delivery is easier!


Secret Room

The Secret Room gives your children a chance to buy their grandparents/other special grown-ups or yourselves a gift for Christmas.  The gift is chosen and wrapped, ready to be given to you on Christmas Day!  The cost of each item is £2.  This is a lovely activity for the children; they get very excited and enjoy the hustle and bustle of buying a gift for their grown-ups.  For families with siblings at the school, please use a separate envelope per child and return to school office by Monday 5th December (this helps us make sure grown-ups get the right gift!).


The standard of this year’s entries for the Parish Christmas Card Competition was better than ever. As always, it was a tough job for the judges to decide upon the winner. The finalists from each year group were: Eva M (Reception), Hollie M (Y1), Lily Sabi P (Y2), Zach T (Y3), Oscar C (Y4), Sofia D (Y5) and Sophie P (Y6). The judgse chose Oscar’s beautiful clear drawing of Joseph and Mary with Baby Jesus in a manger, show here as the overall winner. His design will feature on the Parish’s official card detailing the Christmas Services at each of the 3 local churches – homes in the village will each receive a copy in early December.


St Mary’s Church is currently set up with ‘The Advent Journey’ which has lots of different tables dotted around the church, music playing, lovely decorations and some reflective spaces making it well worth a visit. This year we also have a family friendly ‘I Wonder… Trail’ which takes children on a journey through the same themes so that all the family can take part in this special time. You can find sheets for both ‘The Advent Journey’ and ‘I Wonder… Trail’ as you enter the Church to help navigate the tables! It’s a beautiful space to help get us in the Christmas mood. St Mary’s would love to see you there!”