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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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May 2018

  • NEWS - 24 MAY 2018

    Published 24/05/18

    Next week’s value is Wisdom

    “Happy is the person who finds wisdom.  And happy is the person who gets understanding.  Proverbs 3:13

    Dear parents/carers

    Who can believe it’s the final week of half term? It feels like only a very brief time since we returned to school after the Easter holiday!

    Year 2 children have been busy with their KS1 SATs papers this week and, whilst the papers have yet to be formally marked, the impression is that children have done well. Congratulations to Year 2 children and to their teachers who have prepared them for their tests.

    This week has been a busy week for school leaders. Mrs Buckley attended a SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Conference, in London, on Tuesday, whilst I updated my Level 3 Advanced Safeguarding Certificate, in Kingston upon Thames. Continuing professional development is important for all our staff and we endeavour to participate in the most current and relevant training, ultimately, to maintain safety, welfare and excellent educational provision for our children.

    It is worth reminding parents that, on the issue of safeguarding, Mrs Buckley is the school’s main Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and that I am her Deputy. If any parent has a concern about the safety or welfare of a child or family, please don’t hesitate to approach either Mrs Buckley or myself for a confidential discussion. If you have a concern about the safety of a child or family and prefer to contact Children’s Services direct, you can call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), which responds to initial enquiries about children, young people and adults. The MASH is based at Guildford Police Station and combines Children's Service social workers, Adult's Service social workers, and health and police staff.

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    On Wednesday and Thursday, I attended a residential course for Headteachers of all Good Shepherd Trust Schools. There was a great deal of interesting discussion and some effective sharing of ideas, under the chairmanship of the Trust’s new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tony Billings. 

    Back in school on Thursday, children were treated to a visit from representatives of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI). Children learned about lifeboats and the procedures deployed to save lives at sea. Children were thrilled to see an actual lifeboat and some took the opportunity to try on the water-proof gear, which would be worn during a sea rescue.

    Next week is half term followed by INSET Day on Monday 4th June. Children should return to school for the second half of the summer term, on Tuesday 5th June 2018.

    Have a brilliant weekend and a safe and happy half term!

    Janis Radcliffe




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  • NEWS - 17 MAY 2018

    Published 17/05/18

    Next week’s value is Reverence


    “Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” Hebrews 12:28

    Dear parents/carers

    Year 6 children sat their national tests (SATs) this week. All participants remained calm and demonstrated resilience, when faced with the rigours of the testing programme. Well done to Year 6! We know that you will have done your very best and, regardless of outcomes, we are very proud of you all!

    In relation to the SATs tests, we had a surprise visit, on Wednesday morning, from Ms Laura Dobson, a monitoring inspector, whose role was to check on the storage of test materials and the administration of the tests. I am pleased to report that Ms Dobson was satisfied with St Mary’s test paper storage arrangements and that she confirmed the tests were correctly carried out, in keeping with formal test administration guidelines.

    Year 1 children and their teachers had a wonderful day out on Wednesday. They visited Southsea and HMS Victory. Children collected shells and other artefacts from the beach and they were very excited to see the amazing boat! The weather could have been better but, all in all, it was an excellent day out, which included lots of fun, laughter and hands-on learning. Teachers reported back on good behaviour throughout the day. Well done, Year 1 and a big thank you to Year 1 teachers and their helpers.

    We have been blessed with visits from representatives of the Good Shepherd Trust recently. Following a visit, last week, from the CEO (Mr Billings), we welcomed one of the Finance Directors to Tuesday’s meeting of the governing body and teachers met Mrs Jo Cambra in Wednesday’s staff meeting. Mrs Cambra talked knowledgeably, about the GDPR (Data Protection) legislation and associated requirements. It is likely that you will receive some communication from our administration department, in due course and you will be required to confirm that you have given consent for various things. Please look out for the paperwork and be sure to return it promptly.

    On Thursday, school leaders met with the Early Years Leader, Miss Griffiths, for a review of our Early Years’ Action Plan. Children in Reception classes are enjoying their writing and story-telling and we are predicting that they will all have made good progress by the end of the year and that the majority of them will attain a good level of development. Well done, Reception; this bodes well for Year 1 and beyond. 

    Tomorrow, the school will be celebrating the royal wedding with a mock wedding ceremony conducted by the very Reverend Sarah. I look forward to telling you more about this exciting event in next week’s bulletin. In the meantime, thank you to Reverend Sarah and to pupils who are taking part and to Mrs Buckley and Mrs Balchin for coordinating the event.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe


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  • NEWS - 5 JULY 2018

    Published 07/05/18

    Next week’s value is Creativity “In all the work you are doing, work the best you can.  Work as if you were working for the Lord, not men.” Colossians 3:23

    Dear parents/carers

    Counting down.... 11 school days to go until the end of term!   The majority of children have already met their new class teachers. Children in Year 5 will meet their teacher, Mrs Newton, on Monday 9th July 2018. Mrs Newton is looking forward to getting to know them better.  We welcome Miss Emma Hampshire to Year 4.

    This week saw the last of the after school clubs. Be ready to look out for information about our new autumn term clubs; you can sign up early in September.

    Year 3 went to Sea City in Southampton - a fitting visit to the historic museum to reinforce what they learned in their Titanic topic work. Everyone had a good day and, as always, Mr Bannister was impressed with children’s behaviour.

    School Council members delivered our assembly on Monday.  Next year will see some new members elected so do encourage your child to apply, if they have an interest in making a difference!  More details below.

    The Open the Book team from our local group of churches gave their final assembly of the year on Tuesday. We should like to thank the team for entertaining and teaching us about bible stories throughout the year and wish them all a restful and well deserved break.

    Year 6 children have been visiting senior schools recently to prepare themselves for the transition and we hosted the last of our SMART clubs for new Reception class children and parents earlier this week. Our thanks to Miss Griffiths for her hard work and to the PTA for supporting - explaining to new parents how the PTA works and showing some items of uniform.

    On Wednesday, children in Upper Key Stage 2 visited the Cathedral for the ‘God and the Big Bang’ experience.  Children participated in workshops led by three highly esteemed research scientists, one of whom is a science magician and a member of the Inner Magic Circle.  Children were encouraged to consider and question the relationship between faith and evolution.  The children asked thought provoking questions and gave mature and reflective responses.  The behaviour was exemplary and they made the accompanying adults very proud.  Thank you to Reverend Sarah and the church for organising and funding this event.

    KS2 Confederation sports day took place today at Woolmer Hill, more news on this next week.

    Something to look forward week, on Monday, the fantastic, the fabulous, the incredible, the magnificent, the awesome ‘Three Peaks’ team will be in school, in the morning, when they will deliver an assembly to children, telling them all about their adventures whilst climbing the three highest mountains in the UK.

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe


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May 2018