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NEWS - 10 FEB 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

What an exciting last week of the spring half term this has been!

Today, to celebrate the end of ‘Book Week’, we had ‘Book Character Dress-up Day’. There were lots of weird and wonderful costumes, with children dressed as the characters from some of their favourite books. Well done children, we could hardly recognise you!  Earlier in the week, the Book Fair arrived; this will remain in school over half term to be re-opened after half term.

Our value of the week was generosity and parents, children and staff have shown their community spirit by giving generously of their time and effort, as always. Thank you to teachers and parents who supported us on Thursday for our Bedtime Stories. Children returned to school, in the dark, wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers to enjoy a bedtime story, read to them by their teachers. Thank you to our hard-working PTA who provided cocoa and refreshments to warm up the evening.

On Monday, Booster Cushion Theatre Company came to school to present a one-man adaptation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which was hilarious and very well-received by our youngest and oldest children alike.

Members of staff have been in and out of school for training and updates this week. Mrs Newton attended a moderation event at Shottermill Junior School while Mrs White attended a history subject leaders’ course. Mrs Buckley went to London for a Special Needs Conference and Senior Leaders have all received training on the use of ‘Optimus’ professional development package, which includes a host of free conferences as well as training materials to be used for staff inset days. We are confident this will prove to be an excellent investment in terms of the savings that can be made on high quality conferences and the availability of engaging resources for inset days and ‘twilight’ staff training sessions.  

The school administration team is stretched to capacity. Consideration is being given to moving to a twice termly newsletter to replace the weekly bulletin, whilst still providing information about important dates via other means of communication. If you feel strongly, either way, about this, please let us know using the parents’ right to reply slip at the end of this bulletin. 

Have a marvellous half term. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 20th February!  


Yours sincerely




13th – 17th February


20th  - 24th February

Book Fair

21st February

Y6 Haslemere Museum

21ST February

Matrix Theatre Yr 1 and 2

23rd February @ 9.00am

Y4 Class Assembly

3rd March @ 2.30pm

Maths Celebration Assembly

9th March @ 9.00am

YR Class Assembly

10th March

Y5 Winchester Science Trip

23rd March @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly



Children and staff at St Mary’s have been celebrating their love of reading during their annual book week.  They kick started the week with a theatre company performance of Little Red Riding Hood which saw the children participate in the telling of this traditional tale with some hilarious modern twists along the way.  Later in the week, the children returned to school on one evening to settle down for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate whilst parents visited the book fair.  The School Council ran a competition to design a new book cover for their favourite books, and the final day of the week saw an abundance of colourful book characters descend upon the school as children dressed up as the stars of their favourite stories.  What a great end to another successful Book Week!


The amount due for the second half of the term is as follows:-

Year R, 1 & 2               FREE

Years 3 & 5                 £63.80

Year 4                          £66.00

Year 5                          £61.60

If you wish to pay a week at a time the cost is £11.00 (£2.20 per day).  We kindly ask that payments are made on line via the school website.  Please settle any outstanding amounts as soon as possible, any more than 1 week overdue will result in your child being unable to have a school dinner.


Please note there will be NO Clubs, with the exception of Kickstart Football and Netball on Tuesday 28th February 2017 due to staff training.

Please remind your children that if they have signed up for clubs they must attend them.  If for any reason they cannot attend please leave a note in the office to that affect.

NEW PHONE SYSTEM                                                                                                           

We are having a new phone system installed over the half term.  When you call in on the school main line 01428 683115 you will be greeted with an automated message.  If you need to report a sickness or absence you will be directed to press 1 and leave a message with the name of your child and their class.


The whole school will be taking part in an art project and we are looking for any unwanted food magazines or images of food for this. If you have any please could you hand them in at the office by Monday 20th February. Many thanks


#fridaynightthing –There will be a special film night for years 5-8 the 10th Feb in the church room. It means a slight time alteration to allow us to watch the entire film comfortably - 5.30pm til 7.30pm!

Messy Church – 12th Feb @ 4pm – 6pm in Chiddingfold Village Hall. Come and explore faith through craft, fun, mess and a family meal included in the price of £2 per person. Messy Church is for the whole family and so children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Half-term Madness – 16th Feb @ 10am -12.30pm. Finding things to do out of term time can be tough. Pop into the Church room for a morning of creativity, craft and games to keep all the family busy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Lunchtime Supervisor vacancy at Shottermill Infant School

We are looking to recruit a Lunchtime Supervisor to our team. The role involves the supervision and support of pupils, during the lunchtime whilst they are eating and at play and is for 3 lunchtimes a week term time only (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12.00 noon-1.10pm).  A job as a lunchtime supervisor is perfect for someone with young children as it’s term time only and is a great way to get back into work after having a family or, if you are considering a future career working with children, it is a way to gain experience of working with young children. If you want more information or an application form, please look on the school website ( or contact the school office (01428 642902 /