Author Archives: Vanesa Pizzuto

PTA’s Quiz & Curry Night

On 20th November the PTA held a fantastic Quiz & Curry Night at Saffron Restaurant. The Top Cats team, Sheila, Karen and Mike, won resoundingly! The event raised £110.  Congratulations to all for supporting Stanborough’s PTA. 

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Half-Term Fun

Have you ever wondered what boarders do during school breaks? During our last half-term break Stanborough International School and Stanborough Boarding School joined forces to organise a variety of activities and trips. On Sunday 24 October our boarders visited Cadbury World to discover the delicious history of chocolate! In the afternoon, the history theme continued. This time, the boarders used their chocolate-fuelled energy to explore Warwick Castle, a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It was a great day out!

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But that wasn’t all! On Monday 25 October, our boarders visited one of the most famous megalithic monuments in the world: Stonehenge. It was a such a windy day, but they managed not to fly away like Mary Poppins. In the afternoon, another surprise awaited: a visit to Bath. The students had the opportunity to explore the beautiful Roman Baths and even to do some shopping. It was a fantastic school break, how will we ever top it?

ADRA Gift Box Appeal 2016

Our love parcels are on their way to Ghana! Thank you all for supporting the ADRA Gift Box Appeal 2016. Together we packed 93 beautifully-decorated boxes and donated £207.64 towards shipping costs.  

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Additionally, staff members donated £283.21 to top up all the boxes, making sure they were packed to the rim with toys and school supplies.

Each box will bring a sparkle of joy to an underprivileged child in Ghana. Thank you for your generous giving!

Speech Night 2016 – Update

On Thursday 20th October 2016, we celebrated the achievements of our students in the academic year 2015-2016. It was a memorable occasion!

Clyde A. mesmerised the audience at the start of the evening with his piano rendition of Sonata in C Major by W. A. Mozart. He played it by heart and received a well-deserved standing ovation. 

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The Head Girl, Zahra B., introduced our Guest Speaker, Mr Victor Pilmoor, a former student, teacher and governor of Stanborough Secondary School. In his address Mr Pilmoor shared his experiences from his time in the Boarding School, including some mischievous deeds, like how he used to change the clock time for the bells, so he wouldn’t have to worry about being late.

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The School Orchestra and School Choir, both conducted by Ms  Ji Eun Ahn, graced the evening with their performances of “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar and “When You believe” from the Prince of Egypt.

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The Fletcher Cup, awarded to alumni who have overcome life obstacles and excelled, was presented to Mr Jean-Paul Theanne.

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An outstanding evening with congratulations to all those involved!

 

Check out the brand new issue of The Stanboroughian!

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Difficult conversations… We don’t exactly look forward to them! Yet, good teachers cannot  afford to shy away from controversial topics. If our students are to develop critical thinking skills, our classrooms need to be places where questions –especially hard ones- can be asked. This is why, in this issue of The Stanboroughian, students explored capital punishment.

According to Amnesty International, at least 1,634 people were executed during 2015, the highest record in 25 years. As Christians, how do we form opinions on topics that are truly a matter of life and death? And what impact do our convictions have?

As I write these lines, Mel Gibson is working on a film based on the life of private Desmond T. Doss (http://adventist.org.uk/news/2016/buc/desmond-doss). A Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector, Desmond T. Doss won a Congressional Medal of Honor for saving dozens of lives in the Battle of Okinawa -even though he refused to carry a weapon as a matter of religious conviction.

Our opinions matter greatly, thus, we should form them carefully! Looking for first-hand information, our students-journalists interviewed Harold Wilson (page 14), an American who spent 17 years in Death Row before being acquitted; and Shane Claiborne (page 18) a Christian activist and author. Additionally, the year 10 students ran an essay competition. You can read the winning essay (page 16), as well as some other conflicting opinions on this issue (page 17) side by side. Quite deliberately, no final verdict is reached on the topic of capital punishment. That’s your job, dear reader!

Our cover article is a tribute to Dr John Woodfield, a centenarian who served as Stanborough’s second Headteacher and penned the lyrics to the school song. It is with deep gratitude that we share his story of faithful service to God and our school!

The Stanboroughian would not exist without the dedication, support and skills of all its contributors. Thank you for making yet another edition possible!

