"Inspiring All to Achieve"

"St Mary's Matters" Newsletter Issue 6

From our Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Maths Workshop on Monday, and to the children who took part in the demonstrations.  We would very much like to make this workshop available to more parents and I would therefore ask you to let me know how the school can make such events more accessible; for example, what time would be better for you?  Please drop in a note or use the new email address parentsconnect@stmarysworthing.org.uk.  The powerpoint slides and accompanying papers from the workshop are available on the school website, on the “Helping Your Child at Home” page.

There is still time to sign up for the Phonics and Spelling workshops taking place next week.  Please speak to your child’s class teacher or request a copy of the leaflet from the office staff.

Many thanks also to the parents/carers who are encouraging their children to be independent in entering the classroom.  I would again ask that parents no longer enter the classroom in the mornings when bringing their children to school.  If you need to speak the class teacher, please do this after the school day or email via the school office to make an appointment.  Once the gate is closed and children need to enter through the front door to the school, parents/carers will not be allowed access to the school building.  Young children will be taken to class by Mrs Rubino or Mrs Shelton.

You may be aware that rooms F and G (above the hall) and the landing between are being re-decorated.  This is very exciting and will provide a fresh new learning environment for the children. 

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Hardy

Let's Celebrate! 

EYFS have had ‘people who help us’ come and visit.  Samo the builder came to show the children how to make  cement.  The police explained how they look after the community; the children were excited to try on a police uniform and see the police car.

Year 1/2 enjoyed a performance from The Rainbow Theatre about the Fire of London.  The children were invited to join in with the performance which       enabled them to learn more about how it would have felt to be involved in the fire, and they have written diary entries in  response to this.

Year 3/4 had an interesting walk around Worthing to look at different architecture around the town.  All classes had the opportunity to visit the local Museum and took part in workshops and a tour.

Year 5/6 have been enthusiastically composing their own pieces of music, after being inspired by the Worthing Symphony Orchestra.  The children have also been enjoying their topic learning, and have been creating chalk and charcoal pieces of work based on the highway man.

Term Dates 2016-17

Spring Term 2017 : *Wednesday 4th January - Friday 7th April

Half Term Break: Monday 20th February - Friday 24th February

Inset Day: *Tuesday 3rd January

Summer Term 2017 : Monday 24th April - *Friday 21st July

Half Term Break: Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June

Inset Days: Friday 30th June, *Monday 24th July, *Tuesday 25th July

Upcoming Events

◊ Workshops for Parents : 30th & 31st January and 2nd February,

Phonics: 9:00 a.m. / Spelling: 2:00 p.m.

◊ Wordsworth Class at Mass, 30th January

◊ “Book Looks” : w/c 6th February

◊ Bikeability Pre-Talk for Year 6 Pupils,  7th February

◊ WSCC Recruitment Event, 11th February at Fontwell Park Racecourse, 

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.