Welcome to the Website of St.Mary's RC Primary School
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
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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:
Well done to everyone – Christmas at St Mary’s was another lovely experience for all concerned.
Our Nursery children thoroughly enjoyed their nativity performances for parents and their Christmas party was a huge hit as usual. Key Stage 1 did a version of “Straw and Order” amazing us all with their acting talents and beautiful singing. Our Key Stage 2 Carol Service was a wonderfully prayerful and moving way to prepare for Christmas celebrations – The singing was amazing as usual! Our choir sang their hearts out at North Tyneside General hospital for the patients and visitors passing by. Talented musicians by the score entertained us in our Christmas musical concert with the largest repertoire of performers ever to be seen at St Mary’s. The busy term ended with a whole-school party day – What fun!
BIG ART WEEK goes local
Our annual collapsed curriculum Art Week has a local theme this year too (mirroring the local history WW2 week we did last term). We have decided to take our inspiration from The Pitman Painters featuring Norman Cornish.
We have planned visits for everyone to a local treasure – Woodhorn Colliery & Museum in Northumberland - where the children will have the opportunity to experience everyday life of local miners as illustrated in The Pitman Painters collection there.
Our Art Week will follow on from these visits and will use the experiences to create wonderful works of art exhibited for our parents and parish community.
We will have a gallery link to our creative work appearing here very soon.
DANCE, dance, dance
Our Year 6 dancers are getting ready for the North Tyneside Schools annual Dance Festival. Toes are a-tapping every time we hear their music playing for rehearsals in the hall – they are certainly having fun. Watch out for more news of the festival later this term.
The year 5 children have only been learning trumpet for 1 term and have already achieved their BRONZE award – having collected their final mark by performing to an audience in our Christmas music assembly. The pocket trumpets are proving to be very popular with our children (not so popular with those who have to listen to practicing at home!) and a great way for our children to be introduced to formal music lessons whilst having so much fun.
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.
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.
Please feel free to contact Mrs Hollings at school if you have any further E Safety requirements.