St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School


School Council and the RE Council worked together to design the new Spirituality Garden on the School Field. They would like raised beds with wild flowers, trees, circular benches and some colourful Perspex to create an area suitable for meditation. Aarna, Dante, Maisie, Benjamin, Lucy and Zofia presented their ideas to the FSA who will decide which parts to fund. We are hoping the Spirituality Garden will be ready in time for summer this year!
If you are able to make any donations to our after school Cake Sale, please could you bring them to the school office by 12pm today.

Many thanks in advance for your support! 🧁

Happy World Book Day!
Happy World Book Day!!
It's Book Week!! 📚📖
Don't forget to order your Circus tickets! They are selling fast so if you are hoping to join us then please order as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February are Inset days.

School has now finished for the half term break. We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 28th February.
🎪Roll up, Roll up...🎪

Our Circus tickets are selling fast! It is first come first served so if you are planning to join us then please order your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are £9 each and can be purchased via Parentmail.

The Early Help Service was set up to support families who need little extra help. They have recently made some changes to their offer and this short video explains a little bit more about them. Please come and see us in school if you would like any more information or support in making a referral.
Suzy Duxbury from Dramatis Community Drama School will be coming in to run a 12-week drama project that will culminate in a performance to parents.

The project aims to use drama to help build confidence and resilience in children.

During the drama sessions, the children will be looking at various stories from the bible, with a modern take on how these relate to our lives and problems today. While the project aims to be beneficial to wellbeing, it will be very much
fun and lighthearted.

Sessions will commence on Friday 4th March at 3.00pm to 4.00pm and will run up to Friday 17th June. (Excluding the inset day on 18th February and the Easter holidays).

Children will be required to attend a rehearsal on Thursday 23rd June from 3.00pm to 5.30pm, and then for their performance on Friday 24th June from 6.00pm which parents will be invited to watch.

The cost of this drama project will be part funded by the school, however, there is a payment of £60 per child, required to be paid by yourself via the Payment option on ParentMail by 15th February.
Should you wish your child to attend but are unable to make this payment or if your child is in receipt of Pupil Premium, please contact the school office to arrange to speak to Mr Edgington.

Please note spaces are limited to 15 only.

Should we not get enough pupils to take part in this club, it will not go ahead and a full refund will be given.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you wish to discuss further.
🎪 We are delighted to be bringing Happy’s Circus to St. Mary’s school field on Wednesday 13th July for our summer fundraising event!

• Happy’s Circus provides a professional all human (no animals) 2 hour experience presented by a 16 strong international touring team.

• 600 guests are offered spectacular live circus events in their all-weather Big Top with innovative sound and lighting technology.

• The show will start at 4.30pm and conclude at 6.30pm. They offer the sale of popcorn, candy floss and circus goodies. Doors opening at 4pm

• The show features exciting acts and is hosted by the Ringmaster and Clown introducing Acrobats, Aerialists, Speciality Acts, Magic and Audience Participation with loads of fun and much, much more!

• The FSA will be there with hot and cold drinks as well as snacks, stalls and activities for everyone before the event.

During the week of the event the children will be learning about the circus and its history and we are planning for the children at school to be able to see ‘behind the scenes’ as they set up the show.

Tickets will be on sale from today, and we are hoping as many people as possible will be able to attend this amazing event. Tickets are £9 each and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis via Parentmail. Families can buy as many tickets as they wish and will be able to pay the total in instalments to spread the cost. Please be advised that children must be accompanied by an adult at the event.

With the funds generated from this event we hope to be able to buy trees and plants to improve the front of the school, making it a greener area for our children to enjoy and also giving them the chance to grow their own plants and vegetables at school.

We will need as many helpers as possible to make this event a success. Maybe you can spare the FSA 30 minutes from home, researching or sourcing items we will need for our stalls, maybe wrapping gifts or contacting companies for donations of raffle prizes? Or perhaps you could help on the day of the circus with setting up, managing a stall or helping with the clear-up afterwards?

