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News - 7th October 2021

Dear Parents/Carers


There is no doubt that the last fortnight was sent to try us! Despite the uncertainty and speed of changes, the St Mary’s team responded and reacted to the constant challenges in a calm and measured way. I am very proud of everything they have done to ensure that the school could remain open for the majority of children and the safety measures reintroduced.


We are also very grateful for the support from parents, for your patience and understanding with the unavoidable actions required.


The children as always, have been marvelous at getting on with their learning, celebrating successes back in key stage bubbles and preparing for Harvest this week.


Next week, is the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. Due to the recent rise of positive covid cases, we have decided that these meetings will all be held on-line.


School Cloud will be live from 6pm this evening for parents to login and book a time.


For my part, I am really looking forward to returning to school on Monday morning. I have missed the sound and smiles of the children and it will be lovely to see my colleagues and NOT on a screen!


Until then, have a lovely weekend, more glorious sunshine on the way.


Best wishes
Mrs Buckley
Headteacher

Diary Dates                 

12th October @ 9.30 – 11.30am - Open Morning for Prospective Parents
Week commencing 12th October - Parents Evening (Y1-Y6) – please see School Cloud for your class teacher’s availability.
13th October - Swimming (Y5 & Y6) – invite only
14th October @ 9.30 – 11.30am - Open Morning for Prospective Parents
18th October - Y5 Legoland Trip
19th October - Individual School Photos
20th October - Swimming (Y5 & Y6) – invite only
21st October - Y2 Tower of London trip
22nd October - Holiday Jubilee – SCHOOL CLOSED
1st November - Term Starts

Year 5
Year 5 have had a wonderful start to the year! Rather than focus on one element of the term, here is an overview of activites we have been up to.

In Literacy, we have been writing about Mr Morris Lessmore and his fantastic flying books. We are certainly enjoying the plot and music which compliments the story. In the next couple of weeks, we will be writing some of our own stories with a similar theme.

Our topic is, Road Trip Usa. To start we have been focusing on geography skills. We took part in Miss Clark’s orienteering adventure, to find out some facts (some very strange facts) about the 50 states of America. Did you know that in Georgia it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork? We have also been focusing on some of the extreme weathers experienced in these countries. This week, we are focusing on, ‘Tornado Alley’.

During our Science lessons, we have been looking at different forces. We have carried out lots of practicals for example, what are the effects of air resistance on our running speed. We are also learning to write about different variables in science experiments.

This week we really enjoyed a visit from our local police officers. Of course we managed to try on their uniform. The game, ‘cops and robbers’ certainly did take over as the game of choice. Hopefully they will return soon!

Over the next few weeks, we have many things to look forward to. We have a trip to Legoland booked, a day of celebrating Thanksgiving and before we know it, it will be Christmas!

SCHOOL FUND
Thank you to those of you who have already contributed to the school fund! Don’t forget you can do this at any time through Scopay!

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Your child has been given a proof card of their Christmas card design. Please can you check them and return to the school by Monday 11th October. If your child is in Year 3 and has a sibling they will have them, if you do not have a sibling in the school then please can you collect. If this is not possible, please let me know.

Back by Popular Demand!

We have listened to your feedback and are happy to inform you that from Thursday 14th October jacket potatoes will be back on the menu.

These will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

The filling choices are: Monday - Tuna & Sweetcorn

Tuesday - Cheese

Thursday - Tuna & Cucumber

Friday - Cheese & Beans

Please make your choice on Scopay in the usual way before midday on Wednesday each week.

PARENTS EVENINGS
Please find attached instructions on how to login to School Cloud. You will need to login using parent first name and surname and then student date of birth.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

Yellow, our school photographers have informed us that they will not be taking Sibling photos again this year. They will however be offering a ๔€ž25% family discount.

CROSS COUNTRY
On Saturday 13th November St Mary๔€›s will be taking part in the annual Godalming District Sports Association at Glebelands School in Cranleigh.
It is a morning event for KS2 classes. Any child can go as this is an 'inspire' event suitable for all. Parents are required to take and stay with their child.
More details to follow!


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

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 27TH SEPTEMBER 2021
YEAR 1 - 93.3%
YEAR 2 - 100%
YEAR 3 - 89.7%
YEAR 4K - 100%
YEAR 4E - 95.7%
YEAR 5 -96.4%
YEAR - 96%

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.