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St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Fownhope

What we nurture today, flourishes tomorrow

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School Day

At present, due to Covid-19, our school day runs slightly differently. 

 

Parents are invited to drop children off in the playground between 8:40am and 9:00am. Collections are staggered depending on your child's class. 

 

Assembly and Collective Worship

Assembly and Collective worship underpin the vision we have of nurturing the spiritual dimension of children and adults at school. These are a highlight of our school week. Our most recent Diocese inspection report states: “The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.”

 

Assembly with worship is held every day, led by members of staff and on a termly basis by visitors, such as the Rev. Moore or appropriate charities. Assemblies have a 'fruit of the Spirit' theme each month, for example, kindness, patience, love etc. The theme is then followed up in the classroom. 

 

Each Friday there is a special Good News Assembly when parents and family members are warmly invited to share the celebration of successes. Teachers and teaching assistants nominate a child from each year group for a Good News certificate. This may be for achievement, progress, helping others or showing acts of kindness. Other awards are also presented for swimming, sporting and special events. Children are welcome to bring in certificates for achievements gained outside school to be presented in Assembly. We regularly celebrate Tae Kwondo, gymnastics, music awards and have even presented a Blue Peter Badge on one occasion! We celebrate birthdays and invite family members to share in these.

 

At Harvest, Christmas, Easter and in July we hold services in St. Mary’s Church. All classes join in marking these important times in the Christian and our school calendar.

 

Special Days

Curriculum enrichment days are planned each term. These include specialist music days with local Maestro Pedro Brown, playground songs and rhymes with Alison Houlbrooke and recording our first CD at the studios of the RNC for the Blind in Hereford. Other arts events include an exhibition of framed children’s work and work with Arts Council funded specialists in Dance and 3D art. With generous support from PTFA we take all children to see live theatre performances at Christmas. We achieved the prestigious ARTSMARK Silver award at first attempt in 2009.

 

Teachers and pre-school staff are able to respond to any queries within the hours of 8.00 am and 4.00 pm during term-time weekdays. If any query is of an urgent safeguarding nature or is relating to the reporting of a positive Coronavirus case please contact the school office. The office is open between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm. Please be assured that staff will respond to your query as soon as possible within working hours, bearing in mind that teachers spend most of their day teaching and must prioritise the children's learning.  

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