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NEWS - 8 MARCH 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

This week has been a very busy week for children, teachers, school leaders and administrators alike.

For my own part, being devoid of a speaking voice for most of the week has not precluded me from recording a response to the February parent questionnaire, a copy of which you should receive today.  You will also receive a hard copy of the termly planning for each year group and an overview of our school development priorities for your information.  

I am indebted to Mrs Bishop and Mrs Bedford for their determined efforts to bring to completion the daunting task of producing hundreds of paper copies of the questionnaire responses and the termly planning sheets. I hope you find these helpful as it has come to light that not all parents have obtained the information from our website. On the other hand, we are aware that there are parents who prefer to receive information in electronic format but I know you will be familiar with the adage that you can’t please all of the people, all of the time, so we hope that, by using multiple methods of communication, no parents will feel they are being ‘left in the dark’!

This week we have trialled the introduction of a mid-term grade card with Year 6 parents. The responses received have been positive and we plan to extend this to other year groups in due course. Read more about this in the questionnaire feedback.

Staff training: Mrs Buckley and I attended the safeguarding network meeting on Tuesday after school and, on Wednesday, we worked off site to revise our school self-evaluation form and data information booklet, both now a bit nearer to completion, ready for our validation visit from representatives of the Good Shepherd Trust.  

On Thursday, Year 1 children presented an assembly on the theme of ‘Toys’, tying in with their spring term topic work. Thank you to Year 1 children and their teachers for an informative assembly. We were very interested to compare some of the toys of the past with current-day inventions. Gone are the skipping ropes, marbles and jacks; enter ‘Minecraft’, robots and computer games!

The weather looks set to be fairer than at the end of last week! I do hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Janis Radcliffe



8th March

Y6 Football Tournament @ St Bart’s

9th March

Y2 Marwell Zoo trip

9th March @ 14.15

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

12th March

Y3 Multi Sports Woolmer Hill

13th March

Y5 Science Museum Winchester

13th March

Reception B – Height and Weight

15th March @ 09.00

Y4 Class Assembly

16th March

Science Day

19th March

Y6 Mock SATs week

20th March

3.30-7.00pm Parents Evening – sign up sheets will be in the hall on 12th March

21st March

Sports Relief Day - £1 donation

22nd March @ 09.00

RB Class Reception

22nd March

3.30 – 6.00pm Parents Evening

23rd March

Y5 Bikeability

23rd March @ 14.15

REACH Assembly – parents welcome

26th March

Y6 Natural History Museum

27th March @ 10.00

Easter Service at St Mary’s Church

29th March @ 09.00

Y2 Class Assembly

29th March

RG, RB, Y1 Gingerbread Man

29th March @ 13.00

Break up for Easter Holidays



We had a great Book Week at St Mary’s!  Many of the children returned to school in their pyjamas on Thursday evening to hear a bedtime story read by their teachers and to enjoy a hot chocolate and a biscuit – many thanks to the PTA for organising the refreshments.  On Friday, the school was filled with a wealth of colourful book characters from well-loved children’s stories, both old and new, as we celebrated World Book Day and our children’s love of reading.  The book fair was a great success, thank you to all who visited and helped to raise money for more books for our school.   

This week, the whole school enjoyed a fantastic performance of ‘Secret Garden’ performed by M&M Theatrical Productions as our school hall was transformed into an exciting theatre complete with music, lighting and scenery. Children from Reception through to Year 6 were mesmerised by the show, with a look of awe on their faces as they followed the emotions of this fast paced, energetic and colourful adaptation of the story.  Staff and children agreed that it was an incredibly slick and professional performance, and the set, costumes, music, lighting and outstanding acting really brought the classic story to life and gave the children an incredible theatre experience. 

Following the performance, Year 6 took part in a workshop to find out more about how the show is coordinated.  They explored many aspects from the electrical - including the use of lighting, sound, and microphones; to costume changes, accents, posture and facial expression and discovering how the many setting changes are organised.  We look forward to seeing what they have learnt in their Summer Production!


All parents KS1 and KS2 – it is important that all parents including those whose children have packed lunches go into Scopay and make the correct meal choice for your child.  If your child has packed lunches you can do this once a term and select H, if you do not the system will charge you for a school meal.

Mrs Bishop in the office has been very helpful during this transitional phase of implementing the new system and has been helpfully emailing and reminding parents to ensure they have made their choices and has also given some training to parents who have found it difficult to navigate the website. 

After the Easter holidays we expect all parents to make their own choices online with payment in time (some parents have set themselves weekly reminders). If you are still uncertain please contact the school office for instructions.


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


The next event on the PTA calendar! Thursday 15th March at Chiddingfold Village Hall, doors open at 7:30pm. Come and see the teachers modelling.  All on trend high street labels - treat yourselves to some new clothes at bargain prices and raise money for the school at the same time!



It has been very cold recently but we have still been enjoying our PE lessons safely outside. Mrs Wright has kept the children moving on the tennis courts. All children have been wearing their layers. If you have not already: please make sure that your child has tracksuit bottoms in school and an extra top layer.

Calling all adult runners!

On Friday 23rd March Mrs Wright is organising a 12 hour run for Sport Relief: The first 'Chiddingfold dawn till dusk' run. We will set off from St Marys at 6am and continue until 6pm. This will be in a relay style, with runners choosing a time to run and 'tagging' the next runner. 

If you would like to participate: email Mrs Wright with a time slot that you are available for.  Please indicate how long you plan to run for. The route is up to you. You do not have to be a seasoned runner: any time is appreciated. 

If you would like to donate: donate online at

The Waverley Sport Relief fun run (with a twist!) is taking place on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Broadwater Park

Sport Relief is all about getting active and raising money doing the activities you love. In 2016 we raised over £10,000 for the charity and this year we aim to do it bigger and better! So, in partnership with Places for People Leisure we would like to invite you to take up the challenge of our great event. It’s the perfect opportunity to get active, have fun and raise money.

The Waverley fun run is open to everyone, with a 1, 3 or 6km route around the beautiful Broadwater Park. Are you brave enough to take on the fitness challenges along the way? At the finish grab refreshments, strike a pose in our photo booth and take away a great free memento of the event.

Enjoy the festival spirit with music, face painting, raffle, sports activities and lots of fun! Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children (under 16). All funds raised will go to Sport Relief.

Sign up online by visiting Previous years have sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment!

For any further information please contact the Leisure team at or call 01483 523394.


The system we use has made some changes and added security to the text message system – please see the attached information.

JM coaching and SSA Easter Holiday Camp

Easter Holiday Football and sports camp are back!
Dates : Tuesday 3rd April - Friday 6th April
Times : 930-3pm
Venue : Haslemere Recreation Ground
Ages : 4-14 years
Price - £15.00 per day or special price £55.00 for all four days - sibling discount of £95.00 for two children for all four days.
Days consists of development football coaching sessions in the morning with expert coaches with afternoon fun games, challenges , matches , tournaments. Also specialist goalkeeper training and well multi sports options available.

We also have an indoor facility if needed.

Booking : email or call jack on 07855784385.

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