This week Mrs Grier was accompanied by four children to The Corn Exchange to see the mosaics created by Witney Schools to commemorate the end of World War 1. The exhibition was stunning. A generation of children have created something very special to acknowledge the centenary.
On Sunday 11 November our school participated in the Witney remembrance parade as we recognised the sacrifices made, not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too. Mrs Grier and two Year 2 children laid a wreath on behalf of Witney Primary Schools This was a great privilege and we were honoured to represent our primary school community.
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
This year St. Mary's families have once again generously filled shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by www.teams4u.com. T4U are a small charity which aims to transform communities by empowering parents and children through education, healthcare training and teams.
A huge thank you to our families for supporting this charity.
Grand Playground Opening
On Friday 28 October 2018 our playground was officially opened by Mr. Robert Courts MP.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.