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NEWS - 15 MARCH 2018

Next week’s value is Trust

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”. Psalm 20:7

Dear Parents/Carers

We are fast approaching the Easter weekend with only two weeks to go before the end of term.

It has been another busy week at St Mary’s and we anticipate that this will remain the case until the end of term. Year 2’s rescheduled visit to Marwell Zoo was a great success with lots to see and much better weather than the original date! Year 5 children also enjoyed their day trip to Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium on Tuesday. Children were well behaved ambassadors for our school. More about these exciting adventures below but suffice for me to say well done to all the children in Years 2 and 5 and thank you to all our staff and adult helpers.

Well done to Year 5 and 6 netball team competitors who played at Rodborough School this week and also to our footballers who played at St Bart’s the week before. It’s not the winning but the taking part that counts and Mrs Wright has reported that everyone gave of their absolute best! Thank you, Mrs Wright for organising these extra sporting opportunities for our children and to all our adult helpers for your invaluable support. 

On Thursday, selected children visited Chandler School for an ‘Able Writers’ Day’. This is a challenging extension opportunity for individuals who demonstrate literacy competence and expertise. Well done to our four attendees and thank you to Mrs Dickson who accompanied the children. 

On Thursday morning, although I missed the assembly because I was out of school attending a Good Shepherd Trust business meeting, I had hardly set foot back in the school building before one of my esteemed colleagues approached me to tell me about the success of Year 4’s class assembly. Well done to Year 4 children and their teachers, for presenting an entertaining tribute to the Egyptians, as part of this term’s themed topic work.

Staff training: This week’s staff meeting was led by Mrs Ryder. Mrs Ryder is our history subject leader and she gave feedback to colleagues from a recent history conference.

Have a great weekend!

Janis Radcliffe



15th March @ 09.00

Y4 Class Assembly

16th March

Science Day

19th March

Y6 Mock SATs week

20th March

3.30-7.00pm Parents Evening – sign-up sheets will be in the hall on 12th March

21st March

Sports Relief Day - £1 donation

22nd March @ 09.00

RB Class Reception

22nd March

3.30 – 6.00pm Parents Evening

23rd March

Y5 Bikeability

23rd March @ 14.15

REACH Assembly – parents welcome

26th March

Y6 Natural History Museum

27th March @ 10.00

Easter Service at St Mary’s Church

29th March @ 09.00

Y2 Class Assembly

29th March

RG, RB, Y1 Gingerbread Man

29th March @ 13.00

Break up for Easter Holidays



I am required, by the Education Welfare Authorities, to discourage term time absence.

Please note that it is an expectation that children will be in attendance every day of the school term, unless they are unwell or there is another acceptable reason, such as an unavoidable medical appointment, in which case parents should let school know, on a daily basis, the reasons and anticipated duration of absence. Family holidays are not an acceptable reason for term time absence. Our school term dates are published well in advance to enable parents to make their travel and holiday plans accordingly. Please also be aware that there are some compulsory school events that occasionally fall outside the normal school day and that all pupils are expected to attend; these include the Christmas Carol Service. Thank you for your cooperation.

There is a small minority of children who are regularly late arriving for school in the morning. Please ensure children arrive in school by 8.35am and in their classrooms by 8.40am latest as the period of time between 8.35am and 8.40am is the official registration slot and children arriving after close of registers are marked as late, which inevitably doesn’t set them up to have a good day!

Finally, the start of the summer term will include a uniform check. Children will be expected to be wearing the correct uniform unless there is a medical reason for an alternative. School shoes should be dark coloured laced or buckled shoes (not trainers) and shirts should be tucked in and ties worn correctly. Long hair should be tied up using modestly-sized accessories. Please check with the uniform list which is available on the school website or a copy can be obtained from the school office.

Thank you for your cooperation.


On Friday 9th March, Year 2 visited Marwell Zoo to become African Explorers for the day as part of their ‘Around the World’ topic work this term.  The children explored the zoo in small groups, practising their map skills as they navigated around the zoo to locate the African animals and tick them off on their animal spotter sheet.  Despite their focus being on Africa, throughout the day the children explored and found out facts about different animals from all over the world and the habitats they live in.  All of the children behaved superbly, and truly demonstrated awe and wonder as they set eyes on some of our world’s most fascinating and majestic creatures!


