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News - 24 NOV 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Things seem to be speeding up as we approach Christmas, with only 3½ weeks to go until the end of term! There are lots of exciting activities with class assemblies, nativities and carol services to come, not to mention science challenges, pantomimes, quizzes, Christmas Fairs, mufti days, Christmas tree Sales, Christmas lunches, rock concerts, singing on the Village Green and REACH assemblies! Term finishes on Wednesday 21st December at 1.30pm.

Staff will attend a training day at Woolmer Hill School on the morning of Tuesday 3rd January 2017, returning to St Mary’s for afternoon meetings and further training. Children return to school on Wednesday 4th January, ready for the start of the spring term.

Mrs Newton was out of school on Tuesday, consulting with and engaging in training and moderation with other Year 6 teachers. This is especially useful for a one-form entry school, such as St Mary’s where there is only one teacher per year group and it gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas, look at the work done in other schools, including topics covered and compare marking and feedback styles.   

Reception parents met Mrs Lawrence this week for feedback about their children’s progress in their first term in school. Children have made a good start and settled well, which is testament to the success of Mrs Lawrence’s transition programme along with parents’ support and encouragement.

School Governors met on Tuesday evening when Miss Hughes gave feedback about the developments in Computing and E-safety and I reported, on behalf of Mrs Lawrence, her response to relevant sections of the Ofsted report. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Buckley attended a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)s’ network meeting at Beacon Hill School, where she shared information about how to support pupils with specific learning difficulties. 

On Thursday, Year 6 children presented a brilliant science assembly on the subject of light which was very topical at this time of year! Well done Year 6 pupils and thank you to Mrs Newton and Year 6 colleagues.

This morning, I attended a Confederation Heads’ Planning meeting, where I met with the Heads of other confederation schools to discuss achievements within the confederation and begin formulating a new action plan for the group of schools in the New Year.

Congratulations to those pupils that attended the cross country event at Glebelands School last Saturday. Although they just missed out on medals, there were some sterling efforts, worthy of commendation, from Scott, Henry, Barnaby and Isaac. Well done to participants and thank you to Mrs Wright! More about this in Mrs Wright’s report below.

Thank you to those of you that attended Thursday evening’s meeting for feedback following the Ofsted inspection report. I am indebted to the many parents who have continued to write in support of the school this week, and to those of you that have shared your concerns with Ofsted. I expect to hear from the Complaints Team by 30th December and will let you know the outcome as soon as I have any more information. It is not unknown for complaints to go unheeded, and we will need to be prepared for this, but, together with your support, we could not have done any more to press for a re-inspection and a more justified report.

Finally, I assure you that we will, of course, continue to work hard and aspire to improve the school still further. We will continue to embed ‘thinking schools’ learning principles to extend and challenge pupils according to their ability, encouraging them to reflect, formulate questions of their own and respond in depth to questions posed of them. Some examples of our extension activities include science challenge days, maths group work with senior school students, teaching opportunities in computing/IT and ‘Able Writers’ Days; the latter next to be held at Chandler School, on Friday 2 December, when some of our able writers in Years 5 and 6 will attend. We wish them luck and hope they enjoy their day!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

REMINDERS

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 28th November – Last week of Clubs

Thursday 1st December – Y4 Class Assembly

Friday 2nd December – Mufti Day in exchange for decorated Jam Jar

Tuesday 6th December – Y6 Imperial War Museum

Wednesday 7th December at 9.30am – KS1 Nativity

Wednesday 7th December at 2.00pm – KS1 Nativity

Thursday 8th December at 2.00pm – KS1 Nativity

Friday 9th December at 2.00pm – REACH Assembly

Saturday 10th December – Christmas Tree collection

Tuesday 13th December – Christmas Lunch for Amber & Emerald

Wednesday 14th December – Christmas Lunch for Ruby & Sapphire

Thursday 15th December – Y5 Olympic Games Event

Thursday 15th December at 6.30pm – KS2 Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church

Friday 16th December – Christmas Fair (School Hall)

CHANGE OF DATE

Y6 Height & Weight will now be taking place on Monday 28th November 2016

KS2 Carol Service at St Mary’s Church will now be on 15th December 2016 at 6.30pm.

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Friday 2nd December – Decorated Jolly Jam Jar Mufti Day

Another chance to wear home clothes! This time children can wear what they like if they bring in a jam jar filled with small goodies like sweets, toys, stationery, mini gifts … things that would appeal to both boys and girls. Feel free to decorate the jars to make them look festive!

