Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training day - 21st March 2019
On Wednesday 20th March Mrs Gray and Mr Kemp took a group of 11 students from years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 to Appleford School to be trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, an event sponsored by Facebook. Phoebe Warren in Year 9 was chosen as our key Ambassador and she wrote the following piece to summarise the day.
The day was filled with interactive activities, brainstorming sessions and presentations led by members of The Diana Award team. From this the students have now learnt how to deal with bullying both online and offline, how to give support to students who may have a problem but don’t feel comfortable talking to an adult about it and are now confident to educate others about the three different types of bullying. With this training, the students now have many ideas they feel can be beneficial to the school including: notice boards to raise awareness, educating parents & peers through assemblies, presentations and workshops.
The day was very informative and left the group of Ambassadors buzzing with ideas to implement at school. We are meeting together this week to start planning these ideas, so watch this space!!
NORTH DORSET DODGEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS - 11th March 2019
Last Wednesday, a group of Year 8 and Year 10 boys took part in the inaugural North Dorset Dodgeball Championships. The tournament was played as a round robin, with each team playing five two minute games against each of their opponents in their age group.
The Year 8s (Luke, Shane, Joseph, Henry and Adam) started the day as underdogs, as due to late injuries they were a player short. The Year 10s (Jamie, Kyle, Josh, Nick, Oliver and Joe) were quietly confident, until they saw the size of their opponents!
An afternoon full of catches, hits, teamwork, encouragement, disputes, mutual respect, winning and losing followed with everyone entering into the spirit of the competition.
The Year 8s battled hard, but being a man short in every game was too big a challenge to overcome and they finally finished fourth. The Year 10 players were able to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge their way into second place, missing out on winning the competition by just two points. Nick was voted by the officials as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the championship.
Well done to all who took part!
SNHS Quiz Night - 1st March 2019
Our annual Quiz Night on Friday was great fun and a huge success as always. There were sixteen teams competing, with questions on a wide variety of subjects compiled by Quiz Master Mr Dodman, ably assisted by Mr Harris. Congratulations to The Honeymeaders, who finished as champions for this year.
We raised an impressive £578, which this year will be donated to the Sturminster Newton Expedition Group, which trains students for the gruelling Ten Tors event each ...year. The money will be put towards buying new equipment and kit for the group.
Year 9 Football Tournament - 27th February 2019
This time it was the turn of our Year 9 team to take part in the football tournament on the astroturf at Gillingham School. They played very well, getting through to the semi-final.
Year 7 Netball Tournament - 26th February 2019
A massive well done to our Year 7 netball team, who took part in their first tournament just before half term. Great game play and motivation was shown by all the players - let's build on this performance, girls!
Year 7 Football Tournament - 18th January 2019
Our Year 7 football team took part in a tournament at Gillingham School yesterday. They drew 0-0 with Blandford, drew 0-0 with Gryphon and lost 0-1 to Gillingham. Unfortunately, this meant they did not progress to the knockout stage, but they played really well as a team in the cold conditions. Well done to them all.
Music Exam Success - 15th January 2019
Theo in Year 7 recently took his Grade 1 Royal Schools of Music Trombone Exam and passed with a great 116 marks. Well done, Theo!
Star Performers in Art - 20th December 2018
Award winning artwork from Mrs Watkins' classes across KS3.
Pyramid Carol Concert - 18th December 2018
We really got into the Christmas spirit last night with our Carol Concert, with four of our Pyramid Primary Schools and the SNHS Choir and Samba Band.
The Hall was packed with families and friends of the performers, who were treated to a fabulous evening of Christmas music. Each primary school performed a festive song and all sang beautifully. The SNHS Choir also entertained us brilliantly and the primary schools brought instruments and joined with the Samba Band in a spectacular finale!
There was a collection in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, which raised £245.04.
Well done to everyone involved!
A Christmas Carol - 14th December 2018
Well done to all the cast and crew - a fabulous production!
A Level RE Trip - 5th December 2018
A group of A-Level RE students took a trip to London and made the journey to the Imperial War Museum to visit the Holocaust Exhibition.
Many of us were shocked at how real the letters, videos and images felt - it was an experience that we'd never have got from the classroom.
We then took the Tube to University College London to visit the body of philosopher Jeremy Bentham, who we have studied as part of our course. Unfortunately, his real head wasn't present as it was on tour in New York! We even had story time about how the body came into the possession of the University!
Children In Need 2018 - 16th November 2018
During a week of fundraising, we held our annual Talent Show - and there was some great talent on show! Congratulations to our winner, Year 7 student Grace.
