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News 16th May 2019

Next week’s value is Kindness


“A smile makes people happy.  Good news makes them feel better.” Proverbs 15:30

Dear parents/carers

Other schools may have been solemn places this week but not so, St Mary’s. Our Year 6 children ‘enjoyed’ taking their SATs papers and all of them benefited from just the right healthy dose of adrenaline to boost their performance. That said, I am sure they are glad it’s all over because Mrs Newton has so many more exciting things in store for them this term!

Year 2 will take their SATs papers next week. Miss Howells has written to parents to give an outline but there are no special requirements of children or parents other than to remain calm and check that children have a healthy diet and plenty of sleep.

This week’s value of the week (empathy) has been well demonstrated by children in classes not taking SATs papers. Children have shown an awareness that the tests are in progress and they have shown due respect, modifying their behaviour and adapting their noise levels to ensure they did not disturb the hard-working examinees.

We are looking forward to Chiddfest on Saturday and our grateful thanks go to Mr Crocker, the church choirmaster, and Kate from The Music Works, for their support in preparing children and teachers respectively for this weekend’s event. I don’t want to give too much away but I am prepared to advise that a handkerchief might be a useful accessory to pack on the day!

With the curriculum under review, we are always looking at ways to broaden opportunities for our children. This week, teachers have been talking about careers education for pupils. We would like to invite any parent, grandparent, friend or associate of St Mary’s School to consider giving up a short spell of their time to talk to children about career opportunities within their field of employment. Please see more about this below and do let Mrs Oqvist know if you think you could contribute to our proposed ‘Careers Fair’.

Mrs Wright was keen to tell me that she and Mr Hanson enjoyed a lovely afternoon of football on Wednesday this week. For more information, see Mrs Wright’s report below, but suffice for me to say that I was delighted to hear that the selected pupils’ behaviour was second-to-none! Well done, boys! Another case of St Mary’s pupils being good ambassadors for our school!

Have a fabulous weekend. See you on Saturday!

Janis Radcliffe




17th May @9.00am

School Assembly - parents/carers welcome

17th May

Y2 Athletics Festival @ Penn Thorpe School

18th May


20th May

Clubs Week 4 and Y2 SATS week

21st May

Y6 parents – Human Relationships DVD

22nd May

Y6 Pentecost Workshop – Guildford Cathedral

23rd May

Y4 Swimming Lessons

24th May @2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents/carers welcome

25th May

Half Term

3rd Jun

Trinity Term starts

3rd Jun

Clubs Week 5

6th Jun

Communion Service at St Mary’s School

7th Jun @ 9.00am

School Assembly - parents/carers welcome

9th Jun

Village Fete

10th Jun

Clubs Week 6

10th Jun

Reception Class Height and Weight

12th Jun

KS1 Confederation Sports Day

13th Jun @9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly - parents/carers welcome

14th Jun @9.00am

School Assembly - parents/carers welcome

17th Jun

Clubs Week 7

17th Jun @6.30pm

New Reception Parents Meeting

18th Jun

Sports Day



The children will be singing from 12.45pm.  Please deliver them to a “pen” at the side of the stage by 12.40pm.    They will need to be collected from the “pen” directly after their performance.  Please be reminded that they are the responsibility of their parents at all times.


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On Sports Day – Tuesday 18th June there will be a whole school picnic (no hot food is provided on this day).  Look out for the lunch forms in book bags today.  If your child normally has a school meal, please fill in the form to either select which option your child would like on this day or tick the box to say you will provide your own .  We need the forms to be returned by Wednesday 5th June (you do not need to change your selection in Scopay).


On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Wright and Mr Hanson took some Year 1 boys to a football tournament at Farncombe Football Club. They played short 10 minute matches on large pitches. The games were exciting and lots of goals were scored. The boys showed an excellent attitude and played with great team spirit and effort. They all received a shiny medal and a chocolate biscuit at the end after a good afternoon of sport! Thank you to all parents who helped and supported. Well done: Lorenzo, George, Jake, Jack, Taonga, Charlie B, Charlie W, Jamie, Ethan, Charlie K, James, Charlie S and Charlie G.


We would like to organise a careers fair where parents come in to school to talk informally to Y6 children about what their job involves and how their career path has progressed.  The idea is for parents/friends/ex pupils to come in to school for 1 hour (date to be decided).  The school hall would be set up for the fair with each “career” having a table where the children can come and ask about the job, what it involves and what qualifications have led to it.

If you would be interested in volunteering for this valuable experience, please email Yvette Oqvist our School Business Manager on who will liaise with you about the details.

All careers would be welcome from para-medics, tree- surgeons, engineers, software developers, builders, vets, nurses, surveyors to, writers, sports coaches, journalists, musicians, actors and photographers  – if you or someone you know would be willing to participate please do get in touch!  It is invaluable experience to hear how to start a career and what it involves.


St Mary’s School

Sports Day

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Venue:  Football Pitch/Recreation Ground


9.15 am

Key Stage 2 Field Events

10.30 am

Key Stage 1 Events (multisports and track events)

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. 


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.  Please make sure that you are supervising your children during this time and do not allow them to use the sports equipment ready for the events, go in the ditch or use the public playground.  After eating, all the children will return to the school for 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.

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