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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 - 17/03/2015)
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 (08 items - Updated 28/06/2015)

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:

St Mary´s Ofsted report 2015

Outstanding Celebrations

"This has been the best day ever!" seemed to be a common murmur as happy children left our school at the end of a day of celebrations to mark our achievement with Ofsted. With bouncy castles, Party Animals petting zoo, a magician, a disco and an ice cream van, all helping it to be a day to remember; the children left the building with BIG smiles on their faces, knowing that their hard work was valued by everyone.

To share in some of the joy we experienced, why not visit our gallery pages to see what we got up to throughout the day?

Best of British Poll

It is apparent that the St Mary’s voters agree with the rest of the nation in choosing the ROBIN as our new national bird. It may be a small visitor to our gardens but it is certainly a welcome one.

Visit our gallery to see some digital artwork of our new British icon by pupils in Year 5.

Reading Festival

No, that’s not Reading (as in the place where the music festival is held) but READING as in to enjoy a good book! This year the children in Year 5 enjoyed a visit to The Langdale Centre to take part in a reading festival celebrating SPACE through different genre of books. They even got to do some performance poetry with a poet from Bradford who had written a poem especially for the occasion!

Part of the day was presented to us by the North Tyneside Library Services who would like us to encourage all of our children to take up the Summer Reading Challenge. Follow the link below to find out more information about this year’s “Record Breaking” activities.

http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/join-in

Woodhorn Wonders

Year 3 and Year 4 enjoyed working together on a local studies based topic about the coal mining industry here in the North East. They invited Mr Skelton into school to interview him about what it was like to work down a mine before spending the day at Woodhorn Colliery researching more facts and trying their hand at being a Pitman Painter. Woodhorn is a great place to visit with the rest of the family – all you pay for is your parking. Check out family events over the summer break.

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/

Twitter

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.

https://twitter.com/stmarysccoats

New Poll

After the success of last year’s local studies whole-school topic "Northern Saints", we thought we would give YOU the opportunity to choose our next whole-school Themed Week – but, once again, we would like to keep it local.

Do you fancy the idea of looking at what the Roman’s did for us in our topic HADRIAN, HIS WALL AND THE PEOPLE ON EITHER SIDE? Or perhaps you would prefer something a little more modern with the Victorians and their influences with LIFE AT THE SEA-SIDE IN VICTORIAN TIMES? Maybe you would like to learn more about the impact of war on our local community with our topic WHEN WWII CAME TO CULLERCOATS (AND BEYOND)? Or would you like to find out more about the river which joins itself to the sea, near our school, in the topic UP AND DOON THE TYNE?

Choose your favourite theme and vote for it in our poll (above) and let’s see which proves to be the most popular!

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.