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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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December 2017

  • NEWS - 21 DECEMBER 2017

    Published 21/12/17

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We made it! Here we are - hasn’t the time flown by!

    This extended newsletter is full of information about what each of our classes have been learning this term so I plan to say very little other than a big thank you, on behalf of all the staff of St Mary’s School, for your generous gifts, cards and kind words and for your continuing support of our school.

    A Very Merry Christmas

    and a Happy New Year!

    Stay safe, warm and close to family, friends and loved-ones this Christmas.

    We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 8th January 2018.

    Best wishes

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head Teacher

     

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  • NEWS - 7 DECEMBER 2017

    Published 15/12/17

    Next week’s value is Generosity

    A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Well, who would have thought this week could have been any more frenetic than the last?

    The week began with Reception/Key Stage 1 Nativity rehearsals and, considering how little time had already been devoted to practice, teachers were pleasantly surprised, to the extent they were able to enjoy two good night’s sleep on Monday and Tuesday! Teachers could only have dreamed of the heights to which children’s performance would be further elevated over the course of the week and we are expecting great things from tomorrow’s final performance. Well done to Reception and Key Stage One children and to their teachers and all who gave so generously of their time to make the performances a success. Congratulations to Miss Howells who coordinated the whole festival of creative arts on the theme of the Christmas Story.

    On Thursday, there was more singing and dancing when Year 4 presented their class assembly themed around this term’s topic work - the Second World War. And yes, it’s true...Mrs Radcliffe was moved to tears! The singing was so absolutely beautiful and the story so very poignant and well told! Thank you to our Year 4 children, Mrs Ryder and Mrs Balchin, all of whom worked really hard to prepare an informative and thoroughly enjoyable assembly.

    Tomorrow (Friday 8th December) is our ‘REACH’ assembly which replaces our usual Friday Celebration Assembly. Parents are welcome to join us as we present awards to the individuals in each class who have been nominated by their teachers to receive recognition for regularly displaying the characteristics of Respect, Endeavour, Achievement, Creativity and Happiness!

    Thank you and well done to all who organised and took part in last weekend’s ‘Santa Dash’ and well done to Mrs Buckley, who proudly informed me that she was the first female ‘grown-up’ to make it round the course. A substantial sum of money was raised towards the purchase of a defibrillator to be shared by the local community.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 14 DECEMBER 2017

    Published 15/12/17

    Next week’s value is Peace

    “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

    Dear Parents and Carers

    The festive feel is becoming increasingly apparent around school as we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of the autumn term. 

    This week saw KS2 carol singers practising their songs for next week’s carol service at St Mary’s church on Monday evening (6.30pm start) and a small group of selected singers have been practising their carols for their visit to Surrey Heights Care Home for the elderly next Tuesday afternoon.  Thank you to Mr Crocker, who continues to give voluntarily of his time to accompany our singing practices.

    We welcome two new pupils (Elena and Madeleine) in Years 5 and 6; both of them are to be congratulated on settling so quickly into the school and we thank their teachers and pupil ‘buddies’ who have helped them cope with the transition from a school outside of the UK. 

    Thank you to our catering colleagues who provided a wonderful Christmas lunch for children, staff and visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Thank you to all our adult helpers and the school administration team, who coordinated the seasonal dining event.

    PTA members have been extremely busy this week, helping children to prepare ‘Secret Santa’ gifts for Christmas and getting ready for the PTA Christmas Fair this Friday, an event which looks set to be great fun! The hall will be in use from 1.00pm for setting up and preparations so there will be no Celebration Assembly this week.

    On Thursday, Year 6 pupils staged their class assembly, giving a stunning performance linked to their topic work on World War I. Children are to be commended for doing so well in the absence of their class teacher and my thanks go to colleagues who shared my view that ‘the show must go on’! Well done to all!  

    Tomorrow (Friday) is ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Children may wear their favourite festive jumpers over slacks, jeans or track-suit bottoms and we look forward to Rocksteady’s Christmas Concert which starts at 9.00am. 

    Next week is the last week of term. Term ends after lunch on Thursday 21st December and children should be collected promptly at 1.30pm. Please remind children to bring home their personal belongings and PE kits for washing before the end of this term.

    The spring term begins on Monday 8th January 2018. Clubs begin the week commencing Monday 15th January.

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 12 MAY 2017

    Published 05/12/17

    Next week’s value is Koinonia/Community

    “Live in harmony with one another, do not be proud but be willing to associate with all people – do not be conceited.” Romans 12:V6

    Dear Parents/Carers

    This week has seen the KS2 SATS out of the way, with many children commenting that they found them ‘manageable’, if not ‘easy’. Well done, Year 6 and well done to their teachers for preparing them so well! We look forward to receiving the results later in the term. It is perhaps no coincidence that this week’s value was ‘hope’! Thank you to all other pupils who showed consideration towards those taking tests.

    Friday’s music concert was a fitting end to a busy week - congratulations to all participants!

    Janis Radcliffe 

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  • NEWS - 11 JAN 2017

    Published 01/12/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    We have had a busy full week back at school and therefore this bulletin contains lots of very important information, so put the kettle on and sit down and digest the full contents!

    Reverend Sarah joined us for assembly this week to remind us all to be grateful and thankful for all we have including the simpler things in life like our wonderful surroundings.

    Two of our other governors have visited this week, Mr McCarthy Holland took part in a PE lesson in reception class and Mr Freeman led a politics lesson in year 6.  Both were impressed by the behaviour and learning attitudes of the children and in year 6 by the maturity of the reasoning and responses to questions and scenarios posed.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Years 1 and 2 participated in a ‘Violin Workshop Lesson’ led by a professional violin teacher from Surrey Music Service.  Each pupil was shown how to hold a violin and to pluck and bow the strings. The pupils were then encouraged to play the violin and they made some remarkably good sounds.

    Music lessons commenced this week in our newly decorated music room, thanks to Music Works for their speedy hard work to ensure the room was ready on time!  The children were very impressed with their new learning environment, do pop in and have a look!

    Mrs Radcliffe continues to make progress and hopes to return to school on the 19th January.  She is in daily contact with the school and is being kept up to date with school procedures and queries.

    We are expecting a cold snap at the end of the week, please see message below in the unlikely event of a school closure.

    Have a good weekend.

    Best wishes

     

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December 2017