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Head Teacher: Mrs Jan Martin | Deputy Head: Miss A Prentice                          
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Blogs from St. Michael's Woolmer Green School.

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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School Games

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In January of this year St Michael's launched a new School Games page. The School Games is a 'community' supported by many partners including The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Department for Education, Department of Health, Paralympics GB and the Youth Sport Trust. More than £100 million of Lottery and Government funding is being invested in the School Games over the next three years. At the heart of the School Games is the understanding that competitive sport needs to be made accessible and enjoyable for all young people. The School Games also presents some excellent opportunities for young people to become sports reporters, leaders, officials and volunteers. In 2012 The School Games Mark was launched to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community via club links. Schools are assessed across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark, each of which require the school to meet a set criteria. St Michael's has been awarded a silver Mark, and is striving towards gold. By setting up our page in January this year we can now deliver sports information such as fixtures, results, blogs and photographs, providing a fast and effective link to parents of children who have taken part in sporting activities for their school. Please follow the link on the homepage of this website to take you to the St Michael's School Games Page (or else go to www.yourschoolgames.com and search for our page using the school postcode -SG3 6JP). As of this week Mrs Deane has linked the School Games page to the St Michael's sports Twitter feed, so those of you who already use Twitter may find it easier to access our school's sporting information by logging in to Twitter using your own password and following StMichaelsScho2.  

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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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World Book Day...

Thank you to all those who came to our Assembly. What a fantastic show by our children and staff finishing with a VE Day Tea party with our Year 6 children (food provided by parents – thank you). For those who could not make it, Teachers chose the following winning characters:

Sycamore class - Daisy Byles & Lenny Jex; Willow class - Rachel Hewitt & Tim Stuart; Cherry class - Jessica Grimwood & Samuel Black; Redwood class - Gracie Broughton & Joseph Pugh; Elm Class - Isabelle Whelan & Sacha Loi; Beech Class - Sophia Bradbury, Summer Little, Dylan Taylor; Oak class - Heather Roper & Edward Barrow. Each winner received a £5 gift voucher to spend at our Book Fair next week. Photographs will be uploaded into the Gallery on Monday. Please do have a look.

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Sport Relief - get involved!

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Sport Relief is back, from the 18th-20th March. People all over the country will take part in sporting events to raise money for very worthy causes. Of all the money raised by the public through Sport Relief, 50% is used to make a difference right here in the UK, and 50% goes towards transforming lives across the world’s poorest communities. On Friday 18th March children MAY come to school dressed in Red (NO face paints or dyed hair please) in exchange for a minimum of £1. The School Council will collect donations from each class.

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World Book Day Assembly

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Our World Book Day Assembly will be at 9.15am on Thursday this week when children will parade in their costumes. All are welcome to join us.

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Welcome Back!

We hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful week, and we welcome you back to the second half of the Spring Term!

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Happy Holiday!

We wish you all a happy and safe half term break. School resumes for all children on Monday 22nd February.

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World Book Day...

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On Thursday 3rd March (World Book Day) we will be celebrating the pleasure of books and reading. All children are invited to appear as characters from books by each class’s chosen author as follows:

Sycamore class – Bedtime stories; Willow class – Traditional Tales; Cherry class – Dr Seuss; Redwood class – Beatrix Potter; Elm class – Roald Dahl; Beech class – Lewis Caroll – Alice in Wonderland;

Oak class – Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. Our World Book Day Assembly will be at 9.15am on this day. All are welcome to join us.

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Welcome to Mrs Parker

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We would like to welcome Mrs Parker to the staff of St Michael's. She will be working 3 days a week alongside Miss Cunningham and Mrs Wright who is remaining with us 2 days a week. We hope that she will be very happy with us.

 

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Spring Term Governor News

During December the Governing Body received training from the Herts for Learning Governance Team focussing on Understanding School Performance Data. This was a really valuable session, reminding us all of our role in monitoring the progress of our pupils to ensure that none fall behind, or underachieve. Each Governor made at least one visit to the school during the Autumn term. The results of these visits are fed into committee meetings, helping to ensure that Governors have good knowledge of the school, and to enable them to use their skills and expertise often gained from ‘other walks of life’ to support and challenge in its journey forwards. Our first Full Governing Board meeting is on 26th January 2016 and, as always, I invite you to contribute to our meetings by giving feedback and/or raising issues that may help us in our work.Sue Gray, Chair of Governors.

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New Governors

We welcome two new Parent Governors to our team, Neil Gammon and Rachel Stringer to replace Penny Howes and Louise Golding. I look forward to working alongside both of them in the Learning and Pupil Progress Committee and at Full Governor meetings. They will be visiting the school for the first time in their new capacity during the Spring Term. Many of our children will see them around the school and hopefully, talk to them about what it is like to be a pupil at St Michaels!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Louise and Penny for their hard work on behalf of the Governors. Louise kick- started and has continued to support the development of the new website which I think we would all agree is a great asset. Penny has been involved with the school in so many ways over the years since she was first appointed as a Governor but most recently you may have seen her involved with the music of the school playing the piano both in church and during school Collective Worship. My thanks go to them both, we will miss them!

 

 

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Governor New Year wishes...

As our celebrations of Christmas settle down and become memories, may I take this opportunity to wish you and all the members of the school a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. The school has a clear improvement plan in place for 2016. The Governors, alongside the staff, will continue to work hard to support and challenge the school to achieve the five priority areas as set out in the plan. Sue Gray, Chair of Governors.

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Welcome back!

2016

We hope you have all had a lovely break.

School starts again on Tuesday 5th January.

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Monies raised this Christmas

A whopping £152.33 has been raised this year for the Children's Society (the charity chosen by Yr 6 and the School Council) from the Yr 6 postal service and the KS2 carol service collection. £154.50 has also been raised for and by The Friends from the Christmas Jumper Day.

 

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KS2 Carol Concert

KS2 treated us to a wonderful carol concert on Wednesday over in the church. The service was conducted by David Munchin and led by all the Year 6 pupils. The Year 6 children said their lines confidently, read prayers and sang a super new version of "While shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night" accompanied by hand bells. However, many will agree that the highlight was the whole of KS2 singing the song Kuyimba, with musical accompaniment (directed and led by Mrs and Mr Wadey!), which was hauntingly beautiful. Many thanks go to all of the KS2 staff, especially Mrs Wadey, for all of their hard work in putting this service together.

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LEGO Workshop

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Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a fun session on a grand scale as two brothers organised a fabulous LEGO workshop for the children's Christmas treat. The children built houses, fun parks, wind turbines, beach scenes and many other things that were eventually combined together to make a huge village. The only limit was their imagination. Great fun was had by all.

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KS1 Nativity

IMG 1129On Tuesday KS1 performed their delightful nativity "Away In a Manger". The children were confident and had learned all of their words perfectly. They looked as if they were having as much fun performing as the audience were watching them! Well done to Sycamore, Willow and Cherry Classes, as well as all the staff who have worked so hard to organise the performance.

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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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