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Newsletter 2 - 19.09.19

What a busy start to the school year we have had! As we come to the end of the third week of term we can see that the children have settled well into their new year groups. The new Reception children have been paired up with buddies and it has been lovely to see them playing together.


First Holy Communion

Please remember in your prayers all the children making their First Holy Communion on Saturday 21st September at Holy Family Parish. Children from St Mary’s and Holy Family schools will be involved.

20th Anniversary Celebrations

Yesterday, as part of our 20th year celebrations, we had a whole school photograph taken for us to be able to look back at in years to come. The last one taken was 13 years ago! A copy will be on display inside the school once we have received it.

Speech & Language

Our allocated school Speech Therapist, Chloe Swinney is available for drop in meetings on Tuesday 22nd October from 9am – 10am. This is an opportunity for parents to book a time slot to meet with her and discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your child’s speech and language development. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the office.

School Photos

Individual and sibling photos will be taken at school on 2nd October. A form will be sent out in due course for you to specify which photos you would like taken.

Weekly Book Viewing….

From Thursday 26th September, if you want to drop in for book viewing, please either email the office or sign up outside your child’s class room door by Wednesday so that the staff can make sure that your child’s books are available.

4* Music Awards

Congratulations to Greta, Caitlyn & Anna on achieving their 4* music award for trombone. Charlotte has also achieved the same award but for the cornet. Amazing news!

Flu Vaccinations

There will be a clinic in school on Monday 25th November offering pupils the flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray. This will be administered to children in Reception to Year 6.

The government programme has now changed and the flu vaccine will no longer be available at doctor’s surgeries, with all vaccinations needing to be carried out in school.

The forms to be completed have been sent out and need to be returned by Friday 8th November. 

Parental/adult helpers

As always, we welcome additional adult help. Please contact the office if you are able to help. Any help is gratefully received. All volunteers are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check, which the school will arrange.

Playground Equipment.

 Some of our playground equipment is starting to look a bit tired and in need of repair or replacement. We are in the process of reviewing what we have and how to improve and update this area for the children. We will keep you informed of our plans. The school council will also be involved to include suggestions from all the children.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friends of St. Mary's (FOSM) will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September from 9am – 11am in St. Joseph’s. 

Please save the date in your diary.

Every cake & cuppa helps to make a big difference to someone facing cancer.

Thank you.



Please respect our neighbours when parking and do not obstruct the roads by parking close to junctions or driveways.

 We encourage neighbours and members of the school community to report inconsiderate parking by emailing us photos or licence plate numbers.

 We will then publish these in the newsletter. You have been forewarned.


 St Mary's will have an open afternoon for parents seeking to admit children into Reception in September 2020 on Wednesday 6th November at 2pm (please contact the school office if you would like to attend).  Please note that this is not a meeting for children to attend.


Please remember that children should be dressed in the correct uniform for school every day.



Jade sweatshirt/cardigan with school logo

Navy school polo shirt with school logo

Grey skirt/tunic

Grey trousers/shorts (not black)

Black shoes – not trainers!

Boots may be worn to/from school during wet weather, but shoes should be worn during the day.




Yellow gingham/checked dresses

Jade sweatshirt/cardigan with school logo


Grey shorts

Navy school polo shirt with school logo


Jade t-shirt with school logo

Navy shorts

Black/white trainers

PE Bag

Do check that your child’s PE footwear fits on a regular basis.


Owing to lack of space in cloakroom areas, and in order to avoid untidiness, we ask that children do not bring unnecessarily big bags to school. We now have a school uniform bag available for KS2 children. Reading folder bags are adequate for EYFS and KS1 children to take their books and notes home. PE kit should be kept in school and hung up on the peg in a drawstring bag. 


Nut-Free School

 We are a nut-free school.

 A pupil in our school has a severe food allergy to nuts. It is important that there is strict avoidance of this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking for your help to provide this pupil with a safe school environment. We ask that when preparing packed lunches and playtime snacks, you avoid sending your child/ren into school with products containing nuts/traces of nuts. Please take a few moments to read the labels of any pre-packaged products.

 We also ask that if your child/ren have eaten a product containing nuts before school then they wash their hands before coming to school to eliminate the chances of an allergic reaction occurring.

Governors Message

On behalf of the Governors I’d like to welcome you to the new school year and for those returning I hope that you have settled back into the routine, and for those who have just started, welcome. I am sure that you will have an enjoyable and rewarding time at St. Mary’s. Your current Governors are listed below and further information can be found on the Governors section of the school website.

 Ian Greenaway – Chair

Paul Thomson – Vice Chair

Father Eugene

Kathy Burden

Alicia Chrysostomou

Sara M. Pons-Sanz

Angela Thorpe

Michael Stubbs

Anna Aloia

Mency Matthews

Joanne Creese

 The Governors would like to extend their thanks to Mrs Burden for agreeing to take on the role as Acting Head Teacher this year. She brings a wealth of experience to the position and we know that she will do a fantastic job. We hope that you will join us in supporting her in the post.

 In parallel, we have started the process of recruiting for a permanent Head Teacher and will be posting the advert in a couple of weeks time. We will keep you informed on the progress of this process in subsequent issues.

 On behalf of the Governing body,

Paul Thomson

Vice Chair


Attendance & Punctuality

This year’s target is 97.3%

As you are aware, attendance and punctuality is closely monitored at St Mary’s. We are committed to ensure that every child has every possible opportunity for success in their learning, and having excellent attendance is key to ensuring this can happen.

For the forthcoming academic year 2019/20 Governors have recently agreed that we wish to keep our aspirational attendance target set at 97.3%. Last year we achieved 96.9%, and we believe that with your support we can improve this year’s attendance to at least 97%, and it would be fabulous to achieve our target of 97.3%.

We have created an Attendance Information Leaflet for parents which we hope you will find useful and will help you to understand the school’s legal and statutory requirements with regards to ensuring children are at school, on time, and ready to learn. Should you have any queries relating to attendance please do come into school to discuss these with us. We are always willing to listen to, and support families with any difficulties they may be encountering which may affect attendance or punctuality. Please see the attached leaflet “Attendance Information for Parents”.

 Aldi Sticker Scheme

Aldi are running a Kit for Schools scheme that we have registered for.


Every time you spend over £30 in any Aldi store you’ll receive a Team GB sticker. Please bring your stickers to school to help complete our poster. Once complete with 300 stickers we send the poster back to Aldi to receive an exclusive sports kit and to be in with a chance to win £20,000 for our school.