Our Mission Statement
“To walk hand in hand with God, loving him, loving each other and loving ourselves, doing our best with the gifts he gave us to make the world a richer place.”
On behalf of the staff and governors, I would like to welcome everyone back to school after what I hope was a very relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday. A special word of welcome to all those children who started at St Mary’s this week - we pray they settle in quickly and enjoy all the school has to offer.
Welcome also to Mr Poole, Mrs Nicholson and Mr Shipston who have joined us in Key Stage 2. We pray that they will be very happy here at St Mary’s. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the children, parents and staff for the lovely welcome that I have received on my return from maternity leave.
The children all look very smart in their new uniforms. Please put your child’s name on everything – especially ties, jumpers and cardigans - it makes finding the owner so much easier. We will be happy to put your child’s name on their school uniform to help avoid any loss. If you would rather we did not do this, please see the class teacher. P.E. shorts, t-shirt and a bag can be purchased from the school office for £7.
This term we will be studying the three themes of Domestic Church (Family), Baptism and Confirmation (Belonging) and Advent and Christmas (Loving). Each class will approach the themes through different topics. The children will also spend a week studying Hinduism. Download a copy of our RE newsletter below.
Please look out for your child’s class newsletter detailing the curriculum focus and content, important dates and other useful information for the term.
This year, we will explore and develop the Character Curriculum through our school values, which are; Kindness, Respect, Commitment, Responsibility, Appreciation, Integrity and Resilience. Over the next half term, the Character Strengths that we will be focusing on are; Inclusion, Self-Awareness, Respect and Altruism. These Character Strengths will obviously be explored at an age-appropriate level, using suitable vocabulary.
A group of our Year 5 children will be going to Ilam Hall today for a two day music camp where they will be involved in a range of indoor and outdoor musical activities, team games and walks. I am sure they will enjoy this residential as much as other pupils have done in previous years.
Parents’ and Carers’ Evening (F2 – Y6) – Wednesday 18th October
This evening is a time to discuss how your child has settled in to their new class and to answer any questions you might have regarding your child’s targets for the coming year. Appointment letters will be sent out nearer the time. Once received, please return your slip so your class teacher can arrange an appointment for you.
Dinner and Trip Money
We have the facility for you to pay for dinners and school trips online. If you need further details, please speak to Mrs Carnell at the school office. If you would rather pay with cash, dinner money is to be paid on a Monday morning at the school office. For trips, we ask for the correct amount to be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and class on. This will ensure that money does not get lost and will make it easier for the office staff; especially when we have so many different amounts of money coming in at the same time.
Please note that the INSET day this term is on Friday 6th October. The school will be closed on this day.
Dates for the Diary
Fri 8th Music Camp
Fri 22nd Y1 & Y2 Skegness trip
Fri 29th Y6 Safety Zone trip
Wed 4th Y6 Team Building at Bestwood
Thurs 5th Harvest Assembly 9.05am (non-uniform for CAFOD Family)
Fri 6th INSET day – school is closed
Mon 9th Black History Week
Mon 16th Hinduism Week
Wed 18th Y5 Team Building at Bestwood
F1 Stay and Play
Parents’ Evening (F2 – Y6)
Thurs 19th F1 Stay and Play
Fri 20th Break up for half-term
Mon 30th Return to school
Wed 1st All Saints
Thurs 2nd All Souls
Mon 13th Anti- Bullying week
Sun 3rd First Sunday in Advent
Mon 4th Advent Reflection Day
Fri 22nd Break up for Christmas
Mon 8th Return to school
Ms K. O’Neill
Acting Head Teacher