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,
I would like to warmly welcome you all back to school after what I hope was a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday. A special word of welcome to all the new children and families who have joined us this week in Foundation 1 and 2. I am sure they will be very happy here at St. Mary’s and we look forward to watching them flourish over the coming years.
I would also like to extend our welcome to Miss Hill who will be teaching Year 3 and Mrs Sturrock who joins us in Y1 for this half term.
We have had a great first week back and the children have returned with an excellent attitude to the start of the new academic year.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust
We begin this year as part of the new Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and we look forward to working more closely with all the catholic schools in both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.
A Message from Mrs Toner – Executive Headteacher
I am very excited to be working with your community this year and, having spent a few days in school this past week, I can already see what a very special place St Mary's is. Your children are a credit to you - so well behaved with a real thirst for learning. I look forward to getting to know them and you better over the coming months.
My role as Executive Headteacher is primarily to support Miss O'Sullivan as she takes on her new role in school, as well as to work alongside staff to ensure the very best opportunities for all your children. I am in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays this term, so please come and say hello if you see me around.
The children are looking very smart in their school uniforms. Please ensure your child’s name is on every item of clothing – especially ties, jumpers and cardigans – as, when they are lost, it makes finding the owner so much easier!
P.E. shorts, t-shirt and PE bag can be purchased from the school office for £7. Book bags are also available for £3.50.
Please note that your child will need to come to school with their own water bottle (already filled).
Attendance and Punctuality
It is our priority for every child to attend school each day. Please support us by ensuring your child is in school on time every day ready to line up at 8.55am. The school gate will be locked each day at 9am.
For more information about attendance and punctuality, please access our ‘Attendance Policy’ which is available to view on our school website. Thank you so much for
Requesting Leave for Your Child
If you need to request time off for your child during term time, you will need to write a letter providing details of dates requested and the reason for absence. Please be aware that I am only permitted to authorise absences where there are exceptional circumstances, and I am unable to authorise any absence if it takes your child’s overall absence below 95% for the
full academic year. I will look at each request on a case by case basis and notify you of my decision. If I am unable to authorise your request, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised and the local authority may issue you with a fine.
Enrichment Activities, Day Trips and Residentials
At St Mary’s we are passionate about providing children with opportunities that enrich their educational experience. In the past we have paid in full, or subsidised these activities by at least 50% and often more. Due to shrinking budgets, we are no longer able to do this and as a result, from this academic year, there will be an increase in charges for all enrichment activities and trips.
When making a payment for enrichment activities and trips, you can do so via the school office, online through the School Gateway (which can be found on our website www.stmaryshysongreen.com) or the correct amount of money can be sent in an envelope with your child, marked clearly with their name and year group.
Payments for School Dinners
Payment for school dinners will be taken by Mrs Carnell at the office on Monday mornings. We also have the facility for you to pay online – for further details please speak to Mrs Carnell.
Year 6 Secondary School Applications
Year 6 parents/carers will receive your child’s application pack for secondary school today.
Please note the deadline for submitting your application is 31 st October.
Please note that the INSET day this term is on Friday 26 th October. The school will be closed on this day.
Dates for the Diary
Mon 10 th Music Camp
Tues 11 th F2 Parent/Carer Workshop – Phonics and Reading
Thurs 13 th F2 Parent/Carer Workshop – Maths
Thurs 20 th MacMillan Coffee Morning/Cake Sale
Wed 26 th Y6 Safety Zone Trip
Fri 28 th Y3/Y4 Stone Age Day
Fri 5 th Harvest Assembly 9:05am (non-uniform for CAFOD Family)
Tue 9 th Y5/Y6 Film Night
Tue 16 th Y5/Y6 WW1 Day
Wed 17 th F1 Stay and Play
Thurs 18 th F1 Stay and Play
Fri 19 th Flu Immunisations F2-Y5
Mon 22 nd Black History Week
Wed 24 th Parent/Carer Evening – F2-Y6
Thurs 25 th Break up for half term
Fri 26 th INSET day – school is closed
Mon 5 th Return to school
Mon 5 th Judaism Week
Thurs 8 th Music Festival (KS2 choir)
Mon 12 th Anti- Bullying Week (non-uniform Odd Sock Day)
Wed 14 th Y1/2 Sherwood Forest Trip
Mon 3 rd Advent Reflection Day
Wed 5 th Y3-Y6 - bCyberwise Online Safety Workshops
Wed 12 th F1/F2 Christmas Sing-along
Thurs 13 th KS1 Nativity – 2pm
Fri 14 th KS2 Nativity – 1.30pm
Tue 18 th F1 Christmas Party
Wed 19 th Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day
Fri 21 nd Break up for Christmas Holidays
Mon 7th Return to school
I look forward to a fantastic year ahead and thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our school community.
Acting Head of School