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Autumn Term: Special Lessons and Events

This term was packed with special lessons and events:

On the 14th and 15th September our students attended a Study Skills Training Session delivered by Mr Gordon Sparke from Study Skills Zone. Our students learnt a variety of skills, including how to improve your memory, how to discover your learning style, ‘mind mapping’ and how to ‘grow’ your brain!

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On the 20th and 22nd September our students took part in a series of Awareness Sessions, focusing on the harmful effects of pornography.  Ps Ray Patrick, Little Eden’s Chaplain, Gloria Tukeba, from Our Great Commission, and Carole McWhinney, from No Ordinary Woman Chat Show, delivered these relevant sessions.  

On the 13th October Ms Sinclair organised an Art Lesson at the Tate Britain museum. Students from Year 7, 9, 10 and 11 had the opportunity to admire British contemporary art and engage in workshops with artists in residence.

Night photography can produce some great images! On the 26th October, Mrs Smith delivered a fantastic Photography Lesson. Using torches, sparklers and glow sticks, the students learnt about long exposure while having lots of fun.

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On the 1st November our football team visited Francis Combe Academy to play a friendly interschool match. Our team took the opportunity to unveil the new school kits. Even though Francis’s team won the match (5:2), it was a great learning opportunity, and the event was well-supported by students and staff.    

As part of the celebration of Black History Month, on the 1st November the School’s Cafeteria hosted an African and Caribbean Food Fest. They served a delicious variety of dishes such as: banku and okra stew, vegetarian curry goat, rice and peas, and fried plantain. Yum!

On the 4th November our students attended a whole-day Leadership and Self-esteem Training Session delivered by Mr Jackson Ogunyemi, better known as “Action Jackson.”

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 On the 8th November the School’s Cafeteria hosted a Brazilian Food Feast. Students and staff were truly delighted to try Feijoada (bean stew), Farofa (fried cassava flour), Pão de queijo (cheese bread) and even brigadieros (Chocolate truffles)!

On the 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.  

Brazilian Food Feast

On 21st November the School’s Cafeteria hosted a Brazilian Food Feast. Students and staff were truly delighted to try Feijoada (bean stew), Farofa (fried cassava flour), Pão de queijo (cheese bread) and even brigadieros (Chocolate truffles)!

A big Muito obrigado (thank you) goes out to all Kitchen Staff!

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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!

Our Moment In History

On the 21st of June 2016, Stanborough School was invited to Parliament to watch and participate in the Disenfranchised Voices: The Big EU Youth Debate.

Were all the students who attended debate training interested in debating? No. To be honest, at first the only reason some of us attended was because our friends were going. However, we started to engage with the project because we realised that we had been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to debate – not in a room at a local school, not in a local church hall, but in the Houses of Parliament! Imagine our excitement as we researched and debated our points. There were times when we doubted our own courage to speak before the dignitaries, but we were determined to make our teachers, our parents, and ourselves proud.

During our preparation we learnt an important lesson, that with great opportunity comes great sacrifice. We sacrificed much of our free time to practise. However, this became less and less of a hardship: we began to enjoy it. We were given meaningful opportunities to practise arguing and rebutting and in the process, we became more confident in our ability to present and support our arguments. One activity that was particularly helpful was called “Hot Air Balloon Challenge”. Just imagine our laughter as we tried to formulate arguments designed to convince our peers not to throw us overboard, because we had knowledge and skills that could save humanity!

Finally, the big day came. We were nervous, yet excited, as we set off for the pre-debate training at Parliament House on 21st of June. Despite all the preparation, things did not go as planned. In an attempt to ensure that all participating schools were represented, some Stanborough School students were asked to give up their opportunity to participate in the debates. Selflessly and without hesitation, we graciously allowed other debaters to take our place at the podium. Were we disappointed? Yes, we were. However, we recognised the importance of providing others with the same amazing opportunities.

Surprisingly, this gave us the opportunity to exercise one of the fundamental British values we have been learning about: democracy. After voting to decide who would participate, those of us not debating gladly supported those who were chosen to debate. As a result, although not all of us debated in the Houses of Parliament, we still felt a sense of achievement as we helped our representatives to organise themselves and practise their arguments.

Consequently, we swelled with pride as Khaleel and Luana, our first speakers went up and demolished the opposition. At the beginning of the main debate, thirteen people indicated that they wanted to leave the EU. Luana and Khaleel managed to persuade 6 people to change their votes with their public speaking skills and arguments they put across. Imagine that! Two of the youngest speakers at the event had swayed the public’s opinion on an important issue!

Not to be outdone, both Jazzmine and Leah also argued with a passion and conviction about their chosen topic – the security of our country. The whole day demonstrated to us that regardless of the challenges we might face, if we work hard together and do our best, we will not only persevere, we will excel.

In summary thanks to the dedication of the IDEA staff and our teachers, we, the students of Stanborough Secondary school were given an amazing opportunity to voice our opinions and play an active role in one of the most significant moments in our history as a nation. Every student who attended left Parliament House with a greater knowledge about Brexit and immigration. Personally, I gained more confidence as I talked to people I would not normally approach and I developed important skills such as projecting my voice and using my words to captivate an audience.

I would like to close by once again thanking our teachers, our parents and the staff at IDEA who collaborated to provide us, students, with this incredible once in a lifetime opportunity. We are proud to be a part of the Stanborough family. Excelsior- Ever Higher!

Written By Zahra in Year 10