Five SMHS students have just spent five days on a special course aimed at providing them with experience of a range of life skills and ideas for career pathways. The Passing Out Parade took place on Friday 18th January 2019 at Cheshunt Fire station in front of an audience of parents/carers and other emergency service officers. St Mary’s staff members, Mr Wollaston and Mrs Gunning were also present at the parade and came back full of praise for how well the boys had represented both themselves and St Mary’s.  All the boys who completed the week long HFRS Life Course achieved all of the course and their personal goals.

 The Fire Officer who oversaw the running of the course could not talk more highly of the boys and their achievements. 

Congratulations to Divine, Isaac, David, Kayton & Aaron who worked so hard to complete the course, learn new skills and show real determination to be successful! Maybe the Fire Service is worth serious consideration as a future career…?

 

Thirty nine students have achieved the most amazing set of LAMDA results yet – all passed their exams with either Merit or Distinction grades! The students, from Year 7 through to Year 13, have been studying for their exams as part of their extracurricular activity programme at St Mary’s and were examined in either ‘Acting’ or ‘Speaking in Public’.

Twenty five students took the ‘Acting’ exams ranging from Grade 4 up to Grade 7. Thirteen of the students gained a pass with Merit and eleven got pass with Distinction. The six students who took Grade 6 and Grade 7 exams also achieved UCAS points that will count in any application they make for university in the future.

Fourteen students took ‘Speaking in Public’ exams ranging from Level 1 Grade 3 to Level 3 Grade 6. Four students achieved pass with Merit and ten students achieved pass with Distinction. Of the eight students who took Level 3 Grade 6 exams, four achieved pass with Merit and four achieved pass with Distinction and all got Bronze Medals.

These achievements really support personal development and students who have participated in LAMDA classes have not only really grown in their confidence to speak in public, but also in class and when making presentations related to their work. Any student interested in being part of the LAMDA classes, need to see Mrs Crawford or Miss King.

Congratulations to all students involved on these excellent achievements – we look forward to your next set of results!!

The spring term 2019 starts on Tuesday 8th January 2019

The spring term starts with a normal week with students finishing lessons at 3.05/4.05pm. There will be some small adjustments to the timetable to accommodate some student grouping and staffing changes.

This is a busy term for public examination preparation and year groups have the following exams scheduled:

  • Year 12/13 Public Exams & practice public exams: Tuesday 8th January – Tuesday 22nd January 2019
  • Year 9 practice for public exams: Monday 14th January – Friday 18th January 2019
  • Year 8 practice for public exams: Thursday 7th February – Thursday 14th February 2019

It is important that all students revise thoroughly for practice exams and that revision continues throughout the school year. The amount of information and subject material that needs to be learnt for each course cannot be ‘crammed’ or learned in a short period. In addition, the skills required to be successful in public examinations cannot be learned quickly but need to be practised repeatedly.

There are a large number of websites and books, that can be used to support good revision and preparation for examinations. More information can be found in the examination preparation booklets that are provided to each students (and parent/carers). Parents/carers are asked to use these information booklets with their children to support learning.

The English Teaching and Learning Area are delighted to announce the launch of the Accelerated Reader scheme from Ren Learning (a computer-based program that monitors reading practice and progress).

Each Year 7 student initially completed an online Star Reader Test to determine their individual reading level. Upon completion of the test, each student was then assigned to a specific range of books. The book range is unique in that they challenge each individual student based on his/her ability.

We recommend that students spend at least 30 minutes per day reading their books independently. Once a book has been completed, students should logon to a school computer and complete an online quiz to test their learning and comprehension (ideally 24 hours after finished reading the book).

As students develop with their reading, subsequent testing will take place on a termly basis to ensure progress is made/monitored. The more students read, the more awards they will be entitled to, including a “Millionaire’s Club” for students who read over one million words.

We hope this programme will encourage your child to develop a love of reading.

Representing THFC, St Marys School students took on this Year’s 2017/2018 premier league challenge.

Rebekah, Grace, Frank, Ben and Lavita took on this challenge this Year’s challenge to “Diversify your clubs fan base”. To tackle this challenge they came up with the “THFC Tott Fest” where fans would hold a festival that recognised diversity, culture and local talent. The students showcased their idea at Wembley Stadium competing with many other schools.

Our students show cased their talent and wowed the judges with their performance.

This year a group of Young Enterprise students lead by Managing Director Jade in Year 12 came up with a unique product to help combat mental health.

The idea was to find a way that would help students to destress as well as bring a sense of calm and tranquillity.  This is where RELEVIUM was born.

RELEVIUM is a scented stress ball that allows the customer to destress using a scented stress ball but also the unique smells such as lavender helps relax the mind and bring a sense of calmness. The unique feature of this idea is that not only does the RELEVIUM come in different scents but also comes with a key ring attached.

The students will be showcasing their idea at County Hall and competing against local county schools. St Mary’s school has so far won Best Customer Service award for two Years in a row as well as Best Environmental Award 2017.