What are our Christian values?


Important Information

Following our recent consultation period, the Governing Body of Folkestone St Mary’s Primary Academy would like to thank all those who have contributed to the process which has enabled us to revise our admissions criteria. The Governing body have taken in to account the feedback on the proposed changes to the Admissions policy and ensured that it enables us to ensure we fulfil our vision of ensuring that the community flourishes in Gods’ world. This can be viewed here.

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Harvest Festival: 
As per previous years we will be supporting the Rainbow Centre Harvest Festival Appeal. Donations for the Harvest Festival can be sent in from today. We would welcome any of the items listed in the poster; please can we ask that all food is  within date and unopened. 
Donations can be brought in with your child or handed in at the school office for the attention of Mrs Milton. 
Details of our Harvest Festival celebrations will follow shortly. Thank you for your support.

Harvest Festival:
As per previous years we will be supporting the Rainbow Centre Harvest Festival Appeal. Donations for the Harvest Festival can be sent in from today. We would welcome any of the items listed in the poster; please can we ask that all food is within date and unopened.
Donations can be brought in with your child or handed in at the school office for the attention of Mrs Milton.
Details of our Harvest Festival celebrations will follow shortly. Thank you for your support.
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4 days ago

Reception Class - Farmer Josh
During Receptions first full day of school we wondered through the grounds, as we were taking in all the new environments we stumbled across a Farmer! Yes, a real farmer. There he was, sat in the new outdoor Forest School barn and he looked very upset. One of the reception children was very brave and went to see if he was ok. It turns out he was very sad, he does not have any friends and it is his birthday soon. We put our thinking caps on and immediately came up with some fantastic ideas. We can be Farmer Joshs friends and to cheer him up we will throw him a party he will never forget. Together as a class we thought of many different things we need to get ready for his party. Keep an eye out for our party preparations!

Reception Class - Farmer Josh
During Receptions first full day of school we wondered through the grounds, as we were taking in all the new environments we stumbled across a Farmer! Yes, a real farmer. There he was, sat in the new outdoor Forest School barn and he looked very upset. One of the reception children was very brave and went to see if he was ok. It turns out he was very sad, he does not have any friends and it is his birthday soon. We put our thinking caps on and immediately came up with some fantastic ideas. We can be Farmer Josh's friends and to cheer him up we will throw him a party he will never forget. Together as a class we thought of many different things we need to get ready for his party. Keep an eye out for our party preparations!
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4 days ago

New Signs:
We hope you have seen our lovely new signs? They have really made an impact for signposting visitors and communicating our school vision. We are committed to ensuring that all of God’s children flourish. This means that we will strive to ensure that our children staff and parents of the community flourish here at St. Mary’s and that we all model our Christian values of Compassion, Friendship, Service and Forgiveness.
We would like say a huge thank you to Yellow Duck Signs for their help and support in making these wonderful signs.
Yellow Duck Signs

New Signs:
We hope you have seen our lovely new signs? They have really made an impact for signposting visitors and communicating our school vision. We are committed to ensuring that all of God’s children flourish. This means that we will strive to ensure that our children staff and parents of the community flourish here at St. Mary’s and that we all model our Christian values of Compassion, Friendship, Service and Forgiveness.
We would like say a huge thank you to Yellow Duck Signs for their help and support in making these wonderful signs.
Yellow Duck Signs
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4 days ago

Year 3 - France Class: 
 France class have been learning about all different types of words in their SPaG lessons this term. Today we made the most of the extended summer weather and took the lesson outside. The children were given words and had to work out if they were nouns, adjectives, adverbs or verbs and then create sentences using the words given. They made some brilliant sentences and had great fun doing the task.

Year 3 - France Class:
France class have been learning about all different types of words in their SPaG lessons this term. Today we made the most of the extended summer weather and took the lesson outside. The children were given words and had to work out if they were nouns, adjectives, adverbs or verbs and then create sentences using the words given. They made some brilliant sentences and had great fun doing the task'.
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4 days ago

The Reception children have settled into school beautifully. They have learnt their new routines, made lots of friends and explored their new environments. The Reception teachers are very proud of the way they all came into school seamlessly and settled into their new learning.

