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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!
St Mary's used as an 'Excellent Example' by Deputy Children's Commissioner on Sky News!
St Mary's CE High School was used again in a Sky News article televised on Tuesday 17th February, as an example of excellent practice for prioritising relationships education. Sky journalists visited the school on the final day of the half term and spent time with Year 7 students in a Healthy Minds/PSHE lesson before interviewing a number of KS4/5 students about their views about relationships education. The journalists were reporting on the recent reports that have been produced by the government saying that schools should place a greater emphasis on personal development alongside the academic curriculum. The students, and Mrs Shah were excelllent ambassadors for the work of St Mary's.
A link to the short film can be found by clicking on the link below.
Understanding my Teenager's Brain free Course: Run by the Children's Centre
Last opportunity to book places - course starts Thursday 26th February and runs for four weeks. Parents/carers who have completed this course are very positive about how it has helped to support their child at home. Free to St Mary's parents/carers!
Click on this link to access further information on this course.
St Mary's Ski Trip: February Half Term
Another successful ski trip arrived back safely from Austria, having had a wonderful with great weather and lots of snow! Look under Offsite Visits & International Trips for a couple of pictures of students enjoying the skiing.
School Production of Hairspray! 11-13 March 2015
Tickets on sale for the Phoenix Performing Arts Academy production of 'Hairspray' starring Amy as 'Tracy Turnblad', Ben as 'Edna Turnblad', Louis as 'Link Larkin' and Holly as 'Motormouth Maybelle' as well as a cast from all year groups. Tickets can be bought by emailing PHOENIXAcademy@st-maryshigh.herts.sch.uk or from Miss King's office in school.
Showcase of Student Talent: 5th March 2015, 7.9pm
This exciting event will include textiles and design work which has been created and will be modelled by St Mary's students in a fashion show. There will be opportunities to experience outstanding performances from our talented drama and music students. During this evening a gallery of art and photography work will also be on display for our visitors.
Tickets are available now from staff stationed at the student entrance at break and lunch at the cost of £2. All parents/carers and students are encouraged to come along and support this event.
WEX Ability Day for Year 10 students: Thursday 5th February 2015
Year 10 students were able to practice their interviewing skills when external business leaders visited the school as part of our Work Experience programme. This was a very successful day, with our students gaining a deeper understanding of employer expectations and how to present themselves positively at an interview.
Speaker for Schools: Kurt Barling visits St Mary's: Tuesday 3rd February 2015
St Mary's was delighted to welcome the renowned journalist and author Kurt Barling to school on Tuesday to speak to Post 16 and lower school students about career aspirations and working in journalism/media environments.
Krakow School Trip: January 2015
The students and staff have had a really interesting time in Poland. The weather was very cold but clear in the city. When they ventured out into the countryside the snow was quite deep as you can see from the pictures. Students and staff had the opportunity to tour the city and to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp where they learned about the experiences of the prisoners and heard from a camp survivor.
Embracing Change Conference : Run by DSPL4
This is a conference for parents/carers with children who have special educational needs. The conference is aimed at providing support for parents/carers and opportunities to network wih hparents/carers and professionals who have experience in working with children with SEN.
Click on this link to access further information on this conference.