St Mary’s is a delightful school set in the heart of Slough town centre at the end of the high street. Currently we have approximately 523 pupils on role but this number will grow by 30 (at least) in September 2014 when we become a three-form entry school.
St Mary’s is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school but was set up to serve the needs of its local community whatever their culture, faith or religion; this makes St Mary’s a unique school as its largest population is Muslim. We accept all children here and believe that by working towards one goal under one roof helps us all to be better citizens, accepting of all, no matter where they are from, their abilities, their gender or their beliefs. The school values its working relationship with parents to enable children to do their very best.
At St Mary’s we all strive towards delivering and achieving an excellent standard of education for all children; this is underpinned by our core values of Love, Forgiveness, Responsibility, Honesty and Respect which permeate the school at every level. As a UNICEF Level 2 Rights Respecting School we also think carefully about incorporating the 42 Articles outlining the rights of children into our work. The school also holds the Eco-Schools’ Green Flag Award for its excellent contribution to building a sustainable world for our children to live in.
I have only been at St Mary’s for one term but love the genuine warmth of the staff and the polite, well-articulated children who are quick to say a smiley ‘Good morning, how are you today?’ and then to hold open doors for adults to pass through. St Mary’s is a school that lives and breathes its core values, a school to which you are most welcome and to which you must consider a visit.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.
Mrs Rachel Cross
Term Dates 2014-2015
Autumn Term 1
Opens: Wednesday 3 September 2014
First day of term for children is Monday 8 September
Closes: Friday 24 October 2014
(Holiday: 27 October - 31 October )
Training Days: 3 September, 4 September, 5 September, 24 October
Autumn Term 2
Opens: Monday 3 November 2014
Closes: Friday 19 December 2014
(Holiday: 22 December - 2 January)
Spring Term 1
Opens: Monday 5 January 2015
Closes: Friday 13 February 2015
(Holiday: 16 February - 20 February)
Spring Term 2
Opens: Monday 23 February 2015
Closes: Friday 27 March 2015
(Holiday: 30 March - 10 April)
Good Friday: 3 April ; Easter Monday: 6 April
Summer Term 1
Opens: Monday 13 April 2015
Closes: Friday 22 May 2015
(Holiday: 25 May - 29 May)
Summer Term 2
Opens: Monday 1 June 2015
Closes: Wednesday 22 July 2015
Children finish Tuesday 21 July
Training Day 22 July
29JanSlough Museum Saturday Club
For many years we have been involved with Slough Museum and the great projects run in the town for schools and local people. We look forward to many more opportunities at school
In the meantime, there are often FREE events for families including ‘Slough Museum Saturday Club’, for FREE family arts & crafts activities at the museum, every other Saturday, 12.30pm-2.00pm. No need to book, just drop in!
Past events have included: making a traditional Indian style shoe, making a medieval style stained glass window and making festive ice skater pop-up cards.
Forthcoming FREE events at ‘Slough Museum Saturday Club’ include:
Saturday 8th February. 12.30pm-2pm - Hobby Horses! (Make your own Hobby Horses and join in with racing some!)
Saturday 22 February, 12.30pm-2pm - Celebrate Slough’s rich cinema heritage and make your own mini-cinema! (This will fit in very well with our film work across school this term!)
Slough Museum is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11.30am-4.00pm. Admission is Free!
For more information, please follow the link to see the website.
26JanHoliday Club at The Windsor Boys’ School
Please follow the links to find out more.
We are always looking to develop even stronger links with our local libraries! We continue to visit Slough Library in Years 2, 4, and 6 and welcome their librarians when they work with us at school in Nursery, Reception and Years 1, 3 and 5.
We are especially excited to be involved with the rebuild of Slough Library and its stunning new replacement ‘The Curve’ due for completion this autumn. Once complete it will house a brand new library, cafe, and museum, performance venue, learning rooms and a computer suite for us all.
Our involvement will include:
Years 1 and 2 building workshops.
An art competition for Years 3-6 on ‘buildings of the future’ (with the winning four pictures displayed on hoardings around the building site in town and the overall winner photographed for a time capsule.
Year 5 and 6 (science/ DT) materials workshops.
And further future opportunities too we hope.
For more information, please follow the link to see the website.
16JanWeekly Soccer Clinic
Please find attached a copy of the latest flyer for a weekly soccer clinic at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre.
13JanSlough Football Coaching
Please find attached a copy of the latest flyer from Corinthians Football Coaching showing new courses and dates for players from as young as 3 to sign up to.
05DecChristmas Soccer School
Please follow the link to read information about Christmas Soccer School.
01DecStoke Poges Residents Letter
Please read the letter from Network Rail about the planned work at Stoke Poges Lane Bridge and a vehicular diversion route.
18NovCarols at Christmas
If families do attend we would love the children to dress up as shepherds, kings, farm animals, stars angels etc.- All welcome! The service usually lasts about 45 minutes.
Please follow the link to read the information.
05NovFlu Jab Information
Please follow the link to read information about the Flu Jab.
21OctOctober Soccer School
Please follow the link to read information about October Soccer School.
Our certificates assemblies will take place next week on Wednesday 22nd at 9.05 for Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3, and on Thursday 23rd at 9.05 for Years 4, 5 and 6.
Please see who is receiving a certificate this time.
Parents can book an appointment time with their child’s teacher by choosing a time on the clipboard for that class.
Clipboards will be on a table in the playground before and after school next week from Monday to Wednesday – please make sure you book your Parent Teacher Consultation. Don’t miss out!
If you have more than one child, you will need to book individual appointments with each teacher.
Appointments will be available as follows:
Tuesday 21 October – from 3.30 to 4.50 pm
Wednesday 22 October - from 3.30 to 4.50 pm
Thursday 23 October – from 3.30 to 6.45 pm
19SepLynch Hill Enterprise Academy Open Day
Please follow the link to read information about Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy’s Open Day.
Please follow the links to read the information about the collection arrangements at the end of the day.
Please open the following documents to ensure you register for free school meals from September 2014. Irrespective of the new Universal Infant Free School Meals, you still need to register if your child is eligible for free school meals as this brings in vital funding for additional human resources and learning support for your child which otherwise the school would not be able to provide.
Please follow the link to read a letter from the Head regarding parking at school.Please Read!
Our value for January is Thankfulness.
‘Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.’
Psalm 106 verse 1
This can be found in the Old Testament part of the Bible.
After School Clubs
We are currently reorganising the clubs. The information will be made available soon. Thank You.