It’s been a busy term in Year 5! Our topic during the Spring term is Earth and Space! We have been looking at all the different planets, researching different astronauts, reading a space-themed book called ‘Aquila’ and we also put together a dance which we performed during our class assembly earlier in the term. To conclude our topic, we were lucky enough to visit Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium on Tuesday 13th March 2018.

We set off early (all of us were very excited) and headed towards the planetarium. The teachers found it amusing to see how excited the children were to go through the Hindhead tunnel! Children were shouting ‘BEST TRIP EVER!’ before we even got to the museum – a good start for all. When we arrived, there was a whole range of activities to do – such as testing the speed of our 10m run (which Blaise set a new record for), monitoring our brain waves and even looking at how food is digested. After lunch, we headed downstairs for part two. We pretended to be astronauts by putting ourselves into the suit – we also carried out some thermal imaging!

The best part of our trip was still to come… we went into the planetarium and watched the ‘Flight Through the Universe’ – and best of all, we had the WHOLE planetarium to ourselves at this point. We were shown how to locate the North star and looked at all the different star correlations (we will be making up our own during our art lessons as we loved the different images you could create). We were then lucky enough to choose which planets we wanted to take a closer look at! As the chairs were tilted, it made it feel like we were really flying through space – it was so comfortable… maybe too comfortable as one or two of us fell asleep, whoops!

To top the day off, we had a brilliant sing song to our favourite songs on the drive home.

Fun day, excellent behaviour, lots learned – a very happy Year 5 class 😊!


This year it is Sports Relief so we will be taking part by spending the afternoon getting fit.  There will be relay races, agility, ball skills and yoga!  Please bring £1 as a donation for this worthy cause.  As previously mentioned please note there will be NO dress up in red on Friday 24th March – Red Nose day is every other year.


The week commencing 19th March the following clubs will be cancelled due to parents evening:

Monday – Get Going and Arts & Crafts

Tuesday – Hockey and Netball Training with Miss Clark

Thursday – Choir, Board Games and homework club


On Monday 12th March, our Year 5/6 Netball team competed in a tournament at Rodborough High School. We played several matches against schools such as St James, Tillingborne and Grayswood. We dominated our first match - but due to a few ‘first match nerves’ our goals just did not go in! We then went on to win against Tillingborne and had a good game against Grayswood.

This was the first time the team had properly played together and they missed out on the semi-final due to goal difference! So proud of all the children involved.  A big well done to Jemima, Rachael, Lily, Matis, Blaise, Josie, Keira and Isobelle - you all represented St Mary’s BRILLIANTLY!

Thank you to Mrs Wright for organising the event, Mrs Dixon for driving and supporting as well as to the parents that came to cheer us on!

Great fun was had by all!

On Thursday 8th March members of the KS2 Football club attended a Football tournament at St Barts School in Haslemere. We played three 15 minute matches. All of them were tense and challenging. We had a strong defense led by our fantastic goal keeper Joshua and managed to dominate the possession in all of the games. We played against Tillingbourne, St James and Park Mead. Well done to: Dylan, Blaise, Daniel, Austin, Marley, Toby, Scott, Joseph, Gabriel, Joshua and Elliot. Man of the match was Joshua and most improved player was Scott. Thank you to Mrs Gaunt for driving and supporting the boys. 

Sport Relief 'Dawn to Dusk' Run unfortunately due to personal circumstances, Mrs Wright has had to postpone this event. Thank you to all runners who have offered their time: another date will be arranged. 

District Sports Club

Next week letters will be given out to children who have been selected for District Sports club. This is a club with the sole purpose of training for our annual KS2 athletics 'District Sports' event in July at Charterhouse. In recent years this event has increased in its competitive element, making it an important event of the school. At St Marys, we have a balance of events and fixtures; some that are competitive and some that are 'friendlies'. Selections are made which reflect the type of event we are entering. 

This Summer Mrs Wright is trialing selecting only 4 girls and 4 boys in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6. We will give them focused training with the help of Waverley Harriers and visits to Charterhouse to practice. The children selected are chosen by their running ability, confidence, effort and attitude. Some classes have a large cohort of runners, and others do not, making the selection process a difficult one. Please be assured that Mrs Wright has spent a great deal of time making her choices. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Wright.


Koosa Kids our after school care providers are recruiting for a supervisor here at St Mary’s – please see attached job advertisement.

Please contact Koosa directly if you are interested.

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