Parking Outside of School
Well done Y5!
It was a delight and pleasure to watch Y5 students from St Mary's perform with 300 other children from the West Midlands and Black Country at St Matthew's Church in Walsall today. I arrived during the lunch hour and have to commend the children from St Mary's on their excellent and notably respectful behaviour within the church environment. They were beautifully turned out in full uniform and were a credit to their teachers and to the school.
Unfortunately I missed their performance of "Believe" this morning but my colleague, Kevin Stannard, reported back very positively on the musicality of their interpretation and their enthusiasm. Particular praise must go to Mrs Thackham for her energy and commitment to the development of music at St Mary's generally, but especially to this Festival of Voices celebration. She has been indefatigable in learning the songs in a very short period of time and teaching them to the children. Some of the songs were very challenging in terms of complex rhythms, foreign languages and two/three part harmony. I watched the children from St Mary's very closely and can report that they joined in confidently with all of the songs this afternoon and demonstrated a range of musical skills from following a conductor, to employing varying levels of dynamics, shaping phrases and interpreting the music with a great deal of sensitivity. Miss Dainty also deserves praise for finding space for learning the songs in an already very packed curriculum.
I hope that the children themselves enjoyed their day out, meeting peers and sharing performances. They should all feel justifiably proud of themselves.
Anne-Marie Beaumont MA, SFHEA, PgC HE, BA
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BMus Music,
School of Performing Arts,
The Performance Hub,
University of Wolverhampton.
Kelly, our school cook hits the airwaves - Monday!
Our school cook has been entered in to a National cooking competition and the final is in Birmingham next week.
Kelly and three of our children will be interviewed live on air on Monday 4 Dec at 8.45am. Radio Stoke, breakfast show. Good luck Kelly!!
School Meals Survey
We procure our school meals though a company called Chartwells, part of the Compass Group. Parents who buy school meals are invited to take part in a survey. Here is the link; www.surveymonkey.com/r/entrustnsmw
We Will Remember
Our school community held a 2 minute silence at Mass this morning on Remembrance Sunday.
School Cook of The Year
Congratulations to Kelly, our wonderful school cook. She has reached the finals of School Cook of The Year.
Fingers crossed for the last stage Kelly, we are all rooting for you, but well done for getting this far!
Information Evening - Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Raising
Deciding how, when and if you should talk to your children about drugs and alcohol can be difficult.
Questions like 'Are they too young? 'How much do they need to know?' and 'Do they even need to know at all?' are common and ones that lots of parents struggle with.
In reality yes children do need to be spoken to about drugs in the same way they need to be spoken to about changes to their bodies, e-safety, bullying and a range of other sensitive topics. There may well be a time in your child's life when they are offered drugs and it is crucial they are aware of the dangers and are resilient enough to say no.
Join us on 14th November at 7pm at Saint Thomas More Primary school in Great Wyrley, Huthill Lane, WS6 6PG for an informal workshop which should answer all of the above questions and more. The workshop will include a refresher on what drugs and alcohol are, how they affect you, signs and symptoms, current trends and talking to your children.
The session will be delivered by Amy Carter from ACE Drug Training and light refreshments will be provided on the evening.
We love our library!
Our library is really well looked after, thanks to the efforts of Mrs Harris and Mrs Richardson. We would like to see parents use this lovely area after school. Come in, choose a book and share with your child. Of course, children need to be accompanied by a parent.
Supporting Cannock Foodbank
Thanks to all our families who contributed to the Cannock Foodbank at the recent Harvest Assembly. Well done!
Congratulations Coni - Ryu Shokotan British Champion!
Coni won the Banzai Cup U10 female kata in Berlin without dropping a flag in her first competition abroad. We are very proud of her!
Alpha Course - Woild you like to know more about the Catholic faith?
“You are invited to The Alpha Course which is taking place at the Centenary Hall, Hednesford on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, from October 3rd until December. Each evening begins with food, and is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith, ask questions, and share your point of view. All welcome - whatever your views or beliefs. More information at cannockcatholic.org/alpha."
Y5 Chasewater Residential Visit
All Year 5 children are looking forward to their forthcoming residential! 2 nights away from home. Yay!!!
Celebration Assembly July 2017
Well done! Ken Wilson, CAFOD representative took away £650 from school today. Thank you for your contributions.
