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NEWS - 14 DECEMBER 2017

Next week’s value is Peace

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

Dear Parents and Carers

The festive feel is becoming increasingly apparent around school as we hurtle towards Christmas and the end of the autumn term. 

This week saw KS2 carol singers practising their songs for next week’s carol service at St Mary’s church on Monday evening (6.30pm start) and a small group of selected singers have been practising their carols for their visit to Surrey Heights Care Home for the elderly next Tuesday afternoon.  Thank you to Mr Crocker, who continues to give voluntarily of his time to accompany our singing practices.

We welcome two new pupils (Elena and Madeleine) in Years 5 and 6; both of them are to be congratulated on settling so quickly into the school and we thank their teachers and pupil ‘buddies’ who have helped them cope with the transition from a school outside of the UK. 

Thank you to our catering colleagues who provided a wonderful Christmas lunch for children, staff and visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Thank you to all our adult helpers and the school administration team, who coordinated the seasonal dining event.

PTA members have been extremely busy this week, helping children to prepare ‘Secret Santa’ gifts for Christmas and getting ready for the PTA Christmas Fair this Friday, an event which looks set to be great fun! The hall will be in use from 1.00pm for setting up and preparations so there will be no Celebration Assembly this week.

On Thursday, Year 6 pupils staged their class assembly, giving a stunning performance linked to their topic work on World War I. Children are to be commended for doing so well in the absence of their class teacher and my thanks go to colleagues who shared my view that ‘the show must go on’! Well done to all!  

Tomorrow (Friday) is ‘Christmas Jumper Day’. Children may wear their favourite festive jumpers over slacks, jeans or track-suit bottoms and we look forward to Rocksteady’s Christmas Concert which starts at 9.00am. 

Next week is the last week of term. Term ends after lunch on Thursday 21st December and children should be collected promptly at 1.30pm. Please remind children to bring home their personal belongings and PE kits for washing before the end of this term.

The spring term begins on Monday 8th January 2018. Clubs begin the week commencing Monday 15th January.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

15th December @ 2.30pm

PTA Christmas Fair in School Hall 

15th December

Wear a Christmas Jumper to School and donate £1 for Save the Children

18th December @ 6.30pm

Carol Service Y3, 4, 5 and 6 in St Mary’s Church

19th December @ 6.30pm

Carols around the Christmas Tree on the village green

21st December @ 9.15am

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

21st December @ 1.30pm

School term ends

8th January

Spring term Starts

 

KS1 NATIVITY

Throughout the second week of December, the school hall at St Mary’s C of E Primary School was taken over by the Bethlehem Broadcasting Company as the children in Reception and KS1 put on a glitzy performance of “Lights, Camel, Action!  It’s Strictly the Nativity.”  The traditional stable was transformed with sparkling disco balls as the story of the nativity was retold through songs and dances performed by the well-loved characters, all judged by a panel consisting of the Innkeeper’s wife, a donkey and Caesar Augustus!  All of the children did a fantastic job of learning their lines, songs and dances, and performed brilliantly! Well done Reception and KS1!

SCHOOL DINNERS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PARENTS/CARERES

We have been working closely with our catering staff and are pleased in inform you that from the 15th January 2018 there will be 3 choices of meal option available to all children:-

  • Main meal
  • Vegetarian Option
  • Jacket potatoes – fillings will either be tuna, cheese or baked beans

From January 2018 all payments for school dinners must be made through Tucasi Scopay.  When you go to pay you will be able to select your menu option for your child.  The menus are still on a 3 weekly rotation and the main meals and vegetarian options are listed for each day.  Please discuss with your child which option you are choosing for them so there is no confusion when they go to collect their lunches.  Please note you will only be able to make your choice if you have a credit balance.

Children who will be having a vegetarian option will be given a green wristband and children who will be having a jacket potato will be given a yellow wristband by their teacher before they go into lunch.  When they receive their meal they will give the dinner lady their wristband. 

Changes in choices can be made up to midday on Thursday for the following week. After that no changes in choice will be able to be made as the catering team need to complete their orders.

Parents of children in KS1 that don’t already have a login for Tucasi Scopay will need to get a code from the school office and register.  Even though KS1 children have a free school meal, it is important that all KS1 parents choose the meals for their children in order for the kitchen to order the correct amount of food.  If parents don’t make a choice the default will be the main meal.

Those children on Special Diets will continue with these and do NOT need to make a choice.

If your child does not have a school dinner and has a packed lunch nothing will change.

Please speak to Mrs Oqvist, School Business Manager before the end of term if you need to make alternative arrangements for payments.

PE NEWS

Well done to all pupils from Year 2, 3 and 4 who took part in the Cross Country event at St Edmunds on Thursday 30th November. It was a cold and very icy day. The children ran just over 1km over a field and woods. They competed against 6 other local independent schools. We won medals in the Year 2 boy’s race - well done Max, Corey  and Joseph. Everybody did brilliantly and the children were great sporting ambassadors for our school. Well done Liam, Sonny, Dylan, William, Zach, Edward, Ben, Isaac, Noah, Florence, Jessica P, Jasmine, Finn, Mabel, Charlotte Q, Alice, Hollie M, Holly G, Charlotte J. Thank you to Mrs Seymour and Mr Pendegrass for accompanying Mrs Wright to the event.

DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

For reception place for September 2018, the deadline for applications is 15 January 2018. Parents who miss the deadline reduce their chances of getting one of their preferred schools, so apply online by visiting www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions

SCHOOL FUND

A big thank you to all those parents who have paid the termly donation of £25 to the school fund.  This really does make all the difference to classroom budgets and our ability to enhance curriculum learning.

ST MARY’S CHURCH NEWS

Sunday 17th at 10am, Christingle Family Service

Sunday 17th at 6.30pm, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ – our traditional village Carol Service, at 6.30pm.

Tues 19th from 6.30pm Carol Singing on the Green at 6.30pm with a visit from Santa.

Weds 20th 7 – 8pm, carol singing in The Crown.

Christmas Eve 4pm Crib service, come early to get a seat!

Christmas Day all age celebration, 10am.

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