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Information Updates

Important Information, Updates and Reminders

 

Summer 2014: St Mary's Summer School Programme

Due to its success last year, St Mary's will once again be organising a summer school over two weeks in August 2014.  Click the link here for more details and an application form. Year 6/7  Year 4/5

 

April 2014: Spring Newsletter

The Spring Term Newsletter has been emailed to parents/carers.  Please click on the link to view this. 

 

Friday 4th April 2014: Final Day of Spring Term

Friday 4th April will be the final day of the spring term.  This will be a normal day in school for students and the term will close at 3.05pm (except for Post 16 students and Stretch, Challenge & Support (SCS) ).

There is a full programme of Stretch, Challenge & Support activities scheduled for the Easter break and all Year 10 & 11 students (and KS5 where appropriate) have a copy of the programme.  All students should attend the sessions to which they have been invited as part of final preparation for the examinations.  All KS4 & KS5 students should be engaged in a programme of revision activities over the Easter break.

 

The summer term 2014 starts on Wednesday 23rd April with a normal timetabled day for all students. 

 

With best wishes to all staff, students and families for a peaceful Easter.

 

Dragon's Apprentice Challenge 2014!

The Dragon's Apprentice Challenge is a unique project that is coordinated by the Community Voluntary Service (CVS) for Broxbourne and East Herts. It brings together partners in business (the Dragons), local schools (the Apprentices) and local charities/community groups. The Apprentices are tasked with turning £100 into £1000 for a local community group or charity under the guidance and support of a Dragon. All profits made by the teams go to their allocated charity/community group for activities taking place in Broxbourne and East Herts.

Three teams from St Mary's entered the Challenge and have worked with their Dragons on a range of activities that included fun runs, cake bakes, a children's party and collecting donations. The three teams were very successful in their own right and totals raised were:

Team Omega: £760.83 for Feildes Fun Charity, Hoddesdon working with Jaqueline Radmore, Cheshunt Marriot Hotel

Team Revolution: £955.45 for Teens Unite (Young Peoples' Cancer Charity) working with Louise Prior, Barclays

Team Saints: £2,357.07 for Age UK, Hertfordshire working with Lisa Avril from De Vere Venues, Theobalds Park

Overall our teams raised a phenomenal £4,073.35. This is a wonderful amount reflecting a significant commitment to working for the benefit of others. Congratulations to all the teams and their Dragons.

At the formal presentation evening on Monday 31st March, the teams presented their projects to the Super Dragons. The teams were then awarded prizes across five categories. The teams from St Mary's were very successful, winning three of the individual prizes and the overall prize.  The photos below show the students handing over their cheques to their charities. Congratulations once again to all students who took part - they are all truly excellent ambassadors for St Mary's.

dragons saints pic Mar14 dragons winners Mar14

Singing Success for Sarah!

A Year 10 student of St Mary's has attained her Grade 8 Singing examination, with Distinction.  This is a difficult and rare level of achievement, so congratulations Sarah we are all extremely proud of you.

 

Karate Black Belt and National Competition for Carol!

A Year 9 St Mary's student has become one of the youngest exponents of Karate, and was awarded a prestigious Black Belt - one of the highest levels of achievement in the sport. This is phenomenal achievement and reflects a considerable commitment to training and study over a number of years.  Carol is shown wearing her black belt, surrounded by trophies and medals from her Karate competitions.  

This weekend, Carol travelled to Ponds Ford in Sheffield to take part in the English Karate Fedreration National Championships.  In the picture below Carol is the blue combatant.  Carol won a number of her rounds, only losing out to the eventual overall winner.  Congratulations Carol on these amazing achievements.  We look forward to hearing of your future successes. 

carol 1  carol 2

National Champions!

Two St Mary's students were part of the Sapphire Elite Cheerleading Team who came First in the National Championships in Nottingham this weekend.  Well done to Molly and Amber - National Champions!  The two girls have worked exceptionally hard training together with their team to perfect the winning routine.  The picture below shows Molly and Amber with their trophies and demonstrating the flexibility and skill required to be a national champion.  Congratulations to you both, we look forward to seeing your further successes in the future.

 Molly Amber Cheerleading Mar14

 

Diamond Champions!

We are delighted to announce that a few students have received over 1,000 Achievement Points so far this year, making them Diamond champions.  Congratulations to Alicia, Rachel, Mehmet, Charlie, Geoff, Elif, Matthew, Jenna and De'Schanel who are clearly working hard and getting it right.

 

Friday 28th March 2014: Sport Relief

During Sport Relief week staff and students at St Mary's were involved in raising money for the charity with various staff versus students sponsored sporting matches.  Over the course of the week the school raised over £300.  Well done to all those who took part or sponsored staff and students, and thank you to members of the PE team for organising such a successful event. 

PE Sport Relief March14  

Wednesday 26th March 2014: Speaker for Schools

On Wednesday St Mary's Sixth Form students were privileged to have a visiting speaker to talk to them about career aspirations, the business world, and women in banking.  Mrs Charlotte Ransom kindly gave her time to visit the school, and our students welcomed the chance to hear of her experiences, and ask her questions.

Charlotte Ransom 

Monday 24th March 2014: Digital Champions get to work

St Mary's Digital Champions students were hard at work on Monday attending a workshop run by Dell Computers into technology for the future.  Our students then passed on their IT skills to members of our school staff (see picture below of our kitchen team receiving their training). 

dell champions march14 1 Dell champions March14 2

 

14th  March 2014: Athletics Win for St Mary's student

A St Mary's student recently took part in the Hertfordshire County Athletics Championships.  Melieka came First in the 600M under 15s - and she was one of the youngest runners to take part!  A fantastic result, and well done to a potential future Athletic star.

maleika medal win March14

 

Maths Challenge at St Mary's : March 2014

The Intermediate Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and aimed at students in Year 9, 10 and 11.

Over 200,000 students from across the UK sat the Intermediate Maths challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze. 

Two maths classes from year 9 were entered into this national competition and we are very proud to announce that 6 students have been awarded a bronze certificate and 1 student awarded a silver certificate.

Congratulations to our Bronze winners: Shivali, Amira, Callum, Eleanor and Bryn, and our Silver winner: Rose who was also awarded the Best in Year and Best in School Certificate

The particularly impressive thing is they were competing against Year 10 and Year 11 students nationally 

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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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