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December 2017

A festive treat for family and friends See page 8 for full story

In this edition Contents 3

Introduction from the Headteacher, Mr Garner


News from the School Strategy Board / Christmas Card & Gingerbread Competitions


Year 10 Fundraising Events


Year 11 Celebration Evening


Remembrance Sunday


Cover story - Fairytale Christmas Showcase


Extra Curricular Activities


Art - Year Group Projects


Art - Year Group Projects / Art Trip


Literacy - Book Buddies / Harry Potter Night


Literacy - Book Buzz / Accelerated Reader


Cucina - news from the school restaurant


P.E. News


Alice in Wonderland - Show details

de Stafford is a vibrant, smaller than average secondary school for students aged 11-16 years old where all members of the community are highly valued and respected as individuals. Educating children is a great responsibility and privilege. We are committed to ensuring de Stafford provides all students with an outstanding learning experience so that they are fully prepared for the challenges of the modern world. We aim to provide a learning environment where excellent examination results are achieved within a structure that supports the development of highly aspirational and confident young adults, comfortable of their place within society and the positive contribution they can make to it.

Term Dates - Spring Term 2018 Contact Us INSET Day:

Tuesday 2 January 2018 (School Closed)

Term Starts:

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Half Term:

Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2018

Term Ends:

Thursday 29 March 2018 01883 347818


An Introduction from the Headteacher - Mr Garner Dear Parent/Carer As another calendar year draws to a close it was lovely to be able to reflect back on the continued success of de Stafford students at our ‘Class of 2017 Celebration Evening’ at the end of November. This time last year they were in the midst of their mock examinations under no illusion that there were six months of hard work ahead in the build up to their GCSEs. Winding the clock on 12 months and it was a pleasure to recognise their achievements in the company of parents/ carers, staff, governors and our inspirational guest of honour, Anthony Lander, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The current Year 11 cohort have just completed their pre-public examinations and we hope that they will experience a similar journey of success so that we are celebrating their outstanding achievements this time next year. As was stressed in last half-term’s newsletter, the link between attendance and achievement is inextricable. In 2017, 90% of students in English and 83% in Maths gained at least a standard pass if they attended school regularly and were absent for no more than 8 days over the course of the year. The positive correlation is clear to see and it is no accident that those students with the highest attendance made the best progress. It has been good to note that our average attendance figure is up on this time last year; please continue to ensure your child attends school every day unless there is a genuine medical reason not to do so. At the end of this term we sadly bid farewell to Mr Watson who has been Head of Resistant Materials at de Stafford for the past 3 years. I am sure you would like to join me in wishing him well as he relocates with his family to Devon. I am delighted to welcome Mr O’Brien who joins us as Mr Watson’s replacement in January. Thank you for your continued support of the school. I wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas break. With best wishes,

Jeremy Garner

Safeguarding Resources Digital Parenting The 6th edition of Digital Parenting, a free resource for parents about the challenges of parenting in a digital world has been released. The magazine includes advice on body image in the social media age, live streaming and how to start a conversation about online safety with your child. It has helpful tips from online safety experts, parents and children and young people themselves. Available at: NSPCC Advice The NSPCC have updated their online safety advice page. The site now includes guides to responding to and safeguarding against online safety incidents, advice for parents and resources for children and young people.


School Strategy Board News / Christmas Card & Gingerbread House Competitions Dear Parent/Carer As we come to the end of 2017 we can look back on the year with great pride. Our students once again worked extremely hard and achieved great GCSE results despite a more challenging curriculum. We have experienced some changes within our School Strategy Board including one of our long standing members stepping down. We are very grateful to Roger Easter for all the hard work and dedication he has shown to de Stafford over his 8 years as a School Governor and more recently as a valued member of the School Strategy Board.

Congratulations to Anna White and Sophie Precious in Year 8 for their marvellous winning entry in this year’s Gingerbread House Competition.

We have been working closely with GLF Schools as we start to align the school with the resources that are available to us through the GLF Schools Multi-Academy Trust to see where we can make savings, reduce duplication but most importantly drive up standards, whilst still retaining de Stafford’s ethos and feel as an inclusive smaller secondary school. We continue to assist the Senior Leadership Team with their vision to improve de Stafford for all of our children. The School Strategy Board wish you a wonderful Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. Simon Roos, Strategy Board Member

Thank you to all the students who entered this years’ competition, there were some fantastic pieces of art to choose from. Congratulations to our very worthy winners.