The PTA would welcome donations for the Christmas Hamper prize. There will be a list inside the Mullard Building where you can choose what to bring in. Thanks in advance for your support with donations.

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Secret Room

The Secret Room gives your children a chance to buy their grandparents/other special grown-ups or yourselves a gift for Christmas.  The gift is chosen and wrapped, ready to be given to you on Christmas Day!  The cost of each item is £2.  This is a lovely activity for the children; they get very excited and enjoy the hustle and bustle of buying a gift for their grown-ups.  For families with siblings at the school, please use a separate envelope per child and return to school office by Monday 5th December (this helps us make sure grown-ups get the right gift!).

Christmas Trees     

Struggling to decide where to buy your Christmas tree this year?  Well, worry no more for this year the PTA are organising their very own Christmas tree market and you can buy your beautiful 8ft Christmas tree (or smaller!) from us on Saturday 10th December.  All orders must be put in ahead of time (by 30th November) but then you can forget about it until collection day comes around.  Not only are we removing the hassle of travelling far afield to get your tree, and saving you money, we are also giving you a great opportunity to support your school by helping us raise valuable funds. 

 Scooters for schools

We have signed up to a promotion with Micro Scooters whereby every time you purchase something

from their website, 10% of the value of your order will be given to the school.  If you are buying a

new scooter for your child this Christmas, please use this service as we can earn valuable funds for

our school at no extra cost to you!  Please remember to put in the school’s URN number to make the

most of this opportunity - 140026

STAR OF WONDER CONCERT – THE ROYAL SCHOOL, HINDHEAD

On Monday 21st November 2016, ten Year 1 pupils spent an afternoon at The Royal School rehearsing for a carol concert with five other primary schools.  St Mary’s pupils had briefly practised the songs during choir club but by the end of the rehearsal, they had grown hugely in confidence and were singing joyously! It was a great opportunity to take part in a combined schools choral event and their parents were delighted by their performance.  Many thanks to The Royal School for inviting St Mary’s to take part and Mrs Ulrich for accompanying us. 

POPPY APPEAL

The school has raised an amazing £288.70 for the poppy appeal. Well done and thank you to all those who donated.

OPEN THE BOOK

Last Week’s ‘Open the Book’ assembly told of the birth and life of Moses, from humble beginnings in a basket on the river, to a leader who parted the waves and took his people to freedom through the sea. It was a fantastic, interactive performance and the children really enjoyed getting involved. A big thank you to Reverend Sarah and the other ‘actors’!

YEAR 4 – RURAL LIFE

Year 4 pupils visited the Rural Life Centre on Wednesday 9th November. They attended two fascinating workshops very ably led by the museum staff as well as enjoying a look around the whole open air site and museum. One workshop dealt with ‘make do and mend’ with the children learning to darn socks and save money. The other workshop was about the role of a Home Guard that contributed to home defense. The children went inside a Morrison shelter and had a go with the stirrup pump. After lunch the children were allowed to play with old fashioned toys such as stilts and hoops, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Altogether the class had a most rewarding and fun filled day. Thank you Year 4 for your wonderful behaviour!

YEAR 4 & YEAR 6 – CATHEDRAL VISIT ADVENT WORKSHOP

 

On Wednesday 16th November, Years 4 and 6 visited Guildford Cathedral to take part in Advent workshops. The primary purpose of the trip was to learn about Advent and the build up to Christmas. Children took part in lots of lovely and stimulating activities including making Advent calendars, writing acrostic poems on Advent and creating Advent candle wreaths. They also wrote prayers for other children in different parts of the world and consider where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be in the future. Both classes were very well behaved and did our school credit, they also enjoyed the chance to see Mrs Potter again, who organised and ran the workshops for us.

DATA COLLECTION SHEETS

Don’t forget to make any changes, sign and return to the School Office by Wednesday 1st December 2016. Even if you don’t have any changes please can you still sign and return.

SPORTS

On Saturday 19th November Mrs Wright and four pupils attended our District Cross Country competition at Glebelands School in Cranleigh. It was a cold but dry morning and Mrs Wright was delighted to have Scott F, Henry and Barnaby D and Isaac Mc-H running to represent our school. Barnaby in Year 4 had to run 700m and Isaac, Scott and Henry ran 1300m. All boys did extremely well in their race. Mrs Wright would love to see a lot more runners next year - especially some girls please! SAVE THE DATE: mid November 2017 - always a Saturday morning.

 

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