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HAUSKA TAVATA (Pleased to meet you)

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Photograph of Year 9 and 10 pupils with Ms Pilvi Savolainen, Ms Milla Honkanen, Mr Paavo Juutilainen, Mr Jouni Kuisma and Headteacher, Ms Murthar

 

Stewards Academy hosted a visit by teachers from Helsinki this week following a fact finding visit there organised by the Association of Secondary Headteachers in Essex (ASHE). The education system in Finland is recognised as achieving very good results as measured by international tests (the PISA tests) and the visits were designed to help teachers in both countries to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Finland has no Inspection system, no league tables of schools and no external examinations or tests until the age of 18. Teachers are universally trusted, very well trained (with their university degrees paid for by the state) and classes are generally between 15-24 in size. Finnish teachers were particularly impressed by the resources, facilities and the support staff structure we have – far more than they have in their own school system.

 

 

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Remembrance day at Stewards

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Stewards Academy pulled out all the stops to commemorate Remembrance Day, with the whole Stewards community coming together as one. About 1400 people stood in silence in the bright November sunshine to remember the sacrifices of so many in the past 100 years. About 50 pupils wore the uniforms of the Air, Sea and Army Cadets, as well as St John Ambulance Brigade, the Guides and the Scout movement. Representatives of the Armed forces, the Police and the Fire service attended, along with Reverend Barry Johnson. Parents, governors and specially invited guests also attended. But the guests of honour yet again this year, as in 2011, were the members of the Normandy Veterans Association. Their longstanding relationship with Stewards was strengthened this year when four pupils and three members of staff accompanied the veterans to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings.

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948th Anniversary Battle of Hastings

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Stewards Academy celebrated the 948th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on two occasions on the school field this week. Exciting re-enactments took place with two year seven tutor groups, 7DJ and 7MR, under the watchful eye of their History teacher Marie Erwood. The 'soldiers' prepared for the occasion by making their battle regalia and marching out to the substitute Senlac Hill and going through the actual tactics which were employed by Harold and William. The pupils had a fantastic time and the educational objective of understanding the battle was fully achieved.

Melissa Mountney in 7DJ said ' It was a really fun experience and I now know what it must have been like to be in such a battle.' Ben Lavery in 7MR said 'It was brilliant fun and I enjoyed every minute of it, and I learnt so much.'

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Annual Food Event Success

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Annual Food Event Success

Stewards Academy was delighted to hold its 9th annual Cultural Food Event this week. The Academy once more opened its doors to hundreds of people from the local community. Food was cooked and prepared on site and in pupil's homes, representing countries from all around the globe. There was a particularly impressive display of British food this year, produced by pupils from the Food Technology department as well as Stewards' in house caterers.

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Pupils attend Princes Teaching Institute Conference

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Stewards pupils Harry Dorman, Darcy Wylie and Bradley Rimell were invited to speak at prestigious Prices Teaching Institute Conference! 

Stewards Academy was thrilled to have been asked to bring along year 7 pupils to speak at a conference at the Ickworth Hotel organised by The Prince's Teaching Institute. The occasion was the first time that the prestigious national organisation has organised a conference aimed at primary head teachers and teachers. Three year 7 pupils from Stewards Academy, Darcy Wylie, Harry Dorman and Bradley Rimell were chosen by Assistant Headteacher Marie Erwood to take on this daunting task. All three pupils took centre stage at the conference and were the first speakers of the day, and they answered a series of questions about their primary school experiences.

 

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GCSE Results 2014

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Wiktoria Zygadlo, George Strachan and Hannah Kizilcan with their results. 

 

We were delighted to achieve our best ever GCSE results this summer with over 60% achieving 5 or more A*-C grades with English and Maths. Progress grades for English and Maths were excellent. There were many outstanding individual performances including George Strachan who attained the highest results in the town (15 A* and 1 A grade). Congratulations to the outgoing Year 11, to staff for the high quality of teaching and hard work that lies behind these results and to parents for your support. We have raised the bar yet again for 2014-15 and look forward to another successful year.

 

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Westminster Visit

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On Sunday 22nd June Stewards Academy was invited along to the Cenotaph for the Service of Remembrance for the fallen of the D Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. The four pupils who recently travelled to Normandy with the Normandy Veterans Association were present, this time accompanied by their parents and families as well as staff from Stewards and 15 year 7 pupils. Chair of Governors Jeff Tarling also went along, knowing that his own father had been involved in the events of D Day. Governor Paul Rogers and his family also came along to show their support for the heroic efforts of the veterans.

 

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Normandy Visit

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Stewards join D-Day Commemorations

 

A party from Stewards has had the privilege of attending the D Day commemoration in Normandy.  Mrs Erwood has sent regular reports from the event.

On Tuesday 3rd June, Becky Dodd, Izzy Dorkin, Stanley Saunders and Charlie Dowers accompanied Assistant head teacher Mrs Erwood, Mrs Ellis, Mrs Archer and several WW2 Veterans to Northern France.

The beaches of Juno and Sword where the troops landed, the Mulberry harbour, Arramanches, Bayeux and Pegasus Bridge are just some of the places visited. The pupils will be involved in several formal wreath laying ceremonies.  At the American cemetery at Omaha beach - preparing for Barrack's arrival - a wreath was laid from Stewards and the veterans stood to attention.

On Friday, the actual 70th anniversary of D Day, there will be considerable television coverage of the events on Friday afternoon/evening on BBC1 and BBC2. It is such an honour for Stewards to have been invited to attend. It is so important for the younger generation today to understand the sacrifices of the brave soldiers on D Day if they are to carry the torch of their memory into future generations.   

 

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EXAM INFORMATION

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Year 10 Football Final

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Congratulations to the Year 11 football team who won their cup final to beat King Harold at the Harlow Football Stadium by three goals to one. There was some fantastic football on display on a pitch that was suited to passing the ball. Stewards started slowly and allowed the opposition to score in the first ten minutes after giving the ball away. However once Stewards got into their stride they began to dictate the game, which was rewarded with some very well worked finishes from Mason Cook and Nosa Ediae. Well done to all of the players in the team this year, we wish you good luck for next year’s competition.

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Exam Information

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Cultural Fashion Event 2014

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Stewards Academy drew an enthusiastic audience along to support their second annual Cultural Fashion Event. Over 100 pupils paraded the catwalk in an array of stunning outfits from around the globe. All of the pupils were members of the longstanding and award winning Ethnic Minority Pupil Voice group.

 

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Maths Revision at Kingswood

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Maths Revision at Kingswood

On Friday 28th a group of teachers and  students attended the Kingswood residential centre in Norfolk for a fun packed weekend of Maths revision in preparation for their exam. Kingswood offers a whole range of programmes specially designed to inspire and stimulate the minds of older students, enhancing their formal education and growing their appetite for learning.