Newsletter July 2017
Newsletter can be found in Newsletters area of school website
Y6 Leavers' Disco - 18th July (6pm - 8pm) St Marys' Community Centre - All families welcome to this end of year celebration
Holiday Homework -
Love your Library Holiday Homework
The hot weather is here! This half term your teachers would like you to visit your local library and enjoy reading a book in the summer sun. Choose your book wisely because we would like you to write a small book review explaining why you loved your new book. Please bring this review back into school on Monday 5th June.
Remember, there will be a prize in each class for the best review. The winner will share their favourite book in assembly with the rest of the schoo
Grab your glass of lemonade, your sunglasses and a good book and enjoy reading!
Education Rally - Saturday 27th May 10.30am from St Mary's School Playground
We Are Saving Paper
We are going to make more use of our technology and cut down on the paper we send out of school. Sometimes letters stay in children's bags and key messages can be lost. Please check your text messages and emails regularly and make sure that any change of detail is notified to the school. We will trial this until the end of the Summer Term. Parents who require a printed letter can request this from the school office. Thank you.
Newsletter May 2017
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May Procession - This Friday
We ask that children can bring in flowers as is usual. However this time, any bedding plants would also be welcomed which we will use to adorn the statue of Mary within the school grounds. Thank you.
We wanted to congratulate our children on the excellent presentation of work in books. Well done!
Swimming Champions at the Catholic Schools Swimming Gala
Year 5 and 6 Cycling Coaching Sessions at Cardinal Griffin
The sessions are for Years 5 and 6 pupils and start on Tuesday 25th April until October, Term Time Only from 15:45 - 17:00 at Cardinal Griffin.
Please go to Newsletter section of St Mary's website, Cardinal Griffin newsletters for further information and booking form.
March B Newsletter
Latest newsletter can be accessed here
Take a look at what's on offer!
Celebrating Our Writers!
What a difficult task! We have so many gifted writers in our school, so who to choose? Well done everyone!
Crazy Hair Day
£155 raised on Friday alone thank you!! All money raised to CAFOD this Lent 2017.
Our Y1 children know the rules! Lots of activity in school teaching safety rules.
One piece of advice to parents - please regulate the amount of time your child may spend on a computer at night and certainly discourage this before bed time!
Letter to parents from governors 10 Feb 2017
The governors met this week to consider a number of options regarding succession planning for a new headteacher for St Mary's Catholic Primary School. This is in light of two recent attempts to appoint a headteacher at our school.
I am sure that parents will be in agreement with the governors that they are looking for the best candidate for our school and that this search should continue until that aim is met.
With this in mind, a number of options have been explored.
I am pleased to tell you that there are arrangements in place for the continuing successful leadership in our school. Mr Breeze will be continuing for the next academic year and will be supported in the headship role by Miss Wayman. They will job share this role which is a model of leadership which appears to be on the increase!
In moving ahead in this way, we have secured the ongoing leadership for our school for the next academic year, whilst the appointments process for the new headteacher continues.
PTFA - Need some school uniform? Film Night Details! And More!!
A very warm welcome back to everyone! Just a few notes, dates and reminders from your fundraising team!
As you will be aware by now, here at St Mary’s we have plenty of good quality pre-loved uniform for sale all for just a pound an item! So if your little man is forever ripping the knees out of his trousers or your little ones are having a growth spurt, then why not drop us a text and we can have a look if we have the required sizes. You can contact myself on 07899694456 or Dawn on 07507227695. Please use this service so we don’t lose it!
*St Mary’s annual Easter egg hunt isn’t too far away from us. We are trialling a new strategy for this event and are asking parents if it’s possible to donate Easter eggs (big or small) chocolate bunnies etc towards this. Perhaps you own a shop or have connections within this area and would be able to help with this!
Tues 14th Feb – Film night
Back by popular demand! We are showing 2 films. One for KS1 and one for KS2. As always spaces are limited and will be done on a first come first served basis. Flyers on reverse. Any help from parents would be greatly welcomed so feel free to drop us a text!
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to ALL volunteers who helped over the festive season! Together we raised just over £2000!!
Many thanks once again!!
Nicky and Dawn
First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion will take place at St. Mary's on Sunday 14th May at the 10.30am Mass.
A meeting for parents will take place on a revised date of Tuesday 7th March at 3.30pm in school.
