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NEW - 17 JANUARY 2019

Dear parents/carers

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the community of doctors, nurses and patients affected by last week’s devastating fire at Chiddingfold Surgery. One of our pupils, an active Year 6 Pupil Leader, has shown real character by highlighting the plight of the surgery and bringing to my attention the possibility that we might be able to help by raising funds to support the surgery. The pupil leadership team will be planning an extra Mufti Day to support this cause. Please look out for more information and try to support this fund-raising event in due course.  

Thank you to those of you who have returned comments about the proposed removal of Friday afternoon Celebration Assemblies in favour of more teaching and learning time. The overwhelming majority of parents have voted in favour of the initiative and therefore there will be no more weekly Friday afternoon Celebration Assemblies after half term. However, we will continue with a half termly Celebration Assembly, which will take place on the last Friday of each half term. There will be a short, weekly Friday morning assembly at 9.00am, which parents are welcome to attend. I am also very happy to extend a warm invitation to any parent/carer, who may wish to attend my weekly values-led assemblies on Monday mornings at 10.20am. Please advise us, in advance, of your intention to attend, so that we can ensure adequate seating capacity.

A couple of concerns have been brought to my attention this week. One is a health and safety concern. A local resident has reported that, in the cold weather, a number of parents are sitting with their cars idling, in the recreation ground car parking area. This is potentially hazardous for smaller children who, due to their height, have to walk past the exhaust fumes, which can have a detrimental impact on their breathing and potentially damage immature lungs. We are very keen to promote good health, including a healthy diet, exercise and fresh air and it would be very much appreciated if parents would try to avoid leaving cars idling, for this reason. We thank you for your kind understanding. If you would like to know more about this issue, please go to the following link: 

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/emissions/idling/.

The second concern is that of the increasing number of mobile phones being brought into school. Teachers tell me that some children are bringing phones to school, unnecessarily. Whilst a very, very small minority of pupils may need a phone, which must be stored in the school office during the day, there is no need for the majority of pupils to have a mobile phone in school.

In the event a child is not collected from school, teachers will automatically notify parents or their appointed representatives and we will always allow a child who is concerned about anything to use the office phone to contact parents.

For pupils who attend clubs or Koosa After Care, the same applies. As a primary school, where pupils go home with their parents, we will always ensure that pupils are collected and that any necessary contact is made from the school office, in the event of unforeseen circumstances.  Similarly, important messages can be relayed to children, via the school office.

We understand that children can be demanding and that they like to have all the latest gadgets, but, in this age of expectation of ‘instant personal gratification’, we think it does no harm to occasionally say ‘No!’

We ask that you to support us in our quest to reduce the number of mobile phones in school.

On Tuesday this week, Mrs Buckley and I were delighted to be in attendance at the Institution, Induction and Installation of the Reverend Rachel Greene, who takes over from Reverend Sarah as Rector of St Mary’s Church. The occasion was suitably auspicious and beautiful as befits our new Reverend whom we welcome most warmly to Chiddingfold and to St Mary’s School. 

Clubs start next week and Year 6 will have their ‘bikeability’ experience, whilst Reception class pupils are to be measured to record their height and weight. On Tuesday, we have a Full Governing Body meeting when Mrs Wright will present to governors on her leadership of the Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing Curriculum.

As usual, it’s all systems go at St Mary’s School!
Have a wonderful weekend!     
Janis Radcliffe

Head teacher

EPIPHANY TERM

18th Jan @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

21st Jan

Clubs week 1

21st Jan

Y6 Bikeability

21st Jan

Reception Height and Weight Measurements

24th Jan

Y4 British Museum Trip

25th Jan @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

28th Jan

Clubs week 2

29th Jan

Y6 Haslemere Museum Trip

29th Jan @ 10.15am

Open the Book Assembly

1st Feb @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

4th Feb

Clubs week 3

7th Feb @ 6.30pm

Y2 & KS2 Times Tables and Spellings Evening

8th Feb @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

11th Feb

Clubs week 4

11th Feb – 15th Feb

Book Fair

14th Feb 6.15pm

Bedtime stories

15th Feb

Book Character Dress Up Day

15th Feb @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

18th Feb

Half Term

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS CHANGES

There will be no Tag Rugby after school club on 11th February.

