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Sports Day 2019

Wednesday was the perfect day for our Sports Day and the children participated in every event with enthusiasm and full of team spirit.  The Sporty Strawberries were triumphant as the overall winners.  A very big thank you to Miss Atkinson for organising such a superb morning with some different challenges for the children to tackle. 

We were also very lucky to have several Year 10 Sports Leaders from The Henry Box School who not only helped us out on the day but also on our rehearsal morning, so a huge thank you to them as well.  We hope they will be able and willing to come back again next year!

Warwick Castle

The Year 2s went on an action packed trip to Warwick Castle to conclude their learning for the topic, 'Towers, Tunnels and Turrets'.  The weather was glorious which meant that we could see for miles once we reached the top of the tower.   

The Great Fire of London

Today, we were amazed to see our Year 1 children come to school in clothing from the seventeenth century.  Mrs Brannan and Mrs Morris looked rather splendid in their costumes as did their courtiers. 

Science Day

On Tuesday all our classes took part in a fantastic ‘materials’ workshop presented by Ian from Science Oxford.  The session began with the children thinking about what a ‘material’ was and which materials were in their classrooms and why certain materials were used for certain jobs e.g. why is a table made from wood and metal and not paper and string.

Year One Trip to Lea Wood

On Tuesday, the Year One class had a wonderful trip to Lea Wood on the Filkins Estate for a fantastic day outdoors in amongst the bluebells.  We went on a walk hunting for woodland creatures and had to make it through the Troll Trap safely.

BeSpace

Our library was completely transformed this week by ‘BeSpace’ into a quiet and inclusive space perfect for thought, prayer and reflection.  

BeSpace is an organisation that creates prayer and reflection spaces to help pupils engage with spirituality and prayer in a creative, experimental and safe way.

Farmer Gow's

The Reception class were very excited to visit Farmer Gow's this week.  We were able to bottle feed lambs and kids as well as taking part in the feeding of the adult sheep and goats.  We even got to cuddle the chicks!

Red Nose Day

On Friday 15th March the children came to school dressed to impress all in red for Red Nose Day in aid of Comic Relief.  Their generous donations will be put to good use by this worthwhile charity.

World Book Day

Opening the school door yesterday morning was a joy as I was greeted by familiar faces dressed as wonderful book characters. In amongst the characters there was the beanstalk, from Jack and the Beanstalk, Hermione from the Harry Potter series, the Cat in the Hat, the Book Fairy and Percy Jackson.

Year 1 Visit to the Planetarium

Year 1 have been studying space as part of their topic this term, ‘Moon Zoom’. And surely, (except for a St. Mary’s rocket trip!) there could be no better way of experiencing the galaxy than by journeying into the sky and seeing the stars close up which we did with a visit to a mobile planetarium.

Year 2 Witney Partnership Concert

Our Year 2 children joined a number of other Witney schools on Tuesday to participate in the Year 2 Partnership concert. The children performed the story of ‘Penny the Raindrop’, which was a marvellous way to learn about the water cycle through singing and narration.

Visit to Frankie & Benny's

Year 2 visited Frankie and Benny's as part of this term’s topic ‘The Scented Garden’. The children had great fun designing and making their own pizzas. The icing on the cake, or the pepperoni on the pizza, was that they got to take their wonderful creations home to eat and share with their families.

Chinese New Year

The whole school took part in a magical celebration for Chinese New Year today.  There were drums and dragons wherever you looked!

Traditional Tales Wow Day for Reception

The children in Reception Class showed lots of enthusiasm when they came to school dressed as a character from a Traditional Tale. A vast range of Traditional Tales were represented including; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and The Three Little Pigs.

Books Galore!

This week we received an early Christmas present from the Friends of St. Mary’s when over 400 new books for our library arrived.

The Hoity-Toity Angel

Wednesday 12 December saw St. Mary’s stage two performances of the Hoity-Toity Angel in St Mary the Virgin Church. The church was packed with families and friends joining us to celebrate our Nativity. The performance was wonderful!

Children In Need

St. Mary’s had a special visitor this week! Pudsey Bear joined us on Tuesday and reminded us to support Children in Need by bringing in a donation and wearing something ‘spotty’ on Friday 16 November.

Remembrance

This week Mrs Grier was accompanied by four children to The Corn Exchange to see the mosaics created by Witney Schools to commemorate the end of World War 1. The exhibition was stunning.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

This year St. Mary's families have once again generously filled shoeboxes for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal coordinated by www.teams4u.com.

Visit from Amate Animalia

On Thursday, Year 1 met lots of exotic animals during their visit from Amate Animalia. The visit helped to enrich the children’s learning and was part of the introduction to their new topic ‘Paws, claws and Whiskers’.