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NEWS - 1 FEBRUARY 2018

Next week’s value is Perseverance

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you again, to our hard-working PTA members, for organising yet another successful fundraising event. Last week’s KS1 and KS2 discos were a huge success! Children had an amazing time, dancing and rocking to the sounds of disco music, well into the early hours (of the evening!) They were all home, in bed by 8.00pm, and back in school the next day, looking fresh as daisies! 

May I remind KS2 parents that this evening is our maths information evening, when we hope you will join us (from 6.00pm), to hear about how the four main mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are taught at St Mary’s School. It is hoped that this will help parents to support children at home, in the knowledge that they are using the same method and terminology as that which is used in school. The evening will be led by our maths subject leader, Miss Clark, with the support of her colleagues, for the demonstration workshops. Please feel free to arrive early for a glass of wine!

SAFEGUARDING

Safer internet Day

Next Tuesday, 6 February 2018, is UK Safer internet Day. The UK Safer Internet Centre has launched some helpful materials for parents to assist them in protecting their children when using technology; these  include parents’ top tips for teaching children to safely use iPads, iPhones, Play-stations and X-Boxes. All of the leaflets can be found under the parents’ section of our school website.

Photographs

Please avoid taking and circulating photographs and/or video footage of children other than your own, as some of our parents specifically request that the school helps them to ensure no images of their children are recorded.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Please may we remind you that St Mary’s is a ‘nut-free’ zone; this includes all makes of nuts and nut products, including peanut butter. The avoidance of nuts on school premises helps us to protect those pupils with severe allergies who may be at risk of developing anaphylactic shock following even minimal contact with nuts, for example from touching a surface that a nut-eater has previously touched. More information can be found under the parent section of our school website: see Pupil Health and Wellbeing/Food and Drink. We thank you in anticipation of your kind cooperation.

Tomorrow’s Celebration Assembly is being commandeered by mathematicians from all year groups, who will be sharing some of what they have learned in maths lesson this week and this term. Parents welcome.

Have a great weekend.

Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

 

 

1st February

Y4 at Woolmer Hill, Dodgeball

1st February @ 6.00 – 7.00pm

KS2 Maths Information Evening

2nd February @ 2.30pm

Maths Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

5th February

Clubs Week 4

5th February

No Year 3 Football Club

6th February

Internet Safety Day

8th February @ 09.00am

Y5 Class Assembly

9th February @ 2.30pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

12th February

Half Term

19th – 23rd February

Book Fair

19th February

Clubs Week 5

22nd February @ 9.00am

Year 6 Class Assembly

22nd February

Y3 Kew Gardens Trip

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 31st January.

No Year 3 Netball with Mrs Wright on Tuesday 27th

No Girls Football club on Wednesday 7th March.

The week commencing 19th March the following clubs will be cancelled due to parents evening:

Monday – Get Going and Arts & Crafts

Tuesday – Hockey and Netball Training with Miss Clark

Thursday – Choir, Board Games and homework club

PARKING

If you are dropping off children for Breakfast Club, please be extra vigilant when entering the school gate, as this is a busy time, with staff members arriving in their cars.

If you don’t go to Breakfast Club, then please do not park in School lane during drop off/pick up time.  You can use the Catholic church car park which is opposite to School Lane, or alternatively, the parking adhjacent to the playing fields behind the school. You must enter school via the side gates from the park or the main road rather than using the main entrance on school Lane. Thank you for your cooperation.

‘Book Week’ is coming!

In the week commencing Monday 19th February, we will be celebrating, sharing and developing our children’s love of reading throughout the whole week! 

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd February:  Book Fair open in School Hall (7:50 - 8:45am)

Thursday 22nd February: Bedtime Stories and Book Fair open (6:15 – 7:00pm)

Friday 23rd February: Book Character Dress Up Day

Friday 2nd March: ‘A Little Princess’ Production

The Book Fair will be returning to St Mary’s and will run for the duration of the week; we’re hoping to match, or even better last year’s success where we raised over £500!  Children will have the opportunity to browse the bookshelves with their class throughout the week, and the fair will be open to parents every morning during breakfast club, as well as on the evening of Thursday 22nd February when children are invited to return to school for our annual Bedtime Stories event.  Every purchase contributes towards raising money for more books for our children.  Look out for a leaflet in your child’s book bag to give you some indication of the types of books that will be available, and for information on pre ordering books before the fair. 

Prior to the week, we will be running a competition to allow children the opportunity to win vouchers to spend at the Book Fair, further information to follow in next week’s bulletin.

On Thursday 22nd February, we will be hosting our annual ‘Bedtime Stories’ event.  Children are invited to return to school in their pyjamas ready for a bedtime story and a hot chocolate between 6:15 and 7:00pm.  The Book Fair will be open during this time for parents to browse and purchase some new reading books!  Sign-up sheets for the event will be on display in the Mullard Building from Monday 5th February. 

On Friday 23rd February, children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book character for our ‘Book Character Dress Up Day’. 

To continue to support your child’s love of reading at home, we recommend signing up to www.oxfordowl.co.uk . The website is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.  It is free to register, and once signed up you will have access to top tips for helping at home; activities and games to support your child’s developing maths and English skills as well as a free library of over 200 eBooks for children aged 3-11.

YEAR 4 – BRITISH MUSEUM

On Monday, 22nd January, Year 4 set off to the British Museum to find out more about the Ancient Egyptians. As soon as we arrived, we went to visit the Egyptian galleries to see what delights we would find.

We were all amazed by Ginger - the mummy, who is 5400 years old! (He is called Ginger because he has little tufts of ginger hair in some places. He has been sand-dried, which means all of his organs were removed and he was left in the sand to dry).

Afterwards, we participated in a workshop dedicated to the Egyptian mummies. In this session, we explored how studying mummies can help us understand more about ancient Egypt. There was so much to see and the children were so excited and full of questions.

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