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NEWS - 16 NOVEMBER 2017

Next week’s value is Faith

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  1 Timothy 4:12

Dear Parents and Carers

Earlier this week, school leaders met with Good Shepherd Trust consultants to carry out a validation exercise in respect of our school improvement plans and self-evaluation. We were delighted with the findings and are pleased that our teachers’ hard work is being recognised. Other monitoring and evaluation activities this week have included lesson observations focusing on the quality of pupils’ learning, pupils’ enjoyment and attitudes to their learning and teachers’ use of assessment data to support children’s learning and progress.

On Tuesday, Year 6 had a fantastic day out at the Imperial War Museum, giving an added dimension to their topic work about World War 1. All had a great day out and, in typical St Mary’s style, children were well behaved and respectful, showing an interest in their work throughout the day. Well done Year 6 and thank you to Mrs Newton and to assistants and parents who helped out on the day.

On Wednesday, children from Reception class through to Year 6 enjoyed participating in healthy eating workshops. The programme, led by an outside company, addressed many of the learning objectives from the PE, Science and PSHE curriculum. Thank you to Mrs Wright for organising this excellent day! Teachers became pupils again, in our after-school staff meeting, when our healthy eating promoters delivered staff training to further embed teachers’ knowledge and skills. Whilst all of this was going on, Mrs Buckley was at Shottermill Junior School, receiving training about extending more able pupils in maths and literacy and facilitating children’s success in achieving ‘greater depth’ learning; one of our school priorities.

On Thursday, Year 2 pupils delivered an amazing assembly, telling us all about their topic work on the Great Fire of London. Well done and thank you to Year 2 children and to Miss Howells and her assistants, for a truly entertaining and informative assembly.

Tomorrow is Children in Need Day when children may pay £1 for the privilege of wearing mufti. The money will go towards Children in Need charity. Thank you in anticipation of your generous contribution. Note also, that the PTA are asking for donations for the chocolate tombola and the bottle tombola - see below for more detail.  

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

17th November

Children in Need – dress in mufti for £1 donation and dress up a teddy bear

17th November @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

17th November

Bring in your donations of chocolate and bottles for the Christmas Fair

20th November

YR,1,2,3 and 4 Nasal Flu Immunisation

24th November @2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

27th November

Last week of clubs

27th November

Y2 Woolmer Hill Multi-sports

30th November @ 09.00am

Y3 Class Assembly – parents welcome

CHILDREN IN NEED – Friday 17th November

Come dressed in mufti and bring a £1 donation for this worthwhile charity.

Our school council also thought it would be fun to dress up a teddy bear; if your children would like to bring in a dressed up teddy bear please bring one in to celebrate Children in Need.

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS

School Photographs have now been sent home with children.  Please return your forms with payment to the School Office by Tuesday 21st November.

PE NEWS

On Friday 10th November some boys from Year 2 visited Barrow Hills School in Witley to play in a friendly football tournament. They played three matches. We drew 0-0 in the first against Camelsdale, won 1-0 against Busbridge and finally beat Barrow Hills 5-0. The boys all played brilliantly lots of parents came to support. Well done Archie, Corey, Albie, Max, Rory, Max and Joseph. 

On Saturday 11th November we had a record turnout of children to our Cross Country event in Cranleigh! It was a wet morning and conditions were slippery but all the children gave their best effort. Barnaby in Year 5 came 9th and Adam in Year 6 came 5th. This placed the Year 5 and 6 boys 3rd overall against some stiff competition. A brilliant result for TEAM ST MARYS! Thank you to Mrs Fozard for taking charge on the day and to all the parents who made the trip to support the children.

Well done: Ben, Noah, Isaac, Toby, Charlie, Jessica, Grace, Barnaby, James, Henry, Adam, Scott, Isaac and Isobelle.

Y1 WOOLMER HILL

Last week, our Y1 class made their first visit to Woolmer Hill to take part in a sports morning alongside two other schools in our area.  Each school was divided into four groups and combined to make four mixed school teams.  They then took part in four different competitive activities following general warm up sessions.  The activities were led by students studying sports. The activities were designed to encourage skills required for tag rugby, football, netball or basketball and athletic skills as well as general fitness.    The children also demonstrated good listening skills which helped them follow instructions effectively.  It was a joy to witness all St Mary’s children participating enthusiastically.  Many thanks to parents who volunteered to accompany this trip.

