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NEWS - 19 OCTOBER 2017

Next week’s value is Thankfulness

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

 Dear Parents and Carers

This week we held parents’ evenings for parents of children in Years 1 to 6. The exception was Year 3 and those parents should have received separate communication. Year 3 meetings will be rescheduled for later this term. Teachers had plenty of positive things to say about children and, in some cases, parents gave complimentary feedback about their child’s class teacher, something we always welcome and appreciate! 

Selected netball players played competitive matches at Tillingbourne on Tuesday afternoon and St Mary’s children did extremely well, coming 3rd out of the seven teams represented. More about this below and well done to our young netball players! Thank you to Miss Clark and parent volunteers who helped to make the event a success. 

On Wednesday morning, Mrs Isobel Ramsay, our GST attached Consultant, visited St Mary’s to carry out joint lesson observations with school leaders. Mrs Ramsay was happy to validate the accuracy of leaders’ judgements about the quality of teaching and learning. It is good to know we can have confidence in the accuracy and usefulness of our monitoring and evaluation activities. 

Tomorrow (Friday) is World Maths Day! Teachers have some exciting activities up their collective sleeves to hopefully inspire and entertain our young mathematicians.

Following some concerns raised by parents and colleagues this week, we have given consideration to our PE/Games kit requirements. (See Mrs Wright’s entry further down this bulletin). Children should ideally have separate indoor and outdoor kit (i.e. yellow T shirt and blue shorts for indoor dance/gymnastics and a track suit, extra T shirt and a pair of trainers for outdoor games). Although, ideally, indoor kit needs washing at least every half term, the outdoor kit might need more regular attention, especially in the winter months when the ground is invariably wet. Teachers will remind children to take their outdoor kit home more regularly and it would be helpful if parents can please try to ensure the kit is returned immediately, so that it is in school ready for the weekly games lesson. We apologise, in advance, for the extra washing! 

Finally, I should like thank parents for their help and encouragement this term and to wish you all a safe, happy and enjoyable half term holiday. School resumes on Monday 30 October, at the normal time as we race towards Christmas! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely





20th October @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly

20th October

Last day of term finish at 3pm

30th October

Term starts

2nd November

Y6 Height and Weight Measurements

3rd November @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly

4th November

Chiddingfold Bonfire



We are supporting Wear it Pink day for breast cancer on Friday 20th October.  Children can come dressed in pink and donate £1 for Breast Cancer awareness.


Taking advice from the Government, Year 4 pupils from St Mary’s Primary School were evacuated on Thursday, 12th October 1939. After arriving in the village hall, the children were ‘chosen’ by local parents. Only those strong, sensible pupils were picked and then taken back to live with their host families. Once the children had walked to their new home, they were given jobs to do around the house. There was no time for settling in or unpacking it was straight on with the housework!

Window cleaning, baking, sweeping, dusting and apple-picking, were just some of the chores on the agenda. There was just time for a cup of tea and a quick snack.

Year 4 are learning all about World War 2 for their topic and this opportunity really made the topic come alive and the children got a taste of what it would feel like to be a real evacuee.  Mrs Ryder and Mrs Balchin would like to thank Mrs Davis, Mrs Dickson, Mrs Mollet and Mrs Taylor for volunteering to take 4 or 5 evacuees to their homes.


As you know Mrs Wright takes Years 1-6 outside for their PE session on a Tuesday or Wednesday. The weather is now growing colder and at times wetter.  We endeavour to go out in all weathers, unless it is continuous heavy rain or icy.

It is therefore essential that children are equipped for the changes in weather. Please ensure they have an outside PE kit to include the following:

  • tracksuit trousers
  • a hoodie
  • a spare pair of socks
  • trainers - these are more suitable for outdoor PE as plimsolls get very soggy on the grass.
  • another layer e.g long sleeved 'skins' type of top, if you wish

Water bottles are only taken out during hot weather to reduce lost items, frequent toilet visits and distraction. Children have access to water before and after sessions.  If it has rained whilst the children are outside, they will be allowed to immediately change back into their school clothes when we are finished, so that they are not getting cold in wet kit. Our priority is to keep the children active and warm, so we would only come inside if the weather is torrential.


On Tuesday 17th October boys and girls from netball club played a 'varsity' tournament at Tillingbourne school in Chilworth. The aim of this was to give all the children experience in playing different teams in a fun environment. They are required to rotate their positions after every match, so no player plays the same position twice! We played 5 matches against Grayswood, Park Mead, Tillingborne A Team, Godalming Junior and St Edmunds. With each game we improved our marking skills, spacing and defending. We left the tournament in good spirits after having won 1 game, lost 1 game and drew 3 games.

Well done: Keira, Isobelle, Sam, Josie, Blaise, Racheal, Lily, Lola and Jemima.

Thank you to Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Francks for their transport help and cheering!


Parents whose children are due to start school in September 2018 should note that paper and online applications must be made by 15th January before 2018.


Thank you to all those who have returned their data sheets.  If you have yet to return yours please do so as soon as possible.


We will be selling poppy wristbands etc in school after half term for Remembrance.  Y6 will visit the classrooms with the poppies should children wish to make a contribution.


Please do not bring your children to school if they have been sick until 48 hours after the last bout.  This is in order to reduce the risk of spreading bugs.

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