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New Stanborough School Newsletter – 13 December 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians,


Following a regulatory ISI Compliance Inspection in March 2019, where the school was found to be non-compliant in several areas, an Action Plan was submitted to the Independent Schools Inspectorate. 

The implementation of many actions at Stanborough, resulted in compliance for most areas. This was evidenced in our most recent monitoring report on 19thSeptember, 2019.

As staff and leaders, we will be working extensively throughout the academic year to ensure that we address the two areas of non-compliance and will keep you undated on the progress.

For further details, please see the report for the ISI Monitoring visit on our school website.

Thank you for your continued support.

KS3 Artwork

Year 11 GCSE Art Exhibition

We cordially invite you to view our Year 11 GCSE Art Exhibition at
Margerison Gallery, Stanborough Secondary School, every Monday
3.30-5.00pm from 17th June – 8th July.

Victorian Candlelight Banquet

Please register using the form below. NOTE: your reservation confirmation email may end up in your spam/junk mail folder. Please be mindful of this.

Schools Bible Project Competition

Last year we entered the Schools Bible Project competition where we studied some of the great events in the life of Jesus Christ and wrote an essay about one of them. Most schools in the UK entered and the list below are last years prize winners. It was our first time and we came forth in this national competition.

Mazvita, Bible Project Competition winner
Mazvita, Bible Project Competition winner

1st Prize jointly:
Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont Bucks
St Columba’s Boys School, Bexleyheath

2nd Prize jointly:
The Pinstanley School Braunstone Town Leics
St John Payne School Chelmsford

3rd Prize jointly:
The Cedars School, South Croydon
Lacon Childe School Cleobury Mortimer

4th Prize jointly:
Oaklands Catholic School Waterlooville Hants
Stanborough School Watford

We also gave our own internal joint 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

This year the prizes are

  • 1st prize, £50
  • 2nd prize, £30
  • 3rd prize, £20

Choose one of the events in the life of Jesus, read about it, think about it and then write about it as if you had actually been present.  These events are described in the New Testament which is the second half of the great book we call the Bible.  It is a central part of the worlds great religious heritage.

Here Are The Events From Which to Choose

  1. The Wedding at Cana (John 2:11-12)  It was Christs first miracle, John describes it as happening “on the third day”. Is there any significance in that?
  2. The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13-21) They were busy people with homes and families, but they had been so attracted by Christs preaching that they followed him all day and were hungry. What did He do? The people were Jewish, they remembered their own history and the manna in the desert. It must have made them wonder: who is this man, Jesus?
  3. The raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44) Lazarus had been dead for three days. His body must have started to smell and decompose. And yet Christ raised him. Does it point to anything that might happen to Christ himself?
  4. The Last Supper (Matthew 26:26-68, Mark 14:22-14) It was the season of the Passover and Christ asked his Apostles to find a suitable room for a solemn banquet. It was the night before He was to die…
  5. The Resurrection (Luke 24:1-148) A Crucifixion was a savage, ghastly death. Christ’s broken body was placed in a tomb and sealed with a great stone. Three days later, women came back to make to body clean with fragrant oils and spices. But the tomb was empty…

How to Enter

The competition is open to all UK pupils aged 11-16.   The essay must be typed on a computer and must carry the name of the pupil, date of birth, year group and full address of the school.

  1. Choose one incident from the list above after studying them all carefully. Study other accounts (authors) some incidents are described by more than one of the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  2. Write a description of the incident in YOUR OWN WORDS AS IF YOU HAD BEEN PRESENT. This work must be unaided by your teacher. You can either choose to be one of the people actually involved, or you can invent a character for yourself. You can decorate your essay but elaborate artwork that might be damaged in the post is not recommended. No plastic folders or laminated work. Ordinary A4 sheets held together by staples or paper clips are best. Maximum 5 pages (1,000 words).
  3. The teacher will then check that the work complies, collate all by year group and post it to arrive no later than June 30th. Winning prizes will be notified at the beginning of the Autumn term. The four main prize winners will be invited to attend a special ceremony in November or early December 2019 in London at the House of Lords. They will attend with their family and teacher and have a TOUR OF PARLIAMENT, TEA AT WESTMINSTER and then receive their prizes.   In addition a large number of runner up prizes will be awarded and these will be mailed direct to the school in September 2019.
  4. All entries become the property of Christians Direct and are non-returnable. You are advised to email a copy of your essay to yourself and your teacher.