MATHS

This week we have launched our new Maths programme, ‘Timetables Rockstars’. The goal is that by children playing this game, they will be able to recall timetables quicker and easier, to benefit them during Maths throughout school and their future lives. From 2019/20, the Government requires all pupils in Year 4 to undertake a Multiplication Check online – to test their understanding. The game will mean the children will become much more fluent. For those who do not have a device at home, children will be allowed time during school to use our iPads. Please encourage your child to play this game as much as they can as there has already been such fantastic progress made. If there are any problems or questions, please feel free to come and speak to Miss Clark in Year 5. Alternatively, the app can be shown during the Maths and Spelling evening on Thursday 7th February (a letter will be sent next week to explain the purpose of the evening).

BOOK WEEK IS COMING!

In the week commencing Monday 11th February, we will be celebrating, sharing and developing our children’s love of reading throughout the whole week! 

Monday 11th – Friday 15th February:  Book Fair open in School Hall (7:50 - 8:45am)

Thursday 14th February: Bedtime Stories and Book Fair open (6:15 – 7:00pm)

Friday 15th February: Book Character Dress Up Day

Friday 1st March (after half-term): ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Production

The Book Fair will be returning to St Mary’s and will run for the duration of the week; we’re hoping to match, or even better last year’s success where we raised over £500!  Children will have the opportunity to browse the bookshelves with their class throughout the week, and the fair will be open to parents every morning during breakfast club, as well as on the evening of Thursday 14th February when children are invited to return to school for our annual Bedtime Stories event.  Every purchase contributes towards raising money for more books for our children.  Look out for a leaflet in your child’s book bag to give you some indication of the types of books that will be available, and for information on pre ordering books before the fair.  This year, Travelling Books are also offering parents the chance to purchase book vouchers in advance of the fair to save 20%!  Please see the attached leaflet for further information.

Prior to the week, we will be running a competition to allow children the opportunity to win vouchers to spend at the Book Fair, further information to follow in next week’s bulletin.

On Thursday 14th February, we will be hosting our annual ‘Bedtime Stories’ event.  Children are invited to return to school in their pyjamas ready for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate between 6:15 and 7:00pm.  The Book Fair will be open during this time for parents to browse and purchase some new reading books!  Signup sheets for the event will be on display in the Mullard Building from Monday 28th January. 

On Friday 15rd February, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for our ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’. 

To continue to support your child’s love of reading at home, we recommend signing up to www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The website is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.  It is free to register, and once signed up you will have access to top tips for helping at home; activities and games to support your child’s developing maths and English skills as well as a free library of over 200 eBooks for children aged 3-11.

PARKING

Please do not double park in School Lane, it is where emergency vehicles access the school.  Double parking here causes many problems and is dangerous when reversing onto the Petworth Road.  Please park in the Catholic Church carpark and walk.

PUPILS SAVINGS BANK

Can all pupils with a school saving account bring their paying in books to the school office in order for us to calculate the interest earned during the year.  Please bring all books in by Friday 18th January.

SCHOOL DINNER

Please remember to make your meal choices by Wednesday at noon for the following week on Scopay.  You can put a weekly reminder in your phone to help. 

WATER BOTTLES

Please can you ensure that your child has a water bottle in school every day.

ST MARYS CHURCH

Families @ St Mary’s Church

All are welcome – always!

All Stars – Every Sunday, 10am. Join us as we explore the bible, play games and enjoy some craft. With age-specific activities and crèche for those under 3’s what’s not to love? Super Stars (10-14s) will be meeting in the tower room!

#Fridaynightthing – 5:30-7pm in the Church Room £1 entry. Remember your tuck money for our infamous toasties! Still running fortnightly for the time being. Dates: 18th Jan, 1st Feb, 15th Feb (Film night), 1st Mar, 15th March, 29th March, 5th Apr (film night).

Church Mice! Pop along to our church group for under-fives and their carers. Join us and meet new friends, chat to old ones, play together, enjoy stories and songs, get creative and of course have snacks, coffee and cake! 9:30-11:30am in the Church Room!

Half-term Madness! – Keeping big and little hands busy during half-term is tricky! Come along for an afternoon of craft, fun, games and cake! 2-4pm in the Church Room on 21st February.

If I can be of any help or assistance please get in touch,

Hannah Pye,

Youth, Children and Families Minister, 07541496996, stmarysyouth@outlook.com

                 

 

 

                               

 

 

 

 

 

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