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Essex Netball Cup Final

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Huge congratulations to the Year 9 Netball Team for making it all the way through to the Essex Plate Final which was held at Redbridge Sports Centre (Barkingside) on Tuesday 25 March.

The journey to the final...Stewards had a convincing win against Lammas School and Sports College (Leyton) on 11 March: 5-1 up at the end of the first quarter; 14-1 up at the end of the second quarter; 16-1 up at the end of the third quarter. Final score was 24-2. This win took Stewards through to the semi-final of the Essex Plate. Luckily we got a home draw but were up against stiff competition playing Helena Romanes School, (Dunmow). After the first quarter Stewards were down by one goal, 2-3. At the end of the second quarter Stewards were losing 5-6. At the end of the third quarter Stewards had pulled back to take a 2 goal lead, 10-8 and at the end of a very tense fourth quarter, Stewards took a three goal lead to eventually win the game, 13-10.

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Westminster Abbey Visit

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Pupils from Stewards Academy were among nearly 1000 young people from all corners of the UK in attendance at Westminster Abbey on Monday March 10th for the Commonwealth Day Observance, Britain's largest annual inter-faith gathering. The celebration was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and The Countess of Wessex. This year's Observance celebrated the 2014 Commonwealth theme 'Team Commonwealth.' This was the fourth consecutive year when Stewards pupils have had the honour of being present at this service. The pupils were treated to an inspirational speech by the now world famous schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai. Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and Lord Sebastian Coe also spoke to the congregation.

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Author Visit to Stewards

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Sufiya Ahmed with Simon Ginger, Reading Manager and Stewards Pupils.

 

On Tuesday 4th March, Stewards Academy hosted a visit by the author of Secrets of the Henna Girl, Sufiya Ahmed, as part of the Essex Book Festival.

In preparation for the event, in excess of eighty students across years 7,8, 9 and 10 read the book and, with questions prepared, attended four sessions throughout the day during which Sufiya talked about her educational and working background, her struggle to become a published author and the inspiration behind her novel. Students re-enacted the wedding engagement scene from the book by dressing in authentic Muslim wedding attire and dancing in the best Bollywood tradition.

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Kingswood Maths Weekend

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Kingswood Maths Weekend

 

Last term a group of Year 11 pupils went to Kingswood residential centre for a fun packed weekend of Maths revision in preparation for their exam. Kingswood offers a whole range of programmes specially designed to inspire and stimulate the minds of older students, enhancing their formal education and growing their appetite for learning.

Kingwood’s blend of outdoor education adventure activities and modern classroom facilities allowed the pupils to work extremely hard to build their confidence and improve their problem solving skills. The students participated in a number of revision sessions focusing on mathematical topics they have previously struggled with.

 

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PARKING NEAR THE SCHOOL

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PARKING NEAR THE SCHOOL

 

A new initiative has just been launched in the Harlow area by the North Essex Parking Partnership [NEPP]. Their aim is to reduce the level of unsafe parking around schools.

NEPP has Civil Enforcement Officers [CEOs]. They will still be working on foot, but now they also have a patrol car which will enable them to cover greater areas more regularly.

 

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Yr.9 Fused Plastic bags

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Yr.9 Fused Plastic bags

 Year 9 pupils had an exciting opportunity to make a bag using fused plastic in their product design lessons. This has given them a better understanding of the importance of recycling and sustainability.

 

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Headteacher Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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There are very few things which go on in the Academy which the Headteacher is not aware of but last month the Governors managed to surprise her.

The first Ms Murthar knew of the plot was when she was surprised by an invitation to the inaugural awards ceremony for the Essex Teaching Awards at Anglia Ruskin University. She was even more surprised on the evening to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 24 years of devotion and outstanding service to Stewards Academy and the pupils who have attended the school in that time.

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Closure Information

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Dear Parent/ Guardian

The school will be closed for staff training on Thursday 30th January from 1.00 and all day on Friday 31st January. 

 

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Charity News

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Stewards Academy has excelled itself in recent weeks with the money it has raised for charity. Over £1000 was raised for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day and staff dressing as fictional book characters. Poppies were sold around school for Remembrance Day as usual. £940 has been raised from a variety of events to support 3 young girls with their education in Pakistan, in memory of Hira Shakoor who died in a house fire in 2012. This week has seen year 7 raise hundreds of pounds for a variety of good causes in their annual Enterprise week's activities. Assistant Head teacher Marie Erwood said 'It never ceases to amaze me how generous our pupils and staff are when they raise money for good causes. Young people today have a huge depth of generosity and they give selflessly when they understand the cause they are supporting.'

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Shakespeare Schools Festival

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Stewards Academy excelled itself this year with a sensational double bill at the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival. A cast of 40 pupils brought Macbeth and Julius Caesar to life. Directors Di Johnson, Karen Batterham and Sam Ramsey were delighted with the manner in which pupils threw themselves into these roles and brought their characters to life on stage at Broxbourne Civic Hall. Professional Theatre Director Lindsay Lloyd gave detailed feedback to each cast at the end of the evening, describing Macbeth as “a very sinister, clever, disciplined ensemble piece which was very atmospheric.” Julius Caesar was described as ‘compelling theatre’ with ‘lovely characterisation with very exciting and dramatic moments.’ This event is now a firm fixture in the Stewards Academy diary and the coach full of pupils who went along to support the cast had a fantastic evenings entertainment courtesy of the band!

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Cultural Food Event 2013

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Cultural Food Event 2013

Stewards Academy held its 8th Annual Cultural Food Event this week and hundreds of people from the local community came along to celebrate the cultural diversity of the staff and pupils. Over 30 countries were represented with an array of delicious food available. Organisers Marie Erwood, Assistant Headteacher and Eman Mohamed, Science teacher were delighted with the turn out. Dancers performed a traditional African dance and a Bollywood routine was very well received. Many past pupils came back to join the celebration which is now a really popular local event, and even parents of pupils who left Stewards several years ago still come along to bring dishes and be a part of an event which is valued by all who take part. 

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Dr Shakoor Visits Stewards

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Stewards welcomed back Dr Shakoor last week as a visitor to 9CH, the tutor group which his beloved daughter Hira belonged to. It is now a year since the tragic fire which killed his wife and five children and it was an opportunity to reflect on Hira's time at Stewards Academy and give the children an opportunity to talk about Hira. The whole class took Dr Shakoor out to visit the tree which was planted and the beautiful oak bench which was built in memory of Hira, and he was very moved by the whole occasion. Dr Shakoor told the children how difficult the past year has been for him and how he would not have coped without the support of the community of Harlow and the two schools his children attended, Stewards and Abbotsweld. Next week Stewards are holding their annual Cultural Food event and all money raised will go to a charity which supports the education of girls in Pakistan. This is being done in memory of Hira and to recognise the value she placed on education.

