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NEWS - 19 APRIL 2018

Next week’s value is Respect

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. “Romans 13:7”

Dear parents/carers

I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and a restful break.

We welcome you and your children back to St Mary’s School as we look forward to yet another busy and productive term. We are pleased to welcome back Mrs Lawrence following her maternity leave. Mrs Lawrence will be based in Key Stage 1. Finally, a big welcome to two new children, Alex and Christian, who have joined us in Years 4 and 6 respectively, this week.

Children returned on Tuesday and have settled quickly back into school routines. Term began a little earlier for teachers who had a training day and meetings on Monday. Teachers spent the day discussing the term ahead, tidying and preparing classrooms and engaging in some important professional development activities, including learning more about the principles of ‘continuous provision’, with a view to incorporating ideas in class, to further enhance our already full, rich and exciting curriculum.  

Our curriculum is much more than simply maths, literacy, sport and the arts; it incorporates spiritual, moral, social and economic aspects as well as promoting positive values and attitudes, supporting the growth of children’s confidence and resilience and, most importantly, developing critical thinking skills.

In this era of fast-growing technological development, misleading advertising and fake news, it is ever more important for children to learn to question the validity of information they receive, be it from the TV, via the internet, Email or links sent to them on mobile phones. We are encouraging children to ask more questions of their teachers. Parents can help at home by encouraging children to question and challenge the accuracy and veracity of information from various sources (e.g. TV adverts) and to consider the likelihood that all may not be as it seems; in short, we are developing a healthy scepticism. This can lead to some interesting debate and there is no better place to have such productive discussions than around the dinner table at family mealtimes!  

As we approach the summer months, and in anticipation of some warmer weather, our thoughts may turn to the summer holidays. May I remind you that children are expected to 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. Our school term dates are published well in advance and holidays are not an acceptable reason for absence. Please see below our attendance information for the year to date. We would love to have 100% attendance for all year groups in the summer term!

May I wish you all a very happy and healthy summer term!

Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

Critical thinking starter question:

If a man drinks orange juice every day and his wife does not and the man grows hairs on his chest and the woman does not, does that mean that drinking orange juice puts hairs on your chest?

 

 

REMINDERS

 

Attendance for this year

19th April @ 3.15pm

Y6 Residential Parents Meeting

 

RECEPTION B

98.3%

20th April

No celebration assembly

 

RECEPTION G

98%

 

24th April @ 8.00am

Judo Club starts

 

YEAR 1

95.7%

24th April

Class Photos – please ensure full uniform is worn

 

YEAR 2

98.3%

 

26TH April @ 9.00am

RG Class Assembly – parents welcome

 

YEAR 3

96.9%

26th April @ 3.15pm

Y4 Residential Parents Meeting

 

YEAR 4

94.4%

27th April @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

 

YEAR 5

96.8%

30th April

Clubs Start

 

YEAR 6

95.5%

4th May @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly

 

 

 

7th May

Bank Holiday – School Closed

 

 

 

11th May @ - 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

 

 

 

14th May

Y6 SATS week

 

 

 

15th May @ 9.00am

Y5 Rounders at Woolmer Hill

 

 

 

15th May @ 6.00pm

Governors Meeting

 

 

 

18th May

Royal Wedding Festivities – details to follow

 

 

 

18th May @ 2.15pm

No Celebration Assembly

 

 

 

21st May

Y2 SATS week

 

 

 

24th May @ 6.30 – 7.30pm

Human Reproduction & Relationship DVD for parents

 

 

 

25th May

Outdoor Learning Day

 

 

 

25th May @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – outside (weather permitting)

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL DINNERS MONEY

Dinner money for the Summer Term:

 

Years R, 1 & 2                         FREE

Year 3                                      £139.50

Years 4 & 5                             £132.75

Year 6                                      £126.00

If you wish to pay for the first half of the term only the amount required is:

Years R, 1 & 2                        FREE

Years 3, 4, 5 & 6                     £63.00

PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG ON TO SCOPAY AND MAKE YOUR MEAL CHOICES AND PAYMENTS!

PLAYGROUND SHADE

We are thrilled with our new shade umbrella that was installed during the Easter break.  This was part funded by the PTA, so a very big thankyou to you all!

SPORTS RELIEF

Well done to all of you who took part and supported Sports Relief, St Mary’s raised £146.00.

JUDO MORNING CLUB

From Tuesday 24th April a morning Judo club will be running on Tuesdays from 8.00 – 8.30am.  There has already been much interest in this club.  If you are interested in attending please see the attached flyer and sign up directly with them.

Y5 and Y6 CHILDREN - QUADKIDS

A trial is being held at Rodborough school on Thursday 10th May at 4 pm to put a Waverley team together  for QuadKids on 12th July. They are looking for one boy and one girl from each school to do a standing long jump, a throw, a sprint and a long distance run.

If you are interested please turn up on Thursday 10th May at 4pm Rodborough School.

CYCLING INSTRUCTORS WANTED

The Cycle Training Team at Surrey County Council is recruiting for Cycling Instructors. Please follow the link below for details:-

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/jobs and search for "Cycling Instructor".

SURREY YOUTH GAMES

Please see attached the flyer regarding free sports taster sessions.

SUMMER TERM FITCAMPS

It’s time to get outside, get fit and start the week strong.

Keep your health and fitness a priority and come along to Monday session 9.15-10.15am.

£7.50 pay as you go

or

£69 for the summer term - the block payment allows you to attend any of the KeepFitness FitCamps (Monday-Chiddingfold | Wednesday – Plaistow | Sunday – Dunsfold).  Therefore, more you attend the cheaper each session becomes!

 

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