Information, Dates & Reminders:
Parent/Carer and Student REMINDER:
There is a dedicated telephone number for reporting student
absence or lateness. Parents/Carers should use this direct
number to report student absence, giving as much notice as
Thursday 5th December 2013:
Post 16 Subject Information Evening 6 - 8pm
This is an important evening that
all Year 11 students and their parents/carers are strongly
encouraged to attend. At the start of the evening there will be a
short presentation about transition to the sixth form. Following
this there will be subject presentations when then will be an
opportunity for students to ask questions about subjects in which
they are interested.
Booking of School Organised Transport - must be returned by Friday
The booking form and required
payment (cheques payable to St Mary's High School) must be returned
to the Finance Office by Friday 6th
December. Existing transport users have priority to book
for the Spring Term 2014 up to 6 December 2013. After this date any
remaining places available will be allocated on a first come first
27th Nov 2013: Thunder Basketball
Resounding Away Victory!
St Mary's Thunder Basketball
Academy Team travelled to Hemel Hempstead to play Queens Basketball
Academy & Sports College. They won the match 94 to 64 points.
Congratulations to all the players and to Coach Titmuss.
-27th Nov 2013: Geography Field Trip to Flatford Mill
Year 11 Geographers have completed
a three day field trip to Flatford Mill as part of their GCSE
Geography course. The group of students and staff stayed in
residential study centre accommodation located in
beautiful Suffolk countryside. (See picture below).
On Monday they practiced the skills
they would need to collect data from the beach and local area
before spending an evening in the classroom learning about the
geographical processes that had been in action to shape the local
landscape. Tuesday and Wednesday saw more fieldwork with a large
amount of data being collected that will be used in coursework
write up. The pictures below show how students braved the cold but
fine weather and worked together to gather their data.
The students have worked extremely
hard and will undoubtedly benefit from this opportunity to apply
their classroom studies to the real world. We look forward to
hearing about their excellent results in due course.
More pictures @SMHSch
Prize Giving 2013 - Congratulations to All Prize
The Annual Prize Giving that was
held on Thursday 21st November in the main hall was a
truly spectacular event and involved large numbers of
students being awarded prizes for attainment, progress, application
of effort and service to the school.
Two new awards were presented as
part of the special prize section at the end of the evening. The
first was The Community Award which is to recognise a student who
has demonstrated that they 'aspire to inpsire'. The award was
kindly donated by Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop and this year was
won by Angela Kennedy MacFoy.
Last year Angela was a
volunteer working in the Children's Centre supporting
children and their parents/carers with educational play activities
and staff with Centre routines and administrative duties. As a
result of her commitment, and because she made such a positive
impact in the Children's Centre, Anglea is now working as a paid
The second award was the
'Wings of Hope' Trophy which was donated to the School by the
founder and CEO of the Wings of Hope Charity, Rajna Shriram. This
trophy was collected by representatives of the sixth form group who
entered the Wings of Hope competition last year and made it through
to the final stages of the competition held at the House of
The event was attended by the
Mayoress of Broxbourne Councillor Bren Perryman and our local MP Mr
Charles Walker. Both expressed how much they had enjoyed the event
and praised the quality of the students who had performed during
the evening. Well done everyone!!
SMHS Stars in the Transformation
Trust Rock Concert July 2013
Students from St Mary's travelled
to the Transformation Trust Rock Concert that was held at Wembley
Arena back in the summer term 2013. Students were able to
join this trip as a reward for all the hard work that they had done
during the academic year.
The Trust has made a video of the
event and St Mary's staff and students feature in it. Can you spot
them? Click on the link here: http://vimeo.com/70480402
Well done to all students
who were excellent ambassadors for St Mary's and who clearly had a
brilliant time and a well deserved reward!
Christmas Charity Appeal: Shoe Box Appeal
- THANK YOU!
St Mary's students and staff
made an enormous effort and generously donated enough gifts and
materials to fill 80 gift boxes. This is an incredible achievement
and thanks go to all who helped St Mary's to achieve this wonderful
gift for children who have less than us. They will now be collected
and distributed by the charity.
A big thank you to the Year 9
Student Leadership and Independence Group who helped to
the gifts, wrap the boxes and organise them ready for collection.
Well done and congratulations for this work supporting our natioanl
and international community.
