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.

For more photos please see our gallery page



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Sports Report – May 2019

Mr Harris, Joint Curriculum Leader: PE, writes:


Sports Report May 2019Congratulations to Louise Grenfell (8BM) in continuing her path to becoming the next Jessica Ennis after taking part in the County Individual Pentathlon in Stevenage. Louise came 6th overall despite competing one year down from everyone else in the competition. She also set a PB of 2mins 24seconds in the 800m in the event. Louise has also been selected as a reserve in the county individual squad, again competing a year below all other athletes. Well done!

Year 10 County Trials

Good luck to Alex Khan (10H) who has made it through to the 3rd round of County Football Trials which took place on Friday 24th May. Alex has been selected in the top 30 players within Hertfordshire after two trials already.  Good Luck!

Girls Rounders

The girls’ rounders competitions have started this term and Stanborough, as always, are looking strong in many year groups. The Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 team completed a quadruple at Ridgeway.  Three out of the four games were very close but Stanborough managed to gain the win by one rounder. The Year 9 team however won slightly more comfortably winning 17.5 – 3. Holly Clayton was the stand out performer for the girls on the night, however all students who took part were amazing as always! The Year 10s finished 4th in their competition against all other schools in the district.  A great effort.

There are many more fixtures coming thick and fast this half term, good luck to all the girls taking part!

County Athletics

Stanborough’s talented athletes have started their County League season. This is an opportunity for students to compete and test themselves against the best schools in the county, many of whom are private schools. After three rounds (Ware, St Albans and Stevenage) there have been many notable individual performances including Louise Grenfell who has impressed in 800m and high jump; Bailey Cripps has continued his fine performance with the javelin; Archie Jennings in hurdles; Ollie Parsbey in 400m and shot putt; Isobel Wilkins and Jasper Pruessner in high jump; Matthew Tanner in 100m; Aiden Wadley in 1500m; Thomas Pruett in javelin and Stephen Bates in 200m and long jump. Well done to all who have taken part so far! On the team event the Year 10s are currently topping the Stanborough teams.  They are sitting in 12th place overall and could sneak into the top 8 and finals day if they have a good end to the season. Congratulations to all students who have taken part, the commitment they have shown is amazing as many events do not finish until 7pm and they have shown a great attitude in all weather conditions!


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We’re off to see the Wizard! Dance Production 2019