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News - 4th July 2019

Next week’s value is Growing

“I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again” Philippians 2:6

Dear parents/carers

This week’s value is ‘Growing’! My thanks to Miss Howells, who delivered a super introductory Monday assembly on my behalf, on the topic of ‘Growth Mind-sets’. 

For my own part, I attended a training course, to better understand current thinking regarding health education (including relationships and sex education). Happily, we are already covering many of the recommended elements of the health education programme, through our taught curriculum and through our values-led assemblies. We use the ‘Jigsaw’ resources to deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme; some educators have suggested the ‘E’ in the acronym should denote ‘economic’ and we intend to add more aspects of economic education in with our revised curriculum from September 2019.

Currently, children acquire information and age-appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding from Reception Class to Year 6, so that, by the time they reach Year 6, they have learned a great deal about respectful friendships, healthy relationships, E-Safety and managing  their personal on-online reputation.  In Upper KS2, the biological aspect of human reproduction is taught within science lessons. From September, we plan to incorporate even more mental health and wellbeing education into our curriculum and I am hoping to arrange a presentation from a mental health professional, to support staff and parents’ understanding of this increasingly high profile area of interest. 

Whilst talking about our curriculum, I should like to thank Mr Freeman, one of our esteemed governors, who has very kindly offered to deliver a politics session to Year 6 pupils this Friday. Year 6 children look forward to welcoming Mr Freeman and learning more about the vagaries of politics! Now’s as good a time as any? 

On Wednesday, we had our ‘Moving Up Day’; Year 6 children visited their prospective senior schools and the remaining children migrated to new classrooms to meet their new teachers. Teachers and children alike had a super time getting to know each other and we hope children will be looking forward to spending more time with their new teachers, from September. 

As outlined in my letter to Year 1 parents earlier this week, Mrs Lawrence is very much in our thoughts and we hope that she is recovering well. We look forward to welcoming her back into school next week. I must thank Mrs Spong who has given generously of her time during Mrs Lawrence’s unavoidable absence. Thank you too, to Year 1 parents and children for your continuing patience. 

The School Production is fast approaching and I, for one, can’t wait to see what children and teachers have prepared for us! You can find more details about preparations for ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’ below. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 11th or Friday 12th July. Let’s hope the weather stays fair! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 



5th Jul @ 9.00am

School Assembly - parents/carers welcome

9th Jul @1.00pm-4.00pm

District Sports @ Charterhouse

9th Jul @ 6.00pm

Governors Meeting

10th Jul @ 9.15am

Production dress rehearsal

10th Jul @ 1.30pm


11th Jul @ 6.00pm

Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits School Production – see timings below

12th Jul @ 6.00pm

Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits School Production

15th Jul

Patron Saints Day

15th Jul @ 9.00am

Drama Club assembly – parents of club attendees welcome

16th Jul

Outdoor Learning Day

16th Jul @ 1.30pm


17th Jul

French Day 

18th Jul @ 10.00am

Y6 Leavers Service at St Mary’s Church – parents/carers welcome

19th Jul

End of Year reports sent home

19th Jul @ 9.00am

Rocksteady concert – parents of attendees welcome

19th Jul @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly 

22nd Jul @1.30pm

Talent Show

22nd Jul @ 3.30pm

Y6 Class Movie Premiere 

23rd Jul @ am

Race for Life Fun Run

23rd Jul @ 2.00-4.00pm

Y6 Leavers Party

24th Jul @9.15am

Final Celebration Assembly and Y6 Farewell

24th Jul @1.30pm

End of Term

4th Sept

Inset Day – School Closed

5th Sept

Term Starts Y1-Y6

9th Sept

Non Sibling Reception Children start mornings only 

10th Sept

All Reception Children in for morning only


The children of Rounder’s Club challenged their parents to a match on Tuesday after school. As expected, the parents took it very seriously and demonstrated their competitive side! Both the children and parents showed off their fielding skills with some brilliant stopping and catching. Well done to the parents who eventually beat the children by 6 rounders! Thank you to all that came.

With the Women's World Cup in mind, on Tuesday Lunchtime girls were offered the opportunity to play football on the field at lunchtime. Mrs Fozard had a large group of keen girls who really enjoyed having a go. Look out for Girls Football Club in September for KS2! Mrs Wright would really like to have a record number of players in the Autumn Term!

We are doing a whole school Race for Life on the morning of Tuesday 23rd  July. We would like the children to come in to school that day wearing 'mufti sportswear' instead of PE kit. Trainers are essential as the children will be running and walking. 

Please make your donations on the webite:

Sponsorship forms will also be available in book bags.


From 8th July Scopay will have a new look and feel, making it easier for parents to use.  The website will become mobile responsive from 8th July.  An app is available to download for ios and Android users, further details on flyer in bookbag.


Sally Crathern a local swimming teacher who has taught many children at St Mary's School is running two courses over the summer holidays.  These will take place at King Edwards School, Witley.   These courses are designed for children who are both new to the water and those who have regular swimming lessons.   We have 4 teachers and assistants who are in the water to encourage younger swimmers to enjoy the water through play and as they progress, more structured lessons.   The dates are July 29th for 4 days and August 19th for 5 days.  Lessons are for half an hour each morning, 45 minutes for stronger swimmers.  Minimum age 3.5 years.

For details on course content and a booking form, please see my website: 

If you have any queries, just call or email to discuss.

Sally Crathern 07484 714319

Families @ St Mary’s

You might have spotted in last week’s bulletin that we have some events coming up!

Teddy Bears Picnic! From 3:15pm on the 10th July, Church Room.

Perfect for KS1 and under this will be a lovely relaxed afternoon of play and activities not to mention the lovely picnic food! Bring your favourite teddy for a fun adventure!

Messy Church Summer Party! 4-6pm, 14th July in the Rectory.

Join us for the last Messy Church before the Summer! Come along and enjoy the games, craft, toys and BBQ! Why not let us know you’re planning to come & ensure that you have a sausage or two waiting for you? ( 

Summer Madness! 15th and 29th Aug, 2-4pm in the Church Room.

This Summer we're hosting Summer Madness which will be similar to Half-term Madness. It's a great opportunity to keep hands busy in a fun and creative way. Hopefully the weather will be with us and there'll be outdoor activities and games alongside the usual crafty chaos inside that will keep all entertained.

As ever, If I can be of any help at all just get in touch!

Hannah Pye

Youth, Children and Families Minister

St Mary’s Church

Chiddingfold 07541496996



ST MARY’S SCHOOL PRODUCTION – Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits



All children need to have their costumes in a named bag on Friday 5th July for dress rehearsals.  The costumes will then stay in school all week and will go home with children on Thursday.

Timetable for Production Evenings


Stalls, BBQ and Drinks Tent Open


All children to be in school in costumes

Y6 To go straight to classroom


All other children will be called to their classrooms


Productions Starts – Part 1

Please note Y6 parents have reserved seating in the Amphitheatre  Please can parents keep away from the raised flower beds as these are being used as part of the play


There will be a 15 minute interval

KS1 Children are to be collected at this time from their class rooms and can go home


Production Starts – Part 2


Production Ends

KS2 Children are to be collected at this time from their classrooms


The PTA will be providing a drinks tent and BBQ on the evening.  There will also be a selection of stalls and the chance to win a hamper and a barrow of booze in the raffle.

After the production, you will have the chance to purchase a DVD of the production for £17.00

(makes an ideal stocking filler for grandparents). 


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