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St Mary & All Saints Newsletter

November 2013

Reading Workshop Success! Thank you Mrs Sperring – Next workshop ‘Numeracy Workshop’ 13 Dec 2013 Thank you to Mrs Sperring for presenting two sessions on how parents can help their child’s reading at home. The informative session provided parents with practical advice and tips to focus on when reading with their child. Both the reading workshops and Phonics workshops including the visits to the classroom have proved to be very successful and well attended. Due to the success of these workshops and all the positive feedback from parents, we would like to offer a numeracy workshop, ‘How Your Child Learns Numeracy’ at the PTA Coffee Morning on Friday 13, December 2013 presented by Mrs Miller, our Numeracy Subject Leader.

Dear Parents, We have had a very successful start to the Autumn Term and the children, staff and parents have settled in well and enjoyed sharing the many school and PTA events which have taken place. During the second half of the Autumn Term the pace tends to pick up swiftly as we build up to Christmas. There are numerous events that will take place in November and December and I am writing to provide you with information of these forthcoming events and to provide you with some updates. We will also be launching our new school website on Friday 22 November.

Parents Evening Thank you for attending the recent Parents’ Evening. We hope you found the meeting with your child’s teacher useful and informative. We feel it is important to share how your child has settled in to the new school year and to discuss the progress they are making as well as sharing what their expected attainment will be by the end of the academic year.

Davenies Superstars Day Ten of our Year 4 children were chosen to represent St Mary’s School at an after school multi-skills sporting event at Davenies School. We had an excellent afternoon and the children participated in a range of activities against 12 other local primary schools. We performed well, coming in fourth place and the children were praised for their sportsmanship and enthusiasm. Many thanks to Mrs Haynes, who liaised with Davenies, and Mrs Miller for taking the children to the event.

Reception Admission to School September 2014 I would like to remind parents that children born between 1 September 2009 – 31 August 2010 of the importance of registering their child’s name for admission to primary school for September 2014. The Guide for Parents, ‘Starting School and Moving up to Junior School’ and the ‘Primary Schools Directory’ as well as the online application form can be downloaded from the County website located at You will be able to apply online from 4 November 2013. The closing date for making an application is 15 January 2014 by 3pm. Please don’t miss the deadline; if your application is late you can seriously affect your chances of getting a place at the school you would like! The school is currently running a number of ‘Open Days’ for next year’s Reception intake 2014. Please ring if you would like to book a visit.#

October - Walk to School Month Thank you to all parents and children who participated in the Walk to School week, it was a very successful week. During the week our JRSO and Helpers recorded an average of 78% of children walking to school each day of the week but only an average of 57% of children were wearing their High Visibility Vest. Please could parents ensure their child is wearing their High Visibility Vest when coming to and from school. The PTA provide the new Reception classes with a High Visibility Vest and as children outgrow these, new ones can be purchased from the school office. There were two prizes given away to the class with the highest number of walkers and the highest number of children wearing their High Visibility Vest.# The class with the most number of walkers during the week was Miss Lock’s Reception Class and the winning class with the highest number wearing their High Visibility Vest was also Miss Lock’s Reception Class. #

Forthcoming Events The Reception AL class won the school’s ‘Walk to Week Trophy’, which they will display in their classroom and each child was given a ‘Walk to School Shoe Tag’. Congratulations to Reception AL, our winning class. Thank you to our JRSO’s and Year 5 and 6 children for their support and help during the week.# The children in Year 2 have been receiving Footsteps training, which raises their awareness of the road and teaches them how to cross the road safely. By the end of this term they will have completed Stage One of the training. Next term the children will complete Stage Two and in the Summer Term the children will complete the final Stage Three of the training. Thank you to the Team who have organised the programme and the parent volunteers who deliver this very important Footsteps training to our children.#

Harvest Festival 2013 I am sure you will agree that our Harvest Festival Celebration on Friday 11 October was a great success. Despite our newly enlarged Hall, we were overwhelmed by the large number of parents who attended and we’re looking at new ways to accommodate our larger numbers. The children and staff all worked incredibly hard to share with you what they have been learning. ‘The One Can Trust’ a local charity based in High Wycombe was delighted with the generous food donations which were beautifully displayed in the Hall.

