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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)

Summer Reads

New DVDs

Number Class Author Title Back of the DVD True story
DVD March of the Penguins Every year, thousands of emperor   penguins make an astonishing journey to breed their young. They are birds,   but they do not fly. They are aquatic animals, but this time they will not   swim. Instead, they walk-marching day and night in single file 70 miles into   the darkest, driest and coldest continent on Earth…Predators hunt them,   storms lash them. But the safety of their adorable, fuzzy chicks makes it all   worthwhile. So follow the leader…to adventure! yes
DVD Like Dandelion Dust Like Dandelion Dust is, according to USA TODAY, “the next Blind
Side”. Like Dandelion Dust is a compelling   drama oabuot a young boy who lives an idyllic life with his adoptive parents   on the coast of Florida. It’s a postcard childhood until the day they receive   a disturbing phone call: his birth parents want Joey back. A judge’s decision   could tear him away from the only home he’s ever known. One family is   determined to keep the son they love, the other to begin a new life, one   they’ve always dreamed of, and rise above the challenges of alcoholism and   domestic abuse that have plagued them. Joey’s future hands in the balance as   issues of parenthood and class warfare play out. Someone must make the   bravest decision of their life; sometimes the greatest love is letting   go.

New Books

“The Success   Principles” by Jack Canfield 158.105-
“Team of Rivals: the   Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin 921.LIN-001
“I beat the Odds: From   Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond” by Michael Oher with Don   Yaeger 921.OHE-001
Christian fiction
“A Time to Embrace”   by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-107
“The Last Song” by   Nicholas Sparks 248.SPA-001
“The Tender Years”   (Prairie Legacy 1) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-010
“A Searching Heart”   (Prairie Legacy 2) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-011
“A Quiet Strength”   (Prairie Legacy 3) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-012
“Like Gold Refined”   (Prairie Legacy 4) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-013
“Every Storm” by   Lori Wick 248.WIC-008
“White Chocolate   Moments” by Lori Wick 248.WIC-009
“Bamboo and Lace”   by Lori Wick 248.WIC-014
“A Place Called   home” (A Place Called Home series 1) by Lori Wick 248.WIC-010
“A Song for Silas”   (A PlaceCalled Home series 2) by Lori Wick 248.WIC-011
“The Long Road   Home” (A Place Called Home series 3) by Lori Wick 248.WIC-012
“A Gathering of   Memories” (A Place Called Home series 4) by Lori Wick 248.WIC-013
“When Calls the   Heart” (Canadian West 1) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-014
“When Comes the   Spring” (Canadian West 2) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-015
“When Breaks the   Dawn” (Canadian West 3) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-016
“When Hope Springs   New” (Canadian West 4) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-017
“Beyond the Gathering   Storm” (Canadian West 5) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-018
“When Tomorrow   Comes” (Canadian West 6) by Janette Oke 248.OKE-019
“Waiting for   Morning” (Forever Faithful 1) by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-108
“A Moment of   Weakness” (Forever Faithful 2) by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-109
“Halfway to   Forever” (Forever Faithful 3) by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-110
“A Thousand Tomorrows   & Just Beyond the Clouds” (Cody Gunner series) by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-113
“This Side of   Heaven” by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-114
“When Joy Came to   Stay” by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-115
“Shades of Blue” by   Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-117
Unlocked” by Karen   Kingsbury 248.KIN-118
“Divine” by Karen   Kingsbury 248.KIN-119
“Like Dandelion   Dust” by Karen Kingsbury 248.KIN-120
“The Shunning” by   Beverly Lewis 248.LEW-002
“The Confession”(a   sequel to “The Shunning”) by Beverly Lewis 248.LEW-003
“The Reckoning”(a   sequel to “The Confession”) by Beverly Lewis 248.LEW-004
“Young Woman: a Young   Woman’s Guide to Teenage Sexuality” by Jonathan and Ana Gallagher 176.002-
Bible novels
“Noah: the End of the   World” (a sequel to “Noah: the Chosen One”) by Bradley Booth 247.BOO-002
“Skyriders” by   Vimbai Gore-Strachan 823.GOR-001
“Lucky Star” by   Cathy Cassidy 823.CAS-001
“Sundae Girl” by   Cathy Cassidy 823.CAS-006
“Scarlett” by Cathy   Cassidy 823.CAS-004
“Driftwood” by   Cathy Cassidy 823.CAS-005
“Indigo blue” by   Cathy Cassidy 823.CAS-003
“Dizzy” by Cathy   Cassidy 823.CAS-002
“The Worst Thing About   my Sister” by Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-014
“The Bed and Breakfast   Star” by Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-015
“Midnight” by   Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-016
“Jacqueline Wilson Friendship Journal” by Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-017
“Double Act” by   Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-018
“Candyfloss” by   Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-019
“Sleepovers” by   Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-020
“Secrets” by   Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-021
“The Cat Mummy” by Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-022
“Best Friends” by Jacqueline Wilson 823.WIL-023
World Book Day Books 2013
“Hang in There Bozo” by Lauren Child 828.CHI-001
“Two of Diamonds” by Anthony Horowitz 823.HOR-001
“Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions” by Tony Robinson 608.007-
“Bittersweet” by Cathy Cassidy 823.CAS-007

Golden Luca

Luca “in action” (© Mike Ellis Photography / TRYB)

Congratulations to Luca on winning a gold medal at Hertfordshire County Junior Foil Championships (U14) 2013! The competition has held at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on the 9th February 2013. Tree Rivers Young Blades’ press officer commented: “Luca was in strong competition and fenced well throughout to win”.

