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News - 23 September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

As we reach the end of our third full week back at school and Reception Class’s first full week; I am happy to report that school life has completely returned to the happy, exciting and vibrant way it was before the pandemic. Children are enjoying working together; attending whole school collective worship and singing sessions and playing more freely at playtimes as we return to pre-covid routines and doing things the St. Mary’s way.

All classes are enjoying learning about their new topics, which include World War I and II, The Great Fire of London, Stone Age and Road Trip USA.  All of these topics and the entire curriculum offer are underpinned by the school values.  Research highlights that providing a values-based curriculum has positive effects on pupils, both socially and academically. Our aims and vision are that our values-based curriculum inspires our pupils to be the drivers for change, helping humanity to flourish and our world to be sustainable.

Each class will also integrate an area/topic from the curriculum of our link school in Malawi into their year’s planning. This term, Year 5 are learning about the importance of trees, biodiversity and the effects of deforestation.

Pupil Leaders are busy fulfilling their job roles, welcoming younger pupils into school each day and supporting them at playtimes, setting up assemblies and attending meetings, (setting agendas, taking minutes and following up actions) both with myself and School Council Leaders.

The prefects have asked me to remind parents about the importance of labelling all items of school uniform, as they gathered six items of unnamed clothing from the playground after lunch. Take heed parents!

It has been lovely to welcome back our representatives from the church, Rev’d Dr Rachel and Mr Crocker to lead assemblies and singing practices. Other visitors have included our lead Mental Health Nurse, our Community Police Leader, our Director of Education and the headteacher from King Edwards School; who we are looking forward to working with this academic year, developing links between the school communities.

Have a wonderful weekend, there is more sunshine to brighten our days!

Best wishes

Mrs Buckley

Headteacher

Diary Dates

Date

Activity

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)

14th October @ 9.30 – 11.30am

Open Morning for Prospective Parents

14th October

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

18th October

Y5 Legoland Trip

19th October

Individual School Photos

 

YEAR 6

What a busy start to this term we have already had in Year 6! I have been so impressed with how the children have returned to school with such a positive attitude, great enthusiasm and a desire to get back into their learning- well done!

This term, Year 6 are learning all about World War 1. We will find out about the causes of the war, the countries involved, what life in the trenches was like as well as how everyday life changed in Britain and our locality during this time. We will explore this topic across all curriculum areas; learning in creative and exciting ways. As part of our English work, we will also be reading the text ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo. Our topic work will be enhanced further by our trip to the Imperial War Museum in London in October.

Back in the Summer Term, the children applied for the pupil leadership positions that they would like to be responsible for in Year 6. We were very impressed with all their letters of application and it was a tricky task to select the roles. We are pleased to announce the positions in the table below and we are very much looking forward to Year 6 supporting both the staff and younger children in our school throughout the year. We have every confidence that you will all undertake these important roles with a mature attitude and a sense of pride.

Here is to a good year ahead!

Miss Hampshire and Year 6

 

Year 6 Leadership Roles 2021-2022

Head Boy – Joseph

 

Deputy Head Boy – Rory

 

Head Girl – Skye

 

Deputy Head Girl- Matilda

 

House Captains

Amber-

Maya

Billy

Sapphire

Riley

Finn

Ruby 

Archie

Alice

Emerald

Albie

Harriet

Task Force

Zach

Alexander

Noah

Holly G

Charlotte Q

Finn

 

Peer Mediators/ Well Being

Charlotte Q

Max

Angel

Rory

Hollie M

Alice

Holly G

Annabelle

Alexander

Charlotte J

Eco Leaders

Elissa

Mabel

Noah

 

 

Prefects

Elissa

Mabel

Lily

Charlotte J

Zach

Hollie M

Librarians

Lily

Annabelle

Worship Team

Maya

Lily

School Council

Angel

Max

PIANO LESSONS

There are a few vacancies for piano lessons in school on Monday afternoons with Surrey Arts.

For more details and to apply, visit the Surrey Arts website surreycc.gov.uk/arts

SECONDARY SCHOOL

You need to apply online for a secondary school place by 31st October 2021.

If you live in Surrey, you can find out all you need to know about school admissions and apply online at surreycc.gov.uk/admissions or you can call on 0300 2001004

RECEPTION

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 you will need to apply for a school place. You can apply between 1 November 2021 and 15 January 2022.

If you live in Surrey, you can find out all you need to know about school admissions and apply online at surreycc.gov.uk/admissions or you can call on 0300 2001004

BREAKFAST CLUB

If you would like your child to attend Breakfast Club, please book via Scopay the evening before.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

We will be celebrating Harvest Festival in school on 5th October. Each class will have a box available from Monday 27th September where you will be able to bring in donations. Please can we ask for non-perishable items only. A typical food parcel includes items such as:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

We will split the donations between Godalming and Haslemere food banks.

Following Government guidelines schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you take your child out of school, you may face a penalty notice.

Week commencing 30th AUGUST

Reception – 99.1%

Year 1–97.3%

Year 2 –100%

Year 3 –97.3%

Year 4K –99.5%

Year 4E –99%

Year 5 -98.6%

Year 6 –99.2%

every day counts!

ST. MARY’S SCHOOL VISION

Reflecting the virtues of Jesus' Mother, Mary, our vision is for every member of our school community to be inspired to blossom and grow in order to fulfil their potential, academically, socially and spiritually in all aspects of learning.  By exploring the underpinning core values of wisdom, hope, respect and community, our pupils understand how to live out this vision and become kind, respectful and resilient social advocates, playing their part in building a better world.