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It's Campfest time!

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Fingers crossed for the weather next weekend. Everything is hotting up now for the annual St Michael's Campfest on Saturday 25th June - all systems go! Class Reps will be in the playground this week asking for your help setting up the stalls from 10am on Sat, and also to man the stalls throughout the festivities. Don't forget to book your camp night space for the evening - forms went home this week in bookbags. We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday, and thank you in advance for all of your help. The Friends.

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Loose Change Challenge!

Dear Parents, thank you so much for your support with the “Loose change challenge” held on Wednesday. The following monies were collected: Sycamore, £11.05; Willlow, £27.70; Cherry, £42.98; Redwood, £16.65; Elm £49.29; Beech £5.28; Oak £5.90. Congratulations to Elm class for raising the most for us and are our Winners.  Thank you to all who took part, it was a fun event for all. The Friends.

 

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History Day Success!

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Key Stage 2 had a wonderful day on Monday 13th June as they went back in time to find out about the history of Woolmer Green and its surrounding area.  The children experienced and learnt about life in the Roman times, living as a highwayman / highwaywoman, what it was like in the trenches of World War One, and how it would have felt as an evacuee in World War 2. With the help of parents from the school, history was brought to life with costumes and original artifacts, as well as a special visit from Aunty Bel, who was evacuated during the war aged 5. Following the day, children will be writing about one of the eras in History, as well as completing a whole school timeline with KS1, showing key dates in history from when the school was first built. Many thanks to all the parents who gave up their time in order to make this a special day for the children, with special thanks to Mr Harris (George’s Dad in year 6), and Mrs Gloyn for organising the event. 
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Revd David Munchin rides for charity

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Congratulations to David and his team for successfully cycling 990 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in 8 days finishing on Sunday 29th May!
Here is a message from David: "
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can still sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Christian Aid. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on the charity's behalf if you are eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations. Christian Aid is an international aid charity that seeks to help the poorest people in the world by sustainable development. It helps people regardless of their religion, race or nationality. The Welwyn Team Churches are committed to raising £5000 by the end of 2017 in order to support the project detailed below. Total raised incl. Gift Aid so far is £4,131.25. Thank you."

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The Welwyn Festival

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This year the Welwyn Festival is taking place from Friday 24th June to Sunday 3rd July. There will be lots of events for the local community aimed at raising money for local good causes. This year’s Welwyn Festival is number 42. As any fan of Douglas Adams and science fiction knows, that’s the answer to life, the universe and everything. So, this year’s Festival will have a space theme. This includes an admission-free presentation at 7.30pm on Friday 24th June at the Small Hall of the Civic Centre by local space expert, Jerry Stone FBIS – “Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie: The story of the world’s first liquid-fuelled rocket”. There will be plenty for all the family, including fun runs, a street market, The Welwyn Oscars, a street parade, a Roman day and a classic car display.Throughout Welwyn Week shops and businesses in the village will be taking part in the annual ‘Cuckoo in the Nest’ competition for children. Mystery objects will be in windows throughout the village and the challenge will be to identify those out of place – or the ‘cuckoos’. For more details please go to the welwyn festival website: http://www.welwynfestival.org.uk/.

 

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Loose Change Day

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We have Loose Change day on Wednesday 15th June. We ask you to empty your jars of loose change, dig deep between the sofa cushions and bring all your coppers, silver and gold coins (Sterling) to school. Each class will have their coins counted and the winning class will be announced during Friday's assembly. There will be a prize for each child in the winning class. We are NOT collecting any foreign currency. The money received will go towards purchasing new netball kits for our team. The Friends have already secured sponsorship and donations from local companies which has allowed us to order new football and rugby kits. Thank you for your support. The Friends.
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Dates for your diaries - from The Friends

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To all parents and carers: The Friends have many exciting events coming up, and would like to give you the dates so that you can save them on your calendars...

Friday 27th May is mufti day, and we will be collecting sweets for the sweetie tombola.

Wednesday 15th June is Loose Change day. We ask you to empty your jars of loose change, dig deep between the sofa cushions and bring all your coppers, silver and gold coins (Sterling) to school. Each class will have their coins counted and the winning class will be announced during Friday's assembly. There will be a prize for each child in the winning class. We are NOT collecting any foreign currency. The money received will go towards purchasing new netball kits for our team. The Friends have already secured sponsorship and donations from local companies which has allowed us to order new football and rugby kits.

Saturday 25th June is Camp Fest - details to be announced in due course.

Thursday 21st July is this year's leavers' disco at the village hall. This event is open to all pupils, including reception class. Details to follow.

Saturday 8th October the circus is coming to town (well actually the village hall!) 2-4.30pm. 

Finally, the Friends are using some of our funds to update the Millenium Triangle area in the playground. We are looking into laying Astro turf and creating more of a sensory, relaxing area for the children. Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you at some of our great events. The Friends.

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Dear Parents/carers

 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Parent Questionnaire.  We received 100 responses in all, which was very pleasing.

 

These have been collated and the results appear on this Website under “Office” – “Statutory info” tab for you to look at. 

 

In most categories your responses were very positive and show a genuine satisfaction with the education your sons/daughters are receiving.

 

I would also like to thank those parents who took time to express further comment. Many of the comments were positive and illustrate the hard work, commitment and skill that is evident on a day to day basis when visiting the school.  Some comments direct us towards areas for future development and going forward I can assure you that these will be carefully considered by The Finance and Resources Committee and when action points are planned they will be communicated to you via the monthly Newsletter.

 

My best wishes to you all.

