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Summer term 2019

Welcome back!

The summer term is always really busy and with such a short first half term, it makes it busier than usual. However, we have lots to look forward to!

  • Y5 and 6 will be going to Walesby Forest for their residential in May,
  • Y4 will be going to Castleton for their residential in June,
  • Mr Kirtley has started his Forest School sessions with Reception, Y1, Y2 and Y3 
  • Sports Day is on June 25th,
  • The Y5 and Y6 production, Hoodwinked, is on July 8th and 9th
  •  St Mary's Has Talent is on July 10th

The nicer weather also means that the children can spread out at lunchtime and playtime - it is lovely to watch them playing on the grass.

Let me know if school can be of assistance to you; we will do our best to help.

Spring Term 2019

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this new year is good for you all and your new year's resolutions are kept.

After the busy end to the Autumn term, the Spring term is a relatively calm time and everyone can look forward to a settled routine with lots of hard work! I know the teachers have been planning lots of interesting learning activities for the children to get involved with.

This half term, Y2 will be visiting Lotherton Hall, Y6 will be receiving cricket lessons and both Y6 and Y5 will be going litter picking around Tickhill as part of our community work. We all have a Valentines disco to look forward to in February.

After half term, at the beginning of March, we will celebrate our love of books with World Book Day and then Y3 will be excited to go on their residential visit to Sherwood Forest! I can't wait! The Spring term will finish with Y5 leading us in our Easter Service at St Mary's Church. Everyone is invited to attend.



Autumn Term 2018

Welcome back! We all hope you had a lovely summer and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. A sunny summer to remember!

Over the holidays we had contractors in KS2 for the whole of the six weeks. Hopefully the children have noticed the new lighting, suspended ceilings and extra sockets that are now in place. The contractors have done a wonderful job and we are very happy with the outcome. 

We also have a new perimeter fence between the playground and the graveyard which extends all the way to the top gate. Again, we are very pleased with the result.

Our new caretaker, Mr Mellon, has also worked incredibly hard - we have repaired benches in the KS1 playground, new safety barriers outside YR and Y1 classrooms, pressure washed soffits and repaired cupboards to name just a few of his projects. 

The first day of school for the children, September 5th, was the calmest and quietest first day back in years! All the new starters settled quickly and had a good day. 

This September we welcome several new members of staff. We all hope they will be very happy with us. Massive congratulations to Mrs Over and Mrs Wortley who both had baby girls in August. I am sure that we will see the new arrivals in school soon.

If I can be of help to you, please stop me in the playground or contact the office for an appointment.

Summer Term 2018

Welcome back! The first week of term has been horrible weather wise - good job it's lovely inside school!

Over the holidays, KS1 hall was decorated and new blinds and curtains were fitted. Together with the new wiring and new ceilings, KS1 is looking very smart. Hopefully KS2 will be given a make over in the summer holidays.

All the children have returned smart and ready to learn. Already, Y4, Y5 and Y6 have been out of school on a visit and I know that Y1 have a visitor booked too. 

Next month (May) sees SATs taking place in Y2 and Y6. We will do all we can to ensure that these are as stress free as possible.

Let's hope that summer comes soon - I think we are all ready for some blue sky, to feel some sunshine and to play on the grass!

Spring Term 2018

I hope you all had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year and are now looking forward to everything the Spring term has to bring.

Year 5/6 will start the term off with an athletics competition at Sir Thomas Wharton - good luck!

The NSPCC will also be visiting St Mary's to talk to the children in assembly about staying safe. Year 5 & 6 will then each have a workshop to explore the ideas in more detail.

The first half term will finish with Year 2 having a multiskills festival, again at Sir Thomas Wharton.

In the second half term, Year 5 will commence their weekly swimming lessons and Year 3 will be going on their overnight residential on March 1st to Sherwood Forest! It will be very exciting and I am sure they will all enjoy themselves.

Year 5 have a visit to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and Y4 will play in a dodgeball competition.

Year 5 will finish the term by leading our Easter Service in Church - all parents and carers are warmly welcomed.


Even though this term is so short, the children and staff will all be very busy. If you would like to help in school for an afternoon (or two) a week you would be very welcome. Please ask at the office or stop me in the playground if I can be of any assistance.

Thank you for your support

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome back!


A warm welcome to all our new children and parents and a warm welcome back to everyone else! I hope you had a lovely relaxing summer and that the children are ready again for some hard work.

We welcome Miss Matthews in Y1 and also Mrs Powell, the new Teaching Assistant in the Reception/Year 1 class. Mrs Renshaw will be teaching the Nursery/Reception class until October half term. We hope they will be very happy with us.

This summer the library in KS2 was painted as part of the PTA funded refurbishment. Thank you! It looks wonderful and will be soon up and running. Mr Wildgoose has been busy sanding and varnishing floors; many children have commented how shiny they are! New smartboards will shortly be fitted in the Nursery/Reception class, Reception/Y1, Y5 and the library. All classrooms now have the latest equipment.

In October, the re-wiring of KS1 will start which will require Y2 to move out of their classroom for the last 4 days of this half term. However, when the children return in November, Y2 should have suspended ceilings with new LED lights and extra sockets in the classroom. The KS1 hall and entrance area should also have new lighting. Exciting!

The re-wiring of the KS2 building will hopefully take place during the next financial year.

As always, please contact the school office or any member of staff if you have any queries. We will be happy to help.


About St Mary's

We are a happy and caring school with about 220 children on roll.  Our school is beautiful, both inside and out; we have a very large field and are situated only a short distance from St Mary’s Church.

As a school we are committed to developing the partnership between home, school, church and the community. These links help enable our children to develop intellectually, spiritually, morally, emotionally and culturally. 

We are proud to be a Church of England School and we promote the Christian values of care, understanding and tolerance. We are a school which accepts, loves, forgives and trusts, which helps our children’s confidence to grow through the love of God and our commitment to each other.

While professing the uniqueness of the Christian faith, we welcome all children regardless of parents’ belief.

We endeavour to offer a safe and stimulating learning environment where our children are happy and enjoy their learning.

Why not come and visit us? You will be made very welcome. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or to arrange a visit.

We look forward to working in partnership with you.


Janet Sanderson

Head Teacher