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Inclusion Quality Mark Award

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Inclusion Quality Mark Award

Stewards Academy celebrated the re validation of the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark Award in October 2013 at a glittering award ceremony held in Pall Mall in London. Stewards went through a rigorous two day evaluation of ten aspects of the school's inclusive practice as linked to high quality teaching and learning opportunities.

 

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Stewards celebrate 50 years.

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Stewards celebrate 50 years.

 

Stewards Academy celebrated 50 Golden Years at a glittering concert where a talented array of ex-students came along to perform in a Celebratory Concert organised by Head of Performing Arts Di Johnson – herself an ex-pupil. Guests of honour were ex-Headteacher Roger Street – who was Headteacher from 1978 to 1989 and ex-Deputy Headteacher Garry Carrol – who was Deputy Headteacher from 1990-2011. Visitors who packed the hall were treated to a display of news cuttings and photographs from the schools opening in 1963 as well as the school log books which chronicle the history of Stewards from Day One. The newspaper of the day stated: “Harlow’s 7th secondary school has opened in an atmosphere of popular disbelief. It is Stewards Grammar / Modern School and it sits among green fields, south of Southern Way in Great Parndon. So remote is it from completed areas of the town that many people refuse to believe it is there at all.”

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Open Day a Huge Success

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Stewards Open day and evening was thoroughly enjoyed by the staff, pupils and the many visitors to the school. During the day visitors had the opportunity to visit lessons and to see the school in action and in the evening to participate in a wide range of activities. All departments received a record number of visitors and the staff enjoyed the chance to share their passion for their subject.

 

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Year 7's enjoy their first week

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Year 7's enjoy their first week

 

 

 

“The first week has been a busy and exciting one for Year 7. They arrived on their first day looking very smart and were well equipped. During the course of the week they have been making themselves familiar with the school surroundings and have spent time getting to know their Tutors and fellow pupils.”

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Record Breaking results

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The wait for the examination results is a nervous one for both pupils and their teachers who want to see if their hard work has paid off. On Thursday it was clear that it had! The smiles and hugs of congratulation were evidence of the many individual successes this year and the overall record breaking outcome for the school.

Stewards Academy continues the upward trend with an overall result of 58% of pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades with English and Maths. Following on from the recent excellent Ofsted report this reflects the tremendous hard work by staff and pupils in working towards the school's challenging internal targets.

Headteacher Rhonda Murthar said "We are all delighted with the results which are the best that Stewards Academy has yet achieved. They reflect exactly what Ofsted saw when they came in - a team effort on the part of the pupils, staff and the families of our pupils in working together to make sure that our pupils achieve the very best they are capable of."

Well done to all Year 11 pupils and to their teachers!

 

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150k Cardiff to Harlow run. Over £12000 raised.

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150k Cardiff to Harlow run. Over £12000 raised.

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“We are working to make a difference to the lives of millions of people”– Mo Farah

In collaboration with the Mo Farah and Stewards Foundations the challenge set was to run from Cardiff back to the Academy, covering 300 kilometres and passing through 10 counties.

Stewards Academy and The Mo Farah Foundation is on a mission to save lives in Africa. The Mo Farah Foundation provides life-saving aid to some of the millions of people facing starvation and disease in East Africa. Set up by legendary double Olympic champion, Mo Farah, and his wife, Tania, The Mo Farah Foundation exists to save lives and support people affected by the horrendous drought conditions in the Horn of Africa.

Alongside supporting people in East Africa the Stewards Foundation aims to give back into its own community to benefit the pupils that attend the academy.

As part of the challenge all pupils completed a 3 kilometre run around the school grounds on Friday 21st June to ensure all pupils were involved before seeing the running team off.

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Lower School Production Tickets now on sale

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Thursday 4th July 2013

Doors open 6.00pm

Adults £2

Concessions £1

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A Successful Visit From Ofsted

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“IN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF LESSONS TEACHING IS OUTSTANDING”

Stewards Academy has been recognised by Ofsted Inspectors as a good school with many examples of outstanding practice, following an Inspection in June. Students who attend Stewards achieve well and make good progress. Inspectors were very impressed by the quality of teaching and by the behaviour and safety of pupils which was graded outstanding.

Inspectors reported: “The attitude and behaviour of students are exemplary because of the great importance the Academy places on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Working with their teachers, they have created an exceptionally safe, caring and supportive community of which they are very proud to belong.”

The Inspectors spoke to very many students in lessons, in meetings and around the school. They were extremely impressed. Stewards students are described as; “articulate, caring and well-adjusted young people who can offer much to British Society”.

Headteacher Rhonda Murthar said, “In education we are constantly under the spotlight to improve examination results. At Stewards we have high expectations for our students who achieve very well and make very good progress. Our results are improving year on year due to the high quality of teaching and exceptional dedication of all staff. More than results however, what is recognised in this report is the community of Stewards – the wealth of opportunities, the enjoyment of learning due to inspirational teaching and the development of the whole person. All who are associated with Stewards – students, staff, parents and governors will see in this report the richness of education we offer here and feel privileged to be a part of a very special place.”

The full report is enclosed in this Special Edition Newsletter. (please click icon below)

Rhonda Murthar

Headteacher

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Bude Trip 2013

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Bude Trip 2013

 On Monday 22nd of April, 47 Yr.7 students  accompanied by Mr Ford, Mr Locke, Miss Dangerfield and Miss McGarry, set off for Bude in Cornwall at 5:30am. 7 hours later we arrived and were straight onto the beach to catch the waves on our surfboards.

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E-Safety Assembly

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Stewards recently held an E-Safety Assembly, which briefed Students on responsible use of Internet and social networking sites. Parents/Carers will soon be invited to attend an evening briefing to highlight internet safety.

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Stewards crowned West Essex Tag Rugby Champions

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Stewards crowned West Essex Tag Rugby Champions

Stewards Academy were represented well in this year’s West Essex Tag Rugby Tournament in St John’s Epping on Friday the 3rd of May. It was the first time that the school has entered into this prestigious competition. Two teams participated from year 7 and year 8. They were the only Harlow school to obtain a place in the tournament. So with the sun shining and the girls ready to play and determined to succeed.

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Netball News

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Netball News

On Wednesday the 25th of April the year 7 and Year 8 netball teams played in the Harlow netball tournament at St Marks. Although the year 7 team were understrength due to the majority of their players being on an outdoor pursuits trip to Bude, they showed that they could content with a weakened team. They played five tough and gruelling games and were victorious against a strong Mark Hall team. Participating in the competition has given them valuable experience for their upcoming matches and will hold them in good stead for next year’s competition.

