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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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June 2018

  • NEWS - 14 JUNE 2018

    Published 15/06/18

    Next week’s value is Reflection

    “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart”. Proverbs 27:19

    Dear parents/carers

    It’s been unusually quiet in school this week! Year 6 children set off on Monday, to Chidham Residential Centre, run by the Christian Youth Enterprise Sailing Centre in Chichester and Year 5 children arrived safely, on Wednesday, to the more local High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, where they will spend a couple of days engaging in exciting outdoor activities. We expect all children (and adults) to arrive back on Friday afternoon and to sleep really well this weekend!

    On Monday evening, Miss Griffiths and I met with the parents of those new pupils who will be joining our Reception class in September. Children themselves came into school on Wednesday, for ‘SMART Club’ and their first taste of school. Everyone seemed to be settled and happy and we know that you will make new children and their parents very welcome, when they join us formally, later in the year. 

    Pupil numbers are expected to be only a little below this year’s numbers, in September, but we do still have about 6 vacant places in Reception and a couple of places available in other year groups. If you hear of anyone looking for a school place, please do let them know and encourage them to visit us. You are our greatest allies and most effective, unpaid, marketing executives!  It is worth knowing that, for every pupil on our register, we receive more funding with which to buy curriculum resources and provide children with extras that will further enhance their learning.

    On Wednesday afternoon, selected Year 3 and Year 4 children visited Charterhouse School, where they took part in the District Sports athletic events. Well done to all participants and thank you for representing St Mary’s School so brilliantly!

    I had a meeting with Mrs Oqvist this morning, when we put the final touches to the GDPR (General Data Protection Guidelines) paperwork, which will be sent to you in September. It would help us enormously if we could have a swift turnaround of this important information so please do look out for it and respond quickly. Thank you in anticipation for your cooperation. 

    Next week is national ‘Feel good Week’, which we will be kicking off with a visit from Mr Bowring and his hedgehogs! More about this special event in next week’s bulletin. 

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe


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  • NEWS - 7 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Published 09/06/18


    Next week’s value is Community

    “Let all that you do be done with Love”. Corinthians 16.14


    Dear parents/carers

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome all children and families back into school this week.

    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that you are not experiencing overwhelming  loneliness, in the absence of your children’s company for the first time in six weeks!

    We also welcome all new children and colleagues and hope that you will quickly settle into the routines and enjoy being part of the special community that is St Mary’s School. Please remember that we are here to help; if you have any concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to bring these to the attention of an established staff member, who will be more than happy to assist.

    Term has begun well, with all children arriving punctually and settling quickly into their new classrooms and routines. Children who are new to the school have each been appointed with a ‘buddy’- a nominated partner to support them through these early days of transition.

    Children have been reminded of the classroom and playground rules, as well as about e-safety, punctuality and good attendance. Teachers have also reinforced the importance of reporting any concerns in relation to bullying and each child  has been issued with a leaflet telling them how to tackle such concerns.  It is helpful if parents can also discuss these issues at home, so that children understand that parents and school work closely together, sharing the same expectations, for the children’s benefit.

    As you can see from the calendar dates, there is plenty to look forward to this term. Children should get ready to come dressed up as a character from one of Roald  Dahl’s famous books, next week. We do hope that everyone will participate.   

    Please note, there will be no Celebration Assembly this week.  

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe




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June 2018