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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 2019

  • NEWS - 11th July 2019

    Published 12/07/19

    Dear parents/carers

    This week can best be described as ‘hectic’!

    As we hurtle towards the end of term, teachers are working at full pace to keep children educated and busy, right up until the end! At the same time, teachers are completing children’s end of term reports, preparing for the end of year production, having handover meetings with prospective teachers and generally going flat out to make the end of term a roaring success! 

    Teaching Assistants, premise staff and administrators don’t get off lightly either! They are already planning premises work to take place over the summer holiday and thinking about next year - dusting off the paperwork for review and coordinating diaries, events, trips, clubs and much more!  My thanks go to every single one of my hardworking colleagues, as well as to our lovely children for being so helpful and well-behaved! A reminder from parents, to keep it up until the end of term, never goes amiss, thank you.

    Colleagues were invited to attend the first part of Tuesday evening’s governors meeting. The Chair of Governors, Mrs Doherty, presented staff with a wonderful cake, decorated in school colours, and with the school name and Ofsted outcome ‘good’ written in the icing! A great time was had by all as cake was washed down with something sparkly and we were all very appreciative of governors’ kind acknowledgement.

    For my own part, I should like to thank governors in their turn, in particular our Chair, for their incredibly hard work; they are all unpaid volunteers and invest a great deal of time and effort into supporting our school. We value their collective wisdom, their approachability and the common sense and guidance we receive from them. They have helped us through a demanding year and also deserve every credit for our very pleasing Ofsted outcome. 

    Well done to children who participated in the District Sports at Charterhouse School this week. More about this below and a big thank you to Mrs Wright, for the breadth of opportunities she provides for children to participate in competitive sports.

    Thank you to our Worship Team who delivered a super assembly this week. It was also my privilege, on Wednesday morning, to attend the final dress rehearsal for the end of year production of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. Our friends from the local Village Nursery also came along to watch. It was the first time I had seen the result of the hard work that has gone into the production. We look forward to yet another fantastic performance this evening and tomorrow night! The PTA will be serving refreshments and we look forward to seeing you all there!

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

    Janis Radcliffe 

    Head teacher 

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  • News - 4th July 2019

    Published 04/07/19

    Next week’s value is Growing

    “I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again” Philippians 2:6

    Dear parents/carers

    This week’s value is ‘Growing’! My thanks to Miss Howells, who delivered a super introductory Monday assembly on my behalf, on the topic of ‘Growth Mind-sets’. 

    For my own part, I attended a training course, to better understand current thinking regarding health education (including relationships and sex education). Happily, we are already covering many of the recommended elements of the health education programme, through our taught curriculum and through our values-led assemblies. We use the ‘Jigsaw’ resources to deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme; some educators have suggested the ‘E’ in the acronym should denote ‘economic’ and we intend to add more aspects of economic education in with our revised curriculum from September 2019.

    Currently, children acquire information and age-appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding from Reception Class to Year 6, so that, by the time they reach Year 6, they have learned a great deal about respectful friendships, healthy relationships, E-Safety and managing  their personal on-online reputation.  In Upper KS2, the biological aspect of human reproduction is taught within science lessons. From September, we plan to incorporate even more mental health and wellbeing education into our curriculum and I am hoping to arrange a presentation from a mental health professional, to support staff and parents’ understanding of this increasingly high profile area of interest. 

    Whilst talking about our curriculum, I should like to thank Mr Freeman, one of our esteemed governors, who has very kindly offered to deliver a politics session to Year 6 pupils this Friday. Year 6 children look forward to welcoming Mr Freeman and learning more about the vagaries of politics! Now’s as good a time as any? 

    On Wednesday, we had our ‘Moving Up Day’; Year 6 children visited their prospective senior schools and the remaining children migrated to new classrooms to meet their new teachers. Teachers and children alike had a super time getting to know each other and we hope children will be looking forward to spending more time with their new teachers, from September. 

    As outlined in my letter to Year 1 parents earlier this week, Mrs Lawrence is very much in our thoughts and we hope that she is recovering well. We look forward to welcoming her back into school next week. I must thank Mrs Spong who has given generously of her time during Mrs Lawrence’s unavoidable absence. Thank you too, to Year 1 parents and children for your continuing patience. 

    The School Production is fast approaching and I, for one, can’t wait to see what children and teachers have prepared for us! You can find more details about preparations for ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’ below. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 11th or Friday 12th July. Let’s hope the weather stays fair! 

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

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July 2019