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Cultural Fashion Event 2013

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Cultural Fashion Event 2013

Stewards Academy showed off its first ever Cultural Fashion Event to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience which packed the school hall last week. 

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21st Harlow Cub Scouts go into Space

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21st Harlow Cub Scouts go into Space

Stars, planets and rockets were on the agenda when 21st  Harlow Cubs Scouts came to Stewards Academy to study for their Astronomy badge.  Stewards Academy was one of twelve schools nationwide to be awarded the Gold Standard Quality Mark earlier in the year for their work as a Leading Space Education Academy. 

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Grease News

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Grease News

The cast of ‘Grease’ wowed the school community with songs from the show at lunch-time on Friday 8th March. The flashmob performance had students and staff singing and dancing in the Quad, despite the rain.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Stewards Academy celebrate Chinese New Year with a variety of activities to promote Chinese culture and language. Chinese teacher Mrs Kang said “We are very excited about our pupils learning more about China and we have organised a programme of activities this week to support this.”

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Stewards Academy launches new reading scheme.

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Stewards Academy launches new reading scheme.

 

Reading has always been a priority at Stewards Academy, and with the advent of a new reading scheme, it has moved even higher up the agenda.

Newly appointed Reading Manager, Simon Ginger explains:

“Reading forms the cornerstone of school life. If we can get every pupil at Stewards Academy to become the best reader that they can be, then we are providing them with the building blocks for success at school, as well as later in life.”

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Students watch England win at Wembley.

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Students watch England win at Wembley.

24 Young ladies from Stewards Academy were at Wembley Arena to see England’s netballers pull off a historic victory on Wednesday the 24th of January. These very talented netballers from Stewards Academy travelled with 7 teachers to see England beat Australia at a packed Wembley Arena in London to secure their first-ever series win against the world champions.

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Big Schools' Bird Watch

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Big Schools' Bird Watch

 

 

RSPB Big Schools’ Bird Watch in Stewards Ancient Meadow

Saturday 26th January 2013

Although it had snowed the night before and it was still cold we braved the weather and went out to the meadow to count the number of birds seen in one hour. I think the birds were feeling the cold too because we only saw a few of each species. 

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Trip to the Institute of Astronomy Cambridge

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Trip to the Institute of Astronomy Cambridge

‘Paying Pinball with the Stars’

Presented by Sarah Smedley, Institute of Astronomy ,

Public Open Evening at Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

Wednesday 16th January 2013

7pm until 9pm

We braved the fog and ice to visit the Institute of Astronomy on the outskirts of Cambridge to listen to a talk about the stars presented by Sarah Smedley a student studying astronomy at Cambridge University. We learnt about the life cycles of stars, how they are born and what happens when they die. Sarah also showed us computer generated models of colliding stars and galaxies, something that might happen to our own galaxy when it eventually collides with the Andromeda Galaxy several billions of years in the future.

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Building a Living Willow Bird Hide

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Building a Living Willow Bird Hide

 

Building a Living Willow Bird Hide in Stewards Ancient Meadow

with Leanne Block from Essex Wildlife Trust

Friday 14th December 2012

Year 11 GCSE Environmental and Land-based Science Students

 We picked a horrendous day weather wise to carry out this practical activity in the meadow. It was heaving it down with rain but we still went outside and built a living willow bird hide at the bottom right-hand corner of the meadow. Leanne Block from Essex Wildlife Trust led the activity.

 

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Community Moon Watch

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Community Moon Watch

 Community Moon Watch

Wednesday 23rd January 2013

Lab 7

6pm until 8pm

Lots of people braved the snow and ice to attend the January Stewards Space Watch evening focusing on the Moon. Andy Gannon talked about the history of the probes and space craft that have visited the Moon over the years. He also talked about the pros and cons of setting up a colony on the Moon. Leading the way in the 1950’s were the Russians, followed by the Americans. Now a days, China and India are the main countries interested in resources the Moon may have and whether they are worth harvesting for use on Earth.

 

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IET Faraday Challenge 2013

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IET Faraday Challenge 2013

 The Institute of Engineering and Technology

Faraday Engineering Challenge

Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff, Essex

Thursday 24th January 2013

Year 8 Team

 

Westcliff High School for Boys invited us and four other schools to take part in the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) sponsored Faraday Engineering Challenge at their school. 

The challenge was based around an emergency scenario : two villages cut off by flooding with a mountain in between. All communication had been lost. There were no mobile phones or electricity. Each school’s Year 8 team’s brief was to design and make a communication device using light bulbs and batteries. They also were expected to invent a code which was more efficient than Morse Code. Each prototype must be completed on time and within budget. 

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Rail Disaster Challenge

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Rail Disaster Challenge

 Rail Disaster Challenge

Presented by The Smallpeice Trust

Monday 17th December 2012

Stewards Hall

Year 9 Able Gifted and Talented

 Imagine you are in a crisis team of railway engineers. An earthquake has occurred! Part of a railway track has been destroyed and a village has been left stranded on one side of a gorge without support aid or transport to get supplies over to them. This is the scenario faced by a group of 60 year 9 students working in teams of 5 .

Their task was to design and build a bridge on time and in budget, to support a metre length of railway track and a train with 100g load yet still have clearance beneath the bridge to allow a vehicle to pass.

 

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Sleeping Beauty Trip Cancelled

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Please note the Sleeping Beauty Trip is cancelled tonight

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Enterprize Extravaganza

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Pupils in Year 7 at Stewards Academy had a very successful Enterprise Extravaganza recently.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stewards pupils sing at St Clare Hospice

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This week the Music Department kicked off their Christmas celebrations with a trip to St Clare Hospice to sing for the patients there.

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Raspberry Pi Event at Science Alive

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Raspberry Pi Event at Science Alive

 

‘The Raspberry Pi Event’

Presented by James Dalley from the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Science Alive Gallery, Harlow Leisure Zone

Saturday 24th November 2012

10am until 11am

A group of 4 Year 9 students attended the first Raspberry Pi event at Science Alive. This was an exciting opportunity for the young people to be a part of something that may be the blueprint for a nationwide initiative.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that plugs into your television and keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does (to find out more see www.raspberrypi.org). The Raspberry Pi Foundation has the aim of improving the number and skill level of young people interested in programming computers.

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Stewards Academy Perform Shakespeare.

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Stewards Academy Perform Shakespeare.

Once again we performed at Broxbourne Civic Hall in the annual Shakespeare's Schools Festival with an exciting performance of Othello.

