Welcome Word

Welcome to St Mary’s RC Primary School. We are a one form entry school with a 78 place nursery school in Jarrow that also offers a two year old provision for up to 16 children.

Our Mission statement states what we are about and what we want for all of our pupils:

We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

(Archbishop Oscar Romero)

St Mary’s is a ‘family’ where children are nurtured, encouraged, supported and challenged to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment and both children and their families are included and  respected. Our Golden rules are moral values which underpin all the choices and decisions made by all in school.

Our most important Golden Rule is:-

“Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12

We are kind and helpful – we don’t hurt anybody’s feelings

We are gentle – We don’t hurt others

We listen – We don’t interrupt

We work hard – We don’t waste our own or others’ time.

We are honest – We don’t cover up the truth.

We look after property – We don’t waste or damage things.

Children are rewarded for demonstration of these values in school.  We hope to instil these values in our children to enable them to become independent, well mannered, confident, responsible and engaged young people and adults.

We believe that all children can achieve and we strive to provide the highest quality education and care to enable this to happen. We support all children to make sure they reach their full potential and make good or better progress during their time with us.

We deliver a Curriculum that is relevant to all children and allows for the highest levels of enjoyment and engagement. Each theme / topic is enhanced by a visit or visitor and ‘real’ learning experiences.

At St Mary’s we see ourselves as an extended family.  This is underpinned by our pastoral system where children from all year groups mix to become part of a family group. We care for each other and work as a team learning about PSHE topics, world news and British Values.  We actively help and support parents and families with concerns and issues as well as celebrate achievements with them.  We have an open door policy and staff members are always available to parents, carers, family members and pupils.

This website is intended to give visitors from our own community and further afield, prospective pupils and their families an insight into our caring, friendly, vibrant and successful school. We hope also that you will find it an accessible source of information and perhaps take the time to let us know what you think about our website. If you require a paper copy of any of our school documents please contact the school.

M.Graham           Head Teacher

Ordinal Numbers

After learning about ordinal numbers in our Maths lesson, we went outside to have races and ordered our friends depending on what place they came in and gave them their sticker. It was so much fun!

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Hockey Stars!

Last week, Year 6 competed in a hockey tournament with 16 other schools from the area. All of the students involved played tremendously well and we couldn’t be prouder of our silver medalists!

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Laudato Si

Children lead a liturgy all about ‘our home, the world’. Children shared what they were thankful to God for and let their worries float away in the water. A lovely liturgy attended by parents and friends of St Mary’s.

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PDSA visit to year 1

Year 1 had a workshop with a lovely woman called Tina from the PDSA. They learnt all about keeping animals safe, the work they do at the PDSA, and how they make sure animals are looked after and are healthy. Lots of children were keen to ask questions and share what they know about animals of their own.

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Structure club

This week at structure club, the children had to work out how to build a bridge that would be strong enough to allow the emergency services (a toy fire engine!) to cross it. They were given a set amount of money and had to work out how much money to spend on paper, paper clips and tape. They worked in teams and were all successful. Well done…

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Congratulations to our new head boy, Luca, and our new head girl, Gracie! You will be fantastic representatives for our school and your fellow students! All of our Year 6’s who made speeches today did an absolutely AMAZING job and should be very, very proud of themselves!

Another BIG congratulations to our new House Captains and Vice Captains, who made their speeches during pastoral care. Well done to everybody who took part in today’s celebrations! What a great way to end our week!

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Y4 Liturgy

This week our class liturgy was planned, organised and presented by some of the children. We opened the liturgy with one of our favourite hymns, ‘Gather’. We sat in a circle and the children sang and performed the actions beautifully.We listened to the story of Abraham from the book of Genesis, which is linked to our RE topic called ‘People’. The children took time for reflection as they passed a candle around the circle.For our mission we decided to ‘greet others with a smile’ and it is lovely to see the children carrying this out successfully.

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Year 1 Liturgy

Some children in Year 1 planned our class liturgy this week. They were excellent at leading the liturgy to the rest of the class and ending with one of their favourite hymns ‘Gather’. Children’s mission this week was to ‘greet everybody with a smile’.

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