School day

From The Headteacher

Students in all year groups have participated in the Amnesty International Write for Rights Campaign. Hannah Simmons Hovorka in Year 12 has organised the raising awareness of the plight Annie in Malawi who has albinism. I have read every letter that has been written by over 800 of our students and they are quite exceptional and deeply moving. Hannah is going to take the letters, all anonymised, to the Amnesty Headquarters in London – her dedication and commitment and the enthusiasm for the students to raise awareness of injustice and discrimination has been remarkable.

On Tuesday evening we held our PTA AGM. The superb commitment to the school is evident from all members of the PTA, admirably chaired by Tim Lowe. The team would be delighted to welcome any additional parents to join and bring new ideas for fund raising and activities. Thanks to your donations, we have now received a huge £70,000 towards the cost of the multi-purpose Dance Studio. Further information about the impact of educational funding changes will be the topic of Stagslink after half term.

It was a great pleasure to see so many parents/carers at the Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday evening, with 92% attendance overall and a number of forms with 100% attendance. All students have a clear pathway for future success and guidance about how to achieve in the summer and beyond. The time for targeted revision is now.

Last night was a resounding success as we hosted another superb Careers Evening entitled Careers In Hertfordshire, in conjunction with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. This event showcased for all students the opportunities for employment within Hertfordshire and included representatives from local businesses, Finance, Law, The Armed Forces and many more. My thanks go to Mrs Nawathe who organised the whole event, supported by Miss McHugh and a team of helpers on the night.

Safer Internet Day was this week and a reminder that if you have any queries in relation to the internet access or online safety, visit the CEOP website or follow on Twitter or Facebook – @CEOPUK (Twitter) or ClickCEOP (Facebook).

Congratulations to the Science department, led by Mr Zarrouq as Curriculum Leader for Physics – who successfully bid for the Space Education Quality Mark.

The assessor commented that ‘This school obviously has a passion to develop this area of learning for their students’. We look forward to continuing with developing STEM subjects across the curriculum and developing careers access arrangements.

Congratulations to all the runners who represented STAGS at the County Cross Country Championships last Saturday. Special mentions to Keira Stern (1st place) Jess Laitner (4th place), Antonia Jubb (2nd place) and Sara Laitner (10th place) who have all made the National Squad.

The inter and senior swimming teams made the finals at Queen Elizabeth Boys School this week and were one of only two non-private schools to reach this level of competition.

The Year 7 and 8 football teams came 3rd and the Year 9 football team came 2nd in the Level 2 school games football tournaments this week.

Wishing you all a very enjoyable half term break.

Margaret Chapman