Year 8 student Reon did exceptionally well in a recent cooking competition winning a third place commendation for his three course meal. Congratulations to Reon whose delicious meal is featured in the photographs below.

The Summer 2019 Public Examination Timetable has now been published and can be viewed/downloaded by clicking on the link below. Please note that there are some additional dates for Speaking/Listening Language exams and practical examination dates the details of which will be provided direct to students. It does remain the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have checked their examination timetable carefully and that they attend each exam scheduled for them on time.

Summer 2019 Exam timetable V6 02.04.19

Each student will receive a Statement of Entry that provides a record of all examinations for which they have been entered. Students will sign for their Statement of Entry usually about six to eight weeks ahead of the examination period. This is the only formal record of exam entry that is given to students and it needs to be carefully checked and must be kept safe until all examinations are completed.

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!!

Parents/carers can find a copy of all letters that are sent out by the school during the summer term 2019 below:

Induction Week Letter 2019

WEX Early contact letter Feb 2020

Year 8 Paris Trip March 2020

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Letters sent out in the spring term 2019 are listed below:

Y6 PC letter 22 March 2019

NCELP Letter (Yr 8 & 9) March 19

Yr 8 & 9 Parent/Carer Letter re NCELP March 2019

Yr 9 DTP & Men ACWY Vaccinations Feb 19

Year 8 Revision Booklet 2018/2019

‘Beyond the Gates’ Anti Social Behaviour Information Evening Flier

Invite Letter ‘Beyond the Gates’ Anti Social Behaviour Awareness Evening 4th March 2019

PC Newsletter 5 Spring Term 2019

18Dec18 Letter B4L & Detentions

Yr 12 & 13 Revision Guide 2018/2019

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.

New regulations known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that provide clear standards for the way in which personal and sensitive data is collected, stored and processed, came into force from 25th May 2018. The governors of St Mary’s have published new and reviewed policies that explain how the School complies with the new regulations. These policies can be found on the policies page.

Copies of new Privacy Notices have been emailed home for parents/carers and students. Any feedback or questions about the new policies can be sent to admin@st-maryshigh.herts.sch.uk

The PE Teaching and Learning Area has seen many successes this academic Year. Alongside the RFU the Teaching and Learning Area has introduced Rugby into the school curriculum and added a new dimension to its ever expanding extra-curricular programme.

Students of both genders have participated in local Rugby festivals at Cheshunt RFC against other local schools. Both the boys 7/8 and 9/10 teams have been unbeaten at these fixtures and many of them were invited to train with Cheshunt RFC and subsequently become members of their respective teams. As part of the RFU programme, Scottra Sciara has been invited to lead out the England Rugby team at Twickenham at their fixture against Wales this month. We will all be looking out for Scott on our TV screens and hoping for an England win.

Boys football has been particularly popular with students from all Year groups competing in District and County competitions. The Year 11 boys team have made it to the Quarter Finals of the county competition where they face Longdean School in a home fixture that is set to be a real test for a very talented side. The Teaching and Learning Area have seen large numbers at the girls extra curricular club with many of them going on to represent St Mary’s against other local schools and continuing their development in the game.

The new Year saw students take part at the Indoor Atheltics Champonship at the Lea Valley Athletics centre. Amongst many successes were a couple of stand out performances; Year 7 Samara March who won the 800m event by a considerable margin in her first competitive race for the school. Micah Greenaway blew the competition away in the 200m event competing in a category with students a Year older. The Teaching and Learning Area is looking to build on this success going into the summer at District Athletics and hoping for some dryer weather so we can get outside and practice!

Basketball continues to dominate students selection of extra curricular activities. Partnered with Russell Hoops the Teaching and Learning Area often sees a sports hall packed of budding basketballers. The senior side have kicked off the schools fixtures for the Year with a narrow loss to a very strong Queens side. Details of the match can be found here on the match report. With a roster of fixtures in the upcoming weeks the Teaching and Learning Area are hoping that the students hard work pays off.

Azra Dewan competed in the African Championships for Gymnastics. She won and is now ranked number 1 in South Africa for Gymnastics in the junior category.

As part of the ongoing rewards culture, 45 students were treated to an afternoon at the London Palladium to be involved in the filming of Britain’s Got Talent.

Students enjoyed cheering and shouting at talent – both good and terrible. The highlight of the trip for many was a Romanian dancer who simply spun around the stage until all four judges voted him off. Students represented the school brilliantly and had a great afternoon doing so.

A fabulous week skiing and snowboarding was enjoyed by all as we returned once again this Year to the Austrian resort of St Michael.

Spolit by “the best snow in 25Years” and blue sky skiing, all of the group made fantastic progress. Off piste students enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Thomas and his family, whilst evenings were occupied by range of activities including swimming, bowling, an ice hockey match and the impressive Obertaurn Ski Show.

Check out the Ski 2018 album on flickr!