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Brilliant Ball Skills

On Tuesday afternoon, a group of children from Year 2 and Year 3 took part in a Ball Skills Festival at Goals. The children had to practise different skills and even tested their agility and speed! They showed their fantastic football dribbling skills, their expert dodging and had a brilliant time. Well done everybody!


Our second Virtue to live by is the virtue of 'Thankfulness'. During our class liturgies we will be listening to scripture from Matthew's Gospel. "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We will be thinking about what gifts and talents God has given us. We will also be trying to share them with others whilst thanking God for giving them to us. 

Click on the link to see the liturgy that will be happening in all classes for the next three weeks. 

Plans for September 2021

21st July 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I am sure you are aware, the country moved into stage four of the government’s roadmap out of the current COVID-19 conditions this week, Monday 19th July. These changes will see the majority of the legal restrictions we have been subjected to being removed. However, from September 2021 and for the first half term at least, we will be treading very carefully, and we won’t be making any radical changes to the systems that we had in place last year. There are still many unknowns, although we are hopeful that things will return to some semblance of normality. We will gradually move towards the way we worked pre-Covid whilst keeping a close eye on infection rates and guidance from the DfE and Public Health.

When will school open in September?

  • School opens for pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 on Monday 6th September 2021.
  • School will be closed to pupils on Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd September (INSET Days).

I have a new child starting in Reception, what should I do?

Our new Reception starters will have a staggered start to St Marie’s, as we have done in previous years.

  • 13th to 15th September 2021 Reception pupils will attend school on a part time basis in small groups. Details have been sent to families.
  • 16th September 2021 Reception pupils in for full days.

What will drop off and collection look like in September 2021?

  1. To avoid congestion, we will continue to operate with some staggered start and finish times. However, these have been condensed and are as follows:

Year Group

Drop Off Time & Location

Finish Time & Location




8.40am at the main gate

3.10pm from the KS1 Playground

Gates will open at 3.05pm for collection from KS1 playground.

Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3

8.45 to 8.55am main gate

3.20pm from the KS1 Playground

Gate access at 3.15pm for collection from KS1 playground.

Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

8.45 to 8.55am main gate

3.20pm main gate

Will leave via the main gate – parents to wait outside school.

  • Children (Y1 – Y6) can come straight into school from 8:45am. We will ensure a member of staff is ready to receive them.
  • The school will close for all pupils at 3.20pm and the main access gate(s) will be closed at 3.30pm.
  • KS2 children will be dismissed independently at the end of the day. Please wait outside school when collecting them. Please contact school if you need any help with this.
  • Parents/carers will need to drop off their children promptly at the drop off points as above.
  • No parents/carers will be allowed on the school site at drop off times.
  • Reception and KS1 parents will be allowed on site to collect their children at the end of the day but we would ask you to leave the site immediately to avoid crowding and congestion in the KS1 playground.

Who can drop off and pick up my child?

  • To start with in September, we would ask that only one parent/carer will permitted to drop off and pick up your child(ren).

What about face coverings?

  • Face masks will no longer be required to be worn by adults on our school site apart from in pre-communicated circumstances.

How do I contact school in September?

  • Parents/carers will only be allowed into the school building by appointment only. Any correspondence/questions/queries are encouraged to be communicated via telephone or school email.


Will the children be in bubbles?

  • There is no longer any need for us to group the children in bubbles/class groups. This means that whole school activities like class assemblies, masses and performances will be allowed. We are planning to gradually introduce assemblies for Key stages and whole school over the first term. As some of our children have never experienced this, we will keep it to staff and pupils in the first half term. After October, depending on the situation we may begin to reintroduce parent assemblies, but we will be led by infection rates and whether it is safe to do so. The exact format of the each activity will be confirmed before the event.

Are there any changes to the wrap-around care?

Wrap around care will start our wrap-around provision from Monday 6th September 2021.

How will Breakfast Club provision run?

  • Breakfast Club will be open from 6th September at 7:30am until 8.40am each day and individual or block bookings will be possible at a cost of £5 per day. Places can be booked online under the clubs section of Agora for both Key Stages. The booking systems will be available from mid-August.
  • Please send your child to the usual breakfast club entrance.

How can I book After School Club?

  • After School Club (Kids Kabin) 3pm - 6.00pm. Please contact them on 07852877121 to book your sessions.

What will happen at lunch time?

  • We will no longer operate a staggered lunch time system and children no longer need to eat in bubbles.
  • Hot meals will be provided by Dolce and meals must be ordered via Live Kitchen as normal.
  • If your child is choosing to eat a packed lunch, this can be brought to school in a labelled lunch box as normal.
  • Free School Meals (FSM) can be applied for by clicking here. The process is quick and simple and could mean that our school receives over £1,300 per year for at least six years. If you would like any support with this process, then please do not hesitate to email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or speak to Mrs Graham in school.

What about school uniform?

All children will be required to wear the St Marie’s school uniform. Children must wear their PE kit to school on their PE days (see table below):



Day(s) to come to school in PE kit 

Reception (Mrs Grant/Mrs Draper)


Year 1 (Miss Healey)


Year 2 (Mrs Outram/Mrs Lamb)


Year 3 (Mrs Furniss/Mrs Shaw)


Year 4 (Miss Scriven)


Year 5 (Mrs Woodcock)

Monday and Wednesday

Year 6 (Mrs Fenton) 

Monday and Wednesday 


Is there any other important information that I need to know for September 2021?

  • Children and staff are not required to wear any form of PPE in school. The only variation on this will be where intimate care or first aid require staff to use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
  • The school will no longer be required to take part in any contact tracing and children will not be classed as a close contact after 16th August 2021.
  • If your child develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, they will still be required to isolate.
  • Staff will continue to complete regular Covid-19 testing until such a time it is deemed no longer necessary.
  • The school will continue to be kept well ventilated and cleaned on a more frequent basis.
  • Remote education will still be provided for any pupils forced to isolate due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

We all hope that the new arrangements will be sustainable, but we are also aware that case numbers may still be high in September. As a school, we are planning for September closely aligned to the new government guidance, however, we do need to be prepared for the possibility that we may have outbreaks in the future and may need to respond differently at that point. We will of course contact you if any national or local guidance changes especially if we have to change any plans at short notice.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at school if you need any further information.

Looking forward to see you all in September. Have a great summer!

Yours faithfully,

Mr J Fernandes


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