Another popular event was Jail or Bail, organised by a group of Year 12 students. Mr King, Mr Coultas-Pitman, Mr Enticknap and Mr Dinsmore each twerked, hula-hooped, ate a raw onion, chilli and hot sauce along with being covered in egg, cold custard, tomato ketchup, honey and rice krispies and wearing baked bean socks! Other gallant members of staff volunteered for a soaking and there was also a very popular cake sale and other fun activities run by students. Well done to everyone who took part or donated. So far, a total of £1117.70 has been raised
Youth Parliament - 12th November 2018
We are very proud of Year 11 student Laurence Hayward, who recently took part in the annual sitting of the Youth Parliament. Here's his report of what sounds like a brilliant experience:
On 9th November, young people from across the country came together to debate issues which matter to them. The debate was held in the House of Commons and was chaired by the Speaker of the House, John Bercow MP. It was my honour to represent the young people of Dorset at the sitting.
The issues were chosen in the 'Make your Mark' vote, where over a million young people, including those of SNHS, voted for the five issues which resonated most with them. Those chosen were Knife Crime, Mental Health, Equal Pay, Homelessness and Votes at 16.
These were debated and discussed in the chamber, with speeches from representatives from all regions of the nation. MPs attended, including Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, to name but a few.
I was able to vote on behalf of my constituents for the motions I thought were most pertinent, in the same way MPs do in the Division Lobbies . I voted for Mental Health and Votes at 16, but the overall winners were Knife Crime and Votes at 16. I will fully support and rally behind the campaigns for these very important issues.
It was a privilege to attend an event which was described by one journalist as 'the most diverse and reflective Parliament the UK ever sees, with passionate, dignified and friendly speeches'.
Politicians from all parties use the results to change policy and help improve the lives of young people and the experience of helping them to do that is one which I will treasure forever.
Laurence Hayward, Year 11
Remembrance Assembly - 9th November 2018
We held our Remembrance Assembly this morning, attended by the whole school and visitors from the Royal British Legion and other forces organisations. As always, it was a thought-provoking and moving occasion.
A visitor who attended today sent us the following words:
'I had the privilege to be a guest at the school for their Remembrance Assembly. I found it to be incredibly moving, thought provoking and informative. The students were attentive and hugely respectful. The involvement of representatives of the local Royal British Legion added to the occasion and I heard (and saw) how much it meant to the veterans to be part of this event. And it was so moving to see individual children 'standing up for their ancestors' when the list of local men lost was read out. This morning will be a memory for many people who came, not least all the young people.'
Christmas Shoeboxes - 6th November 2018
We are very pleased to support the Rotary Club's Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year. Shoeboxes are filled with gifts and sent to children in need in Eastern Europe. Boxes are transported by road using Rotary Clubs and other trusted partners to distribute them.
Pictured are members of the School Council with Chris Hardiman from the Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton.
Thank you to everyone who donated items and helped to pack the boxes.
Sturminster Newton Expedition Group - 7th October 2018
Well done to the 19 students from the Sturminster Newton Expedition Group who were training for Ten Tors 2019 and completed the Abbots Way Walk at the weekend. They walked 23 miles from Tavistock to Buckfast Abbey which took them across Southern Dartmoor.
For 15 students it was the first time walking on Dartmoor.
A great achievement.
Blackmore Vale Lions - 27 September 2018
Sturminster Newton High School students and head teacher Mr Jason Davis, unveiled a commemorative plaque thanking the Blackmore Vale Lions for their support with the school chicken project. Reece and Alex explained to Mr Birt, Mr Milton and Mr Wagstaff, the work involved in looking after the chickens with the help of staff member Miss Gray. A group of students across the whole age range clean, feed and provide water for the chickens on a daily basis as well as collecting the eggs of course. The school is very grateful for the kind donations from the Blackmore Vale Lions to provide an outside tap and storage facilities.
GCSE Results - 23rd August 2018
Sturminster Newton High School are delighted to announce their best set of GCSE results ever, with 70% of students gaining 4+ (the old ‘C’ grade) in English and Maths, up 4% on last year and 50% achieving 5+ (between a B and a C in old grades) in English and Maths up 9% on last year. Just under 50% of all students gained at least one A/A* (7-9) in their subjects and 20% of all GCSEs were at 7-9 (A/A*) with just under a quarter (23%) of all students gaining an A/A* (7-9) in Maths. In total 75% of all GCSEs taken were at grade 4 (‘C’) or above.
A level Results - 16th August 2018
Staff and students at Sturminster Newton High School were delighted with A level results achieved this summer.
While the overall pass rate is 98%, a record number of students have achieved the benchmark of 3 A level qualifications at A*-C grade an increase on last year with 10% of the grades at A*. Initial feedback suggests that all of our students have been accepted by their first choice university.
Of particular note were results in Accountancy (100% A*-B), Chemistry (100% A*-B), Further Maths (100% A*-C), Health and Social Care (100% A*-C), Art (100% A*-C), Photography (100% A*-C), Extended Project (100% A*-C), Maths (86% A*-C) and Philosophy and Ethics (80% A*-C).
