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NEWS - 11 JAN 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had a busy full week back at school and therefore this bulletin contains lots of very important information, so put the kettle on and sit down and digest the full contents!

Reverend Sarah joined us for assembly this week to remind us all to be grateful and thankful for all we have including the simpler things in life like our wonderful surroundings.

Two of our other governors have visited this week, Mr McCarthy Holland took part in a PE lesson in reception class and Mr Freeman led a politics lesson in year 6.  Both were impressed by the behaviour and learning attitudes of the children and in year 6 by the maturity of the reasoning and responses to questions and scenarios posed.

On Tuesday afternoon, Years 1 and 2 participated in a ‘Violin Workshop Lesson’ led by a professional violin teacher from Surrey Music Service.  Each pupil was shown how to hold a violin and to pluck and bow the strings. The pupils were then encouraged to play the violin and they made some remarkably good sounds.

Music lessons commenced this week in our newly decorated music room, thanks to Music Works for their speedy hard work to ensure the room was ready on time!  The children were very impressed with their new learning environment, do pop in and have a look!

Mrs Radcliffe continues to make progress and hopes to return to school on the 19th January.  She is in daily contact with the school and is being kept up to date with school procedures and queries.

We are expecting a cold snap at the end of the week, please see message below in the unlikely event of a school closure.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes



15th January

Closing date for Primary School Applications

16th January

Clubs Start this week

16th January

British Museum Trip

26th January

School Disco



Can all children with St Mary’s Savings Accounts bring their paying in books to the office by Friday 13th January in order for us to calculate the interest on their accounts.


A kind reminder to all that there is no parking on School Lane or the main Petworth Road at School pick up or drop off times.  Please either use the Catholic Church car park or the car park behind the football pitch.  For school pick-up please use the gate on Petworth Road and the gate in the park – there will be NO entry through school lane at this time.


In the unlikely event that the school has to close due to bad weather a notice will be on the school website by 7.30am.  All school closures will be on Eagle FM as well.


A gentle reminder that if your child has suffered from sickness or diarrhoea they will need to be off school for 48 hours from the last bout.


The school disco is on 26th January – please ensure that your responses and payments are in the office by Wednesday 18th January in order to receive your tickets.


School Club lists will be up in the Mullard Building on Thursday 12th in the afternoon.  Clubs will then start on w/c 16th January.


Sadly, this club will not run due to lack of interest. Forms and cheques will be returned this week.  We will offer this club in the summer term so please encourage your children to join.  On the plus side gymnastics and key stage 1 football have been popular and oversubscribed this term.


This term we are continuing to make are way around the world.  We have collectively run 1,500 miles. 


We are delighted to announce that Mrs Lawrence, reception teacher is expecting and is due in May.  We have begun the recruitment process and will keep you informed of progress.  If you know of anyone who may be interested the details are on the eteach website and the closing date is Monday 30th January 2017.


Key Stage 1 is trailing a slightly different routine in the afternoons.  The aim is to keep the flow of the afternoon lesson going so they will break at different times each day and will continue to have a drink and a snack. They will also continue to Run the World.


We are delighted to announce that our new music room has been re-decorated and equipped electric keyboards, electric guitars and drum kit with assistance from Music Works.  We look forward to some budding musicians in the forthcoming terms.


If you have any spares, we are in need of the following clothes for reception class: girl’s tights or socks and boy’s trousers/shorts.


St. Mary’s Church are collecting winter clothes, footwear and bedding for refugees from Syria, to be sent via Samara’s Aid Appeal as last autumn. Any items may be left at The Rectory by Monday 16th January.


Important Consultations will take place in the Village Hall on the dates below.  The events will be an opportunity for residents to view the ideas and issues which will form the village Neighbourhood Plan.

27th January 4-9pm and 28th January 10-5pm


Please contact the school office if you have found a mobile phone in the park – it was lost on Monday evening at youth club.





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St Mary's is an academy within the Good Shepherd Trust, part of the Guildford Diocese. We provide education from Reception (age 4) through to the end of KS2 (age 11).

St Mary’s School aims to offer every opportunity for children to reach their full potential in a secure and nurturing environment. We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we value achievement in all areas of the curriculum...

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