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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 2019

  • NEWS - 20th June 2019

    Published 21/06/19

    Next week’s value is Loyalty

    “A person who tries to live right and be loyal finds life, success and honor.” Proverbs 21:21

    Dear parents/carers

    With Year 5 and 6 children back in school this week, we had hoped for a full calendar of activities and events, as planned. Unfortunately, for KS2 children, there was no option but to cancel their sports afternoon on Tuesday, due to poor weather and potentially hazardous ground conditions. Cancellation decisions are always difficult to call and just moments after the decision was announced the weather did seem to brighten up. I was reassured however, by Mrs Wright’s report that, raining or not, the ground conditions were indeed treacherous. 

    Rain aside, Sports Day wasn’t entirely a ‘wash-out’, because younger children had managed to complete their events in the morning. Everyone remained positive and patient and shared in the good humour of it all, including parents who relocated to the indoors, with their children, for ‘picnic’ lunches, albeit dressed in raincoats! Thank you for your patience and kind understanding.  

    Mrs Wright counted-up the points from the morning’s activities and deduced that ‘Emerald’ team were the winners. Well done, Emerald!  House Captains accepted the trophy on behalf of their team in an unscheduled afternoon assembly, attended by all pupils, who sang, at the top of their voices, to the tune of ‘We are the Champions’!

    Our thanks to Mrs Wright for her brilliant organisational skills. Mrs Wright has also kindly promised to allow Key Stage 2 children an opportunity to complete their races during their regular PE sessions before the end of this term.

    Year 4 left for Sayers’ Croft on Wednesday. Fingers crossed they have an exciting time, in spite of the vagaries of the British weather!

    Year 6 pupils treated our audience to a wonderful class assembly on Thursday. Well done and thank you, Year 6 children, and thank you to Mrs Newton and colleagues for all their hard work in preparing the children to deliver an entertaining assembly. We look forward to our end of term production, when we will have the privilege of seeing the further development of speech and drama skills in our school. 

    We also wanted to share some of the Chiddfest numbers with you; 1,800 people attended the event and raised a phenomenal £18,000 which the local youth groups and the school will benefit from.  A huge thank you to all those involved in making it such an overwhelming success.

    We are also looking forward to tomorrow (Friday) when we will be hosting the first of our ‘Careers Carousels’. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to take part by sharing with children the intricacies of their professional lives so that children may learn about what different jobs entail and maybe consider them as possibilities for future paid careers.  Won’t it be nice when they start ‘paying their way’?

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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  • News - 13 June 2019

    Published 14/06/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

    “Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you”.  Matthew 23:11

    Dear parents/carers

    This week has been a relatively quiet week in school, due to children and teachers from Years 5 and 6 being out on their annual residential visit. We understand they are having a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming them back in school next week, when, no doubt, they will have lots of exciting news to share (and sleep to catch up on)!  Our thanks to the Chidham organisers and Year 5 and 6 teachers and assistants for all their hard work. No doubt, they, too, will sleep well this weekend.

    It goes without saying that sleep is crucial but did you know the extent to which sleep can affect your child’s physical and mental development. Research has shown that sleep is as important as exercise and healthy eating, if your child is to thrive and enjoy optimal health and wellbeing. Children who do not get enough sleep can develop a number of health related problems including obesity, difficulty in concentrating, over-activity and irritability. For more about this fascinating subject, I can personally recommend a book entitled ‘Why we Sleep’, by Matthew Walker. See also an introductory article in the Guardian at:  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/21/why-we-sleep-by-matthew-walker-review.

    Our Year 3’s weren’t sleepy on Thursday morning when they delivered an amazing assembly on the subject of this term’s topic work ‘The Titanic’. Our thanks to the children, Mrs Ryder, and Mrs Balchin for all their hard work. I have to add that it never ceases to amaze me, just how much time and effort parents and grandparents invest in supporting this topic, especially the design technology aspect! Year 3 classroom is ‘chockablock’ with massive models of the ill-fated Titanic, including half-sunk vessels and ship-shaped cakes! Thank you to all of our parents and family members, this year and past years, for your continuing support and engagement with this exciting annual project.

    Another word of thanks to Mrs Wright and KS1 teachers and children who participated in this week’s Confederation Sports Day hosted by St Mary’s School. St Bart’s visitors were the deserving winners but every single child is to be congratulated for taking part with such enthusiasm and celebrating sportingly in each other’s achievements.

    Finally, tomorrow I am looking forward to welcoming Mr Alex Tear, who is the Diocesan Director of Education, leading the Education team based at Church House, Guildford. He is a member of the Bishop’s Staff and provides the strategic leadership for education within the diocese working closely with Bishop Jo Bailey-Wells who Chairs the Diocesan Board of Education.

    Obviously, I will be on my best behaviour! Have a brilliant weekend and ...Sleep Well!        

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

     

     

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  • NEWS - 7th JUNE 2019

    Published 07/06/19

    Next week’s value is Serving

    “Whoever serves you like a servant is the greatest among you”.  Matthew 23:11

    Dear parents/carers

    I trust you all had a good half term break! It’s barely credible to think we are now on the home run to the end of year, with only 7 weeks to go until the summer holidays! May I take this opportunity to slip in a sneaky reminder that the school holidays are quite substantial and we do expect that families will refrain from taking children out of school during term time.  Aside from missing important aspects of the curriculum, it is such a pity for children to miss out on all the fun activities, including talent shows, drama and musical performances, poetry presentations, parties and dress up days.

    Mrs Buckley mentioned how much we appreciated Chiddfest last week but I should like to add my own word of thanks to Mrs White and to our devoted and hard-working PTA members for their incredibly hard work throughout the year. Mrs Quickfall and Mrs Cook have been highly effective as joint PTA Chairs but have been in post for longer than anticipated and have done their bit, so they really do want to hand over the baton now!

    The PTA are running a meeting to say thank you and farewell to them in the Crown pub on Tuesday 11th June at 8pm. The meeting agenda will also include a summary of the year’s fundraising and, as I understand, there will be an opportunity for parents to offer their services as the new Chair or to volunteer to shadow the outgoing Treasurer for a preparatory period, with a view to taking on the role in future. Each role will have a maximum tenure of 2 years and the Committee values new expertise and fresh ideas. The invitation is open to all parents so do go along on the 11th June to find out more and volunteer your services. 

    We had a lovely Holy Communion Service on Thursday. All children contributed in some way; some made bread and ‘wine’ while others created prayers and made displays to depict their understanding of Jesus’ miracles. Children sang beautifully and behaved respectfully throughout, showing us that, for all their youth, they too, value the opportunity for thoughtful reflection and engagement in collective worship.

    Finally, I thought you might be interested in a research study carried out by two Japanese psychologists, who have been investigating why children choose particular foods. The pair have discovered that children choose foods (and toys) that seem to be in short supply. Michel Mairmaran and Yuval Salant think this might help parents to get their children to eat their greens!  For more detail about the study, see below. You can also see the full article by visiting the following website:

    https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/want-your-kids-to-eat-more-healthy-food-offer-them-less

    Have a lovely weekend eating all your veggies!

    Janis Radcliffe

    Head teacher

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June 2019