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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 2019

  • NEWS - 23 MAY 2019

    Published 23/05/19

    Next week’s value is Kindness

    “A smile makes people happy.  Good news makes them feel better.” Proverbs 15:30

    Dear parents/carers

    Mrs Radcliffe has been attending a residential Headteachers Conference this week which leaves me to fill you in on this week’s events!

    It has been a super busy week here at St Mary’s.  The week commenced with everyone still buzzing from the fantastic day at Chiddfest.  It really showcased our wonderful village and what can be achieved when the community comes together.  However, this is a huge task to organise and our thanks and congratulations go out to Mrs White and her team for their hard work. Well done everyone, you should feel immensely proud!

    The ladies from the WI joined us for assembly on Monday morning to present the school with a cup to commemorate their 100th year.  The cup is to be presented at the end of the year in our awards ceremony to a Year 6 pupil who has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable living and a desire to promote global awareness, a pupil who wishes to make a difference to our community and our world.

    The WI enjoyed the beautiful singing from the children, followed by tea and cake served by our Year 5 pupils.

    Year 2 have been undergoing their ‘secret agent’ training this week. (SATs)  All have demonstrated perseverance and a maturity beyond their years.  Miss Howells is very proud of all them.

    On Tuesday I attended a curriculum conference in London. It confirmed for me that we are on the right path with our vision here at St. Mary’s; for all children to be exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum that incorporates wider global issues,  enabling them to be critical thinkers and  preparing them for their futures.

    Year 6 attended a Pentecost workshop at the Cathedral on Wednesday morning whilst the rest of the school took part in ‘share a pencil day’.  This is to highlight to the children how fortunate they are to have access to an education, something that we take for granted and yet is denied to many children across the globe.  Thank you to Mrs Spong for organising this event.

    Friday is the last day of this half term, so our Celebration Assembly will take place at 2.15 to present completed certificates.  Everyone is welcome.

    Please remember to take home PE kits and check the lost property box for ‘missing’ items.

    Check out our new Twitter page and follow us @st_chiddingfold

    The final half term commences on Monday 3rd June.

    Have a wonderful half term, let’s hope the sun continues to shine! 

    Sheila Buckley

    Deputy Head

     

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  • News 16th May 2019

    Published 16/05/19

    Next week’s value is Kindness

     

    “A smile makes people happy.  Good news makes them feel better.” Proverbs 15:30

    Dear parents/carers

    Other schools may have been solemn places this week but not so, St Mary’s. Our Year 6 children ‘enjoyed’ taking their SATs papers and all of them benefited from just the right healthy dose of adrenaline to boost their performance. That said, I am sure they are glad it’s all over because Mrs Newton has so many more exciting things in store for them this term!

    Year 2 will take their SATs papers next week. Miss Howells has written to parents to give an outline but there are no special requirements of children or parents other than to remain calm and check that children have a healthy diet and plenty of sleep.

    This week’s value of the week (empathy) has been well demonstrated by children in classes not taking SATs papers. Children have shown an awareness that the tests are in progress and they have shown due respect, modifying their behaviour and adapting their noise levels to ensure they did not disturb the hard-working examinees.

    We are looking forward to Chiddfest on Saturday and our grateful thanks go to Mr Crocker, the church choirmaster, and Kate from The Music Works, for their support in preparing children and teachers respectively for this weekend’s event. I don’t want to give too much away but I am prepared to advise that a handkerchief might be a useful accessory to pack on the day!

    With the curriculum under review, we are always looking at ways to broaden opportunities for our children. This week, teachers have been talking about careers education for pupils. We would like to invite any parent, grandparent, friend or associate of St Mary’s School to consider giving up a short spell of their time to talk to children about career opportunities within their field of employment. Please see more about this below and do let Mrs Oqvist know if you think you could contribute to our proposed ‘Careers Fair’.

    Mrs Wright was keen to tell me that she and Mr Hanson enjoyed a lovely afternoon of football on Wednesday this week. For more information, see Mrs Wright’s report below, but suffice for me to say that I was delighted to hear that the selected pupils’ behaviour was second-to-none! Well done, boys! Another case of St Mary’s pupils being good ambassadors for our school!

    Have a fabulous weekend. See you on Saturday!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

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  • News - 9th MAY 2019

    Published 09/05/19

    Next week’s value is Empathy

    “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

    Dear parents/carers

    What a funny week that was! No Monday and already, it’s Thursday! How did that happen?

    Nevertheless, St Mary’s School has been its usual hive of activity, starting with Tuesday’s Eco-brick workshops when children learned about the importance of recycling and considered ways to dispose of, and even make good use of their waste. This is both timely and fascinating. Did you see an article in this week’s news about the recycling of human waste to make useful products? And a US based company is already converting 100 per cent plastic waste into an alternative building material. 