The Reception children have settled into school beautifully. They have learnt their new routines, made lots of friends and explored their new environments. The Reception teachers are very proud of the way they all came into school seamlessly and settled into their new learning. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Our Macmillan Coffee morning is next week, 27th September. If you would like to donate any cakes to help us raise money for this very worthy charity, we would be very grateful. We are hoping to beat last years total. 
Cake donations can be left at the school office for the attention of Mrs Harrison. 
Thank you in advance.

Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Our Macmillan Coffee morning is next week, 27th September. If you would like to donate any cakes to help us raise money for this very worthy charity, we would be very grateful. We are hoping to beat last year's total.
Cake donations can be left at the school office for the attention of Mrs Harrison.
Thank you in advance.MacMillan Coffee Morning:
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5 days ago

Year 2 - India
The children received a letter from Paddington Bear asking them to create a character description of him. They had to include lots of adjectives and ensure that they used finger spaces, capital letters and full stops where needed. Luckily, they were able to complete his request and have produced some fantastic pieces of writing

Year 2 - India
The children received a letter from Paddington Bear asking them to create a character description of him. They had to include lots of adjectives and ensure that they used finger spaces, capital letters and full stops where needed. Luckily, they were able to complete his request and have produced some fantastic pieces of writing
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5 days ago

Plastic Bottles:
Later this term we will be running a Remembrance Poppy workshop to make poppies for our Worship Garden in preparation for our Service of Remembrance. 
We would welcome any donations of used, clean bottles that we could use for this project. Any bottles not used will be recycled. Donations of bottles can be left at the school office for the attention of Mrs Harrison. 
Further details of the Poppy Workshop to follow.
Thank you.

Plastic Bottles:
Later this term we will be running a Remembrance Poppy workshop to make poppies for our Worship Garden in preparation for our Service of Remembrance.
We would welcome any donations of used, clean bottles that we could use for this project. Any bottles not used will be recycled. Donations of bottles can be left at the school office for the attention of Mrs Harrison.
Further details of the Poppy Workshop to follow.
Thank you.
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5 days ago

Latest Newsletter:

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5 days ago

Year 4 - Dover Museum: 
Last week, Year 4 went to Dover Museum to learn about what life was like for Ancient Britons from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  The children got to experience all sorts of activities such as artifact handling, clay modelling and a museum visit where they saw a reconstruction of a Neolithic settlement.  The children have returned to school full of excitement about our Stone Age to Iron Age topic and have enjoyed a History morning today.

Year 4 - Dover Museum:
Last week, Year 4 went to Dover Museum to learn about what life was like for Ancient Britons from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children got to experience all sorts of activities such as artifact handling, clay modelling and a museum visit where they saw a reconstruction of a Neolithic settlement. The children have returned to school full of excitement about our Stone Age to Iron Age topic and have enjoyed a History morning today.
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5 days ago

Attendance - Non-uniform day:
We are absolutely delighted to announce that this Friday we have a record breaking 12 classes in non-uniform. A huge congratulations for achieving 98%+ attendance goes to:
Adventurers Class 98.3%
Explorers Class 100%
Italy Class 99.3%
Spain Class 100%
India Class 99.3%
England Class 98.3%
France Class 98.6%
Burkina Faso Class 98.2%
Kenya Class 98.2%
Sri Lanka Class 98.6%
Brazil Class 99%
Canada Class 100%

An extra big well done to Explorers, Spain and Canada class for achieving 💯%
Thank you for helping us to achieve fantastic attendance results.
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6 days ago

Global Councillors:
This week some of our Global Councillors met for the first time, hopefully we will have them all next week.
One pupil is chosen from each class from Y1-Y6 to have a weekly session on global and school issues. 
They had great fun programming the BeeBot to travel to their class country on our large World Map.
We also shared a story about deforestation in Borneo.