 

Sue Gray Chair of Governors

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Results-of-parent-questionnaires-Spring-2016

Dear Parents/carers

 

Thank you to everyone who responded to the Parent Questionnaire.  We received 100 responses in all, which was very pleasing.

 

These have been collated and the results appear on this Website under “Office” – “Statutory info” tab for you to look at. 

 

In most categories your responses were very positive and show a genuine satisfaction with the education your sons/daughters are receiving.

 

I would also like to thank those parents who took time to express further comment. Many of the comments were positive and illustrate the hard work, commitment and skill that is evident on a day to day basis when visiting the school.  Some comments direct us towards areas for future development and going forward I can assure you that these will be carefully considered by The Finance and Resources Committee and when action points are planned they will be communicated to you via the monthly Newsletter.

 

My best wishes to you all.

 

Sue Gray Chair of Governors

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Au Revoir Mrs Renouf!

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On Friday the school bade Farewell to Mrs Renouf, at least for the timebeing, as she goes home to 'rest' for a couple of weeks before the birth of her first child. We would all like to send Charlotte and Dan our most sincere best wishes for a smooth delivery. There is a lot of excitement and deliberation in the school as to whether they will have a boy or a girl and we look forward with eager anticipation to hearing their good news in due course. To say our 'good-byes' the whole school gathered in the hall and each class presented Mrs Renouf with a handmade card, each of which had been put together by the whole class. Cherry Class stood at the front and read a few pages from Green Eggs & Ham (Dr Seuss), which is her favourite children's book. They had changed some of the words appropriately for the occasion. Au revoir Mrs R! Love and best wishes from all at St Michael's School. 

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Staff changes...

It's all happening this term; a welcome return, a sad departure, a happy departure (and hopefully eventual return!), and two fabulous new recruits!
We are so pleased to see Mr Mallon back from sick leave and our thanks go to Mrs Rawson who deputised in his absence. Mrs Rawson will sadly be leaving us at the end of this term to take up a new post at a school nearer her home. We are currently in the process of recruiting and will inform you of her replacement as soon as possible. We would like to express our thanks for all her hard work over the past 13 years and wish her every success in her new school. We also welcome two new members of temporary staff: Miss Thomson in Reception class working Thursday and Friday, and Mrs Bokmans in Year 2 who will be covering Mrs Renouf’s maternity leave. We hope they will find St. Michael’s school a wonderful place to teach. Mrs Renouf’s last day will be Friday 29th April, and we all wish her well with the birth of her first child. Watch this space!
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Choir end the term with a superb al fresco performance!

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The St Michael's School choir finished off the school term with a triumphant performance that sent us all off to begin the holidays with a smile! With the glorious sunshine beating down, they sang "Dona dona", "This Train is Bound for Glory" and "Lily the Pink" to much applause from the audience. Well done to all involved. Happy holidays!

 

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Wishing you all happy holidays...

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From all the staff at St Michael's we would like to wish you all a very happy break. School resumes on Tuesday 19th April.

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Redwood lead the school Easter Service

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Earlier this week the whole school walked across to St Michael's Church for our annual Easter Service. Redwood led the service this year and did a fabulous job. Well done to all the children in Redwood class, and thank you to Mrs Gloyn, Mrs Wadey and Mrs Underwood for their wonderful organisation and hard work.

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Easter Egg Decorating Competition

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The children had great fun, as always, producing some incredibly imaginative decorated eggs. The results were speggtacular. They were on display in the hall all day for people to have a look at, and were judged by our expert panel. The winners this year were as follows: Reception: Lenny J & Tabitha H; Year 1: Lottie J & Finlay S; Year 2: Emily J & Benjamin D; Year 3: Ella B & Jonathan S; Year 4: Matthew L & Kitty A; Year 5: Thomas H & Caitlin W; Year 6: George H & Heather R. Congratulations to all who took part, you should all be very proud of your designs.

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Al fresco choir performance...

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Weather permitting, St Michael's Choir group will be singing in the playground to all at 2.05pm next Thursday 31st March. Please all arrive early for pick up if you can (end of school 2.15pm) so that you can hear this Easter treat.

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Bunny Hop Disco

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A great time was had by all at the KS1 Bunny Hop disco.The children were all given an exciting bag of goodies on arrival and had lots of fun dancing & playing party games together.There was the option of having tattoos, face painting, nail painting and there was a lovely buffet tea to enjoy. The photograph above shows the two winners of the fancy dress competition - Lenny and Josie - congratulations to them both! A huge thank you must go to The Friends for all their hard work preparing and organising this event, and also to the parents who helped on the day.

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Book Fair Commission...

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A huge thank you to all of you who supported the school and bought books at our recent book fair. The resulting commission of £310 has allowed each class a sum of money to spend on their own books.

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Easter Service

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We will be holding our usual Easter Service across the road at St Michael's Church on Tuesday 22nd March at 9.15am. This year it will be led by Redwood Class. All parents are welcome to join us.

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Decorated Egg Competition 2016!

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That time of year is upon us and it is time for the Easter egg decorating competition! Your only limit is your imagination so get those creative juices flowing over the weekend. Bring the finished result to school on Thursday 24th March and put it in the hall on the tables that have been set up for display. Do not bring your eggs in before Thursday as we will have no space to store them. Either hard boil or blow your eggs and decorate/accessorise at will! Please make sure that all entries have the name of the creator clearly written on them. Judging will be by year groups and there will be a prize for winners. Parents are welcome to call in to the hall on the morning to view the colourful display!

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