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World Book Day 2014

Stanborough Secondary School celebrated the World Book Day a week late because students and staff were on a spiritual journey through Bible heroes led by pastors Jacques Venter and Sam Nevis the week before. But the excitement ran high as 6 student teams and 3 staff teams filled the Assembly Hall, all with the intention to have a great time and, ultimately, to win.



Visiting students from Beijing joined in the fun. Questions ranged from Bible to Biology and at times our teachers had to think really hard. Let’s test if you’d know the answers to a couple of questions:

  1. When David went to face Goliath, his armory consisted of his sling and how many stones?
  2. Name the American president who sold his collection of Books to the Congress for $25 000 and this collection became the beginning of the Library of Congress?
  3. Which composer became deaf at about the age of 30?
  4. What is 40 divided by 1/2, plus 15?
  5. Into which sea does the River Jordan in Israel flow?

Red house parents will be pleased to know that ….Red House took the top place!

WBD 2014

Congratulations to the red girls who earned 42 points, overtaking the closest team by 2 points! Blue girls are on the 2nd place with 40 points. Red boys and Green boys settled for the third place with 38 points each.

The battle between the staff was just as intense. Blue staff took the 1st place with 50 points, while Red followed with 49 points. Well done!

A big thank you to all parents and students for raising £103.10 for new Books and DVDs for the Library through the non-uniform day!

While all winning teams got either chocolates, notebooks or books, all students received their World Book Day coupons-do not forget to exchange them for free books by March 30! Another prize for the whole of Stanborough Family is 40 Bible cartoons worth over $1000 produced by Richard Rich, former director of Walt Disney Productions. The collection is now being catalogued and stories are waiting to be discovered over the Easter break!

Thanks to all for your support and have a fun year leaning and preparing for the next year’s Whole School World Book Day Quiz!


Text by: Liubov Milis-Hopa

Pictures by: Daniel H.

  1. 5 stones (1 Samuel 17:40)
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Beethoven
  4. 95. Dividing by 1/2 is the same as multiplying by 2. So, 40 · 2 + 15 = 95.
  5. The Dead Sea

International Friends Visit Stanborough

Our Language & Cultural Tours programme gives secondary students from all over the world an opportunity to experience British culture first-hand and to make international friends while developing their English Language skills.

Recently, we welcomed students from China, Brazil and Italy. These are some memories of their visit.

Chinese students, Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School (4-16 Nov 13)

Brazilian students, Life Intercambios (15-27 Jan 14)

Chinese students, Tai Po Sam Yuk Secondary School (26 Jan – 08 Feb 14)

Italian students, San Guiseppe Calasanzio (3-9 Feb 14)

Stanborough’s Divine Service At St Albans Church

St Albans SDA church enjoyed hosting an enthusiastic group of students and staff on Sabbath February 22. Along with Nico Weyers we asked the hard questions: “Is evolution a fact or a belief?” “If evolution is scientific,  is there evidence which can be examined and does not need to be accepted by faith?” “Does it matter what we believe and what we are taught at school?”

Students and staff sang, played the piano, guitar and flute, did a mini-art lesson, presented video productions and read from the Word. Looking at the Stanborough team, one of St Albans’ members, who is an alumni of Stanborough School, lamented not digging up his school tie. The photo below explains why 🙂

New Book Arrivals At The Library

New DVDs

Films For Christmas

11 new inspirational movies and cartoons to savour:


New Titles At Stanborough Library For Christmas

Classroom Competition 2013

In a continuing drive to excellence, our school organised a classroom competition. A team of judges from non-teaching staff assessed each classroom in aspects such as:  creativity of displays, how God is revealed through the subject, the displaying of students’ work and neatness of room amongst others.

There was a flurry of activity as the competition date drew near.  The team of judges were in for a delightful surprise as they witnessed the wonderful use of colour, visual stimulation, creative and artistic flair along with each staff member’s passion for their subject.   There were several classrooms which deserved to win.  This made the judges’ decision quite difficult!  Congratulations to Mrs Venter whose Maths classroom won 1st place.  Joint  2nd place was awarded to Mrs Poddar (Business and Communications Systems classroom) and to Mrs Milis-Hopa (Library).  The 3rd place was won by the Physical Education room re-arranged and re-organised by Mr Jason Poddar.   The judges awarded a 4th prize to Mrs Mabhena for the Spanish classroom which was bright, colourful, welcoming and truly reflective of Spanish culture and language

The competition achieved its desired goal – to drive up standards.  As you walk into each classroom, there is an air of accomplishment and pride. God is glorified through the beauty of the displays and the inspiring presentation of students’ work and achievement.   Well done one and all!

Already, we can’t wait for classroom competition 2014!!!

L. Byng (pictures & video Gilberto – year 10)


A BIG THANK YOU! ADRA Shoebox Appeal 2013

Thank you for supporting the ADRA Shoe-Box Appeal 2013. Together we raised £200 towards the shipping costs and packed 95 boxes. ADRA will deliver them to underprivileged children in Sierra Leone in February 2014.


Well done to Year 7 and Year 8 for jointly winning, ‘The Most Successful Form’ award by each packing 20 boxes.


Congratulations to Year 10X for winning, “The Most Committed Form” award. Every student in this form packed at least one box. Together, including their Form Tutor, they packed 14 boxes. We are proud of you!


Tabason deserves a special mention for packing 10 boxes all on her own. Gabrielle followed closely by packing 7 boxes and also must receive a special mention. Their commitment and dedication is inspirational!


Again, thank you all for supporting this project; every box will make a difference to a child in Sierra Leone.

Nathaniel Peat Inspires Audiences

The memorable Speech Night on Thursday 17th October 2013 celebrated students’ achievements throughout the academic year 2012-2013. Nathaniel Peat, CEO and Co-founder of Gennex, was the guest of honour and delivered a dynamic and inspirational keynote speech.

Nathaniel Peat, CEO and Co-founder of Gennex

“It is not about affluence,” said Nathaniel, “it is about influence.” Faithful to his motto, at the age of 25 Nathaniel founded The Safety Box – a non-profit organization that seeks to help young, vulnerable people and foster academic achievement. Nathaniel is also co-founder of Gennex, a company that provides renewable energy products to middle and low-income communities.

Nathaniel shared with the students his own struggles with not achieving sufficient passing GCSE examination grades as a young man. He confided how discipline and faith in God helped him overturn the initial setbacks and to obtain a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. This work ethic eventually led him to become the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits Awards, and to be listed on the Courvoisier Observers Future 500 Next Generation List, among other national and international recognitions. Nathaniel encouraged the students to aim high in their life journey and not to allow challenges to stop them.

Sports Awards

In her annual report, the Head Teacher, Mrs Dixon, pointed out Stanborough’s strong academic results at KS3+ and GCSE, with 100% of students achieving A*- C grades in Art, Physics, French, Spanish, and Music, 85% in Maths, and 83% in Biology and Chemistry. Mrs Dixon also commended the spiritual development of Stanborough students through their involvement in activities such as “Community Service Day” and the annual Humanitarian trip to India.

The Stanborough Secondary School Choir, conducted by Miss Ji Eun Ahn, beautifully performed “You Raise Me Up” (by Secret Garden), while the music ensemble delighted the audience with “Memory” (by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Trevor Nunn). The voice of the students was represented by the Head Boy, Caleb Thompson, who closed the evening with a wholehearted vote of thanks to all teachers and staff members.

Yasmin receives one of her awards

Rohan receives one of his awards

Daniela receives her ESOL awards

Daniela receives her ESOL awards