Congratulations to the Stratton boys under 16-basketball team who won the District Final on Tuesday night. It was a tight beginning to the game but the Stratton boys dominated the second quarter with a string of baskets meaning a half time lead of 16-4. Although Sharnbrook came back to win the third quarter, Stratton took the game in the last quarter with a final victory score of 34-21.

Great teamwork won the day and this should mean that the boys will go forward to the County Finals. Well done to Sean Blackburn, Miles Darlow, Kai Dawson, Cameron Godfrey, Danny Jarvis, Jovan Krstic, Sam Oakins & Elliott Swinburn.

The Year 11 football team have been incredibly successful this term, finishing top of their league by a considerable margin. Impressive wins against Bedford Academy (6-1), Etonbury (5-0), Bedford Free School (9-0), Biddenham (6-1), Sandy (3-0) led to 5 wins being secured out of 6. The only fly in the ointment was a 2 - 1 loss to Samuel Whitbread with a depleted squad.

Congratulations to all the boys who have represented the team this term, they are an absolute credit to the school.

You will be aware that this year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November. The Education department at Shuttleworth have arranged an art exhibition in the hangers for Armistice Day and Year 9 Stratton students have been making a series of Batik panels to contribute to this exhibition. These are inspired by the poems ‘Exposure’ and ‘Poppies’ from the GCSE Anthology and the work of Henry Moore and will be displayed for public exhibition on the 10th and 11th November in the Discovery room of the Shuttleworth Collection Hangers. Year 9 parents will have free entry to the hangers for the duration of the weekend, so please do visit if you can. Our Head Students have also recorded a voiceover to be played in the hangers remembering the fallen of WW1 and we are very proud of the work of all of the Year 9 and Sixth Form students who have contributed to this exhibition. We are grateful for the work of Ms Edwards and the art department in making this happen.
History teachers Mr Macwhinnie and Mr McIntosh wanted to create a visual tribute to local servicemen who lost their lives during WW1. With permission from the Town Council and the assistance of history and technology staff, 14 profiles of these brave men have been made and displayed around Biggleswade as close to their home addresses as possible. Please look out for these tributes around the town; they are very impressive and moving. Many thanks to Mr Macwhinnie, Mr McIntosh and Mr Sampford (technology) for their creativity and determination to see this project through.

This half term we have opened a new outlet called the ‘Snack Hub’ where students can buy food at break and lunchtime. This is situated in Room 3 where there is also space for students sit, eat and socialise with their friends. Students’ first impressions have been very positive and we would like to hear their views on how we can develop this provision.

Media and Film studies students are given the opportunity to carry out internship projects during their final year of study. The current interns had just one week to create a short film on the subject of remembrance. We are very impressed with the final cut, which will be shown to all students in assemblies next week; you can also take a look via the school website https://www.stratton.beds.sch.uk/.  The students have worked hard to research and produce this video which I am sure you will agree is a thought provoking and fitting tribute. I would like to acknowledge the work of these students Georgia Giddings, James Langridge, Lucy Jones, Emma Royston, Effie Balogh and Kieran Cooper as well as the staff and other students who took part in the film. It shows just what can be achieved with great teamwork.