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Neutrinos

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Neutrinos

 

 

‘Neutrinos’

Presented by Daniel Scully

Science Alive Gallery, Harlow Leisure Zone

Wednesday 21st November 2012

6.30pm until 7.30pm

  A group of Year 7 and Year 10 students attended this talk and learnt a lot about neutrinos. 

 

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Power for the People: Can Materials Science Save the World

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Power for the People: Can Materials Science Save the World

 

Institute of Physics Evening Lecture

Power for the People: Can Materials Science Save the World

presented by Dr Rob Wallach,Senior Lecturer in the Cambridge University Dept Materials Science and Metallurgy

Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge

Thursday 15th November 2012

A group of interested students ranging from Year 7 to Year 10 attended an Institute of Physics evening lecture on Materials Science at the presigious Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge.

They found out that sustainable development is essential if the world, as we know it is not to be destroyed. Sustainable Development is a balancing act between development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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'The Physics of Finance'

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'The Physics of Finance'

 

 

 

Presented by Steve Kane, Associate Head of School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics

 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

A group of Year 9 students went to listen to an Institute of Physics talk about how some of the principals of physics are used in the finance world. He began by talking about Robert Brown, a biologist who in 1827 when looking through a microscope at pollen grains in water, noted that the grains moved randomly around the field of view. This motion was called Brownian motion in his honour. In 1905, Einstein described the mathematics behind Brownian Motion attacting the attention of physicis who used the theory to confirm the existance of atoms and molecules.

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Community Star Watch: Comets and Meteors

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Community Star Watch: Comets and Meteors

 

Tuesday 6th November 2012

Families from far and wide attended our first Community Star Watch evening. We have been running these meetings every month during the winter since 2009. Andy Gannon, a keen local astronomer and Allan Bell from Loughton Astronomical Society talked about comets and meteors. The evening started with Andrew Young, Stewards Chief Science Technician, making a comet in the lab. Comets are just dirty snowballs whizzing around the Sun, so he made ours using carbon, Lea and Perrins sauce , water and solid carbon dioxide.

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Science Trip: 'Whacky things we could do if we only listened more carefully'

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Science Trip: 'Whacky things we could do if we only listened more carefully'

Institute of Physics Evening Lecture

'Whacky things we could do if we only listened more carefully'

presented by John Nunn, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

Pippard Lecture Theatre, Cavendish Laboratories, University of Cambridge

Thursday 16th October 2012

A group of Year 8 and Year 9 students went to the prestigious Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge to listen to a talk about sound. They found out how well they can hear, how does age affect the hearing theshold and how strange applications of sound are used by scientists. They learnt about the Doppler effect, think about police sirens changing tone as they whiz past you, they measured the acceleration of an object due to gravity using sound and they listened to a ball to find out the height from which it was dropped!

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Community Star Watch: Comets and Meteors

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Community Star Watch: Comets and Meteors

Community Star Watch Evening: Comets and Meteors

Tuesday 6th November 2012

Families from far and wide attended our first Community Star Watch evening. We have been running these meetings every month during the winter since 2009. Andy Gannon, a keen local astronomer and Allan Bell from Loughton Astronomical Society talked about comets and meteors. The evening started with Andrew Young, Stewards Chief Science Technician, making a comet in the lab. Comets are just dirty snowballs whizzing around the Sun, so he made ours using carbon, Lea and Perrins sauce , water and solid carbon dioxide.

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Maintenance of Stewards Ancient Meadow

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Maintenance of Stewards Ancient Meadow

Maintenance of Stewards Ancient Meadow

Sunday 28th October 2012

Stewards Ancient Meadow is the piece of uncultivated land stretching from Stewards car park to the cycle track. Local historians have shown that it was a meadow in the early 1800’s and when Harlow was conceived and built, it was identified as being an important piece of land to be conserved because of the apple trees, Cow Slips and other wild flowers growing there.

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7th Cultural Food Event

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7th Cultural Food Event

The 7th annual Cultural Food Event was particularly poignant this year in the light of the loss of Hira Shakoor and her brothers and sister in the house fire which took place earlier in the week. The Ethnic Minority Pupil Voice Group was determined to carry on and hold the event despite this tragedy, as Hira had been a very committed member of the group and was planning the Tutor Group table along with the rest of 8CH. So the event went ahead and a book of condolence was made available for visitors to sign.

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Year 8 Olympic Assembly

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Year 8 Olympic Assembly

2012 Olympic Assembly

On Tuesday 2nd October, Year 8 pupils of Stewards Academy were privileged to have the opportunity to meet a very special guest named Jeanne Stacey, who had the great honour of representing Harlow as an official torch bearer for the 2012 Olympic Games over the summer. 

Jeanne is a Drama teacher who was nominated by a work colleague for this prestigious role, in recognition of the dedication and passion that she has demonstrated to hundreds of pupils over her long-standing career in education. She was invited to speak in assembly as part of a motivational initiative to raise aspirations amongst our young people and pupils were not only given the opportunity to listen to her experiences about carrying the flame, but were also able to see and touch the Olympic torch that passed through their home town and pose questions to Jeanne about what it felt like to be part of an Olympic legacy.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

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We joined the Worlds largest coffee morning last month.

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Open Day a Huge Success.

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Open Day a Huge Success.

Stewards Academy opened its door to over a thousand visitors from the local community when the annual Open Day took place.Visitors were greeted by the school council and staff - nearly 80 pupils strong and staff who escorted them on a tour of the school. Many of the visitors during the day commented on the calm, purposeful, orderly atmosphere around the school - and the maturity, enthusiasm and pride of their prefect escorts. In the evening the hall was packed to listen to the Headteacher Rhonda Murthar speak of Stewards’ best ever exam results this summer, as well as many other achievements and developments within the past academic year.

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Examination Success

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This year has seen the examination results for Stewards Academy improve still further with over 50% of pupils achieving 5A*-C grades including English and mathematics and over 80% gaining 5A*-C grades overall.  It was a pleasure to witness the pride and relief felt by the pupils as they opened their envelopes and revealed the results of their hard work.  Congratulations go to both pupils and staff on an excellent outcome.

Amongst the many individual successes was Jack Baldwin who gained 17A*-A grades as well as an AS in Critical Thinking.  His top grades included English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

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Wickford Conference

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We had the honour of being invited along to speak at the Teachers Centre in Wickford at a conference entitled “Embedding the Olympic and Paralympic Values to Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in your School”.

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YEAR 5 PARENTS EVENING

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On 10th May we played host to yet another of our very popular events when Year 5 parents from feeder schools were invited to come along and meet the Headteacher and Mrs Erwood with the School Council. 

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Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2011

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Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2011

 Reading can be and should be a very enjoyable experience. Each year the Royal Society asks 100 panels of young people nationwide to read a short list of six children’s science books to decide which one will be awarded the Book Prize.  

