November Newsletter 2018

What an excellent start to another busy and exciting school year with lots planned.  Dates for all activities planned this term are enclosed. 

October half term saw us say good bye to three members of staff, Mrs Rea retired after 8 years working with St Mary's (35 years working with NCC School  Catering Department). We also said goodbye to  Miss Musgrove, our midday supervisor and Miss Mapletoft our Teaching Assistant.  We wish them all well.

We welcome our new school cook Mrs Antcliffe who is looking forward to cooking some tasty dinners for our children. 

We also welcome back form maternity Miss Lusty who is looking forward to working with the children again.



Our target for the year is 96%.  All classes are well on track for this target to be met! 

Well done for ensuring your child attends and is on time.


We have a SPECIAL mention for a St Mary's pupil.

Tyler in Year 5 has recently competed in Malta at World Championship level.  He did absolutely fabulously and came away with 2 GOLD, 2 SILVER and 1 BRONZE medal.

A BIG WELL DONE to Tyler for such an amazing achievement from all at St Mary's.



A big thank you to all who have brought in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  The van is collecting on 20th November (tomorrow).



Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct school uniform.  School Jumpers or cardigans should be Navy and trousers or skirts should be grey.  Children should wear black school shoes and we do ask that no brightly coloured football

trainers be worn in school. (These can be brought in and changed into for playtimes and lunchtimes if necessary.)  I am sure that you would agree that we should

encourage our children to look smart as this prepares them well for later in life.

Also remember to label school clothing and hopefully you'll have no missing items! Thank you for supporting us with this.



PE days will be on the following days, please ensure children have their PE kit in school at all times, as sometimes at short notice, PE days can change.

Class 1-Tuesday

Class 2-Thursday & Friday

Class 3-Tuesday Swimming & Wednesday PE

Class 4-Wednesday & Friday


P.E. Clothing

Please provide your child with a change of clothing and footwear for P. E. It is not hygienic for children to exercise in clothing and footwear which they then wear for the rest of the day. PE kit is a white t-shirt with black or navy shorts Jogging bottoms (preferably black) are permitted during winter. We have an indoor P. E. policy of bare feet but the children will need some plimsolls or trainers for outdoors when the weather permits.

Please name all the children's kit with their name and keep it in a bag on their peg. Please remind them to bring it home and have it washed once in a while!


Communication between school and home

We will continue to use Parentmail, with ALL letters being sent out this way.  Therefore it is important that we have your most up to date mobile numbers and email addresses to ensure you do not miss important information.

Paper copies are available from the office should you require them.

Thank you for your support with this.

Please do remember that when we require permission if you're unable to print at home, we have copies of letters in the office.


St Mary's Friends

Our school budget is looking really tight for next year - this is something 'ALL' schools are facing.

Our Friends of St Mary's have lots of idea's for fundraising planned, so if you would like to get involved speak to a member of the Friends group.  They are currently looking for helpers for the next few events they have planned (recently sent on parentmail)

All the fundraising that they are doing is for your children to enjoy-there is a board in the reception foyer which shows how much has been raised so far!

Thank you for your all your continued support


We will remember them.

Frolicking in the fields, the poppies dance to the sound of the breeze.

Their vibrant crimson dresses dazzle in the sunlight of a new day.

Teaming from the trenches, the soldiers answer the sound of the battle-cry.

Khaki shirts now scarlet, they lie limp: the end of their day.


Poppies, droplets of red which remind us of the soldiers' ultimate sacrifice.


The lamp still burns; the memory lives on.

Poppies stand firm, guardians of their souls;

Generation upon generation bound in gratitude.


We stand together, not alone.

They've built the foundation,

We build together, not alone.


"For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today,"

Forever in their debt.


Writing club: Aaron, Harrison, Harvey, Isaac and Joseph.


Friendly reminders...


¨ If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office before the close of registers at 9.15am.

¨ If your child is absent due to sickness or diarrhoea, the recommended period to be kept away from school is 48 hours since the last episode.

¨ Dogs are not allowed anywhere in the school site.  This NCC rule includes the drive, the path and definitely the playground. 

¨ School dinner money to be given to the office on a Monday in a clearly labelled envelope (years 3-6).

¨ Children are to arrive from 8.50 ready for registration at 9am, if you child arrives after this time please ensure they are accompanied to the main reception and signed in at the office.

¨ If children leave during the school day they are to be collected by a parent/carer and signed out at the office.

¨ We do encourage the children to be independent in hanging their coat up themselves and putting their book-bag away.