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NEWS - 28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Next week’s value is Serving

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Chronicles 15:7

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly, thank you to Reverend Sarah and all pupils, parents, colleagues and governors, who attended Sunday’s ‘Education Sunday’ Service in St Mary’s Church.  Children who took part are to be commended for their confident speeches and performances. Participants enjoyed tea and juice with home-made cakes, in the sunshine afterwards.  

This week has been ‘All About Me’ week and, as expected, children have shown a great deal of interest in themselves! That said, the themed week was also an opportunity for pupils to think of others, starting with an assembly on the subject of autism on Monday and including some NCPCC presentation workshops on Wednesday. Some children will be bringing home letters to explain a little bit more about their learning in the NSPCC workshops, together with some guidance and ideas for continuing the learning at home.

Wednesday was also ‘National Fitness Day’ and Mrs Wright kept staff and children busy and active, encouraging them to think about their health and wellbeing. More about this from Mrs Wright - see below.

I will be out of school all day on Friday, when I will be attending the annual planning meeting for headteachers in the Haslemere Confederation. This is a group of schools that works together, sharing ideas to deliver best practice and making some cost savings through efficient purchasing.

No news to report on the home-front this week!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

 

4th October

No Pens Day

4th October @ 10.00

Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Church – parents welcome

6th October @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly

9th October

Y3 Butser School Trip

12th October

Y4 Evacuation Day

13th October

Y6 Roman Dig Trip

13th Ocotber @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

 

DATA COLLECTION SHEETS

Your child will be bringing home a data collection sheet this week.  It is vital that you check the information is correct, make any necessary amendments, sign and return to us on Monday 2nd October.  We need this form signed and returned even if there are no changes to be made.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

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.

NO PENS DAY

On Wednesday October 4th, St Mary’s will be taking part in ‘No Pens Day Wednesday’, a national speaking and listening event organised by the Communication Trust.  It encourages schools to put down their pens and pick up their language by spending one day focusing on learning through speaking and listening. We are doing this because we know speaking and listening skills are extremely important for children’s development - both in education and more widely. This is a really exciting day that will encourage good classroom talk and will build on these essential skills in a fun and engaging way.

 

Y3 BUTSER TRIP

Just to remind you that the Y3 trip money is due this Friday 29th September.

SECONDARY SCHOOL APPLICATIONS     

Just a reminder to Y6 parents that secondary school applications need to be in by Friday 20th October.

CENSUS DAY MENU

On Thursday 5th October the kitchen will be swapping the menu. Instead of having Organic Beef Lasagne (which will now be served on Tuesday 3rd October) they will be serving the following:

Organic Beef Burger & tomato sauce

Or Southern Style Veggie Burger (vegetarian option)

Served in a bun

With a side of Potato Salad, Sweetcorn Coleslaw & Baked Beans

Followed by

Oatflakes Shortbread & a glass of Organic Milk

If your child usually has a packed lunch and would like the dinner instead, please let the School Office know by Monday 2nd October 2017. The cost will be £2.15

NATIONAL FITNESS DAY

To celebrate National Fitness Day, Mrs Wright ran 20 minute activity sessions with Y1 – Y6.    It is recommended that children have at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day so our children took part by doing burpees, squats, star jumps and partner exercises.  They were fully energized and more focused on learning afterwards (as well as being hot and sweaty)! See photos attached.

ST MARY’S CHURCH

There will be an All-Age Harvest Festival service at St. Mary’s this Sunday, 10am. Harvest crafts and lots of fun! Please bring non-perishable items for the Godalming Food Bank.

AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS

Apologies for the mistake in KS1 Kickstart Football club finishing early over the last two weeks. This has been communicated to the coach and it will now resume finishing at 4:15pm.

Our football clubs are now under way. If your child attends the Wednesday boy’s football please send £10 for the 10 weeks of training.

If your child attends the girl’s football club, please pay £9 for 9 weeks: there will be NO CLUB on Wednesday 8th November.

Cross country: our annual Cross Country event is coming up at Glebelands School in Cranleigh. This is provisionally booked for Saturday 11th November in the morning. This will be confirmed as soon as we hear from the organisers. Please add this to your diary if your child is in KS2.

Please note the following changes to After School Clubs.  There will be NO after school clubs w/c 16th October except the following ones due to parents’ evening:-

STILL ON:

Monday 16th October Year 3 Football

Wednesday 18th October Boys and Girls football

Thursday 19th October Tag Rugby

NOT ON:

Netball fixture club (Year 5 and 6)

Netball skills club (Year 3 and 4) Due to Mrs Wright taking attending a netball tournament.

NASAL FLU VACCINATIONS

Years Reception, 1, 2, 3 & 4 - The deadline for returning the Nasal Flu forms was today. If you haven’t returned them please do so as soon as possible.

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