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NEWS - 7 DECEMBER 2017

Next week’s value is Generosity

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Dear Parents and Carers

Well, who would have thought this week could have been any more frenetic than the last?

The week began with Reception/Key Stage 1 Nativity rehearsals and, considering how little time had already been devoted to practice, teachers were pleasantly surprised, to the extent they were able to enjoy two good night’s sleep on Monday and Tuesday! Teachers could only have dreamed of the heights to which children’s performance would be further elevated over the course of the week and we are expecting great things from tomorrow’s final performance. Well done to Reception and Key Stage One children and to their teachers and all who gave so generously of their time to make the performances a success. Congratulations to Miss Howells who coordinated the whole festival of creative arts on the theme of the Christmas Story.

On Thursday, there was more singing and dancing when Year 4 presented their class assembly themed around this term’s topic work - the Second World War. And yes, it’s true...Mrs Radcliffe was moved to tears! The singing was so absolutely beautiful and the story so very poignant and well told! Thank you to our Year 4 children, Mrs Ryder and Mrs Balchin, all of whom worked really hard to prepare an informative and thoroughly enjoyable assembly.

Tomorrow (Friday 8th December) is our ‘REACH’ assembly which replaces our usual Friday Celebration Assembly. Parents are welcome to join us as we present awards to the individuals in each class who have been nominated by their teachers to receive recognition for regularly displaying the characteristics of Respect, Endeavour, Achievement, Creativity and Happiness!

Thank you and well done to all who organised and took part in last weekend’s ‘Santa Dash’ and well done to Mrs Buckley, who proudly informed me that she was the first female ‘grown-up’ to make it round the course. A substantial sum of money was raised towards the purchase of a defibrillator to be shared by the local community.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

 

7th December @ 2.00pm

R, Y1, 2 Christmas Production – “Lights, Camel, Action!”

8th December @ 9.30am

R, Y1, 2 Christmas Production – “Lights, Camel, Action!”

8th December @2.30pm

REACH Assembly – All parents welcome

11th – 14th December

Santa’s Secret Room Open

12th December @ 12.00pm

Christmas Lunch for Amber and Emerald Houses

12th December

Y3 Parents Evening

13th December @ 12.00pm

Christmas Lunch for Ruby and Sapphire Houses

14th December

Y 3 Parents Evening

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

 

CLUBS

Maths Booster and Homework Club will finish this week.

CHRISTMAS LUNCHES 12th and 13th December

Tuesday 12th December                                - Christmas Lunch for children in Amber and Emerald House

- Children in Ruby and Sapphire to bring a packed lunch from home

Wednesday 13th December         - Christmas Lunch for children in Ruby and Sapphire House

- Children in Amber and Emerald House to bring a packed lunch from home

Y3 PARENTS EVENING

The sign-up sheets are now up in the Mullard Building for parents to sign up for Y3 parents evening on Tuesday 12th December and Thursday 14th December.

 

SANTA DASH

St Mary’s first Santa Dash took place last Saturday and was a resounding success.  With runners dressed up as Santas and Elves running 5K and 1K, they were quite a sight for residents who cheered and waved them on!  Total sales were approx. £570.00 and we will let you know how much will go towards the defibrillator in the New Year.

Well done to Emma Hitchcock and the other PTA members who organised and ran the event!

THE ANGEL TRAIL AT GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL

Earlier in the year schools in the area were asked if they wanted to contribute to a display of angels now on display at Guildford Cathedral.  St Mary’s submitted angels from Y1, Y4 and Y5. 

Year 1 made wonderful rainbow coloured angels.

Year 4’s angel was inspired by the children and we decided to use the fallen autumn leaves.  The leaves were preserved to keep their colour and we used colours of autumn to create the dress and the wings. 

Mrs Balchin built a frame and we used paper and cardboard to make it stronger.  It took us just over two weeks to build the Angel and the children really enjoyed it and are very pround to have this displayed in the Cathedral.

Year 5 collected materials (recycled) from home and around school. They had a look at some ideas during our computing lessons and then worked together to create their own angels. We talked about how their angels do not have to be the 'stereotypical angel' and their ideas were really creative. Main bodies were made from Pringles tubes, milk bottles and even old boxes. A really fun time making them and the end result was brilliant!

Jane Whittingdale at the Diocese has asked us to share the following:-

“Thank you so much for the beautiful angels that have made for the cathedral display.  I knew that they would be good, but they have far exceeded my expectations!  The variety of designs is wonderful, there are angels made of card, paper, willow, Cd’s leaves and plaster of Paris.  47 schools have contributed over 200 angels. Please pass on my thanks to the staff and pupils involved in making the angels. The angels are well worth a visit, we have hidden them all around the cathedral so you have to look carefully to find all of them.

The display has received good press coverage and you can see some fantastic photos on these two reviews.

Guildford Cathedral dotted with 200 model angels  A review from Premier Radio

BBC Surrey - A host of heavenly Christmas angels have...A video made by Radio Surrey.

Please do go along and follow the angel trail which remains in place until Monday 8th January.  The cathedral is open throughout the Christmas holidays, including that very quiet week between Christmas and New Year when everything else is closed.  It makes a good trip out when people have families staying over Christmas. You can check for opening times here Guildford Cathedral - When to Visit

 

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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).

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