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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2017

Principal’s Corner
November has been a busy time. Remembrance Day is an important day in the school calendar at St Mary’s. We remember those who died to ensure our freedom and our British way of life. Many of the fallen actually attended our school as children and were playmates. This year was partic-ularly poignant, as it is 100 years since the guns fell silent in the bloodiest battle on Passchendaele Ridge, in Flanders Fields, where so many fell in 1917. Edward Jones talked to the Juniors about how cap badges and medals help us to re-search War History. Then at 11am the whole school walked to the memorial at the church and remembered the sacrifice in silence. Year 6 read a First World War poem followed by John Gerrish reading a prayer.
On Friday 17th November the children arrived dressed in their favourite spotted outfits for Children in Need Day. Beforehand, the children had been busy collecting loose change from mums, dad, grandparents and friends, and they eagerly began creating a huge Pudsey with their coins.
At School Council, Adam Little suggested that we had a Bake Off for the staff! Everyone had to bake and decorate a cake and the children paid a fee to taste them and vote for their favourite. Mr & Mr Kyles won the competition with a very unhealthy looking chocolate hedgehog. The children also brought in their teddy bears and later in the day Mary Powell judged the best dressed spotty bear, in the Infants William and Maisie won prizes and in the Juniors a prize went to Erin for a bear: who was wrapped up in a very warm scarf!
It was a tremendous day, much enjoyed by the children and staff with the hidden message of helping those who are disadvantaged and need support. They raised a staggering £365.
A sponsored run also added to the coffers so very well done to all who ran and supported.

Sport
On Fridays the Juniors have been swimming, and are all working furiously to achieve their next badges. The Juniors are currently following a 6 week gymnastic block at the Aspire Dance Studio. Below is Charlotte demonstrating her suppleness. Football will continue on Mondays until it gets too dark.