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NEWS - 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Next week’s value is Friendship

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 -10

Dear Parents and Carers

This has been a very exciting week, both in terms of events at school as well as for me personally!

In the early hours of Sunday morning, I was notified of the birth of my new grandson, the second baby to be born into the family this year! I have absolutely no idea when, or how I became old enough to achieve grandparent status but I thought I would share with you because, not only does it highlight how quickly life passes you by, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder to be thankful for the little miracle of new life and all the excitement and promise of new beginnings.

Onto school matters, another busy week! Clubs started this week and hopefully children enjoyed this extra dimension to their school day. On Tuesday evening, governors came together for a Full Governing Body meeting, preceded by a short introduction to staff, when governors had the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with long-serving members and to meet with our new colleagues. Our thanks go to Mrs Oqvist and Mrs Buckley for kindly arranging the refreshments and washing up! The governors’ meeting included analysis and review of the external report on governance, which will be used to inform development planning and, on Wednesday, Mrs Buckley and I met with the Good Shepherd Trust’s Consultant to clarify our own School Development Plans, which are coming together nicely. This year’s planning is based on our own self-evaluation, coupled with the findings of the 2016 Ofsted inspection and our end-of-year pupil assessment data.

School development priorities will include endeavouring to raise the percentage of pupils who  achieve ‘greater depth’ learning; further improving reading and phonics; increasing the number of pupils achieving the so-called, ‘good level of development’, at the end of the Reception Year; identifying and supporting pupils at risk of not meeting expectation in one or more areas of the curriculum and further extending our more able pupils. Added to that, we aspire to improve the quality of writing, handwriting and presentation across the whole school and to inspire our more able mathematicians. With this in mind, our ‘maths booster’ sessions will begin in earnest next week and we have invited some higher ability mathematicians from King Edward’s School, to inspire young, aspiring mathematicians.

We are very grateful for all that parents do at home to support children with their learning. There is no better way to encourage your child than by reading with them at bedtime and talking to them, around the dinner table. For younger children, social skills and practical skills such as handling cutlery are always useful. All children benefit from new experiences and, even a short trip to the supermarket can be a learning opportunity; 

ask your child to find the cheapest/best value beans and compare prices for different brands of shampoo!

Don’t forget this evening’s reading, phonics and writing evening for parents of children in Reception, Years 1 and 2! I look forward to seeing you there!

Have a good weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

w/c 25th Sept

All About Me week

28th Sept

Y4 Rural Life Centre Trip

4th Oct @ 10am

Harvest Festival Church Service – parents

 

DAHLICIOUS DAY

On Friday 15th September, we were taken over by a whole host of ‘Dahlicious’ characters as the staff and pupils dressed up to celebrate the birthday of children’s author, Roald Dahl.  From Fantastic Foxes to the terrifying Trunchbull, many of Dahl’s infamous characters were represented.  Throughout the day, the children learnt more about the author and explored his stories more closely through a variety of different activities in each class.  These included character descriptions, Quentin Blake style illustrations of Dahl’s magical places, researching and producing fact files about the author and even Roald Dahl maths challenges!  A great day was had by all, and all money raised will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

There will be a Harvest Festival Church Service that all children will be attending on 4th October.  We kindly ask children to bring in donations of non-perishable food on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of October and then a representative from each class will present them in during the service.  Parents are welcome to attend the service at St Mary’s Church 10.00am.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have already had an exciting time in school. They all love working and playing in their new classroom and they are quickly getting used to new routines and of course even higher expectations!

Last week, we had a very exciting and successful visit to Arundel Castle.  There was much awe and wonder as we entered the castle gates.  “Do people really still live here?” one child was heard to say.  As we toured round the castle, we tried to imagine what it was like to live in the castle many hundreds of years ago.  We also learnt about how the people used to defend themselves and how they spied on the enemy.  They were also very impressed by the view from the top of the Keep and the fountains in the gardens.

Already our visit is helping to elicit enthusiasm in many of our activities and particularly in writing.  The children have labelled features of a castle and are beginning to write stories involving castles.

Our castle corner is also a very popular location within the classroom as many children choose to re-enact stories they have heard and others enjoying designing and building castles with a variety of construction equipment.

Thank you to all parents who offered to help with this trip and a special thank you to those who accompanied us on the day.

ST MARY’S SAVINGS ACCOUNT

We have a St Mary’s Savings Bank Account which children can open to start saving some of their pocket money – details are attached.  It is a really good idea to get into the habit of saving as early as possible so this week our Yvette Oqvist our School Business Manager talked to Years 1 – 6 and explained the benefits of saving and how the St Mary’s Savings Account works. 

SPORTS NEWS

Please see Mrs Wrights updates on attached flyer.

TENNIS COURTS

The Parish Council have kindly requested that you tell your children not to use Scooters on the tennis courts as it is damaging the surface of them.  This particularly applies to Years 5 and 6 children before and after school.  We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

NASAL FLU IMMUNISATION – YR,1,2,3 & 4

Please ensure you complete and return the consent form (even if you do not wish your child to have it) to either your Class teacher or the School Office by Thursday 28th September 2017.

PARSONS GREEN

Further to events over the weekend, Surrey Police have issued the following advice on their website.  St Mary’s takes its responsibilities to ensure the safety of both students and staff very seriously.  We remain committed to our Safeguarding and Prevent Policy to ensure all student’s safety and will continue to work with the authorities as and when required.

The police have assured us that there is no increased risk to the safety of students or staff.

Surrey Police https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/counter-terrorism/

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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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