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PE and Dance Newsletter – 13th March 2020

Mr J Foster, PE Teacher, writes:

Student Achievements

Well done to Sophie Green who competed in a swimming gala last weekend. Sophie collected one silver medal and three gold medals in various events such as 50m freestyle & backstroke and 100m individual medley.

Well done to Lutzia Holburns who has been chosen to be part of the England Ice Hockey Girls U13 team and will be representing her country in Romania on 8th – 12th April.



Well done to the Year 10 netball team who won their league tournament against six other teams! This is a great achievement against many good teams.

The Year 7s played a very close game against a very good Ridgeway team, narrowly losing 18-10. The team has come a long way since the start of the year and should be proud of their performance. Well done.


Well done to the Year 11 football team for reaching the district semi-finals. Unfortunately the boys lost on penalties, such a cruel way to end their final game for Stanborough. Thank you boys for your commitment to the team during your time at Stanborough.

Upcoming events

  • Peter Pan Production – Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March. £6 for adults, £4 for concessions. The Sandpit Theatre, The Ridgeway, Sandringham School, St Albans, AL4 9NX.
  • Year 9 girls netball tournament. 3:15 start.


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PE & Dance Newsletter – 6th March 2020

Mr J Foster, PE Teacher, writes:



It was a successful week for both the Year 7 and Year 8 basketball teams. Year 7 performed brilliantly in their 56-12 win over Hertswood. All players performed brilliantly, but the player of the match was David Manon Jorge, scoring 8 baskets! Well done David!

The Year 8 team also won their match against Hertswood by 20 points to 12. This was another excellent
performance by the team led by player of the match Tapi Zonda who scored 6 baskets! Well done Tapi!


The Year 10 netball team played a very close match against Queenswood. The lead kept changing from one team to another, with the girls eventually losing to a very narrow 14-12 score.

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Nathan, Year 9, who was presented with an award from Saracens Hertfordshire Men’s Cricket League for being the leading bowler in the Regional Division B East.

Nathan, who plays for Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club, took an amazing 22 wickets (including 2 fivers) with an average of 10.73 last season.  This is quite an achievement in his first season in open age cricket as his opponents are typically adult players with many years of experience. Well done Nathan!

Congratulations to Jamie, Year 10, who has been invited to participate in the ProFutsal team who are heading off to the prestigious Costa Blanca Cup which takes place in Benidorm, Spain. Pro Futsal competes in the top division of the country at senior level so this is a great achievement, well done Jamie!

Archie, Year 9, recently took a tour to Mumbai, India, along with the rest of his Youth Chelsea FC team mates and we are pleased to say that they won the Premier League Tournament! Well done Archie!

Upcoming events

  • House netball
    Monday: Year 7 and 8
    Tuesday: Year 9/10/11
  • Sport relief
    Next Thursday and Friday lunchtime, there will be events happening on the hard play to raise money for sport relief. More details will be delivered in tutor time or for any questions speak to Mr Foster.
  • The dance production – Peter Pan
    The students involved have been working incredibly hard preparing for the shows on the 17th and 18th of March.


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Stanborough School Dance Production – Peter Pan

Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th March 2020

The Sandpit Theatre, Sandringham School, St Albans

Peter Pan Dance Production March 2020

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PE & Dance Newsletter – 14th February 2020

Mr J Foster, PE Teacher, writes; 

Student Shout out!

Congratulations to Maggie in Year 8 who won two golds this weekend in the girls and mixed doubles in Badminton. Maggie is now through to a county competition!

Congratulations to Archie Chaplin in Year 9 who has been invited to play for Chelsea in the Mumbai premier league competition!

Congratulations to Shenell Dunkley in Year 10 who has been chosen for the karate national squad!



The Year 7 basketball team put in a great performance in a convincing 18-0 win over Yavneh in the district league basketball match. The boys followed this up with a good display against a very good Chancellors team, losing the game 30-10.


Year 7 : Stanborough 5-6 Chancellors. Well done to player of the match, Bailey.

Year 8 : Stanborough Jaguars 6-9 against Chancellors. Well done to player of the match Amber Cooper.
Stanborough Pumas 10-6 against Chancellors. Well done to player of the match Aimee Ricketts.

Dates for the diary:

Year 7 basketball v Hertswood (H) Wednesday 26th February 3-5pm
Year 8 basketball v Hertswood (H) Thursday 27th February 3-5pm
Dance production rehearsal Thursday 27th February. All day
Sports leaders primary event- year 2 target tennis. Friday 28th February 1-3pm.





