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NEWS - 8 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

Here we are at half term already! How time flies when you’re having fun!

This week included Internet Safety Day - a focus day for internet safety - and we are constantly reminding children about safe internet use. We have a ‘Firewall’ which is intended to block attempts to access inappropriate website content and our IT Technician reports regularly on any users’ attempts to locate unsuitable material through internet searches, which can be attributed to individual users.  Additionally, children do need encouragement to take some responsibility for their own safety and it is worth parents noting our concerns about an App that children may be using at home. Please see separate attachment about ‘Roblox’ App and talk to your children about it if you are at all concerned.  

This week’s monitoring and evaluation activities have included meetings with subject leaders, lesson observations and a joint ‘learning walk’ with Mrs Buckley, the latter to establish pupil attitudes and contribution towards their own learning.  We are keen to encourage a scholarly attitude and for children to take their learning seriously, remembering that they come to school, primarily to learn. Children should be encouraged to share in the responsibility for their own learning outcomes at the end of each lesson and it is helpful if parents reinforce this. We are always very grateful for anything you can do to support your child’s learning at home; suggestions include reading regularly, encouraging children to help write shopping lists, working out the cost of supermarket products and potential savings, organising an outing etc. It all helps!

Year 5 pupils presented this Thursday’s class assembly on the topic of earth and space. Children showed great enthusiasm for their topic, sharing some interesting scientific facts as well as displaying their creative skills in art, music, drama and dance. Well done and thank you to all Year 5 pupils and Miss Clark.

I am required, by the Education Welfare Authorities, to discourage term time absence. Please note that it is an expectation that children will be in attendance every day of the school term, unless they are unwell or there is another acceptable reason, such as an unavoidable medical appointment, in which case parents should let school know, on a daily basis, the reasons and anticipated duration of absence. Our school term dates are published well in advance to enable parents to make their travel and holiday plans accordingly. Please also be aware that there are some compulsory school events that occasionally fall outside the normal school day and that all pupils are expected to attend, including our Christmas carol service.

Thank you for your continuing support and may I take the opportunity to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

 

 

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 @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome (please note change of start time)

23rd February

Book Character Dress Up Day

28th February

Y4 Bikeability

1st March

Y2 Marwell Zoo Trip

1st March @ 9.00am

Y1 Class Assembly

1st March

Y5 Bikeability

2nd March

A Little Princess Production

 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Please note the following date changes:-

No Year 3 Netball with Mrs Wright on Tuesday 27th February

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

SCHOOL DINNERS

Thank you again for your help with filling out your choices on Scopay/Tucasi. With half term nearly here this is a great opportunity for anyone who is yet to register to do so. It is very straight forward and once you are logged on you can choose your meal options right up until the end of the term. Just a reminder to please put in one of the following codes in each day: M (main meal), H (packed lunch), P (jacket potato) or V (vegetarian), if it is left blank then the main meal will be selected by the office staff which will mean anyone who normally has a packed lunch may end up being charged.

SPORTS RELIEF/RED NOSE DAY    

We will be taking part in the fundraising phenomenon Sport Relief on Wednesday 21st March.  As a whole school we will spend the afternoon getting fit by taking part in such activities as relay races, agility, ball skills and yoga.  There will be competitions, fun and of course fundraising.  We will also be supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 23rd March - this will be a red mufti day... more details to follow nearer the time.

YEAR 1

Next half-term we will continue to use the topic of toys to underpin our learning in year 1.  We will be borrowing a toy box from a museum and gaining first-hand experience of how toys from the past were played with.  We will also all be making a sock puppet toy of our own.  We would be grateful if you could supply your child with a long sock, preferably, a clean adult one!  If you have any scraps or fabric, they would also be very welcome.  Finally, if you or grandparents possess any notable old toys, we would be very grateful if you could share them with us either by sending them with your child or by arranging to come to our class to give a brief talk.  Many thanks for your support.

‘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.

THANK YOU FROM MRS FOZARD

Thank you for everyone’s support and encouragement during my R.E.D (Run Every Day) January raising money for Mind. A big thank you to those who bought cakes last Monday helping me raise £80 which along with my running sponsorship made a total of £450 for MIND. This money will help MIND reach and support adults and children suffering from mental health issues.

ST MARY’S CHURCH EVENT

Messy Church is this Sunday, 11th Feb, join us as we explore faith through craft, activities, challenges, singing and stories plus a family meal! 4-6pm in Chiddingfold Village Hall, free of charge!

Come along to the Church Room on Thursday 15th Feb, 2-4pm, for games, activities, crafts, play area and of course tea, coffee and cake! We'd love to see you!

 

Join us Thursdays in term-time 9:30 - 11:30am for our toddler group in the church room for coffee, cake and chat! And for those littlies; play, craft, story and song time followed by some yummy healthy snacks!

 

 

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