    The problem of plastic waste is massive; according to statistics by the World Economic Forum, by the year 2050, there will be more plastic waste in our oceans than there are fish! So innovations that turn could turn mountains of trash into functional products are crucial to our handling of the problem. We are making a start and hopefully encouraging children to pursue new careers that might involve innovative solutions to tackling waste. For an interesting article on how waste can be used to make products such as ‘newspaper wood’, ‘nappy roofing’, ‘mushroom walls’ and ‘Plasphalt’, may I suggest a visit to the following website:

    https://www.citymetric.com/skylines/9-building-materials-made-entirely-waste-products-932

    Our thanks to Mrs Creswell for organising the Ecobricks workshops.

    Teachers and children have been practising furiously for their performance at Chiddfest (more about this below, including deadline dates for purchasing online tickets and details of timings and supervision for children who are performing on the day).

    You may know that Miss Clark, our maths subject leader, has been regularly engaging in research and learning about the teaching of maths for mastery, through the Surrey Maths Hub. On Friday we are expecting a number of visitors to St Mary’s, including headteachers and mathematicians from other schools, who will observe Miss Clark’s delivery of a mastery maths lesson with her own class. We are very proud of Miss Clark, who, although relatively new to the teaching profession, has developed the confidence and charisma to present to a large audience so that, not only is she serving St Mary’s well but can have a potentially much wider influence, both across the confederation and trust schools. And Miss Clark really did volunteer with no arm twisting required! Well done, Miss Clark; we all think you’re amazing!

    Next week is KS2 SATS week so I hope Year 6 children will get plenty of fresh air and rest this weekend. If recent practice tests are anything to go by, I know that they will do their very best and make us all very proud!

    Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Headteacher

     

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  • News - 2nd MAY 2019

    Published 02/05/19

    Next week’s value is Empathy

    “Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.”  Romans 12:15

    Dear parents/carers

    Mrs Buckley and I have been keeping an eye on children’s uniform this week. The majority of children are in the correct attire but please do familiarise yourself with uniform requirements and ensure that children are correctly attired, with no extraneous embellishments such as tattoos, earrings and/or over-sized hair accessories. Thank you for your cooperation.

    There was no uniform for Year 3 children on Monday, however, since they were all dressed as characters from the 1912 voyage of the RMS Titanic. Children enjoyed welcoming a very knowledgeable visitor from Godalming Museum who brought interesting artefacts and told the children more about that fateful Titanic voyage.

    Children and teachers alike have been practising their singing performance for the forthcoming Chiddfest concert (Saturday 18 May). This promises to be yet another very exciting event, suitable for all ages, and it is hope that as many families as possible will attend. Tickets can be purchased on line at:

    https://www.bing.com/search?q=chidfest&form=IE9TR&src=IE9TR&pc=MDDRJS

    Gates open at 12.30pm.

    Remember Monday is Bank Holiday; let’s hope for some splendid weather and an opportunity to get outdoors.

    If you are partying over the weekend, don’t worry about what to do with those empty plastic drinks bottles because, on their return to school on Tuesday, children can bring them with them to recycle them in our Ecobricks morning workshops. Ecobricks are plastic bottles which can be filled with other plastic materials to create a dense product that can be used as a  building block. For more information about Ecobricks, visit: https://www.bing.com/search?q=ecorbicks&form=IE9TR&src=IE9TR&pc=MDDRJS

    Parents, these days, have a lot to contend with, not least the imperative to teach children about recycling and sustainability. Since the explosion of technology, they have the additional safety concerns associated with the over-use or potentially inappropriate use of the internet and social media. The following E-safety materials might help; they are new resources available on line. You can find out more about how to keep your children safe, including for older children, using the links below (see Internet Safety). 

    One way to keep children off the internet and get them into the great outdoors is to wake them up at 4.30am and encourage them to listen to the Dawn Chorus! More about an opportunity to do this below.

    I hope you enjoy listening to the birds and that you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

    See you all on Tuesday!

    Internet Safety

    Keeping under 7s safe online

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/our-views/how-you-can-keep-your-under-7s-safe-online/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    ‘ThinkUKnow Toolkit 11+’  tackles a wide range of issues including child exploitation and digital dating.

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/thinkuknow-toolkit/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    Tips for parents on using Bluetooth devices safely

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/what-is-the-internet-of-things-iot/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=a2f3bcc3b7-EMAIL_TUK_APRIL_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-a2f3bcc3b7-55094469

    I hope you enjoy listening to the birds and that you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

    See you all on Tuesday!

    Headteacher

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May 2019