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Student Investor Challenge

Matthew Turnbull, Year 13 Finance student writes:

Mrs Ramsamy’s Finance classes had another successful year with the ‘Student Investor Challenge’. The competition involves teams of four investing £100,000 of virtual money on the London Stock Exchange.

We had to keep our two portfolios healthy by following the ups and downs of the market, judging when to buy and sell in order to make a profit. Portfolio one was the ‘Active Investor Portfolio’ which allowed us to trade on each working day. Each month, the team with the most improved portfolio was rewarded with a prize. Portfolio two was the ‘Strategic Investor Portfolio’ which allows only a limited number of trades per month, therefore, encouraging long-term strategic thinking.

Based on our knowledge gained from studying personal finance and Mrs Ramsamy’s strong advice to invest the full amount of cash we had at all times helped us to avoid a daily Windfall Tax of £1,000. This year my team and I were in the top 10 teams out of over 6000 teams and received an email from the organisers LIBF stating:  “Your team is about to enter the semi-finals! This is such a fantastic achievement – well done for navigating the markets which were even more competitive this year.” This means now we will have a new challenge against the top teams in the UK to try and reach the live finals.

Mrs Ramsamy, Business & Finance Leader writes:

The ‘Student Investor Challenge’ aims to improve financial capability, and encourage engagement with the finance sector.  It gives students a positive and practical experience of what it’s like to invest in the real-life stock market, gain team-work skills and strengthen their maths knowledge. It’s a joy to see year on year our students making it to the semi-final. Making it into the top 10 makes this the best year ever for one of our teams namely Jack Joyce, Matthew Turnbull and Andreas Andreous. Good luck in the next round!

“This Challenge is a fantastic way to get yourself into stocks and shares which I find very interesting and it really challenges you to think about how real life events and occurrences will affect the market. Also with the Student Investor Market being based only 15 minutes off real time it keeps you on your toes at all times.” Matthew Turnbull


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Stanborough School Mock Election

Mr R Hobson, Subject Leader: Politics, writes: 

With the General Election taking place this week, Stanborough School has also been in campaign mode. Students from our Year 12 politics class have been working in five separate campaign teams competing for votes from Stanborough staff and students in Thursday’s mock election.

The campaign kicked off last Friday with a lively debate taking place in front of an audience of Sixth Form students. Party candidates faced tough questions on a wide range of issues including NHS funding, Brexit, climate change and the housing and homelessness crisis. Labour Party candidate Josh Paul
defended his party’s position on Brexit, outlining that in his view the most sensible strategy for dealing with the Brexit impasse was to put it back to the people in a second referendum.  Unlike his party leader he was willing to admit that in such a scenario he would campaign to remain in the EU.

This admission was met with disdain from Brexit Party candidate Ollie Curtis who reiterated his commitment to a clean break Brexit and “respecting the will of the people”.  He roundly rejected accusations that his party was in fact the greatest obstacle to getting Brexit done by taking potential Conservative votes in Labour held marginal seats.

The Conservative candidate, Daniel Green, was keen to outline his party’s plans to tackle climate change and their commitment to invest in public services.  With question marks surrounding his party’s commitment to additional NHS nurses following a recent Nicky Morgan interview, he explained that the 50,000 extra nurses was based modelling the current rate at which nurses were leaving the profession.  Therefore in real terms his party’s commitment was for there to be 31,000 more nurses, as well as 19,000 retained who would otherwise have left.

The Green Party candidate, Alex Ford was keen to outline his party’s commitment to tackling the climate
emergency while outlining what he deemed to be the failed record of the Conservatives on this matter.

The Liberal Democrat candidate, Zaiynab Malik has made the case for revoking Article 50 and instead
reinvesting money into public services.

Throughout this week hustings events have taken place in front of each year group.

“Stop Brexit.  Vote to protect Britain’s future.  Vote Lib Dem”. Zaiynab Malik, Liberal Democrats.

“The Earth is at the centre of everything we want to achieve. We’re stuck between a Tory rock and a Labour hard place, and the Green Party are the alternative.” Alex Ford, Green Party.

“Brexit means brexit. Save our country’s democracy. Vote for the king. Vote Ollie Curtis” Ollie Curtis, Brexit Party.  

 “You are our priority. Our aims are your aims. It’s time for change. Vote Labour”  Josh Paul, Labour Party.

Vote for a majority. Vote to get Brexit done. Vote Conservative” Daniel Green, Conservative Party.

Stanborough Election Update

After a fantastic week of campaigning Stanborough students and staff went to the polls last Thursday, alongside the rest of the country. The Stanborough electorate had observed debate and hustings speeches from each of the five candidates and cast their votes in tutor time.

In the end the election was in no way reflective of results in the outside world, as once votes began to be counted it became clear that the Greens and the Brexit Party would be the front runners.

