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News - 27 JAN 2017

Next week’s value is Respect

Matthew 7:12

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”.

Dear Parents and Carers

I’ve had a very busy week, catching up with things, not least the hundreds of emails that have built up in my inbox during my absence! Apologies and thank you for your patience, if you are one of the many people waiting for a response to an email enquiry, requiring my attention.

At the end of last week, children in our Reception class enjoyed going outdoors to join in with a ‘Bear Hunt’! Mrs Lawrence reported that the children thoroughly enjoyed being outside and that the activity stimulated some super writing work and spoken language, back in the classroom.

On Thursday, children in each of Key Stages 1 and 2 were treated to two separate discos in the school hall. These were run by the PTA and everyone had a really good time. Our thanks go to PTA members for organising this and giving up their time. Mrs Buckley, who also attended, said,’ It was a great success, the children loved it and the DJ was fantastic, keeping the children entertained at the same time as having total control. It was brilliant!

Can I draw your attention to the timings of the school day. We have a number of children who are regularly late in the mornings and a few who are collected late at the end of the day. Please can you reinforce the importance of punctuality with children. Here is a reminder of the timings of the school day:

Gates open 8.30am or just before

Bell goes at 8.35am, by which time children should be in class.

Registration is from 8.35 to 8.40am

Lessons start promptly at 8.40am.

Children arriving after 8.40am are marked late in the register.

Afternoon school is from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Mr Whitbourn opens the gates at around 2.55pm.

Children should be collected from outside classrooms at 3.00pm (unless other arrangements have been made with the school). We ask that you please let school know, in writing, if you want to authorise for an older child to walk or cycle home alone.

Education Welfare Officers (EWO’s) regularly check our school registers and they make a note of all unauthorised absences and poor performance in terms of attendance and punctuality. If they have concerns they will contact parents directly. We have set ambitious targets in terms of the % of children attending school regularly and on time. Please help us to meet our targets. Thank you for your cooperation.

Have a super weekend!

Yours sincerely






2nd February

Y6 Class Assembly

7th February

Netball Club Cancelled

7th February

Football Match with St Barts away

9th February @ 9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly

9th February @ 6.00pm

Bedtime Stories

10th February

Book Character Dress Up Day

13th – 17th February





Book Week’ is coming!

In the week commencing Monday 6th February, we will be celebrating, sharing and developing our children’s love of reading throughout the whole week! 

We will be kick starting our Book Week on Monday 6th February with two performances of ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Friends’ by the Booster Cushion Theatre Company.  A letter was sent home earlier this week in your child’s book bag with more information.

The Book Fair will be returning to St Mary’s later in the week, and will be open to parents during the Bedtime Stories event on Thursday 9th February.  It will then run for the whole week after half-term; from Monday 20th – Friday 24th February, and we’re hoping to match, or even better last year’s success where we raised over £500! As always, parents will be invited to browse the bookshelves both before and after school throughout the week, with every purchase contributing towards raising money for even more books for the school library.  Look out for a leaflet in your child’s book bag to give you some indication of the types of books that will be available, and for information on pre ordering books before the fair. 

On Thursday 9th February, we will be hosting our annual ‘Bedtime Stories’ event.  Children are invited to return to school in their pyjamas ready for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate between 6:00 and 6:45pm.  The Book Fair will be open during this time for parents to browse and purchase some half-term reads!  Sign-up sheets for the event will be on display in the Mullard Building from Monday 30th January. 

On Friday 10th February, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for our ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’.  In addition to dressing up, we would also like to encourage children to write a short character description or blurb about the character they have chosen to dress up as.  Prizes of vouchers to be spent at the Book Fair after half-term will be awarded to those with the best costume and accompanying character description in each year group.


Headlice have made an appearance in the school again.  Nits are head lice eggs. The oval, yellowy white eggs are hard to see and may be confused with dandruff. They attach themselves to the hair shaft, and take about a week to hatch. The eggs remain after hatching, and many nits are empty egg cases.  Please ensure that you comb your children’s hair weekly with a special comb (readily available from chemists) in order to prevent.


A football match has been arranged for 7th February against St Barts - away.  The children will leave school at 3pm to return by 4:45pm. 10 children will take part and have been given letters this week.

Due to this, there will be no netball club on Tuesday 7th February and they will be informed separately.


Due to the present economic situation and the continued austerity measures imposed on schools St Mary’s is operating under intense financial constraints.   Our limited operating funds will not allow us to make contributions to children’s residential trips.  We are however in a position to put monthly payment plans in place to assist with this.  Should you wish to make arrangements for a payment plan, please liaise with our School Business Manager, Yvette Oqvist, in confidence. 


Thank you to all those families who have already contributed to the school fund.  The voluntary contribution of £20 per family assists greatly in enhancing classroom budgets.  If you would like to contribute you can do so online through our website. Thank you.


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St Mary’s Church of England Primary School

an academy in the Good Shepherd Trust

Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey, GU8 4UF


Headteacher: Mrs Janis Radcliffe


 (t) 01428 683115, (f) 01428 682294, (e) (w)


       Respect,      Endeavour,      Achievement,      Creativity,      Happiness





Dear Parent/Carer

The school has taken the opportunity to join the Operation Encompass scheme which will run jointly between local schools, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council.

Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting on any domestic incidents that occur outside of school and might have an impact on a child in school.

Operation Encompass will ensure that a member of the school teaching staff, named a ‘Key Adult’ or “Deputy Key Adult”, is informed the next morning that there has been a domestic incident or if a child has been reported as missing.

This means that the Key Adult or Deputy Key Adult can ensure that the child is supported whilst they are in school.

We are keen to offer the best support possible for our pupils and we believe this is going to be extremely beneficial for all those involved.

For more information see

Kind Regards


Janis Radcliffe                                    Ian McGraw                                                                       Debbie White

Headteacher                                      Education Safeguarding Advisor                                Detective Inspector

Surrey Education Safeguarding