Any help you can give will be very gratefully received!
💻Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
Safer Internet Day 2022 is on 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe

For Top Tips for under 11s, please go to:

Here at St Mary’s we try to teach them how to use digital media in a safe and constructive manner. In particular, we try to help them:
• Use the internet safely
• Recognise the dangers of giving out personal information to strangers
• Question online information and help them recognise when it may not be true
• Use the internet and social media in ways to not hurt or offend others
• Recognise inappropriate behaviour and the importance of talking to a trusted adult if they are worried or concerned
The internet can be accessed via many different platforms from PCs to gaming consoles and through many portable devices. It can be difficult to know what your child is doing online or indeed, even knowing when they are online.

Keeping your child safe in the digital world is something that needs to be tackled as a partnership between everyone involved with their growth and development and the following web links may help you in understanding their world which is very different from the one that we experienced in our childhood.

Parental Controls
The first step is often understanding Parental Controls that give you some degree of control over a child’s access to online material within your own home
• Have a look at:
Or ring the free helpline run by the NSPCC on 0808 800 5002

Online Gaming
Many children use Online gaming which allows them to develop friendships with others and is known to be used as an approach method for those seeking inappropriate contact
• You can find information at
Social Media
Social media is extremely popular with children and many have accounts that their parents are unaware of and may be age inappropriate. Children as young as 7 are known to have Facebook Accounts
• There is a great checklist you can use to help you and your child have a healthy “E” relationship:
• Some additional advice for foster and adoptive parents:
Cyber Bullying
This subject is often in the press and you can find some helpful info and great advice on this at:

Sharing Pictures Online
Are you a SHARENT? Understand the risk of sharing pictures of your children online:

Report your Concerns
Are you concerned about an online incident putting the safety of any child at risk? If so, report it at the following:

Find us in the heart of Bognor Regis, serving the local community and a wide Parish community from P

We have a happy and hardworking staff that put the well-being of our children at the centre of our thinking. Our Mission Statement, written by pupils, staff, governors and parents, sums up our approach: We journey and grow together in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Our behaviour policy is based on the Beatitudes and we have a strong partnership with Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Operating as usual


It's not long now until our prospective parents open afternoon, so if you have a child who is due to start school in September 2023 then please do join us on Tuesday 15th November at 2.00pm to see what our wonderful school has to offer!

We are so delighted with our new Early Years playground. As well as a brand new canopy the children also have a tunnel, a tree-house and even a stage!

We look forward to seeing you.


Dear Parents/Carers

After the amazing success of our summer raffle, we would love to share with you our online Amazon wish list to help us create two autumn cosy hamper raffle prizes. All items large and small gratefully received as well as any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate to the school.

To provide some ideas and a quick way of donating if you wish to do so, we have created a wish list on amazon, see the link below. You don’t need to purchase from there if you prefer not to, any donations no matter how small along the line of the theme above would be very gratefully received.

Raffle tickets are now on sale via the school website at a cost of £1 per ticket or can be purchased on the night of the Firework Event.

Prizes include £100 cash prize, adults cosy hamper, children cosy hamper and a tipi party for two (from

Kindest regards



Don't forget we are holding an FSA fireworks planning meeting in school this afternoon. Everyone is welcome, we love to hear your ideas!


Thank you so much St Mary's Catholic Primary School for your amazingly generous harvest donations! 💚

School jobs - West Sussex County Council 13/10/2022

School jobs - West Sussex County Council

We are looking for someone to join our Midday Meals team, please visit the West Sussex County Council website for more information or to apply.

School jobs - West Sussex County Council Search for school job vacancies in West Sussex.

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 07/10/2022

Thank you so much to everyone this morning for your Harvest donations! We have a fantastic collection for the Bognor Regis Food Bank and have raised £216 for CAFOD. Well done St Mary's!

