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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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October 2018

  • NEWS - 18 OCTOBER 2018

    Published 18/10/18

    “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds”. Psalm 1:5

     

    Dear parents/carers

    It’s been a busy week for staff development. On Monday, Miss Howells attended an all-day training session with a leading literacy specialist, sharing ideas and good practice with colleagues from other schools. On Wednesday, Mrs Newton and I met with a representative from the ‘Guildford Science Education Partnership’, with whom we plan to work to further develop science teaching and learning. This science scheme is part of a government-led initiative to increase children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines, and is part of an even grander, longer-term bid to address the shortage of workers available to work in STEM-related careers in future. We are very excited about the project and look forward to networking with other schools and attending further training courses including ‘Making powerful connections between science and literacy’, ‘Strengthening Science Subject understanding’, ‘Developing the role of the Science Subject Leader’ and ‘Working Scientifically in the Primary Curriculum’. We will be reviewing our Science Action Plan and looking at ways to develop practical experimental science and science assessment. 

    Internet Safety 

    Are you aware of the NSPCC Net Aware website or App? This helps parents to look up Apps or games that children might access. Parents can find out more information about the dangers and risks. Visit https://www.net-aware.org.uk  to access this excellent resource.  It’s also worth knowing about the O2 mobile phone provider helpline.  Parents who find it difficult to set parental locks or solve technical questions, relating to online safety, can call the helpline and speak to a specially trained E safety expert who will help answer questions about filtering or setting parental locks. The number to call is 0808 800 5002. Alternatively, you can pop into any O2 branch and ask to speak to an NSPCC trained specialist who will set the locks for you, on your tablet or mobile phone. 

    It is important to have conversations with your children, from an early age, to keep them safe. There are some effective videos on the NSPCC website which are designed to be conversation starters; they are extremely thought-provoking and easy to watch. Visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping -children-safe/share-aware/ to view the videos.

    Have a super weekend and a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 29 October.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • New News Story

    Published 05/10/18

    Dear parents/carers

    It’s been a funny old week? Was that really only four days?

    School has been a hive of activity, as always, with everyone back in ‘full swing’, following the lovely, long, hot, sunny weekend. 

    Aside from their teaching duties, teachers and school leaders have been in meetings for much of the week. Topics under discussion have included:

    • the teaching of RE under the new SIAMS framework
    • Funding streams - we are always on the lookout for ideas to raise additional funds for our school to give pupils the best resources and educational opportunities possible

    Next week is KS2 SATS week, commencing Monday 14th. Monday’s tests will centre on spelling, grammar and punctuation, with reading on Tuesday and maths later on in the week.

    This Friday will see the last of our maths booster sessions and we hope Year 6 children will reflect on all they have learned as well as endeavouring to get plenty of rest over the weekend. Children (and parents!) should relax, keep calm and maintain perspective; anxiety will do nothing to improve outcomes!

    We are looking forward to our mock royal wedding ceremony next Friday. Preparations are well underway with Mrs Buckley as nominated royal wedding coordinator and pupil representatives have been selected from Year 5 to act out the parts of the royal couple and other participants. We are grateful to Reverend Sarah and Mr Roger Crocker who have kindly agreed to conduct and accompany the ceremony respectively. We are hoping for pleasant weather so that the children may gather on the lawns for cake and squash following the formalities of the ceremony. A representative of the Women’s Institute has kindly agreed to judge our cake competition and Mrs Buckley and I look forward to selecting the winning hat creations.

    E- Safety: We make every effort to protect children from online hazards and we know that parents do likewise at home. It is important for adults to keep up to date with any new threats to children’s safety and parents may find the following worthy of further inspection: 

    Fortnite - Battle Royale - for 12+ violent content and no proof of age required to sign up

    Marvel Strike Force - rated 12 and unsuitable for primary school children; no proof of age required when signing up, can be addictive and includes violent content. 

    The NSPCC also produces some useful information that parents may find helpful and can be accessed by cutting and pasting the following link into your browser:  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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October 2018