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Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

An amazing Thursday night here at Stanborough! I attended my first Stanborough Winter Concert and what a great celebration of the true talent in the school. We had about 50 students from Years 7 to 13 take part in various musical performances. A personal thanks to Mrs Jackson for her leadership of the Music department, the talented music teachers and finally to our students for their dedication and effort in creating such masterpieces. I was a very proud Headteacher indeed and yet again feel humbled and blessed to be given the opportunity to lead this community forward.

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:

Headteacher Commendation Awards 5 12 18Nathan Biba (Yr.7) for positive attitude towards learning;
Keira Hart (Yr.8) highly commendable attitude to learning in many lessons and within tutor group. An excellent role model to others;
Ellen Green (Yr.9) outstanding attitude to learning and contribution to all aspects of school life;
Tamzin Cooper (Yr.10) for outstanding approach to learning; excellent work ethic and focus;
Ashlea Ganendran-Cox (Yr.11) for outstanding approach to learning in recent weeks;
Lucy Thompson (Yr.12) and Edgar Kager (Yr.13) for excellence in their progress checks, their positive approach and being aspirational role models.

Quote of the week:

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you” Mary Lou Retton.

Have a great rest and I look forward to our last two weeks together.
Mrs John

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Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

We look forward to the first Parent Teacher Surgery for this academic year. This is one of three formal opportunities to meet with your child’s teachers. It is important to give parents the opportunity at an early stage in the year to discuss their child’s progress with subject teachers. I hope you find this afternoon informative. I am also looking forward to meeting with the families during this afternoon.

Extra-curricular trips and visits are important for enriching the experiences our students have at Stanborough. I am always so impressed with the extracurricular provision offered to our students. I’d like to thank the staff for organising visits but also thank our students for representing Stanborough in the best possible manner. You can read more about the recent trips in this edition of Stanborough Times.

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:

Headteacher Commendation Awards 28 11 18Poppy King (Yr 7) involvement in all aspects of Stanborough life;
Kacy Moss (Yr. 8) for being a kind and considerate student who always does her best;
Emily Withers (Yr. 9) for work in the wider community with the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council;
Michael Rodriguez (Yr. 10) for improved work ethic in lessons, particularly geography;
Amber Sharman (Yr. 11) for being a responsible citizen;
Mattia Salsi (Yr. 12) for outstanding academic progress as evidenced in his November Progress checks;
Louisa Byford (Yr. 13) for outstanding citizenship in supporting another student through mentoring them.

Quote of the week:

“You don’t need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfection” Mrs John

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Mrs John

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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

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The UK’s Biggest Jobs and Careers Event

Mrs E Ahmad, Student Career and Enterprise Leader, writes:

Year 12 and 13 students visited Skills London 2019 which provided them with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helped them visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.

The visit was jam-packed and full of interactive, fun, inspiring and informative activities, features and hands-on demonstrations. Students were encouraged to try as many as possible and talk to the different organisations to find out more about what the future has to offer them.

Over 200 organisations were in attendance and all were eager to help students plan their future career path including employers, colleges, universities and training providers.

“Best experience, I am extremely satisfied with my visit.” Callie Burton 12B
“It was very interesting and was a great way to learn about some unique careers options. It also allowed us to gain more insight into university courses and Uni life.” Louise Avery 13B and Pia Joyce 12K

“We learnt about some new opportunities and we got a better understanding of businesses that exist and have improved our business awareness. We were all really interested.” Millie Jackson 12K and Martha Budge 12O

“There were lots of apprenticeship opportunities with helpful staff on hand to give advice. It was a really interesting and relevant day.” Arkadiusz Ochnio 12S

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Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

Well done to all our Year 11 students this week! They have been under a lot of pressure with the Mock examinations taking place but I have been impressed with their commitment, dedication and resilience during this intense period.

Congratulations to the winners of the Headteacher’s Award this week. As with most weeks, the awards were given to a wide range of students for a variety of reasons.

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:

Headteacher Commendation Awards 14 11 18Jack Holton (Yr. 7) for helping a fellow student get around school whilst on crutches;
Grace Gardner (Yr. 8) for hard work in lessons across the curriculum and large number of reward points;
Charlie Greasby (Yr. 9) for contribution to the LRC community, always helping younger students and always with a smile;
Amy Sharp (Yr. 9) and Honey Kirman (Yr. 12) for being runners up in the Stanborough Christmas Card competition;
Georgia Morgan (Yr. 10) for winning the Stanborough Christmas Card competition;
Brandon Thorpe (Yr. 11) for excellent approach to learning and work ethic;
Behram Printer, Kono Washio (Yr. 12), Hannah Imafidon and Tawsif Chowdhury (Yr. 13) for representing Stanborough and being part of the winning team in the regional final of the Senior Team Maths Challenge.

