News - 8 DEC 2016
Dear Parents and Carers
What an exciting week it has been! Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativity performances went from strength to strength, from the time of the first dress rehearsal, when children were slightly overwhelmed in front of their first full audience, to a peak in performance by Thursday afternoon, when they had gained in confidence to clearly articulate their words and sing with gusto! Well done to all participants and a big thank you to their teachers and assistants.
On Wednesday afternoon, staff met our new Safeguarding Link Person, Rebecca West. She will be our first port of call for any safeguarding concerns. You can find out more about St Mary’s safeguarding policies and procedures on the school website in the policies section under Key Information. You will also find the updated 2016 DfE document entitled, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ and a parents leaflet, ‘Safeguarding Information for Parents’. The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mrs Sheila Buckley.
On Thursday, Key Stage 2 children were treated to a pantomime in the school hall....Oh, yes they were! There was much cheering and fun and children enjoyed a relaxing morning away from their studies.
On Thursday afternoon, representatives from ‘High Ashurst’ visited school to talk to parents about what Year 5 and 6 children can expect on their summer term residential visit to the centre.
On Friday, Reception, Key Stage 1 and Year 3 children shared in the fun with children from the Village Nursery, when they enjoyed a production of ‘Burglar Bill’. A good time was had by all.
The week ended on a high note with our REACH assembly on Friday afternoon. For those of you who are new to the school, REACH is an acronym for respect, endeavour, achievement, creativity and happiness. The award is presented to the individual, nominated by their class teacher, for showing these traits.
Well done to our REACH award winners this term:
Reception - Tabitha
Year 1 – Max
Year 2 - Noah
Year 3 - Jorge
Year 4 - Violet
Year 5 - Joshua
Year 6 - Annie
An important message from Surrey Police:
Please remind children about stranger danger, after an incident which occurred one afternoon this week at about half past three, when three children were approached by a male in a car. They called 999 and gave a good description of their location, the man and his vehicle.
Please speak with your children about how to stay safe when walking home, especially now the nights are darker. Advice on keeping safe while walking home can be found on the Surrey Police website at https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/personal-safety/.
Surrey Police are aware of the incident. The car is described as being a dark coloured Seat. The man is described as white, slim and aged in his mid-30s. If you, or your son or daughter, saw anything that may help the police in their investigation please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting 45160108384. Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 10th December – Christmas Tree collection from school 1.30-3.20pm
Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Lunch for Amber & Emerald (if you are Ruby or Sapphire you must bring in a packed lunch)
Wednesday 14th December – Christmas Lunch for Ruby & Sapphire (if you are Amber & Emerald you must bring in a packed lunch).
Thursday 15th December – Y5 Olympic Games Event
Thursday 15th December at 6.30pm – KS2 Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church
Friday 16th December – Christmas Fair (School Hall) 2.30pm - please don’t forget to collect your children from the classroom at 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st December at 1.30pm School finishes
On Tuesday 20th December all children may bring in a Christmas Hat to Run the World in our whole school Santa Run at 11am.
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
On Monday 19th December it’s “Wear A Christmas Jumper” day! Children can come into school in their usual uniform wearing a Christmas jumper in place of their school jumper.
This week Reception class and KS1 have performed their little socks off! The children have all worked incredibly hard learning their lines, song words, remembering where to stand and what happens next. It is no mean feat what we expect from our youngest children and I'm sure you will agree with us that they are all superstars! We would like to thank all of the visitors who came along and supported us; there would be no great show without a supporting and enthusiastic audience!
Please note that Kickstart Gymnastics Club is now full.
For your information there will be no bulletin next week, in preparation for the end of term Special Bulletin the following week.
PAYMENTS FOR TRIPS/DINNER MONEY ETC
In the New Year, to become more efficient St Mary’s will be actively encouraging all payments for school trips, dinner money etc to be made online via Scopay. Access to this can be found from the school website under the parents section. Please help us to become a “cash-less” office and also save you time finding the correct change/cheque book.
SCHOOL DINNER PAYMENTS
Please ensure that your school dinner monies have been paid for this term. We have written to parents requesting payment this week. Going forward if money is owed for school dinners unfortunately your child will be unable to continue with school dinners until payment in full has been made.
The lost property box is over-flowing; please can you check it before the end of term! Items not collected before the end of term will be disposed of.
DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
For reception place for September 2017, the deadline for applications is 15 January 2017. Parents who miss the deadline reduce their chances of getting one of their preferred schools, so apply online by visiting www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions