Sturminster Newton student Laurence Hayward is among four Dorset youngsters taking their first steps on the political ladder after being elected to represent Dorset on the UK Youth Parliament.
After weeks of campaigning by 12 contenders, and votes by some 14,000 young people (27,840 votes cast in total), the four successful candidates were announced on Friday 2 February, at a ceremony at County Hall, Dorchester.
The new Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) are:
Laurence Hayward, of Sturminster Newton High School
Rory Baird, of The Gryphon School in Sherborne
The deputies are:
Matthew Parslow, of Queen Elizabeth’s Upper School, Wimborne Minster
Stasia Smith, of Ferndown Upper School
The role of the MYPs is to represent Dorset on a regional and national basis, and help engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship. They will also deliver their own personal manifestos to improve the lives of young people.
The voting process is managed by Dorset County Council. Deborah Croney, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “It’s fantastic that so many young people are passionate about making Dorset a better place. I’m sure the successful candidates will do an excellent job in representing the aspirations of youngsters across the county. I look forward to seeing them debating in the Houses of Parliament and supporting them to deliver their manifestos here in Dorset.”
In November it was a pleasure to meet up with some of last year’s Year 11 students at the evening presentation of GCSE certification and awards. They all looked so grown up and were clearly happy at college, in work or in the Sixth Form. It was an evening of celebration as these young people collected their certificates and awards. The overall award winners are pictured below: Jake, Jack, Ike, Eva, Jasmine, Amber, Alfred, Maria, Ben, Jack, Nathan, Hannah, Tyler and Lucy. Well done to all!
The sixth form football team played their first game for a number of years on Wednesday afternoon against Shaftesbury. The SNHS team, made up of a untested combination of year 12 and 13 students, went into the game as underdogs. In the early stages SUS took full advantage of the slope and poor underfoot conditions to pressurize the SNHS goal. Some good defending and goal keeping, however, ensured that the score stayed at 0-0 well into the latter stages of the first half. SNHS then started to apply some pressure of their own and the keen running of Andrew, Ben and Tommy up front was instrumental in the opening goal. A poor back pass to the keeper was pounced by Tommy who did just enough to poke it home. The SNHS players then relaxed into the game with Lee, Thomas and James winning the ball in midfield. Some excellent team play led to the second SNHS goal which was well taken by Ben. 2-0 to SNHS at half time.
In the second half the SUS players made better use of the space and after about 10 minutes pulled a goal back. The SNHS team continued to work hard and some good work between Nathan, Thomas and Tommy down the right hand side created a few chances. With the players starting to tire and energy sapping, boggy pitch making things difficult the game became stretched. Chasing onto a long ball the SUS striker got the luck of the bounce as Jack came out of goal to clear and SUS got their equaliser. Coming into the closing minutes a disputed referees decision gave SUS an attacking free kick near the right corner. The resulting cross caused confusion in the SNHS defence and the ball pin-balled around before ending up in the back of the net. The 30 or so SUS supporters on the side were delighted. 3-2 Shaftesbury. With 2 minutes to go a speculative long ball was chased down in to the SUS left back and was cleared to give SNHS a throw in. Nathan launched it into the penalty area, Seth flicked it on and an emphatic volleyed finish from Lee levelled the scores. 3-3. A last minute attack was thwarted but a strong SNHS defence and game finished 3-3.
On Friday 10th November members of the Royal British Legion joined Sturminster Newton High School for their remembrance assemblies. The theme was under age soldiers in WW1. One of the pupils, Sophie, a Year 11 student, performed an excellent rendition of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”.
On Saturday there was an Act of Remembrance in the Memorial Recreation Ground; despite the inclement weather there were about fifty people present. The RBL Branch Chairman, Trevor Legg, along with pupils from Sturminster Newton High School, Yewstock School and William Barnes School laid wreaths at the war memorial; this was followed by the Act of Remembrance led by Gen. Alexander and Rev David Seymour.
At the end of October Elise, a Year 10 student and Ethan, Year 9, had a very long weekend swimming at the Poole Meet held at Dorchester. Elise swam in four events and gained personal bests in all of them, including an 8 second PB in her 100m Freestyle.
Ethan also swam well, again with personal bests in all his events which included two silver medals in 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly. Both students swim for the North Dorset Turbos.
