Released On 18th Mar 2022

Headteacher Letter Friday 18 March

18 March 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

This week’s newsletter is about celebrating the incredible talent at Stanchester Academy. From the relentless efforts of our brilliant Year 7 boys football team to the incredible achievement of our Year 9 girls netball team - who dominated the second half of their game on Wednesday evening winning 21-8 and then went on to win the final game of the season scoring an impressive 26-9. They were incredible and are officially undefeated this season! Player of the match went to Amiyah King. Well done all!

Last month we saw Henry Pollock placed 1st in a National Martial Arts Competition of which he is now officially an English Champion and in our first STEM challenge of 2022, Charlie Mansell and Sonny Girling came second out of 30 teams and have secured a place in the Grand final. I would like to extend my appreciation to all the Year 8 students who took part, they have thoroughly impressed staff with their commitment to the Flying Start competition. This commitment included coming into school for afterschool session on their remote learning days and staying until 5pm last Thursday to get their gliders finished.

The vast majority of our year 10 students are out enjoying their work experience placements and supporting local businesses such as Southwest Karting, Boon Brown Architects, Butlins and Daleware Vet Surgery. Year 11 Drama students enjoyed their trip to see Blood Brothers this week and we have been fortunate to have a visiting theatre company in to perform Macbeth, which really captivated the Year 8 audience.

Charity Efforts

This term we have also been collectively thinking about the incredible suffering and experiences our Ukrainian neighbours have been living through and what we can do as a school to support. PSHE sessions have focused on understanding the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges faced by these people. I was personally moved by this beautiful poem written by Daisy Dexter in Year 8 whose words captured a real sense of the tragedy.

The trembling and whimpering of those in pain,

For those who will never be reunited again.

The people who walk their last steps on Earth,

For those silently screaming at birth.

The bottles of tears on the kitchen side,

For those who can do nothing but wait and hide.

The people who put their lives before ours,

For those who work for endless hours.

As nobody knows what their fate might be,

For that is the future’s key.

This weekend, two of our Year 11 students (Levi Parsons and Noah Huard) are completing a gruelling cycling challenge to raise money for Ukraine and as a school we have recently sent a large parcel of aid and toiletries to support those most in need. On Friday 25 March, the senior students are organising a non-school uniform day and asking students to donate £1 towards our Ukraine fund.

Looking Ahead

As the weather warms, we will be looking to reopen the field and start to assemble the new reward outdoor equipment (mini football goals and table tennis tables). We will also be asking students to remove their outdoor clothing in class, so please remind students to wear their school jumpers to school as we will continue with covid-safe ventilation.

Year 11 continue to work hard towards their exams and we have seen their efforts paying off in the improvement in their attainment. Next week we will be running some targeted mock exams for those students who missed assessments or have requested the chance to resit and improve their outcomes, techniques and understanding.

Finally, a reminder to please ensure your child brings their bus pass as bus drivers are regularly checking these on students’ journeys to and from school. Students are only able to travel on the bus that has been allocated to them.

If you have any questions or want to find out more about how you can be involved in supporting our young people, or find out about anything mentioned in this newsletter please contact the school office office@stanchester.co.uk

Have a lovely weekend, let’s hope the sun stays out!

Warmest regards

Miss E Forward

Headteacher