More information about the work of
the charity can be found at:
Year 11 Mock Examinations: November
Students took mock GCSE Maths and
IGCSE English exams under full examination conditions during the
week beginning 4th November. The results of the examinations are
being given to students by subject teachers and will be
reported to parents/carers before the end of the term along with
the results of the English Speaking and Listening Assessment.
These results will inform the entry
levels for exams and support and challenge that is provided after
Christmas in preparation for the public examinations that begin in
All students should now have a
comprehensive revision plan in place and will need to continue to
revise their work regularly to prepare for their examinations in
Transport: Changes from Monday 4th November 2013
From Monday 4th November
2013, all timetabled pickups for the morning journey into St Mary's
will be ten minutes earlier. Details have been sent to all coach
users and a copy of the information can be found under
'Transport' on the left of this webpage. The timings of homeward
journeys remain unchanged. These changes have been made to ensure
that students arrive at school with time to go to their lockers and
prepare for the school day.
"Over The Top": 4th November
On the 4th of November
all year 9 students will be seeing the WW1 production 'Over The
Top' which links to the World War Texts unit students will be
studying this half-term in English lessons.
Y10 drama students and KS5 drama
students have also been invited to watch the performance as part of
In 50 minutes, the production
follows the life of a young soldier in the First World War, who is
forced to make life changing decisions and face dilemmas that are
far beyond the years of a 16 year old.
The plays events actually take
place over 5 seconds. The story is told by one actor and his entire
life flashes before his very eyes. He talks about the war with
astute historical accuracy, about trench life, about losing friends
and about how he doesn't really hate anybody.
Progress Review Day: Thursday
4-6.30pm and Friday 25th October 8.30am
Thank you to all parents/carers who
attended the recent Progress review day. Your contribution was much
appreciated and feedback about the PRD, the School and any other
related matters gratefully received.
Please continue to support your
child at home with their learning and discuss their targets and
progress towards them regularly.
The next PRD is scheduled for
Monday 3rd/Tuesday 4th February 2014.
2013: Year 7 Student Work in Geography
One of our Year 7 students
completed his project in Georgraphy showing example of contour
lines this week. The work handed in was to such a wonderful
standard that we felt he should be recognised on the website for
the incredible amount of time and energy he
obviously put into this piece, all done in cake and icing.
Well done Matthew in 7T.
Beg 21st October 2013: Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival Services will be
taking place during Acts of Worship led by a member of the Clergy
next week. Students are asked to bring in donations of any
non-perishable food items. The collection will be sent to the Local
Food Bank that has been supported by St Mary's over the past year.
The Food Bank helps families who require additional resources
during times of need and is much appreciated by local families.
Thank you in anticipation of your donations.
Results: Autumn Term Update
A number of teams have been playing
different sports against local schools in friendly, league and cup
competitions. Results have been mixed but the commitment shown by
players to practise and team work has been excellent in the first
part of the academic year. Results include:
Girls Netball Yr 9 won 19 - 5 goals
v Simon Balle
Girls Netball Yr 8 lost 6 - 14
goals v Simon Balle
Boys County Cup Football Yr 8 drew
3 - 3 v John Warner and then lost on penalties
Girls Yr 9 Football National
Schools lost 3 - 5 v JFK
Girls Yr 11 Football District Cup
lost 0 - 2 v Freman College
15th October 2013: Yr 7 Information Evening
Parents/carers of Year 7 students
are invited to an important evening event that will take place in
the main hall from 6 - 7.30pm. A letter has been sent home
providing the details of this event along with a reply slip that
should be returned to the school as soon as possible.
The evening will start with a short
general presentation and then there will be a number of short
presentations on subjects including supporting your child's
literacy and e-safety.
Parents/carers are asked to make
every effort to attend on Tuesday and we look forward to welcoming
you to the school. Please note that students are not required to
attend this event but can do so if they wish.
Thursday 17th October 2013 7 -
8.30pm: Exhibition of Design and Creative Arts
All parents/carers, students and
family members are invited to the school for an exhibition of
Design and Creative Arts. Students work will be on display that has
been completed in Art and Photography as well as Textiles,
Graphics, Food and Resistant Materials Technology. The evening will
include a fashion show in which students will model items of
clothes designed and made by the students. We look forward to
welcoming visitors to this evening to celebrate the creative
talents of our students.
