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 - 00/00/0000)
Breaking News (07 items - Updated 21/09/2015)
St Mary´s is OUTSTANDING
We are so proud and happy to announce that in our recent Ofsted Inspection our school was judged to be OUTSTANDING. The Governors, Parents, Staff and Children are delighted that the inspectors recognised St Mary´s as the happy, nurturing, exciting and successful place we all know it to be. A copy of their full report can be read by following the link below:
A New School Year Begins
Welcome to the new school year!
We extend a very special welcome to all of the new parents, across all Key Stages, joining us for the first time; to our new part-time Nursery children and our Reception class joining us for full days; we welcome Casey in year 5 and our new members of staff Miss Lee, Miss Birks and Mr Miley, hoping that they will thoroughly enjoy their time with us and quickly feel that they belong, and of course we welcome back all the friendly, familiar faces that complete our St Mary’s family. We hope you all had a great summer and are ready for action.
Let’s make this a great year for everyone!
Good Luck To Those In Pastures New
We hope that our last year’s Y6 have settled into their new schools and are enjoying the new experiences and challenges that High School has to offer. We certainly miss them but look forward to hearing good reports from High School staff and seeing them from time to time as they come back for a visit. We hope that Miss Batty has settled into her new school too and that she is sharing some of the St Mary’s spirit with her new children.
A Big Thank You to First Class Supply Agency who are sponsors of the current exhibition at Seven Stories in Byker. Out of all of the schools who use their services, St Mary’s was selected to be the first school to visit the newly refurbished Seven Stories and see the work they have funded. Year 5 were the lucky class chosen to be part of the Michael Foreman experience – They had a great morning there and are currently using his books as inspiration for their own writing.
A New Whole-School Themed Week
We are looking for ideas for a new online poll. Our current one may seem a little “thin” in responses but that is because we also did an “old school” paper vote in school. The out-and-out winner was “When WW2 came to Cullercoats” a very popular choice with all of our children (76% of the total votes).
This “recent local history” topic will take place in the last week of the first half term of the school year. We are looking for all those with photographs, stories, relatives who may have experienced it first hand or artefacts we could use to inspire and engage, to contact school to help us in delivering this topical Themed Week.
This year we have shared so many of the wonderful activities and learning taking place from nursery through to Year 6. Parents who are part of our regular viewing audience have given us some very positive feedback. Our Twitter feed is a great way to see what is happening in your child’s class as part of the general working day. @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 therefore 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 apply 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.