Spring 2014 Newsletter5 minute read

The Easter holidays are finally here! It seems a long time since the half term and the children are tired and ready for a break.

Staffing changes

As you know I am leaving the school at the end of the summer term. This has been a big decision to make as I love this job and the school! However there comes a time to take stock of your life and think of all the other things you want to do. Now is one of those times for me! I have mixed emotions, as you can imagine!

Mrs Lee will also be taking a maternity leave as she is expecting her second child. She will leave at the end of the summer term. We have appointed a new teacher to cover for Mrs Lee. Mr Crabtree will be joining the school in September and will be teaching Year 5.

Some teachers are moving year groups. Classes for September are as follows:-

  • Nursery: Mrs Bosah
  • Reception: Mrs Keeling
  • Year 1: Mr Pitts
  • Year 2: Mrs Woodcock
  • Year 3: Miss Callow
  • Year 4: Mrs Wilson
  • Year 5: Mr Crabtree
  • Year 6: Miss Joyce

This half term has been very busy and filled with lots of interesting events. The children in Key Stage 2 have been involved in activities as part of the transition programme we have in place with Whitcliffe Mount School. Some members of staff from Whitcliffe Mount have visited the school and Year 5 have spent the day at the school to gain experience of what it is like to be a pupil at a high school. There are other events planned to support the huge transition to High School with Whitcliffe and BBG over the summer term.

The children who represented our school in the Swimming Gala were:

Breast Stroke Girls:Emma Tierney2nd place
Breast Stroke Boys:Thomas Burrow1st place
Back Stroke Girls:Ella Loveday4th place
Back Stroke Boys:Alex Hughes4th place
Front Crawl Girls:Edith Hodgeson1st place
Front Crawl Boys:Gilbert Clough6th place
Freestyle Team:Emma Tierney, Amy Johnson, Edith Hodgeson2nd place
Reserve:Jamie Dyson

They did an excellent job. Our girls came 2nd place overall and we came 3rd as a school overall against other local schools.  Our best results ever! Well done team! We also won the Best Banner Award – AGAIN! The shield is on display in the school reception area.

Netball Team

Our netball team have played a number of games against schools in our 10 Primaries partnership. During this time they have improved greatly and are now a formidable team! Thank you to Mrs Mel Hughes and Mrs Colling for coaching them to success!! Well done!

The summer term is going to be as busy as ever as you can see from the events list sent out earlier in the week. All of these events are also listed on our Events Calendar.

Year 6 Newspaper

The children who run the school newspaper organised an Easter Bonnet competition. They did it all by themselves and even bought the prizes themselves. They found the judging very hard as the quality was so good! Eventually they made a decision!

Winners of Easter Bonnet competition

  • 1st Prize: Emma Tierney, Year 4
  • 2nd Prize: Maya Konieczny, Reception
  • 3rd Prize: Jessica Wilson, Year 5

The Easter Bunny provided by the school meals service was won by Eve Szwarc in Year 3. Lucky girl!

Lent Appeal

This year we are supporting the Forget Me Not trust, a charity that supports families with poorly children. The money raised from the Chocolate tombola and sponsored events will be donated to the charity. I will let you know the total once we have all the sponsor money in. We also supported the local food bank for families in need. Again I want to thank you for your generosity. The people from the food bank were amazed at the response we got.

Thank you for your support.

PE Kits

Please ensure your child has a proper PE kit for the summer term, not holiday type clothes as they are not appropriate for PE lessons. Your child will also need a pair of pumps or trainers for outdoor activities.

School Uniform

The following applies to the school uniform during the summer term:

Girls are able to wear school dresses. The colour is Blue and white check or Navy/White check

Boys are able to wear grey school shorts (not sport’s shorts) and short sleeved white shirts with tie.

Please ensure your child has sensible footwear for school. Flip flops, strappy sandals and heels are not safe for school. May I also remind you that earrings must be removed for PE, dance and swimming for safety reasons.

Admission to Nursery

Please ensure you put your child’s name down for the Nursery in good time. Some parents do this when they are babies! It helps us to forward plan but more importantly it means your child will receive their full entitlement.

SMASH: Home and School Association

The winners of this term’s ‘outstanding contribution to school’ award are as follows:

  • Reception: Beth Jones – Always does the right thing. She is a pleasure to teach and it is lovely to see her confidence grow.
  • Year 1: Jack Pickles – An absolutely delightful boy! Always keen to learn, enthusiastic and cheerful. What a star!
  • Year 2: Codi Bedford – For making super progress in all areas. Improving her attitude towards her own learning and school life.
  • Year 3: Freya Hughes – For making fantastic progress this term in reading. Also for being a good friend and having a positive, cheerful attitude all the time.
  • Year 4: Freya Thornton – For excelling in her writing, reading and understanding. She is a joy to teach and constantly surprises me!
  • Year 5: Logan Gledhill – For making a special effort to develop and improve his literacy work. He takes every piece of advice on board to improve his writing.
  • Year 6: Ellie-May Clegg – For working really hard towards her targets and never giving up. For having a really positive attitude to school work.

School website

Keep up to date by logging onto our website. There is lots to see! www.gomersalstmarys.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: @StMarysGomersal


The school closes for the Easter break on Friday 11thApril and re-opens after the holidays on Monday 28th April

The school will be closed on:

  • Monday, 5th May – May Day Bank Holiday
  • Thursday ,22nd May – Local and European Elections
  • Friday, 23rd May – Staff training

I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and we get some good weather!

Mrs Scott, Head Teacher

Mr Pitts currently teaches Computing to the whole school along with some other subjects during teacher's PPA time. He runs this website and makes sure it all works smoothly, most of the time!