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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.”
Dear Parents and Carers,
Top School in Nottinghamshire
I am sure most of you saw the two articles in the Nottingham Evening Post. The first one identified us as the best state funded school in Nottinghamshire. The Real School Guide, considers – not just KS2 results – but factors like progress, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates. This was amazing news and the Evening Post followed this up with a visit to school to interview the children and myself. The children spoke so highly of the school and their teachers and peers. Leslie Nwokoloh, in Year 6, said, “Even without the friendship bench, we look out for others. School is not just to learn but to be social. We can open up to teachers. They care about us like family.”
We are proud of St Mary’s strong partnership with parents and carers which has contributed to this brilliant outcome. I would like to extend my thanks to the children, staff and parents for such an amazing achievement.
Minister of State for School Standards
This week, we received a letter from the Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating St Mary’s on the very high level of progress that pupils demonstrated in reading, writing and mathematics in the KS2 assessments last year. He stated, in terms of progress, that we were in the top 3 per cent of primary schools in the country.
This term we will be studying the three themes of Local Church, Eucharist and Lent/Easter. Each class will approach the themes through different topics. Please see your child’s class curriculum map for more information.
Mental Health Week
Mental health week took place this week. The theme was ‘Find Your Brave’ and children took part in well-being activities each morning. The aim was to highlight different strategies to support our mental health.
Children’s Chosen Charity
Year 2 and Year 3 should be very proud of all their hard work and effort in raising £408.31 for Framework last term. Year 1 and Year 4 have chosen Nottinghamshire Hospice as their chosen charity this term. We look forward to the exciting fundraising events that are currently in the planning stages.
First Holy Communion
Catechists have begun preparing children for the celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We ask you to keep our children in your prayers during this time of preparation.
We have had a huge focus on reading this year to encourage children’s love of books and reading for pleasure. We have improved reading areas in each class and invested in a greater range and number of books. Classes have begun to visit our local library at the Mary Potter Centre, and the mobile library will be visiting school on 12th February. Mark Robertson, the author, is visiting school to work with all classes on Thursday 13th February. Please join us in the hall after school where there will be the opportunity to buy his books and have them signed.
World Book Day
National World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March. We ask children to come to school on that day dressed as their favourite book character. Please do not go to any expense; home-made outfits look just as good!
As some of our P.E. sessions will be taking place outside and the weather is quite cold, we would like to remind you that our school P.E. kit for outside is as follows:
Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to the team of runners who took part in the recent Cross-Country Championships at Wollaton Park. They completed individually amongst almost 200 children. Our fastest runner, Louise Burdon, finished in 19th place!
Our Year 3 and Year 4 Athletics team took part in the City Sportshall Athletics competition. They worked hard and showed great sportsmanship finishing in 4th place.
Well done to our Year 5 and Year 6 dance team who had the opportunity to display their talents at the City Dance Showcase this week. They delivered their complicated dance routine with great flair and we were very proud of their performance.
The school photographer will be in school on Wednesday 18th March to take individual, sibling and class photos. A letter will go out nearer the time to remind you of this date.
Parents’ and Carers’ Evening
This is an opportunity to celebrate your child’s achievement so far this year, and to discuss their next steps in learning. It is also a time to answer any concerns you may have. Appointment letters have been sent out. If you have not received one, please speak to your class teacher to arrange a convenient time. The dates and times are as follows:
F2-Y6 Tuesday 25th February between 2pm – 7pm
F2-Y6 Wednesday 26th February between 3:30pm - 5pm
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children, parents and carers for your support during my time as Acting Head of School. Mrs Toner, our Executive Head, and Ms O’Neill will continue the good work alongside our dedicated staff. I look forward to seeing the children when I return from my maternity leave.
Mrs L Valencia
Acting Head of School
Wed 12th Mobile library visit
Thurs 13th Author Mark Robertson visit
Fri 14th INSET – School Closed
Mon 17th School closed for Half Term
Mon 24th School re-opens
Tues 25th Parents’/Carers’ Evening 2pm-7pm
Wed 26th Ash Wednesday
Parents’/Carers’ Evening 3:30pm-5pm
Thurs 5th World Book Day
Wed 18th School photos F1-Y6
Mon 23rd – 27th Briars - Y6
Wed 25th Great Orchestra Experiment – Y4
Mon 6th School closed for Easter
Mon 20th School re-opens