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NEWS - 31 JANUARY 2019

Next week’s value is Honesty

“Honest people can always feel secure, but lying cheaters will be caught.” Proverbs 10:9

Dear parents/carers

Year 6 children had a wonderful time at Haslemere Museum this week. They learned more about the process of scientific classification - grouping animals and plants according to their characteristics – and impressed our hosts with their excellent behaviour, scientific knowledge and extensive vocabulary. Well done to children and a big thank you to Mrs Buckley and her helpers for their support. Although Mrs Newton was absent from this trip (she was attending a Science Day led, by the Guildford Science Learning Partnership), she deserves a mention, since it was she, who taught the children their impressive scientific vocabulary! What a team!

Another mention should go to Year 4 children and Miss Hampshire, for their presentation of a wonderful class assembly on the topic of ‘The Egyptians’. Children performed the ‘chicken peck’ dance with great enthusiasm and they described, in goriest detail, the process of mummification of the Egyptian gods. Costumes and part-singing were wonderful and the audience was thrilled with the show! 

School leaders are looking, beyond Ofsted, to a full curriculum review, and an impending SIAMS inspection. Although the latter may not be imminent, it is, nevertheless, imperative to maintain a focus and momentum in all areas of our school.  Mrs Spong is our Religious Education Leader and Mrs Ryder our Christian Distinctiveness Officer. Between them, they lead the coverage of Religious Education and ensure that children are familiar with the school’s over-riding values (hope – respect – community - wisdom). Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are promoted, as they learn about cultures and beliefs beyond their own; they consider important issues, such as nature, global warming, environmental degradation and climate change.  We encourage children to look beyond themselves as we promote pupils’ character development, through philosophical enquiry and teaching about ‘disadvantage’, ‘deprivation’ and the ‘exploitation’ of the natural world. Children are encouraged to show respect and compassion, being positive, hopeful, charitable and aspirational, in all that they do. 

On Tuesday, there will be a Mufti Day and Cake Sale to raise funds to support those impacted by the fire at Chiddingfold Surgery. We hope that all children will bring in £1 for the privilege of dressing up as a nurse, doctor or patient and that parents will support the Cake Sale, to support this worthy cause. More about this in the body of the bulletin, below.

Next week, (Tuesday), is Safer Internet day. You can find out more by following the following links: www.saferinternetday.org and https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/,  both of which have information for parents to help you to make every day a Safe Internet Day. It is especially important to take account of age restrictions on internet games, such as ‘Fortnight’, which has been blamed for inappropriate language used by children as young as 9 and 10. Studies have shown that free access to phones and social media can lead to addiction. Children are not always able to exercise the control required and there is a requirement for adults to step in to protect them. Employers have reported that they are dealing with young employees, entering the workplace, with established addiction; some of the youngest employees choose to work with their phone facing up, next to them, so that they can observe them, repeatedly, all day long! The science is alarming; experiments on mice have shown that the brains of individuals exposed to flashing lights, which mimic the computer screen and mobile phone, take three times as long as those not exposed to the lights, to solve problems. Excessive use of mobile phones and social media can also interfere with the development of healthy relationships.

My message is this: ‘It’s okay for parents to say No!

Have a brilliant (techno-free?) weekend!  Perhaps there will be a chance of some snow?
Have a wonderful weekend!      

Janis Radcliffe

Head teacher

 

 

EPIPHANY TERM

1st Feb @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – Parents/Carers welcome

4th Feb

Clubs week 3

4th Feb

Y4 Multi Sports at Woolmer Hill

5th Feb

Mufti £1 for Doctors Surgery – come dressed as doctors, nurses or patients

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

BAD WEATHER

If we are unable to open the school due to adverse weather conditions a notice will be put on the school website by 7.30am.  Please check it for regular updates.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS CHANGES/UPDATES

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

Year 5 & 6 Netball Club:

On Monday 11th February netball club will have a HOME fixture against Grayswood School. There will be two matches played on the tennis court and playground and parents are welcome to watch. The matches will be finished by 4:10pm

There will be no Science club on Thursday 14th March 2019 due to Mrs Dickson being on a school trip.

Due to parents evening w/c 25th March there will be NO clubs that week except for the following: -

  • Cookery
  • Football on Tuesdays
  • Football boys and girls on Wednesday
  • Multi-sports with Mrs Wright on Wednesday
  • Recorder Club

SCHOOL FUND DONATION

Thank you to all those of you who have already paid your termly donation of £25 per child.  If you wish to make your donation, please do so through Scopay.  These donations help us to provide the additional extras for your children and so far this year have enabled us to invest in new hard drives for the pupil laptops increasing their speeds.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING FOR THE PATIENTS GROUP OF CHIDDINGFOLD SURGERY

There will be a mufti dress up day on Tuesday 5th February.  Please come dressed as doctors, nurses or patients and bring £1 as a donation to the patients group of Chiddingfold Surgery.  Please bring cakes into classrooms and school council will collect them and sell them in the playground at the end of the day.

We have been in liaison with the patients group and they will let us know what they propose the fundraising monies to go towards in due course.

RESEARCH – FOOD IN THE FAMILY HOME

Researchers from the University of Leeds are conducting a study to find out more about children’s eating habits and food in the family home. In particular, they are interested in the views of parents of primary school aged children. The link below takes you to an information sheet that gives more information about the research.

They have developed an online questionnaire and are trying to get as many parents to fill this in. The questionnaire takes about 8-12 minutes to complete, is anonymous and voluntary. 

*Questionnaire link - https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/food-in-the-family-home-2018

ST MARYS CHURCH NEWS

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: 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

‘Book in a Box’
Book Week Competition 2019
Win vouchers to spend at the Book Fair

The Task:

Decorate a box to represent your favourite book, and fill it with objects that represent different parts of the book.

The Details:

Use a shoebox, cereal box or other similarly sized box for this competition.

Decorate your box to go with the book.  You can draw or make pictures yourself, or use pictures from magazines or the internet.  Be sure to include the title and author of the book on the box, as well as your name and class.

Find objects or pictures related to the book to fill the box.  You could include a note to explain what the object is and why it is an important part of the book.

Return your Book in a Box to school by Thursday 7th February.  Winners will be announced in Celebration Assembly on Friday 8th February.

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