Non quis, sed quid (not who you are, but what you are)

Non quis, sed quid (not who you are, but what you are)

The school’s motto, Non quis, sed quid, is very much being lived out in the children as they are making the most of the many opportunities available to them at St. Michael’s.

This week has provided many examples of where children have demonstrated their developing talents, abilities and interests.  Form 5 children and our Senior Orchestra were a credit to the School on Monday evening as they sang and played at the Junior SEESMA (South East Essex Schools’ Music Association) concert at the Cliff Pavilion. The children clearly enjoyed performing in a large public concert alongside children from other schools; their behaviour was impeccable and the Senior Orchestra played beautifully treating the audience to a medley of John Williams’ film music as well as accompanying some of the singing.

Wednesday afternoon this week saw our annual Sports’ Day at Basildon Sporting Village for children in Form 1 to Form 6. Competing on a beautiful summer afternoon it wasn’t just the sun that was shining; hotly contested heats and finals revealed some shining athletes both in the track events and also in the field events. Aside from individual victories, the inter-house relays showed fantastic levels of perseverance and collaboration as well as true sportsmanship. Well done, children.

Away from the public arena, Form 1 children have been out today in Old Leigh learning about the local area as part of their studies in geography, history and science. Form 6 children had their study of Macbeth brought to life this morning through their involvement in a Shakespeare 4 Kidz workshop where they were involved in acting roles from this famous play. Meanwhile, Form 2 children have been exploring the properties of materials in the school garden and designing a shelter for Hadleigh Bear, our School mascot, and next week are off to Hadleigh Castle as part of their history curriculum. 

The children’s active involvement in their learning is key to their success. Likewise, support from parents is equally important. With this in mind we have been continuing to develop the information stream available to parents and from next week parents will be receiving information about our new SIMS parent app where we can share information with you about your child’s school life. Once registered, you’ll be able to access our new parent app from a smartphone, tablet or PC – anytime, anywhere.

What will you find in the SIMS Parent app:

  • Important information such as your child’s attendance, timetable and achievements
  • School term dates and contact details available at the click of a button
  • Access to your child’s school report
  • Notifications to remind you about important information such as key dates for your diary 
  • The ability to update your contact details, so we always have the most up-to-date information in case of emergency

If you have more than one child at school, you will have access to information for all your children, from the same app. The information that you receive through the app will help you to stay up-to-date with your child’s school life as well as support your child’s development and progress.  An activation email will be sent to all parents from next week, with the exception of Form 6 parents. If you do not receive an activation email please contact the school office to check that we have the correct email address.

The safety of the children is equally as important as their learning and so for this reason I remind all parents that there must be no parking on the zig-zags at any time. Unfortunately, Mrs Bowley our School Crossing Patrol Officer is unable to provide this service temporarily so it is even more important that Hadleigh Road and Vernon Road are kept clear of parked cars.