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
Have Your Say! (New poll added - 05/01/2015)
Breaking News (07 items - Updated 22/02/2015)
Big Art Week
Thank you to everyone who came to see our exhibition of art following our BIG ART WEEK inspired by BBC2’s Ten Pieces. We were overwhelmed by your feedback and have made your response sheets into a folder, together with photos of the exhibition, to remind us all of just how creative our children can be. If you missed the opportunity to visit us while the exhibition was in place you can see a cross section of the work here on the website galleries. Your ideas for next year’s Big Art Week theme are always welcome – we are on the lookout for more new ways to access and inspire St Mary’s artistic talents.
Congratulations to our Year 5 class who: speed bounced, cross-overed, butterflied, face-to-faced side swinged and pretzelled their way to an amazing SILVER position at the recent skipping festival at St Thomas More Academy! They all worked really well as a team and had great fun at the same time. We were very proud of them all.
It is lovely to have our year 6 children back safe and happy after their recent outdoor activity week in Windermere. In their words it was an "Amazing, Fun, Epic and wet" adventure filled with lots of great memories. A big thank-you from year 6 must go to Mrs Bland, Mrs Yeats and Aunty Kath who braved the adventures along with them and joined in everything!
Back to working hard towards the end of Key Stage SATs now guys!
Parents, if you have not already done so, please visit our TWITTER account for instant news from our classrooms. @stmarysccoats
You will need to apply for a Twitter account first and then request access to our feed (as it is a closed account) Once we have verified who you are, you will have permission to view our posts.
We have some newly appointed digital ambassadors in school from years 5 and 6. These children had to go through the application process, be shortlisted and be interviewed for their post. We were well and truly blown away by the standard of all applicants and their commitment to the process. Sadly, like the outside world of grown-ups, we could not offer everyone a job and the difficult decision of filling the eight positions was not an easy one to make. Congratulations to Eleanor, Jenna, Martha and Max from year 6 and Ava, Owen, William and Megan from year 5. They will be putting their considerable ICT skills to good use during the coming months.
E Safety Update
We are constantly on the lookout for ways to encourage our children to be good digital citizens. Whilst we work hard to ensure our children are safe at all times when working on the PCs or iPads, and our children know what to do should they feel uncomfortable about anything that may slip through the heavy firewall and filtering system, we are now teaching them all to use Google Safe Search every time they need to interrogate a search engine on the internet. We are hoping that this will become a good habit both at home and in school. The search engine we will be encouraging them to use in school is:
You may wish to set this up as a favourite/default search on devices at home.
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.