Wimbledon Visit - 10th July 2018
This year we were lucky enough to be allocated some tickets in the Wimbledon ballot. On Tuesday 10th July, eight students and two members of staff travelled by train to Wimbledon station, and then joined the rest of the crowds walking to the Tennis Championships.
Once inside the gates, we started absorbing the atmosphere and watching some fantastic tennis. We had tickets for Court 2 where the highlight of the day was Del Potro versus Gilles Simon, but we also saw some great men's and ladies’ doubles. On the outside courts, junior matches were in full swing, and it was amazing to see how hard they hit the ball. Some time was spent on ‘Murray Mound’ watching play on Centre court.
There was plenty of food and interesting souvenirs to purchase, and soon our students were laden with the special Wimbledon bags.
After a long and rewarding day we travelled back by train to Gillingham, glad when we finally managed to get a seat. Mrs R Weeks – Trip organiser
Music Exams - 9th July 2018
The annual Trinity Rock and Pop music exams took place during the first week in July. Students taking the exams play three pieces of previously prepared music and then take part in an improvising or playback exam. Twelve students from SNHS took exams as well as students from other local schools. Successful students from SNHS include: Katie (grade1 - keyboard); Ayelen (grade 2 - keyboard and grade 3 singing); Sofia (merit, initial grade - guitar); Georgia (distinction, initial grade - guitar); Sarah (grade 2 - guitar); Henry (grade 4 - guitar); Phoebe (distinction, and the highest mark of the day, grade 2 - singing); Matthew (grade 2 - singing); Abigail (merit, grade 2 - singing).
Congratulations to all involved and well done for all your hard work and practice over the year.
Sports Day 2018 - 4th July 2018
We have had a fantastic Sports Day today, with several school records being broken. A massive well done to all students who competed - you were all amazing! Congratulations to Thornhill House, who won the over all trophy this year. Thanks to staff and sixth form students for all their help in making the day run smoothly.
Taekwondo - 26th June 2018
On the 23 June Alex, Year 8, went to a presentation evening at The Crown in Blandford and was presented with his 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. Alex has been practising Taekwondo for about eight years. His instructor, Mrs Kim Robinson, presented Alex with his belt, a pin and certificate. His examiner, Mr Sam Donohoo, took Alex for his Black Belt exam. We are all very proud of Alex.
Kim and Sam have recently started their own Taekwondo clubs; Kim's - KRMA, Sam's - SDMA. The clubs have been doing really well, with lots of newcomers. Sam used to be a pupil at Sturminster High School. He is now a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. Kim is a 6th Dan Black Belt.
Alex would like to thank his big sister Katie for helping him
Southwest Cyber Roadshow Visits SNHS - 22nd June 2018
This week's Challenge Day brought the Cyber Roadshow to SNHS, delivering a varied and technical programme to our Year 8 students.
The day consisted of two labs; one delivered by the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit on the ethics of using technology, ensuring students develop an understanding of their responsibilities when using technology along with the Computer Misuse Act and the impacts of breaking this. Students interacted using tab...lets; voting on different scenarios before exploring them further. The second lab was delivered by Beverley Clarke from Computing At Schools. Students looked at staying safe online when communicating with others.
Lord Lonsdale Amateur Box Cup 2018 - 16th June 2018
On 31st May the Sturminster Newton Boxing Club took a team of five boxers including Karl, Year 8 and Tommy, Year 12, all the way to Carlisle (9 hours each way in a mini bus!!) to enter the Lord Lonsdale Box Cup. The Tournament was a national competition with boxers entering from the whole of England, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The competition was a three day event starting on 1st June. The club was very proud of all the Sturminster boxers, who conducted themselves brilliantly under some very stressful circumstances.
Tommy was crowned the Lord Lonsdale Amateur Box Cup 2018 Champion (2001 born Under 60 Kilos) and received the gold medal; he is automatically invited back to defend his title next year. Karl came away with the Silver Medal in his weight category and should be very proud. In total the club won two gold medals and three silver which is astonishing for a small town from Dorset!
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.
England Under 21 Short Mat Bowl - 31st April
Alex , Year 12 and James, Year 9, played for the England U21 team in their annual match against Wales U21 on 25 March 2018 held at Camarthen. England won convincingly 50 points to 14 points, retaining the trophy for the second year.
Alex became National U18 Champion on 8 April 2018. He arrived back late the night before from the school skiing trip and travelled up to Tamworth early that morning. Alex won all his games to make it to the final and was 6-1 down after four ends, but managed to fight back to win the title. The following weekend he also represented Dorset in the National fours and triples (adults) he was runner up in the National Triples.
On 20 April Alex travelled to Belfast to play in the Short Mat Players Tour World Masters. This was played over two days. He was runner up in the group stage to progress to the Cup (main competition). He reached the last 16, losing to the eventual winner by one shot. Alex finished the season with a world ranking of 32, which is a fantastic achievement as he was unable to compete in many events due to his main England team commitments
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.