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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



Community Service Day

The day was perfect, a pleasant temperature to work in, a gentle breeze and the sun graciously looking down on the students of Stanborough School for their Community Service Day. This is the day fixed on the school calendar for all classroom learning to be suspended and all the students and teachers to don overalls and working clothes and go into the community to serve.

Year 7 pupils brushed up their skills by painting the fence around the back of the school. Year 8 pupil teamed up with teachers and walked to the local ASDA superstore to help customers pack their shopping into bags. Year 9 pupils were divided into three groups: one group walked down to a Garston resident to tidy the back garden; another travelled with the Maths teacher to paint two sheds of another Garston resident; and the third group, led by the Headteacher of the school, carried buckets and sponges, washing cars in and around the school.
Year 10 pupils were driven in the minibus to Harebreak’s Adventure Playground where some painted the wooden structures, while others created huge murals of the four seasons on the walls; others planted bedding plants donated by Burston Garden Centre in boxes and beds, cleared leaves and weeds from the grow boxes to prepare them for spring vegetables. The Year 11 pupils were bussed to Harwood’s Adventure Playground where they had the task of painting the huge jungle gym.

The residents could not thank the pupils and teachers enough for the free service offered. Paul Banks, Play Services Manager of Watford said, “Just wanted to send my sincere appreciation and thanks for all the hard work you and your teachers and, of course, the efforts the children and young people put in at both the APGs. There is an instant benefit you provide to the sites and a long lasting change. The structures now look colourful and fun and the planting neat and attractive.”

The last word from the Headteacher sums up the day when she said, “I had so much fun.” Serving others can be great fun and that is the principle behind the Community Service Day at Stanborough School, a principle handed down by Christ himself.

Kish Poddar

New DVDs At The Library

Enjoy a fantastic selection of inspirational and challenging productions:


Proposed Third Party Transportation Service

Dear Prospective Parent/Guardian

Re:       Proposed Third Party Transportation Service

We are aware as a School that some parents would like a safe, secure and direct transportation service from across different areas into Stanborough Secondary School.

I would like to draw your attention to the attached letter sent to me by CKG Quality Childcare who offers a school-run transportation service.

Please note this service is provided independently from Stanborough Secondary School and as such we are not responsible for its price or logistics. 

Please liaise directly with CKG Solutions Ltd whose contact details are listed on the attached letter.  Do share this information with anyone else you are aware of who may be interested in this service.

The school serves as a conveyer of information only in this matter therefore please make every effort to ensure the service’s suitability for your purposes.

Yours sincerely
Mrs Lorraine Dixon
Interim Head Teacher


Silver Medal Win At Nationals

On Monday 17 June 2013, a group of athletes from Stanborough School participated in the I.S.A. National Athletics finals. The event took place in the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Angel, Esther, India, Marvin and Shalom represented Stanborough as regional champions, and we are very proud of all of them. Special congratulations go to Angel who won a silver medal (at national level!) for her performance in the Year 8/9 girls 100m race.

Go Angel!

There were 7 Regions represented at the finals: The North, East Anglia, The Midlands, London South, London East, London West and London North. Along with the regional champions from other schools, Stanborough students represented the London North region.

Exercise is an integral part of Stanborough’s approach to the holistic development of its students. Special thanks to Mr Jason Poddar (PE), Ms Virginie Gautran (PE), Mr Kish Poddar and Mrs Eileen Hussey for their support and commitment in facilitating this event.

The young athletes with Mr Poddar Jr. (PE)