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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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July 2018

  • NEWS - 12 JULY 2018

    Published 13/07/18

    Next week’s value is Confidence

    “I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength”. Philippians 4.13

    Dear parents/carers

    Well done to KS2 pupils who participated in the District Sports at Charterhouse School this week. Children trained intensely in preparation for the event and they certainly did us proud on the day! Well done to children and a big thank you to Mrs Wright for organising all of our sporting activities this term! More about the District results in Mrs Wright’s report below.

    Thank you to our Work Experience students, all former pupils of St Mary’s, who joined us in school over the past couple of weeks. Students helped out with end of term activities, including sporting events and the end of year production, gaining some valuable experience of life in a school setting, from the other side of the desk!

    Year 6 Moving Up Day went well on Monday when Mrs Newton made a special visit to meet her new class and she is looking forward to working with them in September. 

    Our grateful thanks to the Three Peaks Committee, who gave a brilliant presentation in Monday’s assembly. These wonderful ladies really are an inspiration to us all and we were thrilled to hear more about their training, exploits and the challenges they faced, when climbing the three highest mountains in the UK.

    Key Stage 2 SATS results were published on Tuesday! We are very pleased with the outcomes and all pupils, regardless of their individual results, should be extremely proud of their efforts. Well done, Year 6 children!

    Governors said a fond farewell to Reverend Sarah when she attended her final Governing Body meeting on Tuesday evening. The Chair, Mrs Doherty, thanked Sarah for her commitment and contribution to St Mary’s School and the church over the past 15 years. We are very sad to see her go and add our heartfelt thanks to Reverend Sarah. We wish her, and her family, every success and happiness in all future endeavours. We will certainly miss them!

    The end of year production had its first airing as a dress rehearsal on Wednesday morning. Nursery pupils visited St Mary’s to act as the first test audience and some last minute amendments have been introduced. Hopefully, all goes well and we are looking forward to this evening and tomorrow night’s performances. I should like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Cowley, and Andy from Musicworks, for giving so generously of their time to help us set up the sound system and carry out the sound checks. Thanks also to the PTA, to whom we are hugely indebted, for their support of this event and for all their hard work over the course of this year.

    Look out for end of year reports this Friday - if children are anything like me, when I was their age, they will have opened, read and eaten them by the time they get home!

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe




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  • NEWS - 6 DECEMBER 2018

    Published 12/07/18

    Next week’s value is Love

    “Love doesn’t hurt others.  So loving is the same as obeying all the law”.  Romans 13:10

    Dear parents/carers

    The events of this week have certainly served to inject a real flavour of Christmas into the school. Since the opening of the Christmas Post Box on Monday, there has been an escalating sense of festive cheer.

    On Tuesday, we welcomed visitors from the local Village Nursery to the Dress Rehearsal for our Nativity performance. Reception and Key Stage 1 children performed brilliantly and they have continued to perform well throughout the rest of the week. Well done to Reception and Key Stage 1 children and a big thank you to Miss Howells and all the teachers for their hard work in preparing our very youngest of pupils for their outstanding stage debuts!

    Christmas is no excuse for staff training to cease and, on Monday afternoon, we invited a representative of the Guildford Science Learning Partnership to carry out a joint ‘Learning Walk’ to establish the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our science lessons. All classes were observed carrying out a wide variety of exciting, explorative investigations. The observer commented on the enjoyment of children and the great links to class topic work – for instance Year 2 were designing a waterproof bucket with which to carry water to put out the Great Fire of London and Year 4 children were deciding on the best material to insulate against the sound of the World War 2 Air Raid Sirens! The afternoon’s Learning Walk was followed by a twilight staff training session, during which teachers engaged in some experimental work of their own and were given tips on further embedding children’s understanding and use of scientific vocabulary.

    Well done to our Sports Crew who has been inspiring others with their determination and resilience this week! A big well done too, to Year 5 and 6 pupils who participated in the Barrow Hills Cross Country event on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Wright who quietly engineers these exciting sporting opportunities for children. Read more about our sporting successes below.

    Please can I remind all children and parents that the outdoor Adventure Play Areas are out of bounds after school. There is signage to this effect in the vicinity of the play areas and we implore parents to discourage children (including pre-school siblings) from using the equipment. Aside from the obvious health and safety implications and lack of clarity regarding attribution of responsibility, the areas cannot be supervised by school staff and they do need to be available and safe for legitimate use, by pupils attending Koosa After School Care Club. Thank you in anticipation of your kind cooperation.

    Finally, tomorrow is Mufti Day (in return for donations for the PTA Christmas Fair). It is also the day of our final Nativity performance (9.30am) and a celebration of excellence in our final REACH assembly of the term at 2.15pm.

    Please note there will be no Celebration Assembly next Friday as the hall will be in use for the Christmas Fair! We look forward to seeing you there!
    Have a super weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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July 2018