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NEWS - 25th March 2021

Dear Parents/Carers 
 
It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the spring term. We are immensely proud of how the children have returned to school life and how they are engaging in their learning. 
 
The classrooms are bubbling with enthusiasm; there have been so many exciting activities going on in school this week.   
 
Year 3’s kicked off the week with a Titanic Day, children dressed up, took part in various creative sessions and ended with what looked like a ‘First Class’ afternoon tea. 
 
On Tuesday, we welcomed Dr Rev Rachel to introduce and enjoy Year 5 perform the Easter Story.  This will be shared with the whole school next week. 
 
By Wednesday, the excitement in the building was palpable, with the arrival of three chicks in Year 2, more details and photos below!  
 
Today, all children enjoyed a Covid compliant live production of the Wizard of Oz, attended in their bubbles.  The ‘reviews’ have been incredibly positive, ‘entertaining, engaging and educational’.  Well done and thank you to M and M Theatre productions. 
 
Tomorrow, we shall end the week with a Science Day, with lots of practical, hands on lessons planned.  Next week, we look forward to Pause Day on Tuesday, a day for reflection, whilst creating a whole school mosaic art piece that will remind us of importance of hope.  
 
So, as you can tell, never a dull moment here and always busy!  There are so many more exciting learning opportunities to look forward to in summer.  We shall welcome back all children on Tuesday 20th April.  At the moment we will continue to follow the measures currently in place, however, we are preparing for changes that may be put in place after this date. 
 
Have a wonderful Easter break, fingers crossed for plenty of sunshine. 
 
Best wishes 
 
Mrs Buckley 
Headteacher  
  
 

Diary Dates

30th March Pause Day

1st April Class Photos 

1st April Term Ends at 1.30pm

19th April Inset Day

20th April  Summer term starts – Summer uniform 

CLASS PHOTOS – 1st April Please ensure your child/ren are wearing the correct uniform and are looking smart and ready to smile for their class photos. 
 
PARENTS EVENINGS  

Parents evening meetings will be held during w/c 26th April.  They will be done remotely again using School Cloud.  Emails will be sent to parents the week before asking you to book your sessions. 

 SCHOOL PAYMENTS

A polite plea – please pay for your child’s trips/activities promptly via Scopay.  The admin team loses valuable time chasing overdue payments. 
 
RED NOSE DAY

St Mary’s has raised a huge £567.89!! Well done everyone, especially the brave teachers who endured pies in the face!  A fantastic effort! 
 
ST MARY’S COLLAGE

We will be making a whole school mosaic to mark the last year and would like parents to donate any spare tiles – the brighter the better, specifically: red, yellow and purple! Just one or two tiles if you have any spare.  Please bring in to the school office by Friday 26th March. 
 
YEAR 6

Year 6 have thrown themselves back into school life with great enthusiasm and we have already achieved so much during the last few weeks!  
 
In English, we began with looking at the poem, ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me’ by Maya Angelou. We performed the poem through drama and discussed our fears, using this as a stimulus for our own poetry writing. Alongside this, we also produced our own gargoyle style clay faces.   

 This term Year 6 have been learning about the Victorians. We have continued with our lockdown work about the artist William Morris by creating our own effective block print patterns as well as producing our own silhouette pictures (we have been trying to guess who is who!). Next week, we will be holding a Victorian Day where we will get to experience what life was like for a Victorian school child- let’s hope it’s not too scary!  
  
Our mathematics focus has been on the revision of fractions and learning how to find percentages.  
 
In science, we have been learning about classification of living things and in particular have been focusing on microorganisms. We have managed to grow our own mould on pieces of bread and have observed this in more detail by looking through the microscopes- we all agreed it was interesting but disgusting! We are really looking forward to Science Day this Friday where we will be building bridges. 

In Year 6, we are continuing our link with our school in Malawi and this week we enjoyed an interesting Zoom with Esther Barnes (the schools linking coordinator from the organisation Starfish Malawi), she gave us a brilliant insight into how schools and children in Malawi are dealing with the pandemic through the ‘Clean Hands’ Project. We look forward to involving the whole school in this project during the summer term.   This week we have been learning about the  Census and why it is important. We have analysed  some data from the 1991 and 2011 census in  Chiddingfold and have discussed why data may  change over the decades. We are hoping to collect our own school data by carrying out a St Mary’s School Census!  
 
Finally, we have just enjoyed being back in school and being together. We have spent a lot of time playing team games outside on our new super artificial grass (whatever the weather!) and we are really looking forward to the summer term ahead! It feels great to be back!  
 
TRAVEL SURVEY

Our school are assisting Surrey County Council’s Safer Travel Team to undertake research with parents of primary aged pupils’ types of travel to and from school.     The objective of the research is to develop a better understanding of the different types of travel, how frequently they’re used, why that type is used, and if that preferred type has changed or been influenced by Covid19 coronavirus.   Once the Safer Travel Team have collected and analysed this information provided by parents, their goal is to obtain a better understanding of journeys to school, so they can continue encouraging safer and more active travel to school for all children in Surrey.   Please could I ask that you review and complete the survey using the link below. The closing date for completing the survey is 11.59pm on 16th April and the survey should be completed for each child that attends our school. If you have another child which attends a separate primary school, please complete an additional survey.   
 
https://www.surreysays.co.uk/iai/41377978   Thank you for continuing to support our school to improve pupils' journeys to school.   
 
BIKEABILITY INSTRUCTORS NEEDED The Cycle Training Team at Surrey County Council are recruiting for Bikeability Cycling Instructors.  We find that often parents are very interested in this rewarding role even if they are not actually looking at job sites. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs/search/details?id=1291 1  

SURREY ARTS AND MUSIC EASTER ACTIVITIES  

Following the success of last summer’s online music and art activities (SMASH) Surrey Arts will be running an exciting week of workshops and videos from Monday 12 – Friday 16 April. These activities will include music production & music composition, multiple singing workshops, arts workshops, piano tasters, Celtic folk strings and much, much more. Registration is required for the live sessions and you can watch the recorded video tuitions for free by following Surrey Arts on social media. The timetable and registration details are now available.

Holy Week and Easter for Families!

We are delighted to announce that St. Mary's will resume in person 
 worship services in Holy Week following the government's roadmap 
 for the lifting of restrictions.

That means children will get to take part in a brand new interactive Muddy Church Trail in the church yard, teens will get to kindle the new fire and mark the new  Paschal candle, and on Easter Day there will be Easter eggs for all! 

Please note that social distancing must still be observed, that face coverings must be worn by those over 11 years at all services (indoors and outdoors) and that it is necessary to pre-book seats to attend the Easter Day service in person.