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Welcome to the Website of St.Mary's RC Primary School

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Welcome to St. Mary’s school website. We hope you enjoy your visit and learn more about life at St Mary's.
We are very concerned to encourage responsible use of the internet. To this end, I would direct you to the following links, Kidsmart and Think You Know, which both promote positive and safe internet usage. Have fun! Mrs C. Bland- Headteacher

Have Your Say! (New poll added - 18/05/2014)
Welcome to our Online Poll page. This is where parents and children get to have their say. Just remember, you only get to vote once per i.p. address but you can check back at any time to see how the poll is going. Hope you have fun!

Breaking News (11 items - Updated 18/05/2014)

First Holy Communion 2014

On Saturday 17th May the sun shone from a clear blue sky as the children from Year 3 and their families and friends congregated at St Mary’s church for a very special day. With big smiles on their faces and looking so smart in their new clothes, they had all gathered to celebrate their First Holy Communion – a day that will live with them for many years to come.

The children read and sang so beautifully and showed us all how mature they have now become with their reverence and prayerfulness throughout the entire mass. We were so proud of each and every one of them.

A special word of thanks must go to Miss Summerly and the catechists of St Mary’s church who helped to prepare our children for this new path in their journey with Jesus.

A great big thank you to the children of our choir, who gave up part of their weekend of fun in the sun to help represent our school in celebrating with Year 3; they certainly added to the sense of family occasion and sang so beautifully.

We tried our very best to get a photograph of the children all looking in the same direction – not an easy task when there are lots of people to smile at but we think we managed!

To download a copy of the group photograph taken by Mr Hollings please click here to open the picture and then you can save it to your computer.

As with all photos on our school website, it remains the property of St Mary’s. We are happy for you to copy and print it as mementos for you and your families and friends, on the understanding that it will not appear on any social networking sites or be digitally altered in any way.

World Cup Fever – New Website Poll

As so many of you are looking forward to following the World Cup matches from Brazil this summer term we thought we would give you the opportunity to vote for who YOU think is going to win. Now obviously, we all know who we would LIKE to win this year’s trophy but we’d like you to vote for who you think WILL win. We have only included the current favourites to win in the list of options but if your personal favourite isn’t on that list there is always the “other” vote to help you to take part.

I am sure our boys in the England squad will be able to hear our cheers of encouragement all the way to South America!

Badminton Hits St Mary´s

We have added yet another new sport to our growing list of skills at St Mary’s. With brand new Badminton racquets and nets, our year 5 children prepared to take part in a festival of skills held at St Thomas More High School recently. The children had a very short time indeed to get a feel for the sport but Mrs Hollings was amazed at how quickly they picked up skills. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves learning skills essential to the sport at the same time as having some fun. It won’t be long before they’re ready to take on another team in a match…..any takers? Check the gallery out for new photos of this activity.

End of Key Stage SATS

We wish our Year 6 and Year 2 children the very best as they complete their statutory end of Key Stage SAT tests. We know that they have been working very hard for their teachers and we know that Miss Batty and Mrs Yeats are very proud of their achievements this year. This is their time to show off everything that they have learned along the way. Thank you children for doing your very best for your teachers.

Section 48 Denominational Inspection

We are delighted to report the findings of our recent Section 48 Denominational Inspection and direct you to a copy of the final report on the Mission Statement page of this website.

The overall judgment of OUTSTANDING makes us feel very proud indeed. It is a true reflection of all of the hard work and commitment of our staff, pupils, governors, parents and parish in helping to make St Mary's an outstanding Catholic family. Thank you one and all.

Click here to view the report

BIG ART WEEK 2014

We were so delighted with the responses we got from all visitors to our Big Art Exhibition this year. Parents, Grandparents, parishioners and friends gathered together to see how our children had interpreted L S Lowry's "Fever Van" and used it to inspire their own artwork.

It was lovely to see the children guide their Mums and Dads around the exhibits and point out their own artwork and their favourite pieces from other year groups. It was even more special to hear that some of the children's work rivalled that of masterpieces in galleries around the world! . one parent comment that stood out for us all, was a simple sentence stating that "Lowry himself would be pleased."

Thank-you to everyone who took the time to fill in questionnaires and comment bubbles. We will collate all the responses and suggestions and add them to our future planning files - they are very much appreciated.

