Information, Updates and Reminders
Tuesday 2nd September and Wednesday 3rd
September 2014: Start of the new Academic Year 2014/15 Years
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
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.
On behalf of all the governors and
staff of St Mary's, have a very restful and happy summer holiday.
We look forward to another exciting year in 2014/15.
& 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.
& 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
Examination results will be
available to be collected from St Mary's Student Entrance as
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
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
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
Friday 4th July 2014: RE Trip to St
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Students: Do You Aspire to Play Basketball at Elite
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 email@example.com
to discuss your basketball aspirations.
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
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
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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.