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NEWS - 22 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

Only one more week until the end of term! With the clocks going forward this weekend, and the promise of brighter, lighter nights to follow, we hope children will take the opportunity to get outdoors in the evenings and at weekends. We are very impressed with the ‘Mums of St Mary’s’, a group of local mums who are setting an example, by taking on the ‘Three Peaks’ challenge in the great outdoors, during the summer. For more information about this and to find out how children can get involved, see below and look out in book bags for further information. Thank you and good luck to all brave participants!

Our PTA members were busy again last week, raising money for the school by running a super ‘Fashion Show’ and wine evening. Thank you to Mrs Davis and other volunteers for organising and hosting the event and well done to my brave colleagues, who became accomplished catwalk models on the night! (Let’s hope there were no Versace talent spotters in the audience)!

It is thanks to the hard work of our PTA and other local fundraising committees, including the bonfire committee and Chiddingfold residents, that we are able to purchase extras for the school. We have recently purchased a defibrillator which will give us peace of mind in case of any incidents requiring this level of First Aid. We understand it is fairly simple to use, nevertheless, staff training will take place shortly, courtesy of yet another generous and well-informed mummy! Thanks to PTA funding an umbrella to provide additional playground shade has been purchased and we expect this to be installed during the Easter holidays so children have extra shade in time for the long and glorious summer!

Earlier this week, we welcomed Mr Ashley McKenzie (London and Rio Judo Olympian) and Ms Fiona Chan (current veteran British and European Judo Champion/world medallist), to our morning assembly.  Children were thrilled to be in the company of such high profile sports personalities, as they learned about the discipline and self-control required to become an accomplished judo practitioner. Children also had the opportunity to practise some of the simpler judo moves and our Year 5 teacher, Miss Clark was successful in ‘flooring’ the veteran champion! There is an opportunity for children to learn more about judo by attending Kinsa Judo’s new morning club from 24 April (8.00am to 8.30am). More information about costs, timings and alternative venues attached. 

Assuming the weather does brighten up, children have the option to wear summer uniform after Easter.  Please ensure they have the correct uniform and kit: royal blue cardigans/fleeces, the correct socks, hair accessories, polished shoes etc – the following link on our website outlines the uniform requirements:-  Children’s uniform will be checked, at intervals, throughout the summer term as we have demonstrated that it can impact on learning and playground behaviour (tidy appearance=tidy mind)! As always, we endeavour to encourage positive, respectful behaviour and good manners. Our children are generally very well behaved and we are proud that we are often commended for this in reports from hosts when we visit places of interest outside of school. Thank you for your support for this important aspect of our school - it doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s what makes St Mary’s stand out from the crowd!

Finally, thank you and well done to Reception B children and their teachers, for a very entertaining and informative assembly on Thursday morning! Children presented the story of The Gingerbread Man and explained the scientific reasons behind the said cookies fear of water! Well done!

Have a great weekend!

Janis Radcliffe








22nd March @ 10.30

Mini Peaks Challenge Starts – Hascombe Hill – details attached

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 @ 13.30

17th April

Break up for Easter Holidays

Summer Term begins



Please note that Koosa will not be operating an after school club next Thursday 29th March as we break up at 1.30pm.

With regards to running holidays clubs, Koosa have indicated that if they can establish sufficient demand they will look into the possibility of running a holiday club for Easter 2019.  There is much due diligence required on their part and they need time to complete this.


Please note this is the last week of clubs this week – there will be no clubs next week.


Dinner money for the Summer Term:

Years R, 1 & 2                         FREE

Year 3                                      £139.50

Years 4 & 5                             £132.75

Year 6                                      £126.00

If you wish to pay for the first half of the term only the amount required is:


Years R, 1 & 2                        FREE

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6                     £63.00


Thank you to all those parents who are now making their meal choices.  It is important that ALL parents both KS1 and KS2 now make their meal choices in Tucasi/Scopay even if they have packed lunches or free school meals.  It is easy and quick to do – after Easter we will not be able to make the choices for you.  Please make every effort to do this in order for the kitchen to complete their orders in time.  The new Spring/Summer

menu is now on the system and KS1 parents can make their choices up to October.  Top tip – set a week reminder in your phone to pay and make your choice.

Please remind your child that once the choice has been made they cannot change this on the day and reinforce the message that they are not to swop their wristbands with friends etc as this can result in other children not getting their meal choice.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation.


From Tuesday 24th April a morning Judo club will be running on Tuesdays from 8.00 – 8.30am.  If you are interested in attending please see the attached flyer and sign up directly with them.


The closing date for Parent Governor Self Nomination Application returns will be Tuesday 17th April.


There have been a number of cases of “slap cheek” – you can check on symptoms on this NHS website for help and advice



On 29th & 30th June a team of 22 School Mum’s (“Mum’s of St Mary’s”) will be undertaking the National 3 Peaks Challenge. This is a substantial undertaking and involves climbing the 3 highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) respectively.  The double challenge is that the group will not only aim to complete this, but also try to finish the challenge in 24 hours. The team are doing this to raise valuable funds to support Fitness, Wellbeing & Outdoor education provision at St Mary’s School, along with the mental health charity Young Minds.  We hope that this challenge will pave the way for an annual team challenge in support of the school– Dad’s of St Marys – it’s your turn next year!

One of the main aims of undertaking the 3 Peaks is to inspire the younger generation to disconnect from the constant barrage of technology and #getoutside. Research suggests that the more time spent in the great outdoors, the greater the benefits in physical and mental wellbeing.

From a fundraising perspective, we are hoping to leverage the challenge as much as possible, and the PTA have planned a whole host of fundraising events, between now and June – so please watch this space and support in any way you can. 

In order to involve the children at St Mary’s we will also be setting up a “Mini-Peaks Challenge” - inviting pupils to take on their own local version of the 3 Peaks.  This challenge will take place over several months and will involve the children setting themselves the task of conquering between 1 and 3 local hills and collecting sponsorship for doing so.  All children will be asked to record their achievements by submitting photos of themselves at the top of each local peak and the results will be displayed in pride of place on a photo board outside reception.

Please look out for your “Mini-Peaks” info pack in your child’s book bag and for further information in forthcoming school bulletins.

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