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Christmas Art Competition

This year the PTA, with the generous help of Ms Sinclair, held a Christmas Art Competition. The students were given the task to create an A3 Christmas or seasonal image using any medium or discipline of their choice.

31 students entered the competition and produced incredible pieces of art that accurately depict the season. It was difficult to choose a winner, as all the entries were amazing. In the end though, Muskah from Year 7 was declared the winner.

As the winning artwork, Muskah’s drawing will be used in the promotion of the Christmas Fair. She was also awarded a fashionable handbag for her effort.


Thank you so much to all the students who participated in this year’s art competition.

Curl Up With A New Book For Christmas

Excited about the upcoming holidays? Looking forward to spending quality family time? Why not catch up on reading or enjoy one of our new movies with your family?

Half-term II New Books:

Half-Term II New Books 2014-2015

Half-term II New DVDs:

Half-Term II New DVDs 2014-2015

Have a lovely Christmas!

Stanborough School Library

-There is no Christmas without Christ-

A BIG THANK YOU! ADRA Giftbox Appeal 2014


Stanborough students pack 105 boxes

Many of you may remember that last year Stanborough Secondary School participated in ADRA’s annual Gift Box Appeal. The students packed 95 boxes – and raised £200 for shipping costs – which were delivered to underprivileged children in Sierra Leone.

This year the students at Stanborough once again proved their generosity by packing 105 boxes for disadvantaged children in Togo. Additionally they also raised £250 towards shipping cost. They have outdone themselves and we, as staff, are exceptionally proud of their commitment to humanitarian efforts.

The good will of Year 9Y deserves a special commendation, as they packed 26 boxes among themselves, earning them the ‘The Most Successful Form’ award. Another commendation goes to Tabason, as she, herself, packed 15 boxes this year.

Teachers, staff and alumni also participated; they managed to pack 23 boxes. In addition, a very generous staff member donated over £150 to buy toys and stationery for the boxes.

Lastly, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this project; special thanks go to Ms Eileen Hussey, who co-ordinated the appeal. Every box will make a difference to a child in Togo.


A Kitchen Where The Main Ingredient Is Love

International students from Japan, Spain and Brazil show off the boarding school’s new kitchenette along with their knowledge of adjectives during an English as a foreign language lesson. This is how our discussion went in class:

“When we arrived at Stanborough, the kitchenette was uninviting:


Would you like to cook in such a kitchen? 🙂

We thought the kitchen has to change. To our delight, it has!



Here is a list of adjectives which describes our new kitchenette:

  • Organized (Bruna)
  • Amazing (Leandro)
  • Good for cooking Brazilian food J (Vinicius)
  • Happy (Andressa)
  • Useful (Nozomi)
  • Clean (Thiago)
  • Lovely (Drau)
  • Cool (Aaron)
  • Beautiful (Mila)
  • Awesome (Emanuel)
  • Passionate (Shintaro)
  • Stylish (Isabella)
  • Wonderful (Ami)
  • Marvellous (Haro)

Many people at Stanborough work hard for us to have a good education, an education with a difference. Thank you to all who have helped to create our new kitchenette!”

Special thanks for the completion of this project goes to Larry Ivan, Keith Allen, Daniel Hopa, Liubov Milis-Hopa, Vanesa Pizzuto, Pat Walton, Audrey Balderstone, Lorraine Dixon, Ludmila Milis, Dimitar Odrinski, Enio Severi, Lauren Xavier, Courtney Prince and Aila Heck.

Written by EFL class 1:


Edited by their EFL teacher Ms L

News From Stanborough’s Home Of Reading

Welcome to a brand-new school year!

It is a pleasure to present you with the list of new arrivals at Stanborough School Library. Start the year off on a “reading” note 🙂

Half-Term I New Books 2014-2015

Half-Term I New DVDs 2014-2015

Wishing every new and returning student a great academic year!



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.

Face-paint fun!

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!

Stanborough Park Pathfinders

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.

Anita’s Dance Factory

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.”

New Books And DVDs

The academic year is almost gone but there might be just enough time to read another inspiring book or enjoy a family night with a fantastic movie:

HT V&VI-books


The winners of the on-going reading competition will be announced on Stanborough’s speechnight 2014.

On behalf of Stanborough’s Home of Reading-have a fantastic summer!


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!!!

New Books & DVDs At Stanborough

What better way to spend the half-term break than with a book? Do you know the story of Justin Bieber’s mom or have you read C. S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles in its entirety? Easter break might be the perfect time to do so!

HT IV-books

On the other hand, over 40 awesome cartoons and movies for you to enjoy! Revel in the true story of Easter by exploring the collection below


On behalf of the Library, have a fantastic break!

Mrs Milis-Hopa


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.

Christopher and Eva

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