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News - 17th June 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

The sun has shone down on us since our return from half term and it has been glorious.

On Monday, Year 6 spent an action packed day at Chidham, enjoying water activities and a campfire. Today they are spending the day at Bentley Copse, taking part in various activities including, archery, go-karting, laser tag and zip wiring.   Next week they spend the night at Winchester Planetarium.  So despite the changes and cancellations this year, it has been wonderful to see them able to enjoy their end of year activities and outings organised at short notice. Thank you to the Year 6 team for your time and energy ensuring these events could take place in a covid friendly way.

On Tuesday, Year 2 had a visit from Farnham Beekeepers to find out about the importance of bees and why and how we must look after them.  They got to taste various delicious honeys, but were unanimous that their favourite was the most locally sourced!

We have also had a visit from the Inclusion Officer, who visits every term to go through attendance and punctuality records. We have been reminded that as a school we are obliged to only authorise absences for medical appointments and unforeseen circumstances, like funerals and weddings. Requests for holidays, concerts and days out will not be authorised.

As I am sure you are aware, the government have deferred the end of current restrictions and we have received the updated DFE guidance for schools.

At present we are unable to invite parents into school, all presentations and end of term events must take place outside with a maximum audience of thirty people.  We have been preparing for this information and therefore had planned two versions of the end of year production. Year 6 will receive a separate letter, explaining your children’s end of year events. 

For the rest of the school, we must remain vigilant as numbers of the latest variant of covid continue to rise. 

Therefore, unfortunately, we are unable to invite parents to sports day and end of term assemblies and events.  The whole school production will be filmed on Tuesday 6th July by Wizard, each class will perform their song and then return directly to their classrooms. Copies of the production will be available to purchase the following week.

All other school events, sports days, REACH assembly and end of year events will all be filmed and sent to the relevant families. 

Whilst disappointing for parents, in school we are keeping things as ‘normal’ as possible.  The children are still excited about their learning and are looking forward to day trips out, sports day, Malawi week, a fun run, school production and a talent show to name but a few of the exciting events planned for the end of the academic year.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sheila Buckley

Headteacher

Date

Activity

21st June

Y6 Photos

25th June

Y4 Chichester Harbour Trip

28th June

Y3 Wintershall Trip

29th June

New Reception Parents Evening

30th June

Moving Up Day and SMART Club

1st July

Y2 Wintershall Trip

5th July

Y5 Legoland

6th July

Production dress rehearsal

8th July

Y1 Blue Reef Aquarium

8th July

Production

9th July

Production

12th July

Malawi Fundraising

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

YEAR 2

Our Year 2 children have been busy little bees over the last few months - planting flowers, understanding what they need to thrive and finding out more about the important pollinators that help to provide the food for the dinner table.

Our summer topic “Potty About Plants” has given us plenty to get our teeth stuck into over the last few weeks. Sunflowers, tomato plants, lettuce and summer blooms have been bursting out of our classroom and the children have been measuring them and recording their progress.

At the start of the term, we looked at flowers from a different perspective, studying the abstract work of American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. The children loved getting up close to flowers and capturing them on paper, firstly using pencil and then acrylic paints. The topic gave us a fantastic opportunity to talk about colour mixing and take time to create the perfect colour to represent the brilliant blooms that are found in nature.

A day trip to RHS Wisley Gardens at the end of May gave the children an opportunity to observe a plethora of amazing plants and pose their questions to an expert. We had a great time wandering around the garden, including the glasshouse, and returned home with some special seed-related souvenirs.

During the trip to Wisley, we discovered an impressive-looking cocoa tree, which has inspired us to go on and find out more about this very important crop. We have already looked at where cocoa trees are grown in the world and we are looking forward to finding out more about the history of chocolate and sampling some of the delicious treats that can be made with it! (Enthusiasm for this part of the topic is understandably sky-high!)

Inspired by BBC Radio 2’s ‘Be Kind to Bees’ campaign we have been thinking about the important role that bees play in our environment and, during one science lesson, we welcomed a speaker from Farnham Beekeepers.

Elizabeth Knight talked about the hive and how the bees organise themselves into a highly efficient community. She went on to talk about how we can provide great habitats for bees and the children will be designing their own bee-friendly garden later in the term so that we can enter the BBC2 competition.

 

Our love of God’s creatures was also in mind when we attended a special presentation all about hedgehogs. (Thanks to Reception for inviting us along!) We have also been participating in “The Great British Bark Off” – a special initiative to highlight how to look after our furry, canine friends.

At the beginning of July, we will be getting out and about again, this time to the beautiful Wintershall Estate to watch “Walking the Parables of Jesus”. This is an outdoor dramatization of some of the best-known parables that will really help to bring these parts of the New Testament to life. This trip would not be possible without the support of Rev’d Dr Rachel Green who has heavily subsidised tickets to this event. Many thanks Rachel!

In amongst all of these lovely activities we are continuing with our core learning, practising a special “number” for the end of term show, preparing for sports day, thinking about the move up to Year 3 and having fun! Buzz…buzz…buzz

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SUPERSTAN PRODUCTION

Due to Government guidelines, we are unable to allow all parents to come and watch this year’s production. We have however arranged for Wizard Productions to film the show. If you would like to purchase an e-copy, please pay

£10.00 via Scopay.

We encourage you all to purchase an electronic viewing of the production to see your children in action.

ST MARYS MARATHON CHALLENGE!

These amazing runners have finished their marathon miles and received their medal:

Max Year 3

Elissa Year 5

Imogen Year 3

Grace Year 3

Betsy Year 3

Ivy Year 3

Well done!

 

Week commencing 7th June

Reception –100%

Year 1–100%

Year 2 –99.1%

Year 3K –98.4%

Year 3R –97.7%

Year 4 –98.2%

Year 5 -98.6%

Year 6 –97.3%

every day counts!

 

CHRISTIAN VALUES

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the opportunities we have

And for the staff who help us to blossom and grow.

Please help us to always try our best and
be ready, be respectful and be safe.

Amen.