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Information Updates

Important Information, Updates and Reminders 

 

Thursday 17th July 2014: End of Academic Year 2013/14

The final day of the academic year for students will be Thursday 17th July.  Students will need to attend school at the normal start time, in full school uniform.  Students will be dismissed as follows:  Year 7 - 12.25; Year 8 - 12.15; Year 9 - 12.15; Year 10 - 12.05.

Tuesday 2nd September and Wednesday 3rd September 2014: Start of the new Academic Year 2014/15 Years 7-11

The new academic year will start on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 for Year 7 students only, and on Wednesday 3rd September for all other year groups.  All students need to be on site and ready to start school by 8.15am and will be expected to be in full school uniform. 

On Tuesday 2nd September, new Year 7 students will be met at the Student Reception entrance by their Tutor Team and will have a programme of induction before starting their timetables on Wednesday 3rd September.  Parents/carers are invited to join their children and the Year 7 staff team for afternoon tea between 2-2.30pm on 2nd September.

Sixth Form & Leadership Centre: Enrolment to Year 13

On Tuesday 2nd September 2014 all students returning to Year 13 will be expected to attend an interview and should arrive at the Sixth Form common room between 9.00am and 12.00pm.  Students will then be called for interview to discuss the following items:  AS/Level 3 results; A2/Level3 options; Expectations; Support and advice.  Providing the students have attained the grades they needed and the courses they have selected are scheduled as planned, they will be enrolled into Year 13.  Year 13 lessons begin on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.

Sixth Form & Leadership Centre: Enrolment to Year 12

On Wednesday 3rd September 2014 all students who wish to join the sixth form must attend a final interview with a member of the Sixth Form team to discuss the following items: GCSE/Level2 results; AS/Level 3/Level2 options; Standards and expectations for a Sixth Form student; Support and advice about progression pathways and career aspirations.

The Interviews will be timetabled in the following way and will take place in the main School Hall;  Period 1 - students with surnames A-C; Period 2 - students will surnames D-J; Period 3 students with surnames K-M; Period 4 - students with surnames N-R; Period 5 - students with surnames S-Z.  Providing the students have attained the grades they need and the courses they have selected are scheduled as planned, they will be enrolled in Year 12.  Year 12 lessons begin on Friday 5th September 2014.

Thursday 14th August and Thursday 21st August 2014: Examination Results Days for A Level and GCSE

Examination results will be available to be collected from St Mary's Student Entrance as follows:

A Level Results day: Thursday 14th August 2014.  School open for collection 9.00-11.00am

GCSE Results day: Thursday 21st August 2014: School open for collection 9.30-11.30am

School staff and Connexions Personal Advisors will be in school to support students and to discuss progression pathways including Post 16 courses and university applications.

NOTE:  Examination results will be provided only to the student in person, unless a letter of authorisation from that student for another identified person to collect the results on their behalf has been received by the School, preferably in advance.

Thursday 10th July 2014: Secondary Transition Day

Thursday is Transition day for all Year 6 students joining Year 7 at St Mary's in September 2014.  Students need to arrive at the Student Reception entrance by 9.00am and are expected to be in their primary school uniform.  Students will need to bring their writing equipment and a packed lunch (if a school meal is not required.  The cost of a school meal on the day will be £2).  The transition day will finish at 2.45pm when students can be collected from the Student Entrance.

Thursday 10th July 2014: Secondary Transition Evening, 6.00-8.00pm

Thursday is Transition Transition Information Evening for parents/carers of Year 6 students transferring to St Mary's in September 2014.  The evening will take place in the main hall and dining room. There will be a presentation by the Head Teacher and time to complete transition administration and financial arrangements ahead of the new academice year.

All parents/carers of Year 6 transitioning students are asked to make every effort to attend this evening, and to complete administration by the end of the evening so that the start of the acedemic year can be well organised and efficient.  Experience tells us that where all documentation and finance has been completed ahead of the school holiday period, the transition experience is much less stressful than when it is completed as children start at the school. 

Friday 4th July 2014: RE Trip to St Albans Cathedral

Year 9 and Year 10 students went on a trip to St Albans Cathedral as part of their RE course.  They had a tour of the Abbey and a question and answer session with the Rev. Kevin Walton as well as a tour of the Vineyard Church in the afternoon with Youth Pastor Jesse Benstead.  Through these two visits students were able to compare different Christian ways of worship and differing views on ethical and philosophical issues - all to support them in their learning for their GCSE Religious Studies.

