Apton Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. CM23 3SN
Acting Headteacher: Miss Rachel Griffiths
General Enquires: Mrs K. Clark and Mrs B McCarthy
Inspiring and Empowering People
Welcome to St. Michael's CE VA Primary School - making a difference since 1818.
My name is Miss Rachel Griffiths and I am immensely proud to be Acting Headteacher at this inspiring school.
St Michael’s is a very special place. We are a learning community where children’s personal development is nurtured and valued exceptionally well, resulting in children who thrive. Although our results are consistently high, our education goes beyond the academic. We enable children to be outward looking but reflective, knowledgeable but curious and secure in their faith and trust in God.
Want to know more? Please pay us a visit to see our school in action.
Across the school we have been focusing on the concept of Salvation and exploring the key events of Holy Week.
To explore the concept of 'Salvation', KS2 undertook an Easter story trail. There were six stations representing the key event of Holy Week. The children had to engage with each area to explore the key events and feelings and also think about their own responses.
Hopes and Dream = Palm Sunday - drawing and writing on stones to show what our own hopes and dreams are
Servant King = Jesus washing the disciples feet - Dipping out fingers in the water and making a cross on our hands
Remembrance = The Last Supper. The sharing of bread and wine as we explored the concept of communion
Alone = The Garden of Gethsemane. Using clay to create a representation of things we were afraid or sacred of to add to the garden
Sharing our sorrows = The crucifixion. Taking a red ribbon each to reflect and pray for people who may be suffering or in need
Resurrection = Easter Sunday. At this station we got to have a chocolate egg each as we thought about the importance of eggs at this time of year and what they represent.
Year 5 broke into small groups to explore the Stations of the Cross and shared this together as a class to find out more detail about the events of Jesus' last days. There was a lot of discussion and some amazing reflective work undertaken including thinking about how else Christians could remember the salvation Jesus offered and reflecting on what sacrifices we could all make to make the world a better place.
Prayer Space - 'Cardboard Home'
While exploring our value of Justice encouraged our whole school community to offer thoughts and prayers for others who may not be as fortunate as us - in particular here, children who live on the streets around the world.
There was also a Cardboard Home Prayer Space in the KS1 area.
Learning to be an effective global citizen - some of the prayers that appeared on the box...
We are really fortunate to have speakers of over 17 different languages at our school!
We use Google Translate to help us understand different languages in the classroom. Here is the link, so you can try it yourself:
Children - make sure you keep your password safe and don't share it!
Families First Portal
This is a directory of organisations, services and groups in Hertfordshire that can help you with problems you or your family may be facing, before things might get worse. This is known as 'Early Help'.
You may not want or need to ask for help from a professional and there's lots of support you can find yourself by looking on the portal.
Information about School Closures
Hertfordshire have a new Schools Closure Notification System. All parents will need to sign up to this system to ensure that in the event of school having to close (which is very rare!), we can get the message out quickly to our families. This will replace any previous similar notification systems.
Registration is very simple, just click on the link below and go to ‘sign up’.
You will need to click on ‘sign up’ on the right hand side of the page, at the top. From there, follow the instructions given. It should take no more than 5 minutes to register and you can edit your information at any time should you change your mobile number or email address.
Our school is currently working towards being GDPR compliant.