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Wednesday 1 July 2020
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Headmaster's Roundup

Dear Parents

As we arrive at the end of the most unusual term any of us will ever remember, I reflect once more on the way in which the whole school community has risen to the significant challenges and pulled together in the face of uncertainty. I applaud my colleagues for their hard work and creativity in quickly moving the whole school's learning online while continuing to offer pastoral support from afar. In the past few weeks they have worked even harder to ensure the safe return of all pupils before the summer break. I see, firsthand, the levels of commitment and I could not ask for more. They are brilliant!
 
I would also like to thank you, our wonderful community of parents, for the vital support and encouragement you have given us, particularly in the last few weeks when we have had the children back at school. It has been much appreciated by us all.
 
You will have received a separate letter from me today which I hope has reassured you that we are confident that the children’s learning has not been significantly impacted and you really must not worry. Any catching up can be done in the autumn but the majority of children really have thrived under the challenging circumstances, learning new skills and displaying the sort of resilience that we strive for at Reigate St Mary’s.
 
The last week and a half have been very special with lots of fun learning activities going on around the school. The end of term 'virtual assembly' can be viewed above and this shows a little of what has been happening within our bubbles in school, as well as some super work that was going on at home when we were all still in lock down. 

At the end of this term we say goodbye to a fantastic member of the teaching staff. Mandy Freeman joined as head of English and drama a decade ago and she has brought so much to the school in her time with us.  With her incredible ability to develop children's interest in reading and cultivate in-depth writing skills, she has been simply superb.  Over the last couple of years she has reduced her hours, working predominantly with the 11+ children, but she has always remained a wonderful colleague and we will miss her creativity and good humour. As Mandy takes her retirement we wish her every enjoyment over the coming years.

And finally, we have just discovered today that the school has been shortlisted for Independent Prep School of the Year 2020. What a wonderful way to end the term and well deserved recognition of the fantastic community of parents, teachers and children we are lucky to have at Reigate St Mary's.
 
I wish you a restful summer break.
 
Marcus Culverwell
 
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School Notices

School Uniform


SWOTS is open for business with new safety measures in place. They expect July and August to be busy and are encouraging parents to order early if possible. This can be done via www.schooluniformonline.co.uk.
Second Hand Uniform - A message from FOSMA - We know at this time of year parents are often looking to buy or sell items of second hand uniform. It has not been possible for FOSMA to hold uniform sales or access the supply currently held at school. We are working with the school to provide an online system for uniform sales and purchases, and will send more information about this shortly.
 

The School Site


The school site will be closed from Monday 6th July for two weeks. It will not be possible to access the school during this time and the School Office will be closed. It will reopen again on Monday 20 July.
Year 6
Team Sculptures
Year 6 produced some wonderful team sculptures out of natural objects they found at Hartswood. Year 6 parents will receive a special bulletin tomorrow with photos and videos of the children's final days at RSM.
Kindergarten
Thank You 
A message from the teachers - Thank you to our Kindergarten children for a brilliant academic year. We have loved seeing you all grow and flourish and are so proud of what you have achieved! We wish you a fantastic summer holiday, and all the best for Reception at RSM or your new school.
Betty Webb
The Interview
This is a wonderful recording of 94 year old Betty Webb being interviewed on Zoom by Year 5 last week. The children made thank you videos afterwards which can be seen below.
A Glen Miller tribute for Betty.
An acrostic poem for Betty.
Year 5
Art Work
Year 5 (bubble 5HW) put their artistic skills to work to create this wonderful piece of collaborative art. They also enjoyed making letters during Forest School.
Sport
Athletics

Although we have been unable to hold our traditional inter house sports day this year, the children have all had the opportunity to come down to the field and compete in their bubbles in six events: - sprint, long jump, discus, javelin, ball throw and 200 m. 

Well done to all the children who worked so hard on every event, particularly last week when the temperatures were so high. 

RGS
A Year Like No Other
Reigate Grammar Headmaster, Shaun Fenton, reflects on 'A Year Like No Other'.
Year 3
3D Pictures
Year 3 did some amazing 3D artwork on the theme of Swallows and Amazons.
Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Ways to Wellbeing are based on research by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Click here to find out more.