1st place Rhianna Hallett

2nd place

3rd place

Faith Anderson

Lily Ferguson


Year 10 Fundraising

On 20 October 2017, a group of Year 10 students teamed up to raise money for Breast Cancer Now; a charity that funds vital research as well as raising awareness of breast cancer and its risk factors. The Year 10 students ran a fantastic “Wear it Pink” day with the help of Head of Year, Mrs Callanan. They organised cake stalls, a tuck shop as well as the opportunity to participate in the hotly contested Student vs Teacher dodge ball competition. Students could choose to dress in pink and donate £1 or buy a pink wrist band to show their support for Breast Cancer Now. The day was a great success and the grand total raised was a wonderful £300.30 that was sent off to the charity to help fund the life changing work they do. Thank you to everyone who participated and made a donation for ‘Wear it Pink’. Leila Treacher, Year 10

Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan de Stafford School showed its support for Macmillan by hosting a coffee morning on 28 September with many parents and guests arriving to enjoy the cakes and company of students. Organised by Year 10 students and Head of Year 10 Mrs. Callanan the coffee morning took place in the main hall with Harriet Ogunyemi and Mille Bonas providing entertainment with their vocal talents. Students from all year groups participated in the event; baking, helping to sell the cakes and working behind the counters. Everything that was baked and brought in went down marvellously and all efforts were highly appreciated as the donations went towards such a great cause. In total, £375.70 was raised to support the Macmillan nurses and all their amazing work. Katie Copeman, Year 10


Year 11 Celebration Evening

The Class of 2017 gathered together on the 22 November 2017 for an evening of celebration. The awards for excellence in subject areas were presented by Mr Anthony Lander who gave an animated and entertaining speech about approaching all aspects of life without prejudice and reminded us of the importance of realising and seeking out our dreams. Appointed as Consultant in 1997 at the time of the BBC’s flagship documentary series ‘Children’s Hospital’, Mr Lander is currently Clinical Director at Birmingham Children's Hospital, one of the biggest centres in the UK for surgery in babies, infants and children. He is involved in the national teaching of paediatric surgery trainees, both here and abroad. Mr Lander very generously also dedicated time to meet with our current cohort of Year 11 Triple Scientists for a lesson exploring the application of Science and Maths in modern medicine.

Students were encouraged to consider how interlinked all three sciences are with one another and the importance of Maths underpinning research and analysis. We were also very honoured that Mr Geraint Jenkins was able to be in attendance at the Celebration Evening to present the annual Jenkins Award in recognition of outstanding achievement. Caitlin Etheridge entertained us with her stunning rendition of 'On My Own' from Les Miserables. Each student was presented with a de Stafford Scroll prior to collecting their GCSE certificates. Head Girl, Jess Owen and Head Boy, Tom Ford expressed our appreciation and, on behalf of the school community, offered the vote of thanks to our guests. We are grateful to all the parents, carers, staff and past students who attended and helped make the evening so memorable.

