Headteacher: Mrs J. Laycock
Chairman of Governors: Mr M. McNamee
Cookham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7EG
Telephone: 01628 622570
Fax: 01628 674237
"To the greater glory of God"
The mission of St. Mary's school is to educate our children for life as Christians in the community. Jesus and his teachings are central to all that we do:
Our school aims to:
§ Provide the experience of belonging to a Catholic community
§ Promote active commitment to the wider community
§ Provide an education of the highest quality.
Saint Mary's is the Primary School of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish. The church is situated half a mile away from the school. It was founded in 1871 by Fr. Richard Davis, on a small site at the junction of Forlease Road and Bridge Street, Maidenhead. The school moved to a site at St Joseph's church in 1882. In September 1974 we moved to our present site with more spacious accommodation, a large playing field, outdoor heated swimming pool and pleasant surroundings. The St. Mary's Catholic Pre-School, for pupils aged three years to five years, is located in our grounds. Many of our pupils spend their pre-school years there and we enjoy close links with each other.
Saint Mary's school has an excellent record of service to the Catholic population of the area.
We are a Voluntary Aided Primary school being owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and maintained by the Diocese and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Letter from The Headteacher
In St. Mary's we aim to create an orderly, welcoming environment where the Gospel values of love, peace and justice are reflected in the behaviour of all members of the school community.
Prayer and worship play an important part in our daily school life. Through getting to know Jesus our pupils learn how to behave in an acceptable manner and the importance of love and respect for all.
We concern ourselves with each individual in the school community. Our children are encouraged to develop their full potential in every area through the provision of a curriculum which is suited to the individual's needs and stage of development. Strong links between Home, School and Parish are of great importance and we strive to maintain and strengthen these in as many ways as possible.
Please request a prospectus from the school it will give you an insight into the life and work of St.Mary's. We hope that you will find the prospectus interesting and informative and that you will decide to visit our school with your family.
St. Mary's RC Pre-School
St Mary's RC Pre-School
Supervisor: Mrs. Michelle Truman
Telephone: 01628 627013
Fax: 01628 674237
Our Aim is:
· To enhance the development and education of children aged 3-5 years in a parent-involving Roman Catholic Pre-School.
· To provide a friendly, safe, secure and stimulating environment.
· To work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and their families.
Mornings 9.00 am-11.45 am (Monday - Friday)
Afternoons 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm (excluding Wednesday)
Prices available upon request
Information accurate at the time of going to press - June 2003
We have been inspected by the Office for Standards in Education
OFSTED) and meet their requirements for participation in the Nursery Education Scheme.
All 4 year olds receive funding for up to 5 sessions from our local education authority.
If you would like to visit please phone for an appointment.
St. Joseph's Parish Youth Club
Please note there is no December newsletter, as I've not been in the mood to do one!!
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We meet - on the 2nd Sunday of every month - contact the church for further details.
Open to all young friends of the parish - e.g. church goers, St.Mary's old boys and girls, and their personal friends.
Most members are of secondary school age - but one or two are slightly younger
Table-Tennis / Mini-Snooker / Playstation / Dance Mat / Music / More
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SCALEXTRIC LAP RECORDS
1 minute 25.50 seconds - set by Bea on 12th September 2004
1 minute 26.37 seconds - set by Bea on 12th September 2004
SPECIAL NEEDS NOTE
We will make every effort to accommodate youngsters with Special Needs. Please contact Robert with any questions
Some time in 2001 - Parish Activities Fayre. The "Youth" are consulted about what they want. Basically it can be summarised by "something to do"!
Later in 2001 - PPC sets up a Youth Working Group, and a number of ad hoc events are arranged
Autumn 2003 - An offer is made to run a Youth Club when it becomes apparent that the ad hoc events aren't exactly going at full speed - but this is delayed until September 2004 for family health reasons. The biggest problem now seems to be storage
Winter 2003/4 - The "club" acquires a mini-snooker table and a Playstation. Hurrah! Something to do at last.
Spring 2004 - The Youth Club is first advertised - and more people volunteer to help with the running!
Sept 12 2004 - We're off! The first Youth Club night. 10 people (5 boys, 5 girls) come along - plus 4 helpers. That's enough to make the club viable, and there are promises of more next time. Age range is 9 to 16 - quite a range, but everyone seems to get on fine. The Subbuteo football is the first real casualty - as two goalkeeper's are broken! Scalextric is quite a hit, with the girls dominating the best times - well done Bea, Ashleigh and Alice - but watch out, as Kit was improving all the time. The boys bring their own games for the Playstation, and supply the music.
