Information, Updates and Reminders
Summer 2014: St Mary's Summer School
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
April 2014: Spring Newsletter
The Spring Term Newsletter has been
emailed to parents/carers. Please click on the link to
Friday 4th April 2014: Final Day of Spring
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
The summer term 2014 starts on Wednesday 23rd
April with a normal timetabled day for all
With best wishes to all staff, students and
families for a peaceful Easter.
Apprentice Challenge 2014!
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
Team Revolution: £955.45 for Teens
Unite (Young Peoples' Cancer Charity) working with Louise Prior,
Team Saints: £2,357.07 for Age UK,
Hertfordshire working with Lisa Avril from De Vere Venues,
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Wednesday 26th March 2014: Speaker for
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.
Monday 24th March 2014: Digital Champions get to
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
14th March 2014: Athletics Win for St
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.
Challenge at St Mary's : March 2014
Intermediate Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and
aimed at students in Year 9, 10 and 11.
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.
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
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
particularly impressive thing is they were competing against Year
10 and Year 11 students nationally
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.