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'AN OUTSTANDING CHURCH SCHOOL' (SIAMS Inspection May 2015)
'A GOOD SCHOOL' (OFSTED January 2015)
Theme for this week: Advent
Weds 25th November: Mayoral Debate
Year 8 and Yr 9 students will be at Broxbourne Council Offices this evening representing St Mary's when they debate 'Heritage is not important in a modern multicultural society'. We know they will do well as a result of their excellent preparation and wish them the best of luck as they go up against other local schools.
Thursday 26th November: KS4/5 Annual Prize Giving Evening 7 - 9pm
We are looking forward to welcoming our students and their guests to our very special celebration evening on Thursday when our guest speaker will be Joan Ryan MP. Guests are requested to be seated by 6.50pm so that the evening can start promptly at 7pm. There will be a bar selling alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available before the evening begins and during the interval. We look forward to an outstanding evening celebrating more student success!
Tuesday 24th November: Year 11 Subject Surgery
Thank you to all Year 11 parents/carers and students who came into school to meet with subject staff last night discuss the recent exams and progress towards exam targets.
There was a considerable amount of very positive and supportive feedback given by parents/carers about the advice and guidance that has been given to students by staff. Parents/carers are asked to continue to refer to the website for study revision guidance and to not hesitate to contact subject staff if there are any questions about how to help support learning at home.
There is still a great deal of work to be done but with the support of parents/carers and commitment from students to achieving their aspirational targets, we are looking forward to results that reflect the full potential of all of our students.
SEND Conference at St Mary's: Thursday 19th November 2015
St. Mary’s hosted a Student Voice Conference for young people with additional needs on Thursday. Every school and college in the area had been invited to send students aged between 7 and 25 years, who have a high level of additional needs. Students told the audience how staff can help with their learning and discussed with professionals how their access to education could be improved.
The photo shows Brandon working with Alex as they presented their feedback to the audience. Well done and thank you to all students who contributed to the conference. Presentations were well prepared and showed just how much commitment learners have to do well and be successful even when learning can be challenging.
Interfaith Forum November 2015
Guests representing different faiths joined students from Townsend School, St Albans and St Mary's to discuss their different beliefs and to answer questions.
The forum provided an excellent opportuntity for students to really challenge their own thinking about different religious beliefs and how people of the world express their faith.
Mrs Shah and Mr Khan who organised the forum, were very grateful to our guests for giving up their time to be at St Mary's. Our guests gave very positive feedback about the maturity of the students involved and were impressed by the quality of their thinking and comments.
Raspberry Pi at St Mary's
A huge thankyou and well done to Zac Matcham and Rowan Sangster for bringing in their Raspberry Pi Kit to show Year 7 how to do some programming.
Children in Need: Friday 13th November 2015
St Mary's supported the Children in Need charity day on Friday when students dressed as a Childhood Hero or Super Hero. Wristbands were also purchased.
Students and staff raised a fantastic total of £958.80! Well done and thank you to everyone who contributed and for your support of other children less well off than ourselves.
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: Shoe boxes to school by 20th November 2015
St Mary's is again supporting the Christmas Shoe Box appeal organised by Operation Christmas Child. This charity asks people to fill a shoebox with gifts for underprivileged children around the world. In keeping with our Christian values of love and compassion, we have decided to support this excellent cause again this year. Last year we filled 80 shoeboxes so it would be great if we could beat that this year!
A letter has been sent out to all parents/carers with further details of this appeal.
A Service of Remembrance took place in the School Courtyard at 10.55am on Wednesday 11th November followed by two minutes silence at 11am. The service was attended by the entire school community and the service was led by Rev John Williams.
'Lest we forget'
Winter Special Discount on selected School Uniform from Smiths our School Supplier: Please See the Uniform page under 'Parents/Carers' for details of the discount available.
Calling all Digital Leaders! Are you interested in IT, programming or learning about what makes computers and digital equipment work? Are you up for a challenge? The click here for the link to the application form to join in the exciting activities being offered this term.
Phoenix Academy: New Dance Classes!
The Phoenix Academy have an exciting new dance class starting. The class will be on Tuesdays after school in DR1 and run by Sabrina-Jean Hughes who is an industry professional. There are 16 places available in this class for dancers interested in taking dance graded exams in Jazz & Contemporary styles.
Dance lessons with the new coach start this half term, after school on Tuesdays, limited places still available.
Year 9 Practice Exams Week 9th - 13th November 2015:
Sixth Form & Leadership Centre - Open Mornings & Applications Open!
Yr 11 students and their parents/carers are invited to apply now for a place in the Sixth Form & Leadership Centre to start in September 2016. Applications are welcome from students who are already enrolled at St Mary's and those from other schools.
Open Mornings for the Sixth Form can be requested. Please ring 01992 629124 to reserve a place. For more information about any aspect of the sixth form, please ask for Mrs Georgette Mathews or Mr Simon Tilbury.
NEW! Yr 7 Extracurricular Activities Programme Autumn 2015
Please click here to see our extensive programme of extracurricular activities that are on offer for our Year 7 students this term. The programme includes a range of different activities and students should try to attend at least two activities each week. Why not take on a challenge and do at least one activity that you have never tried before?
Extra Curricular Clubs for all - NEW for Autumn 2015
The new programme of PE/Sport extra-curricular activities for autumn 2015 has now been published. Please click here to see the programme. Students have had messages about the different clubs, sports, performing arts and study clubs that have started this week. Over 100 students were out in the sunshine improving their skills and gaining sporting experience on Tuesday after school. Hope we see this level of commitment throughout the term!
St Mary's judged 'Outstanding' in latest Church School Inspection!
St Mary's welcomed Kathryn Wright, SIAMS Inspector, on Tuesday 12th May who carried out a Section 48 Inspection of our school. This inspection looked at the impact of our Church school status on the standards of education and personal development of our students. St Mary's received a judgement of 'Outstanding' which, because of the new inspection framework that is used to judge schools, reflects exceptional standards. The Governors of St Mary's are delighted with this validation of our work and very proud of all the students and staff at St Mary's. Click on this link for the full report.
There are many positive statements made in the report including:
'The inclusive and personalised approach to learning...makes certain that every student can fulfil their potential' and
'...those joining the school during the academic year talk about the friendship, welcome and support from students and teachers.'
Thank you to all our students, staff, parents/carers and partners for the ongoing support of the school and the drive to achieve the very highest standards and outcomes for each and every one of our students. Congratulations to every member of the learning community who has worked so hard to place our Christian ethos and values at the centre of our very successful work.
St Mary's will have its next Section 48 Inspection in 2019/20.
St Mary's judged to be a 'Good School' by Ofsted January 2015
The governors of St Mary's are pleased to share the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection of St Mary's that praises the work of the school and describes St Mary's as a 'good school' and 'a rapidly improving academy' where ...'students achieve well in a wide range of subjects including English and maths.'
A copy of the inspection report, along with a more detailed letter about the inspection and Governors' response, will be provided for all parents/carers via email. A copy of the inspection report can be found on the Ofsted website and by clicking on this link.
Thank you to all parents/carers who provided such positive feedback to the inspection team via ParentView and to students and staff who worked so hard to show St Mary's at its very best. Congratulations to everyone!