Christian Projects is an ecumenical charity bringing together members of mainstream christian denominations in Britain. The School Bible Project has been running annually since 1989.

A new way to record, track and monitor homework at Stanborough School

We are excited to be launching Show My Homework, an online tool to help you keep track of your child’s homework. Show My Homework will allow you to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status and grades. We have decided to bring on this system to improve the way we communicate with parents and give you greater visibility into the homework we set.

You will be provided with login details to your personal account which is linked to your child’s homework calendar where you will be able to see your child’s To-do List and any homework that is overdue. These logins will be sent out within 2 weeks after launching but in the meantime, you are still able to view all homework.

To view all homework set without login details please go to the main menu on this website and click on Homework. Please note you will need to use the filter options at the top of the page to find your child’s homework.

  • 24/7 access
  • View quality and quantity of homework
  • Translation into over 50 languages
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices
  • Receive automated notifications before homework is due

We have launched Show My Homework on 14.02.2019 and we hope that this service will provide parents with a deeper insight into the homework your child receives. More importantly, we hope that it will improve your child’s organisation, time-management and help them to keep on top of their workload.

To keep up to date on the move please download the Show My Homework app once you receive your login details, you will then be sent push notifications to let you know what homework is due. You will also be notified of grades, overdue homework and announcements/events. If you or your child have any questions about the service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Show My Homework, who are always happy to help. Just visit or call 0207 197 9550.

Annual Carol Concert

The stage before the concert

Stanborough School held the annual Carol Concert at the Stanborough Park Church on Tuesday 11th of December, 2018. The programme featured music performed by the school orchestra, choir, and various ensembles, interspersed with Scriptural readings, dramatical presentations and congregational singing. Watch highlights from the concert in the video below.

Garston School wins 3rd prize in Suffragette Competition

Richard Harrington MP recently invited schools to an art competition to commemorate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918.  Mr Harrington said “The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards the rights women have today, and the centenary of that Act is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our progress.  That we’ve seen two female Prime Ministers shows just how far we’ve come.”

Stanborough Secondary School pupils were moved by the realisation that the struggle for equality still has some way to go and duly accepted his invitation to create an art piece.  One of our year 9 pupils, Stephanie, won 3rd place.  Mr Harrington is seen here with Stephanie’s art piece in his right hand.  Stephanie received a bundle of gifts from Mr Harrington including a certificate of completion from the House of Commons.

Runners up were celebrated with a special assembly: 1st prize an £80 art set for Stephanie, 2nd prize,  £50 set for Nusaiba and 3rd prize, £30 set awarded to Evie.  12 additional pupils received consolation prizes for their effort, they were Kristiyan, Rohan, Marlon, Clyde, Carlos, Nyasha, Thea, Mikaela, Sarah-Jane, Melissa, Ethel and Leah.    


Up For Marine Engineering?

I have never thought about being an engineer before, so I was not particularly excited about this workshop. I like to study maths and physics, but engineering wasn’t an option that I considered until the Marine Engineering Workshop that Stanborough School organised for us.  A friendly marine engineer came to deliver the workshop and it was an interesting experience for me: it opened my eyes to a number of careers in Science, Engineering and Technology.

In the first part of the workshop, the instructor explained to us what marine engineering is, what marine engineers do and what this profession aims for. I was amazed at the fascinating things that marine engineers build; being a marine engineer means more than simply building boats and submarines. It is building whatever needs to be built in a creative and innovative way.

In the second part, we had a practical activity and a competition. The class was divided in groups of three and our task was to build a boat with thick paper and some wires. We would then put all the boats in water, filling them with some marble balls. Finally, the boat that could hold the maximum number of balls without sinking, would win. In the end, it was harder than we thought. Building a little paper boat is difficult enough; this made me realise that to build a real boat is not an easy job.

By the end of the workshop, engineering was becoming a very viable and attractive career option. While I might not necessarily opt for marine engineering, other areas of this profession are definitely worth exploring. What intrigued me most about engineering is how it has comprises maths and physics principles, along with creativity and originality.

Text by Lisia