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Head Teacher: Mrs Jan Martin | Deputy Head: Miss A Prentice                          
London Road, Woolmer Green, Herts. SG3 6JP | Email: | Tel: 01438 813267 | Fax: 01438 815623                      

First Choir Performance!

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Last week we enjoyed the first performance from the newly formed St Michael's Choir. The choir cuurently consists of pupils from Years 4-6, although we now hope to extend it down to year 3 also. Watch this space! The children sang beautifully and confidently, performing renditions of 'Food Glorious Food' from Oliver, a funny action song "With My Hands On My Head" which had all of the school laughing and joining in, and also a round for which the words had been written by a choir member. It was a huge achievement in such a short space of time, and the enthusiasm of the children has been overwhelming. Huge thanks go to Mrs Hewitt and Mrs Wadey for all of their time and effort.


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Music Assembly

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This morning parents and carers were invited to come and watch the children performing in the school hall. We were treated to pieces played on the flute, clarinet, recorder, violin and piano. The children were amazing and should be very proud of themselves. 

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Early finish Friday...

Don't forget that school finishes at 2:15pm on Friday this week to begin the Christmas break. 

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Speed Stacking Club

This half term Mrs Gloyn has led a very successful speed stacking club.  The children have learnt the basics of speed stacking including the 3-3-3 and the 3-6-3.  For the first time they have also learnt the very complicated cycle which involves stacking the cups into a 3-6-3, a 6-6 and then 1-10-1. Mr Mallon was impressed with how hard the group worked, and was surprised when Isabelle, Mimi and Amy were able to beat him on the 3-6-3 with their very impressive times!

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Speed Bounce Club

Leah Hardy and Amy Barfield are the managers of Speed Bounce Club which takes place in the school hall every Wednesday break time from 10:30-10:45a.m.

We count how many bounces children can do in 20 seconds and record their weekly scores and then print off their personal best scores and display on the P.E. board in the hall.

All key stage two children are welcome to join after Christmas.

The top five scores this term are:

  1. Amy 50; Morgan 47; Isabelle 47; Mimi 46; Leah 45.

Keep bouncin’

Report by Amy Barfield and Leah Hardy (Year 5)

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Hertfordshire Service to Sport Award

St. Michael’s, Woolmer Green School has been nominated: School of the Year in the prestigious County Awards ceremony at the University of Hertfordshire on Wednesday 16th December. School Games Organiser, Michelle Salter, put forward the nomination from all the schools in Welwyn and Hatfield District. We will be up against 9 schools representing each of the districts in Herts so fingers crossed. To be recognised amongst the very best schools in Hertfordshire for P.E. and School Sport is a terrific achievement and one which the school community is justifiably proud. Mr. Mallon has been invited to the Awards Ceremony organised by Herts Sports partnership and he will write a report on the event.

Good luck St. Michael’s!   

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Skipping Results!


St Michael’s children took up the district challenge of how many skips can be done in 60 seconds. Over 80 children volunteered to take part from years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The results of the top 10 skippers in each year and the top 10 skippers in the whole school are displayed on the Sports noticeboard in the main hall. The standard was amazingly high and if the top 10 skippers skipped for the same minute that would be 1364 skips in 60 seconds! This result is submitted to district and entered into the competition with all other primary schools – I’m sure St Michael’s will fair really well against the other schools. The top 3 boys and girls are:


Boys Girls
Name Year Score Name Year Score
Asher Garnham 6 187 Isabelle Whelan 4 151
Elliot Clifford 5 131 Leah Hardy 5 140
Jonathan Whiteway 6 130 Lola McGuinness 4 130

Well done to all the skippers who took part! Mrs Deane.

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Sports Council

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St. Michael’s, Woolmer Green School is pleased to announce that we have formed a Sports Council consisting of four Year 6 pupils: Jonathan Whiteway, Evie Smith, Ieuan Bryant-Fowler and Georgia Andrews, Mrs.Deane and Mr.Mallon. Our aim is to report on all the successful school sport and physical education initiatives we have adopted and come up with even better things we can do to keep us all healthy and active. We hope to produce a weekly blog, meet at least once a month and listen to any ideas any pupils may have and so hope to liaise closely with school council and Mrs. Gloyn. Yours in sport, School Council.

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Governor news...

Our Finance and Resources Committee met on 9th November to review and approve the month end figures for Sept/Oct, to approve the funding provided by the Sports Premium, for Children Most Able and for the delivery of the School’s Writing Plan. I am pleased to report that the School’s finances are in good shape, that the money we receive is well spent and that resources are well managed. The school’s budget is clearly linked to the School Improvement Plan (SIP) with both Pupil Premium monies and Sports Premium impacting on the targeted pupils and the wider school respectively. These are detailed on the School’s website. The Appraisal Policy was approved and the Draft Admissions Policy (2017-18) was submitted to County for approval. 

The Full Governing Body met on November 18th where the Committee chairs reported on the work undertaken this term so far and Mr Mallon reported on progress towards the 5 school priority targets. There have been several Governor Visits to school this month.  Each visit is designed to have a focus linked to the SIP. This month there have been visits observing Most Able Provision, e-safety, safeguarding and SEND. Following each visit Governors submit a report to their sub-committee for discussion.  As a result of the safeguarding visit the Annual Report and Audit were submitted to County.

You will have seen that there are two vacancies for Parent Governors.  I would encourage any parent/carer who can offer their skills and expertise to come and join our Governing Body. We aim to be an integral part of the School joining with Senior Leaders, parents and pupils in helping to raise standards for all. A very worthy cause designed to make a direct impact on pupil progress!

