Summer Newsletter June 2017

Welcome to Summer!

It was great to see so many of you supporting our sports morning last week.  For once it wasn't too wet/cold/sunny and the event went ahead as planned.  We were extremely pleased with how well the children

exemplified the values of our school family, showing understanding of their positive contribution.  We talk to the children daily about how we foster teamwork and friendship; how we aspire to ever greater challenge and develop our self belief and, importantly, how we celebrate our uniqueness and diversity whilst all belonging together as a whole.  We couldn't have been prouder of them all.

We aim within our small school to nurture confident, emotionally resilient and thoughtful individuals, who understand the positive contribution that they can make in the world.

Our vision - the thing that spells out what is important and unique about St Marys School and what we intend for our pupils for a community of learners who feel safe to grow as individuals knowing that God loves each of us the same and who can say "I am happy to be me". our school we are committed to broadening opportunities; fostering teamwork and friendship; to inspiring attitudes and aspirations; and to developing self-belief and generosity of spirit. our school we know that we will be supported to challenge ourselves and be challenged with confidence that encourage us to be the best we can be.


  1. For the remaining 4 weeks of term please ensure that your child is equipped for all of the possibilities of a British summer; hats, sun cream, water bottle, jumper & cagoule/coat.
  2. Whilst work continues on Forest Corner, please be extra aware of our near neighbours on Paddock Close and Greendale Avenue by ensuring your cars are not blocking driveways at drop off / pick up times. Also, please be extra vigilant for our little pedestrians. They shouldn't be on the road but….



Your child will be bringing home a summary of their attainment and progress in reading, writing, maths and science, besides overview of their personal, social & emotional development alongside understanding of religious education.  We will also be asking for our children to comment in their years work and add this to the report (in an age-appropriate way)

We are trialling this report format in response to feedback.  During the school year parents have two scheduled opportunities to talk to their child's teacher - October and March, besides a written report with 'end of year targets' during the March meeting.  We want to ensure that parents have the information that they need in order to support their child in their learning and work in partnership.

As ever, if any parent would like to talk to their child's teacher, please don't hesitate.   A quick work at the beginning of the day or a longer discussion can be by phone or after school.  We want well informed and happy parents and so do the children!

Parent Governor

Thank you to our two nominees-we are very happy to say that the parent governor post has been filled and so has the Foundation Governor.  More to follow from our Chair of Governors, Paula Martin.

Year 6 Leavers Service 

Our year six leavers service will be on Monday 24th July at 2pm at St Mary's Church.  We believe that this will be Father Tony's last service as Priest in Charge at St Mary's, and we are immensely honoured that this service should be with our children.

Please join us if you can.


As we get towards the end of term, I have been asked to remind parents about applications for school places and direct them to the guide for parents 2018-19 which will be available on NCC's website from 7th August 2017.  The advice for parents is to read this carefully, particularly with regard to timescales, school preferences, over subscription criteria and ensuring that they make more than one preference.

St Mary's admissions number is set at 15 per full time year group.  This year the school received 59 applications from parents who made St Mary's one of their choices.



Congratulations to our Boccia team for winning both the Dukeries and Newark & Sherwood competitions and now go on to represent Newark & Sherwood at the Sainsbury's school games at

Nottingham Trent University on 7 July.  We wish Adam, Gabriel and Jaylan the best of luck in the forthcoming event.


The school team were narrowly beaten in the semi-finals of the Samuel Barlow Cup, (a competition we entered for the first time) by a very good Berry Hill side.  Good luck to them in the final.

The girls finished a FANTASTIC 3rd in the BOPS annual tournament.  Missing out on the gold medals by only 2 points!

Year 3/4 also finished with bronze medals playing some wonderful football representing our school in a fabulous way!


3-7 July                  Yr6 Transition week Dukeries & Meden 

6 July                      Choir concert @4pm letter to follow

7 July                      Transition morning-meet your new class mates

12 July                    Y6 stepping out @ Minster

13 July                    Class 1 forest trek  - sponsored walk raising funds for home corner equipment

13 July                    Class 3 trip to Clumber Park looking at habitats

18 July                    Y5/6 performances 2pm

20 July                    Yr5/6 Performance 7pm

20 July                    EYFS Summer Ball

24 July                    @2pm Y6 leavers service @ St Mary's Church


Letters have been sent home regarding monies that still remain outstanding for school dinners and breakfast club, please can these payments be made as soon as possible.

From September can dinner monies be paid on a weekly basis to ensure no debt is building up. Thanks