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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 2018

  • NEWS - 29 MARCH 2018

    Published 29/03/18

    We wish you all a very Happy Easter

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  • NEWS - 22 MARCH 2018

    Published 22/03/18

    Next week’s value is Trust

     

    “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”. Psalm 20:7

    Dear parents/carers

    Only one more week until the end of term! With the clocks going forward this weekend, and the promise of brighter, lighter nights to follow, we hope children will take the opportunity to get outdoors in the evenings and at weekends. We are very impressed with the ‘Mums of St Mary’s’, a group of local mums who are setting an example, by taking on the ‘Three Peaks’ challenge in the great outdoors, during the summer. For more information about this and to find out how children can get involved, see below and look out in book bags for further information. Thank you and good luck to all brave participants!

    Our PTA members were busy again last week, raising money for the school by running a super ‘Fashion Show’ and wine evening. Thank you to Mrs Davis and other volunteers for organising and hosting the event and well done to my brave colleagues, who became accomplished catwalk models on the night! (Let’s hope there were no Versace talent spotters in the audience)!

    It is thanks to the hard work of our PTA and other local fundraising committees, including the bonfire committee and Chiddingfold residents, that we are able to purchase extras for the school. We have recently purchased a defibrillator which will give us peace of mind in case of any incidents requiring this level of First Aid. We understand it is fairly simple to use, nevertheless, staff training will take place shortly, courtesy of yet another generous and well-informed mummy! Thanks to PTA funding an umbrella to provide additional playground shade has been purchased and we expect this to be installed during the Easter holidays so children have extra shade in time for the long and glorious summer!

    Earlier this week, we welcomed Mr Ashley McKenzie (London and Rio Judo Olympian) and Ms Fiona Chan (current veteran British and European Judo Champion/world medallist), to our morning assembly.  Children were thrilled to be in the company of such high profile sports personalities, as they learned about the discipline and self-control required to become an accomplished judo practitioner. Children also had the opportunity to practise some of the simpler judo moves and our Year 5 teacher, Miss Clark was successful in ‘flooring’ the veteran champion! There is an opportunity for children to learn more about judo by attending Kinsa Judo’s new morning club from 24 April (8.00am to 8.30am). More information about costs, timings and alternative venues attached. 

    Assuming the weather does brighten up, children have the option to wear summer uniform after Easter.  Please ensure they have the correct uniform and kit: royal blue cardigans/fleeces, the correct socks, hair accessories, polished shoes etc – the following link on our website outlines the uniform requirements:- https://www.stmaryschidd.org/page/?title=School+Uniform&pid=37.  Children’s uniform will be checked, at intervals, throughout the summer term as we have demonstrated that it can impact on learning and playground behaviour (tidy appearance=tidy mind)! As always, we endeavour to encourage positive, respectful behaviour and good manners. Our children are generally very well behaved and we are proud that we are often commended for this in reports from hosts when we visit places of interest outside of school. Thank you for your support for this important aspect of our school - it doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s what makes St Mary’s stand out from the crowd!

    Finally, thank you and well done to Reception B children and their teachers, for a very entertaining and informative assembly on Thursday morning! Children presented the story of The Gingerbread Man and explained the scientific reasons behind the said cookies fear of water! Well done!

    Have a great weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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  • NEWS - 15 MARCH 2018

    Published 15/03/18

    Next week’s value is Trust

    “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”. Psalm 20:7

    Dear Parents/Carers

    We are fast approaching the Easter weekend with only two weeks to go before the end of term.

    It has been another busy week at St Mary’s and we anticipate that this will remain the case until the end of term. Year 2’s rescheduled visit to Marwell Zoo was a great success with lots to see and much better weather than the original date! Year 5 children also enjoyed their day trip to Winchester Science Museum and Planetarium on Tuesday. Children were well behaved ambassadors for our school. More about these exciting adventures below but suffice for me to say well done to all the children in Years 2 and 5 and thank you to all our staff and adult helpers.

    Well done to Year 5 and 6 netball team competitors who played at Rodborough School this week and also to our footballers who played at St Bart’s the week before. It’s not the winning but the taking part that counts and Mrs Wright has reported that everyone gave of their absolute best! Thank you, Mrs Wright for organising these extra sporting opportunities for our children and to all our adult helpers for your invaluable support. 

    On Thursday, selected children visited Chandler School for an ‘Able Writers’ Day’. This is a challenging extension opportunity for individuals who demonstrate literacy competence and expertise. Well done to our four attendees and thank you to Mrs Dickson who accompanied the children. 

    On Thursday morning, although I missed the assembly because I was out of school attending a Good Shepherd Trust business meeting, I had hardly set foot back in the school building before one of my esteemed colleagues approached me to tell me about the success of Year 4’s class assembly. Well done to Year 4 children and their teachers, for presenting an entertaining tribute to the Egyptians, as part of this term’s themed topic work.

    Staff training: This week’s staff meeting was led by Mrs Ryder. Mrs Ryder is our history subject leader and she gave feedback to colleagues from a recent history conference.

    Have a great weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 3 MAY 2018

    Published 05/03/18

    Next week’s value is Kindness

    “The islanders showed us kindness.  They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold”.  Acts 28:2

    Dear parents/carers

    Clubs began in earnest this week; there were lots of outdoor activities as well as a lovely, mouth-watering smell emanating from the activity room indoors!

    This week’s value of the week has been ‘kindness’ and children have been challenged to think about ways in which they can demonstrate this. Of course, they have risen to the occasion and we have seen some lovely examples of kindness and helpfulness around the school.

    Today (Thursday), we welcomed two very special visitors. Mr Tony Billings (Chief Executive of The Good Shepherd Trust) and Mrs Caroline Doherty (Chair of Governors) visited us! They both enjoyed their tour of the school. Children were well-behaved and proved to be great ambassadors for the school, demonstrating respect, showing off their good manners and responding politely to enquiries, leaving visitors with a very positive impression of St Mary’s School. 

    Children may have told you that, on Tuesday, we had a hitch with the fire alarm system, when it was unintentionally triggered! As a precautionary measure children had to be evacuated from the dining hall, whilst school leaders checked the kitchens, boiler rooms and appliances. Fortunately, staff and children were very well prepared and the whole event unfolded like clock-work, with some children even leaving their half-eaten lunches to line up in silence on the playground, under the instruction of their teachers. Well done and thank you to everyone - no need to panic!

    Next Monday (7th May) is Bank Holiday Monday so let’s hope for warmer weather! We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 8 May 2018, same time, same place! 

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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March 2018