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News - 18th November 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been an action packed fortnight with many events to highlight and celebrate.

Last week, Rev Rachel joined Year 6 in leading a poignant Remembrance Service for KS2.  The pupils read moving stories and recounts from the viewpoint of the soldiers serving during World War 1. All of the classes made beautiful sustainable poppies; that were placed under the flag at the reception area.

On Thursday, Year 2 performed their class assembly for parents and visitors all about The Great Fire of London.  It was wonderful to welcome so many parents, and definitely the correct decision to show to the school on a separate occasion!  It was an outstanding performance by Year 2, they learnt all their lines and sang and spoke out so confidently. Mrs Porter was rightly very proud of them all.

This week, we were delighted to welcome back the “Open the Book” team to lead the whole school Collective Worship.  The children really look forward to these assemblies and we are very grateful to all the volunteers for coming in.

Today, it was the turn of Year 3 to perform their assembly for parents.  Once again, we had a magnificent turn out and the standard of the performance was as impressive as last week’s.  The children told us all about life in The Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and impressed us by learning a phenomenal amount of lines. 

Well done to the Year 2 and 3 children and to the teaching staff, a lot of hard work goes into producing these assemblies but I think our audiences were very impressed.

We end this week with a mufti day for Children in Need, we have been very fortunate this week to hear from our link school in Malawi.  Our pupils were surprised to see photos of children in Malawi sitting on the dusty floor of their classroom to complete their assessments. Therefore, this mufti day is a good time for us to reflect as a school about how grateful we should be for all of our life comforts, and a time to stop and think about what we can do to help and support others. 

Thank you for all of your contributions.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Buckley

Headteacher

Diary Dates

Date

Activity

19th November

Flu Vaccination

23rd November

Governing Committee Meeting

25th November

Y4E Henley Fort Residential

25th November @ 9.00am

Y6 Class Assembly

26th November

Pied Piper Performance, R, Y1 & 2

26th November

Mufti – bring in filled bag of sweets for the Christmas Fair

30th November

Travelling Crib

Year 2

Sparks of imagination and creativity have been flying in Year 2 this term, as the children have been immersing themselves in the Great Fire of London, 1666.

As well as learning about the conditions leading up to such a devastating fire, the children have been enjoying comparing the city as it was in the seventeenth century with the impressive blend of architecture that can be found in London today. The struggles of the people of 1666 have been a focus in our literacy lessons and the children have produced some fantastically fiery artwork.

At the end of October, we all enjoyed a great day out at the Tower of London where a lady from 1666 shared her experiences of the event and gave us an insight into the life of Samuel Pepys, whose diary has been so useful in understanding what happened. In addition to this, we explored the White Tower, inspected the jaw-dropping Crown Jewels and pinpointed the places where some famous figures were imprisoned.

The children gained an additional perspective on the topic of fire when we were joined by a representative from Surrey Fire and Rescue at the start of November. During the special workshop, we learnt about the role of this service today and how it differs from the ‘Bucket Brigade’ of 1666.  The children also learnt how to call for help in an emergency and were reminded of the importance of taking care around fire and fireworks (which was very timely ahead of the Chiddingfold Bonfire).

 

Bursting with information, the children were only too pleased to be able to share their learning with parents and the rest of the school in a special class assembly all about the Great Fire. The children enjoyed learning lines, singing songs and dancing after what seemed like a very long break from being able to put on these types of performances.

In fact, we enjoyed the experience so much that we are now busy preparing for the school nativity play, entitled ‘Children of the World’. In the performance, a comical host of angels is tasked with collecting children from around the world to worship the baby Jesus in the stable. Children from Reception Years 1 and 2 will give us all an insight into how children around the world celebrate Christmas. We are especially keen to focus on the traditions of Malawi as we are in the process of building a relationship with a school in this African country.

It has been marvellous to be able to reinstate many of the activities that were off-limits during the early days of the pandemic, and we are really looking forward to more amazing learning opportunities that are planned for the New Year!

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

CHILDREN IN NEED

A reminder for everyone to come dressed in mufti tomorrow, preferably something yellow. You can make your £1 donation via Scopay. Please do not send your child in with any money.

If you have purchased any merchandise these will be sent home in your child’s book bag today.

FOOTBALL MATCH WEDNESDAY 17th NOVEMBER

St Marys played an after school football match against Grayswood at home on Wednesday. In the fading light we played a tough match with a squad of 12 players from year 6 and year 5. Possession was equal through the match, but the opposition were lucky to get most of their shots on target. We fought hard but unfortunately St Marys lost to a strong Grayswood team. 

Well done to our boys and girl - Alex, Finn, Amelia, Zach, Noah, Riley, Albie, William, Billy, Charlie, Archie and Joseph. 

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 8th NOVEMBER 2021

RECEPTION – 95.9%

Year 1 – 91.4%

Year 2 – 99.3%

Year 3 – 96.1%

Year 4K –

Year 4E –

Year 5 – 96.1%

Year 6 – 96.5%

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.