Finally, the Governors welcomed the opportunity to meet many parents at the two Parent Consultation Evenings. Thank you to all who spoke to us on either of these evenings.  Your feedback helps both the Governors and the school to continue to develop.

With good wishes, Sue Gray; Chair of Governors.

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Samaritans Purse - Operation Christmas Child

Thank you so much for the donations of filled shoe boxes. We were able to send 55 parcels to the poor and needy children in remote corners of the world. The organisers send their very grateful thanks for your generosity. 

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Poppy Appeal

A huge thank you to all who donated to the British Legion's Poppy Appeal this year. A generous total of £363.32 was collected!

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Governors' News...

The Governors are in full swing with the Learning and Pupil Progress Committee and the Finance and Resources Committee both meeting this month. We have focussed our work on the five priorities identified by the School Improvement Plan. We are reviewing our pupil progress and attainment data form 2014-15, our plans for 2015-16 and the funding and
resources to support these plans. There have been several Governor Visits into school this month focusing on a broad range of subjects from Maths, Writing, Health and Safety, Buildings to Safeguarding and SEND. Governors have been in class getting a real taste of the work our children are doing. Governors continue to review and adopt policies as and when they are due. All Governors attended one of the Parent Consultation evenings and I do hope we had an opportunity to meet you there. It has been a busy half term with our new children settling in well to school. I hope you had an enjoyable half term holiday and I look forward to meeting many of you next half term.  Sue Gray, Chair.
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Remembrance Poppies


Poppies, and related bits and pieces will be on sale every day in the hall at break, organised by year 6 pupils. Children will also visit classrooms to collect donations throughout the week. Suggested amounts are a minimum of 50p for a paper poppy, £1 for a wristband etc. Other items are priced individually. We will be observing a 2 minutes' silence at 11am on Wednesday 11th November to commemorate the ending of the First World War.

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Au Revoir to Lucy...

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As you will probably all know the lovely Lucy Dallas, vicar of St Michael's Church, and friend, church link and governor to the school, is moving on to a new and exciting role this week. Lucy and her family are moving to Elstree where she will be embarking on a new adventure which she is very much looking forward to. However, as with all new adventures, it also means leaving behind people and places that you love. She will be very sadly missed, but we all wish every happiness and success to her and her family in Elstree, and would like to thank her for all her tireless work, support and love over the years that she has spent in Woolmer Green. Lucy gave a final Collective Worship service at school last week, during which classes presented her with cards that they had made, and the school gave her some beautiful flowers too. Lucy kindly presented the school with an icon of St Michael's which will see in the school in due course. 

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Thank you to Mrs Webber

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Jean Webber has finally hung up her lollipop, and will no longer be guiding our children safely across the B197 in the mornings and afternoons. She will, however, continue to play an active role in the school in other ways. We would like to thank Jean for looking after us all for so long, and wish her many happy lie-ins! The school presented her with some flowers and a fabulous cake made with love by the Holden girls. 

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Pumpkin Carving Competition Results!

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Well done everyone! We had 51 fantastic entries all of a really high standard, making the judging very difficult. However the judges would like to commend the following: Oak, Skye S; Beech, Imogen D; Elm, William H; Redwood, Emel K; Cherry, Olivia T; Willow, Teddy L; Sycamore, Tabitha H. Thank you to The Friends for organising the coffee morning and for raising £50 for the Millennium Triangle Refurbishment.


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Friends' Events This Week...

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Don't forget our Spooky Pumpkin carving competition this week; bring your entries into school on Friday (23rd October). We are having a coffee morning, also on Friday morning, at 9.15am in the school hall. Please do come along. We would love to get to know some new faces, and to tell you all about The Friends and what we are up to. We hope to see you there.  

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Redwood - Celtic Harmony Trip, Thurs

Dear all - don't forget our wonderful trip on Thursday this week. Please bear in mind that the children will be outside all day long, so remember warm clothing and wellies in bags please. See the letter that has already gone home for more details. Thank you.


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Oak Class - bring in your research tomorrow (Thursday)

Dear children in Oak Class, please don't forget to bring your research on the Andes into school tomorrow (Thursday). Thanks. Mrs Harry.

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Governor News...

Our first meeting of the year involved the election of Chair and Vice- Chair, and I am pleased to say that Sue Roberts agreed to continue to act as Vice–Chair and I agreed to continue as Chair. The two Committees (Learning and Pupil Progress, Finance and Resources) will meet over the next few weeks and our ‘Roles and Responsibilities’ for the coming year agreed. Janice Allen continues as Clerk to the Governors and with her help and support we hope to continue to lead the school into the next phase of our development. We welcomed Dr Stephen Long onto the Governing Body at our first meeting in September. He is to join the Learning and Pupil Progress Committee.  His experience in the field of Education and Science will be very much valued and appreciated by Governors and the School.

Our theme this year is very much about continuing to create and develop a culture sufficiently aspirational to enable pupils of all abilities to forge ahead.  To this end we have agreed on 5 Main Priorities for the Year:

  • To embed new Leadership roles to drive forward effective school improvement in the light of the national changes in education so that the school continues its journey from Good to Outstanding
  • To ensure all teaching continues to be good and increase the number of outstanding lessons
  • To enhance the provision for most able pupils from Reception year across the School. To extend opportunities for independent enriched learning
  • To ensure all pupils make substantial and sustained progress in writing by the end of the academic year
  • To continue to develop the distinctive Christian Ethos of the School.

Mr Mallon has presented to the Staff and Governors a detailed plan of how these priorities are to be achieved.  Governors will use these as our focus during the year.


As I write this the sun is streaming in the window and my wish is for this continue, if only in a metaphorical sense, throughout the year through the work that both the Staff and Governors do for the School.


Regards and best wishes, Sue Gray, Chair of Governors.

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