Geraint Jenkins pictured with Jenkins award winner Holly

Mrs Treacher Anthony Lander pictured with some of the award winners

2017 Award winners in recognition of excellence Subject






Lily Lott

English Literature Esme Jennings


Elise Davis

Business Studies

Taurea Gayle

Extra -Curricular

Jake West


Jack Treacher


Raphael Okusaga


Jack Edun-Hughes RE

Kyran Sumner


Amie Whickman

Health & Social

Abby Rumley

Resistant Materials

Darcy Braimoh

Computer Science

Kyle Holmes


Olivia German


Jacob Coombes

Double Science

Maddie Wiggins


Andrew Gurr


Caitlin McCutchen


Katie Whickman


Holly Palmer

Triple Science

Abbie Owen

English Language

Jack Ford

Media Studies

Jodie Lever



Rememberance Sunday

On Sunday 12 November staff and students from de Stafford School attended the Remembrance Day Service at St Luke’s Church in Whyteleafe. The names of local heroes who sadly died in WW1 and WW2 were read aloud. It was lovely to see that St Luke’s Church had saved our textiles wreath from last year made by KS3 students and had displayed it on the altar. “It is an important event and it was an honour to represent our school. It made me feel sad to think about what these men had been through and about countries who are in conflict now with other countries and what it would mean if there were to be a WW3. It was a chance to think about how families and friends left behind might feel.” Zack McLaren, Y9 The last post was sounded to mark the start of the two minutes silence. The bugler was over by the war graves in St Luke's cemetery. On 13 August 1940 St Luke's became the first Church to be damaged by enemy action when a bomb landed nearby. “I thought it was nice that everyone stood together in silence and respected those who had died. We laid our wreath to show that students in our school had been thinking about Remembrance and what it means.” Alexia Pesce, Y9 After the service ended, Jess Owen, our Head Girl and Harry West, our Deputy Head Boy laid a wreath at Kenley Aerodrome. During the Second World War RAF Kenley was one of the three main fighter stations (Kenley, Croydon and Biggin Hill) responsible for the air defence of London. It was very special to see all the de Stafford students in attendance who were representing Cadets, Scouts and Guides. We are very grateful to Antoinette Valencia in Year 7 for her beautiful poppy drawing that formed the centre of our wreaths this year. Mrs Treacher, Assistant Headteacher


A Fairytale Christmas Showcase 2017

Staff and students ring in the festive season with a Christmas Musical Showcase

de Stafford School students presented a fantastic festive treat for family and friends on Tuesday 12 December at the Fairytale Christmas Showcase.

I would like to say how proud I am to have the opportunity to teach such hard working and enthusiastic students here at de Stafford School.

The concert told the story of a young girl trying to find her way home for Christmas. Our talented musicians performed an assortment of songs tied together by the story. These performances showcased a variety of instruments and ensembles with students across both key stages performing at this event.

My sincere thanks go out to all of the staff and students who spent their own time putting together this wonderful concert. It was a true showcase of the talent that I get to witness every day and it is a joy to watch you grow in skill and confidence. Congratulations to you all and I hope you have a very merry Christmas. Mrs Waddell


Extra curricular activities LCA Musical Theatre Workshop The de Stafford School music department was proud to host a musical theatre workshop by Learning Creative Arts (LCA) Caterham on 16 November. Students ranging from Year 7 to Year 10 participated in improvisation, acting and singing activities as part of a taster for what LCA Caterham offers in their musical theatre program. It was wonderful to see students taking risks and developing their musical theatre skills during this session. I know the students join us in thanking LCA Caterham's teachers for providing this fantastic opportunity. For more information visit:

Lunchtime Latin Lessons Every Wednesday lunchtime Ms Fantana runs a free Salsa dancing club where de Stafford students are invited to come to learn or improve upon their Latin dancing skills. There is a great atmosphere and students find it an exciting and fun way to spend their lunch break. New students are always welcome, please contact Ms Fantana in the Spanish department for more information.

School of Rock Trip On Thursday 30 November a group of KS3 drama students were given the opportunity to see School of Rock in London’s West End. The show was an excellent opportunity for students to experience a live show and be inspired by the acting, lighting and set design. A great time was had by all and the students were brilliant ambassadors for the school.


Art - Year Group Projects

Year 7 - Islamic Tiles

Aiden Somerville

Danielle Taylor-Bone

Kacy Singh

Year 7 - Formal Elements

William Finch

Abbie ComptonMiller

Antoinette Valencia

Elena Richards

Year 8 - Cubism

Hannah Crutchley

Katie Conway

Marcus Nilsson

Megan Thomas


Art - Tate Modern & British Museum Trip

Year 9 - Pop Art

Angel Skilton

Ella Hylands

Isabel Dodds



Thea Alsleben Charis


Year 10 - Clay Tiles

Becky Matlock

Daniella Levai

Emmie Paxton



Hamish Cowan


Year 9 trip to British Museum and Tate Modern On Friday 3 November, the Year 9 GCSE Art Students (accompanied by Mrs Small and Mrs Treacher) visited The British Museum to study masks ahead of their next project. They also visited the Tate Modern to study Pop Art, Surrealism and Op Art. A particular highlight for the students was swinging on the ‘One, Two, Three, Swing!’ installation by Superflex. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.


Literacy at de Stafford Celebratory Lunch for our Brilliant ‘Book Buddies’ The Literacy Team would like to congratulate all the Year 7 and 10 Book Buddies on a tremendously successful first term. Following on from the hard work of last year, numbers have expanded and we now have more buddies who are trained to work alongside the Year 7 cohort to support and guide them with their reading and literacy skills. On Tuesday 12 December we held a Pizza luncheon in the library to thank the Book Buddies and celebrate what has been an amazing first term of reading.

