Information & Latest News

Summer 2015 Examinations  : Timetable now on the website  

Click link here or view under About St Mary's/Inspection Report & Exam Results page

 

EXAMINATIONS:  Year 11 Students : ICT

Note the ICT Re-sit examination has been scheduled for Friday 8th May 2015 commencing 11.25am.  Students should speak to Miss Lyttle/Miss Dinsdale for further details and to check whether they are entered.

 

EXAMINATIONS : Year 12 and Year 13 Students : Business Studies

Business Studies Coursework FINAL deadlines are below. Coursework MUST be completed and submitted in time.

Year 12 - Unit 4

Assignment 1 deadline 30th April

Assignment 2 deadline 14th May

Assignment 3 deadline 4th June

 

Year 13 - Unit 13

Assignment 1 deadline 29th April

Assignment 2 deadline 13th May

Assignment 3 deadline 3rd June

 

Sports Awards Evening:  Thursday 30th April 2015, 7-9pm

The Annual Sports Awards evening is fast approaching, which celebrates the sporting successes of St Mary's students over the past year. 

Tickets are on sale now at a cost of £2.50 and can be purchased from the Performing Arts team and via Student Reception.  This hugely successful evening is always heavily attended so don't wait long to get your tickets!!

 

St Mary's Year 7 Boys District Football Team Champions!

Yr 7 boys won the District Football competition last week beating Turnford School 5 - 3 in the final. All boys played well and with high levels of determination. Thank you to parents/carers who came along to support Mr Wright and the boys!

See under Student Achievements for more information!

 

St Mary's Student involved in National Recruitment Drive for RS Teachers!

St Mary's students have been used in a national campaign aimed at recruiting Religious Studies teachers into the teaching profession. The campaign was launched this week and is a popular subject on social media and the BBC News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32041047?post_id=193104629_10100788049371472

St Mary's is currently looking to expand the Humanities teaching team to support the school's growing student numbers. Governors would welcome applications from teachers of RS and those who can teach RS, History and/or Law. Please click on About St Mary's/Vacancies for more details. 

The marketing materials for which our students modelled, can be seen by clicking on this link here. Congratulations to all involved in this important national project.

 

Year 11 Religious Studies/Philosophy & Ethics Revision Materials

A list of resources and activities to support revision for the RS examination on 11th May & 11th June can be found by clicking on Students/Enrichment & Study Support and then KS4.

 

Easter Reflection: The Post Box Challenge

Tutors have been working with students to complete the Post Box Challenge and their work is now displayed around the school for us all to share.

Students have been thinking about 'If God were in front of you, what question would you ask him?'

 

 

 

Girls Netball - District Runners Up!

Congratulations to the Year 7 Girls Netball Team who having won 6-4 against Goffs in the semi final, were runners up in the final game of the district competition. This is an excellent achievement and shows that the team work and pratice has paid off. Well done girls!

 

Parent/Carers of New Year 7 Students for September 2015

Governors, staff and students were pleased to welcome our new families to the school for their welcome evening on Thursday 19th March. This is the first formal event of the transition process and we look forward very much to making sure that all students are well prepared to start at St Mary's in September.

 

Parents/carers who were not able to attend the welcome evening are asked to provide an email contact for the school so that we can send out important transition information. Please send details of your email contact with the name of your child to admin@st-maryshigh.herts.sch.uk or contact 01992 629124.

 

All parents/carers, (except those who live in Essex), are reminded that they must accept the school place that you have been offered to secure the allocation. If any support or advice is required please contact the school and ask for our Admissions Officer, Julie England.

 

Our Twitter address is @SMHSch - please follow us and keep up to date with what's happening at St Mary's. The school website address is www.st-maryshigh.herts.co.uk and is regularly updated with information on the front page and in the different sections that can be accessed across the top of each page. Please mark this as one of your favourites and check at least weekly.

