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NEWS - 24 FEB 2017

This week’s value is Humility

Ephesians 4:2

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”

Dear Parents and Carers

Last week, we asked for your views about our proposal to reduce the number of school bulletins, in a bid to reduce the workload on the school office. Thank you to those of you that responded (only one parent) and we assure you of our best efforts to take your views into consideration when producing future bi-half termly bulletins, endeavouring to split the sections into those that are relevant to Reception/KS1 and KS2 respectively.

This week began with the opening of the Book Fair and the majority of children have been to have a look. Thank you to Miss Howells for organising this and to colleagues for manning the stall.

Year 6 visited the Haslemere Museum to learn about classification of species, as part of their science work this week. Year 1 and Year 2 children were treated to a ‘Toys’ and a ‘Flight’ workshop, respectively, to supplement this term’s topic work.

This week I have been looking at teachers’ planning to ensure they are using assessment of children’s learning to adapt to their needs. Teachers also work together on planning and next week, they will be meeting other confederation schools to carry out joint moderation activities which will validate the accuracy of our assessments. During our Wednesday staff meeting, teachers discussed the most appropriate and impactful approaches to improving children’s learning and our science subject leader provided constructive feedback, following her extensive scrutiny of children’s science exercise books that took place over half term. This is all part of our school improvement programme. Mrs Buckley and I visited another Good Shepherd School on Thursday morning. We came back with some good ideas, but it wasn’t all one-sided; St Marys had much of value to share with the other school as well!

Next week, I will be out of school for two days. If you have any concerns in the meantime…Mrs Buckley and Mrs Lawrence are here to help!

Have a great weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

REMINDERS

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

24th February @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly

27th February

Maths Week

2nd March @ 9.00am

Y1 Class Assembly

3rd March @ 2.30pm

Maths Celebration Assembly

9th March @ 9.00am

YR Class Assembly

10th March

Y5 Winchester Science Trip

13th March

Science Week

17th March @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly

20th March

Y3 Wisley Trip

20th March 1.30pm

Y6 Netball Tournament at Rodborough

21st March

Y6 Natural History Museum Trip

23rd March @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly

24th March

Y5 Bikeability

24th March @ 2.30pm

REACH Assembly

28th March @ 10.00am

Easter Service @ St Marys Church

28th March @3.30pm

Parents Evening

30th March @ 3.15pm

Parents Evening

31st March @ 1.30pm

End of Term

MUSIC WORKS

Lessons are still available in guitar, keyboard and drums either for group or individual lessons.  Group Lessons are £9.00 for 30 minutes – 10 lessons payable in advance and Individual Lessons are £13.00 for 20 minutes – 10 lessons payable in advance.  All instruments are provided by The Music Works in school and hire instruments are available for home practice.  Please email Jules Dudley at info@themusicworks.co.uk or call 01483 516060. 

PE NEWS

On Tuesday 7th February we played away against St Barts in a 9 a side football match with 20 minute halves. At the end of the first half Josh had scored our first goal putting us up 1-0. During the second half St Barts were quick to score 2 goals but shortly after Harvey scored our second goal which made the final score 2-2.

Well done Harvey B, Josh D, Fynn V, Oscar P, Peter M, Elliot P, Toby H, Gabriel B and Sam B.

Y4 SWIMMING

Year 4 parent’s kind reminder to please return the swimming ability letter that was sent out at the beginning of February in order for us to put the children into the appropriate groups.

SCHOOL DINNER MONEY

The amount due for the second half of the term is as follows:-

Year R, 1 & 2               FREE

Years 3 & 5                 £63.80

Year 4                          £66.00

Year 6                          £61.60

If you wish to pay a week at a time the cost is £11.00 (£2.20 per day).  We kindly ask that payments are made on line via the school website.  Please settle any outstanding amounts as soon as possible, any more than 1 week overdue will result in your child being unable to have a school dinner.

CLUBS

Please note there will be NO Clubs, with the exception of Kickstart Football and Netball on Tuesday 28th February 2017 due to staff training.

Please remind your children that if they have signed up for clubs they must attend them.  If for any reason they cannot attend please leave a note in the office to that affect.

ST MARYS CHURCH NEWS

There is lot’s to get involved in at St Mary’s Church at the moment, have a look and pop along!

  • #fridaynightthing – In years 5-8? Free on Fridays 5.30 – 7pm and want somewhere to play games, chat and have fun in the warm? Why not come along to the Church room with £1, a parent so you can sign in and some money for tuck and toasties?
  • Pancake Party – Come and join us for an afternoon of games, fun and Pancakes! Including a competition for the best pancake art! 28th Feb 4-5.30pm @ Church Room we’re looking forward to celebrating with you!
  • Messy Church – 12th March @ 4pm – 6pm in Chiddingfold Village Hall. Come, explore faith through craft, fun, mess & a family meal. Messy Church is for the whole family so children need to be accompanied by an adult. Cost £2pp.
  • Family Fun – 11th March @ 2-4pm. A half-termly afternoon of faith & fun.  We explore a bible story, ask BIG questions & have fun together. Family Fun is for all the family, with bible storytelling, hands on activities, space for a coffee & chat, and play area! 
  • Play Coffee & Craft – 18th March @ 10am-12pm. A relaxed and fun morning with a team on hand to answer any christening queries!
  • I Wonder @ Easter – 20th March onwards. Pop into the open church and travel around it, exploring Easter prayer spaces & wondering questions. Perfect for the whole family. 

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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).

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