From the Head Teacher
Friday 16 November 2018
We have again enjoyed a very busy week at STAGS, punctuated in the middle by our annual Form Tutor Review Day, which provided a great opportunity to meet form tutors to review overall progress, whilst also sharing with parents the locations of lockers and our Wall of Fame, alongside the Student Support Office and other locations of interest around the school. With attendance at nearly 90% across all year groups and a review of medical information, where required, this was once again well received by all involved.
Guidance was provided for parents on Monday in our parents’ revision workshop, with guidance about revision techniques and managing stress and anxiety. The slides have been shared via email for your reference.
This week also has marked Anti-Bullying Week, with activities in form tutor periods, led by the Anti-Bullying Captains and Mrs Wheatley, in all year groups. A superb video was produced by students to raise awareness of anti-bullying at STAGS, which can be found on the school website and is highly commendable in terms of both message and quality.
Miss Miles attended the Service of Commemoration in Westminster Abbey with Lauren King and Teodora Zvonar on Sunday. Sophie Kelly and Jone Esterhuysen were winner and runner-up with their entries of the St Albans Legacy Project and so received their awards at a ceremony in the Assembly Room at the St Albans Museum on Sunday. Congratulations also to Mia Thomas who won the Armistice 100 Prize in the school’s poetry competition.
On Wednesday, the Careers Enterprise Company published their latest State of the Nation Report which gives progress over the last year in terms of the national programme on the development of careers education in schools, using the ‘Gatsby’ benchmarks as standards for all to achieve. I am delighted to share that STAGS is one of only 21 schools across the whole country achieving all 8 of the Gatsby benchmarks in developing Careers education in school.
Congratulations to both the Junior and Inter Girls Cross Country Teams, who competed in the regional rounds of the English Schools Athletics Association Cross Country Cup. I would like to wish the Inter Girls good luck for the 24th November as they have qualified for the National Final. Good luck also to the Inter Girls Swimming Team who compete in the National Finals this weekend.
Congratulations to Lara Hall who has been nominated and shortlisted for the individual student award for overall World Class Achievement 2018, the winner of which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at Governors’ Hall in London on 6th December 2018.
We have also celebrated UK Parliament Week this week and today have welcomed Anne Main to the school to meet our Student Voice committee, to discuss the Theme of Women in Politics, during what has been a very busy week in Parliament.
I look forward to seeing you at SASSMA on Monday and the Rotary Interact AGM on Wednesday.
With all good wishes,