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Newsletter - Term 1 2021-2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our first Newsletter for this academic year.

It has been a very busy term and the pupils have had a wonderful start to the year. We have welcomed some new pupils to the St Mary’s community who have settled in and been made to feel welcome by everyone.

Over the summer break, the school had a lot of work undertaken to enhance the learning environment for our pupils. This included the installation of our new security gates. We are really pleased with how these are working and how they support us in keeping our children safe.

Our Summer provision was a huge success and pupils enjoyed a range of exciting activities; during the last day they ended with a movie and ice cream! We hope to be able to offer this again in the future.

During this term we have seen the introduction of new awards adding to our Stars and Principal’s Worker of the Week. The new awards are; Citizenship Award and Reader of the Week. This enables us to celebrate the success of our amazing pupils more broadly.

You will have received information regarding Parents’ Evening in November; this will give you an opportunity to meet with your child’s form teacher and gain an overview on how your child is progressing. Next term we will also be sending across the link to complete our parents’ questionnaire. Your feedback is always welcome and is very important to support us to continue to improve our communications and partnership working.

Pupils in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 recently had the opportunity to participate in football trials, looking to gain a place on the St Mary’s Football Team. The support for this was overwhelming and, as a result of its popularity, we have forged a partnership with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club; they will be coming into school in Term 2 to deliver Football Skills Sessions as part of our Period 6 curriculum offer. 

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are really pleased to be offering a Residential Trip in May 2022 for our Key Stage 3 pupils. This will be at Hindleap Warren Education Centre and offers the children a fantastic opportunity to participate in a variety of adventure activities.

Looking ahead to next term, it’s packed with a variety of events that St Mary’s are participating in, these include; Harvest Festival Celebration, Children In Need, Anti Bullying week starting with Odd Socks Monday, and the term ending with our Christmas dinner!

We have attached next term’s Topic Mats; if you have any questions regarding these please contact your child’s form tutor directly. 

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy half term and I look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 1st November (residential on Sunday 31st October). 

Newsletter - Term 1 2021-2022