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NEWS - 8 NOVEMBER 2018

Next week’s value is Compassion

 

“The Lord is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children”. Psalm 103:13

Dear parents/carers

The week started with an important message, delivered by a representative of Surrey County Council’s Road Traffic Department, about safe practice when crossing the road. Credit for the organisation of this safety briefing goes to two of our Year 6 pupil leaders.    The assembly was the result of a letter written by Bebe and William to the local council asking for help in keeping children safe on the roads. Thank you to Bebe and William for instigating this very important safety message for all the children of St Mary’s School.

Currently, we have the pleasure of the company of ‘Spike’ the hoverfly, a metre-plus long insect, who has ‘landed’ in our school entrance area! This excellent teaching resource, built by talented members of the Guildford Spike Women’s Institute, is on loan to the school for a fortnight. It is proving to be an excellent teaching resource, particularly for science, art and design related topics. The model-makers of the Women’s institute have provided some very interesting supplementary information about the insect as well as details about its construction. The hoverfly is an excellent mimic of a more dangerous creature – the hornet! See coloured pictures and read more about ‘Spike’ in our bulletin attachment.

I hope you felt parents’ evening was fruitful and informative this week. I have received much positive feedback from parents, reflecting teachers’ thorough preparation and excellent understanding and knowledge of the children in their care. I should like to thank teachers for all their hard work, extra time and dedication to duty; crucially, all without a word of complaint!

Today (Thursday), an excited Year 2 left school early for their trip to the Museum of London. We wish them a safe and enjoyable visit.  No doubt there will be more news to share next week!

Tomorrow we will be holding a Remembrance Service in the school hall from 10.15am. This is to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and will focus on the sacrifices of those who died or who returned home to an uncertain future.  The Service will be led by Year 6 children with the help of their teacher and church representatives. Parents are very welcome to join us. No doubt there will also be much pomp and ceremony on the TV over the weekend and we hope that parents and grandparents will share their own understanding, memories and recollections from the past, to reinforce the meaning of such a historic event. 
Finally, Miss Jill Garden, a representative of the Young Minds Mental Health Charity, will be joining us in our Celebration Assembly tomorrow afternoon. She is to be presented with a cheque from the Three Peaks Committee, who raised funds for the charity, as well as for the school, earlier this year, when they bravely scaled the heights of the three highest mountains in the United Kingdom!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

 

MICHAELMAS TERM

9th Nov @ 10.15am

Remembrance Service in School Hall – parents welcome

9th Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

12th Nov

Clubs Week 8

16th Nov

Children In Need – wear mufti and donate £1

16th Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly -  parents welcome

19th Nov

Clubs Week 9

20th Nov @6.00pm

Governors Meeting

22nd Nov @ 9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly – parents welcome

23rd Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

26th Nov

Clubs Week 10

29th Nov @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly – parents welcome

30th Nov

Pied Piper Theatre Company R, Y1, Y2

1st Dec

Santa Dash

4th Dec

Barrow Hills Cross Country – selected pupils

 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS – CHANGES

Miss Clark's netball club - Year 5 and 6

On Monday 12th November there will be NO Miss Clark's netball training due to a fixture the following day.

POPPY APPEAL

We will be selling poppy merchandise etc in school for Remembrance. Y6 will visit the classrooms with the poppies should your children wish to make a contribution.

PE NEWS

Last Wednesday Mr Batten, Mrs Moser and Mr Hanson took a team of Footballers to play in a tournament at Tillingborne School. They were in a group with 5 other schools from our Sports District and played 5 matches. The boys played extremely well and managed to win 2 matches with goals from Max and Albie.  A big thank you to those parents for helping with this event. Well done to: Max, Albie, Max, Archie, Joseph, Zach, Rory, Corey and Finn.

GLEBELANDS CROSS COUNTRY

Mrs Wright is looking forward to seeing a record turnout of runners on Saturday morning for our District Sports Association Cross Country event at Glebelands School in Cranleigh. Thank you to all who have returned their letters: numbers have now been confirmed.

Mrs Wright will be on site from 9:30am. Please remember that parking is limited. Bring any inhalers or medication that your child may need. The ground may be soft so grippy trainers are a good idea if you have them. Bring a water bottle and a warm layer!

These are approximate timings:

Year 4 girls - 10.00am
Year 4 boys - 10.10am
Year 3 girls - 10.20am
Year 3 boys - 10.30am
Year 5 girls - 10.40am
Year 5 boys - 10.50am
Year 6 girls - 11.00am
Year 6 boys - 11.10am
 

LEGOLAND

On Monday 29th October, Year 5 took a trip to Legoland Windsor – with a focus on their topic, Ancient Greece. After a good journey filled with lots of singing and excitement, we arrived to get our tickets – only to be told we were allowed to go through the VIP entrance!

We had time to spare before our first workshop, so we looked around the ‘Mini Land’ exhibit. We saw lots of impressive architecture and were shocked that some of the buildings took over 750 hours to make!!

At 11:00 we went for our first education workshop. Our fantastic guide Rachael took us on a Legoland time traveller all the way back to Ancient Greece. We talked about different myths we knew, as well as medicines, the Olympics and all the Greek Gods and Goddesses. We definitely impressed the Legoland staff with our knowledge!

After we had our lunch, as a mini activity we created our own fish to come alive on the screen in front of us which we thought was really cool! At this point, members of the public commented on how lovely Year 5 were with the younger children at the venue (a definitely proud teacher moment!).

We then completed an underwater creature module which will link to one of Science topics later on in the year. We were even lucky enough to watch the Pirate Stunt Show (we will not be completing these moves in Gymnastics much to the children’s disappointment).


We had such a fantastic trip and made lots of memories together!!

More photos to follow in our class assembly!

 

Such a fun trip, especially getting to work creating Greek Lego with Jack and Liam! – Lochlain

 

I liked building the underwater creatures as they were really creative’ – Eleanor

 

I really enjoyed the whole trip and can’t pick a favourite part’ – Jorge

 

I liked building my Greek temple and seeing the Pirate Show’ – Josh

 

ROAD SAFETY ASSEMBLY

On Monday, we were lucky enough to get Cheryl from Surrey County Council to help us with our road safety assembly.  Cheryl came to the school as we had written a letter expressing our concern about road safety in Chiddingfold, especially as weekends.  Cheryl helped us to understand: how to use a zebra crossing, use the green cross code and how to use a road crossing safely.  We’d like to thank Cheryl very much for all her help.  I hope you enjoy the photos below!

From Be-be and William

 

CHILDREN IN NEED

Friday 16th November

Come dressed in mufti to raise money for Children In Need!

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB LEAFLET

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/st-marys-gu8 to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25pin Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by November 30th, 2018.

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT CHECKS

Year 6 – National Child Measuring Programme

On Thursday 22 November 2018 the School Nurse will be carrying out height and weight checks. Your child has received information in their book bag. Please note you only need to return the form if you DO NOT wish your child to take part. Please return them to the School Office by Monday 19th November 2018.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

A reminder that the closing date for all orders is Tuesday 20th November 2018.

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