 

LAMDA Success: Phoenix Performing Arts Academy

Students from Year 7 to Year 13 sat their LAMDA Acting exams in January, and we are delighted to report that they achieved excellent results.  In all, students were awarded 11 Distinctions, 17 Merits and 5 Passes.  These qualifications are studied as part of the Phoenix Performing Arts Academy.  The Level 2 course is studied as an after school class which is open to any student with a passion for drama.  In the sixth form, LAMDA courses are studied at Level 3 as part of the Performing Arts course.  Well done to all students on this excellent achievement.

 

LAMDA students March15 

REMINDER for Year 11: Business Coursework Deadline is approaching for unit RO63

Year 11 Business students need to be mindful that unit LO4 is due 20th March, and LO5 by 27th March.  It is crucial that all students are working towards these deadlines, as these are final deadlines in advance of grades being sent of for moderation on 30th March.

 

Friday 13th March: Red Nose Day - £3215.84 raised in total!!

St Mary's turned red on Friday as students and staff joined together to raise funds for Red Nose Day. A total of £1607.92 was raised in school as a result of students making a donation to wear non uniform for the day, a cake sale and staff raffle. Keely in Year 10 sold out six boxes of red noses during the week and deserves special recognition for her efforts. St Mary's total is doubled by the national Red Nose Day organisers and represents £3215.84 in total!! The day was great fun and showed St Mary's support for the wider community. Congratulations everyone and well done! Thanks to Ms Hodgson for organising.

 

School Production of Hairspray: 11th-13th March 2015

The Phoenix Performing Arts Academy production of Hairspray was a roaring success last week. The production starred 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. Well done to all students for an outstanding evening of entertainment.

 

Hairspray March15 

 

Rap Comes to St Mary's: Thursday 12th March 2015

The dynamic creative arts company, Student of Life, visited St Mary’s on 12th March. Hip Hop Rap Artist Breis facilitated two workshops with 60 year 10 students and delivered an inspirational year 11 assembly.

Student of Life uses Hip Hop culture to engage young people in education. Their aim is to inspire students to aspire higher by making learning fun and engaging.  They use proven strategies to put excitement into Literacy lessons, motivate young people to read more, and build up student’s confidence.

Students were involved in using Rap and Hip Hop to inspire their own writing along with listening to Breis’ own music drawn from his own life experience.

 

Rap workshop 12March15

 

Joseph Voight - Star of the Month! National Boxing Award and Young Sports Personality of the Year Award Winner!

Huge congratulations to Joseph Voight  who is now the England Junior Novice Champion (70kg class) in boxing. Joseph is a member of the Cheshunt Boxing Club and only took up the sport 16 months ago. Joseph's achievements were recognised again this week when he won the first ever Young Sports Personality of the Year Award in the Broxbourne Youth Awards. This is an outstanding achievement and makes everyone at St Mary's proud to know Joseph attends our school. We look forward to following Joseph's boxing career in the future - well done Joseph!

 

Showcase of Student Talent:  Thursday 5th March 2015, 7 - 9pm

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this exciting event and who contributed to the work that was on display. The range of skill and talent demonstrated in the textiles, art, drama and performance was inspiring. It is clear that the hard work of rehearsal and preparation paid off. Well done everyone and thank you to our audience for support on the night.

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.

 

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!

 

Students invited to the House of Lords:  2nd March 2015

Sixth Form students were invited to visit the House of Lords on Monday to sit in the Chamber and observe Ministers at work.  The invitation came Baroness Garden, who visited St Mary's last term to speak to Post 16 students about their aspirations and career pathways.  The pictures show students on the terrace of the House of Lords with the Baroness.

 

House of Lords 1 Mar15 House of Lords 2 Mar15

 

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.

http://news.sky.com/story/1428755/teach-primary-school-kids-about-sex-mps-say

 

St Mary's Ski Trip: Austria February Half Term 2015

Another successful ski trip arrived back safely from Austria, having had a wonderful with great weather and lots of snow!  Also under Offsite Visits & International Trips.

 

Ski trip 1 Feb15

 

 Ski Trip 2 Feb15

 

 

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.

 

Poland 2Poland 3

 

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 parents/carers and professionals who have experience in working with children with SEN.

Click on this link to access further information on this conference.