We are VERY proud of YOU!

Well done Luca! (© Mike Ellis Photography / TRYB)

Students Teach In India

Daniela and the little ones

Five Stanborough students spent two weeks teaching in an orphanage in India during the February half-term break. The trip was organised by Mr Kish Poddar, Assistant Headteacher, as part of the community service ethos of the school. The students raised their own airfares and costs to travel to the city of Hosur in Tamil Nadu, India and teach at the BESSO Children’s Home.

The students and teachers gathered together at 4.00 am at the school on a cold February morning to begin their adventure. Yet a warm and colourful welcome awaited them at the gates of the BESSO Children’s Home! The BESSO Children’s home – built by STOP International in 2002 – is home to one hundred orphan children. The BESSO Children’s home also has a Primary and Nursery school that the orphans attend.

The orphans warmed up to the team of new ‘young teachers’ from England immediately. Our students were challenged by the basic facilities at the orphanage, such as using chalk and blackboard, no computers or internet, and the 30 degree temperature; but they soldiered on teaching in English Maths, Geography, English, Citizenship, History, Science, Spelling and Grammar.

Our students used their evenings to prepare their lessons. Their dedication and commitment to teaching the orphans inspired the children to complete their homework assignments and study for class tests. The young teachers were so impressed that they were moved to reward the little children with gifts and sweets for their effort in class.

Daniela, one of our ‘young teachers’, commented: “I had the time of my life. I will keep memories of this trip in my heart forever. To teach such adorable and sweet children was a touching experience. They are orphans yet there seems to be a special joy and happiness about them. I now want to have an Indian sister.”

Elizabeth also commented: “The children out there use a pencil right down until it is finished, whereas in England if we lose it we are able to buy another. I am personally going to stop complaining about things I do not have and start being thankful about things I do have.”

The Principal of the school, Mrs Josephine Ganesh, assessed and rated the teaching of the students from Stanborough School and presented awards. Tanya, Elizabeth and Phoebe received Good Teacher awards, Buya, the Best Teacher award and Daniela received the Excellent Teacher award.

Before the team left for India, Miss Gautran, an accompanying teacher, organised a collection of new underwear from the Stanborough School students and parents. Several dozen sets of underwear were received, packed and taken to India. When these were distributed to the children of the BESSO and the Way To Life orphanages, the delight on their faces was incredible.

Of course it was not all work because the team took two days off for sightseeing, travelling by train to Mysore to see the world famous Mysore Maharajah’s palace, the beautiful bird sanctuary at Ranganathithu and a tour of the city of Mysore shopping for gifts and souvenirs.

Tanya summed up what a trip like this is all about. In her words: “I will never forget the laughs, the fun, the exploring of nature and what God  has created, to bring us to an understanding as to why we were placed on Earth, to help others and that’s exactly why I will never forget India.”

Our ‘young teachers’

Teaching time!

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The WBD Quiz winner team

On 7 March 2013 Stanborough School students took up the spirit of the World Book Day with enthusiasm and excitement! Both our local students and the group of visiting students from Spain participated in a specially adapted version of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” quiz. Categories included: Bible, Literature, History, Geography, Science, Stanborough Library and General Knowledge.

Boys outshone the girls on this occasion taking the first 3 prizes but the girls are quite determined to claim the first place next year!  While the three winning teams received their prizes, all students received a book token. St Albans Waterstones set up a table in the Assembly Hall to ensure that all students had an opportunity to exchange their tokens for a ‘World Book Day’ free book.

After lunch Stanborough students opened their books and enjoyed an uninterrupted hour of reading. And why not? A book is like a wallet. You don’t know what’s inside until you open it

Exchanging tokens

With Love From Hong Kong

Tai Po Sam Yuk School, Tai Po, HK

On February 13-26 a group of Students from Stanborough Secondary School visited Hong Kong in the framework of a long-standing annual cultural exchange.

Since 2006, Stanborough Secondary School and Tai Po Sam Yuk Secondary School (TPSY) have a reciprocal exchange that allows students from both schools to explore another culture and experience a different education system. On February 3rd Stanborough welcomed a party of students from TPSY for 12 days. And on February 13th it was the turn of Stanborough students to fly to Hong Kong and enjoy a fun-packed programme.

Students had the opportunity to visit some of Hong Kong’s most famous and culturally important sites, such as Victoria Harbour, The Peak, The Big Buddha, Tai Po Lin Monastery, Tai O Fishermen Village, Macau Island and Clearwater Bay Beach among many others. Students also attended lessons at TPSY where they particularly enjoyed Mathematics and English. Additionally, they experienced China’s rich culinary culture and appreciated the opportunity to make new friends.

About her experience Sarah – a Year 7 student – shares: “What l liked the most about Hong Kong was Ocean Park and the Big Buddha. Ocean Park is a theme park with lots of fun rides and extremely fast Merry-Go-Rounds… The Big Buddha [a 26m stature on a hilltop in Ngong Pi] was really big. It is very important to Buddhist people… and we saw them praying when we got to the top.”

“Our students are privileged to have such an opportunity to develop as global citizens”, said one of the accompanying teachers. “Trips like this provide them with first-hand experience about other cultures and educational systems. Additionally, it teaches them tolerance and responsibility towards each other and the wider world.”

At Ocean Park

Macau Island

E-Portal Server Name Change

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