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News - 13th May 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

What a busy two weeks we have had, with many special events to celebrate in class and around the school, which included a VERY special birthday for Mrs Bedford, but don’t say I told you! And a celebration of Charlie Punter’s amazing cycling success at the weekend, we are still in awe!

On Monday, the children arrived to see a new ‘resident’ on our school grounds, our wonderful Gruffalo scarecrow, created by Mrs Balchin and Year 2. The scarecrow will be entered as part of the Haslemere Rotary competition and be displayed alongside the other entries on Lion Green, Haslemere, on Sunday 30th May at 12pm.

On Tuesday, it was wonderful to welcome Rev’Dr Rachel back in to lead the assembly with Key Stage 1 and we are looking forward to seeing our regular Collective Worship leaders from the church in the upcoming weeks. The entire school were very excited about today’s visitors, a prickly visit from a hedgehog, along with Mr Bowring, from Hedgehog Rescue, who came to tell the children all about the protection of this endangered and popular mammal.

Later today, myself and Miss Hampshire shall be meeting with our Starfish Malawi, schools linking coordinator, as we plan our next steps on our journey with our sister school. I think that she will be very impressed how year 6 are already undertaking aspects of the Starfish curriculum.

Have a look below at the “tippy tap” they made this week! Next week, it’s book fair week, see information below and on the class Seesaw.

Have a lovely weekend. Sheila Buckley

Diary Dates

17th May Book Fair in school

18th May Y6 Surrey Police Drug and Alcohol Awareness Talk

24th May Y3 Trip to Kew Gardens

24th May Y6 Bikeability 25th May

Y2 Trip to RHS Wisley

31st May Half Term

7 th June INSET Day

8 th June Term starts

BOOK FAIR - Monday 17th – Friday 21st May

Next week, the book fair is returning to St Mary’s. Every book purchased from the fair raises money to buy new books for the school library area, and we’re hoping to match the success of previous years! All classes will have the opportunity to visit the book fair throughout the week, but we have also attached the book list to give you and your child the chance to browse the book fair selection ahead of time. Your child’s class teacher will notify you via Seesaw of the day their class will be visiting the fair so that you’re able to send them in with money/cheque if they wish to make a purchase.


Year 6 have been learning about how people in Malawi are washing their hands in a Covid secure way during the pandemic. We found out about the very simple but highly effective ‘Tippy Tap’ from our link with the Starfish Malawi project and decided to make our own! It works really well and has made us realise how resourceful people are being across the world to combat the virus. It has also made us very grateful for the fresh running water from the tap that we have to use.

YEAR 4 Countryside & Coast

We are very excited to be back at school this summer term, and are well underway with our geography topic: ‘Countryside & Coast’. We have been finding out about physical and human geographical features, and are carrying out a local area study to explore the village of Chiddingfold in more detail. We have identified human and physical features on photographs, and studied maps of the village to plan a route for our field work. By the time you are reading this bulletin, we will have been out and about in the village to collect data and answers to our geographical questions! After half-term, our focus will move to a coastal area, as we compare the geographical features of Chiddingfold to those of the south coast. We’re also very much looking forward to a visit to Chichester Harbour towards the end of June!


Starting on Monday 17th May we are running our first MARATHON CHALLENGE! In a bid to get children active we are setting the challenge of jogging or running 26 miles! Every child will be given a colouring sheet to record their miles. This will be in their bags on Friday. Children will run or jog at school during their PE lessons but will need to get some miles completed at home too. Once they have finished and coloured in their sheet, it can be returned to school to collect their medal. Finisher's names will be published in the bulletin! You can support your child and run with them! Finish date is last day of the Summer Term. HALF TERM CAMPS Lions Sports Academy are running a camp at Broadwater School this May/June half term which will include Rugby and lots of other fun sports and activities. The booking link is below and a flyer is attached.

CHARLIE’S AMAZING CYCLING ACHIEVEMENT 50 miles in just over 4 hrs AND he was awarded the HIGHEST fundraiser of the whole event – Well Done Charlie, we are very proud of you!


St Mary’s entry for the Haslemere Rotary Club competition is on display in the playground looking over the tennis courts. He is very proud to be graduating from St Mary’s this year and wears his mortar board and scroll in recognition of his outstanding achievements to education; particularly in literacy, inspiring youngsters to find a lifelong love of books and reading. He will be visiting the judges who include Julia Donaldson on Sunday 30th May – fingers crossed for him!


R E C E P T I O N – 9 9 . 6 %

Y E A R 1 – 9 7 . 5 %

Y E A R 2 – 9 5 . 8 %

Y E A R 3 K – 9 8 . 9 %

Y E A R 3 R – 9 7 . 7 %

Y E A R 4 – 1 0 0 %

Y E A R 5 - 1 0 0 %

Y E A R 6 – 9 9 . 6