The team behind the yummy school meals. Menus are freely available from school. Just ask at the office.
January B 2017 School Newsletter
Please check your child's bag for all communications from school. Parents can also access the second newsletter this month in the Newsletters area of the website. This contains school, Parish, PTFA and Cardinal Griffin Catholic College newsletters, past and present.
The governors meet this Wednesday to begin the appointment process for a new headteacher for St. Mary's Catholic Primary School. Please keep both the governors and candidates in your prayers.
Chair of Governors
Chance for parents to show off cookery skills!
My name is Paul and I am a TV Casting Researcher currently working on a new TV show for ITV1 entitled ‘The Money Saving Good Food Show’.
I am contacting you as we are currently looking for families from Staffordshire to take part in the show, which gives them the opportunity to help reduce their food shopping bill and learn some tasty new recipes.
Secrets of Success
Well done to the children included in our assembly on Friday. We had concentrated on the secrets of success as learners namely;
- Don't give up
- Understand others
- Try new things
- Work hard
We could have chosen many many more children to feature in the assembly! Please share these secrets of success with your child and ask them to try and explain them to you.
Newsletter Jan 2017
You will find a copy of the newsletter in the School Newsletters Tab on the school website.
Please also take time to view the school;s statistics under Information Tab.
Children can look forward to their pantomime on Thursday afternoon. Parents of our nursery children are welcome to bring their children (and stay) for the performance which will start at 2.15pm.
Fantastic Holiday Homework! Well done children (and parents!)
Letter Returns - Important
A number of letters were issued from school on Friday and these are contained in a returnable envelope.
Each letter requests an important return and each child will be asked for this as we rebuild a school profile related to E Safety, acceptable use of computers and technologies as well as use of digital imagery in school.
Please return these on when children arrive back to school.
Thank you for the generous donations. £123 was raised through Mufti day today added to £600 from previous fund raising. So a magnificent £723 raised for CAFOD today. Food is to be split between SIFA Fireside Charity in Birmingham and the Cannock food bank. A great effort thank you!
New School Newsletter
Latest school newsletter can be found in News Tab on school website.
Harvest Festival Assembly
Parents are welome to join us on Friday 7th October at 9.05am for our assembly.
Children are asked to bring in tinned goods into school during the week and this will be distributed between the Cannock Food Bank and the SIFA Fireside Charity in Birmingham.
We will also be making a donation to CAFOD on this day. Veronica Gillett will join us for assembly and share this year's camapign for fund raising for the poor of Bolivia.
Parish Website and Newsletters
Information from the Catholic Parish of St. Mary's and St Thomas More can be found on the following link. You will be able to find this under the Community Links section of our school website in future.
Look out for The Journey in Faith - the parish course for learning about the faith. This begins 4th October at 7.30pm.
St. Mary's Sponsored Walk to Lapland!
It is 2378 miles to Lapland from Cannock. Or thereabouts. All children are asked to walk their legs off w/c 26th September. This will include walks in school but we would like to hear of any innovative extra walks you and your family might be doing. Add up the miles and let your teacher know!
We hope that by combining our miles together, we can reach Lapland.
This website will give you an update each day as to the progress made by the children as well as news on the most interesting walks undertaken.
Most importantly, we want EVERY child to take part and to gain lots of sponsors. Money raised is for our children in our school so please get involved and get walking!
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot!
His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.
St. Mary's children adore his writing and his characters!
Basic Skills Quality Mark
We have received our 4th successful accreditation for the teaching of basic skills. This has been judged over the last 10 years. We are delighted with the award.
Meet The Teachers
Please come into school at the end of the day to hear what is on offer in your child's class this term. If you have more than one child, do not worry as the sessions will be repeated every 15 minutes so nobody should miss out.
You will of course have your child(ren) with you but please enable the teacher to be heard. Your child(ren) will have had a long day!!
Weekend Task for Children - Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Click on the link for some information. Children are asked to present some paintings, or drawings, or a fact sheet about the life of Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta. we would love to display the results on our prayer room. (Do not forget to put a name on the piece of work!)
Looking forward to seeing the children back into school on Tuesday 6th September!
We will miss our fantastic Year 6 class. Thanks to our lunchtime staff for the wonderful spread!
Congratulations Mrs Evans!
Miss Beaumont returns as Mrs Evans!!