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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

View the latest news  and weekly diary reminders from St Mary's School below. 

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November 2017

  • NEWS - 22 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 27/11/17

     

    Next week’s value is

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Phew! Another busy week at St Mary’s!

    On Monday, we welcomed Mrs Joanna Chudley (Teaching Assistant), to St Mary’s School. Mrs Chudley will join Mrs Bennett and her Reception Class children.  Mrs Chudley is looking forward to getting to know parents too.

    Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 children received their nasal flu vaccines this week. Hopefully, these will protect them from any nasty viruses that might be doing the rounds this winter.

    Children throughout the school have been enjoying some exciting, special, gymnastics sessions this week and last week Teachers have been attending as observers too; picking up some new ideas for their own gymnastics lessons in future. 

    It’s already beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The caretaker has got the post-box down out of the loft and I believe I have seen a tree, some baubles and even some tinsel! I have also heard lots of tuneful singing emanating from classrooms, as children rehearse enthusiastically for nativity concerts and carol services.

    Year 3 parents will understand that senior leaders’ priority, this week, has been maintaining the staffing of Year 3 in somewhat difficult circumstances. I should like to publicly thank Year 3 parents for their generosity of spirit. We have been overwhelmed with extent of empathic sentiment and been thrilled to receive some very kind offers of support. We are doing everything we can to keep staff changes to a minimum, whilst continuing to deliver the curriculum, using high calibre teachers. Fortunately, planning is already in place, thanks to Miss Howells’ meticulous preparation and filing system, last year. Thank you to all, for your continuing patience and kind understanding.

    Thank you also to colleagues who have given additionally of their time to ensure as much consistency as possible. 

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

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  • NEWS - 16 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 16/11/17

    Next week’s value is Faith

    “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Earlier this week, school leaders met with Good Shepherd Trust consultants to carry out a validation exercise in respect of our school improvement plans and self-evaluation. We were delighted with the findings and are pleased that our teachers’ hard work is being recognised. Other monitoring and evaluation activities this week have included lesson observations focusing on the quality of pupils’ learning, pupils’ enjoyment and attitudes to their learning and teachers’ use of assessment data to support children’s learning and progress.

    On Tuesday, Year 6 had a fantastic day out at the Imperial War Museum, giving an added dimension to their topic work about World War 1. All had a great day out and, in typical St Mary’s style, children were well behaved and respectful, showing an interest in their work throughout the day. Well done Year 6 and thank you to Mrs Newton and to assistants and parents who helped out on the day.

    On Wednesday, children from Reception class through to Year 6 enjoyed participating in healthy eating workshops. The programme, led by an outside company, addressed many of the learning objectives from the PE, Science and PSHE curriculum. Thank you to Mrs Wright for organising this excellent day! Teachers became pupils again, in our after-school staff meeting, when our healthy eating promoters delivered staff training to further embed teachers’ knowledge and skills. Whilst all of this was going on, Mrs Buckley was at Shottermill Junior School, receiving training about extending more able pupils in maths and literacy and facilitating children’s success in achieving ‘greater depth’ learning; one of our school priorities.

    On Thursday, Year 2 pupils delivered an amazing assembly, telling us all about their topic work on the Great Fire of London. Well done and thank you to Year 2 children and to Miss Howells and her assistants, for a truly entertaining and informative assembly.

    Tomorrow is Children in Need Day when children may pay £1 for the privilege of wearing mufti. The money will go towards Children in Need charity. Thank you in anticipation of your generous contribution. Note also, that the PTA are asking for donations for the chocolate tombola and the bottle tombola - see below for more detail.  

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

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November 2017