Global Councillors:
This week some of our Global Councillors met for the first time, hopefully we will have them all next week.
One pupil is chosen from each class from Y1-Y6 to have a weekly session on global and school issues.
They had great fun programming the BeeBot to travel to their class country on our large World Map.
We also shared a story about deforestation in Borneo.
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6 days ago

Year 2 - International Work:
This year our Year 2 classes will be working with their two partner schools in India, both of which have had teachers visit  St Marys.
DAV BRS Nagar Ludiana India and  Shri Shikshayatan School Kolkata.
Last week they sent a welcome message and photo to these schools.

India Class
Hello - we are India Class! We are very much looking forward to sharing our learning with you over the year and you sharing your learning with us, too! 
We hope you like our picture - can you spot Paddington Bear? He is our class topic up until Christmas time.

England Class
‘This year we are looking forward to learning about Indian food and animals. We are looking forward to speaking to you on Skype hope you learn lots about England too.’

Year 2 - International Work:
This year our Year 2 classes will be working with their two partner schools in India, both of which have had teachers visit St Mary's.
DAV BRS Nagar Ludiana India and Shri Shikshayatan School Kolkata.
Last week they sent a welcome message and photo to these schools.

India Class
'Hello - we are India Class! We are very much looking forward to sharing our learning with you over the year and you sharing your learning with us, too!
We hope you like our picture - can you spot Paddington Bear? He is our class topic up until Christmas time.'

England Class
‘This year we are looking forward to learning about Indian food and animals. We are looking forward to speaking to you on Skype hope you learn lots about England too.’
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6 days ago

Last week, the Reception children and their families enjoyed a Party on the Playground! It was great fun to meet new friends and also see their new teachers. There was lots of toys and equipment to explore, as well as some yummy food to eat prepared by Mrs Milton. What a wonderful afternoon to welcome our new YR children to St Marys!

Last week, the Reception children and their families enjoyed a Party on the Playground! It was great fun to meet new friends and also see their new teachers. There was lots of toys and equipment to explore, as well as some yummy food to eat prepared by Mrs Milton. What a wonderful afternoon to welcome our new YR children to St Marys! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Year 2 - India 
The children were busy over the summer holidays creating some fantastic Paddington Bear artwork. The children shared these with the rest of the class and they are now proudly displayed in our corridor area.

Year 2 - India
The children were busy over the summer holidays creating some fantastic 'Paddington Bear' artwork. The children shared these with the rest of the class and they are now proudly displayed in our corridor area.
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7 days ago

Today is national TA appreciation day - We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to our fabulous team of Teaching Assistants who work tirelessly to support the staff and children here at St Marys.

Today is national TA appreciation day - We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to our fabulous team of Teaching Assistants who work tirelessly to support the staff and children here at St Mary's. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

Year 2 - Forest School: 
This week, in Forest school Year 2 were working on resilience and perseverance.They had to learn how to tie knots. Many of them had never done this before and for them it was a real challenge. Their teachers were really proud of them as by the end of the session most children had persevered and managed to tie a knot.They used the skill of knot tying in a game to see who could make the longest snake!
In the Forest school they chose to do a range of activities.  including building a den, climbing and balancing. Sawing wood to make discs was also a popular activity.
There was also a great bug hunt going on too and they were very excited to find a huge spider lurking under a log, this was followed by the discovery of another spider, which one child was absolutely convinced was the twin of the first spider because it was found so near it!
All the children enjoyed their session and it was a pleasure to see them so engaged in their activities.

Year 2 - Forest School:
This week, in Forest school Year 2 were working on resilience and perseverance.They had to learn how to tie knots. Many of them had never done this before and for them it was a real challenge. Their teachers were really proud of them as by the end of the session most children had persevered and managed to tie a knot.They used the skill of knot tying in a game to see who could make the longest snake!
In the Forest school they chose to do a range of activities. including building a den, climbing and balancing. Sawing wood to make discs was also a popular activity.
There was also a great bug hunt going on too and they were very excited to find a huge spider lurking under a log, this was followed by the discovery of another spider, which one child was absolutely convinced was the twin of the first spider because it was found so near it!
All the children enjoyed their session and it was a pleasure to see them so engaged in their activities.
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1 week ago