10th October: Yr 9 Field Trip to
Year 9 and staff travelled to the
coast to carry out fieldwork looking at beach profiles and coastal
defences. Students managed to complete most of their work despite
the terrible weather and a great deal of rain! The students are to
be congratulated on their resilience and commitment to their work
which they will find useful when they return to the classroom
2013: Year 11 letter following Mr Gove's announcment on exams
All Year 11 students have been
issued with a letter to bring home that contains information
about the changes to examinations and how the School
will respond to these changes. The letter has also been
emailed to parents/carers. Please ensure that this
communication is read carefully and if there are any queries,
contact the School leaving a message for Mrs Grindley, Deputy Head
Teacher or Ms Benbow, Head Teacher.
Thursday 10th October 2013:
How to Support Your Child's Revision for GCSE/A Level
This event was organised in
response to requests from parents/carers for more information about
how to support their children when they are preparing for
examinations. There was a presentation in the Main Hall by the
same company that worked with St Mary's examination students during
the day. They provided tips and strategies to help parents/carers
understand what students need to do to prepare for their exams and
how adults can help them do this while minimising stress and
Any parent/carer who would like to
be put in touch with the Company to be able to access their
resources, please confirm by email to the school, your permission
to share an idenitifed email address with the study company.
District Representations 2013/14: Boys
Following the District Football Trials that have been held for
Lea Valley Schools during September, St Mary's is proud to have
representatives in every age group. In total 11 St Mary's students
have been selected to represent the District. They are:
Under 13s: Jack Barr
Under 14s: Kyle Nearchou, Andronicos Georgiou; David Hysa;
Naseem Abu; Nathaniel Curtis-Broni; Samuel Yapi
Under 15s: Dami Ajani; Ben Woodward; James Snook; Benji
Congratulations to all boys. We wish you every success in the
October 2013: Secondary Transition Evening
The annual Transition Open evening
took place on 3rd October and was a huge success, with
guests on arrival welcomed to the school by staff, being taken
on a tour of the building by student guides, and listening to the
Head Teacher's speech, student ambassadors and student performers
in the main hall. There were subject demonstrations in each
Teaching & Learning area, and our younger guests got involved
by completing the Student Passport challenge and entering into a
The Allsorts Children's Centre,
based in a separate building on the school site, provided a creche
for our youngest visitors, and this was warmly welcomed by the
The school is also holding open
mornings where prospective students and their parents/carers can
come and view the school during a normal working day. Details
of these open mornings can be found on the School Calendar by
clicking on the tab on the left of this page.
Year 6 Student Passport Challenge Prize
The Passport Challenge was an
enormous success with several hundred entries. The winners were
drawn on Friday 4th October (see picture) and the
winners have been contacted by email. The winners will get a £10
Amazon voucher to spend. Congratulations to the winners and thank
you to everyone who took part.
September 2013: MacMillan Coffee Morning
As an end of the week treat, Post
16 students held a coffee morning for all staff and post 16
students during morning break. They produced a huge range of
elaborate cakes and delectable biscuits as well as paying to wear
non business dress for the day. The total raised was £328.90 which
is an incredible amount for 30minutes of sales time!
Congratulations to the Sixth Form and thank you to
everyone for their donations to this worthwhile cause.
Friday 20th Sept: Yr 7 Team
Building Day at Tolmers
Year 7 students had a great day at
Tolmers Outdoor Venture Centre on Friday 20th September where they
spent an exciting day engaged in a range of activities such as raft
building, climbing and abseiling. This is a very popular day with
students who had an opportunity to work with each other in a
different learning environment whilst they were challenging
their own skills and abilities.
Wednesday 11th September 2013:
Broxbourne in Bloom Competition Winners!
On Wednesday a group of
Horticulture students from year 9 & 10 travelled to Broxbourne
Civic Hall to be resented with their Silver Award by the Mayor of
Broxbourne, Councillor Bren Perryman. The framed Silver certificate
was awarded to the students for their work establishing the
vegetable and flower beds in the school grounds during the last
academic year. The judging panel were particularly impressed with
the students who they praised for their hard work establishing the
beds and growing an excellent range of high quality produce from
Congratulations to all students who
have been involved in the Horticulture course and thank you to Mrs
Melisi and Mrs Mascall who have worked with the students on the
Amazing' Horticultural Success!
A new Horticulture course
was introduced for Year 9 and Year 10 students during
2012/13 and their first job was to build raised beds and to create
vegetable and flower gardens. Students have worked hard studying
the best growing conditions for plants and trialling a range of
The hard work, (including lots of
watering during the long summer), is now paying off
as students are harvesting high quality vegetables
and enjoying excellent flower displays. Donations have been made by
those who have used the vegetables. The money raised will go
towards the purchase of a polytunnel for the horticulturalists to
use during the winter months.