SNHS students are proudly celebrating a very strong set of results this year, with 66% of students achieving grades 9-4 ( the old A*-C) in both English and Maths, an 8% increase on last year and a particularly strong achievement given the new harder GCSEs this year. Across the school, one in 6 students achieved A*/A grades and a number achieved the new grade 9. Click on the link below to read more.
Staff and students at Sturminster Newton High School were delighted with the A level results achieved this summer. While the overall pass rate is 96%, a record number of students (54%) have achieved the benchmark of 3 A level qualifications at A*-C grade, with 28% of the grades at A*-A. Almost all students achieved grades above or at their personal target. All of our students have been accepted by their first choice university. Click on the link below to read more.
A Level Results
Congratulations to the Year 8 Cricket team who won the County U13 Hardball competition beating St Peters, Ferndown and Budmouth on Finals Day. Squad: Theo, Oliver J, Lewis, Oliver Sh, Oliver Sm, Harrison, Max, Ryan and Dan
Congratulations to the Show Jumping Team who finished 6th in the Dorset School Games Team: Phoebe, Abi and Ellie
Four Sturminster Newton High School students picked up black belts and 2nd Dan awards in Taekwondo this month, marking an amazing achievement for girls so young.
Abi Millard - Black belt and 2nd Dan
Noa Alony-Gilboa and Katie Russell both achieved their 2nd Dan
Millie Haynes achieved 1st Dan
A team of students represented Sturminster Newton High School in this immense challenge, tackling the 35 mile route. Many parents and friends were there to welcome the team in and celebrate their success as they received their medals.
The school is very fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers, who give up their time to train students from SNHS and practise in readiness for this annual event. Without the support and dedication of these trainers none of this would have been possible. The school is very grateful for their ongoing support. Well done to all the students.
The school went Red Nose crazy to raise money for Comic Relief. As well as raising money through the non-uniform day there were stalls in the hall during lunch. Most popular was the soak a teacher stall, where Mr Davis, Headteacher , Mr Sweetenham, IT and Mr Coultas-Pitman, Head of Geography, were all subjected to wet sponges and freezing cold water. Students raised money through being joined together for the day, sponsored silences and other funny activities. We hope to reach our target of £1000, as in previous years.
Well Done! SNHS Netball Tour 2017.
A great performance by the girls meant victories over St Telios, Belfairs and Oldfield and a very close Semi-Final!
Sturminster Newton High School held its annual quiz night this term, with all profits going to the Sixth Form Study Centre. They are raising funds for outside furniture, which will enhance their study area and sixth form experience. A big ‘thank you’ to Olives Et Al who supplied the olives and spicy snacks and also to Thomas J. Fudge’s for all the cheese straws. Their continued patronage has made it possible for us to carry on holding this event and we look forward to next year’s quiz. Thank you for your support.
On 2nd March four teams from SNHS travelled to Bryanston to take part in the annual cross country relay races. There are separate races for boys and girls, split into three age groups; juniors, intermediates and seniors. All races are over the same one and a half mile course with each team member completing one lap. Our teams competed in the junior boys (finishing 19 out of 21 teams), junior girls (14/22), intermediate boys (10/12) and intermediate girls (13/14). All of our runners completed the course to the best of their ability and hopefully they will be keen to run again next year. SNHS runners: Jake, Sonny, Rosie, Kitty, Katie, Bailey, Joel, Darren, Zahra, Emma, Carla and Abbie .
Congratulations to Alex, a Year 11 student, who has been selected to represent the South of England in the St George's Cup at the end of February, which raises money for The Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is the bowls equivalent of golf’s Ryder Cup, an annual competition between the top 32 players from the North and the top 32 players from the South.
Our Sixth Form students moved in to the new 6th Form Centre on 2nd January. The facilities are excellent and include; a student study room, with study corals, top of the range PCs with the latest software, a University Reference Library, a new A level teaching room, Sports Hall, 6th Form office, and Café. The Café has yet to open but will be run by the Catering Academy and it will be open to students throughout the working day. In the summer the café facilities will extend outside onto a patio area. Students settled in quickly and are very much enjoying their new centre. This is the first part of the long term development of education in Sturminster and a real boost to us all!
Each tutor group chose two favourite tales and the winners read their stories out to Reception and Year 1 students at nine of our local primary schools. Many thanks to all the Year 7 students for such creative, imaginative work and to all the primary schools who were kind enough to host our students. The pictures show Year 7 students reading at St Nicholas Primary School in Child Okeford.