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We have moved!

Welcome to our new library!

The library is now situated outside the Orangery.


Librarian: Miss Rizzo

A big St Mary's thank you to Mr and Mrs Roper for their kind donation to our school's library.

Details and photos to follow of the new purchases.

Our author of the month is Julia Donaldson! Her books are out on display for the children to read. There are also lots of activity sheets for the children to take home and complete relating to Julia Donaldson and her amazing books.

We will be holding a book fair 28th - 4th of February 2020. All book fair purchases will go towards St Mary's book fund, in order to purchase new books for our school.


Please continue to encourage your children to read at home. Thank you for your continued support.

Thank You to Mr & Mrs Roper Assembly


The assembly held on Monday 27 November to thank Mrs & Mrs Roper for their donation of money for the school library, went really well. 


All the books they purchased were displayed as well as, video clips, extracts and blurbs were shown to the children.


The children have been so excited by the new books, which flew off the shelves within a few hours.


Happy reading everyone!

Thank you to Mr & Mrs Roper assembly 27 November 2017

Mrs Wells' Summer Reading Challenge assembly June 2017

Leicester City Reading Stars

World Book Day Celebrations


Twenty luck children from St Mary's were invited to Leicester City to celebrate World Book Day.  


They were treated to a tour of the stadium, which was amazing.  Then they took part in a number of reading related activities including:  a talk about the history of the club by the club's historian; a where's walley hunt and a poetry work shop by a group called Word Wise.  






To top the day off, one of our pupil's, Matthew Bream won two tickets to see Leicester play on Saturday.  Topped off with a chance to go on the pitch before the match.  What a great prize, well done Matthew!



A great day was had by all!  



Authors Visit Wednesday 1 March

Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor


A great day was had by all when we were graced with a visit from the authors Suzanne Smith and Lindsay Taylor.


The authors of the Hattie B and Doodle Girl books treated us to a full school assembly, followed by workshops for years 1/2 and 3/4.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and had a chance to purchase books and have them signed.  A super way to celebrate World Book Day.




The Biggest Book Show on Earth

Warwick Arts Centre - Tuesday 28 February 2017


On Tuesday 53 children attended this year's Biggest Book Show on Earth.  It was an amazing experience.  The children listened to the  authors talk about: their books; how they started writing; illustrating books and themselves.  


It was a fantastic line up with Steven Butler hosting, Julian Clary & David Roberts, Nick Mohammed, Alex T Smith, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Holly Smale and Sam & Mark (from CBBC).  






After the show the children had a chance to buy books and have them signed by the authors.  Many children got more than one book signed, which was an amazing experience for them.


As not everyone from school could go, the authors did a special shout out to everyone at St Mary's, which was shown in assembly on Thursday.  If you would like to see them again, here they are:




Alex T Smith

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Steven Butler

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Julian Clary & Dave Roberts

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Nick Mohammed

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Sam & Mark

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World Book Day Award 2017


Fantastic news!  Our school has won a runners-up prize of a signed copy of the book "A Child of Books" and a limited addition print.  We are the only school in Leicestershire to appear on the winners list on the World Book Day website.  


Well done to everyone, as you all made an effort to be part of the display.  Our prize will be framed and displayed for everyone to see shortly.






As a school we have a belief that you have to be "in it to win it" attitude.  When we heard that World Book Day were running a competition for schools, we just had to join in.


We had to come up with a display inspired by the phrase 'A World of Books' and the picture book by Oliver Jeffers - A Child of Books.  The book is illustrated by the fine artist Sam Winston.  


It was decided that all the children in school (311) should be able to take part in the display in one way or another.


Firstly we asked all the children to vote for their favourite story or book.  From the votes we found the top 10 and decided to include those characters in our display.  


It is such a lovely site seeing children sitting on a sofa with a book, the imagination and ideas that explode from a child's mind when reading.  Our display is based on that idea, a volcano of book covers - created by years 5 and 6 - from which book characters and book titles spew from its crater.   With children riding a skateboard and sleigh on the lava flow.   Years 3 and 4 painted the characters, whilst years 1 and 2 painted the props.  Emojis created by foundation children show the emotions felt whilst reading a book.





Not being satisfied with the excellent art work and lava book titles, we thought that the children should appear in the display.  They sat on the sofa, reading and we had three children appearing as book characters - Harry Potter, Hermione and Horrid Henry.  


The whole school has really enjoyed creating the display, including the adults who contributed their favourite book titles to the lava. We will find out on 2 March 2017 if we have won.   The first prize is £5000 of Walkers books, which would be marvellous for our school library.



Well done to all of you - let's keep our fingers crossed!






Read For My School National Reading Legend Award


As part of the RFMS competition, we nominated 8 children from years 3 - 6 to be put forward as reading legends.  The competition judges then judged all the entries from all over the country to find a winner for each national category.  There are 12 prizes to be won from years 3 to 8.  


We are pleased to announce that Isobel Wells has won the category of Pioneer in the years 3/4 section.  A really big well done to Isobel.



As a result we have been invited to the awards ceremony in London.  We will be taking the nominated children and 4 top readers.   This is an exciting opportunity and we are so proud to have won awards three years running.

Read For My School final results

  Book Fair


The book fair held on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March took an amazing £666.59.  This has earned us £339.95 in commision.  This will allow us to purchase some new titles for the school library in the autumn term.

Thank you to everyone who purchased a book!



The Biggest Book Show on Earth



56 children and 7 adults went to the Biggest Book Show on Earth on Friday 26 February.  We had a fabulous time listening to and meeting authors, including Francesca Simon.  A Powerpoint of our trip can be seen below.


The children on the trip were exceptionally well behaved and it was a pleasure accompanying them.  

The Biggest Book Show on Earth presentation

Message from Alex T Smith

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Message from Steven Butler

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A message from Abi Elphinstone

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Message from Francesca Simon

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Mrs Well's Assembly Powerpoint