Congratulations to Alex Ford of the Green Party who was victorious, winning 35% of the vote. The relatively low winning vote share is a testament to his fellow candidates each of whom claimed a significant number of votes also. Alex’s closest challenger was Ollie Curtis of the Brexit Party who took 29.6% of the vote. Labour’s Josh Paul polled at 15.1% while the Conservatives Daniel Green and Zaiynab Malik of the Liberal Democrats each polled strongly with 10.6% and 9.7% respectively.

The Greens were particularly popular amongst our younger students who voted in large numbers for Alex’s vision of an environmental revolution.

“I was very happy to see such a large amount of support for the Green Party within the school. It was my pleasure to be elected, and to see that the Stanborough students and staff have voted for the Green New Deal, protecting our environment and enhancing our economy, a second say on Brexit, and for an end to the “War on Drugs”. Thank you all very much for your support during my campaign and indeed afterwards. Together we put an end to the Brexit Party” – Alex Ford, Green Party MP for Stanborough School.

Mock Election 2019


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Business Students meet Porsche Business Manager

Mr Sinclair, Teacher of Business, writes:

Porsche Oct19 1wOn the 14th and 16th October 2019 both Year 9 and Year 12 Business students were privileged to receive a presentation from Dan Jones, the business manager at the local Porsche centre in Hatfield. Dan spent 45 minutes each time delivering information on Porsche’s sales turnover, demand and supply and the dynamic nature of the market that they operate in. This guest speaker truly brought Business to life and allowed students to put their theory into Business context. Most exciting was the news that Dan was going to Barcelona this week to launch the new all electric car; the Teycan 4s!

“I thoroughly enjoyed having Dan come in to see us as he taught us a lot about the risks and rewards that they took. I especially loved having him in as I love cars and really love Porsche.”  Alex O’Carroll, 9O

 “I really enjoyed listening to the guest speaker from Porsche. I was able to understand a different aspect of the business world”.  Archie Bell, 9H

 “It’s always lovely to have guest speakers from various industries as this really brings home to students how applicable the business theory they are learning is. Dan was particularly inspirational, it was clear from his delivery how passionate he was about his job. Our students were fully captivated and could have asked Dan questions all day!”  Mrs Ramsamy


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Engineering Education Scheme

Mrs K Coldwell, STEM Leader: Mathematics, writes:

A group of six Year 12 students from Stanborough have been invited to take part in a six-month project run by the Engineering Development Trust. The Engineering Education Scheme links up teams of students with local companies to work on real-life, scientific, engineering and technology projects.

Josephine Clayton, Sean Davies, Charlie Earnshaw, Jack Hamer, Aaron Johnson and Jason Nwokeji attended the launch of the scheme last week and had the opportunity to meet their team mentor, a highways engineer who works for Hertfordshire County Council. They also learned about the project they will be working on which relates to electric vehicles of all varieties, from scooters to cars to trains to airplanes.

The highlight of the morning was probably the team-building exercise, though, which Stanborough won for the first time in its association with the Engineering Education Scheme. The team designed the marble

roller-coaster which kept the marble moving for the longest out of the nine teams at the launch, while keeping within the constraints of materials and time. But it was very nearly the opposite result as the marble went missing for a time during the construction and this would have resulted in disqualification if it had not been found!

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Scholarship Success

Mrs C. Ramsamy, Business & Finance Leader writes:

On Wednesday 9th October, Dominic Vallier from the London Institute of Banking presented several awards and offered a scholarship to four of our Year 13 Finance students: Priya Desai, Jack Joyce, Tatiana Lwin and Lucy Thompson. The award was for achieving outstanding summer 2019 results. I am really proud of our students and would like to take this opportunity to commend them for their hard work.

“It’s great to be recognised for the achievement of my exam performance last year. The course is practical and set up for everyday life to support with any future financial decisions I make. I would definitely recommend this course especially for students who are planning a financial career. It is an excellent course as the topics covered are so relevant for today in society which sparks lots of financial discussions in class.” Priya Desai Y13

“I was a bit shocked as I didn’t realise I got one of the top grades in the country. It was nice to be offered the opportunity to take this further through the LIBF scholarship which was offered. It’s flattering to be offered a fantastic opportunity as well as an award.” Lucy Thompson Y13

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Parliament Visit 2019

Politics Students Visit Parliament

Thomas Gray,12A, writes:

London welcomed the Year 12 Government and Politics class on Friday 18th January 2019. After the eventful House of Commons votes earlier that week, everyone felt excited to get a tour of the battleground of British politics; the Houses of Parliament. The train and tube trip were navigated well, and everyone made it to Westminster tube station in time for some lunch. After a quick sandwich, the class made it through security and we met our tour guide. We first went to the central lobby, where Members of Parliament are often smothered by the press, fortunately there were no cameras there for us that day. We then were taken up to the viewing galleries of the House of Lords where unelected professionals make recommendations on policy making. A debate was taking place which was especially impressive as we were able to see the chamber in action, live! Then we were taken to the committee rooms where experts are chosen to scrutinise the government and to help with the making of any legislation. Then, we were led to the ‘other place’: The House of Commons. This was particularly exciting due to the two very important votes just days before however there were no debates taking place while we were there which meant that we were able to actually go into the chamber itself. It seemed strangely small although still very regal, filled with its green benches and gold ornaments. We even got to stand at the dispatch box, where Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn exchange arguments over issues such as Brexit.

