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In Learning

With God

Together

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?

Bikeability

This week some of the children in year 5 have taken part in the Bikeability course. The aim of the sessions is to make sure the children stay safe when they are on their bikes travelling on the road. It's fair to say that all of the children taking part thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and learnt a lot about road safety as well.

Great British Spring Clean

This morning, the children in year 3 participated in the Great British Spring Clean. Along with some helpers from Love Hoddesdon, we picked up lots of litter from the streets in and around Hoddesdon town centre. As you can see from the picture we managed to collect quite a bit of litter!

Bonfire on the field

This morning, the children experienced a wonderful bonfire in our fire pit! They talked about the heat of the flames, the crackling sounds made by the wood and changes that they noticed as the wood burnt. They will be using this experience to write poetry this week, so watch this space for some of their magnificent poems!

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

The Great British Spring Clean
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
ITV filming our fight against vegetables!!!
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