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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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March 2017

  • NEWS - 17 MAR 2017

    Published 20/03/17

    Next week’s value is Compassion


    Matthew 9:36

    “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’’.

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Monday’s Science Day was a great success, starting with an informative assembly and followed by lots of exciting activities and investigations, including examining liquids behaving strangely, setting off ‘fizzy’ rockets, producing water cycle dramas, creating ‘seasonal’ artworks, mixing colour pigments and studying insulation, hibernation and even some elementary chromatography! 

    On Wednesday afternoon, selected pupils took part in the Regional General Knowledge Quiz Championships at George Abbott School. Although we didn’t quite make it to top position, participants did extremely well and are to be congratulated. Thank you also to Mrs Fozard and parents who attended and lent their support.

    Super School Councillors attended a Joint Schools’ Council meeting at Woolmer Hill and came back with lots of ideas this week and Year 2 children delivered a superb assembly on Thursday, telling an engrossed audience about what they have been learning in their topic work ‘Around the World’ this term. Thank you to children and teachers for working extremely hard to entertain us.

    Finally, a plea to parents of younger children: can I respectfully ask that, when bringing younger children to watch our assemblies, you ensure they remain seated and quiet throughout the performance. Otherwise, please remove them via the doors to the rear of the hall. This ensures that children who have practised so hard and other audience members, who have come to support them, can get the full enjoyment from these ‘painstakingly’ prepared presentations. Thank you in anticipation of your full cooperation. 

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe 

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  • NEWS - 2 NOVEMBER 2017

    Published 11/03/17

    Next week’s value is Hope

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Children have made a good return to school after their half term break and teachers have heard some lively reports of the events of the holidays!

    This week we have welcomed a number of prospective parents who, when visiting classrooms, have commented on how impressed they are with our children’s learning and behaviour, and especially with their ability to explain the details of their learning and outline their personal targets for improvement.

    Children had their first sing-song of the half term yesterday. KS1 sang along with Mrs Griffiths, when they practised the words to some of our more familiar songs and KS2 sang with Mr Crocker, who will be preparing them for our end of term carol service.

    On Wednesday, during the first of our weekly staff meeting, teachers engaged in a joint assessment of the quality of work in pupils’ exercise books; they looked at continuity and progression across the school and assessed the quality of marking, feedback and pupils’ responses, which were deemed to be of a high standard.

    A representative from ‘Music-works’ came into school on Thursday to help set up new equipment and show school leaders how to use the new sound equipment that has been purchased with funds raised by the PTA. We are very grateful to the PTA for these additional, exciting resources and look forward to putting them into use. We hope that the addition of microphones will enhance our performances, especially where children are required to talk to a large audience.

    On Thursday I attended a ‘Headteacher’s Away Day’ at Waverley Abbey. The day included a focus on ancient, contemporary and personal wisdom alongside a rare opportunity for some reflection time!

    I plan to take forward what I learned about reflecting and relaxing through to the weekend and I hope you have a relaxing weekend too!

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Yours sincerely


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  • NEWS - 3 MAR 2017

    Published 03/03/17

    Dear Parents/Carers


    Welcome to the first of our shortened weekly bulletins. You will continue to receive a weekly diary date reminder (as below). A more detailed bulletin will be circulated twice every half term. Well done to Year 1 who delivered a super assembly about ‘Toys’ this week and thank you to Miss Harling for organising ‘Maths Week’.  

    KS1 and KS2 teachers participated in moderation meetings at Shottermill School on Tuesday; our Early Years Leader met with a moderator from the Local Authority today.




