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NEWS - 18 JANUARY 2018

Next week’s value is Enthusiasm

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Dear Parents and Carers

Clubs began in earnest this week. It was great to see activities in full flow and to experience the smell of cookies wafting down the corridors from the activity room. Thank you to our teachers and volunteers who give generously of their time to provide these additional opportunities for pupils. If any parent or grandparent has a burning desire to run a club relating to something they are passionate about, please do let us know; don’t be shy!

I should like to thank the PTA for all their hard work last year and, in particular, in the run up to Christmas. Their fund-raising efforts, including the Christmas Fair, have been truly remarkable, and will enable us to make some important purchases to enhance opportunities for children. The focus last year was on raising money for our outdoor areas and smart boards. This term, the focus remains on the outdoors with shading as well as working towards some new fundraising initiatives, including much-needed money for a defibrillator. Thank you for all your hard work! We couldn’t do it without you!

Year 6 pupils completed their bikeability training this week. Normal timetabled lessons will resume tomorrow. Children are fortunate to have a new teacher who shares Mrs Newton’s high expectations and determination for children to do well in their end of year tests. Year 6 children will be very much in our thoughts from now on, as they knuckle down to their studies in readiness for the demanding SATS tests in May 2018. Good luck Year 6!

On Monday morning, St Mary’s had a ‘lockdown’ practice, as recommended by the health and safety authorities. This is to ensure children and adults are properly prepared, regarding safety maintaining procedures, in the event of any future, serious but unlikely threat to their security. Teachers explained the possible threat in age-appropriate terms (e.g. a swarm of bees) and the overwhelming majority of children were able to be sensible and to remain silent and hidden, alongside their teachers. Well done to all!

On Tuesday, our Deputy Head, Mrs Buckley, attended a curriculum conference in London. She returned to share what she had learned in Wednesday’s staff meeting. The focus of the staff meeting was on the relevance of our curriculum to meet the needs and future aspirations of pupils in a changing world. Mrs Ryder (History Subject Leader) also gave valuable feedback following a book scrutiny and Miss Clark and Mr Bannister shared some classroom successes and good ideas with colleagues.

This week the school business manager and I will be meeting ‘Koosa’ After School Care representatives. The aim of the meeting is to firm up on our plans to run an on-site after school care facility, after half term.

There’s always more to do ... but we endeavour to be innovative and enjoy the challenge!   Thank you for all your support. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Yours sincerely

Headteacher

 

 

15th January

Clubs Week 1

15th January

Y6 Bikeability

19th January @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

22nd January

Clubs Week 2

22nd January

Y4 British Museum Trip

25th January

6.00 – 7.00 pm School Disco KS1

7.15 – 8.15 pm School Disco KS2

26th January @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

29th January

Maths Week

29th January

Clubs Week 3

1st February @ 6.00pm

KS2 Maths Information Evening

2nd February @ 2.30pm

Maths Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

5th February

Clubs Week 4

5th February

No Football Club

8th February @ 09.00am

Y5 Class Assembly

9th February @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

12th February

Half Term

22nd February @ 6.15pm

Bedtimes Stories

23rd February

Book Character Dress Up Day

 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Please note the following date changes:-

No Year 3 Football club (Mondays Godalming College Students) on Monday 5th February.

No Girls Football club on Wednesday 7th March.

SCHOOL DISCO

Please return your ticket requests and payment for the School Disco by this Friday 19th January.

PE NEWS

Year 3 and 4 boys played a Football match last Wednesday against Grayswood School at home. This was the first match situation for some boys. We played well against an unexpectedly skilful team. The first half was hard going, but the boys kept their heads up for a better second half with some great saves in goal from Toby. Well done Sam, Jack, Toby, Joe, William, Max, Joseph and Layton. Thank you to JK Coaching for running the session.

ST MARY’S SAVINGS BANK

If your child has a St Mary’s Savings Account please can they give their savings books into the office by Wednesday 17th January 2018 in order for the interest to be added.

If your child does not already have a savings account this is a great way to encourage them to start saving.  They can come to the school office and open an account and deposit their money.  2% Interest is added to account balances in January.

SCHOOL DINNER CHOICES

Thank you to all those who chose their school dinners for this week.  Feedback from children has been very positive with lots of discussion about what they were choosing.  Please remember even if you require a main menu you need to enter M in the choice code.  The software supports both Windows and Apple, however you need to have the most recent upgrades and use either Chrome or Explorer browsers.

ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

Kind reminder to all parents/carers to supervise children before and after school when they are using the Adventure Playground.  We cannot accept any liability outside of school hours in case of injury.

PE KIT/UNIFORM

As the weather is still cold please ensure your child has track suit bottoms and Mrs Wright’s top tip to keep warm is to provide an under layer or “skin” as well. 

Kind request for all items of uniform to be clearly labelled.  The lost property box is over flowing again with many unnamed items.  Please check it for any lost items before they are donated to charity.

PARKING AT PICK UP

This week a car caused serious disruption on the A283 by parking on the main road by the cricket pitch when collecting from an after school club.  Please never park on the A283 it is dangerous and causes a traffic jam.  Parking is recommended in the Catholic Church car park and the Recreation Ground behind the school.   

RELATIONSHIP AND SEX EDUCATION

The DfE have opened their consultation into the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education. This consultation

opened on 19th December and closes on 12th February, so we only have a month left to respond. Please do take the time to respond.  Parents and pupils are also invited to respond and the link below takes you to the proposals and response form:-

https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence

KING EWARDS WITLEY

Please see below some dates for your information:-

Thursday 1st February – Open Morning

Tuesday 6th February – Yrs 7-11 German Theatre by Onatti Productions

Saturday 24th Feb, 3,17,24 March Yrs 5 & 6 King Edwards Spy Academy

Thursday 15th March – Open Morning

Wednesday 21st March – Junior and Prep Schools Art Competition and exhibition

Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd March – Senior School Production “West Side Story” evening performance

Friday 23rd March - Senior School Production “West Side Story” matinee performance

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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).

St Mary’s School aims to offer every opportunity for children to reach their full potential in a secure and nurturing environment. We believe that self-esteem and confidence are the best predictors of future success and we value achievement in all areas of the curriculum...

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