After the tour, we met in the education centre for a workshop about select committees and we debated whether or not they were an effective method for scrutinising government policy. It started with a quiz and then we were told to research to prepare for the debate. We then met with Baroness Barker, who sits in the House Lords and is a former committee member; she was able to explain to us about what her job entails, how to address her (m’lady and then ma’am) and what she thinks, as a liberal democrat, about her role as an unelected representative.

Overall, the trip was very informative and enjoyable as we got to see the inner workings of how our country is run.

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Maths Challenge Success

Mrs K. Coldwell, KS5 and G&T Leader, Maths, writes:

The team of Tawsif Chowdhury, Hannah Imafidon, Behram Printer and Kono Washio travelled to Peterborough last week to compete in the Regional Final of the Senior Team Mathematics Challenge, a competition organised jointly by the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme and the UK Mathematics Trust and sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc. The aim of the competition is to provide a stimulating and enjoyable challenge for 16-19 year-old mathematics students by focusing on problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills. The STMC is now in its 13th year and attracts over 1300 teams from schools and colleges from around the UK.

Fifteen teams of the best mathematics students from local schools and colleges tackled a series of demanding mathematical challenges for over three hours. At the end of the three rounds of group problem-solving, team cross-number puzzle and mathematical relay race, Stanborough were named the overall winners and will go on to the national final in London on 5th February 2019. This is the highest ranking that Stanborough has achieved in the history of the competition. The Stanborough team qualified for the national final in 2016-17, but as high-scoring runners up and also achieved second place in the regional final in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the results of the individual Senior Maths Challenge which took place back on the 6th November have come in. Hannah Imafidon achieved Best in School, Best in Year 13 and a Gold certificate while Behram Printer took Best in Year 12 and a Gold certificate. Mollie Hall and Christopher Illes-Wilbourn also earned Gold certificates. All four qualified for a follow-on round which takes place on Friday 30th November.

Silver certificates went to Tawsif Chowdhury, Joseph Lowton, Hamzah Hussain, Callum Elliott and Kono Washio. Alex Baxter, Edgar Kager, Thomas Cranham, Lucy Thompson and Harry Cross all achieved Bronze. Three Year 11s took part in the competition although it is aimed at sixth formers: Joshua Long earned a Bronze certificate and Best in Year 11, while Sean Davies and Josephine Clayton both earned Bronze certificates. Many others were very close to achieving a certificate and all who took part should take pride in having been selected.

“It was exciting to know that we had won, and it was well-deserved from the practice we put in.” Behram Printer, Year 12

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Wellcome Genome Campus – Cambridge

Miss H. Spiller, Subject Leader: Biology, writes:

On Tuesday 20th November, Year 12 biologists visited the Wellcome Genome Institute in Hinxton.
At the campus they visited the Sanger Institute one of the foremost centres of genomics research and innovation in the world, carrying out leading-edge scientific research that uses genome sequences to understand the biology of humans and pathogens (organisms that cause diseases, such as bacteria and viruses).

They also spoke to researchers based at European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute which provides data services and training that help scientists realise the potential of ‘big data’ in the biological sciences, paving the way for discoveries that benefit humankind.
Our students got to hear from researchers and scientists that currently work at the institute and are at the forefront of cutting edge research including work on malaria and cancer. They had the opportunity to hear from scientists which are part of the ‘Human Cell Atlas’ project and the ‘Earth Bio-genome project’ which is a global effort to sequence the genetic code, or genomes, of all 1.5 million known animal, plant, protozoan and fungal species on Earth.

The Year 12 students worked in groups to analyse DNA and proteins related to skin cancer and MRSA. The visit finished with a tour of the sequencing and data centre.

‘The buildings and architecture was very impressive and it was all really energy efficient.’ Lucy Thompson

‘It was amazing to see Chromosome 22 in book form.’ Allyna Farrell

‘The technology was incredible. The internet speed – you can now sequence a human genome in less than one hour, compared to 20 years ago when it took 13 years to sequence one human genome.’ Muskaan Ahmed

‘The fact they have only just found a brand new type of cell called Ionocytes in lung tissue that they think may be the cause of cystic fibrosis, is mind-blowing.’ Pia Joyce

‘It was great to be able to identify a mutation occurring in the DNA of a patient in the workshop run by the Institute.’ Harry Cross