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'Bubbles: Trick or Treat', IoP Evening Lecture

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On the 13th October, 11 Stewards students visited the Cavendish Laboratories at the University of Cambridge. The aim of the visit was to see a lecture about bubbles by Dr Gianluca Memoli. We arrived in good time and were ushered into the lecture theatre and shown where to sit. The students were excited to see the size of the lecture hall, with the rows of seats and the big screen down at the bottom.

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Maintaining Stewards Ancient Meadow

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Maintaining Stewards Ancient Meadow

 

For the last four years we have helped Harlow Conservation Volunteers (HCV) maintain the meadow. The HCV cut the grass with an industrial lawn mower and hand held scythes then we gathered up the cut grass and piled it up into compost heaps.

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Chemistry at Work

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Chemistry at Work

Year 9 students spent an interesting and informative morning at the Chemistry at Work conference sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Not only were students learning about employment in the Science and Engineering sector they took part in several experiments too.

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Dave Hill Visit

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On Thursday 13th October we had a visit from Dave Hill the Executive Director for Children, Schools and Families.

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Cultural Food Event

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We held our 6th Annual Cultural Food Event on Thursday 13th October and threw our doors open to hundreds of people from the school and local community.

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World of Chemistry

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World of Chemistry

Pops, bangs and spontaneous combustion were experienced by primary school children and their parents when they attended the World of Chemistry event in the Science department. Five aspects of chemistry were on display in the labs: ‘Plastics and Polymers’, ‘Fire’, Food Chemistry’, ‘Kitchen Chemistry’ and a ‘Who Done It’ forensic activity featuring the Simpsons.

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Chinese Garden Opening

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Our Chinese Garden was opened to a fanfare of celebrations on Friday 23rd September.

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Open Day

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Stewards School threw open its doors to almost one thousand people on its annual Open Day.

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GSK 'Genes in a Bottle' Workshop at the Science Alive Gallery

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GSK 'Genes in a Bottle' Workshop at the Science Alive Gallery

 

GSK ‘Genes in a Bottle’ Workshop

Science Alive Gallery

How cool is it to extract DNA from your own cells and wear it in a bottle around your neck? Years 8 and 9 students from Stewards School found out how cool when they visited the Science Alive Gallery at the Leisure-zone this week. They collected cheek cells from inside their mouths and subjected them to a chemical process releasing the DNA.

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Sports Presentation Evening

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We celebrated the sporting achievements of our students when we held the Annual Sports Presentation Evening.

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Reminders

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Back to School start times

Monday September 5th - INSET DAY (Non pupil day)

Tuesday September 6th - INSET DAY (Non pupil day)

Wednesday September 7th - Year 7 start at 9.30.( PE Kit not required on this day)

Wednesday September 7th -Prefects  required in school to support Year 7

Thursday September 8th - Staggered start for years 8-11

Year 10 - 9.00 am

Year 9 -10.00 am

Year 8 - 11.15 am

Year 11 - 12.00 noon

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Examination Results

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The GCSE results will be available for collection from 10.00-12.30 on Thursday 25th August.  Results not collected on Thursday will be available for collection from September 5th.

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Sports Presentation Evening

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We celebrated the sporting achievements of our students when we held the Annual Sports Presentation Evening.

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Where are they now?

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Congratulations to former student Amy Patch who achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics at Plymouth University.

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Window on China Day

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On Wednesday 22nd June 2011, we hosted our second “Window on China Day” to help celebrate and promote Chinese culture within Stewards School and the local community.

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Chinese Visit

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On Friday 1st July, a group of 8 students and one teacher made a brief visit to Stewards School from our Chinese partner school, Suzhou Zhenhua Middle School.

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Arabic Day

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On Wednesday 6th July, we hosted our first Arabic Day for Year 7 pupils. 16 pupils from Year 7 were invited to take part in the Arabic Day as part of the Africa week celebration.

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Year 6 Primary Visit

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Year 6 Visit Thursday 30th June 2011

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Phoenix Daze on the Rampage

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Phoenix Daze on the Rampage

On the 18th of June, our two teams, Phoenix Knights and Phoenix Daze, took part in the Selex Galileo Rampaging Chariot Competition at Basildon, accompanied by Mr Andrew Young and Mr Dan Treamer. This was the first time that we had entered two teams - the Phoenix Knights comprising Adam Pope, Matthew Allen and Stephanie Pope and the Phoenix Daze comprising Tyler Hampson and Thomas Goodenough. The competition has three events, the Assault Course, Sumo, and Football. Tyler, driving for Phoenix Daze, showed how it is meant to be done and produced the fastest timed Assault Course result ever seen in the history of the event - 28 seconds, when most are satisfied with a minute!  Unfortunately, this was not repeated in the final but he came a creditable second beating a great many very experienced teams. Tyler managed to get to the semi finals in the Sumo, another good result in a field of 26 teams. The football was not our best event but Stephanie Pope, driving for Phoenix Knights, gave us a brilliant demonstration of rampaging ballet! The BBQ proved to be a hit too! Our special thanks to Mr Paul Thompson who helped prepare the teams but was unable to attend the event.

 

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Sun Watch Evening

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Thankfully the rain stopped and the Sun shone in time for Stewards’ Community Sun Watch Evening. Andy Gannon our resident astronomer brought along his telescope and demonstrated how we could view the Sun safely.

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Phoenix Knights bring home a trophy

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Phoenix Knights bring home a trophy

On 15th June our year 7 water rocket scientists headed off to the National Physics Laboratories in Teddington, Middx to take part in the annual Water Rocket Challenge.Competing alongside many other schools, from across the country, we were outsmarted by superior technology!  Undeterred we entered our own unique designs and watched as one gently bounced and somersaulted across the field into the distance. Its grace and unusual style caught the eye of the judges who awarded us a special trophy, the first of its kind, called the ‘Barnes Wallis Trophy of Rocketry’! You might recognize the name.  Sir Barnes Neville Wallis is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the RAF in the “Dambusters” raid during World War II.

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Community Sun Watch

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Community Sun Watch

Thankfully the rain stopped and the Sun shone in time for Stewards’ Community Sun Watch evening. Andy Gannon our resident astronomer brought along his telescope and demonstrated how we could view the Sun safely. It is very dangerous to look directly at the Sun through any optical instrument. The safest way is by solar projection, a method that involves projecting the Sun’s image through an optical device like a telescope onto a piece of clean white paper. Using this method the Sun’s image can be clearly seen and photographed and day to day comparisons can be observed and recorded.

