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With God

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Welcome from the Headteacher

A warm welcome to St Catherine’s Hoddesdon where our children are happy, safe and love learning.

We are the town’s church school, situated in the very heart of Hoddesdon.

Our child-centred, project based curriculum is both creative and fun – taking into account each learner’s individual needs and interests. Our academic outcomes are strong in terms of both attainment and progress.

We are proud of the positive working partnership we have with families and recognise the importance that home life plays in the development of our young people.

In addition to our extensive grounds, St Catherine’s has a state-of-the-art computer suite, an inspiring library, a nature area with outdoor classroom and our very own outdoor swimming pool.

We have a thriving breakfast and after school club to provide care for our pupils from 7.45am to 5.55pm. In addition, a range of sporting and creative arts after school clubs cater for our children’s active pursuits and interests. We benefit from close liaison with our local parish church as well as The Ark Children’s Centre which is located on our site.

Our most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2016, grades St Catherine’s as ‘Good’ in all areas. Noting particularly;

‘This is a fully inclusive school where pupils are valued and taught to value others.’

‘Pupils are confident and they are proud of their school. They value the opportunities they have to take on positions of responsibility such as school councillor and membership of the collective worship team. Pupils who spoke to inspectors could not think of any way the school could be improved.’

Mrs Wallis

Headteacher

What's been going on?

Trip to the Synagogue

On Thursday, a group of students took a trip to central London to visit a Synagogue. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Here is a picture of some of them at Rye House train station.

ITV News came in to film us

#EATTHEMTODEFEATTHEM

Last week ITV news came in to film our fight against vegetables.

You can see the video that was shown on ITV here

Song and Sunflowers

‘Everybody take a stand, Join the caravan of love (Stand up) stand up, Stand up’

Caravan of Love by The Housemartins

On Monday, we came together for a day of music and reflection, culminating in our first ever ‘Sing-athon’. We thank Leon and Marlon from the London Community Gospel Choir for leading the whole school workshops and leading our whole school performance of ‘Caravan of Love’ in tribute to Mrs Staiano.

Our red nose day assembly
A big thank you to everyone that attended our maths workshop
ITV filming our fight against vegetables!!!
Phonics workshop for parents
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Run Around visiting School
World Book Day
Songs and Sunflowers
Songs and Sunflowers

This Term's Value

The Christian value for the first half term of 2019 is Service. We will begin by thinking about some different meanings of the word that are currently in use and reflect on the fact that this word is both a noun and a verb. Through assemblies and class sessions, we will consider examples from the Bible of people who served God. This will include thinking about Jesus’ teachings about service as well as those from members of the early church. We will also think about public services including those we use on a regular basis, for example the health service; and emergency services such as the police, ambulance and fire services.

Forgiveness is the Christian value for the second half term, which culminates in considering the events leading up to Easter and the theme of forgiveness that is pivotal in the Bible from that time. We will also consider the actions of Jesus’ followers leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection, including times when forgiveness was required in some very unexpected situations. We will also be thinking about the importance of forgiveness in our own lives; how to forgive others, times we need to be forgiven as well as the consequences of not being able to forgive or be forgiven