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News - 27 May 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I can’t believe we are at the end of the penultimate half term of the academic year, however, I appreciate we are all eagerly waiting for summer to actually start!

It has been another super busy fortnight for pupils and staff, which included a Book Fair, bikeability, school trips, church assemblies and various staff CPD courses, appraisals and conferences.

On Monday, Y6 braved the autumnal climate to start their week ‘bikeability’ course, whilst the Year 3’s enjoyed a day out at Kew Gardens.

Tuesday, was Y2’s turn for an outing to Wisley Gardens, whilst in school we welcomed Faith Reynolds to lead the Collective Worship with our Y3 and 4 bubble. The staff were very impressed with the pupil’s behaviour on the trips and more so with some of the astonishing plant knowledge. Well done to the Y2 and 3 teams for being great ambassadors for our school.

We are all looking forward to the Whitsun half term break, for which I have been assured sunshine is on its way!

On Sunday 30th May, myself and Mrs Balchin will attend the final of the Haslemere Rotary Scarecrow competition, held on Lion Green, Haslemere from midday. The Gruffalo shall be on display, and the overall winners will be announced at 3pm. Everyone is welcome, Covid restrictions have been put in place, and it looks set to be a very pleasant afternoon.

There are many exciting adventures and learning opportunities planned for the final half term; so enjoy the break and we will see all the pupils refreshed, recharged and rearing to go on the 8th June.

A reminder that Monday 7th June is an INSET day, so we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday the 8th at their current starting times.

As we have had no further DFE guidance or updates, current practices and procedures will remain in place. Have a wonderful half term break and enjoy the sunshine, when it arrives!

Sheila Buckley

Diary Dates

31st May Half Term

7 th June INSET Day

8 th June Term starts

8 th June Y6 Bikeability Group 3

14th June Y6 Activities Week

21st June Y6 Photos

22nd June Y6 DVD Evening

25th June Y4 Chichester Harbour Trip

28th June Y3 Wintershall Trip

29th June Sports Day – Information to follow

29th June New Reception Parents Evening

30th June Moving Up Day and SMART Club

1 st July Y2 Wintershall Trip

5 th July Y5 Legoland

6 th July Production dress rehearsal

8 th July Production

9 th July Production

12th July Malawi Fundraising – see below

16th July REACH assembly

16th July Reports sent home

19th July Talent Show

20th July Y6 Leavers Service

20th July Y6 Leavers Party

21st July Final Celebration Assembly and Y6 Farewell 

We will be fundraising for our linked charity in Malawi on Monday 12th July.

Come dressed in the colours of the Malawi flag: black, red and green, and do a fun run in school. We would love to be able to raise £150, which is the cost of a Tippy Tap. Suggested donation of £2 payable on Scopay.

BOOK FAIR

Monday 17th – Friday 21st May Last week, the book fair returned to St Mary’s and all children had the opportunity to visit with their classes. They browsed the bookshelves, shared stories and purchased lots of new books and stationery. In total, we have raised over £760 to buy new books for our school library area.

Thank you for all of your generous contributions and allowing your children to buy from the fair!

YEAR 3

We have had an exciting start to the summer term in Year 3 with our new topic ‘Rainforests’. We have been using maps and globes to identify continents and countries around the world and where you might find a rainforest!

Last week we looked at the 4 layers of the rainforest and how each one is different before splitting off into groups to recreate one of the layers. The end result was a fantastic 3D model of all 4 layers, including plants and animals!

In computing we are sharing our rainforest facts using Microsoft Powerpoint, creating slides with pictures and animations to present to the class. In science we have continued our rainforest theme looking at different plants and flowers, including lots of investigations! We dissected our own flowers to find the different parts inside as well as growing and observing plants in different conditions. Our plant with no water didn’t grow at all and the plant in the freezer also found it hard to grow! Over the past few weeks we have been growing several plants; some flowers and vegetables in the classroom greenhouses and some bean plants. 

To end our topic we took a trip this week to Kew Gardens to look at all of the different plants and flowers and take part in an informative workshop. We were very excited to be on a school trip after all this time! We used microscopes to look at the different parts of a plant and even explored a tropical greenhouse! We had great fun on the trip despite some rain showers and even managed a play in the playground before the journey home!

Last week we also had a visit from some very cute (but very prickly!) hedgehogs! Mr Bowring brought along two friends; Holly and Henry from Hedgehog Rescue to tell us more about these animals and how they are protected. The hedgehogs were a little shy to start with but we were able to watch them moving around in their pen once they came out of their spikey balls!

MARATHON CHALLENGE

It is amazing to see so many children (and parents) running around the village getting their miles done! In outdoor PE lessons they have been running with gusto, everyone is very excited and supportive of each other. I have heard of children running laps of their gardens, runs with their dogs and jogging with siblings. I would love to have photos of the children in action. Please send these to: lwright@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk

PTA NEWS

Silver smarties challenge Thank you to all the children and families that took part in the challenge, you raised a staggering £1,037.40. Vital funding needed for the school. FANTASTIC! The PTA is still holding money that was paid for children to attend the disco last year that was cancelled due to COVID19. With no date in mind for this event currently, the PTA would like to know if you would like your money back, or put into another fundraising cause for the school. Please contact your class rep if you would like to receive the money back.

UNIFORM CHANGES

From September, we will have PE t-shirts available for purchase in house colours ie Sapphire, Emerald, Amber and Ruby for £6.50 Reception class uniform will change from September due to the early year’s curriculum being focused on active learning to:- Navy jogging bottoms School polo shirt School jumper White or black trainers (no plimsolls)

NEW HELPLINE 24/7 mental health crisis line for children, young people, and families A new 24/7 mental health crisis line for children, young people and their families and carers in Surrey has launched.

The freephone number - 0800 9154644 – is available for children and young people up to the age of 18, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The new crisis line provides emotional wellbeing support, advice, and signposting to a range of community services for children, young people and their families and carers who are in a mental health crisis.

The number is available to those who are already receiving mental health services, and also for those who are not. No referral is needed.

The crisis line is staffed by a team of experienced, trained call handlers and mental health nurses. A key aim of the crisis line is to help support young people, carers and families within their own homes and in the community and, whenever possible, help avoid the need for children and young people to go to hospital in a crisis. Get help in a mental health crisis : Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (sabp.nhs.uk)

ATTENDANCE

W E E K  C O M M E N C I N G  3 R D M A Y

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Y E A R 1 – 9 9 . 7 %

Y E A R 2 – 9 7 . 3 %

Y E A R 3 K – 9 6 . 7 %

Y E A R 3 R – 9 7 . 8 %

Y E A R 4 – 9 7 . 5 %

Y E A R 5 - 1 0 0 %

Y E A R 6 – 9 9 . 6