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PE & Dance Newsletter, 7th February 2020

Mr J Foster, PE Teacher, writes;

It has been excellent to see so many students attending dance, basketball, athletics, table tennis and netball clubs this term. The extra-curricular timetable should be displayed on tutor boards so it is not too late to get involved!


Year 7

The Year 7 basketball team played very well at the basketball rally at Ridgeway Academy, coming in 4th place, Well done boys!

Well done to the Year 7 netballers after their 5-2 win against Ridgeway.  Well done to player of the match Tyra!

Well done to the Year 7 girls football team who competed in the 5-a-side football tournament at Hertswood. Despite the very cold conditions, the girls put in a series of good performances!

Year 8

The Year 8 basketball team reached the semi-final of the basketball rally at Dame Alice Owens.
Well done boys!

The Year 8 netball team put in a very good performance against Dame Alice Owens, winning the game 8-5! Well done to player of the match Ilham!

Year 9

The Year 9 basketball team rounded off their excellent season with a 27-24 win over Mount Grace, meaning they finished 3rd in the district league. Well done on a fantastic season boys!

Teaching and Learning

“Well done to the Year 7s for being so creative with their choreography inspired by ‘CATS’ the musical!”Miss Bowen

“A massive well done to the Year 9 and 10 students who are showing fantastic effort in their Fartlek training sessions!” Mr Foster and Mr Minion

Student Shout Out

Well done to Aidan Wadley who represented the school in a county cross-country event against Year 9 students. He ran 4k in 16 minutes which is a brilliant effort especially in the muddy conditions!






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Student Success: National Show Jumping Success for Lucy & Airbourne Freddie

Lucy, 9BP, continued to build upon an amazing year of show jumping with her pony Airbourne Freddie by realising her dream of competing for England in October 2019.

Following injuries to both pony and rider, this combination only started jumping the top tracks in July 2019! In their very first top track competition they qualified for the prestigious Horse of the Year Show at Welsh Home Pony International.  It was an extremely tough qualification process where three clear rounds were needed, with progressively higher jumps reaching 1.30cm and where only the top four combinations went through to jump at HOYS at the NEC in Birmingham.

In August, they continued to build upon this success when they went on to get placed in the Top 5 in our region to qualify for the British Show Jumping National 138cm Silver League finals, where they achieved a tremendous first place, followed by an unbelievable 2nd place in the Gold Level National 138cm Championships.

Her placing in the National Championships led Lucy and Airbourne to be picked for the England squad for the English Home Pony International.

On October 24th 2019, Lucy and the other four squad members jumped in a selection class, their strong performance meant that they were picked for the England team on the next day.

The competition was fierce, but they took it in their stride, helping the England team win a silver medal. Lucy and Airbourne are now looking forward to building upon their 2019 successes next year.

Well done Lucy!


Sports Day 2019 Information for Parents

Stanborough Sports Days are on Tuesday 9th July and Wednesday 10th July.

Tuesday 9th July:

Years 7 and 9 come to school in PE kit. (They will need equipment and books for normal lessons in case of bad weather.) They will have Sports Day periods 1, 2, 3 and 4. Period 5 is normal lessons.

Years 8 and 10 have a normal day and are in NORMAL school uniform.  School Finishes at normal time.

Wednesday 10th July: 

Years 8 and 10 come to school in PE kit. (They will need equipment and books for normal lessons in case of bad weather.) They will have Sports Day periods 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Years 7 and 9 have a normal day and are in NORMAL school uniform.

Period 5 – all the school go over to Gosling to watch the relays for all Year Groups and the Year 9 and 10 long jump and high jump.

School finishes at normal time but students will be dismissed from Gosling Stadium.

In the event of poor weather the afternoon session at Gosling will not take place
and students will remain at school.

Please note ALL students are expected to participate in sports day in FULL PE kit, unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so. 

Students need to be aware of weather conditions for the day and bring appropriate items such as water & sun cream. Unfortunately we cannot cater for parents to watch inside Gosling Stadium on Wednesday 10th July, but parents are welcome to watch from outside the fencing area at the top of the banking – although be aware that the view is limited.


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District Athletics 2019

Mr Harris, Joint Curriculum  Leader: PE, writes:

District Athletics 2019 2wAfter a long summer of athletics in some indifferent weather, Stanborough’s athletes took part in the annual District Athletics Championships at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead. Stanborough competed against all 12 schools from the district which includes very talented athletes from all girls’, private and selective schools such Dame Alice Owen, Bishop Hatfield Girls and Queenswood. It is widely regarded as one of the most competitive competitions in the county with many of the schools finishing highly ranked in County League Athletics competitions.

The weather was very hot but as usual Stanborough’s athletes did themselves, and the school, proud with their attitude, behaviour and performances. There were many fine performances by Stanborough District Athletics 2019 3wstudents but a few highlights from the day for each year group are listed below.

