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NEWS - 15 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

This week’s value is compassion and I can’t let it pass unmentioned, that every single one of our children showed compassion, empathy, respect and a reasonable level of understanding (relative to age), in last Friday’s Remembrance Service. The Service was especially poignant, as it marked a hundred years since the end of the Great War. Well done to Mrs Newton and Year 6 children, who coordinated the event, and a big thank you and well done to children who showed remarkable respect, even the very youngest waiting patiently during the 2 minutes’ silence.

Year 6 had the benefit of a trip to the Imperial War Museum on Wednesday to further reinforce their understanding of the Great War. They travelled by train and walked from the station to the museum, where they spent a long time studying the different artefacts, including a medal awarded to one of the children’s own grandfathers! Wow!

Well done and thank you to this week’s sports event participants and coordinators, including teachers and our super parent helpers.  See more about these activities in Mrs Wright’s and Miss Clark’s reports below.

On Tuesday evening, Mrs Buckley and I attended a safeguarding network meeting, where we were reminded of the importance of vigilance and good listening skills to help keep our children safe from harm.  This responsibility falls, as much to parents, as to school staff – if you hear or see anything that alarms you, please don’t hesitate to communicate your concerns to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL- Mrs Buckley) or to myself, as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL). Miss Howells is also going to receive training to become a Level 3 Advanced, fully qualified Safeguarding Team member. If you are concerned about the safety of a child, young person or an adult you can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on tel 0300 470 9100 (office hours) and 01483 517 898 (out of hours). Emails are dealt with during normal office hours on csmash@surreycc.gov.uk.

It’s all about staff training this week, as Miss Clark attended the first of four Harmony Geometry Workshops, through the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, at Ashley School. She learned about patterns in nature and how these can be linked to patterns in mathematics. It is quite awe-inspiring and we hope to implement some of what Miss Clark will be learning into our maths and wider curriculum, to engage children and bring out that child’s innate sense of awe and wonder! Miss Clark was certainly excited as she came back with some of the beautiful works of art she had produced during the course of the day!

For my own part, I shall be attending a Health and Safety briefing tomorrow morning! Somebody’s got to do it!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

 

MICHAELMAS TERM

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

CHILDREN IN NEED

Friday 16th November

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

YEAR 2 VISIT TO THE MUSUEM OF LONDON

On Thursday 8th November, Year 2 visited the Museum of London to find out more about their topic – ‘The Great Fire of London’.  After travelling through time all the way back to 1666, the children “Walked the Great Fire” as they went on a child friendly Fire of London walk.

They visited Postman’s Park and observed the buildings of today, discussing the differences between houses then and now.  They saw many churches that were burnt down and rebuilt by architect Christopher Wren, and even made a pretend chain to carry buckets of water to put out the fire of adult helpers! 

They explored hidden alleyways when learning about the black rats that carried the plague; admired St Paul’s Cathedral and saw the remains of the old City wall. 

In the museum, the children explored the “War, Fire and Plague” gallery where they saw a 17th century bread oven, a fire hook used for pulling down houses, leather buckets and a water pump amongst other interesting artefacts.  The children were great ambassadors for our school, and impressed our tour guides with their knowledge of the Great Fire!

NETBALL FESTIVAL

On Tuesday 13th November, Miss Clark took eight Year 6 pupils to Park Mead School for an exciting ‘netball festival’. There were 14 different schools competing in the eight minute games. The team had been practising their tactics and skills during training sessions and they definitely showed the others what they were made of! The first game against Beacon Hill, St Mary’s won 3-1. With some fantastic marking, the team made it hard for their opponents. We then played Busbridge School – although this game was a loss for St Mary’s, we put up a really good fight! Finally, we played Tillingbourne A team. Yet again, with fantastic skills demonstrated this was a 4-1 victory for St Mary’s! Overall, coming 2nd in our group – we were all delighted! A special thank you to Mrs Thompson and Mrs Francks for their support and helping with travel arrangements!

Well done to Lily, Jemima, Matis, Lottie, Eleanor, Rachael, Violet and our captain, William!

PE NEWS

On Saturday 15 children took part in our annual Godalming and District Sports Association cross country competition at Glebelands school in Cranleigh. A special shout out goes to Dylan in Year 5 who was the only runner from his class! We competed against a large number of schools and the races set off fast! All our runners gave it their all and persevered. We had some great results, including medals for Max and Mabel in Year 3 and James in Year 6. A special mention should also go to Madeline in Year 6 as she was the only girl to run in her year group. She ran 1.3k and did not stop once. Her steady and consistent pace ensured she overtook quite a few of the other competitors. She certainly displayed grit, determination and resilience!

 

 

 

 

ST MARY’S CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Please find attached our schedule of Christmas dates – please ensure you make a note of these and keep them to hand as it will be a busy and exciting December.

PTA NEWS

Please find attached a schedule of PTA Christmas Events.  The PTA need your help with all of these events so please let your class rep know if you can help!        

Soon you will be receiving a paper bag to fill with sweets to be sold at the Christmas Fair.  They will come with a leaflet explaining what needs to be done and the date they need to be returned by.

The Christmas Hamper list will be put up on the Mullard Building next Monday 19th November.  The PTA would like to ask you to put your name by the item/s that you can donate.

£1 CHALLENGE

Well done to all those who took part, we were happy to raise £427 in total and will make a contribution to the Haslemere food bank.  With remainder, we will enjoy buying some exciting art supplies for the benefit of all classes.

If you signed up for the challenge but did not complete it, please return your £1 to the school office.

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