St Mary The Virgin Church of England Primary School – October 2019

Learning with love, strength and faith, following the example of Jesus

By the time you are reading this in October, our wonderful new Maple children, who joined us in September, will be well settled into the school routine with the invaluable help of their Year 6 buddies, who look out for them throughout the day. We also welcomed some new faces to our staff team in September, namely, Annette Funnell, our school secretary; Lizzie Jane, who has joined our TA and our SEND teams; and Sophie Murdoch, our new Willow class teacher. We are very grateful to Miss Lewis, who stepped in as our Head of School for the last two terms in addition to her roles at Chiddingly and East Hoathly. However, we are very pleased that Miss Hare has now been appointed as Head of School at St Mary’s and she will continue to do some teaching too.

With the new academic year, our school has acquired some fresh new looks over the holiday period. Hopefully, you will have noticed the smart school sign at the end of the driveway, which was designed for us by Mr Martin-Lawrence. Inside, there has been a bit of a swap-around. Cherry and Willow classes have both moved rooms, giving them both easier access to the outside play areas. The old Willow class has now been transformed into an extra learning space for small group work. The children were able to get used to their new spaces in the final week of last term although some people do still go to the wrong room by mistake! We are very grateful to all those volunteers, who helped with moving furniture on Ground Force day back in July, and to Joe, our caretaker, for co-ordinating their efforts and for the extra work that has gone on during the holidays. Inside, we have smart new bookshelves in the corridor and a new first aid area, while outside, we now have astroturf around the edge of the playground, so the children can use the whole space in all weathers.

As brains get recharged after the long holiday and learning gets underway, the children have some exciting topics planned for the term. Lilac class are studying World War 2 and have already had some air raid practice. On hearing the siren, they must immediately stop what they are doing and make themselves as small as possible under their tables. They are already empathising with the folk of the time about how unpredictable and inconvenient it was! Willow class are immersing themselves in Tudor history while Cherry class are finding their way around the human body with ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ as their topic. Maple class’s introduction to topic work comes in the form of ‘Once upon a time’.

If you would like to come and visit our school and see what we get up to or know of anyone who would like to join us, we have an Open Morning later this month, so please contact the school office for more details (Email:

Juliet Stirrat

Forthcoming School Dates

Wednesday 2nd October - Harvest Festival in St Mary’s Church at 9:00

Tuesday 15th October - Awe and Wonder Day: British Values theme

Saturday 19th October - Open Morning 10:00-12:00

Friday 25th October - Last day of Term 1

Monday 1st November - First day of Term 2