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 03/10/2022

We were delighted to welcome almost 100 grandparents to our service and tea and cake afternoon on Friday 30th September. The FSA served refreshments and organised a raffle and children from all classes read their prayer and memories on the subject of grandparents. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the care and service provided by grandparents whether local or far away. As Pope Francis said recently, The people that does not care for its children or grandparents is a people that has not a future. Because it doesn't have the strength or the memory to go forward.

New scheme aims to reduce edible food waste and promote food rescue services - West Sussex County Council 29/09/2022

New scheme aims to reduce edible food waste and promote food rescue services - West Sussex County Council

UK Harvest is coming to Bognor Regis - Their pop up pantries aim to reduce food waste by providing a wide range of supermarket surplus foods that would otherwise be going to landfill. They ask for a minimal donation of £3.50, helping to reduce the cost of food bills during the cost of living crisis.

New scheme aims to reduce edible food waste and promote food rescue services - West Sussex County Council Working with UKHarvest, a new ‘food rescue’ pilot is about to get underway in Bognor Regis, Southwick and Crawley.


Hi from Tom, Oliver, Mason and Lucas - Year 5

We are looking for some help from all the kind parents and families of our school. We have been raising money for our local football team Sussex Rangers U10s and alongside this we have dedicated 15% of everything we earned to the local Food Bank. We completed our sponsored walk from West Park to Littlehampton Marina which was 13.5km and on the way we collected money from all the generous people that we passed. We also knocked on doors and asked friends and family and raised around over £400 for the food bank so far.

We have been amazed by the generosity and support our little team has received especially in these tough times. We have loved raising money for our team and the local community.

Now we would like a bit of help from you all to help our local community so, if you donate and write "From St Mary's" in the comment box to our Go Fund Me page then 100% of that will go to the food bank too.

Also as an extra bit of support we would like to ask you all for any non-perishables you have spare to donate alongside the money we have raised.

We will have a box at the school that you can donate to if you give it to reception it would be amazing.

Thanks so much! Lucas, Tom, Mason & Oliver, Year 5


We are delighted to be bringing a professional firework display to Mary’s school field for our winter fundraising event!

Saturday 5th November. Gates open at 4.30pm, Fireworks at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm finish.

There will be music, hot food, refreshments and fun games!

Get your tickets here:


If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2023 then please do come along to our Open Afternoon on Tuesday 15th November at 2pm and see what our wonderful school has to offer!

Please contact the school office at [email protected] to confirm your place.

We look forward to seeing you.


We have had a large donation of bread delivered to school, please come and help yourselves at the end of the day!


Reminder: FSA meeting tomorrow at 2pm! Everyone welcome 🙂

Free school meals - West Sussex County Council 09/09/2022

Free school meals - West Sussex County Council

With the constant rise in the cost of living, it may be worth checking if your child is eligible for free school meals. Even if you choose not to actually have the meals, the funding could mean that the school is able to help you financially with other things. Please click the link to find out if you are eligible.

Free school meals - West Sussex County Council Free school meal eligibility and how to apply.


Good morning everyone.

Welcome back to the school year 2022 / 2023

We have many exciting events planned for this school year and the FSA we would like to invite you to the first meeting on Friday 16th of September at 2 pm. Location to be confirmed.

Everyone welcome including preschool children.

Cakes, coffee, tea and snacks provided!

P.S. We are trying to put together a timetable for all events including FSA meetings and hoping to come up with mornings, afternoons and even evenings to accommodate everybody.

If you’d like to join our WhatsApp group please email the office with your name and number and will ensure that you join the group ASAP

Kindest regards
Sarah Austin-Peggs
FSA chair

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 07/09/2022

As most of you will know by now, we are having a very exciting week in school!

We have a channel 4 production team in school all week filming 'The Great British Dig' on our school field!

The team have been brilliant at allowing the children to get involved and be quite hands on in the project.

Here are a few photos from the dig so far!


Lovebrookeslounge are hosting an event for new school starters on Saturday 13th August.

