School day

From The Headteacher

This has been a wonderful final week of term. On Monday, House Challenge was a real triumph, with students of all ages working together in their Houses with the theme this year, based on famous authors that the Houses had chosen themselves and ensured that the true STAGS spirit shone through. Judging was again such a challenge as students undertook varied activities across all subjects, culminating in the final presentations, which were wonderfully displayed in the Main Hall. The quality was superb – Congratulations to Franklin who won the Inter House Challenge.

Sport’s Day was such an enjoyable event in the afternoon – the team spirit was alive and evident throughout the whole day with students of all ages working together to rise to the challenges of the House Competition and supporting each other so admirably on the sports field. My thanks go to Miss McHugh and the PE department who organised these events and Mrs Sarah Maguire, Governor and STAGS Alumni, who presented the awards. Franklin were Sport’s day winner for Years 7, Hepworth for Year 8, Seacole for Year 9 and Seacole for Year 10. The overall Sports day winners were Seacole – congratulations to all participants.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a superb evening of entertainment organised by our students of all ages, with our ‘award winning’ STAGS in Colours. Our guest speakers were Bethany Nichols, STAGS Alumni continued her academic journey firstly at the University of Leicester and now at Royal Holloway, undertaking a PhD and Jenny Owen who gave up a prestigious role as a solicitor in the City to pursue charitable work and founded the St Albans and District Food Bank supporting the local community. My thanks go to Mrs Elliot Brown for organising this superb event, now in its fifth year and the team of colleagues who supported the evening so admirably, working alongside Radio Verulam, who aired the whole performance. With the theme of ‘Live, Breathe, Community’ this was truly a superb evening of celebration of the rich diversity and culture within our school.

The House Challenge winners were announced in a whole school assembly, held in the Sports Hall. Points were totalled for the whole year with House points awarded to individuals, the Christmas Fair, Spring House Cup, Inter-House sports competitions, Sports Day and House Challenge. Congratulations to all Houses who are superbly led by the House Captains. The winners of the Valerie Booth House Cup 2017 are Austen. Austin House enjoyed a superb afternoon ‘pool party’ on Thursday with music, food and the pool to keep cool! My thanks go all colleagues who supported the celebration.

Thank you also to our wonderful PTA who ensure refreshments at events during the school year and support our school so admirably with fund raising and other activities. I would encourage you to further engage in the school community into the next academic year, if at all possible. Our Going Green attendance and punctuality campaigns continue to ensure a sharp focus and attendance for the whole school is 96.2% this year. There has also been a significant decrease in the request for holiday absence during term time, as we continue to learn throughout the year until the end of term.

As the term draws to a close we are saying goodbye to a number of our colleagues who are retiring or leaving us for pastures new – Mrs Newman, Mr Lerwill, Mrs Marques and Mr Oxley are all retiring; Mrs Nawathe is moving into the University of London as Careers Consultant, Mr Norton, Mrs Holmes, Mrs Goldup, Mrs Pannell, Miss Baker and Mrs Beatham are relocating and Mrs Martin, Mrs Penfold, Miss Bensal and Miss Sherman are moving on to new ventures. Finally, Miss Butcher is returning to Heathlands School – we wish them all every success in their future endeavours.

Please ensure that you encourage your daughter/son to read, keep healthy and safe. I very much look forward to seeing all students rested and ready for the new school year which starts at 8.20am on Tuesday 5th September, with lessons commencing at 8.35am. A reminder please that all students should be fully equipped and wearing full and correct school uniform, with skirts purchased at the appropriate length, detailed guidance for which is available in the student planner and on our website.

Included within this bulletin is a summary of the form groups and locations of form rooms for the next academic year.

I WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

With all good wishes.

Margaret Chapman