Here are some ways you can support your family's wellbeing this summer:
  • Take Notice /Connect - Sharing time as a family, where everyone takes turn to speak and listen to each other. You could have times when you focus on gratitude (three good things), kindness (what did you do today that was kind?), pride (what have you done today to make you feel proud), highs and lows, curiosity (Question of the Day)
  • Keep Learning – Try something new this summer, get out of your comfort zone!
  • Give – Try to do something for a local charity. There are many food banks around. More information can be found on the Loveworks website or see the request for donations below. 
  • Be active – Go outdoors, get some fresh air and spend time together. You could get involved with the Tokyo Olympics - children can log in their home exercise and work together as a team to take part in Tokyo 2020.
  • Reflect - The summer might be a good time to reflect and acknowledge what has happened. Whilst dwelling on the coronavirus situation may not be helpful, it is important that we acknowledge the scale of what we have all been through these past few months. There are many resources for parents out there. Your child might have had worries about returning to school in September. You can explore these and help them to think of ways to manage them using the resources here
  • You could also sign up to parent newsletters from Emma Gleadhill, a specialist in psychological wellbeing, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships. More below.
Emma Gleadhill - Getting Ready for September
In her most recent newsletter Emma talks about thinking about what the basics are that you want to do to set your family up for being well rested and ready to start a new school year in uncertain and different circumstances. The sorts of basics she recommends are:
  1. Good and sustainable sleep habits in terms of quality and quantity. 
  2. Improved self-regulation and balance around screen-time (no arguments when boundaries (which have been collaboratively arrived at and agreed) are up.
  3. Reading - 20-30 minutes every day. 
  4. Outdoors time, fresh air, togetherness. 
  5. Activities that involve some creativity and planning - from cooking to den-making, these will enhance the executive functioning of your child. 
  6. Connection time
  7. Wellbeing practice.
  8. Reflecting on values. Modelling courageous leadership in our families. Using teachable moments to talk about what’s important, what we stand for etc.
She believes if children return in September grounded in a bedrock of a reasonable routine, in tune with themselves, with boosted communication and connection skills, with wellbeing and self-regulation skills topped up, then they are going to be adaptable and available to learn. 
In fact, she says, especially as we emerge from this time of disruption, threat, change, and uncertainty - focusing more on developing our children’s executive functioning through playful activities and connection, is going to do more for them in the long run. Much research suggests that strong functioning skills are better predictors of success in life and life satisfaction than grades in maths and English.
 
In Nature
Forest School
There has been lots of activity in our Forest School over the past few weeks. The children made some wonderful things including gratitude trees to help them remember all the things they are grateful for and colourful God's Eyes.
Writing Competition
Black Lives Matter
TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood have launched a 500 Words writing competition. Children between the ages of five and 13 are invited to submit their creative writing on the theme, Black Lives Matter. The closing date is 3rd of July.
St Mary's Church
Food Bank Collection

A Local Food Bank Support Request 
Covid-19 has impacted our community in many ways, including loss of income for many families and there has been a significant increase in demand for food from our local Food Banks. The Food Bank at St Matthew’s, Redhill is providing about 100 food parcels per week and is in need of more food to give out   

St Mary’s Church, Reigate is organising a ‘drive through’ Food Bank collection point on Sat 4th July, 10:00 – 12:00 at the Church Centre.  Just bring your donations by car or foot and follow the volunteer instructions to keep social distancing.  Donations of priority FOOD items are needed from this Shopping List. (For further information please contact Mark Johnson: 07833 401516 or Jo Silcock 078 1010 7009) 

 

If you are able to bring a donation, please can we ask the following: 

·         - No perishable, out of date food, alcohol or medicines;  

·         - Please use bags / boxes that do not need to be returned; 

·         - If coming by car: 

o    - Please place donations in the boot of the car - clearly identifiable; 

o    - Please follow directions as to where to park; 

o    - If possible, please do not get out of the car at the Drop-Off point  

o    - With your permission items will be lifted out of the car boot by a volunteer. 

Sal's Shoes
Thank You
A very big thank you to Years 4 and 6 for participating in the Sal's Shoes collection. The outgrown shoes will be delivered to the charity at the end of this week.
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