They are located in Aldwick Road.

Photos from Jeneses Community Centre & Foodbank's post 22/07/2022

Photos from Jeneses Community Centre & Foodbank's post

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 20/07/2022

Some photos from our Year 6 Leavers Mass this morning.

All the children received a wooden Cross as their parting gift, and some were awarded special prizes for various achievements in their time at St Mary's.

Well done Year 6, we wish you all the best in your transition to Secondary School!


A number of our children have recently celebrated their first Holy Communion. Here they are enjoying their first Holy Communion party in school yesterday.

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 19/07/2022

We have had a wonderful morning watching the children take part in St Mary's Got Talent, judged by our very own in house judges... Nicole Shirt Slinger, Louis Welsh and Simon Owl!!

A huge well done to all the children who took part, it was great fun and all the acts were very entertaining!

Congratulations to our winner, Chloe in Seagull class!


We have been presented with this certificate from CAFOD as we have now managed to raise a huge £2127.27 in support of their work!

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our fundraising events and make donations, it really is very much appreciated. Your ongoing generosity never ceases to amaze us 😁

Photos from St Mary's Catholic Primary School's post 14/07/2022

Good morning!

The FSA would like to offer our sincere thanks to all who helped and attended yesterday.

The circus was a fantastic event, creating memories for the whole school community ( pupils, families, governors and staff). We could not run these events without the support of our fantastic school staff, and wonderful FSA helpers.

The money raised will go towards enriching the pupils’ experience whilst at St Mary’s

Thank you again to all our families who support these events, and a big thank you to everyone who behaved so beautifully.

Well done St Mary’s
Thank you, Kelly & Sarah


The wait is finally over... it's Circus day!!

The field gates will be open at 3.00pm for you to start making your way over and enjoy the stalls and snacks on offer before the circus opens at 4.15pm to start seating people. The show starts at 4.30pm.

We cant wait to see you all!! 🎪🌭


Sneak Peek... We are getting very excited for our Year 5 & 6 production of Peter Pan today!!


If you are planning on eating out as a family over the summer, then here is a list of places with cheap children's meals to help keep costs down 🍔


🎪 Last chance to order hot food for the circus! 🎪

The deadline for pre-orders is 12pm today. Please note if you have not pre-ordered, hot food will not be available on the day. There will be a limited number of other snacks on sale which will be cash only.

Please do have a look at our hot food options which you can order via Parentmail or the school website.

Check out my list on Amazon 08/07/2022

Check out my list on Amazon

Donations for the Circus Raffle Still needed.

We are getting very close to our circus now and could still do with some more donations of items for the outdoor summer themed hamper (drinks, picnic blankets, drinking glasses, outdoor games etc.) and ‘Pamper Hamper’ (Pamper Vouchers, bath bombs, face masks, bubble bath etc.) if you able to give them

To provide some ideas and quick way of donating if you wish to do so we have created two ideas/wish lists on amazon, see the links below. You don’t need to purchase from these if you prefer not to, any donations no matter how small along the lines of the themes would be very gratefully received. If you do choose to donate using the amazon lists below please check the date of delivery is before the 13thJuly.

The Pamper Hamper amazon idea/Wishlist is -

The Summer Hamper amazon idea/Wishlist is -

Thanks as ever for all your generous help!

Sarah & Kelly
Co-Chairs of the FSA

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You can now pre order your food for the Circus!! 🎪

St Mary’s FSA (families and staff association) know that limiting food waste is a high priority and the logistics of serving 600 people in 45 minutes to an hour for a band of many FSA volunteers (and getting it right) is a very demanding task - with this in mind please see our fantastic new FSA pre-order food.

We are hoping this will help control the crowds shorten the lines and allow everybody to have a lovely snack bag while enjoying a wonderful circus.

We will have very limited food available to buy on the day and this will require cash in small change as most items will be 50p, £1 or £2.

