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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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September 2018

  • NEWS - 27 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Published 27/09/18

    Next week’s value is Friendship

    “Do for other people what you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:31

     

    Dear parents/carers

    Team work was our value of the week and it was great to see so many teams, associated with the school, working together harmoniously for the good of all.

    The Senior Leadership Team had their work cut out, explaining the strengths and areas for development to our GST School Effectiveness Officer (all good practice for Ofsted!) whilst the Pupil Leadership Team have been efficiently carrying out their duties, including patrolling corridors, setting up assemblies, counting up house-points, helping younger pupils keep the peace and assessing the tidiness of cloakrooms! 

    The teaching team have led excursions to the Rural Life Centre (Year 4) and Butser Ancient Farm (Year2).  A big thank you to teachers and helpers and a rousing well done to children for displaying their brilliant, child-like sense of awe and wonder, as well as for their excellent behaviour! 

    The PTA has also been busy and had its first meeting of the school year this week. At the meeting, representatives looked back at what they had been able to fund for the school last year to enhance the learning and experiences of all the children. The school is, as ever, extremely grateful to PTA members who work so hard to bring additional resources to our school through their dedicated fundraising activities. 

    Last year, the PTA paid for leavers’ pens and diaries for all year 6 pupils; it also paid for the shade sail and new picnic tables in the playground (fabulous foresight as it turned out with the early summer heat wave we had!).  PTA funds also paid for the Biz School event, a Defibrillator for the school, and they also covered the cost of putting interactive smart boards in, Y3 and Y4.  Finally the PTA funds paid for the newly installed adventure playgrounds that popped up over the summer holidays during 2017 and the new sound system in the hall.  Those last 2 items alone came in at a cost of nearly £9,000 so you can see how substantial the support that the school gets from the PTA is and how those mufti pound coins and drinks tombola bottles add up!!

    Finally, Mr Whitbourn continues to lead the caretaking of our school. Without him, the school wouldn’t even open in the mornings! I feel sure that you and your children would like to wish Mr Whitbourn a very happy birthday for this week!

    Happy Birthday Mr Whitbourn!

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

     

    Headteacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 20 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Published 20/09/18

    Next week’s value is Friendship

    “Do for other people what you want them to do for you.” Luke 6:31

     

    Dear parents/carers

    We have had another fun-filled week! From the fabulous display of costumes in last Friday’s Dahlicious Day to the events of this week, children have enjoyed their learning and grown in confidence.

    Year 1 children had a great day out at Arundel Castle on Wednesday. Thank you to teachers and volunteers who supported the trip. Well done to Year 1 children whose exemplary behaviour made the teachers very proud!

    I would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents who have donated to our School Fund. Each term, we ask parents to make a donation (see below under School Fund Donation) and we are always hugely impressed with the level of response. I am indebted to parents who contribute so much to the school, both through their contribution to the School Fund as well as in other ways, including through one-off donations, involvement in PTA fund-raising activities, cake-baking, and donation of resources, toys, gifts and raffle prizes and so on. Please know that your contributions are very much appreciated. The additional income goes towards the extras for the children that make the St Mary’s experience just that bit more special! Thank you again for all that you do for us!

    Next week, as part of their preparation and warm-up work for their termly topics, Year 4 children are looking forward to visiting the Rural Life Centre and Year 3 children are going to Butser Ancient Farm. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable trip.

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • NEWS - 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

    Published 20/09/18

    Next week’s value is Community

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

    Dear parents/carers

     

    Welcome to all new Reception children who joined St Mary’s School this week. Miss Griffiths reports there have been times when she has been unable to see the classroom carpet for toys, nevertheless she has been impressed with children’s sense of awe and wonder and with their thirst for learning! Miss Griffiths has been sleeping extremely well this week!

    Our new Pupil Leadership Team got off to a good start on Monday morning when they presented an informative assembly to the school. Peer Mediation Team members revealed how they can help younger children resolve small playground disputes; generally through promoting discussion and compromise. Peer mediators are actively trained in conflict resolution techniques and they are given clear instructions regarding their role and when to refer concerns to an adult.

    On Thursday morning we held our ‘New Beginnings’ Service at St Mary’s Church. We formally welcomed new pupils, parents and colleagues and we hope you will be very happy in your new school! 

    Tomorrow (Friday) is ‘Dahlicious Day’ when we look forward to seeing some fabulous outfits representing characters from the much-loved Roald Dahl’s books.

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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September 2018