February Update

February Update


St Michael's netballers have made it through to the Southend Primary Schools Sports Association Netball final, having . · triumphed at the Southend West semi-finals last week. The team, made up of Form 6 girls, won each of their matches convincingly against strong opposition from teams from Our Lady of Lourdes, Chalkwell Hall and West Leigh Junior Schools. Well done girls and every good wish for the final next half term.

The Form 3&4 and Form 5&6 hockey teams have also been in action this week. Both teams put in strong performances in all of their matches and are to be congratulated on their determination and sportsmanship. With some further matches next half term, we hope to build on this week's results.

Form 6 pupils rocked the night away on Monday at the 02 Arena as part of this year's Young Voices concert series. Performing at this iconic London venue and joining over 7,700 other children in a massed choir, the children (and staff) showed how they could not only sing with great gusto but also move energetically with the music. A great time was had by all.

With the mid-point of the year upon us, parents of children in Form 1 - Form 6 will be receiving today the first of two detailed, written progress reports for this academic year. In reading every report comment over the last week or so, it is clear that there is much to celebrate as children are making the right choices in committing to their learning and are being successful in achieving their learning objectives. The new assessment grades now being used are in line with current educational thinking and best practice. An explanation of the assessment grades can be found in the front cover of your child's report folder. However, in brief, we are aiming for al/children to achieve at least the Developing level, most children to reach the Secure level and some (the most able) to achieve the Mastered level. It should be borne in mind that the assessment grades given at the end of the summer term will not necessarily be reflected in the grades awarded at this point in the year as the children are working towards a different set of curriculum objectives. The grades awarded now, based largely on your child's achievements in the Michaelmas term, give you an indication of where your child is in relation to this year's objectives. Useful comparisons, in terms of progress, will be made from the grades awarded now in comparison with the next set of grades (Summer 2017), where we would expect to see improvement (e.g. from Developing to Secure) as your child will have built on prior learning and made progress. Comparing grades at similar points in consecutive years (e.g. Lent in Fl to Lent in F2 or Summer in F3 to Summer in F4) will also give meaningful measures of progress. For instance, a child achieving a Secure grade at the end of Form 3 and again at the end of Form 4 would be making expected progress; a child achieving a Secure grade at the end of Form 5 and a Mastered grade at the end of Form 6 would be making better than expected progress.