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

District Basketball Champions!

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Congratulations to the Year 6 basketball team! They won the first round of the basketball championships 2 weeks ago, and then went on to compete in the district games last week. They won again, and so are the district champions! They are now through to the county championships in December. We wish them all good luck and look forward to hearing how they get on.

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RE Thinking Day

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This week, across the school, the children will be focussing on a new document called "Understanding Christianity". They will be discussing and writing about Christianity as well as other world religions, and doing linked practical activities. This time will give them opportunities to reflect on their religious understanding.

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Remembrance Day/Poppies

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We will be observing 2 minutes of silence to commemorate the First World War which ended at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918 (11 o'clock on the 11th November 1918). This year we have a large selection of items for sale. Children in Year 6 will go round this week to classes to collect your kind donations. Suggested prices are: Poppies for a minimum donation of 50p.  Bands £1 and other items are individually priced subject to stock. We are grateful for your support.

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Operation Christmas Child/Samaritans Purse

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All the flatpack boxes have now gone from the office, so, if you are interested in embracing this wonderful scheme, please now use your own shoe box(es). Go to the Samaritan's Purse website using the link below to see how to pack your box. These gifts bring a huge amount of joy to the children who receive them, and your generosity is very much appreciated. https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/

 

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Pumpkin carving competition...

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Well done and thank you to all who brought in Pumpkins for our competition, organised by The Friends. There were some fantastic entries and a really high standard, making the judging very difficult. However the judges would like to commend the following children. Oak class; Isabella: Beech class; Louisa: Elm class; Ella: Redwood class; Olivia: Cherry class; Keira: Willow class; Benjamin: Sycamore class; Abigail.

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Welcome back...

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Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term. We hope that you have all had a good break and are ready to enjoy all that the seasonal festivities have to offer over the coming weeks. The children will be working hard preparing for their nativity service and the KS2 carol service at the end of term.  

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Harvest Festival

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Thank you to all who joined us at the church today to celebrate Harvest Festival. The church was packed, and Beech Class led us in a wonderful celebration of prayers and poems that they had written themselves. Thank you for both the Harvest gifts that you contributed, and also to our wonderful parent helpers who sorted out the food and distributed it with amongst our local community with the help of Oak Class.

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Operation Christmas Child

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We will, once again, be taking part in this year's collection for Operation Christmas Child, which is organised by Samaritan's Purse. Flat packed boxes are available from the school office for just 40p. Please visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for details on what to put in boxes. Filled boxes will be needed by 2nd November (the week we return after half term). https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

 

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Phil The Bag on Wednesday

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It's Phil the Bag time again this Wednesday 12th October. Clear your wardrobes and cupboards after Summer hols. Please remember to bring in your bags of unwanted clothing, curtains, bedding, bags, shoes and any other textiles. The more we collect, the more money we make for the school; KGs = £££s! All bags can be left on Wednesday morning. Please place the bags in the top part of the pedestrian entrance, thank you. Many thanks from the Friends.  
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Harvest Gifts...

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Governor news...

The Full Governing Body met for the first time this year on September 26th. As is tradition the beginning of this meeting was spent electing a Chair and Vice Chair and reviewing our committee structures and our roles and responsibilities.  I agreed to act as Chair for a further year and I am very pleased to announce that Rachel Stringer agreed to act as Vice Chair. All of our Governors are linked to a specific area of school life and these roles are published on the school website. At this meeting Mr Mallon reported to the Governors a very positive picture of progress and attainment from our outgoing Year 6 pupils.  Compared with other like schools nationally we were in the top 25% which is very encouraging. Children of all abilities achieved well including those most able (a priority in the SIP 2105-16). The Draft School Improvement Plan (2016-17) was adopted by Governors. The F&R Committee met on September 19th and approved the month end reports for June, July and August. The termly return was approved.  Finances are in good shape but there is no doubt that schools will have to tighten their belts over the coming years. An analysis of the Pupil Premium and Sports Premium spending showed both making a positive impact on our pupils. These are published on the website.  The Herts County Model Child Protection Policy including the Keeping Children Safe in Education was adopted. In terms of Admissions we now have more pupils in school than last year.  In total, 198 children made up of 97 boys and 101 girls.  Five children were accepted as in year admissions. A lot of work over the summer holiday has taken place on the school buildings and site. New fire doors have been fitted, a summer clean of carpets , floors and windows with refurbishments of the Ladies and Gents cloakrooms. The school looks in excellent condition. We have the 'Friends' of the school to thank for fitting an Astro turf outside the Year 3 classroom. This area can now be enjoyed by many of our children. The school website has been updated over the summer and I encourage all of our Parents/carers to take a look at this. The end of KS results are published there. Governors are busy planning a 'Governors Day' to be held on December 5th. This will be an opportunity for children to talk about and show their work to Governors and for us to learn more about all the exciting learning opportunities that are on offer to our children. Governors will be in attendance at the Parents Consultation evening on 19/20th October.  We hope to meet as many parents/carers as we can on that evening. Please do introduce yourself and give us feedback as to your experiences of St Michaels. Wishing you all a good and successful year ahead at St Michaels. Sue Gray Chair of Governors.
 
