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Head Teacher: Mrs Jan Martin | Deputy Head: Miss A Prentice                          
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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...


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.



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 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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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:


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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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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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