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News - 9th September

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to you all and a very special St Mary’s welcome to our new parents and families.  It has been lovely to chat to many of you at the gates in the morning.

Thank you all for adhering to the new school rules regarding the start of the day; we are already seeing the positive impact this is having in regards to the children’s independence and how quickly the learning starts in class each morning.

After two productive and informative INSET days, staff were delighted to welcome back the children and it was certainly wonderful to see them coming in looking so confident and happy.

On Friday, we held our first whole school assembly in 18 months, it was nothing short of wonderful, and a little bit emotional.  It was a delight to have all the children back together again, and hear them sing so enthusiastically.

This week, parents have had the opportunity to meet with the class teachers to find out about the day to day events in school, including curriculum, time tables and class communications. For those unable to make it, please contact the class teacher for the slides or information.

On Friday, Year 6 will be presented with their badges for the various roles they are undertaking as pupil leaders and it will be an opportunity to explain to their parents what their new roles entail. I am looking forward to my work with the Pupil Leadership Team, they are already showing great promise, demonstrating maturity and independence and are great role models to the younger pupils.

We are cautiously optimistic, that from next month we can start inviting parents back into watch assemblies.  We continue to be led by the DFE guidance, following the Risk Assessment and Outbreak Management Plans, which you can find on our website.  Presently, we do not plan to have the whole school and visitors in the hall altogether, but will invite relevant parents to their children’s celebrations and assemblies as they occur.  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and make any relevant changes as necessary.  Thank you for your continued support and patience with this.

Have a wonderful weekend; let’s hope the sun shines on us for a while longer!

Best wishes

Mrs Buckley

Headteacher

Diary Dates

Date

Activity

10th September

2.15pm Badge Presentation Assembly – invite only

13th September

Reception children stay for lunch

14th September

New Beginnings Service

20th September

Reception in full time

21st September

Y3 Butser Ancient Farm

5th October

Harvest Festival

6th October

Y6 Imperial War Museum Trip

12th October @ 9.30 – 11.30am

Open Morning for Prospective Parents

12th October

Parents Evening (Y1-Y6) – times to be confirmed

 13th October

Swimming (Y5 & Y6)

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

The ladder of school communication is as follows:-

School Bulletin – is sent out fortnightly on Thursdays.  Used for all important future diary dates, date changes and notices regarding school arrangements

See Saw – is for class teachers to share photos and videos of their children’s learning and may be used for quick class reminders

Emails – are sent out when there is a need to communicate to parents between bulletins

Texts – are sent when there is an immediate need to communicate ie when a trip is running late

Diary Dates – are sent out at the end of each term for the following term

Letters – are sent out regarding specific class arrangements eg trips, sports tournaments

What’s App Groups – are set up by parents (informally) and are NOT school communications

If you have any queries about dates or school arrangements please ask the school office

Diary dates and the bulletins are published on the school website.

 

SCHOOL OFFICE REMINDERS

Dinner Money – Please ensure you book school dinners by noon on Wednesday for the following week.

Breakfast Club Please ensure you book via Scopay. The cost per day is £4.50

Medicines – Please ensure any medicines are up to date and in the school office

Sickness – Please inform us by 8.30 if your child is unwell and unable to attend school.

Payments – All school payments to be made via Scopay – we are unable to take cash payments for anything going forwards.

Collections – If you are unable to collect your child please email the school office to inform them who will be collecting

Long Term Collections – Please ensure your long term collection arrangement details are in school – please email:

admin2@stmarys-godalming.surrey.sch.uk if you have any changes

Contact Details – Please ensure the school office has your correct contact details, especially mobile numbers

LUNCH BOXES

As all the children are back in the hall eating, please can I remind you all to name their lunch boxes/bags. This will avoid anyone picking up the wrong one.

SCHOOL FUND

On a termly basis, we ask for a small contribution per family in order to support some of the extended opportunities that we provide.  This may be used for additional resources for specific resources ie Art or a piece of equipment to be used by pupils on the school site.

In today’s economic climate, I am aware that parents are concerned about requests for financial support from schools.  However, the reality of the situation is that, like all schools, in our latest budget we have had to make significant savings, which reflect reduction in our funding allocation from central government.  It is only through continued careful management of resources that we have been able to afford to do this and protect the core curriculum resources.

With this in mind, your on-going support for the school fund would help us to continue to support these additional resources.  For the academic year 2021 – 2022, we would like to ask each family to contribute £25 per term; however, anything you can contribute would be gratefuly received.

SCHOOL SPORT UPDATE

As we return to some normality this academic year, we are hoping that most of our usual fixtures will return. This will include our local district netball and football tournaments and hopefully some friendly fixtures. I am hopeful that Woolmer Hill will also resume their primary school events, where a whole class can go to the school and experience different sports. The Summer term athletics events are also expected to go ahead. In KS2, we select children for competitive events. Please see details of how children are chosen here:

Inspire – Aspire – Higher

To simplify school competition, and to help schools select pupils, Active Surrey have designed a clear pathway to help clarify the level of competitions. These levels may also assist with:

· Talent ID through to County Final competitions

· Club exit routes for those interested in developing their skills

 · Those who are not competitive and/or are interested in participation only

Active Surrey has identified the following levels:

INSPIRE (For example Woolmer Hill events)

An event targeted at the least-active/engaged with emphasis on participation/trying new activities/skills or low level competition. Certificates and values celebrated. Not suitable for A team players who have represented the school in football, netball or district sports. *schools may be able to bring any number of children as we will look to combine teams as/when required for some events.

ASPIRE (for example Confederation Sports days)

Competitions targeting the semi-sporty, B teams, often A teams from single-entry schools. These events also include festivals that aren't specifically targeted to the less-engaged.

HIGHER (for example District Sports)

Competitions for the most-engaged/active and/or higher ability. Often are pathway events to county finals. These events will suit children who compete at the highest level available.

**SOME COMPETITIONS ARE ALSO SUITABLE FOR ALL - THE ORGANISER MAY ASK FOR A MIX OF THE THREE LEVELS**

LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST FUND RAISING

Alice in Year 6 is making a 2nd attempt to cut off her hair for Little Princess Trust.  3 years since the last time (she has been growing her hair ever since) and this time she’s not just sending in hair; she’s taking the opportunity to send them a little bit extra.

Well done Alice!

If you would like to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-terry3

Attendance Matters!

Reception –

Year 1–93.3%

Year 2 –100%

Year 3 –89.7%

Year 4K –100%

Year 4E –95.7%

Year 5 -96.4%

Year 6 –96%

every day counts!

CHRISTIAN VALUES

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the opportunities we have

In addition, 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.