Headteachers' Blog - 5/4/2019

This last week of the Spring term has been an exciting one with lots of student successes to report.

Four students from our STEM club entered a competition run by the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) at the Department for Engineering, University of Cambridge.

The students produced a detailed report in which they used STEM ideas to identify and overcome various problems to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly school as an Island. They then translated this into a physical model and presented their ideas and research to a panel of professionals from the STEM industry.

Aleena Bhatti, Cameron Goodwin, Katie Neagle and Adrian Wood not only engaged with STEM, they also developed interpersonal, project management, leadership, creativity, and problem solving skills. Over a 12-week period, these students worked hard in their own time to develop the project.

The team were highly commended for their project and presentation style. There were 10 strong teams competing and we are delighted to announce that the Stratton team won The People’s Choice Award! The students involved have now graduated as industrial cadets at bronze level, which is a nationally recognised award. They did an amazing job and were outstanding ambassadors for the school; we are very proud of them.

I would like to say thank you to Ms Stanton for her work with and encouragement of the STEM club and to our project mentor, Jenny Smith who is a mechanical engineer working for MBDA, a defence company based in Stevenage.

On Tuesday night, we celebrated Stratton's diverse musical talents at the Spring Festival of Music. We had performances from Rock bands to solo singers, Beethoven to Rage Against The Machine. We had performers from all year groups including Year 7 & 8 students from Biggleswade Academy, Edward Peake and Henlow Academy. The evening was enjoyed by an audience of over 100 family and friends and helped to raise money towards creating a recording studio in the Music Centre. Well done to everyone who performed and to all the staff who helped make the evening such a success

On Wednesday 3rd April, Miss Maley took some Year 9 and 10 female students to Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering. The students had a tour, visited the Whipple Museum, and took part in a History of Medicine talk. Students had the chance to look around the whole engineering department, which was really inspirational and opened the girls eyes to possibilities related to maths and physics, which they had not considered before. During the History of Medicine talk, the students demonstrated great talent, a passion for history and got involved in answering questions. They were a credit to the school.

Ending the term on a high!

The Year 11 football team managed to successfully finish the football calendar on a high for Stratton. Thursday 4th April saw the team take on Samuel Whitbread to be crowned league 1 champions. The team were not in need of any extra motivation as they are all very competitive; however with this being their last game and Mr Evans’ last fixture for Stratton they were most definitely fired up!
The game was a testimony of both sides looking to play progressive football. Stratton dominated possession for high periods of the game and early on were unable to break the dead lock. Late in the first half Stratton went 1-0 up with some classy work by Josh Byrne. The second half going up the slope saw much of the same. Stratton carved out a few half chances but did not capitalise on these until Josh Roberts broke through from midfield and slotted home. 2-0 and comfortable the team began to relax and as a result were put under spells of attack from Sam Whit but they did not manage to take any opportunities thanks to some robust defending from Kye Barker and Cameron Godfrey. Later in the second half Sam Whit managed to claw one goal back from a corner, but thanks to some great tactical substitutions by Mr Evans, Stratton were able to see the game to the end and finish 2-1 winners. Champions!

The full team were to be congratulated: Kai Dawson, Kai Etienne, Kye Barker, Cameron Godfrey, Dan Hemming, Karim Khedjari, Josh Byrne, Leon Isaacs, Josh Roberts, Alfie O’Dell, Sam Oakins, Max Taylor, Giuseppe Newman, Tommy Wilkinson and Cobi Binks

The game was hosted by Biggleswade United and as always provided excellent facilities.

I would like to wish all our families a restful and enjoyable Easter break and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday 23rd April.

Ms Roz Hodges

Interim Headteacher