If you didn't get the chance to pop into our exhibition to see the work for yourself, why not take a look at our gallery pages to get a flavour of what you missed. We think we have some budding Turner prize winners for sure.

Our Big Art Week also features in the News Guardian of the 4th of March. You can read this article and see a short video of the exhibition itself by following the link below:

Click here to see our News Guardian video

Pom Pom Day

Pompom Day was a huge success and the children took to making pompoms in a WIDE and varied manner of styles as the pictures in our gallery will reveal! We were trailing bits of wool around with us wherever we went all day. Some went for the traditional cardboard "polo", some went for mini-pompoms using FORKS, some went for semi-circular card and some simply used each other's hands. After a few false starts we were underway and our children were soon producing pompoms galore!

All of this of course was for a very good cause raising not only money, but awareness, and the children enjoyed talking about older family friends and relatives and familiarising themselves with the joys of growing older as well as considering some of the challenges elderly people face.

Visit our Gallery page to see some of us in full pompom-creating action.

Golden Book March 2014

Everyone has been working especially hard these last few weeks. Our Golden Book Nominations for this term are hanging on our celebration tree in the entrance hall so that visitors to St Mary's can see just how proud our parents and teachers are of everything you do.

REC: JACKSON for how hard he works taking pride in what he does and for his amazing maths, ASHTON for trying so hard with his reading and blending.

YEAR 1: NIAMH for working so conscientiously towards her target and CLAUDIA for her enthusiasm towards all work!

YEAR 2: ERIN for working so hard all of the time in the class and in smaller group work and AOIFE voted for by the class as being hard-working but always friendly.

YEAR3: FINN for massive improvements in handwriting and OLIVIA C for a perfect attitude to learning!

YEAR 4: CHARLOTTE for her super efforts with her reading comprehension and JAKEY for always wanting to improve, even when he is doing well!

YEAR5: EMILY for always putting her hand up to answer questions, even the tricky ones!...and MAX for being a great wordsmith; using very ambitious vocabulary in his writing.

YEAR 6: ANNIE for working hard all of the time and for having such a positive attitude to work. ETHAN nominated by Auntie Christine for his efforts in maths and literacy group work.

Congratulations everyone, we are all so proud of you and hope you influence others to try their best all of the time.

Calling all Creative Minds

We are looking to add a new poll to our website. Can you come up with a good theme for our next poll? What do you think we should be seeking your opinion about? What would you like to see a vote for?

Bring your ideas to school and give them to Mrs Hollings or send them to school via the school email address on the contacts page.

Skipping Fun

Year 5 took part in a skipping festival recently. They had been learning to "crossover" "pretzel" and "speed bounce" amongst other techniques and everyone had become great skippers as a result.

The class had to enter individual experts into the skills section before the whole class was involved in presenting a skip/dance routine for the other competitors and the judges.

We are delighted to say that St Mary's came away with one GOLD, two SILVER and three BRONZE awards for the individual events and were joint WINNERS of the skip/dance routine. We were so pleased.

We would like to congratulate our joint winners at Holy Cross Primary and look forward to competing against them again next year.

E Safety

Technologies today are developing so quickly and our children are open to new and exciting ways of communicating from a very early age. Sadly, with these new developments, comes greater vulnerability unless we ensure that we are fully aware of the measures we can take to keep our youngsters safe.

Every child in St Mary’s is taught discrete E Safety sessions as part of their ICT curriculum. These sessions are revisited and reinforced throughout the year to help them to realise the importance of the correct use of the internet and to introduce relevant developments. At school we work hard to ensure that all of our technology is filtered and protected from unwanted risks. We cannot guarantee that this is 100% fool proof but we can ensure that any breeches of security will be dealt with in the appropriate manner and that our children know how to behave in such a scenario.

Many of the additional technologies our children come in contact with are those they only use outside school (mobile phones, games consoles, tablets etc) and therefore, to help parents to feel better equipped to support their children and to help to keep them safe at home and elsewhere, we have provided the following hyperlink to the Northern Grid for Learning’s E Safety portal.

http://esafety.northerngrid.org/

Please feel free to contact Mrs Hollings at school if you have any further E Safety requirements.