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NEWS - 6 DECEMBER 2018

Next week’s value is Love

“Love doesn’t hurt others.  So loving is the same as obeying all the law”.  Romans 13:10

Dear parents/carers

The events of this week have certainly served to inject a real flavour of Christmas into the school. Since the opening of the Christmas Post Box on Monday, there has been an escalating sense of festive cheer.

On Tuesday, we welcomed visitors from the local Village Nursery to the Dress Rehearsal for our Nativity performance. Reception and Key Stage 1 children performed brilliantly and they have continued to perform well throughout the rest of the week. Well done to Reception and Key Stage 1 children and a big thank you to Miss Howells and all the teachers for their hard work in preparing our very youngest of pupils for their outstanding stage debuts!

Christmas is no excuse for staff training to cease and, on Monday afternoon, we invited a representative of the Guildford Science Learning Partnership to carry out a joint ‘Learning Walk’ to establish the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in our science lessons. All classes were observed carrying out a wide variety of exciting, explorative investigations. The observer commented on the enjoyment of children and the great links to class topic work – for instance Year 2 were designing a waterproof bucket with which to carry water to put out the Great Fire of London and Year 4 children were deciding on the best material to insulate against the sound of the World War 2 Air Raid Sirens! The afternoon’s Learning Walk was followed by a twilight staff training session, during which teachers engaged in some experimental work of their own and were given tips on further embedding children’s understanding and use of scientific vocabulary.

Well done to our Sports Crew who has been inspiring others with their determination and resilience this week! A big well done too, to Year 5 and 6 pupils who participated in the Barrow Hills Cross Country event on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Wright who quietly engineers these exciting sporting opportunities for children. Read more about our sporting successes below.

Please can I remind all children and parents that the outdoor Adventure Play Areas are out of bounds after school. There is signage to this effect in the vicinity of the play areas and we implore parents to discourage children (including pre-school siblings) from using the equipment. Aside from the obvious health and safety implications and lack of clarity regarding attribution of responsibility, the areas cannot be supervised by school staff and they do need to be available and safe for legitimate use, by pupils attending Koosa After School Care Club. Thank you in anticipation of your kind cooperation.

Finally, tomorrow is Mufti Day (in return for donations for the PTA Christmas Fair). It is also the day of our final Nativity performance (9.30am) and a celebration of excellence in our final REACH assembly of the term at 2.15pm.

Please note there will be no Celebration Assembly next Friday as the hall will be in use for the Christmas Fair! We look forward to seeing you there!
Have a super weekend!

Janis Radcliffe

Head teacher

 

CHRISTMAS TERM

7th Dec

Mufti Day – bring in your PTA donations for the fair, raffle and hamper

7th Dec @ 9.30am

Nativity Performance – donations to Save the Children – Please note this performance is now fully booked

7th Dec @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

10th Dec @ 9.00am

Drama Club Assembly – parents welcome

11th Dec

Christmas Lunch Amber and Emerald

12th Dec

Christmas Lunch Ruby and Sapphire

13th Dec @ 9.00am

Y6 Class Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

14th Dec @ 9.00am

Rock Steady concert

14th Dec

Christmas Jumper Day and School Fair

14th Dec

No celebration assembly

17th Dec @ 6.30pm

KS2 Carol Service at St Mary’s Church

18th Dec @ 1.40pm

WW1 Exhibition in School Hall

18th December

Deadline for ordering school dinners for January

19th Dec @ 9.15am

Final Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

19th Dec @ 1.30pm

Last day of term

4th Jan

INSET Day

7th Jan

Epiphany Spring Term 2019 Commences

 

PTA REMINDER

Friday 7th December – mufti day for children and bring in all your donations for the fair, raffle and hamper!

SCHOOL DINNERS

Please make your meal choices for the first week of term in January by Tuesday 18th December in order for the catering team to place their food order on 19th December.

Also please note that there will be a meal change on the last day of term, Wednesday 19th December.  The meal will now be:-

Main meal will be wholemeal crumb salmon fillet with oven chips

Vegetarian meal will be Vegan style chicken nuggets and oven chips

SAFETY

There have been a number of reports recently of strangers approaching children in local villages – please be extra vigilant and remind your children not to talk to strangers.

PE NEWS

Cross country

On Tuesday selected pupils from Year 5 and 6 took part in a Cross Country event at Barrow Hills School in Witley. There were over 250 children competing over 1 mile of field and trail. Conditions were muddy and sometimes slippery but all our runners put on a fantastic performance. We had medals from Poppy and Blaise in Year 6. The behaviour and sportsmanship displayed by our pupils was impeccable; they supported each other and congratulated other runners. Well done: Kate, Holly, William, Lochlain, Liam, Isabelle, Poppy, Lottie, Racheal, Madeline, James, Max, Blaise

Inter-house competitions

On Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime our Sports Crew - Jemima, Blaise, Lily and Fergus - have been running a MINI MILE activity for KS2 classes. The children had the opportunity to run laps of an obstacle course under a time limit, to see how many laps they could complete. Our Inter-house event is a lunchtime football tournament in the last week of term.

 

SCHOOL PLAYGROUND – AFTER SCHOOL

Please can all parents leave the playground promptly after collecting your child/children.  The playground is needed for after school clubs to set up their equipment.  The KS1 and KS2 adventure playgrounds should not be used by children at this time.

ST MARY’S CHURCH EVENTS

From Hannah Pye

9th December: Messy Christmas! Come along and spend an afternoon with messy crafts, stories songs and family tea! 4-6pm in Chiddingfold Village Hall

13th December: Church Mice Christmas Special! Come along for some festive games, craft, stories and songs as we celebrate Christmas together!

16th December: Christingle Service! Enjoy a family service with a Christingle orange for everyone!

24th December: Crib Service! If you would like to help us retell the greatest story ever told, then please get in touch with Hannah! Opportunities for Nativity Characters and readers to help us have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

25th December: Family Celebration Service! Come and join us on Christmas day as we celebrate all together.

As ever, if I can be of any help please get in touch me!
stmarysyouth@outlook.com 07541496996

       

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