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Football and Netball news...

Football:

Well done to the team for representing St. Michael’s in the first 'fixtures night' of the year at Monks Walk. We played two matches on the astro turf pitch. The first against Holy Family ended in a 1-0 defeat. The second was a 1-0 victory against Oaklands in a nail biting penalty shoot- out.
The team spirit was excellent and all the boys gave 100% in terms of effort and application. Well done! Tom, Dylan, Elliot, Oliver, Philip, Charlie, Matthew and Thomas, and a big thank you to our drivers.

 

Netball:

Mrs Fincham led our Hi-5 Netball Team out at Stanborough School in three friendly fixtures against Watchlytes, Panshangar and Springmead. The girls performed really well drawing two and narrowly losing one. They all enjoyed the experience as they became more familiar with the rules and changes of position. Top scorer was Imogen and all the girls tried hard and equipped themselves very well. Well done! Leah, Tilly, Summer, Sophia, Imogen, Layla and Isabella.   

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Year 5 Running Festival

The annual running festival took place today at Monks Walk with all of Beech class taking part. Overall we finished 3rd in the boys' race and 3rd in the girls' race. Congratulations to Tabitha Greenwood and Mimi Lewis who both finished in the top ten and qualified to represent Monks Walk Family at the district championships at Stanborough Lakes on October 12th. We wish them both the very best of luck. Many thanks to Mrs Woods for organising the children, and well done to all the children for completing the course.

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Welcome to the new Term

A warm welcome back to the Autumn term and to all our new children and to our new staff members: Ms Prentice, Year 4 Class teacher and our new Deputy Head. Mrs Dean, Year 1 Class teacher and Mrs Baxter, TA in Year 3 class.

We hope you have had a wonderful Summer break.   We have lots of good news to report:

Congratulations to St. Michael’s Pre-school who received “Outstanding” in their recent Ofsted conducted last term. This is a fantastic achievement for Debbie May and her team.  Well done.

During the holidays we had new internal doors replaced throughout, and the school looks like new. It has made a real difference.  In addition the Ladies Cloakroom has been refurbished. 

Parents may have noticed the superb Astro-turf surface laid outside Year 3 classroom. This will provide a safe environment for play and sport and our very grateful thanks go to Mr Corke who spent many hours of hard labour fitting this for us.  Thank you also to the Friends for the funding of this.  We hope it is admired and appreciated by all. 

We look forward to welcoming new prospective parents to look around our school for the Primary Admissions intake for September 2017.

Please contact the school office to make an appointment.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to all staff and pupils, as well as new starters, at the beginning of this new academic year. We wish you all a happy, healthy and successful term at St Michael's School.

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School Choir to Perform...

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In addition to all of our wonderfully talented musicians, the St Michael's School Choir will also be performing 3 of their favourite songs at the special assembly on Monday 18th July. The musical celebration will begin at 9.15am in the main hall. We look forward to welcoming many of you to join us.

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Don't Miss St Michael's Choir...

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St Michael's Choir will be performing some fun new songs at the beginning of the Campfest next Saturday (25th). Please make sure you arrive promptly at 2pm, if you can, so that you don't miss them! The children have worked really hard this term and would love to show off their achievements to you. Mrs Hewitt.

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Calling all bakers!

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This year at the Summer Campfest there will be a tea room. All donations of cakes and biscuits would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. Ready, Steady.......BAKE!

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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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