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Stewards School Garden Opening

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We have recently celebrated the official opening of the Stewards School Garden with an event involving pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

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HEROES

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We are very proud of 4 boys (age ranges from 13years-14years) in Year 9 who have behaved in a very compassionate way, and were witnessed doing so by a member of the public, Mrs Olive Russell, who phoned the school to inform them of what had happened.

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Readathon

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Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have raised £254.40 by taking part in the English Department’s Readathon.

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"Move It" dance project

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On the 23rd April, 8 students were lucky enough to grasp the opportunity to perform in a ‘Move It’ project, held by Pro Excel.

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Former Stewards Student Becomes a Queen's Scout

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Former Stewards Student Becomes a Queen's Scout

Former Stewards student Kirstie Wright has achieved the highest honour in the scout movement; she has become a Queen’s Scout  and been presented with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Kirstie has spent 3 years completing a range of challenges to qualify for the awards, which included service to her community by helping lead an Explorer unit in Loughborough , undertaking a five-day residential project doing conservation work in Epping Forest ,  developing her existing talent by playing football  for her University and completing a five day canoe paddling expedition 60 miles along the Caledonian Canal  in Scotland.

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Incredible Shrinking Laboratory Trip

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Incredible Shrinking Laboratory Trip

A visit to London on Wednesday 16th March enabled 13 pupils to attend a lecture at Imperial College London.  The lecture was titled The Incredible Shrinking Laboratory, and focused around the PhD research work of  Professor Andrew de Mello and his students from Oxford University and Imperial College.  

 

 

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Stewards Space Science Evening

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Stewards Space Science Evening

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift off,  for Stewards Space Science Evening. Six of the eight labs were open for two hours on Wednesday evening so that the community could find out about Space Science; how Space has influenced innovations in science research and technology.

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Science Museum Live On Tour Trip

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Science Museum Live On Tour Trip

A group of Year 8 pupils who attended the Science Museum Live Tour at the Harlow Playhouse on Friday, were treated to an evening of extraordinary experiments in this fantastic show. Audience participation was encouraged and one student was chosen to take part in a Hover Craft experiment made from a leaf blower!

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Shell Family Activities at The Big Bang

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Shell Family Activities at The Big Bang

Launched in 2009, The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair is the UK’s biggest single celebration of science and engineering for young people and aims to celebrate and inspire them. So we were very excited to be asked to help Shell Education Services deliver their Family Science Activity at The Big Bang in the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London.

 

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Chinese New Year

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Year 7 have been studying Mythical Creatures in their Art lessons.

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'Worlds Apart Come Together’

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On Tuesday 15th March we combined our Lower School Choir with our Staff Choir to perform at St. Paul’s Church.

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ASE Regional Science and CPD Conference at Stewa

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ASE Regional Science and CPD Conference at Stewa

For the third year running science teachers from all over the region came to Stewards School to attend the ASE Science and CPD Conference.  The main theme of the conference was ‘Informal Learning’,  learning that goes on all around us in everyday life as well as those planned for a lesson.

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Engineering Our Future - Transport

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Engineering Our Future - Transport

A group of Stewards students attended the ‘Engineering Our Future – Transport’ evening event at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford this week sponsored by the Chelmsford Engineering Society.  Many local engineering businesses were represented at the exhibition for example BAE Systems (defence, security and aerospace systems) and E2V( high performance imaging company), enabling the students to ask questions and interact with the products that were on display and the engineering involved.

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Space for All Year 8 Curriculum Day

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Space for All Year 8 Curriculum Day

Attention NASA! Stewards school has a whole bunch of budding astronauts that you might be interested in soon. Year 8 cohort spent the whole of Tuesday in Space. They began the day with a ‘Who Done It?’. A group of 7 aliens were taking part in a competition; they had all produced a project which was locked in a safe in their living quarters. Lucy was the favourite to win the competition, and her hopes were scuppered by someone who broke into her safe and destroyed her project. Year 8’s task was to sift through the evidence scientifically to find the culprit.

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Creating a Pond in the Meadow

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Creating a Pond in the Meadow

Harlow Museum have maps which show that the grassy area alongside Stewards School has been an orchard and meadow since the 1800’s. Over the last 3 years Stewards students have helped Harlow Conservation Volunteers (HCV) work in the meadow, cutting the grass, making habitat boxes and studying the wild life that live there. This week we helped HCV finish the creation of a small pond to encourage new aquatic wild life to the area.

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Stewards Sky Watch Group study Constellations

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Stewards Sky Watch Group study Constellations

It was a beautiful cold and icy night; the sky was so clear that it made recognising the constellations very easy. Constellations are areas of the sky designated by  astronomers to help them locate stars and planets. Andy Gannon’s talk about the history of constellations and star identification was very entertaining and Stewards Sky Watch Group had a wonderful evening.

 

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Stewards Sky Watch Group go to the Institute of Astronomy

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Stewards Sky Watch Group go to the Institute of Astronomy

Stewards Sky Watch Group went to the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge to listen to a talk by Dr Andrew Fox called ‘European Southern Observatory (ESO) – Europe’s Big Eyes on the Sky’.  The ESO is an intergovernmental research organisation for astronomy, composed and supported by fifteen countries including the UK. Established in 1962 with an objective to provide state-of-the-art facilities and access to the southern sky to European astronomers, it is famous for building and operating some of the largest and most technical telescopes in the world. All its observation facilities are located in Chile, whilst the headquarters are located in Germany.

 

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Bringing Learning to Life Event at Science Alive

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Bringing Learning to Life Event at Science Alive

Stewards students were invited to attend a teacher focused event at the Science Alive Gallery at the Harlow Leisurezone,  illustrating the exciting resources and workshops available there.  Science Alive offers many interactive science and maths activities and our students had a wonderful time trying them out. They also visited the planetarium and made air rockets. In the afternoon Prof Ron Douglas gave a presentation which asked the question: ‘Does my Goldfish See Colour?’ After a fascinating talk about colour  and how we and the rest of the animals in the world perceive it the answer to the question is yes, they do see in colour and their colour vision is far better than ours!
 

 

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National Holocaust Memorial Day

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 Year 9 GCSE History students went along to the Harlow Playhouse last week to commemorate National Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Big School Bird Watch

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This year was the 10th birthday of the RSPB’s Big School’s Bird Watch and the second year that Stewards students have come out for an hour on their Saturday morning to count the number of species of birds living in Stewards ancient meadow. Armed with identification books, cameras and binoculars the students spotted a variety of common garden birds including Chaffinches and Greenfinches but the most exciting find was the presence  of two Fieldfares who were overwintering here from Scandinavia. The results obtained will be posted on the RSPB’s website as part of their annual audit.

