Today we held our Inaugural ‘Cultural Celebration Day’.

It was organised by our students and staff, and the highlights were an exhibition and artwork from various cultures, a cultural quiz, cultural dress, food and music. It was a fantastic day and the students did us proud!

On 25th April a service was attended by the whole of Year 7, at St Mary the Virgin Church, for the Founder’s Day Service.

In 1640 Robert Dewhurst founded his free school for boys at Churchgate, Cheshunt. He handed over its management to trustees in 1642, three years before his death in 1645. Twelve trustees were appointed. The Trust deed specified the school to “remain forever for the benefit of poor children of the parish for the teaching of them there to read English, so that they may know God the better, and also to write and cast accounts so that they may be better able to be apprenticed to some honest trade or mystery.” St Mary’s CE High School is part of the Dewhurst Trust, and each year we attend a service of ‘thanks’ to our historical benefactors.

On Saturday 22nd April the school choir, ‘Phoenix Singers’, were invited to perform for the Broxbourne Council’s ‘St George’s Day’ celebrations in Grundy Park.

We were the only school performing on the day and took the afternoon ‘headline’ slot performing to a large community audience.


Mrs Crawford is very proud of the school’s KS3 Public Speaking Team for winning the cup at the Goff’s Academy Speaking and Debating Competition on 21 April 2023.

We understand this was the first competition of this kind; it was organised really well by Goffs 6th formers, and we thank them for the excellent opportunity. The team were tasked to create two three-minute speeches and the topic for Debate 1 was ‘What should the main long-term priority for the UK government be, and why.’ The topic for Debate 2 was ”There is more that unites us than divides us.’ To what extent do you agree with this statement, and why.’ Challenging and interesting topics, I am sure you will agree. After each speech, the team had opportunities to spontaneously quiz their opponent team on the content of their speeches and vice versa so showing real skill in listening and thinking on their feet.

The standard was high, and we are very pleased that our team at St. Mary’s won. It’s not easy standing up in a formal setting in front of a group of strangers, but our team should be very proud of their achievements all round, lines were learnt, and the team presented beautifully. Well done to the St Mary’s Students for an excellent, winning, performance! Our team consisted of two Year 7’s, Joshua and Megan, two Year 8’s Gabriella and Adaeze and Year 9 student, Ruby.

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Congratulations to the Y10 girls football team who won the District 6-A-side competition at Turnford school.

The team beat Goffs Academy and Goffs Churchgate to win the overall competition.

Well done to the team; Amy, Leah, Maisy, Rosa, Shalise, and Teegan.