Ms Roz Hodges
I am delighted that Year 9 parents’ evening was so well attended last night. The number of appointments made was significantly greater than recent years and we are fortunate to have so many parents actively involved in their children’s education and keen to discuss progress with their teachers. We acknowledge that not enough appointments were available on the night for all subject teachers and we will endeavour to improve the system in the future.
As Year 9 approach their option choices, there are a number of other opportunities for students and their parents to get further information and speak to subject teachers. I would encourage parents to speak to departments at the GCSE Options Evening on Thursday 31st January, particularly if you have not been able to speak to your child’s subject teacher beforehand. You will shortly receive a letter from Mrs Vincent explaining the options process and highlighting all the upcoming key dates.
The History department has recently launched a valentine’s themed competition called ‘Find Someone Who Treats You Right!’ based on their GCSE topic ‘Medicine Through Time’. Students are being challenged on their knowledge of 26 key individuals from the ‘Medicine’ course with two prizes of a £20 gift voucher to be won and spent on a range of big brands including Amazon, Cineworld and Nando’s. To be in with a chance of winning the first £20 voucher, they should follow the History department’s Instagram page ‘We Are Stratton History’, find the ‘Find Someone Who Treats You Right!’ post and comment which ‘Medicine Through Time’ individual they believe should be considered the greatest. A second £20 voucher will be decided by a random draw for all students who successfully complete the ‘Medicine’ challenge on the display board outside the Humanities Office in upper H Block. To enter, a ‘game-card’ can be collected from Mr. Macwhinnie. Both competitions are open to history students from years 10-13 and close on Thursday 7th February. Winners will be notified on Friday 8th February.
Following the homework update email that was sent out in error, GO4Schools have issued a letter of apology to all parents which can be viewed using this link: https://www.stratton.beds.sch.uk/index.php/parents/letters-home/159-go4schools-letter-of-apology
It already seems a long time since Christmas but I feel we should share some comments from our customers who bought their Christmas turkeys from the Stratton school farm. One customer said, “We have had turkeys from the farm for the last 7 years and this was the best one to date, also the biggest at over 14kg. Delicious.” Another said, “We are very impressed with our turkey. It was excellent value and amazing flavour”.
Ms Roz Hodges
Congratulations to the Stratton boys under 16-basketball team who won the District Final on Tuesday night. It was a tight beginning to the game but the Stratton boys dominated the second quarter with a string of baskets meaning a half time lead of 16-4. Although Sharnbrook came back to win the third quarter, Stratton took the game in the last quarter with a final victory score of 34-21.
Great teamwork won the day and this should mean that the boys will go forward to the County Finals. Well done to Sean Blackburn, Miles Darlow, Kai Dawson, Cameron Godfrey, Danny Jarvis, Jovan Krstic, Sam Oakins & Elliott Swinburn.
The Year 11 football team have been incredibly successful this term, finishing top of their league by a considerable margin. Impressive wins against Bedford Academy (6-1), Etonbury (5-0), Bedford Free School (9-0), Biddenham (6-1), Sandy (3-0) led to 5 wins being secured out of 6. The only fly in the ointment was a 2 - 1 loss to Samuel Whitbread with a depleted squad.
Congratulations to all the boys who have represented the team this term, they are an absolute credit to the school.
You will be aware that this year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November. The Education department at Shuttleworth have arranged an art exhibition in the hangers for Armistice Day and Year 9 Stratton students have been making a series of Batik panels to contribute to this exhibition. These are inspired by the poems ‘Exposure’ and ‘Poppies’ from the GCSE Anthology and the work of Henry Moore and will be displayed for public exhibition on the 10th and 11th November in the Discovery room of the Shuttleworth Collection Hangers. Year 9 parents will have free entry to the hangers for the duration of the weekend, so please do visit if you can. Our Head Students have also recorded a voiceover to be played in the hangers remembering the fallen of WW1 and we are very proud of the work of all of the Year 9 and Sixth Form students who have contributed to this exhibition. We are grateful for the work of Ms Edwards and the art department in making this happen.
History teachers Mr Macwhinnie and Mr McIntosh wanted to create a visual tribute to local servicemen who lost their lives during WW1. With permission from the Town Council and the assistance of history and technology staff, 14 profiles of these brave men have been made and displayed around Biggleswade as close to their home addresses as possible. Please look out for these tributes around the town; they are very impressive and moving. Many thanks to Mr Macwhinnie, Mr McIntosh and Mr Sampford (technology) for their creativity and determination to see this project through.