 

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Moon Rocks and Meteorites

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Moon Rocks and Meteorites

Stewards pupils were given the exciting and rare opportunity of handling samples of Moon rock and meteorites recently. The Moon rocks came from the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions and the meteorites- which could be five billion years old - were found in Egypt, India and Chile. Leading Science Teacher Mrs Tripp said: "How many people can say that they have handled rock from the Moon? Our students had a rare opportunity to do just that and to handle meteorites that came from Mars or were billions of years old."

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CDQS Diamond Award

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STEWARDS ACHIEVES DIAMOND AWARD!

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Year 7 Parent/Student Evening

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Stewards School parents of Year 7 pupils returned to the classroom on 10th November. 

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CHILDREN IN NEED

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Stewards has yet again come up trumps for charity. Children in Need Day gave the pupils an opportunity to dress up as fictional characters – and the staff joined in as well! 

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ARSENAL DOUBLE CLUB

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Year 8 pupils are involved in a very exciting cross-curricular project sponsored by Arsenal Football Club. Even Tottenham and Manchester United fans are getting excited learning the French language through sporting and other teamwork activities! Competition between the teams is intense!! Spanish classes will start this after Christmas.

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Upper School Performing Arts Showcase - 18th November 2010

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 This year’s Upper School Showcase was bigger and better than ever. More than 80 students from Year 10 and Year 11 performed in front of a hall full of parents, staff and students. Among the many excellent performances from the evening were ‘The Battle’, performed by the entire Year 11 Drama class, a selection of pieces from the Year 11 band, ‘Cops and Robbers’ performed by the Year 10 Dance class and ‘Baggy Trousers’ performed by some of the cast members from our upcoming production of ‘Our House’.

 

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Firing Squad by Louise Martin (9SL)

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Our very own Louise Martin (9SL) has received a ‘Special Mention’ from The Young Fiction Writer of the year 2010 for her story ‘Firing Squad’. This is an astounding achievement. The Young Fiction Writer of the year is a national competition and highly competitive; over 3, 500 people entered the same category as Louise. An extract of Louise’s story will be published in a special edition of the Take A Break magazine.

            Firing Squad is a superbly written story set during World War I. Louise gives the reader a cold and chilling insight into the mind of a soldier who is a member of a firing squad. Louise’s writing is sophisticated and engaging. The maturity of her writing is far beyond her years and considering this was penned at the end of year 8 we look forward to many more stories from Louise as she moves into GCSE.

The English department and all at Stewards are very proud of Louise’s exceptional achievement. Well done Louise!

Miss Keenan

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Graduation Evening

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Thursday saw a reunion of many of the pupils who left Stewards last summer having achieved the best results in the history of the school.  This was a special evening of celebration as pupils collected the examination certificates that they had worked so hard to earn over the course of their time at school.  The official welcome was given by the Head Boy, Ben Stevenson and the Joint Head of the EMPV group Amandla Mvitso.  Mrs Batterham, Head of Year reminded the audience of some of the more interesting anecdotes associated with the year group and brought their mascot, 'Monty' out of retirement for the evening.  The audience were treated to entertainment from some of the many talented young people at Stewards.  Following the formal evening visitors enjoyed a delicious buffet prepared by Mrs Bird, Miss Collevey and the Year 10 BTEC Food group. 

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Mrs Erwood meets the Queen

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Mrs Erwood meets the Queen

Today was a wonderful day for Mrs Erwood and her family as they journeyed to London to see the Queen present her with her MBE. Mrs Erwood arrived at Buckingham Palace in good time and became an immediate celebrity as the many tourists gathered outside insisted on taking her photograph! The ceremony was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved and whilst being presented with her honour Mrs Erwood took the chance to tell the Queen what a great school Stewards is! Our congratulations go to her on this very special day.

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Fabulous Food and Great Entertainment

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Much to the delight of the Ethnic Minority Pupil Voice group led by Richard Brandon and Amandla Mvitsho, the fourth Cultural Food Event was a huge success. Thursday evening saw the hall at Stewards filled to overflowing with people enjoying a wonderful experience. The generosity of pupils, school staff, parents and a group of visitors from Waltham Forrest College provided a feast of food from around the world. All the contributors worked so hard to provide a unique opportunity for pupils and visitors alike to enjoy new foods and to learn about the cultures of other countries. At times the tables could not be seen as so many eager visitors crowded around keen to try the delicious dishes on offer. Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by the school choir, the school group and many talented singers and dancers. Everyone is now busy planning for next year's event!

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Open Day

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The pupils and staff of Stewards enjoyed the opportunity to show their school to the very many visitors who attended Open Day and Open Evening on Thursday.  Over 200 people saw the school during the day and had the opportunity to see lessons taking place and talk to the students about their work. 

The evening event was also well attended and visitors were helped by the many pupils who volunteered to come back and assist by giving tours or participating in the running of the activities on offer. Many visitors commented on how polite and helpful the pupils had been.  Thanks go to all those young people who gave up their time to support the event.

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Full International Award

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Further good news was received at the start of the term when we were informed that the school had gained the Full International Award. The award recognises the extent of the International work that is a feature of life at Stewards. The assessor was very complimentary saying that he hoped

"The impressive range of International Activities" provided at Stewards would "continue to develop and benefit the school community; your support, commitment, creativity and innovative international work is greatly appreciated".

Mr Hickman who leads the International Dimension was thanked for his hard work by the assessor.

 

 

 

 

 

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2010 Record Breaking GCSE Results

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2010 Record Breaking GCSE Results

The staff and pupils of Stewards were delighted with the outcome of the GCSE examinations for 2010 when they were unveiled today.  41% of pupils, more than ever before, achieved 5+A*-C grades including English and Maths.  80% of pupils achieved 5+A*-C grades which equalled last year's outstanding initial results. 

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Good news following OFSTED Inspection

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OFSTED inspectors visited Stewards School on the 6th and 7th May.  The report will be sent shortly and the findings can then be announced officially.  Senior staff and representatives of the Governing Body received oral feedback at the end of the inspection and suffice to say we are delighted with the findings.  The Inspection Team thanked the Headteacher and the whole staff for their professionalism throughout the whole process and described our pupils as a delight to meet.  A formal inspection report will be sent in about 3 weeks time and we hope to be able to share the findings with you in the next newsletter.

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Stewards IQM Award

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The staff and pupils of Stewards were delighted when, following a two day visit, the assessor recommended that the school be awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark. This award reflects the school's commitment to ensuring that all pupils are given opportunities to succeed and to enjoy their time at school.

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Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Gold Award

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Stewards has become the first school in Essex and only the thirteenth in England to achieve a Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Gold Award...

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A proud moment

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A proud moment

Those pupils who have just received their examination results are celebrating a record breaking performance for individual pupils, Stewards School and Harlow Town.

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