Y2 VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF LONDON

On Thursday 9th November, Year 2 visited the Museum of London to find out more about their topic – ‘The Great Fire of London’.  The children “Walked the Great Fire” as they went on a child friendly Fire of London walk exploring hidden alleyways, making a pretend chain to carry buckets of water, admiring St Paul’s Cathedral and seeing the remains of the old City wall. 

After the walk, the children explored the “War, Fire and Plague” gallery at the museum where they saw a 17th century bread oven, a fire hook used for pulling down houses, leather buckets and a water pump amongst other interesting artefacts.  The children were great ambassadors for our school, and impressed our tour guide with their knowledge of the Great Fire!

HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOPS

On Wednesday all children had a chance to experience a 'Healthy Lifestyle' workshop run by A-Life. They have explored what a balanced diet is, how to be active, what their body does, why sleep is important and even all about keeping their teeth healthy. The children have received a hand-out today with the option of completing a '7 Day Healthy Challenge' online.

PIED PIPER

KS1 have the opportunity to watch a performance by the Pied Piper Theatre Company on 1st December.  A kind reminder that we need your £2.50 contribution towards this by Friday 24th November, (sadly if we don’t receive enough contributions we will be unable to go ahead with this activity).

Y3 PARENTS EVENINGS

Will be held on  Tuesday 12th December from 3.15 – 7.00 and Thursday 14th December from 3.15 – 6.00.  Sign up sheets will be on the Y3 classroom door on the afternoon of Wednesday 6th December for you to sign up for your slot. 

CHANDLER SCHOOL CONSULTATION

The Head teacher and Governing Body of the Chandler C of E (Aided) Junior School wish to consult on a proposed change to their admission arrangements for September 2019. The changes being proposed is as follows Grayswood Infant school (as was) no longer to be a feeder school to the Chandler Junior School as Grayswood is now a Church of England VA primary school and therefore pupils will not need to transfer to junior school at age 7.

Please see attached their proposed 2019 admissions policy with Grayswood being removed as a named feeder school from page 2, criteria 8. Any responses on this matter should be sent for the attn. of the head teacher at info@thechandlercofejuniorschool.org.uk.

The consultation deadline will be 6 weeks after the process begins on Tuesday 14th November 2017 with the deadline for responses by Tuesday 26th December 2017.

PTA NEWS

The silly season is nearly upon us and so please can we ask for your support with a few donations to ensure the Christmas fair (15th December) goes off with a bang.

Friday 17th November – please remember to bring in your donation for the chocolate tombola and the bottle tombola.  There will be a box by your classroom door for all donations. 

Friday 24th November – please bring in a decorated jam jar and fill with sweeties or chocolates for our ‘Jolly Jam jar stall’.  There will be a box by your classroom door for all donations. 

What’s going on at school for Christmas:-

Christmas trees

Once again we will be selling Christmas trees.  Offering very competitive prices and beautiful non-drop Nordman firs, these are a real bargain and at the same time you are supporting a great cause because the PTA gets a portion of the sales.  Forms are being sent home in book bags this week and are attached to the bulletin so please look out for them or contact elizabeth@spritzmarketing.co.uk. Orders must be placed by the 23rd November so don’t delay and orders yours today!  Forms can be returned to the school office and payment must be included too.

Santa Dash – Saturday 2nd December from 2.00pm at St Mary’s

Come and join the Santa Dash – fun for all the family!

We are looking for volunteer marshals to direct the Santas and Elves on the day – if you can spare some time please contact Lindsey Wright.

5K Santa Dash and 1K Elf Toddle

£12 for family tickets or £5 adult, £2.50 child

All proceeds will be donated to the PTA and go towards a defibrillator for the school.  Children and young people can sadly suffer from sudden cardiac arrest as well as the older population and medical experts believe that many children could be saved if a defibrillator is used within minutes.  St Mary’s will be fund raising until we reach our target of £1,200 for the defibrillator.

Secret Room

A favourite of the children at St Mary’s, we will be once again running the Secret Room, offering your children a chance to buy a surprise present for you, or anyone in your family.  Forms will be coming out this week – please return your slip and money in an envelope to the office by Friday 1st December to be passed on to the PTA.

Christmas Fair – 15th December

In the school hall from 2.30pm to 4pm.  Loads of festive fun for all the family - a chance to get some Christmas cheer and to support the school!

CHRISTMAS IN THE LOCAL AREA

Please see attached information from the Haslemere Museum for their Christmas activities and Rodborough School Christmas Fair.

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