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NEWS - 15 JUNE 2017

Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God” Leviticus 19:3

Dear Parents and Carers

It’s been another busy week at St Mary’s, but the weather has been very kind to us, has it not?

The week has seen Phonics Screening Checks in KS1 and Sports Day for both Key Stages on Tuesday; more about sports day in Mrs Wright’s report below but suffice to say it was a fantastic day! Teachers were immensely proud of the children who showed great passion and determination, increasing resilience, a great attitude, and, in some outstanding cases, some really skilful and intelligent sportsmanship! Well done children and a big, big thank you to Mrs Wright and the teachers and to our helpers from Godalming College.

On Tuesday morning, a GST Consultant visited our school to discuss predicted end-of-year outcomes for pupils in each class. There were many positives to report however, the approaching end of term does not signal a time for complacency. Teachers and Senior Leaders will continue to focus on strategies to further improve our end of year outcomes. This will occur at the same time as ensuring children continue to enjoy their learning and that they participate in the many exciting events planned for the end of the year.

On Wednesday, our Year 5 pupils set off on their residential visit to High Ashurst and reportedly had a wonderful time. We welcomed our September Reception pupils who came to school to meet their new class teachers, Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Bennett. On Thursday we had a visit from the KS1 moderator, who worked with Mrs White to validate the accuracy of our end of KS1 assessments.

Also on Thursday, our School Council representatives visited Woolmer Hill School, where they met children on School Councils from different schools. Thanks to Mrs Creswell and Mrs Rauch for preparing the children so well for this visit.

Finally, keep an eye out for the July Parish magazine which will include an article about last week’s Holy Communion Service, written by one of our children, Joshua in Year 5 – do look out for it!

Have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

14th – 16th June

Y5 High Ashurst Residential

16th June

Y3 Sea City Trip

19th – 23rd June

Y6 High Ashurst Residential

7th July

Mufti Day – bring in a bottle and sweets for Production

               

SPORTS DAY

We had a beautifully sunny day on Tuesday for our Sports Day.  KS2 enjoyed the jumping and throwing 'field' events. Our new Speed Bounce event was hard work!

KS1 then took part in three multi-sports activities led by Godalming College students. The parachute games were a giggle! The football skills and obstacle course gave the children a chance to try out new skills in their house teams. KS1 were superfast on the track and managed to keep eggs on spoons and jump in their sacks. Reception class all did brilliantly in their shopping race!

KS2 then took to the track and did sprint races, hurdles, skipping, three legged, obstacle, bean bag and long distances. The relays were exciting as each house fought for points.

As the scores were being added up, the siblings, mums and dads showed the children how it was done, followed by the teachers and students.

Finally the scores were announced: Amber house were runners up this year, with Ruby house winning for the second year running.

After school we had our annual Parents vs Children Rounder’s match: the parents won 6 - 1.5!

YEAR 3 TITANIC EXPERIENCE DAY!

On Monday 22nd May, Year 3 had a Titanic Experience Day.  The children arrived at school in a fabulous selection of passenger costumes ready to set sail on board the Titanic! 

On their arrival, children collected a ticket from the Captain (Miss Howells) to find out what class they would be travelling in. 

After completion of the passenger list, they were joined by a visitor, Anne, from Godalming Museum.  Anne kicked off the day’s learning by giving the children a talk about the ship, and its passengers, before the children became detectives as they explored different passenger suitcases to find out who the luggage might have belonged to, and which class they may have travelled in.  There was also an opportunity to try some of the clothes on, including the cork lifejackets!

After this, Anne talked about the local man, Jack Phillips, who was a radio officer on board the Titanic.  Jack was responsible for sending telegrams, and on the night the Titanic struck an iceberg, he sent the distress signals CQD and SOS, never leaving his post even though the ship was sinking.  Year 3 used Morse code kits to send the signals CQD and SOS, and even had a go at writing their names!

Following this, Year 3 explored the frame around a portrait of Jack Philips that can be seen at Godalming Museum.  The frame depicts a number of symbols to remember Jack’s role in the event - such as the Titanic; the initials JP; 1912; and the ‘M’ symbol for ‘Marconi’ – the company Jack worked for.  The children then designed their own symbols reflecting what they had learnt throughout the morning, and pressed these into their own gold foil work, in much the same way as the metal of the frame would have been crafted.

In the afternoon, the children experienced a Titanic afternoon tea, complete with fancy tablecloths in First Class, and listened to music that would have been played by the band on board.  Tea was followed by dancing, and all agreed that they had had a super day!

BIG LOTTERY FUNDING

We are thrilled to announce that St Marys has been successful in a grant application to The Big Lottery for £10,000 of funding to go towards re-furbishing the Key Stage 1 Adventure Playground.  Combined with a generous contribution from the PTA for £6,000 we are pleased to announce that this work will take place during the summer holidays ready for the new term in September.

GUILDFORD TENNIS ACADEMY

Guildford Tennis Academy operates three indoor tennis courts within the grounds of Rodborough School in Milford and runs year round coaching programmes to suit all ages and abilities. 

They are offering the pupils of St, Mary's School a 20% discount off the coaching fees for next term, beginning in September, when booked before the 21st July. 

Everyone that makes a booking will also receive a FREE half day summer camp session during the week of the 31st July - 4th August as a thank you. 

For more information or to book, please email milford@guildfordtennis.academy 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

AFRICA DAY

A big thank you to all who took part in Africa Day, we raised £123.12 by dressing up in the colours of the Zimbabwe flag.  The money will go to Zane – a charity dedicated to raising money for the children of Zimbabwe, providing pop up class-rooms and funding for teachers.

Year 5 have been learning about Alzheimer’s, dementia and learning needs this year. We decided to join in with the 2017 Cup Cake day and raised a total of £214.20 selling creative cakes in entertaining ways! We also had a day of ‘cake’ related lessons and worked hard in groups to raise money for a valuable cause.

Thank you to everyone for their support and help towards our grand total. Super work from Year 5, you are dedicated bakers with some very scrummy cakes!

 

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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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