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NEWS - 11th July 2019

Dear parents/carers

This week can best be described as ‘hectic’!

As we hurtle towards the end of term, teachers are working at full pace to keep children educated and busy, right up until the end! At the same time, teachers are completing children’s end of term reports, preparing for the end of year production, having handover meetings with prospective teachers and generally going flat out to make the end of term a roaring success! 

Teaching Assistants, premise staff and administrators don’t get off lightly either! They are already planning premises work to take place over the summer holiday and thinking about next year - dusting off the paperwork for review and coordinating diaries, events, trips, clubs and much more!  My thanks go to every single one of my hardworking colleagues, as well as to our lovely children for being so helpful and well-behaved! A reminder from parents, to keep it up until the end of term, never goes amiss, thank you.

Colleagues were invited to attend the first part of Tuesday evening’s governors meeting. The Chair of Governors, Mrs Doherty, presented staff with a wonderful cake, decorated in school colours, and with the school name and Ofsted outcome ‘good’ written in the icing! A great time was had by all as cake was washed down with something sparkly and we were all very appreciative of governors’ kind acknowledgement.

For my own part, I should like to thank governors in their turn, in particular our Chair, for their incredibly hard work; they are all unpaid volunteers and invest a great deal of time and effort into supporting our school. We value their collective wisdom, their approachability and the common sense and guidance we receive from them. They have helped us through a demanding year and also deserve every credit for our very pleasing Ofsted outcome. 

Well done to children who participated in the District Sports at Charterhouse School this week. More about this below and a big thank you to Mrs Wright, for the breadth of opportunities she provides for children to participate in competitive sports.

Thank you to our Worship Team who delivered a super assembly this week. It was also my privilege, on Wednesday morning, to attend the final dress rehearsal for the end of year production of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. Our friends from the local Village Nursery also came along to watch. It was the first time I had seen the result of the hard work that has gone into the production. We look forward to yet another fantastic performance this evening and tomorrow night! The PTA will be serving refreshments and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Janis Radcliffe 

Head teacher 

Please always check the website for the latest diary dates




12th Jul @ 6.00pm

Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits School Production

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



We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Quickfall and Mrs Cook for all their efforts and for going over and above in the past year leading the PTA.

We are very pleased to announce that Matt Quirk, Theo’s dad from Y1B has stepped up to chair the PTA from September – thank you so much and we look forward to working with you!


Please remember to make your school lunch choices for the first week back in September before 17th July.


Sponsorship forms went out last Thursday for children to collect donations. However if you would rather not do this, you can simply donate online:

We have had many donations already!

We also sent home signs for the children to wear, if they wish, pinned to their top. They can write the name of someone they are 'running' for. You may want to talk to your child about this before the event. This is not compulsory. 


On Thursday 4th July, Mrs Wright and Mr Hanson took 39 children to Woolmer Hill to compete in an athletics event against our Confederation Schools. We took part in sprinting, skipping, jumping throwing and even football. The sun was shining and the children took part with a competitive attitude and a smile! Thank you to Mrs Thompson and Mrs Denyer for accompanying us. 

Well done to: Joseph, Max, Noah, Archie, Billy, Charlotte, Matilda, Bethany, Kitty, Isobel, Mattie, Amber, Bea, Jessica, Grace, Findlay, Edward, Rory, Layton, Max, Holly, Kate, Jemima, Darcey, Eleanor, Sam, Liam, Lochlain, Jack, Blaise, Fergus, Max, William, Oscar, Lily, Racheal, Jemima, Bella and Poppy.        


On Tuesday, selected children from KS2 took part in our annual District Sports Athletic event at Charterhouse. The children had been training in our after school club for the last term. This is the most competitive event of our school sport calendar and every point counts! We competed against 5 other “small” schools and faced some stiff competition. We held our own, producing some great performances over the sprints, long distance, throwing, and jumping. The relays at the end were, as always, nail biting to watch! All of the children put in their very best effort - running the hardest they could - a real team effort! Our Year 6 team took home the trophy for 1st place and overall we came 3rd, an excellent result for St Marys Athletics Team!

Well done: Max, Billy, Archie, Corey, Joseph, Albie, Matilda, Harriet, Maya, Mabel, Joe, Toby, Edward, Isaac, Ben, Jasmine, Jessica, Florence, Jessica, Liam, Sam, Dylan, Lochlain, Darcey, Holly, Jemima, Eleanor, Kate, Barnaby, Blaise, Matis, James, Jemima, Lottie, Lily and Lola. 

A big thank you also to Mrs Bennett for giving up her time to help with the after school club coaching.

Families @ St Mary’s Church

Join in the fun this summer!

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

Join us for the last Messy Church before the Summer! Come along and enjoy the games, craft, toys and BBQ! 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






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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