The latest newsletter has been sent out – look here.
Please note that teachers will continue to add content to their home learning class pages on the school website weekly whilst schools are closed. There are also many links to other ideas, activities and websites under the Home Learning link. In addition, from tomorrow there will be daily lessons for each year group on BBC Bitesize, and also from Oak National Academy.
We have also found this very useful and reassuring explanation of Coronavirus for children.
We have now received delivery of eight ex-battery hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust. They look a bit worse for wear but we are hoping that with our Reception children’s daily care they recover quickly. We have already had some eggs. Each class will adopt one of the hens who each have a different coloured leg band.
If you would like to be involved helping to look after the hens at weekends or holidays, we have a hen-care rota in the office.
A big thank you to all the staff and to the FoSM for making Bedtime Stories such an enjoyable evening for both the children and parents. The children were treated to stories and hot chocolate in their classrooms (teddies too!) whilst the parents listened to a talk about reading and vocabulary development and browsed the book fair in the hall. We are hoping that we will have made a good profit from the sale – we use all of the cash raised to replace books in the school library.
We have four new additions at St Mary’s…
Tortoises: Loving and Truthful
Guinea Pigs: Bailey and Licorice
(Just to be clear, the tortoises and the guinea pigs live separately but Mrs De Leon could not resist the photo-op of them together.)
A group of children from key stage 1 have been attending beach schools sessions with Fore Adventure to enjoy being active outdoors, and to develop confidence and speaking and listening skills.
On Friday 24th May, St Mary’s will be supporting ‘Bring £1.00 to Work / School day. Organised by Wessex FM, who have selected Mosaic this year as their chosen charity. (Please note this is not a dress down day)
Mosaic was created to fill the gap in the provision of bereavement services for children and young people across the county. They provide counselling for children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one through any cause of death. They also offer support to families facing the death of a loved one.
As a school we been fortunate to have accessed help from Mosaic for our own children and families within the school. We also received staff training from Mosaic for our ELSA staff to enable them to support children appropriately.
Please see below link for more information on Mosaic. If you feel able to support this very worthwhile course, please send a £1.00 in with your child on Friday.
Congratulations to all who auditioned for St Mary’s Got Talent 2019; what a talented bunch you are. We had a range of acts for the final, including comedy, dance, song, gymnastics and music. Thank you to all parents and families who supported our finalists and to our judges. We had a very entertaining evening.