On Wednesday 29th November a group of four of our KS3 students, participated in the annual Mayoral Debate Competition at Broxbourne Council Chambers, delivering their speech on what they want the Borough of Broxbourne to be like in another fifty years time and how they should achieve this.

They competed against other local schools and presented their speech to a packed audience of parents & carers, the Mayor and Councillors. Whilst on this occasion, they were placed third, all of the students spoke extremely eloquently, passionately and with clear understanding of the topic and showed excellent leadership skills. We are all very proud of their achievement in working hard as a team on this project and producing what was a quality speech together. Very well done to Gabriella, Isaac, Megan and Mason.

Well done to the Year 7/8 girls’ football team who played their first match in a friendly against Goffs Academy.

With the majority of the team having never played in a competitive football match before, they showed great determination, excellent sportsmanship and were fantastic representatives for the school. Congratulations to all the team: Itohan, Kheira, Ruby, Michaela, Kayla, Filomena, Andra, Shumaila, Eva, Sofia, Frankie, Selin, Alexia, Rihanna and Yasmin.

Last week a group of Year 9 French and Spanish students participated in the National Language Competition organised by GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies.


The competition aimed to inspire language learning in schools from around the UK. Over the course of five days, students worked in teams of four to score points by tackling a variety of fun, language-themed challenges hosted on an online platform. The event saw students decoding words and phrases involving lesser known languages and even some made up languages! The challenges really got the students thinking and were very tough but they enjoyed the experience. Team “Great kind barnacle” with Talliah, Jaden, Anusha and Umut scored the highest within St Mary’s …congratulations!!

Yr7s culminating their skills on dough making, by developing the basic scone to a Pizza Scone; the top baker for this activity was Katie.

Yr10 are continuing learning about different methods of cooking. Recently they made Croque Monsieur using the method of grilling along with making their own white sauce and the top students were Harrison and Austin. They also learned about, and developed skills in, baking. Students made cakes using the creaming method to produce Pineapple Upside Down and Orange cakes-Top Bakers Cristiano and Eve.

We are wondering when these fabulously talented students will be on the Great British Bake Off!

The school hosted over 120 students and their families at the 6th form Open Evening on Wednesday 15th November.

This was a chance for young people in Y11 here and at other schools to discuss the many subjects we offer at A level and Level 3 BTEC and to hear about 6th form life. In his address, the Head Teacher Mr Simms gave a brief overview of the recent Ofsted report and reminded visitors that we were graded GOOD for 6th form provision in 2023, but also in 2019 and that we have a long heritage of quality and success in the 6th form tthat goes back well over five years. Mrs. Mathews then gave detail about the 6th form, its benefits and successes as well as the responsibilities that come with being a student at that level. She detailed the importance of 6th form study and success at this level in the current climate and explained what we do to help young people be the success they want to be. Y13 student Sylvia then spoke eloquently of her experiences in the 6th form.

There is still time to apply so if you are interested click the link () – you have until Friday 8 December to do this and remember there is stiff competition for places at our 6th form!

In an exciting foray into the realm of secondary school science, the bright minds of Bonneygrove Primary School recently engaged in a series of captivating lessons at St Mary’s that delved into the realms of chromatography, electro-magnets, and acids and alkalis.

This initiative aimed to provide a glimpse into the fascinating world of scientific exploration for these enthusiastic young learners.

The students’ enthusiasm and engagement showcased their innate ability to navigate the complexities of scientific concepts, laying the foundation for their academic journey in the realm of secondary education.

Thank you to the dedicated science staff at St Mary’s, whose passion and commitment made this educational experience truly inspirational for the budding scientists from Bonneygrove. Their guidance and expertise paved the way for a memorable and enriching encounter with the wonders of secondary school science.

As we reflect on this engaging collaboration, we eagerly anticipate the prospect of welcoming some of these talented young minds into the St Mary’s family in the years to come. The seeds of curiosity and intellectual curiosity sown during this interaction promise a bright future for these students as they continue to explore and excel in the realms of science and education.

The school marked the national act of remembrance at 11am on Friday 10th November.

Due to the weather, we gathered in class groups to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts, for our freedom and liberty. We also took the opportunity to remember those in our community who had passed away with a service of remembrance in the Memorial Garden. With thanks to Mr Crosby, Fr Eugene Hanshaw and Mrs Bundock for making this service possible.

When you go home, tell them of us and say For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

John Maxwell Evans

Dear Parents/Carers,

We will be supporting the ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ event this year on 13th December 2023. Following a vote by the School Council, we will be splitting the proceeds between two local charities, ‘Haven House’ Children’s Hospice and the ‘North London Hospice’. The school Christmas Lunch will also take place on this day.

If students want to wear a Christmas Jumper they may do so, along with non-uniform. In this case they must bring in £1 for the charities, this will be collected by tutors during morning registration.

If students do not wish to take part they don’t have to, but need to wear full school uniform as usual. They can of course wear school uniform and still donate to these worthy causes if they wish.

All students (in uniform or not) must wear their lanyards.

On 2 days at the start of November, Year 9 took to the local streets to investigate a range of factors in their local area.

They completed data collection for their geography fieldwork ready to come back into school and carry out analysis and present their data using GIS. The students investigated accessibility in 4 different locations, did a litter count and a vandalism survey, and drew field sketches of the places they went to. The students enjoyed being about to see their learning in the real world and even managed to avoid the rain. Well done year 9, the geography team enjoyed working with you in the field.

STEM club is back!

We have a group of enthusiastic students participating in STEM activities every Thursday after school and some of the activities the students have participated in include “Iodine clock”, “using chromatography” and “building a glider”. You can see our STEM ambassadors proudly showing their models!