By buying the pre-prepared prepaid snack bags you also receive a small discount on the cost of buying the items individually as a thanks for helping us out.

So why not enjoy an easy picnic on the field pre-show!


St Mary’s FSA are giving away 4 circus tickets and a mega meal deal FREE
For a chance to WIN tickets (4 tickets and mega meal deal )
1. LIKE this post!
2. TAG friends ( minimum 2 names )
3. Like the FSA page St Mary's Catholic Primary School FSA
GOOD LUCK!!! Winner announced 12th July 🌟🎪⭐️

WIN £1,000/€1,000 to help your school rebuild their library 28/06/2022

WIN £1,000/€1,000 to help your school rebuild their library

WIN £1,000/€1,000 to help your school rebuild their library It's time to get serious about reading for pleasure, and start rebuilding our schools’ libraries. We’re giving five schools £1,000/€1,000 of National Book Tokens plus membership to the School Library Association, to help them rebuild their range of books and encourage reading for pleasure now...


Last week, a group of our pupils represented our school along with children from our other Deanery schools, to form a Deanery Choir at Worth Abbey for the Good Shepherd Celebration.
The children sang beautifully and their behaviour was exemplary; we received wonderful feedback from the other schools too. They contributed to it being a very uplifting and joyous celebration.
Proceeds from the Little Red Boxes were very gratefully received by Mission Together.


We are looking forward to our musical afternoon later on today!

All children who applied to play an instrument, and our Singing Superstars will be performing, and parents are very much welcome to come along and watch!

The doors will open at 1.50pm, see you then 🤩


Don't forget Mass on the Field, this Sunday! Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you!


Good morning farmers!

On Monday we will be releasing booking forms for the Summer Holiday Activities days.
These sessions will be available Free Of Charge to any child entitled to free school meals, you will need to have your childs HAF / FSM ID to hand when booking.

A few guidelines for parents:

1) You can book 1 club per day (not two in a day please)
2) Your child must be entitled to free school meals to attend.
3) We will provide a meal and healthy snacks on each session.
4) Session will involve hands on interaction with animals, horticulture and forest skills.
5) Session are suitable for children aged 5 and above.
6) Session are suitable for children with SEN / SEMH issues (Please make us aware prior to attendance of any additional needs).
7) Session times will be 8.30-12.30 and 1-5 daily, Monday to Thursday for the first 4 weeks of the 6 weeks holidays.

For all other children and those not entitled to free school meals, we will be running a daily "Farmers Club" from 10-2 which will cost a nominal £5 per child, the same age restrictions and activities apply however, we will not be able to provide a free meal for them.

To book any of the above, hang tight until Monday and we will post links! Please note that incomplete booking forms will not be processed, please fill out every info box!!!

Thank you all and here's to another great summer of sun and farm based fun!!!

Photos from Jeneses Community Centre & Foodbank's post 18/06/2022

For those families still struggling following the pandemic, or with the ever rising cost of living, there is always plenty of food available at Jeneses Community Centre and everyone is welcome! Please do remember to make the most of what our local community can offer in these difficult times.

St Mary’s

St. Mary’s is a Catholic Primary School serving the Bognor community and a wide parish community from Pagham in the West to Middleton-on-Sea in the East and up to Barnham/Slindon.

We have a happy and hardworking staff that put the well-being of children at the centre of our thinking. Our Mission Statement, written by pupils, staff, governors and parents, sums up our approach: We journey and grow together in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Our behaviour policy is based on the Beatitudes and we have a strong partnership with Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.

Our school originated in 1899 (on present site in 1927) and was founded by the Servite Fathers. New buildings were added gradually, the latest being in 2013 when the school opened 4 new classes. We are now able to meet more parental requests for education in a Christian/Catholic setting. A major investment in ICT ensures children have access to interactive whiteboards, laptops and ipads. We have a lovely playing field located behind the school too.

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FSA Grand Christmas Raffle
Merry Christmas from all of us at St Mary's! 🎄🎅
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