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Four children from St Mary's will switch on Tetbury's Christmas lights on Friday 3rd December with the Olympic Gold Medalist Tom McEwan


Children at St Mary's school entered Tetbury Town Council's Christmas Tree Decoration competition to win the chance to switch on the town's Christmas lights.  The four winners will also help choose the best Decorated House in Tetbury between the 10th- 16thof December. 

All the decorations entered into the competition will be displayed on the Tetbury Town Council Christmas tree at St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival from the 4th of December.

Tetbury Town Council would like to thank all the children that entered the Christmas Tree Decoration Competition, Mayor Ann Pearce has never seen so many fantastic pieces of art work. The children deserve a huge round of applause for their hard work. All decorations will be displayed on Tetbury Town Councils Tree at St Saviours Christmas Tree Festival from the 4th of December.

Thank you to the Feoffees for their most generous donation of funding for us to purchase another set of 30 iPads and a charging trolley. 


iPads are one of the tools we can use in a classroom to bring education to life. Having one iPad per pupil during a lesson provides endless access to information and interactive education makes learning more memorable and engaging.

We are extremely grateful to the Feoffees for their continued support. We recently had cause to look at the original trust deed of the school and came across a document written in 1848 which identifies the vicar and church wardens as the trustees of the school and the Feoffees as the managers. Who would have thought in 1848 that they would be providing iPads to the children of Tetbury in 2021!

The PTFA would love everyone to join them in celebrating the end of term by taking part in a non-uniform day this Friday 22nd October. 


Children may wear what makes them happy and comfortable. However, all clothes and footwear must be practical for a day of learning and expected weather patterns. 

** No fancy dress items are allowed. 

We ask for a gold coin in exchange for being allowed to wear non-uniform to raise money for our school. This can be paid via Parentpay or direct to your child's class teacher. 

Thank you for your support,

St Mary's PTFA

We are delighted that author and illustrator Hannah Shaw will be visiting St Mary’s Primary School on Monday 18th October.


Hannah has written numerous book including Unipiggle and Princess Pea, The Scruffs and Stan Stinky and has illustrated her own books as well as others written by Dick King Smith and Julia Donaldson.

During the afternoon, Hannah will talk to children in years 1-3 about her books. Children will learn how to create their own magical stories and then take part in a step-by-step drawing session with characters from the book.

We are very grateful to Herewood from The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop who has helped organise this visit. Children in years 1 -3 can pre-order a copy of Unipiggle or any of Hannah’s books. Please contact the YLB as Hannah is happy to sign any books ordered through them.

Back in the spring Mrs Higgs (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Maisey (Chair of Governors) started a 184 mile challenge to walk the Thames path to raise money for St Mary's.  


They have spent many weekends walking the Thames path and finished the last leg of this amazing challenge on Saturday 25th September. 

WE'VE DONE IT.

It was a grey old day in London... but just amazing! We started off crossing the Millenium Bridge and seeing the Globe, then winding our way around Canary Wharf and the O2 arena, the 12 miles to the barrier were certainly the most industrial terrain we have encountered.

We treated ourselves to a boat trip back up the Thames through the barrier and all the sites we had walked past that day, it was just superb 😁

Thank you to all our donators and supporters, if you haven't had a chance to donate yet, the fundraising page is open until 1st October (link here Chris & Liz Walk The Thames (donatemyschool.com) or you can of course pop in to see the office staff to drop in any cash donations.

We will be keeping our social media pages live, as we don't think we have finished with our adventures yet!!

Chris & Liz Walk The Thames - DonateMySchool

We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to the Coventry Building Society for their recent donation of £2,236. 


Each year the Coventry Building Society in Tetbury donates 1% of the total balances held in their Supporters Accounts (School PTA), this is separate to the interest given to the account holders.

This year this resulted in a donation to the school of £2,236 which we will use to improve the school resources for the benefit of all our children. 

Thank you to all the parents and local residents who hold a Supporters Account.

Details of the Supporter Account which is offered by The Coventry Building Society can be found on their website www.thecoventry.co.uk or by phoning their Tetbury branch on 01666 502692.

We are looking forward to starting the new school year on Monday 6th Septmember and to welcoming our new families who are joining us in Reception and other year groups. 

This letter explains the arrangements for returning to school on 6th September. 


The school office will be open between 9am and 3pm on  Thursday 2nd September and Friday 3rd September if you have any questions about the new school term.  Please ring us on 01666 502275 to speak to us or email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Year 6 children and Mrs Woolley featured on the local ITV news.


In case you missed it here is a link - fast forward to 21:44 minutes for the piece on our school. 

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2021-07-05/catch-up-itv-news-west-country-west-for-bristol-gloucestershire-somerset-wiltshire-and-dorset

The government is clear in its intention for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong multi academy trust. They believe that strong MATs are the best structure to enable schools and teachers to deliver consistently good outcomes for pupils.


The Governors of St. Mary's C of E Primary School are keen to ensure that St. Mary's does not become isolated and that we become part of this changing landscape for schools. We are fortunate in that we have the Corinium Education Trust locally and we have been in discussions with their CEO Chiquita Henson and Graham Russell, the Chair of the Trust about joining their MAT.  

Letters & Meetings

The letters below are part of start of a consultation process with staff, parents and the wider community. 

Consultation Letter to Parents 

There will be a TEAMS meeting for parents on Monday 28th June at 6pm to discuss this further. Parents should have recieved an invite to this meeting from the school.  If you haven't recieved this invitation please email the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Consultation Letter to Community

A meeting for members of the community will be held online at 6pm on Wednesday 30th June to discuss the proposal further.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a link to this meeting. 

Questions

If you have any questions about this consultation please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will be answer annoymously at our parent and community meetings.

 

21st June to 30th June is World Wellbeing Week and we are supporting this by selling Happy Hippos.


Each Happy Hippo purchased will enable a child in Africa to have 30 pieces of fruit. 

Hippo

  • leaf
  • royal
  • dolphin
  • sheep
  • heart
  • balls
  • butterfly