Bronze Medals

Year 7:   Tyrell Mliswa – long jump, 800m and relay; Thomas Georgiou – 1500m and relay; Tapi Zonda and Max Chisholm – Year 7 boys relay team.

Year 8:   Thomas Pruett – javelin.

Year 9:   Alan McCarthy – 200m and relay; Alex Okpoyo – shot put and relay; Owen Thake – javelin, Jamie Lai – long jump and relay; Jakub Warzecha – hurdles and relay and Aaliyah Annis – 100m.

Year 10: Katie Jeffrey – long jump; Isobel Wilkins – high jump; Danny Eason –  1500m; Oliver Parsbey – shot put, Bailey Cripps, Jensen Read, Daniel Gurney and Matthew Tanner – relay.

Year 12: Rory Satterley-Hull – triple jump and relay; Jack Colbert – 200m triple jump, long jump and relay; Max Battersby – 400m, shot put and relay and Jack Reed – relay.

Silver Medals

Year 10: Matthew Tanner – 100m and Jasper Pruessner – discuss.

Year 12: Jack  Reed – 100m and high jump.

Gold Medals

Year 8: Stephen Bates – long jump and Louise Grenfell – 800m

Year 10: Jasper Pruessner –  high jump and Bailey Cripps – javelin

Year 12: Rory Satterley-Hull – javelin

Stand Out Performances

District Athletics 2019 1wLouise Grenfell came within two seconds of beating the district record in the 800m which has stood for 23 years, this is a fantastic effort and if her event had been in the morning when conditions were cooler she would surely would have broken the record. Stephen Bates stepped up and claimed his first long jump win of the season, this comes after fantastic commitment to the county league season. Danny Eason knocked 16 seconds off of his PB in the 1500m against a highly competitive field. The Year 12 boys team also performed amazingly, every event they took part in they collected a medal. Finally, Bailey Cripps captured his 4th successive gold in javelin, he has never been beaten in this event at the district championships and becomes the first Stanborough student to do this for over 15 years which is an outstanding achievement.

Overall Position boys and girls combined: 3rd


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Dance Showcase 2019

Miss Smith, Subject Leader: Dance, writes:

Congratulations to all the dancers who took part in this year’s Dance Showcase. The event celebrated the talents of a wide variety of Stanborough students including dance club students, BTEC classes and our Dance Captains.

Many students also took advantage of our audition process and the competition was tough as there was a huge number of excellent pieces to choose from. Some of the successful auditioned dances included a beautiful solo by Teya Kindred, a confident duet by Brooke McDonald and Bella Bickers and a captivating group dance ‘Bury a Friend’ choreographed and performed by Year 8 students; Ava Connelly, Louise Grenfell, Ciara Keenan, Lauren Sanders and Amelie Warner.

Other highlights throughout the show consisted of a Year 9 dance club piece choreographed by Teya Kindred and Tilly North to ‘Someone you Loved’. This was performed beautifully with the Year 9 dancers certainly doing the choreography justice. Year 8 students also performed Miss Newman’s beautifully choreographed piece ‘Million Dreams’ which demonstrated the student’s high level of performance and technique.

There were a number of expertly performed solos this year, including ‘Identity’ by Keziah Long, ‘I’m Fine’ by Freya Elsley and ‘Next to You’ by Sarah Thompson. Abby Mortimer performed her last solo in a Stanborough Dance show to the Rupaul classic ‘Cover Girl’ and this was a real crowd pleaser.

Year 10 Dancers performed their upbeat number ‘Free Britney’ which incorporated a large amount of original choreography from music videos including Oops I did it again and Hit me Baby one more Time. The Year 10s approach to learning these works was excellent and their efforts certainly paid off in the final show. Well done Year 10.

The Year 9 dancers closed the show with their performance of ‘Bury a Friend’, choreographed by Miss Conder and was an excellent way to tie the show together. Year 9 dancers also performed ‘Jai Ho’ choreographed by Miss Digweed which included key features of Bollywood dance and some exciting developments by the dancers. Both Year 9 pieces were excellent opportunities for the dancers to demonstrate their versatility and skills individually and as a talented mini company.

All dance students took full advantage of this opportunity to perform their work on stage with our lighting and sound facilities. The Sound and Light Team: Jack Hadley, Sarah Pennell and Sebastian Judge did a fantastic job throughout the day and during the evening performance.  They created some well thought out lighting which certainly enhanced the work.

All students worked extremely hard in preparation for this show and should be very proud of all they have achieved. I am so pleased with the commitment they have shown and their professional performances.

Well done to all who took part.

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