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News - 29th April 2021

Dear Parents/Carers Welcome back and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. It already seems a distant memory as pupils have the hit the ground running, diving into the summer term and their new topics with fervour and positivity. Whilst we did not receive the reduction in restrictions we would have liked, things are gradually looking like the old ‘normal’, as we have begun to welcome some visitors into the school, (covid compliant of course). Year 4 have been taking part in ‘bikeabilty’ training on the school playground and we are looking forward to resuming our Church assemblies very soon. For now, children will continue to work within their bubbles and rota systems will be set up to work with any visitor coming into school. On Monday, Year 6 attended a zoom meeting with the UK Parliament Education Team, where they found out about the Houses of Parliament and had the opportunity to question Jeremy Hunt about his position in parliament and how he got into politics. Year 6 have now formed their own political parties and are currently on the campaign trail. I have read some of the manifestos and they are very impressive. A potential future Prime Minister in that class! Today, we also welcomed Petrina Foster from Surrey Young Carers to present us with the Angel Award. The Award is made to schools that demonstrate they are ‘young-carer friendly’. Schools have to meet eight standards, checked by the Young Carer staff and young carers, including having a carers’ champion, a carers support group, training for staff, and assemblies about young carers to help all pupils understand the issues the young carers face, as well as support pupils to selfidentify and find the help they need We are delighted to receive this award, and are very proud of our young carers and grateful for the hard work and compassionate support they receive from the Home School Link Worker (HSLW) and Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA). I wish also to congratulate Charlie P, Rory G and Noah B, who have been challenging themselves cycling long distances to raise money for charity. Well done boys, we are very proud of you and your achievements. Finally, a reminder as we are (hopefully) heading towards sunny weather, that all children should have water bottles in school, bring a hat and have sun cream applied at home in the morning.

Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!

Sheila Buckely Headteacher

Diary Dates

W/C 26TH April Parents evenings – letters sent home

28th April Y4 Bikeability

3 rd May Bank Holiday – school closed

4 th May@ 6pm Governors Meeting

17th May Book Fair in school

18th May Y6 Surrey Police Drug and Alcohol Awareness Talk

24th May Y6 Bikeability

31st May Half Term

 

CHRISTIAN VALUES

Sun, spirituality and springtime celebrations At the end of the Spring Term, the whole school took a giant ‘deep breath’ away from normal lessons to reflect on the Easter story and the importance of this period in the Christian calendar. Our so-called Pause Day was a great opportunity for the children to engage in a range of activities that promote deeper thinking and spiritual wellbeing. Moreover, we were truly delighted that the entire day was bathed in glorious, warm sunshine! It was wonderful to look around the school to see children enjoying pilates sessions on the grass, art activities in our outdoor classroom and Easter garden making in and around the classrooms. All children had the chance to visit special ‘reflection stations’ in the hall where they could think and write down some of their innermost thoughts in a calm and peaceful environment adorned with twinkling lights. The day was rounded off with a very special appearance by the Easter Bunny who visited each classroom with a bulging basket of Easter treats for the children to enjoy. At a time where serenity can be hard to find, it was great for the children to have the space and time to enjoy a range of wellbeing activities alongside their friends in the safe environment of school. A perfect start to the Easter period!

YEAR 5

It’s safe to say Year 5 are certainly happy to be back in school again! They were absolutely wonderful during the home learning period. We can’t believe it’s summer term already. Upon returning to school, we finished our topic all about SPACE! We looked in details at the planets, astronauts and were even lucky enough to have a Zoom with someone who works in a company designing video satellites for space. How exciting! After the wonderful news about NASA sending the Perseverance rover to Mars, we decided to spend time building our own rovers, which had to survive various tasks. We had little ‘eggstronauts’ who sat inside our rovers. They had to withstand extreme heat, extreme height and a VERY bumpy obstacle course! There were some points for creativity too. This term we are excited to begin our topic looking at Ancient Greece! This week we completed a Greek murder mystery… Miss Clark was quite unfair as she made us wait until the end of the week to find out the answer. We definitely have some good detectives here. In Art, we are making our Greek masks based on various Greek Gods and Goddesses. Hopefully they will look fantastic on our display! We also have plans to have Greek day, create our own Olympics as well as looking further in to some wonderful Greek mythology! We are looking forward to another wonderful term (in the sunshine)!

SCHOOL FUND

ou can now make the voluntary termly donation via Scopay for the suggested amount of £25.00 per pupil. These funds go towards additional extras for classes to use and enjoy. The school budget has been even more challenged this year due to the additional costs incurred due to Covid so if you are able to donate that would be much appreciated. SICKNESS/ABSENCE Please ensure that you inform the school office by 8.30 if your child is not going to be in school via email to:- admin2@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk Please do not email your class teacher.

Haslemere Rotary Club are organising the family scarecrow competition which can be summed up as follows: • We are asking families to make a scarecrow(s) and display it / them in their front gardens during the two weeks of the Festival. May 17th – 31st . • No theme apart from a requirement to bring a smile to people’s faces when they see them. • An entry form is on the scarecrow section of the Rotary club of Haslemere website - https://www.rotaryribi.org/clubs/page.php?PgID=835365&ClubID=1454 • They can opt to make a scarecrow from their own materials, or we will provide the basics – straw and three hessian sacks. • Materials need to be pre-ordered & will be handed out over the weekend of May 1st / 2nd . • Final day of competition is May 20th . • Initially scarecrows will be judged virtually from their own photographs. • The top 12 will then be asked to bring them to Lion Green on May 30th where the final judging will take place. (Scarecrow parade) • Prizes given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd .

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