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NEWS - 5 OCTOBER 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

The week began with an assembly presentation from the Cats’ Protection League and speakers encouraged children to think about animal welfare. We always welcome outside speakers, but equally, we welcome parents and grandparents who might have a hobby or an interest they would be willing to share with children. Please contact the school office if you have a burning desire to present an assembly or perhaps you would be more comfortable in the smaller setting of a classroom, delivering age-appropriate material.  It would be great to have a list of parent volunteers.

Teachers, as well as children, have been continuing their learning this week. On Monday, Mrs Spong attended an RE Conference and, on Tuesday, Mrs Newton learned about ‘Engaging and Inspiring More Able Children’. We also have in-school professional development opportunities, including through conference feedback and  via our monitoring and evaluation programme. Lesson observations have taken place this week and will continue into next week with the GST Consultant visiting on Tuesday to carry out joint observations, to validate the accuracy of our judgements about the quality of teaching and learning.

Wednesday was ‘no Pens Day’ and children and teachers had to find ways of communicating other than in writing. As you can imagine, this was a great excuse for chatter but children did learn to express themselves clearly and to consider ways of making them heard and understood, other than by putting pen to paper.

Thank you to Year 4 and Mrs Ryder who led our Harvest Service at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday morning. We were treated to some lovely signing and a tale about ‘Stone Soup’, which fitted in well with the theme of thanks and giving. Thank you to Reverend Sarah for her contribution and for allowing us to use St Mary’s Church.

Year 1 pupils led their own marvellous assembly this morning, sharing with us some of what they have been learning in their topic work this term. Thank you to Year 1, Mrs Spong and Mrs Buckley for their support.

Next week we have Open Days on Wednesday and Thursday morning (9.30am to 11.30am). This is really a marketing exercise to attract prospective families, but parents of current pupils are very welcome to attend. Please let Mrs Bishop in the school office know if you would like to join in with a tour of the school.

Finally, we are looking for a Teaching Assistant. Mrs Davies has unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons and we need a part-time Teaching Assistant for Early Years. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the school office and ask for a job description and application form. Closing date Friday 13th October at noon.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

 

9th October

Y3 Butser Farm Trip

11th and 12th October

9.30 – 11.30 Open Morning

12th October

Y4 Evacuation Day

13th October

Y6 Roman Dig Trip

13th October @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

17th October

3-15pm – 7.30pm Y1 – Y6 Parents evenings

19th October

School Photos

 

DATA COLLECTION SHEETS

Thank you to all those who have already returned their Data Collection Sheets.  If you have not yet done so, please return them as soon as possible.  We need this form signed and returned even if there are no changes to be made. 

ONE POUND CHALLENGE

It's back!  We are going to be running the One Pound Challenge again over half term.  This is a chance for your child to become an entrepreneur and raise some money for Haslemere food bank and also for St Mary's reading scheme books.   If your child registers to take part in this fundraiser, they will be given a shiny one pound coin to invest and 'grow' during half term.  Please see the letter attached for ideas; we hope lots of you will be inspired to take part.   Let's try and raise more than last year!

ROAD SAFETY

It has been noticed that some Y5 and Y6 children are crossing the Petworth Road and not using the School Patrol Crossing.  The children concerned were crossing behind a parked lorry causing a potentially dangerous situation.  Please remind all your children to use the Patrol Crossing to avoid any accidents.

Parking in Coxcombe Lane by the entrance to the recreation grounds in the mornings is causing difficulty for drivers when exiting the car park.  Please ensure that you do not park on the road in a manner that reduces visibility for those exiting.

Also please kindly note that access to School Lane in the morning needs to be kept free as members of staff need access to the car park.  This is a narrow road and speed needs to be kept to a minimum especially as breakfast club pupils need to enter the school this way.  We appreciate your co-operation in this matter

GDPSSA Cross Country Event –Saturday 11th November 2017 10:00am

If your child is in KS2 you will receive a letter about our annual district Cross Country event. Mrs Wright and Mrs Fozard are hoping for a record number of runners this year so please put this in your diary. Your letter will tell you all the information you need but if you have any questions, please email Mrs Wright on lwright@stmarys.goodshepherdtrust.org.uk.

Boys from Year 5 and 6 are playing in a Football Tournament today at Tillingbourne: more details to follow next week!

TORMEAD SCHOOL

Information for parents of Y6 girls – Tormead School are holding an open morning on Tuesday 17th October 2017.

SCHOOL PAYMENTS ONLINE     

As you know we have been encouraging all payments to be made online via Tucasi for some time now and many of you now use this service.  From January 2018 we will only take payments for School Dinners and trips etc online (except under exceptional circumstances that have been pre-agreed with our School Business Manager).  If you do not already have an online account, please set one up as soon as possible and if you have any queries please do ask at the school office.

BREAKFAST CLUB

Please kindly note that breakfast club is for parents of children who need childcare from 7.50am – 8.30am and costs £2.50 per child per session.  Please note there are no staff on duty to supervise children who are not paid to be in breakfast club.

TENNIS COURTS

It has been brought to our notice again that children are using the tennis courts to play on their scooters and bikes before and after school – please can you tell your children not to use scooters or bikes on the courts as it is damaging the surface of them.

LOST PROPERTY

Mrs Eales would like to ask if anyone has accidentally taken home her daughters cardigan. It is an M&S one age 3-4 and has Charlotte Eales name in.

 

 

 

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