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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.

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!

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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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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!

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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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