The England team’s hopes may have been dashed in the World Cup Competition, but I am pleased to report that Year 9 and Year 10 students are continuing to fly the flag for Rugby.
We are active participants in the Rugby Schools Programme and this week, after some initial input and advice, Cameron Heath, Morgan Morris, Daniel Haggar and Daniel Leggett have designed a school rugby jersey for the 2016 season. There was clearly some careful attention to colour and the jersey combines both the school uniform and sports kit colourways. I was also delighted to see the attention given to the Stowupland values: Rights, Responsibilities and Respect. These words will be printed on each jersey and, as part of the project, the school will be provided with the finished kit free of charge. A picture of the final design can be found on the link below.
Cup competition has continued and the U16 Boys’ Football Team played The Hewett School from Norwich on 1st October. Battling against some windy weather, Mr Holden reports that it was a closely fought match all the way to the very end. With less than 5 minutes to go, George Poole-Marriott displayed great athleticism and managed to plant a spinning volley in the top corner of the net. Much celebration ensued and that solitary goal takes the U16s through to the second round of the cup to meet Thurston. Thanks should also go to Rian Staddon (Year 12) for refereeing the match so superbly.
Wednesday saw a hive of activity in the Dining Room as over sixty Year 12 students spent the day training to be mentors. The programme at Stowupland offers superb support to younger students providing social, emotional or academic guidance throughout the year. Wednesday’s training was suitably comprehensive. After a number of activities which highlighted the importance of co-operation and community, students explored the range of problems which younger students may face on a daily basis and the impact that this may have on their ability to cope. Sixth formers also learnt about the importance of listening and of developing and maintaining a relationship based on trust. Safeguarding is also an essential part of mentor training so that all students can operate in a safe and secure environment.
Newly-trained mentor, Callum Crabtree, has reported that everyone involved stayed focused and engaged throughout the sessions. Although it was hard work, Callum and fellow Year 12s clearly found the training very enjoyable and worthwhile. Our thanks go to Mrs Knell and her colleague, Mr Steve Wooldridge, for leading the day’s training. Some mentors have already begun work with their mentees and others will be assigned in the coming weeks. If any student would like to request a mentor, they can see their form tutor, Progress Leader or one of the Progress Support Workers (Miss Britt for Years 7 and 8 and Miss Turner for Years 9,10 and 11).