PTA Jumble Sale – 9 November 2013 (10 am – 12 noon) The PTA will be holding their annual Jumble sale this Saturday, 9 November from 10 am until 12 noon. Donations for the jumble sale can be dropped off at the school on Friday 8 November. Please come along to the sale which takes place in the school hall.

Anti-bullying Week 18 -22 November 2013 - ‘ESafety/ Cyberbullying’ Blue Friday- Mufti day The school will be taking part in the National Anti-bullying awareness week (18 – 22 November). The theme is ‘Cyber-bullying’. This year’s campaign is focused on raising awareness of cyber-bullying and how it can adversely affect achievement and development both academically and personally. At St Mary and All Saints, we are committed to working together to tackle bullying and what it means. Throughout the week, staff will deliver a programme to raise children’s awareness of e-safety with planned activities that encourage pupil participation based on the theme. We will end Anti-bullying Week with a ‘Blue Friday’ nonuniform day (Be Lovely and Understanding to Everyone) on Friday 22 November. Everyone in school is encouraged to come dressed in ‘Blue’ as part of the AntiBullying Week campaign. Children will be allowed to wear blue, spray their hair blue or paint their face blue (except for classes who swim). In exchange, we are asking pupils to bring in a tombola prize for the PTA Christmas Fair which is being held at school on Saturday 30 November 2013.

Forthcoming Events Christmas Fair - Saturday 30 November 2013 The Christmas Fair will be held Saturday 30 November from 11am until 2pm at the school. The PTA is working hard to organise the event and will have a variety of craft stalls and games as well as Santa’s Grotto. Please help support the school – it will be an ideal place to pick up some Christmas bargains. If you are able to help out on the day, even for a short period of time, please contact Mrs Cameron. deliver this very important Footsteps training to our children.#

Reception Nativity/KS1 Christmas Play Each Christmas the school puts on two separate plays, a Reception Nativity Play and a KS1 Christmas Play for parents of children in Reception and Key Stage 1. Our Reception children perform the Nativity Play during the school day, Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Our Key Stage 1 children (Years 1 and 2) perform their Christmas Play Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. Tickets are allocated for each performance. A letter is sent out to parents, nearer to the dates of the performances for parents to request tickets. Tickets will be limited to two per family, per performance. The performance dates are as follows:# Nativity Play | Reception Pupils | Monday 2 December at 2.30 pm# Nativity Play | Reception Pupils | Tuesday 3 December at 9.30 am# KS1 Play | Years 1 & 2 Pupils | Tuesday 3 December at 2.30 pm# KS1 Play | Years 1 & 2 Pupils | Wednesday 4 December at 6 pm#

Festival of Lights ‘Lights of the World’- Wednesday 11 December 2013 The children have been invited to take part in the Festival of Lights on Wednesday 11 December. This event is organised by the Beaconsfield Town Council and South Bucks District Council arrange a local artist to work with pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 to make lanterns for the evening’s parade. This year’s theme is ‘Lights of the World.’ Children in the school choir will perform on the evening and the whole school is invited to walk down the High Street with the lanterns. A letter will be sent home nearer the time with the details for the evening. #

Christmas Parties 2013 Christmas Parties will take place on Thursday 12 December 2013. Further details will follow in due course.#

KS1 – ‘How to Catch a Star’ – Norden Farm Pantomimes (1.00 – 2.00pm) This year KS1 will visit Norden Farm and see ‘How to Catch a Star’. The children will leave school at lunch time and will arrive back at 2.30pm for a normal pick-up time at 3.25pm. #

KS2 -‘Cinderella’ Wycombe Swan Theatre – Tuesday 17 December 2013 KS2 will visit the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe for the performance of ‘Cinderella’ on Tuesday 17 December 2013 for an afternoon/evening performance.