    8th March

    Y2 Multi sports at Woolmer Hill

    9th March @ 9.00am

    YR Class Assembly

    9th March @ 1.00pm

    Football Tournament at Tillingbourne – (selected pupils)

    10th March

    Y5 Winchester Science Trip

    10th March @ 2.30pm

    Celebration Assembly

    13th March

    Science Week

    16th March

    NO Maths Booster for Mrs Buckley

    16th March @ 9.00am

    Y2 Class Assembly

    17th March @ 2.30pm

    Celebration Assembly

    20th March

    Y3 Wisley Trip

    20th March 1.30pm

    Y6 Netball Tournament at Rodborough

    21st March

    Y6 Natural History Museum Trip

    23rd March @ 9.00am

    Y5 Class Assembly

    24th March

    Y5 Bikeability

    24th March @ 2.30pm

    REACH Assembly

    28th March @ 10.00am

    Easter Service @ St Marys Church

    28th March @3.30pm

    Parents Evening

    30th March @ 3.15pm

    Parents Evening

    31st March @ 9.00am

    Rocksteady Concert

    31st March @ 1.30pm

    End of Term



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  • NEWS - 24 FEB 2017

    Published 03/03/17

    This week’s value is Humility

    Ephesians 4:2

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Last week, we asked for your views about our proposal to reduce the number of school bulletins, in a bid to reduce the workload on the school office. Thank you to those of you that responded (only one parent) and we assure you of our best efforts to take your views into consideration when producing future bi-half termly bulletins, endeavouring to split the sections into those that are relevant to Reception/KS1 and KS2 respectively.

    This week began with the opening of the Book Fair and the majority of children have been to have a look. Thank you to Miss Howells for organising this and to colleagues for manning the stall.

    Year 6 visited the Haslemere Museum to learn about classification of species, as part of their science work this week. Year 1 and Year 2 children were treated to a ‘Toys’ and a ‘Flight’ workshop, respectively, to supplement this term’s topic work.

    This week I have been looking at teachers’ planning to ensure they are using assessment of children’s learning to adapt to their needs. Teachers also work together on planning and next week, they will be meeting other confederation schools to carry out joint moderation activities which will validate the accuracy of our assessments. During our Wednesday staff meeting, teachers discussed the most appropriate and impactful approaches to improving children’s learning and our science subject leader provided constructive feedback, following her extensive scrutiny of children’s science exercise books that took place over half term. This is all part of our school improvement programme. Mrs Buckley and I visited another Good Shepherd School on Thursday morning. We came back with some good ideas, but it wasn’t all one-sided; St Marys had much of value to share with the other school as well!

    Next week, I will be out of school for two days. If you have any concerns in the meantime…Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lawrence are here to help!

    Have a great weekend!

    Yours sincerely




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  • NEWS - 10 FEB 2017

    Published 02/03/17

    Dear Parents and Carers

    What an exciting last week of the spring half term this has been!

    Today, to celebrate the end of ‘Book Week’, we had ‘Book Character Dress-up Day’. There were lots of weird and wonderful costumes, with children dressed as the characters from some of their favourite books. Well done children, we could hardly recognise you!  Earlier in the week, the Book Fair arrived; this will remain in school over half term to be re-opened after half term.

    Our value of the week was generosity and parents, children and staff have shown their community spirit by giving generously of their time and effort, as always. Thank you to teachers and parents who supported us on Thursday for our Bedtime Stories. Children returned to school, in the dark, wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers to enjoy a bedtime story, read to them by their teachers. Thank you to our hard-working PTA who provided cocoa and refreshments to warm up the evening.

    On Monday, Booster Cushion Theatre Company came to school to present a one-man adaptation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which was hilarious and very well-received by our youngest and oldest children alike.

    Members of staff have been in and out of school for training and updates this week. Mrs Newton attended a moderation event at Shottermill Junior School while Mrs White attended a history subject leaders’ course. Mrs Buckley went to London for a Special Needs Conference and Senior Leaders have all received training on the use of ‘Optimus’ professional development package, which includes a host of free conferences as well as training materials to be used for staff inset days. We are confident this will prove to be an excellent investment in terms of the savings that can be made on high quality conferences and the availability of engaging resources for inset days and ‘twilight’ staff training sessions.  

    The school administration team is stretched to capacity. Consideration is being given to moving to a twice termly newsletter to replace the weekly bulletin, whilst still providing information about important dates via other means of communication. If you feel strongly, either way, about this, please let us know using the parents’ right to reply slip at the end of this bulletin. 

    Have a marvellous half term. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 20th February!  


    Yours sincerely


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March 2017