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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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February 2019

  • NEWS - 28 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 28/02/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

    “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see”.  Hebrews

    Dear parents/carers

    I hope you were able to make the most of the wonderful weather during half term! How fortunate we were to experience ‘above average’ temperatures for this time of year!  Over half term our new Outdoor Classroom has been installed thanks to the fundraising of the 3 Peaks Team!  We are very excited by the new addition to the playground and look forward to many outdoor learning opportunities.

    The second half of the spring term has got off to a flying start! I have been reflecting, alongside my busy colleagues, on how it seems like more than four days since we returned to school after the half term! Monday was the first of our earlier-timed assemblies, since we adjusted the timetable to fit in more curriculum time.  On Wednesday, I attended an all-day training event at the Good Shepherd Trust offices, when head teachers heard, from a practising psychologist, about the latest developments and provisions offered by Educational Psychology Services. During the afternoon, we were privileged to receive detailed and well-informed child protection/safeguarding training. 

    This afternoon, Mrs Buckley and I meet with the Trust’s Director of Education. We will talk through our experience of the recent inspection, in respect of which we expect to receive a formal account of findings at some point during the next couple of weeks. Please look out for the report in an A4-size envelope in children’s bags.

    Tomorrow, to finish off the week, children in all classes are to be treated to a performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ presented by ‘M and M Productions’. There will no Monday morning assembly and no Celebration Assembly next week.

    Two of our teaching assistants will be out of school tomorrow. They will be attending the training centre at Guildford Church House, where they will learn about supporting teaching and learning in Early Years.  Mid-year staff appraisals are due to commence next week. As well as assessing teachers progress towards meeting their predicted targets for pupil outcomes at the end of this year, this provides me with an opportunity to thank all of my colleagues for their invaluable contribution to the school.

    Finally, a reminder that next Friday (8 February), children may come to school dressed as animals, in return for a small fee (£1). This is to support the World Wildlife Fund, a charity which raises money to help sick and injured animals. This is a cause that is very dear to our children’s hearts. The Mufti Day was instigated by our Pupil Leadership Team and School Council! This is yet another example of children displaying caring attitudes and the values we try to promote. Aren’t they all wonderful! 

    Have a super weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 14 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 14/02/19

    Next week’s value is Hope

    “Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see”.  Hebrews

    Dear parents/carers

    Our Book Fair has been very popular this week (Book Week). Children and teachers are looking forward to returning to school at 6.15pm for an evening of Bedtime Stories. Thank you in advance to teachers for giving up their time and for our kind-hearted PTA members who will be providing hot chocolate.

    Tomorrow is Book Character Dress Up Day when children can come to school dressed as a character from a book of their choosing. There have been a few Mufti Days in recent weeks and we are aware that this can be costly for parents, so there will be no charge for the privilege, on this occasion.

    Well done to Pupil Leaders who prepared and delivered an assembly on the subjects of Resilience and Positive Mental Health this week. Should you or your children wish to see the presentation, you can find a copy of the PowerPoint, used in the Assembly, located in the pupil leadership section of the school website at: https://www.stmaryschidd.org/

    For those of you who may have missed Miss Howell’s and Miss Clark’s presentations last Thursday evening, you can find the Literacy and Maths Leaders presentations on the school website.

    On Tuesday, Mrs Buckley attended the annual SEND Conference to learn about latest developments regarding the care and support of children with additional learning needs. Mrs Buckley came back to school, armed with a wealth of information, which she has already shared with colleagues.

    For my own part, I was invited to give feedback to other School Leaders, regarding my reflections on the school’s recent Ofsted experience and there was more training for Mrs Chaplin, who attended a Paediatric First Aid Course.

    Finally, a reminder that tomorrow’s Celebration Assembly is the last, regular gathering of its kind. Future Celebration Assemblies will take place half termly however, parents will be notified, via the ‘Seesaw’ App, if their child has received a nomination and Jigsaw piece.

    Have a wonderful weekend and a very safe and happy half term.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • NEWS - 7 FEBRUARY 2019

    Published 07/02/19

    Next week’s value is Honesty

    “Honest people can always feel secure, but lying cheaters will be caught.”

    Proverbs 10:9

    Dear parents/carers

    Well, that was the week, that was!

    Our school values – hope – respect – community – and wisdom, have been played out in every corner of the school this week. Ofsted Inspectors spent two days with us, this Tuesday and Wednesday. We thank parents for their support and patience in case of any short delays in responding to your communications. Thank you to those parents who took the time to respond to Ofsted’s letter and request for your views and opinions about our school. You can of course, access the Ofsted Parent View portal, at any time, to upload your comments. Naturally, if you have cause for concern, we recommend that you raise this with the school, in the first instance.  

    The inspection outcome is highly confidential.  Staff do not know the outcome and will be unable to discuss Inspection findings with you. However, we do expect to receive a draft report within the next three or four weeks (excluding half term). Once in receipt of the final report, and Ofsted’s authorisation to publish it, we will share this with parents, without further delay.

    Inspectors were somewhat surprised to see children arriving dressed as doctors, nurses, surgeons and patients on Tuesday, many of the children displaying apparently quite serious injuries! One boy hobbled round school on crutches all day and there were multiple cases of ‘red spots’, some of which remain, to this day, having been produced using rather indelible marker pen! Hopefully, the weekend’s bath-time scrub will resolve this issue, so that children can make a ‘fresh-faced’ start on Monday. The sum total of money raised through Mufti donations and the after school Cake Sale, was just a little short of £300! Well done to children and thanks to parents for your support. Special thanks should go to Kayleb in Year 6, who, on learning about the plight of Chiddingfold Surgery, used his initiative to instigate the Mufti Day. Look out for more information and photographs in the Haslemere Herald!

    A reminder that there is a timetables and spelling information evening for parents of children in Years 2 to 6, this evening, Thursday 7th February 2019 at 6.30pm; our thanks, in advance, to PTA members who have kindly agreed to serve refreshments from 6.15pm. 

    Finally, a reminder that this Friday will be the penultimate Celebration Assembly. When we return to school after half term, Celebration Assemblies will occur only once every half term. Parents are however, invited to join us for Monday assemblies at 10.10 am and/or the short Friday replacement assembly at 9.00am weekly. The extra time, on Friday afternoons, will be used to further extend the time available for teaching an increasingly rich and varied curriculum.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe
    Head teacher

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February 2019