Examples of some of the vegetables
and a particularly tall sunflower can be seen below.
Tuesday 3rd September: New Year 7
Parents/Carers Afternoon Tea 2-3pm
The parents/carers of new Year 7
students joined students and staff for Afternoon Tea between 2 -
3pm on Tuesday 3rd September. The event marked the
formal end to the transition process ahead of the start of the
autumn term timetable for Year 7 on Wednesday 4th September.
Cream Team was served in the Dining
Hall and eaten in the Amphitheatre allowing guests to enjoy the
Students and staff are once again
celebrating an outstanding set of exam result for Year 11 students.
It is particularly pleasing to note that records have been broken
again by St Mary's students in a number of key performance
55% of students achieved at
least 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths whilst
93% achieved at least 5A* - C grades. This figure
is the highest ever achieved by the School and reflects the
school's commitment to ensuring that all students have the
opportunity to achieve well and make good and outstanding
Students who did particularly well to achieve the highest grades
are listed below:
- Chris 9A*; 3A; 1C
- Jermaine 9A*; 2As
- Emily 6A*; 7As
- Kathryn 8A*; 3A; 4Bs
- Kyle 3A*; 6A; 4Bs
- Serwah 1A*; 10A; 2Bs
- Faith 1A*; 4A; 8Bs
- Summer 3A*; 5A; 5B; 1C
- Josh 3A*; 7A; 1B; 2Cs
The large majority of Year 11 students have applied to
continue their studies in St Mary's Sixth Form and Leadership
Centre and will now follow new progression pathways including those
linked to the Performing Arts and Basketball Academies.
Whilst achievement was very good in
many individual subject areas, of particular note was English in
which 77% of students achieved at least a grade C. In Maths the
figure was also above national average with 60% of students
achieving at least a grade C. Full details of subject performance
will be published with the new school prospectus in September and
these will be distributed to all prospective parents/carers and
their children on
Secondary Transition Evening on Thursday 3rd October
These outstanding achievements have to be attributed to the
dedication of students and staff who have worked very hard
throughout the past two years. Huge congratulations to all students
who have received their results this summer!!
Level Examination Results 2013
Staff at St Mary's are celebrating
another set of record A level results for the school in which
students achieved an overall pass rate of 95% and an average points
score (APS) per student of 692 (180 points APE). Post 16 results
for St Mary's have shown a steady year on year improvement for at
least the past three years combined with an increasing number of
post 16 students choosing to study at the school.
Students who did particularly well
include Jessica Bonfante (A*AAA), Oishee Islam (ABBC) and Robert
Scott (Dist*BCC). All are progressing onto higher education studies
in their chosen fields.
Georgette Mathews, Director of
Sixth Form, paid tribute to the hard work of students and staff
saying that she was pleased that so many of the students had
continued to make good and outstanding progress in their
achievements and that this has secured places at universities and
on high quality training schemes for all who had applied.
St Mary's has recently launched a
number of exciting initiatives that make the St Mary's Sixth Form
and Leadership Centre distinctive and increasingly popular for post
16 students in the local area. The school offers courses that
promote both academic and vocational courses combined with
challenging programmes of personal development that include access
to leadership accreditations, professional learning placements and
the Basketball and Performing Arts Academies.
For more information about places
in the Sixth Form and Leadership Centre please contact Georgette
Mathews, Director, at the school.
Please note that results can only
be collected on behalf of another student if signed, written
permission is provided to the Exams Officer.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
to discuss your basketball aspirations.
Parent/Carer Consultation Events
Following feedback from staff and
Governors, St Mary's will be adopting a slightly different model
for our parent/carer consultation events. We believe that
this will further enhance our support for students whilst providing
parents/carers with the highest quality data and information about
your child's engagement and progress. A letter with the
details of these changes has been emailed to all parents/carers,
and is available to view by clicking here.
PARENT VIEW - Please Support the
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
The School calendar of events for
the coming year (2012/13) can be found under News and
Communications. This will be emailed to all parents/carers,
but please download a copy for your reference.
SIGN UP TO TWITTER FOR LATEST LIVE
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
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 email@example.com
Make sure your Twitter account is
locked and secure. For a how-to go to: http://bit.ly/mkXxdM
news and articles are archived under News & Communications, Special
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