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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.

Year 10 Work Experience

Youth Connexions has been working with Stanborough School to secure placements for our work experience programme commencing 29th April – 3rd May 2019.

Pupils and parents are now able to use the on-line booking system to choose placements from anywhere in the county of Hertfordshire and Essex.  The placement-booking deadline is the 17th of December 2018.  Do encourage your child to think about the realities of the world of work as they undertake a placement further afield in an area outside of their home location.  Work experience offers the chance to appreciate new opportunities.  Parents may choose to place their child privately, the deadline for the private placement request is the 11th January 2019 and there is an online form to complete for this.

There is a cancellation charge of £90 for late notice of placements, or failure to attend a work placement.

Youth Connexions has a program on their website called ‘A to B Journey Planner’ which enables pupils to plan their journey to work from their home address.   They can choose a method of public transport to reach any given destination.  To access the website pupils can log in with their name and their unique pin to: http://hcc.learnaboutwork.net/log-in-student.asp .  They should select 6 jobs and number them in order of preference.

This positive experience is valuable for their future since it supports the development of the skills and discipline they will need when organising transport to get to college or work and makes the work experience more ‘real’ for them.

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Ms S Sinclair
WEX Coordinator

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

How Do You Know Summer Is Knocking?

How do you know summer is knocking? Simple: it starts knocking straight after Stanborough’s Arts Festival! And this year has been no different. Arts Festival was an evening to dazzle: instrumental and vocal music, poetry, drama, drums, dancing and even a wedding. That’s right, Mr Hopa finally shared with the school the truth about how he chose a wife some years ago. Whether you were there or missed the night, enjoy the highlights.

 

Text by Mrs Milis-Hopa
Video by Mr Zapotichny

Garston students return from India teaching trip

Five teenagers from a Garston secondary school spent two weeks in India in February on a character-building trip teaching children in a school attached to an orphanage.

Pupils from Stanborough Secondary School have been involved in annual trips to India for the past twenty years since recently-retired science teacher Kish Poddar took a group of 14 students to a small orphanage in Thally in Tamil Nadu to build a chicken shed to help the orphanage become more self-sufficient. The second project undertaken the following year was to paint the newly constructed boys dormitory, sponsored by the UK based Charity STOP International for the same orphanage.

For the next seven years the annual trips involved helping with basic construction work and decorating in various orphanages in Tamil Nadu state as part of the students’ coursework for the International Baccalaureate examination although one year they acted as volunteers at an eye camp in northern India. After this it was decided to give the Year 10 students the opportunity to help underprivileged youngsters in the children’s homes.

After months of preparation, planning lessons and gathering resources – with the help and advice of the English teacher who accompanied the group – five students ( three boys and two girls) and three staff (including Mr. Poddar) from the school travelled to India during the February Half Term break to start two weeks of teaching at the BESSO Primary school delivering ten 40-minute lessons each day for eight days.

Returning students have always claimed to find the opportunity a very special experience and this year’s group proved to be no exception. As one, summing up the views of the rest of the group, said, “Year after year I would sit on the same Stanborough chairs and listen to the previous Year 10 students explain how this trip changed their lives. However, I did not really believe that a trip could really be that moving. I loved seeing the children so happy and enthusiastic with so little and in the end it was very hard for me to let them go. This experience has touched my heart and I would surely love to come again.”

Organiser Mr. Poddar explained that the school’s director felt that the orphans benefited from the experience as well by having their ties with the UK strengthened and having English-speaking natives teaching their lessons. The teachers benefited by observing a different teaching style and being exposed to new resources. That the children enjoyed having the students each year was obvious from the way they remembered and asked about those who had visited them during previous years.

He added, “During their time in India the students had a set routine of waking up and lights out times, meal times and recreation times and had to put up with the novel experience of a mobile phone curfew from 10:30 pm to 7:30 am by handing in their phones to the staff. To make the trip more enjoyable the timetable included two days of sightseeing and one day of shopping. The team visited the Maharajah’s Palace in Bangalore and the beautiful Bannerghetta Wildlife Safari Park and Zoo.”

Explaining the rationale behind the scheme Mr. Poddar continued, “These trips are designed for the physical, mental and spiritual growth and development of the students. Humanitarian projects such as these play an enormous role in building character. We believe that Stanborough School leads from the front in this area.”

Source: https://www.mynewsmag.co.uk/garston-students-return-from-india-teaching-trip/

Spectacular Swimming Gala

On Monday January 15th, Stanborough students took part in the much-anticipated Annual Swimming Gala. Despite the cold, grey and rainy weather, Mr Allen, Mr Prince and Mrs Zivanov drove the excited students to Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre.

Students from Year 7 all the way to Year 10 joined the competition. The time-keepers and referees were Ms Brewster, Mrs Pavlovic and Mr Muraya, working alongside Mr Kumi, the Head Referee and Order of Events.

As the swimmers raced against each other, loud cheers could be heard from the supporters of each house: Greenfell, Livingston and Shaftsbury. Heartfelt thanks go to our dedicated staff, Mrs Sinclair, Mrs Dixon, Mrs Gengan and Mr Nalli, for keeping the happy students in tip-top shape as they were representing the school. A big thank you also goes to Mr Zapotichny, our photographer, for taking amazing shots of the students as they swam and cheered each other on.

Congratulations to our athletes for their fantastic performance!

Text Mr Muraya

A Big Thank You, ADRA Gift Box Appeal 2017

Thank you all for supporting the ADRA gift Box Appeal 2017! Together, we packed 106 boxes which will bring joy to children at the Ksizbia Refugee Camp, in Rwanda.

During the last half-term break, we loaded the school minivan with all the boxes, and even strapped the seat belts on to make sure they made it to ADRA’s storage house in pristine condition! After quality control, they will start their long ship journey to Rwanda.

Our non-uniform day in aid of ADRA raised £205.55 for shipping cots. Additionally, staff members donated £ 619.76 to top up all the boxes, making sure they were packed to the rim with toys and school supplies. A big thank you to all for your generosity and commitment! Special thanks also go to Ms Sinclair, our Art teacher, who did a great job co-ordinating the decoration of the boxes. They all looked super creative.

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Stanborough Ultra Academy Business Club

There was a buzz of excitement as the students made their pitches.  One pitch was for a cupcake business, while another was for slime – yes, slime! 

Students have been attending the UltraAcademy business club for four weeks now, on Wednesday afternoons, after school.

 They have learnt about business and entrepreneurship, how to create a product, how to make a pitch and how to price a product.

 The facilitator, Sam Appiah, is happy with the progress that the students have made so far.  The students are  very happy and excited, too.

The club is open to students in all year groups.

Text: Mrs E Hussey