Headteacher’s Blog

April 2017

It was lovely to see you all at our recent Bingo, I’m sure you will agree a good time was had by all!

Our recent Topic afternoon was well attended with parents and Grandparents engrossed in their children’s learning. We hope that you enjoy these occasions.

A big thank you to FSMS for taking on a last minute booking that became available for the whole school Wednesday afternoon, where M&M Productions the leading children’s theatrical company kindly did a whole production of The Railway Children, it was truly amazing.

It was a pleasure to see everybody at the Family and Easter Service here at St Mary’s.

This term WATER has won with the most team points and will enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt today.

St Mary’s have raised an excess of £500 for Comic Relief and The East Africa Appeal.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.


March 2017

Thank you to FSMS for arranging the Scholastic Book Fair in which £575 worth of books were bought with just over £200 commission raised for the school.

World Book Day was on Thursday 2nd March we would like to give a huge thank you to Mrs Day for reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in French that was enjoyed by everyone.

St Mary’s would like to welcome back Mrs Lucy Stevens who will be one of our Deputy Nursery Leaders along with Ms Megan Melbourne who started with us this week. Mrs Karen Francis will continue as Acting Nursery Manager until September. Claire Holtz will be Nursery Assistant and Clare Williams our new M.D.A will start with us next week. I look forward to seeing you all here in the school hall at the Celebration of Family Service on Friday 24th March at 2 p.m.


January 2017

Welcome back to school, we wish everyone a Happy New Year (although a little belated as we have been back three weeks already)!

We are very pleased to announce that Mr & Mrs Travers had a baby girl in the Christmas holidays; we are sending our best wishes to them both.

Roads and parking

As you know, the roads around the school and some of the estate have not yet been ‘adopted’ by the council.  This has caused the school a great deal of worry, concern and problems in the 13 years or so that we have been waiting for this to happen.   If the roads were adopted this would mean that the school could have the correct road markings to warn drivers about children and we could have no parking zones and correct speed limit signs for our school.  As you can appreciate this is of the utmost importance to make sure that our children, staff and parents are safe.  With this in mind we urge you to consider how you park especially to the entrance of the school and the pavements as inappropriately parking prevents coaches and emergency vehicles accessing our site.  Please do not park in the Disabled Parking bays at the front of the school unless you are a Blue Badge Holder. Thank you for cooperation.

Before Christmas, letters were sent home asking you to send letters to Councillor Walsh expressing your concerns on the state of the roads on this estate.  We hope many parents did do this to support our ongoing dialogue with the Council regarding this matter.

Last Monday the Mayor of Gillingham visited our school and talked to all the children in Collective Worship about his role.  I was particularly proud of our School Council members who had prepared some very thought provoking questions for the Mayor.  Later in the school year our School Council will visit the Town Council.

Cathy Cluett our Nursery Manager has resigned from her position at our school. Cathy has worked at St Mary’s for almost 6 years and has been the manager for just over 4 of these years. Cathy has taken the decision to pursue a career outside of early education and childcare. Cathy’s last working day will be Friday 10th February; however, as this is an INSET day her last day with the children will be Thursday 9th of February. We are very grateful for the dedication and commitment that Cathy has given to our school and particularly to the role she has taken in leading and developing our Nursery. I am sure that you would all like to join me in wishing Cathy every happiness and success in her new venture.


December 2016

What a busy term! I hope you have enjoyed all the Advent and Christmas festivities at school, as much as we have. During the last few weeks the school is full of Christmas music and excited children as we all enjoyed

the Christmas performances led by Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. St Mary’s audience raised £140.21, thank you so much.

The Christmas Fair last Friday was a great success raising £1327.25. Thank you to all the Committee members of Friends of St Marys (FSMS) and also to you for all your continued support.

Shooting Stars Nursery had a wonderful afternoon yesterday with their Christmas crafts and sing-along.

We would like to say goodbye and send our best wishes to Mandy Loveridge from Nursery who has been with us for 4 years. We would like to also welcome Mrs Ali Buck, Class Teacher who will be teaching in Year 3 after Christmas.

The children from St Mary the Virgin Primary School have all received their own Bible to keep. The charity Bibles for Children funded the Bibles for Year 2 – 6 but the clergy team from St Mary the Virgin Church felt that the whole school should receive one so the congregation of the church kindly raised the remaining funds to enable Reception and Year 1 to also be included. The Bibles were presented individually to each child as part of the school’s Collective Worship by the clergy team from St Mary’s Church.


November 2016

As you know Mrs Travers will be leaving us in December to go on Maternity Leave, therefore we are very pleased to announce that Mrs Ali Buck has been appointed as Class Teacher for Year 3 (Mars Class) on a Thursday and Friday and that Mrs Laura George will continue in Year 3 from Monday to Wednesday starting from January 2017. Also from January Miss Wall will teach Year 2 (Neptune) on a Friday. In Year 4 (Saturn) Class Miss Wall will be teaching Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Smith Wednesday to Friday.

Thank you St Mary’s for your support in raising funds for our local Food Bank we raised just under £150.

We are very pleased with the homework projects that have been coming in and are currently displayed along the corridors. I hope you have enjoyed seeing them when you have attended Parents Evening.