St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Welcome to Saint Mary's website.

 We hope you are well and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and half term holiday.  Every blessing for Ascension Thursday this week. With the children in school we have started the Pentecost Novena, ready to celebrate Pentecost on May the 31st.

The Government is aiming to have a phased re-opening of schools in England from June the 1st, which St Mary's has been busy working on. The phased re-opening will begin with the Foundation class, Year One , Year 6 and the Key worker and vulnerable children only. The other year groups will continue to learn at home, until there is further advice from the DFE that the whole school can re-open. Our first priority is the safety of the whole school community. We have been guided brilliantly by the central team at the St  Thomas Aquinas Trust, who have ensured that we complete a rigorous risk assessment, have essential and increased cleaning equipment in place and have organised the school to accomodate social distancing measures to the best we can. How-ever we know it is difficult particularly for the younger children to do, so more formalised settings have been organised in smaller groups. Please read the letters above, summary of the risk assessment and information on how this has been organised, particularly take note of the entrances for the different year groups, Foundation class- The Hasting's Street entrance only from 9a.m to 9.20a.m, Year One 9a.m to 9.20 and Key worker's children 8.40-8.50- The front school entrance only and Year 6  -8.40-8.50 the school gate on the church drive on Ashby road only, start and end times and what children can bring to school. Due to the need to work in small groups of 15, your child may be taught by other class teachers in the school and not just their class teacher and be in another classroom, than their usual one. We have endeavoured to group children by friendships and educational needs, but they will be learning, eating and playing in these groups and may find these new arrangements difficult to begin with.  Please show your child the photographs below, so they know what to expect.

We always value the support and co-operation from our wonderful parents and carers and ask for the time-being that only 1 parent or carer brings and collects their child from school, remaining outside the gates/ front entrance, adhering to the 2metre rule and that you ring, email or message the school for queries, only coming into the front entrance for emergencies. Please also contact the school before June the 1st, if your child is in those specified Year groups above and requires a school dinner.

Distance learning will continue to be placed daily on the Year Two, Three, Four and Five class pages only, with suggested timetables from June the 1st. The English and Maths are essential activities, whilst other areas are 'could' subjects. Please do not feel that it all has to be completed and other home learning activities are valuable too.   Please call the school, or use the homework email account- if you need any help, but we have also loved seeing all their wonderful work, giving feedback through class dojos and sharing it on their class pages. We appreciate and thank you for helping the children.

St Mary's staff from June the 1st will be working in school and will respond to queries on the homework email account or on the office phone number. Please contact us to see how we can help, especially if you do not have access to the internet or children are using a phone or sharing laptops, a pack of work can be produced.  Class teachers will be aiming to ensure they have had contact from each of their pupils during the week, either through the homework email account, Class dojo or by phoning. We thank parents for all they are doing to keep their children learning and focused in the term time and will increase strategies for providing feedback for your children's hard work. We look forward to when the school can re-open to all pupils, as we have missed you greatly.

Thank you, stay safe and God Bless!Image preview

 

  

This week's Missionary Disciple challenge This weeks challenge it Pentecost based; taking inspiration from the Disciples, our challenge this week is to share a message of love or hope with someone in a different language. Remember to take a photo or video showing the challenge being completed and send it to Tom Shannon by thursday. Perhaps this could be something a group of students do in school, to send a message to friends still at home. Perhaps it could be a written message, or something done with sign language. 

You can view all of the last three weeks entries, and this weeks challenge here: http://chaplaincyblog.aquinas-cmat.org/2020/05/06/missionary-discipleship/

It would be fantastic to see loads of entries again this week, especially as Tom Shannon the CMAT Chaplain will be on the live stream this week and would love to be able to give a shout out to our schools and marvel at all of the good work live on the show. Send in photos or videos showing your child completing the Missionary Disciple challenge to TShannon@aquinas-cmat.org  by this Thursday so that they can feature on the 'Friday Night Live' live stream at 6pm on friday. There will also be an area on the Trust chaplaincy site where all of the entries from our Schools will go. Thank you.

The photographs below show the temporary setting out of the classrooms and spaces around the school to enable safe social distancing where possible. This is in order to minimise risk to children and staff.  The playgrounds will also be zoned into halves enabling children to play in  their groups of no more than 15 children.

Home Sports Day Photos

 

Well done everyone who took part in

St. Mary's Sports' Day on Friday 24th April! 

Can you spot yourself?

Home Learning

Please see your child's class page for activities which are updated daily.

English and Maths curriculum pages also have more resources available to help with your children's work.

**Extra recommended websites for home learning towards the bottom of this page**

Due to the school closure which will take effect from Monday the 23rd of March, work for children will be on their class pages. You do not need to print off the work, children can work in exercise books provided and can bring these in when school re-opens. Thank you.

As we couldn't have Achievement Assembly every Friday - but want to say a big thank you and well-done to everyone learning at home and especially to mums and dads for being brilliant teachers this week - please see the certificate below. Have a great weekend and please look at class pages on Monday for next week's work.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have developed a self-care kit for primary school aged children which is aimed at looking after their emotional health and wellbeing during this time. The kit covers lots of topics, including staying healthy, handling emotions, letting go of worries and staying connected, plus some fun things to do whilst at home. There are breathing exercises, advice on conversation starters, a postcard that can be filled in with a message to family member or friend they are missing and much more. It can be downloaded from the Health for Kids: Grownups website: https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/grownups/healthy-minds/download-our-health-for-kids-looking-after-yourself-kit/

Congratulations on your hard work! Mum's and dad's too!
Congratulations on your hard work! Mum's and dad's too!

Welcome to the Saint Mary's Catholic  Primary School website.

Thank you for visiting our website.  We are a warm, welcoming, family orientated and fantastic one form entry Catholic Primary School located in the heart of Loughborough on Hastings street. Our school has amazing diversity with caring, spiritual, creative and dynamic pupils and staff. St Mary's is a member school of the St Thomas Aquinas Multi-Academy Trust, with all the Catholic schools in Leicestershire. We are very well situated with our location so close to St. Mary's Parish church, the University, College and Loughborough town centre, enabling the school to use these resources imaginatively in our curriculum planning. With the Catholic ethos at it's centre, it is an exciting place to learn and work, with coaching and nurturing of all at it's heart. 

Please do visit the school to see all the wonderful opportunities, great range of extra curricular activities, after school care, pastoral care and the exciting and collaborative curriculum we have on offer or have a look at our class pages and tweets below.

We look forward to welcoming you.

If you would like to visit our fantastic school, please contact the school office on 01509 212 621 or email : office@stmarys-rc.leics.sch.uk .

The school's Office Manager Mrs Cavanagh, Office Admin Mrs Moore or I, will be happy to answer any queries. Should you require any information from this website to be made available in print form, please also contact the school office on the phone number or email above.

Miss P Jordan

Headteacher at St Mary's School

Coronavirus update:  St Mary's School are following the advice and guidance of Public Health England to the letter, and the Multi-Academy Trust we belong to is monitoring this and updating us daily.  We will keep parents informed of any changes to this advice on a daily basis as necessary.

Home Learning Recommended Websites

Please see English curriculum page for lots more websites for free activities.

To practice your spellings at home, take a look at https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

For further Maths practice, take a look at https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

More Maths activities here  https://www.themathsfactor.com/

10am on a Tuesday and Thursday have fun drawing http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

Let children take a break and enjoy listening to a David Walliams' story https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

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