The Stanboroughian 2015 -2016

Vanesa Pizzuto
Editor

School trip to the London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre

As part of the RE curriculum, Mrs. K. Jackson organised a trip to the London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre, on Wednesday 28th September. Students in year 10 and 11 took part in this educational trip to discover more about the Islamic culture and faith.

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Boarders visit London

On Sunday, 25 September 2016, our boarders had a fun day in London. For some of them, it was the first time seeing London’s attractions. Scroll down to enjoy the pictures and memories of their trip.

A big thank you to the Boarding School staff for organising this lovely day out!

Stanborough Summer Fete

Stanborough Park was filled with happy families who attended the Summer Fete last Sunday, 6th July. The fundraising event, organized by Veronica Montgomery, Chair of the Home Schools Association (HSA), raised £2390 towards providing iPads for the Stanborough Primary School students.

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This Summer Fete meant a special trip down memory lane for Veronica. She shared: “My father attended the primary school when it was in Sheepcot Villas on Sheepcot Lane, my sister attended the primary when it was located in the secondary school, my mother was the school cook and I attended the primary school in it’s current location. My children now attend the school. I remember the annual fete being a very large event and wanted to recreate an event on that scale.”

This she accomplished: the event was a complete success! Attractions included a musical performance by the Ekklesia vocal duo (Nadine Lee and Yolanda Greaves); Bollywood dancing from Anita’s Dance Factory; a gymnastics display by Dolphina Gymnastics and a marching parade by Stanborough Park Pathfinders. There were fun activities for the children such as bouncy castles, face painting and a traditional crockery smash! Representatives from the emergency services were present too, and the young ones thoroughly enjoyed having their pictures taken.

Dolphina GC girls did a great job!

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Bryan Watkins, former headteacher of Stanborough Primary School, travelled specially from Wales to open the event. In his address, Mr Watkins expressed his delight with the school development and the spiritual leadership of its staff members.

Stanborough Summer Fete was a great day out for the whole family and a fantastic opportunity to develop stronger links with the wider community. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a great success! We are looking forward to cultivating relationships that will enhance the school’s service and mission in the community.

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Veronica’s Vote of Thanks

Veronica Montgomery would like to acknowledge all the help: “I’d like to thank specially Richard Poulton, Nathan Stickland and their team in charge of the tent erection for working tirelessly on a very hot afternoon on Friday; Margaret McReynolds, Debbie McReynolds, Audrey Balderstone and Pat Walton for all their help in making our cake stall such a success; Florence Allen and the Pathfinder team; Barbara Lawrence, Eileen Hussey, Emmanual Amo Adjei who organised the team of gate collectors and car parking; Courtney Prince and the boarders who distributed leaflets to the local community; Pastor Neves and Enoch for their vision and support in the planning; and finally, Paul Godfrey and his company, Cosmur, who supplied all the portable toilets for the event.”

Luca, Our Own Fencing Champion

The British Youth Fencing Championship Finals 2014 were held at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, on 3-5 May. Our very own, Luca, won a bronze medal. Luca was competing at the highest level for his age group, and his victory represents a big step forward towards being selected as part of the British Fencing Junior Team – which represents GB internationally.

We could not be prouder of you! CONGRATULATIONS, LUCA!!!!

Congratulations, Luca!!!

Our Students Become Teachers In India

It was a cold but thankfully dry February morning. The time was six am on Sunday 16 February, when a team of Stanborough School students, staff and two parents, eight in number, met at the school to begin a life changing trip to warm tropical India. The mission was to teach for two weeks, at the BESSO Nursery and Primary school, which has 62 orphan pupils and was started by a young couple Mr and Mrs Ganesh.

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The five Year 10 pupils together with their teachers had been planning and preparing for this trip since the previous September. The preparation included raising funds by participating in a 24 hour sponsored badminton, carol singing in the local supermarket, surviving vaccinations, shopping for the orphans, lesson preparation and the packing. With all the preparations completed the team were ferried to London Heathrow airport to board a flight to Bangalore. With all the check in formalities completed they proceeded to the Gate for boarding. When the call for boarding went out one of the team members discovered that she did not have her passport or boarding pass.  There was a frenzy of frantic searching but without success.  So we gathered together for there was only One who would be able to sort this little dilemma out at such short notice. We prayed that He would intervene and let us find the documents to enable us to board the flight.