Year 1 - Forest School: 
This week, there was great excitement, as Year 1 came down to the forest school for their very first session.
Unfortunately, on Monday for Spain class, it rained!
However, they still had great fun jumping in puddles and feeling the rain on their faces. They listened to the sound the rain made as it dripped onto the poly tunnel shelter and played outside in the forest when it wasnt raining too hard.
Italy class had better luck with the weather on Tuesday. They played some games on the field to help them understand why rules are important and how to play fairly with their friends. Then they explored in the Forest school area.  Once again the mud kitchen proved to be a favourite choice along with the hammock and rope swings. 
They all had great fun exploring the new area and are really looking forward to their turn in the Forest school next week.

Year 1 - Forest School:
This week, there was great excitement, as Year 1 came down to the forest school for their very first session.
Unfortunately, on Monday for Spain class, it rained!
However, they still had great fun jumping in puddles and feeling the rain on their faces. They listened to the sound the rain made as it dripped onto the poly tunnel shelter and played outside in the forest when it wasn't raining too hard.
Italy class had better luck with the weather on Tuesday. They played some games on the field to help them understand why rules are important and how to play fairly with their friends. Then they explored in the Forest school area. Once again the mud kitchen proved to be a favourite choice along with the hammock and rope swings.
They all had great fun exploring the new area and are really looking forward to their turn in the Forest school next week.
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2 weeks ago

Year 4 - Visit to Dover Museum:
Please can we ask that any outstanding payments for this trip are paid via our ParentPay app.
Thank You.
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2 weeks ago

Year 6 - Literacy: 
This term, Year 6 are learning about The Shang Dynasty in Discovery lessons. Over the summer, we asked the children to research the topic and present their findings. We have received some fantastic pieces of work which were beautifully presented with even some facts inside fortune cookies!

Year 6 - Literacy:
This term, Year 6 are learning about The Shang Dynasty in Discovery lessons. Over the summer, we asked the children to research the topic and present their findings. We have received some fantastic pieces of work which were beautifully presented with even some facts inside fortune cookies!
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2 weeks ago

Just a little reminder...

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2 weeks ago

Year 3 - France Class:
Year 3 France class have been looking at ordering numbers up to 1000 this week. Yesterday they were tasked with being given a number between 0-1000 and putting themselves in order from smallest to largest and then largest to smallest without talking. They did very well and it was brilliant to see how well they have already grasped ordering such large numbers.

Year 3 - France Class:
Year 3 France class have been looking at ordering numbers up to 1000 this week. Yesterday they were tasked with being given a number between 0-1000 and putting themselves in order from smallest to largest and then largest to smallest without talking. They did very well and it was brilliant to see how well they have already grasped ordering such large numbers.
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2 weeks ago

Year 4  - The Creation Story: 
Last Friday afternoon, Year 4 went on a Wow Walk to find signs of Gods Creation as part of their learning about The Creation Story in RE.  The children took time to listen to Gods symphony and talked about feeling grateful to live in such a beautiful world.  They made great observations about the world around them such as noticing symmetry in flower petals and discussed whether or not this was evidence that the world was designed by a creator.  We collected some of our favourite things from nature to add to an artists pallet to take home.

Year 4 - The Creation Story:
Last Friday afternoon, Year 4 went on a Wow Walk to find signs of God's Creation as part of their learning about The Creation Story in RE. The children took time to listen to God's symphony and talked about feeling grateful to live in such a beautiful world. They made great observations about the world around them such as noticing symmetry in flower petals and discussed whether or not this was evidence that the world was designed by a creator. We collected some of our favourite things from nature to add to an 'artists pallet' to take home.
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2 weeks ago

Attendance - Non-uniform day:
This Friday, we have 3 classes in non-uniform. A huge congratulations for achieving 98%+ attendance goes to:
Italy Class - 100%
Australia Class - 100%
Canada Class - 98.8%

An extra big well done to Italy Class and Australia Class for achieving 100% attendance last week.
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2 weeks ago