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News - 13 June 2019

Next week’s value is Serving

“Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you”.  Matthew 23:11

Dear parents/carers

This week has been a relatively quiet week in school, due to children and teachers from Years 5 and 6 being out on their annual residential visit. We understand they are having a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming them back in school next week, when, no doubt, they will have lots of exciting news to share (and sleep to catch up on)!  Our thanks to the Chidham organisers and Year 5 and 6 teachers and assistants for all their hard work. No doubt, they, too, will sleep well this weekend.

It goes without saying that sleep is crucial but did you know the extent to which sleep can affect your child’s physical and mental development. Research has shown that sleep is as important as exercise and healthy eating, if your child is to thrive and enjoy optimal health and wellbeing. Children who do not get enough sleep can develop a number of health related problems including obesity, difficulty in concentrating, over-activity and irritability. For more about this fascinating subject, I can personally recommend a book entitled ‘Why we Sleep’, by Matthew Walker. See also an introductory article in the Guardian at:

Our Year 3’s weren’t sleepy on Thursday morning when they delivered an amazing assembly on the subject of this term’s topic work ‘The Titanic’. Our thanks to the children, Mrs Ryder, and Mrs Balchin for all their hard work. I have to add that it never ceases to amaze me, just how much time and effort parents and grandparents invest in supporting this topic, especially the design technology aspect! Year 3 classroom is ‘chockablock’ with massive models of the ill-fated Titanic, including half-sunk vessels and ship-shaped cakes! Thank you to all of our parents and family members, this year and past years, for your continuing support and engagement with this exciting annual project.

Another word of thanks to Mrs Wright and KS1 teachers and children who participated in this week’s Confederation Sports Day hosted by St Mary’s School. St Bart’s visitors were the deserving winners but every single child is to be congratulated for taking part with such enthusiasm and celebrating sportingly in each other’s achievements.

Finally, tomorrow I am looking forward to welcoming Mr Alex Tear, who is the Diocesan Director of Education, leading the Education team based at Church House, Guildford. He is a member of the Bishop’s Staff and provides the strategic leadership for education within the diocese working closely with Bishop Jo Bailey-Wells who Chairs the Diocesan Board of Education.

Obviously, I will be on my best behaviour! Have a brilliant weekend and ...Sleep Well!        

Janis Radcliffe

Head teacher



Please always check the website for the latest diary dates


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

19th Jun

Y4 Sayers Croft

20th Jun @9.00am

Y6 Class Assembly - parents/carers welcome

20th Jun

Y5 Challenge Day, The Royal School

21st Jun @9.00am

School Assembly - parents/carers welcome

24th Jun

Clubs Week 8

24th Jun

Y3 Seacity

26th Jun

Y6 Leavers Service @ Guildford Cathedral

27th & 28th Jun

Inset Days

1st Jul

Last week of Clubs


KS2 field events - throwing and jumping begins at 9:15am.  Reception children will participate as usual with the KS1 children in the morning. Their activities start at 10:30 with fun multi sports activities on the field. The children will move around 4 activities with their teacher; run by the students of Godalming college. After this, they will take part in running races on the track.

The whole school picnic will then start at approximately 11:45. Please note that the children are the responsibility of the parents and must not use sports equipment or go in the ditch during this time. Children will be called back into school for registration at 12:50. KS2 track events are held in the afternoon. 

Mrs Wright is preparing Rounder’s club children to beat the parents in our annual 'kids versus parents' rounder’s match. Parents of club goers welcome at 3:15pm.


Computing club next Tuesday 18th has been cancelled.


On Wednesday morning, some pupils from Year 1 and 2 took part in a Sports morning, competing against four other schools in from our local confederation group. They ran in running races on the track: relay, sprint and obstacles. They also did some field style activities - throwing and 'over under'. They all did their best and behaved beautifully; supporting their teammates. Well done to James, Finlay, Harry, Oliver, Jasper, Evie, Tabitha, Emily-Rose, Molly, Emilia-Rose, Tommy, Nehamiah, Miles, Theo, Joshua, Marley, Harriet, Emily, Imogen and Willow. A big thank you also to Mrs Hitchcock for scoring and Mrs Quirk for being Year 1 team captain!


We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s, have achieved the School Games Silver Level Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in

2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.


Will be open on Sunday 16th June 11am-3pm. Come and see the ponies, there will also be a tack sale, refreshments and cakes.  Our fun day will be on Sunday 18th August, 'Picnic in the Paddock', save the date!


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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