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Stay and Play Open Mornings

Come and visit St. Mary’s with your child!

9th October or 14th November 2018
9.30am - 11.00am

Sports Day

The children of St. Mary’s showed their athletic prowess on 17 July when they took part in our annual Sports Day on Church Green.

Witney Carnival

On Saturday, we took part in the annual Witney Carnival. This year’s carnival theme was ‘Once upon a time...’ and we are entering as characters from Peter Pan.

Warwick Castle

This week the excitable Year 2s went on an action packed trip to Warwick Castle as part of their topic, 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'.

Early Years Athletics

The children in the Reception class displayed great sportsmanship at the Early Years Athletics morning organised by sports leaders from Henry Box School.

Science Oxford

Year 1 enjoyed their visit from Science Oxford.  They learnt all about The Great Fire of London through science experiments and readings from Samuel Pepys' diary.

Mosaic Plaque

As part of the Witney community's commemoration of the end of the First World War, St Mary's children have taken part in the creation of a mosaic plaque with artist Beck Paton.

Reading Dogs

This half-term we have partnered up with the charity Canine Concern to introduce a 'reading dog' scheme.  We will be joined on alternate weeks by two wonderful dogs, Daisy and Bobbi.

May Day Dancing

On Tuesday 22nd May, St Mary's held its annual May Day dance on Church Green with The Batt School.  The weather was glorious and the children's dancing was joyful.

Year 1 visit a Black Hole!

As part of their learning today, Year 1 zoomed off into a black hole!  Opportunites to travel across galaxies are rare but here at St Mary's we decided to blow the school budget, complete a risk assessment to end all risk assessments and fund a trip into outer space (well, not quite, but we did organise a visit to a mobile planetarium!).

Our new playground is ready!

We were delighted that the first phase of our playground was ready for the children to enjoy on the first day back to school after Easter.  The glorious sunshine has meant it has been perfect for the children to try out the trim trail and climb-in sandpit.  

Visit from Robert Courts MP

We had a very special visitor in our assembly today, Robert Courts MP. Other visitors including Anne Davey from the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) and some governors joined us to hear all about what an MP does.

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Our children came to school this morning wearing odd socks to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome.  The odd socks were worn by us all to remind us of our similarities and to celebrate our differences.  Through the generosity of our families we raised £92.90 for the charity.  You can find out more about the Down Syndrome Association by clicking here.

Playground Update

Great news!  ODST have confirmed to us this week that they have awarded us a substantial grant to support our playground redevelopment.

This means we should be able to begin Phase 2 of the playground project in the summer holiday!  We still need to continue our fund raising efforts but, with your support, we should be on target to provide St. Mary’s children with a wonderful space to play and learn in the new academic year.

e-safety week

The children have spent a whole week learning about e-safety and how to be safer online.  As part of the week we asked the children lots of questions about how they can stay safe online.  You can read about the positive impact of the week on the children in our survey.

World Book Day

The children at St. Mary’s love reading and so today was the perfect opportunity to come dressed as our favourite book characters.  The snowy weather conditions didn’t put anyone off although there were clearly a number of thermal layers being worn under outfits.  

In amongst the characters there was Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Hermione from the Harry Potter series and a number of characters from Roald Dahl including Willy Wonka, the fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda. 

Year Two Pizza Making at Frankie & Benny's

Visit from Blue Cross

Gemma from The Blue Cross animal charity visited Reception this week as part of this term's topic, Do Cows Drink Milk?  Unfortunately, their educational dog was injured so Gemma brought along an animal puppet to explain how to look after and care for pets.

Chinese New Year

恭喜发财 or ‘happiness and prosperity’ to all our friends!

The children enjoyed a fabulous experience as part of our Chinese New Year celebrations today, when we were joined by Li Bin who shared with the children many traditions linked to Chinese New Year and presented the children with a number of small tokens to take home. In Reception it was a delight to watch some of the children joining together to re-enact a dragon dance.

In Reception it was a delight to watch some of the children joining together to re-enact a dragon dance.

 

Traditional Tales Wow Day

What a surprise on Friday morning to discover that the Reception teachers had disappeared and their places taken by characters from Little Red Riding Hood.  Mrs. Goodman was disguised as grandma but bore a strong resemblance to the wolf as well - very strange!