School Day

Information about the usual school day, including wrap around care, holiday clubs, school clubs and enrichment activities, can be found below. Changes due to the current situation will continue to be shared with parents.

Kindergarten day

7.30am The Kindergarten day begins for those who have an early start (*minimum of 24 hours notice required)
8.00am Kindergarten children who have an early start are taken to the School Hall to have breakfast
8.30am Start of the Core Day session
9.00am Once all the children have been welcomed into the setting, activities (adult or children-led) begin
10.15am Morning snack
11.45am Children get ready for lunchtime – they join the rest of the Infant department in the School Hall (see Lower School menu below)
12.30-3.30pm Morning sessions ends and afternoon session begins
3.00pm Afternoon snack
3.30pm End of Core Day, afternoon session ends, wrap-around care begins
4.30pm Extended stay 1 finishes (*minimum of 24 hours notice required)
6.00pm Extended stay 2 finishes (*minimum of 48 hours notice required)

*Completed booking forms to be handed to the Lower School office. Bookings dependent on whether spaces are available. More information on sessions and prices can be found here

Lower School day

8.00am School opens for Breakfast Club in the School Hall
8.25am The school gate opens for Year 5 and 6 girls (younger siblings may also enter at this time)
8.30am Year 3 and 4 girls enter (younger siblings may also enter)
8.35am Year 1, 2 and Prep enter
8.40am Bell rings for the start of the school day
8.45am Registration
8.55am Assemblies are held every morning in the School Hall. Girls are encouraged to bring in certificates to be presented. Please let us know of any outside school achievements, for example swimming certificates, dancing medals or riding rosettes. Stickers are presented to ‘birthday girls’.
9.15am Lessons begin
10.15am Outdoor play. Milk or water with a small snack is provided for all the girls. Fresh fruit is provided for infant girls. In addition to their snack, junior girls may bring a piece of fruit from home.
10.35am Lessons resume.
11.40am-12.10pm (infants) 12.20-1.15pm (juniors) Lunch – a hot meal with vegetarian and salad options is served in the School Hall in a ‘family dining’ setting where staff help serve the girls.
12.45pm Infant and Junior playtime
1.20pm Lessons resume.
3.00pm Infant school day finishes. Activity Time is only available for infant girls waiting for older sisters or siblings in Kindergarten.
3.25pm Junior school day finishes.
3.30-4.30pm After-school activities (see clubs timetable below)
3.30-6.00pm After-school care (includes tea, 48 hours notice required for Prep and Year 1, 24 hours notice for Year 2-6*)

*Completed booking forms to be handed to the Lower School office. Bookings dependent on whether spaces are available. Cancellation of sessions requires 24 hours notice, with the exception of extended stay 2 for Prep and Year 1 where 48 hours notice must be given. More information on sessions and prices can be found here

St Mary’s Activities in the School Holidays (SMASH)

SMASH (St Mary’s Activities in the School Holidays) is a programme of daily activities for St Mary’s pupils in Prep to Year 6, held at the school. Sessions may include arts and crafts, drama, sports, adventure, outings, games etc. Girls may take part for either a full week, or on a daily basis.

The SMASH programme is made available to parents in advance of each school holiday. The SMASH day is 9am-3pm, Monday to Friday within the dates specified, with the option of an earlier start for breakfast at 8.30am and a late stay until 4.30pm. A charge is made per day/week and added to the fee invoice with parents’ permission.

The provisional SMASH dates for the academic year 2023-24 are as follows:

October half term: 16-27 October

Christmas holidays: 14-15 and 18-20 December

February half term: 19-23 February

Easter holidays: 25-28 March and 2-5 April

May half term: 28-31 May

Summer holidays: 15-19, 22-26 July and 5-9 August

Senior School day

8.00-8.50am School opens to students
8.50am Registration
8.55am Assembly or form time
9.10am Lesson 1A and 1B
10.10am Morning break
10.25am Lessons 2A and 2B
11.25am Lessons 3A and 3B
12.30-1.30pm Lunch (hot and cold options provided, see menu below) and clubs
1.30pm Registration
1.35pm Lessons 4A and 4B
2.40pm Lessons 5A and 5B
3.40pm End of school day
3.45-4.45pm Homework club (Mondays to Thursdays, drinks and snacks provided, no pre-booking required*)

*More information on sessions and prices can be found here

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