Sept 14 2004 - The PPC want to carry on their Youth Working Party in the parish, to help set-up other youth events. There is a suggestion that these meetings take place at the Youth Club - in the kitchen! That way, people who come along to these meetings can help serve drinks, but also speak to real young people about their ideas
Sept 14 2004 - A quick decision is made that the Subbuteo will not work, and an order is placed for a table-tennis table instead. It's more a table-top rather than a table - we have insufficient funds and insufficient storage space for a proper one - but it will certainly be fun
Oct 10 2004 - The second Youth Club evening sees the hoped for rise in numbers from 10 to 15. A good mix of boys and girls, and ages. It also sees the launch of the SJYC Newsletter
Oct 11 2004 - Hmmm..... Carolyn Bell has got herself a job which involves working on Sunday evenings - which means that Robert is faced with child-minding issues! Is this the first threat to the club?
Oct 13 2004 - A Spirograph set is donated to the Youth Club - which prompts the idea of a games and activities box, featuring things which aren't always out, but people can grab as they wish
Dec 9 2004 - We got a few more small games at the Parish bazaar - which I guess is good. The December club will be a Christmas Celebration. Mince pies, Hot dogs and Christmas Crafts. Should be fun. Hopefully Carolyn will not be working on Sunday's after this one, so it will mean that supervising the club will not be such an issue. A huge thanks to everyone in the parish for the many donations for the crafts
Feb 2005 - Junior Youth Club for St.Mary's School. Good fun, but rather mad! We'll ahve to consider the format if we're going to run this in future
Apr 2005 -Youth Club going well. Survey taken to see what people want to do if they really had the chance. Thoughts about linking up with others in the Deanery and also havign a Confirmation Special
Got any pictures, puzzles or games to send us? How about writing a prayer that you want to share?
Mums and dads - send in your toddler's funny sayings and we'll publish them too.
How to know God:
You don't need his
E-mail or phone number
You need to:
St.Mary's pupil (aged 9˝)
God is loveing,
And God is kind.
He looks after us
and cares for us.
And for all he’s done,
We give him thanks and prase.
Alice (aged 9)
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THEOLOGY - by Amy, aged 2 ˝
After being interested in the Stations of the Cross and various statues in the church for some time these are the words of a 2˝ year old.:
Daughter pointing at one of the Stations of the Cross:
"That's Jesus (pause) he has fallen over because the cross is too heavy, but it's alright - he's better now"
WHY DO WE GO TO CHURCH? by Harry, aged 4 ˝
Child (grumpily): Why do we ALWAYS have to go to church?
Mummy: To learn about God
Child: But I already know lots of things about God
Mummy: What do you know?
Child (after some thought): God's birthday
Mummy: What else do you know?
Child: It's a secret!!
Harry (aged 4)
We have two Easter Word Searches, a Quiz and a Maze for you to try.
Print off the puzzles if you like - or try them on the computer screen if you want an extra challenge!
Why not send us your own game?
"What can I do? I want to come to Mass with the children, but they are so restless and fidgety."
This complaint could possibly be echoed by many parents. We should like to re-assure you first of all that we do understand the problem and we are only too happy to see you making the effort to bring the children to Mass - please keep on coming!
Every Sunday during term-time, at the 10.45a.m. Mass, we try to help by providing a way of involving the children more. This is through the CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD and the FAMILY MASS.
At the Children's Liturgy of the Word, children between the ages of three and ten years are invited to go into the Parish Centre immediately after the opening hymn. Here they are divided into three groups, the Pre-School Group, the Infants Group and the Junior Group. There are at least two Catechists with each group. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children if they wish.
The children learn, in a way which is meaningful for their specific age group, the message of the Gospel their parents are hearing in church. After the Bidding Prayers, the children rejoin their parents in church for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Family Mass is primarily to help those children preparing to make their First Holy Communion, but every child is involved.
These special Masses are available to help you help your child grow to know and love the Eucharist. We need your help and support. If you are able to help with the Children's Liturgy of the Word - a commitment of once a month, or possibly only once every six weeks if we have enough volunteers - please ring Sr Eileen on 01628 419671.
If, for any reason, you have difficulties bringing your family to Mass, please let us know so that we can discuss ways to help. Please ring Robert Bell on 01628-629181.
MOTHERS WITH TODDLERS:
The Mother & Toddler Group, 'Busteroonies', meets every Monday from 10.30 to 12 noon in the St Joseph's Hall in the Parish Centre. All welcome.
Children's Liturgy is for youngsters between the ages of three and eleven. Children's Liturgy is essentially Liturgy, that is worship not catechesis or learning. It takes place in the Parish Centre at the same time as the adults' Liturgy of the Word.
We have three separate age groups, pre-school, infants and juniors, where the Sunday Gospel is opened to the children in a way that is meaningful to them. there are over twenty catechists, but we would welcome anyone, especially men, who feel they could help. You are never on your own and would not be needed more than ten times a year. Handouts for each Sunday are available - why not encourage your children to join us or come in yourselves? Leaflets with information are available at all entrances to the churches.
Contact us stating with which age group you would prefer to work. You will be introduced to the rest of the team and help will be given in preparing liturgies.
(10.45 Mass - St.Joseph's)From the start of Autumn Term 2004 there will be Children's Liturgy every Sunday during term time - with the exception of the 2 Sundays either side of half term.