Quote of the week:

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Mrs John

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Anti-Bullying Week 2018: ‘We Choose Respect!’

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GenerationeXt at Roche

Mrs A. Langley, Teacher of  Science, writes:

On Friday 16th November, Roche in Welwyn Garden City threw open their doors for 6th form STEM students. Four intrepid Stanborough science students went to see what it was about. GenerationeXt opened with a fascinating welcome address from Stephen McGann, star of Call the Midwife and famed science communicator. Our students got a lot out of his talk about how the arts and sciences are interrelated.

Next, the Army, Navy and RAF led a workshop based on engineering. Teams had to create a cable car to transport much needed supplies to areas of Nepal devastated by an earthquake using massive mechano sets. The catch? There were three groups, each designing one component, and none of the groups could see each other. Sophie took charge of her group, and led them well in designing a great cable car tower. As the groups came together, the room was full of anticipation as we waited to see if each group had successfully designed a cable car system to work together. After a few disappointing attempts, they were successful once they applied the parallelogram of forces to the problem. This workshop was rounded off by an excellent Q&A session from the Armed Forces personnel about careers.

A maths workshop was our next stop, where maths was shown in context of clinical trials. Our 6th formers were both clinical trial patients and the scientists conducting the tests. Once the tests were done, they had to create a talk to present to all the other schools participating about what they found out. Allyna bravely took on the role of presenter, and wowed the crowd with the group’s excellent analysis. This session brought up lots of discussion about clinical trials, and all the various jobs involved in bringing a drug from a molecule to being safe for human use.

During lunch we were joined by lots of Roche employees giving our sixth formers lots of opportunities to talk to them about their jobs and find out all about the different careers available to them in STEM.

After lunch was an exciting careers workshop. First was a CV workshop, where the aim was to create the best CV for a person applying for a STEM job and to present it to actual working recruiters. Next, Stephen McGann appeared and led a presentation skills workshop. Everyone was given two minutes to prepare a one minute talk on a science topic of their choice and then present it to a room full of people they did not know. Adrenaline was pumping as presentations were made and Stephen McGann critiqued the presentations.

The final workshop of the day was all about the use of technology in medicine. Dr Shah Ahmed, the doctor who operated live on Channel 5, had brought along his augmented reality equipment. It was fascinating to put on a headset and watch as a skeleton appears before you, slowly filling with veins, arteries, nerves and muscles. Best of all, it looked so real, as if you could touch it, and as you moved around it you could see all angles of it. The applications for this technology are amazing! We used virtual reality equipment that could be used by surgeons to train in new procedures, and everyone got to have a go operating on their virtual patient. There was finally augmented reality and virtual reality fused together, bringing to life a full operating theatre and the patient perspective. The applications of these technologies, not just in medicine and education but in lots of other fields, are very exciting.

Our day at GenerationeXt ended with a keynote address from Shalom Lloyd, founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare and TEDx speaker. Her key takeaways from the day were to maximise every opportunity, never be afraid to make mistakes, and to be kind and pay it forward.

Everyone got a lot out of the day, not only some useful careers advice but also an excellent vision for the future. Our thanks go to Roche for organising such a fantastic event.


Winter Concert 2018

Winter Concert 2018


Message from the Headteacher – Mrs John

It was wonderful to receive some feedback from the National Young Mathematician Awards this week. Four Year 8 students took part in the competition this year and they were an incredible inspiration to the team. Ash Morgan, the Centre Director from Explore Learning, Watford commented “A huge well done to Catherine, Aamina, Nathan and Ben! We were so impressed with their problem solving skills, and the clear and logical reasoning they presented surrounding aspects of the challenge. I was so incredibly impressed by this dynamic team.”

Headteacher’s commendations for this week are:
HI commendations 14 11 18Rhyley Broomfield (Yr. 7) for improved attitude to learning;
Nathan Davies, Aamina Hussain, Ben Hahn, Catherine Cranham (Yr. 8) for taking a leadership role in representing Stanborough in a Maths competition and being an inspiration to others;
Keira Fan (Yr. 9) for an outstanding attitude to all aspects of school life;
Haseeb Choudhry (Yr. 10) for the most positive slips and being helpful to his tutor;
Haylan Dunham (Yr. 11) for being a role model to the Year 7 students;
Daniel Rowe (Yr. 12) for working exceptionally hard on the Year 7 Transition Evening video;
Alfie Kerr (Yr. 13) for outstanding leadership and citizenship in co-ordinating and being the inspiration for the Remembrance Day event.

Quote of the week:

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

Thanks to our students for being an inspiration to others and for being young leaders. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes. Mrs John