We retraced the steps that she remembered she had taken and one of them led to a dust bin. She had already looked there twice without any success but nevertheless we went through the motion of emptying the dustbin with passengers moving all around us. Having got to the bottom there was no passport or boarding pass. Next to it was a second dustbin for recycled plastic but she was sure that she had not put it in there. We started emptying the second one and within seconds there was the passport waiting to be rescued at the bottom. We picked up the passport and next to it was the boarding pass. They were both thrown away inadvertently. To say that there was elation and relief would be an understatement. There were hugs and tears of joy and gratitude to the One who delivered as He had promised so many times before. As soon as we were seated on the plane we huddled together and thanked Him for confirming at the start of our adventure that we had nothing to fear about the trip because He was going to be with us and bless us with His presence. And that is how it proceeded day after day.

Our first day at BESSO Nursery and Primary School

The Stanborough pupils each chose the year group they wished to teach, Nathan Year 1, Eve Year 2, Paul Year 3, Christopher Year 4 and Aswin Year 5. They had taken resources from England, prepared the lessons in the evenings and like seasoned teachers delivered a whole day’s lessons to the orphans. Each day began at 9 am with worship with the children. The timetable for the day was nine periods of 40 minutes each with breaks for lunch and play. This went on for two weeks. Each day the visiting teachers became  more innovative and creative than the day before. What was so encouraging to watch was the bond they formed with the orphan children. On the first day they made name tags which speeded up the bonding and within two days they were scooping up the children in their arms and playing with them during any break in teaching. As the days past the visiting teachers became more and more involved in the teaching and in the welfare of the orphans.  Even when on a sightseeing trip they seemed to be consumed with buying specific gifts for each child in their class. These Year 10 pupils turned out to become devoted teachers to their cohorts even if it was just for a short time.
On one day towards the end, we planned a picnic to the zoo. Needless to say, because this is an infrequent occurrence, the children were very excited – all dressed up in their socks and shoes and well pressed uniforms. One of the volunteers from England generously financed the whole event. Everyone had a wonderful day out. On the final day the school organised the Annual Sports Day in which the visitors from Stanborough School served as judges, time keepers and track officials which was a new but fun experience for them. After the prizes were awarded, we had a party for all the children and staff.  We had pre-ordered the food from a local restaurant. It was one of their favourite menus –masala dosai, idli sambar, coconut chutney, payasum and ladoo for dessert. The Stanborough team served the food. What impressed the visitors was when the children received their food on stainless steel plates, they went to their place on the floor, sat down and waited for everyone to be served before singing grace and only then did they tuck in. And to their hearts content too.

Aswin and Paul playing with the children

It was interesting and at the same time moving to learn how this trip had affected the Stanborough students and staff. Paul commented that he “gained a better appreciation of basic things like clean water, food, a roof over my head” and a “general appreciation of how much God has blessed me.” Eva said that “this trip to the beautiful country of India has been the most life changing experience I have ever had. I gained a pure joy which only God can give through the cheerful eyes of the young orphans. I also learnt to appreciate small blessings and unseen ones, for life and breathe and everything and everyone I take for granted”.
Christopher said “I have gained an appreciation for teachers, a new view point on life and I have made some great new friends. I have gained a better appetite and I am now less picky with what I eat.” Aswin said “I have recognised how lucky I am. As friends we’ve all grown closer and learned a little more about each other. I learnt a lot about myself. I gained an appreciation for teachers.” Nathan learned how to deal with spicy food, how to be organised and how to be a teacher. He also said he gained weight.
The adults too shared their experiences. Vanesa said, “I fell in love with their bright eyes and their smiles and with how open their hearts are. This trip taught me a lot. But mostly how simple the Gospel really is. How powerful love is”. “Zeny” I thank Jesus for all the blessings I have in life. I truly learned to be happy and content with what I have”. Mira said, “she gained a lot of things but probably the most was realising how blessed I am. I am really thankful that I have Jesus is my life and this trip really opened my eyes, that if I want to be a follower of Jesus I should change some things.”

By God’s grace we all arrived safely back. Some of the students did not want to return home but having joined their families back in cold wet England, they had already learnt to cherish and value their own more than ever.

We’ll miss you!

[Kish Poddar]

Watford Observer:
Garston pupils parents and staff return from India orphanage school trip

BUC News:
Stanborough School pupils turn teacher in indian orphanage

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