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Friday 14th November: Children in Need (Superhero) Day

The grand total that has been raised through donations to dress as a superhero or in own clothes, and from the sale of wristbands, is £926.40! An amazing amount that will go a long way to support children around the world. Thank you very much to everyone who took part and/or made a donation. (Pictures on Students/Community & Charity Work).


Christmas 2014 Samaritan's Purse International Operation Christmas Child

St Mary's students have now finished sorting and wrapping the donations made to the Samaritan's Purse (Christmas Shoe Box) Appeal. A total of 73 boxes have been created and sent down to the distribution centre. A big thank you to everyone who donated items or complete boxes. Congratulations to the RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) student group who collected, sorted, wrapped and transported the present boxes under the guidance of Mrs Shah - well done on such a fabulous result.


Shoebox Appeal Nov14


'Your Box' - A new idea from Student Voice

A box to use as a student “Your Box” has been located inside the main student entrance. (It was the box that students used for posting trips money / return slips that is no longer in use). There is a sign above the box that labels it “Your Box”.


Students can use the box for the following:-

·         Any issues/concerns they may have in school

·         Suggestions for further school improvements

·         Or if a student or anyone they know is being bullied or made to feel unhappy in school


Any information can be anonymous and treated as confidential unless the information they are providing indicates that they, or someone they know, may be at the risk of harm. If a student or parent/carer has any queries about 'Your Box' please talk Mrs Gillett or a Student Manager in the first instance.


Year 11 Prom 2015: Payment Deadline 28th November 2014

A reminder to all Year 11 students  that the reply slips and money for the Year 11 Prom must be returned by Friday 28th November. The Prom is planned to take place in the week beginning 29th June 2015. The date will be confirmed as soon as sufficient returns have been made to secure the booking. (Letter can be found under Parents/Recent Letters).


The Prom is a wonderful event that students and satff look forward to each year. The past two years have seen the Prom organised in a glamorous London Hotel that has provided the highest quality dining and dancing experience. St Mary's is pelased to be offering this special event again to celebrate the graduation of our Year 11 students who are working very hard in their GCSE courses. Please sign up now so we can get on with the planning - make sure everyone is reminded to birng in the forms and money as soon asap!!


Governor Newsletter Issue 1 

The Governor Newsletter can be viewed on the About St Mary's/Governance page by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 


Tuesday 18th November 2014: Inter Faith Sharing Supper 

Inter Faith Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with faith matters. Inter Faith Week 2014 runs from 16-22 November. St Mary's was delighted to host a Sharing Supper where local community leaders from many faiths, as well as local families and business leaders came together to share multi-cultural food.

"Inter Faith Week is a time to highlight the contribution of faith communities to our shared lives, to increase understanding between and about faiths and also between those of religious and non-religious beliefs. It provides a tremendous platform to get more people involved, share good practice and look at both the opportunities and challenges of living well together in our diverse society”. (Quote from the Inter Faith Network trustees.)


 Inter Faith Supper Nov14 

Our Own Superhero! Emily Cowell Yr 9 Herts Junior Young Person of the Year 2014!

Congratulations to Emily in Year 9 who has been recognised as 'Herts Young Person of the Year'. Emily is a young carer who supports her mum and her brother at home. Emily was nominated by St Mary's staff who were at Moor Park to see the ceremony in which Emily was presented with her award on 13th November. The award is part of the Young People of the Year (YOPEY) initiative.


Many, many congratulations Emily for being such an excellent ambassador for young people and for demonstrating such excellent personal skills and attributes. All at St Mary's are very proud to have Emily as a member of our community.


11th November 2014: Remembrance

All members of the St Mary's community were asked to wear a poppy this week, and today the school had a very moving Remembrance Service in the amphitheatre. All students, staff, governors and clergy joined together in prayer and reflection.


 Remembrance 11 11 14 pic1


Remembrance 11 11 14 pic2

Year 10 & 11  Timetables for Study Support Autumn Term Second Half

The timetables for Yr 10 Study Support Timetable and Yr 11 Study Support Timetable have now been published and can be found by clicking on the links in this paragraph.

All students need to be studying each evening to establish good study habits and routines. There should be a balance between study and some social activities in student timetables. There is however, a great deal of work to be covered and no student will be in a position to claim that they have no study activities.


Christmas Shoebox Appeal - Samaritan's Purse

St Mary's students have chosen to support the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year and have made a significant collection of gifts. The shoeboxes, filled with small Christmas gifts, will be distributed to children around the world.


A very big thank you to everyone who contributed and supported this appeal.


Addams Family Production: Hertford Theatre Week Beg 26th Oct 2014

Six St Mary's students were involved in the fabulous production of The Addams Family that played last week. The cast picture below shows the brilliance of the makeup, costumes and characterisation. Well done to Louis, Amy, Shannon, Naomi, Daniel and Dominic all of whom are sixth form members of the Phoenix Performing Arts Academy.

                        Adams Family production Oct14 

Staff CPA Days (school closed to all students except by invitation)

Thursday 27th November 2014

Friday 28th  November 2014 


St Mary's Head Teacher meets Prime Minister David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan

Stephanie Benbow was among a group of Head Teachers and Leaders in Education invited to a reception at Lancaster House on Tuesday 14th October. The group heard a speech by the Prime Minister about the Government's plans for the future of education and the role that free schools will take in those plans. Mr Cameron and Mrs Morgan both expressed their thanks to educationalists who are working so hard to deliver high standards in schools across the country. The picture below was taken on the stairs of Lancaster House.


SB Free School with PM Oct14

St Mary's Study Skills for Students and Parents/Carers

These workshops took place in week beg 13th October 2014. The first workshops received really positive feedback from parents/carers including:


'I enjoyed the session. I have not only got information to support my children but a wealth of knowledge to change my personal support for my child'

'I am glad that I made the effort to attend. As a parent the session has given me in depth knowledge towards my journey in parenting'


St Mary's on Sky TV Celebrating Outstanding Behaviour for Learning!

Students and staff were really pleased to be asked to contribute to the headline story for Sky News on Thursday 25th September. The news item focussed on a report published by Ofsted about the impact of low level disruption in classrooms. Our students and staff were able to talk about the high standards and expectations at St Mary's. The school was selected as a result of our reputation for use of robust Behaviour for Learning Policies. The clip and news story can be viewed by clicking on the links below.