Opening the school door yesterday morning was a joy as I was greeted by familiar faces dressed as wonderful book characters. In amongst the characters there was the beanstalk, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Hermione from the Harry Potter series, the Cat in the Hat, the Book Fairy and Percy Jackson.
Year 1 have been studying space as part of their topic this term, ‘Moon Zoom’. And surely, (except for a St. Mary’s rocket trip!) there could be no better way of experiencing the galaxy than by journeying into the sky and seeing the stars close up which we did with a visit to a mobile planetarium.
Our Year 2 children joined a number of other Witney schools on Tuesday to participate in the Year 2 Partnership concert. The children performed the story of ‘Penny the Raindrop’, which was a marvellous way to learn about the water cycle through singing and narration.
Year 2 visited Frankie and Benny's as part of this term’s topic ‘The Scented Garden’. The children had great fun designing and making their own pizzas. The icing on the cake, or the pepperoni on the pizza, was that they got to take their wonderful creations home to eat and share with their families.
The whole school took part in a magical celebration for Chinese New Year today. There were drums and dragons wherever you looked!
The children in Reception Class showed lots of enthusiasm when they came to school dressed as a character from a Traditional Tale. A vast range of Traditional Tales were represented including; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and The Three Little Pigs.
This week we received an early Christmas present from the Friends of St. Mary’s when over 400 new books for our library arrived.
Wednesday 12 December saw St. Mary’s stage two performances of the Hoity-Toity Angel in St Mary the Virgin Church. The church was packed with families and friends joining us to celebrate our Nativity. The performance was wonderful!
St. Mary’s had a special visitor this week! Pudsey Bear joined us on Tuesday and reminded us to support Children in Need by bringing in a donation and wearing something ‘spotty’ on Friday 16 November.
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.
This year St. Mary's families have once again generously filled shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by www.teams4u.com.
On Thursday, Year 1 met lots of exotic animals during their visit from Amate Animalia. The visit helped to enrich the children’s learning and was part of the introduction to their new topic ‘Paws, claws and Whiskers’.
The new term got off to a WOW start when the school became awash with Year 2 children dressed as pirates. They made a frightening sight as they sang sea shanties and scrubbed the decks.
On Friday 28 October 2018 our playground was officially opened by Mr. Robert Courts MP.
Come and visit St. Mary’s!
Thursday 3rd November 2022 and Tuesday 22nd November 9.30am-10.30am
There will be an opportunity to tour the school and visit our purpose built Reception suite. Our Executive Headteacher and staff are waiting to welcome you.
If you have any queries, please contact the school:
Tel: 01993 702387
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.
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.
This week the excitable Year 2s went on an action packed trip to Warwick Castle as part of their topic, 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'.
The children in the Reception class displayed great sportsmanship at the Early Years Athletics morning organised by sports leaders from Henry Box School.
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.