TEN TORS 2018 - 15th May 2018
A HUGE well done to our Ten Tors teams, who completed the gruelling challenge across Dartmoor at the weekend. Organised by the British Army, teams of six trek to ten specific tors, covering 35, 45 or 55 miles over two days. After weeks of training and showing true grit and determination, our teams did themselves and the school proud. Congratulations to you all! Huge thanks also to the dedicated leaders, who gave up many weekends and Thursday evenings to train the team.
SKI TRIP 2018 - 20th April 2018
During the Easter Holidays, 22 students and 3 members of staff went to Obertauern in Austria on the School Ski Trip. Spring sunshine and plenty of snow, coupled with great accommodation and superb ski instructors meant that all enjoyed a memorable holiday. Novice skiers learnt the essentials and embraced red runs with great enthusiasm. Intermediate skiers developed their techniques, embracing the black downhill runs with varying degrees of success! Rest and relaxation was provided in the form of a thermal spa, bowling, a night time walk to the pizza restaurant as well as the obligatory snowball fights!
Badminton - 28th March 2018
Badminton club has proved popular again this year, both at lunchtime and after school on a Friday when staff and 6th form wind down at the end of the week.
On the 14th March forty two students and three members of staff travelled to the National Arena in Birmingham to watch some of the best badminton players in the world compete in the All England Badminton Championships. The quality of play was inspiring. Badminton club stops for the summer and will return in the autumn. Next term sees the return of the tennis season.
SNADS - 16th March 2018
Tia, Hope, Chloe, Toby, Harry and Joel, all from Year 10, joined the cast of ‘A Right Pantomime’. The script was written by Jack English and Toby Greenfield especially for SNADS. Many of the characters were from stories that you would recognise, but it was not like the stories as you would know them. Congratulations to all for an excellent performance.
World Book Day - 26th February 2018
On Monday 26th February, SNHS were privileged to welcome Mimi Thebo, author of many books including Dreaming The Bear and Hospital High. Mimi gave an assembly to Years 8 and 9 which was highly entertaining. She then held two workshops for certain students based around Dreaming The Bear.
Students took advantage of the opportunity to buy signed copies of her books and Mimi very kindly donated a copy of each of her latest stories to the library. A big thank you must go to Mrs Weedon for organising this visit.
All through World Book Day Week the LRC ran various competitions including Book Title Anagram and Match the Author. Students were also invited to design a bookmark; winning entries will be reproduced, laminated and sold in the Library in aid of Starlight, the LRC charity.
Unfortunately the snow put a stop to World Book Day itself and the subsequent Big Book Swap; we will be revisiting these events on 23rd April which is World Book Day everywhere else in the world.
SNHS Student Heading To Parliament - 5th February 2018
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.”
Dorset County Football - 26th January 2018
Congratulations to Jordan and Harrison, Year 9 students, who have been selected to play football for the county. The team have just collected their first win during which Harrison scored a hat-trick. This resulted in his name being forwarded to the Bournemouth Academy. Both students are prepared for the hard work they need to put into training and are extremely proud to have been selected.
Class of 2017 GCSE Awards Evening - 24h November 2017
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!
Sixth Form Football Team - 15th November 2017
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.
Remembrance - 10th November 2017
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.
Swimming Achievement - 27th October 2017
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.
GCSE Result Day - 24th August 2017
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.
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A Level Result Day - 17th August 2017
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.
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