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News 28th April 2022

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to a busy and exciting summer term. Staff got the ball rolling on INSET day, completing training in a new phonics programme and Zones of Regulation training. More of which you will hear about in the future.

On Tuesday this week, we had a professional photographer in school to take photos for our new school website, the sun shone down on us and I am confident that photos will show case all that the school and village have to offer perspective families.

At the weekend, I was honoured to be asked to present the awards at the Chiddingfold Horticultural Society spring show. It was especially lovely to present two awards to one of our parents. Congratulations Mrs Chaplin!

Before the Easter holidays, the children were raising money for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Fund, this included a mufti day at the end of term. I am delighted to inform you that St Mary’s School raised £1,012. Thank you to all the children for their creative ideas and to you for your very generous contributions.
For summer term, our charitable work will be in aid of our link school in Malawi, which will include a Malawian day later in the summer term.

Jubilee preparations are under way in school and in the village. We have many plans in place for the next four weeks, finishing with a whole school celebration, to which you are all invited. Please see the flyer attached.

Two of our parents, Mrs Olsworth-Peters and Ms Gillingham are setting up and working with KS2 children and adults on performances for Chiddfest. Yesterday, they both talked to the pupils in assembly and pupils had the opportunity for a sneak preview of what to expect for the day. Both of these choirs are set to deliver extraordinary performances, please see flyers attached and sign up for this wonderful opportunity.

More information will follow about school events in relation to Jubilee, Chiddfest and the village fete. We are really looking forward to celebrating all of these wonderful events with you in true Chiddingfold style!

In the meantime, enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Best wishes
Mrs Buckley


Diary Dates                           

Date                                             Activity
28th April                                    Class photos & Y6 Leavers Photos
2nd May                                      BANK HOLIDAY
Week Commencing 9th May   Y6 SATs
9th May @ 4.00pm                    Y5 PGL Parents Information Meeting
17th May @ 6.00pm                  Local Committee Meeting
18th May                                     Y4K Swimming Lessons
25th May                                     Y4K Swimming Lessons
27th May                                     Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Thank you for all your donations so far. We are half way to covering the cost for the charging trolley and I-pads so if you would like to contribute you can make a donation through Scopay.

We have collected a number of items in lost property since the start of the term. Unfortunately none of these are named. Can I please ask you all to name your uniform, water bottles, lunch boxes etc to help us be able to re-unite them.


We are pleased to be able to welcome you all back to join us for our Sports Day on Tuesday 21st June (further information is attached).
We will be having a picnic lunch so there will be no other food options for that day.

To celebrate the Jubilee, our Catering Team have put together a special Jubilee picnic lunch which we will serve on Friday 27th May (see menu attached).
Further information on both picnics will follow shortly.

Do you love singing, dancing and acting? Then this is for you! You don’t need any previous experience – just a willingness to give it a go.

Students in KS2 are invited to join ‘Chiddfest Children’s Company’ formed especially for this event. You will be working with Vocal Director Lisa Olsworth-Peter and director Karen Gillingham to create a performance piece with highlights from Bizet’s Carmen and ‘Seasons of Love’ from RENT.

Please look at the dates and make sure that you can commit to them all as rehearsal time is short and it is important that you are at all rehearsals.

Places will be given on a first come first served basis.

Rehearsal Schedule

Date                 Time                  Details
Fri 6 May         15:00-16:45     Rehearsal St Mary’s School Hall
Fri 13 May       15:00-16:45     Rehearsal St Mary’s School Hall
Fri 20 May       15:00-16:45     Rehearsal St Mary’s School Hall
Fri 27 May       15:00-16:45     Rehearsal St Mary’s School Hall
Thur 2 June     10:00-15:00     Rehearsal St Mary’s School Hall
Sat 4 June        10:00-12:00     Rehearsal on site at Chiddfest

                          13:00-13:30     Performance 1 at Chiddfest

                          15:00-15:30     Performance 2 at Chiddfest
A letter will be sent home with further details to sign up.

Following Government guidelines, schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you take your child out of school, you may face a penalty notice.


Year 1 – 95.7%
Year 2 – 96.2%
Year 3 – 92.8%
Year 4K – 94.7%
Year 4E – 93.7%
Year 5 – 94.4%
Year 6 – 95.8%


Reflecting the virtues of Mary, our vision is for everyone to be inspired to blossom and grow, fulfilling their potential in all aspects of life. By exploring the Christian values of wisdom, hope, respect and community, our pupils understand the importance of being respectful, resilient social advocates, building a better world.