Students are invited to join the de Stafford Professors for 2 hours of Harry Potter magic and activities on Thursday 8 February 3.30-5.30pm

HOW TO ENTER If you were a Professor at Hogwarts; 

What would your name be?

What subject would you teach?

Which house would you be in?

What skills would you possess?

Collect a PROFESSORISE ME! sheet from Mrs Crawford and return it by 20 January 2018 to be in with a chance of winning an entry ticket.


Literacy at de Stafford

On Thursday 14 December our Year 7 students attended the Book Buzz gifting event. Thanks to the generosity of the Parent Staff Association, each student was gifted their very own reading book from a designated list of recommended authors. As the session concluded, students tucked into cakes and juice whilst dancing to Christmas songs. The event was a great success and created a huge buzz about reading.

Top Readers who have all read over 500,000 words each this term: Year 7: Tanner Bonds Congratulations go to all of our KS3 pupils for Melissa Leonard the overall books and words read. As we go to Angelica Peinke print our current totals are: Kali Tabele Words read: 39,989,703 Zachary Vellacott Year 8: Book quizzes passed: 1839 Kim Gibbons

Congratulations to our first Word Millionaire The Literacy team are delighted to announce our first Word Millionaire - Tanner Bonds in Year 7. Congratulations Tanner this is a huge achievement! As we go to press Year 7 Angelica Peinke has also reached Word Millionaire status well done to you both and keep up the great reading!


Did you know?  Carrots are an excellent source of

beta-carotene, which is important for eyesight, skin health and normal growth.  One medium carrot counts as one

serving of your 5-a-day.  Our bodies turn beta carotene into

vitamin A which is important for good health, especially eyes, and is also good for your bones, teeth and skin.  Carrots have a higher natural sugar

content than all other vegetables, with the exception of beets. This is why they make a wonderful snack when eaten raw.

Healthier Eating Choices

The Balanced Plate


PE News

Following the half term break, sport has continued to thrive at de Stafford, with fantastic numbers attending after school extra-curricular clubs. Year 7 had their first ever rugby fixture, playing against Warlingham School. The boys put in a great performance, and thoroughly enjoyed the game. They have since played Reigate School, and continue to improve with each game. Similarly, Year 8 have had a number of rugby fixtures since half term, scoring some super tries in the process. The Year 9 football team put in a clinical performance against Caterham School, beating them 16-1 in the Playstation Cup. Some outstanding goals were scored, with Joe Vincent-Ryan hitting the back of the net 5 times. Netball has continued to progress throughout this half term, with a number of matches hosted at the school. The highlight however was the Year 8 team’s victory away to Warwick. The girls put in an excellent performance to beat a strong opposition. Congratulations to all students who have been involved in de Stafford sport this half term. It is important to maintain effort and commitment to clubs and fixtures despite the cold weather throughout the festive period! Mr Henderson, PE Dept. Mr Henderson

Girls District Cross Country Y7: Izzy Skilton, Melissa Holman, Zara Foster, Shivon Creasey, Demi Friar Y8: Katie Conway, Megan Thomas, Trinity Tann, Lottie Cooper-Beirne Y9: Alana Trotter, Abi Cutler, Kieri-Anais Chapman On Tuesday 7 November our school participated in the Girls District Cross Country at Royal Alexandra and Albert School. In Year 8 there were 76 girls racing overall and only four competing from our school, I think we did well. One of the training sessions we had was running two laps around our school field, which was very tiring but worth it! It felt good to be involved in this activity since we knew that we were representing our school and trying our best. This activity can help us with physical education and finding out what kind of trips we would go on if we chose PE as a GCSE. It was hard to keep running but we kept pushing and helping each other and we all made it across the finish line trying our best! Some of the best bits that we had were getting there and back, singing along to the songs (it put us in a very good mood!). I would recommend this activity to other students because it brings you closer as a school but also gives you a lot of experience in technique that you may not have had before the race. Trinity Tann, Y8 At Cross Country we got to meet lots of new people and try something new. It was very nerve-wracking at the start because we had to run uphill, but the further we went, the better. The hardest part was getting started and the best bit was once we reached the finish line! I liked going past the horses and would definitely recommend it as a fun activity! Zara Foster Y7


de Stafford School Newsletter Dec 2017  
de Stafford School Newsletter Dec 2017