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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. Additionally, we are keen to promote good citizenship in our school community and to that end guide you to the www.gogivers.org website for further information and activities. Have fun!

Mrs C. Bland- Headteacher

Have Your Say! (New poll added - 00/00/0000)
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 (07 items - Updated 17/08/2016)

St Mary´s offers OUTSTANDING education

The Governors, Parents, Staff and Children are delighted that Ofsted inspectors recognise St Mary´s as the happy, nurturing, exciting and successful place we all know it to be. A copy of the most recent Ofsted report can be read by following the link below:

St Mary´s Ofsted report 2015

CONGRATULATIONS!

As it is summer, we are used to seeing lots of weddings. However, a very special wedding for St Mary’s took place on Saturday 6th August. Mr Miley and Miss Summerly became Mr & Mrs Miley in a beautiful, joyous, sun-filled ceremony - with a packed church of family and friends. The St Mary’s Wedding Singers (a mixed choir of representatives from year 2 to year 6) were in attendance, looking very smart and fully equipped with their very best voices. The children were so excited and proud to be part of the happy couple’s special day and they were fantastic ambassadors for our school family ethos – so many lovely comments from wedding guests about how wonderful they sounded and how well they conducted themselves throughout.

A HUGE thank you to the children who came along to sing and a special thank you to the parents for loaning them to us for the day.

St Marys Choir at the wedding of MR and Mrs Miley

Our congratulations are also extended to another summer wedding couple. Miss Bamford is getting married during the holidays too and will return to St Mary’s for the next year to teach year 5. We will have to get used to calling her Mrs Walsh in September.

We wish both couples a marriage filled with love, health and happiness….and with lots of adventures along the way.

GOODBYE and GOOD LUCK

The end of a school year always brings mixed emotions of sad goodbyes with happy memories as pupils and staff move on to pastures new.

To the Year 6 of 2016 – you did us proud. You were an amazing bunch and worked really hard – so hard in fact that we are confident we are passing you on to your High Schools with the skills and maturity you need to march with confidence towards successful futures.

To Miss Birks – We wish you well as you continue your career in your new school. We hope your new pupils enjoy your work as much as St Mary’s children have. We will miss you.

To Mrs Hollings – We thank you for your 26 years of service to St Mary’s and wish you every happiness as you begin your early retirement – We do hope you come back to visit us.

FUNDRAISING

Your generosity in helping our children to help others in need is always greatly appreciated. We send a big thank you to Year 2 who organised, and took part in, a sponsored walk this term to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. Although the walk was a lot longer than they had imagined ( ☺ ) the children were very successful and had lots of fun.

Another vote of thanks goes to years 5 and 6 who took part in the British Heart Foundation sponsored “Jump Rope” during Healthy Week – they even managed to get some very talented parents, who were willing to be put through their paces by our young trainers, to join in the fun!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! (a message from Mrs Hollings)

I have no words to express how overwhelmed I was by everyone’s kind and thoughtful wishes, gifts and messages on my early retirement this summer. St Mary’s is so much a part of me now that I carry a small piece of it wherever I go, in a special place deep within my heart. It has been a true honour and a privilege to be a part of such a fabulous team that has been allowed to help to shape so many young lives across the years. I am looking forward to new adventures but will miss working with the small individuals who made every working day different, new and exciting.

To the children (past and present), their parents, the staff and governors (past and present), Fr Martin and the parish, the PTA and all of my friends and family – I send you my deepest gratitude, my love and my prayers.

Not goodbye – merely au revoir

Liz Hollings

Twitter

Our Twitter feed continues to be a great way to see what is happening in your child’s class as part of the general working day. Currently, our TWITTER account : @stmarysccoats is a closed account and only those we allow can see what we publish, with teachers being the only ones with access to “tweet”. We feel that we offer a safe and easy way for you to enjoy a peep into life at St Mary’s and encourage all parents, new and current, to make a request for access via @stmarysccoats or follow the link below.

https://twitter.com/stmarysccoats

We don’t always recognise parents from their Twitter file-name therefore, please let us know who you are when you have applied so that we can verify your connection to the school and allow you to view our feed. Thank you for your “likes” and comments – it is really nice to know our tweeting is viewed and appreciated.

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://www.digitallyconfident.org/resources/parents-and-carers

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