The children will be taken by coach from school to arrive at the theatre for a 2.00 pm start. Children will return to school after the performance arriving back at the school between 5.30 – 5.45 pm when they can be collected by their parents. #

KS1 Christmas Service

A big ‘thank you’ goes out to our PTA who very kindly pay for the coach journeys, pantomime tickets and who make arrangements for each child to be offered an ice cream during the interval, giving all the children the opportunity to experience a real traditional pantomime. We are very fortunate to have such a generous and thoughtful PTA who is able to provide these very special occasions for all our children. Thank you.#

KS2 Christmas Service

Christmas Service New Arrangements for 2013 –

Clubs End – Friday 29 November 2013"

KS1 Service / KS2 Service We are planning two Christmas Services this year to accommodate the larger numbers of children and parents who attend. The details are as follows:#

!! Friday 9

Saturday 9 Monday 18 Friday 22 Friday 29 Saturday 30

The KS2 Christmas Service will be held on Friday 20 December at 11am at St Mary & All Saints Church, led by our Year 6 children. We invite parents, family and friends to attend. Please ensure you place this date in your diary and join us for the occasion.#

Reminders " A reminder to parents that after school clubs will end on Friday 29 November. A big thank you goes to all Staff who give so freely of their time to provide after school and in-school clubs for our children. The last session for Wycombe Wanderers FC is on Tuesday 19 November.

(Please scroll down for School Term and Holiday Dates for 2013/2014)

November Monday 4

We have planned a KS1 Christmas Service to be held at St Michael and All Angels on Thursday 19 December at 11am, led by our Year 2 children"

School reopens 8.55am Clubs begin

Friday 6

Last Swimming

‘Supporting Your Child’s Reading’ PTA Coffee Morning –presented by Mrs Sperring

Wednesday 11

!Thursday 12 !Friday 13 ! !Tuesday 17 !! ! !Thursday 19

Festival of Lights

Friday 20

KS2 Church Service 11am St Mary & All Saints Church Term ends 2pm


PTA Jumble Sale Anti-Bullying Week Mufti Day for Christmas Fair Clubs End Christmas Fair

December Monday 2

Reception Christmas Nativity Afternoon Performance 2.30-3.15pm

Tuesday 3

Reception Christmas Nativity Morning Performance 9.30-10.15am Key Stage 1 Christmas Afternoon Performance 2.30pm

! ! !Wednesday 4 !

Key Stage 1 Christmas Evening Performance 6pm

January 2014

!Monday 6

Tuesday 7

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Christmas Parties ‘How Your Child Learns In Numeracy’ PTA Coffee Morning presented by Mrs Miller


KS1 Visit to Norden Farm ‘How to Catch a Star’(children should return by 3.30) KS2 Pantomime Visit Wycombe Swan (1.30 – 5.30pm)


KS1 Church Service 11am at St Michael and All Angels


Teacher INSET DAY Spring Term Begins


!School Crossing Patroller needed



St. Mary’s & All Saints Church of England School, Beaconsfield


! Are you available every day, term time only, to help children and parents cross the road safely, on their journeys to and from school? In return Buckinghamshire County Council can offer you a regular income, including holiday pay. If you are interested in the role but are concerned about your own children at drop off and pick up times. Internal school arrangements can be made, with kind permission of your Headteacher. The post requires any successful applicant to have an enhanced DBS check. For an informal chat about the vacancies, contact the School Crossing Patrol Supervisor on 01494 586639




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Thursday 5

Friday 25 October 2013

September 2013 Monday 4

Friday 20 December 2013

November 2013 Tuesday 7 January 2014

Friday 14 February 2014

Monday 24 February 2014 Tuesday 22 April 2014 Monday 2 June 2014

Friday 4 April 2014

Thursday 22 May 2014

Tuesday 22 July 2014

INSET DAYS Bucks County Term Dates website: In-service training day for teachers:# Tuesday 3 September 2013, Wednesday 4 September 2013, # Monday 6 January 2014, # Friday 23 May 2014, # Wednesday 23 July 2014 #

! May Bank Holiday: 5 May 2014#

! SATs Year 6 KS2 SATs Week: Monday 12 May to Thursday 15 May# Year 2 KS1 SATS are given throughout the month of May. # Optional SATs week (Yrs 1,3,4,5): Monday 19 to Thursday 22 May. # Year 1 Phonics Test week commencing in June 2014. #

! Please note the Governing Body will not authorise Holidays for children leading up to and including these dates. #

St Mary & All Saints Newsletter Nov 2013  

St Mary & All Saints Newsletter Nov 2013

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