St Albans RE trip 4 7 14 

Molly becomes a European Champion !

Molly, who is in Year 7, and her team Sapphire Elite, travelled to Liverpool on Sunday 22nd June to take part in the European Cheerleading Championships. The team came first and also won the best choreography section. Their prize is a paid entry into the next competition that will be held in the USA. This means that Sapphire Elite are regional, national and now European Champions.

Molly is looking for other gymnasts or athletes who are interested in joining her and her club. Try outs will take place over the next two weeks and interested students should see Molly for more information.  Congratulations to Molly and Sapphire Elite and good luck in the next season! The picture shows Molly and her team members with their trophy.

Molly award 

St Mary's CE Primary School - a new Primary school for Cheshunt and Waltham Cross

The DfE have approved plans for a new primary school to be built on the St Mary's CE High School site.  A new school is needed in the local area to provide places for local children.  The new school will open to Reception and Nursery children in September 2015 and will offer 60 places.

The School is planned to be built on the nort west side of the current St Mary's CE High School site and work is already underway to get construction teams on to the site to start work.

Information about the new school is available on the website that will be launched www.st-marys-primary.co.uk.  To request a brochure or further information please email info@st-marys-primary.co.uk.  Applications for places will open shortly but parents/carers can place their children on an application list to receive information about the application process by emailing info@st-marys-primary.co.uk

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Parent/Carer Reminder Re: Absence Reporting 01992 642918

There is a dedicated telephone number for reporting student absence or lateness.  Parents/Carers are asked to use this direct number to report student absence, giving as much notice as possible. Using this system will help the school to maintain accurate records of attendance. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

New Twitter accounts to support learning - are you signed up?

A number of Twitter accounts are now in place to help students find additional reading material and resources to support lessons and extended learning tasks. Post 16 students will be interested to follow these accounts even if not studying these subjects as they will support General Studies, EPQ and general knowledge.

Follow Ms Douglas & her Geography Twitter on @SMHSch_Geog Mrs Shah on @SMHSch_RS & Ms Smith on @SMHSch_History. If any student knows of any interesting links that would be useful to other learners, please tell the Twitter leader so that it can be shared.

Post 16 Students: Do You Aspire to Play Basketball at Elite Level?

If you are interested in hearing more about opportunities to join the Post 16 Basketball Academy, please contact the Academy Director Mr Simon Tilbury on basketball@st-maryshigh.herts.sch.uk to discuss your basketball aspirations. 

PARENT VIEW - Please Support the School

The DfE have recently launched a new online survey website to collect the feedback that parents/carers have about their child(ren)'s school. Parent/carer feedback is very important to us to improve further our provision and support for students.

Parent View will be used by other parents/carers as well as Ofsted Inspectors to make judgements about the success of the School so it is particularly important that it is accurate and that as many parents/carers as possible complete the twelve survey questions. We have received so much highly positive feedback in recent months that it would be appreciated if this could be captured in the survey. Please could parents/carers take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be found at http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ The details about login can be found on the website itself. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support and to those parents/carers who have provided us with feedback about our work.

Mr Warner oversees Parent View in school and would be happy to discuss any aspect of this work. Mrs Angela Rothery is our Parent Link Governor and she too would be happy to discuss any aspect of the School's work or your feedback.

SIGN UP TO TWITTER FOR LATEST LIVE UPDATES!

The School now has a Twitter account that can be used to keep up to date with what is going on in school. The address is @SMHSch. Sign up now! (Please note that the school will not use this account to 'follow' any users who follow us).

There is also a dedicated account for Sixth Form students and their parents/carers which can be accessed on @SMHSixth. This account requires users to be approved, so please ensure that your email address allows the School to idenitfy you, (or notify the school of the email address that you will be using c/o admin@st-maryshigh.herts.sch.uk )

Make sure your Twitter account is locked and secure. For a how-to go to: http://bit.ly/mkXxdM

Previous news and articles are archived under News & Communications, Special Events page.

Email: The school will now be using email as the main form of communication with parents/carers. Please contact us on 01992 629124 if an active email address has not already been given to the school.

Using email will mean that we can communicate more effectively with parents/carers whilst saving paper resources. Email will not replace telephone conversations and face to face meetings where these are required.



 

 

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