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Dear parents/carers

It’s been a funny old week? Was that really only four days?

School has been a hive of activity, as always, with everyone back in ‘full swing’, following the lovely, long, hot, sunny weekend. 

Aside from their teaching duties, teachers and school leaders have been in meetings for much of the week. Topics under discussion have included:

  • the teaching of RE under the new SIAMS framework
  • Funding streams - we are always on the lookout for ideas to raise additional funds for our school to give pupils the best resources and educational opportunities possible

Next week is KS2 SATS week, commencing Monday 14th. Monday’s tests will centre on spelling, grammar and punctuation, with reading on Tuesday and maths later on in the week.

This Friday will see the last of our maths booster sessions and we hope Year 6 children will reflect on all they have learned as well as endeavouring to get plenty of rest over the weekend. Children (and parents!) should relax, keep calm and maintain perspective; anxiety will do nothing to improve outcomes!

We are looking forward to our mock royal wedding ceremony next Friday. Preparations are well underway with Mrs Buckley as nominated royal wedding coordinator and pupil representatives have been selected from Year 5 to act out the parts of the royal couple and other participants. We are grateful to Reverend Sarah and Mr Roger Crocker who have kindly agreed to conduct and accompany the ceremony respectively. We are hoping for pleasant weather so that the children may gather on the lawns for cake and squash following the formalities of the ceremony. A representative of the Women’s Institute has kindly agreed to judge our cake competition and Mrs Buckley and I look forward to selecting the winning hat creations.

E- Safety: We make every effort to protect children from online hazards and we know that parents do likewise at home. It is important for adults to keep up to date with any new threats to children’s safety and parents may find the following worthy of further inspection: 

Fortnite - Battle Royale - for 12+ violent content and no proof of age required to sign up

Marvel Strike Force - rated 12 and unsuitable for primary school children; no proof of age required when signing up, can be addictive and includes violent content. 

The NSPCC also produces some useful information that parents may find helpful and can be accessed by cutting and pasting the following link into your browser:

Have a lovely weekend!

Janis Radcliffe




4th May @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly

7th May

Bank Holiday – School Closed

11th May @ - 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

14th May

Barrow Hills Cross country selected pupils from Y3 and Y4

14th May

Y6 SATS week

15th May @ 9.00am

Y5 Rounders at Woolmer Hill

15th May @ 6.00pm

Governors Meeting

18th May

Royal Wedding Festivities – Mufti – Red, White and Blue

18th May @ 2.15pm

No Celebration Assembly

21st May

Y2 SATS week

24th May @ 6.30 – 7.30pm

Human Reproduction & Relationship DVD for parents

25th May

Outdoor Learning Day

25th May @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – outside (weather permitting)

28th May

Half Term Week

4th June

5th June

6th June

7th June @ 9am


Term Starts

Team GB Athletes workshops in all classes

Holy Communion Service

8th June @ 3pm

Cake Sale – PTA school playground



A reminder that the deadline for school photos to be ordered is Tuesday 15th May.



Thank you to all those who are now filling in their school meal choices online.  Please remember to fill them in each week by Wednesday for the following week.



After half term District Sports club and Fun Athletics will swap days. Fun Athletics will be on a Tuesday and District Sports Club will be on a Wednesday. Sorry for any inconvenience caused, please email Mrs Wright if you have any questions



Come dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate the Royal Wedding and bring a £1 donation to the homeless charity Centrepoint.  


Don’t forget to bring in your fabulous cakes and hats ready for judging by members of the local WI.



Everyone is welcome to join us for our Annual Holy Communion Service in the School Hall on June 7th at 9am.

St Mary’s School

Sports Day


Tuesday 19 June 2018


Venue:  Football Pitch/Recreation Ground

.15 am

Key Stage 2 Field Events

10.30 am

Key Stage 1 Events (multisports and track)

11.45 am

Parents arrive for whole school picnic

1.00 pm

Key Stage 2 Track Events

3:00 pm

Rounders club versus parents match













Support your team:

To add to the excitement, the children will be competing for their houses!  Everyone will need a coloured t-shirt representative of their house colour – RED for Ruby House, BLUE for Sapphire House, YELLOW for Amber House and GREEN for Emerald House.  If you are not sure which house your child is in please check with their teacher. 

Don’t forget:

As well as a coloured t-shirt, shorts and suitable outdoor PE footwear are essential. Please make sure your child has sun protection and a water bottle if the weather is good and perhaps a coat if it is not!

Spectators will be very welcome to sit in the designated areas, but remember to keep a safe distance away from the marked track!  The public playground will be out of bounds for school children during the day.  The Pavilion Coffee Bar will be open from 11.30am to 4.00pm for cakes, coffee and tea – please pop in for a warm welcome (and delicious food!)


For the whole school picnic the children will be taken to meet their parents/friends or will sit with school staff to eat.  Children who normally have a packed lunch should bring it into school in the morning as usual.  Children who normally have a school meal will be provided with their pre-selected packed lunch.  Parents can, of course, bring extra snacks for their children.  After eating, all the children will return to the school playground for supervised lunch play followed by registration before the afternoon activities commence.  Please note that the picnic will be cancelled if it rains!


Following the presentation of the trophy to the winning house at the end of the afternoon children will return to their classrooms for normal collection.

Rounders Match

After the success of last year’s ‘children v parents Rounders match’, we are inviting Rounders and Cricket club parents to join us at 3pm. The parents won last year – so the children are training hard!

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