The first assemblies of the term have been the opportunity to reinforce the core values of the school:
Rights, Responsibilities and Respect. Older students reflected on the anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity
and younger students were shown the importance of thinking before speaking: words, once said,
cannot easily be taken back.

Democracy has also been seen operating in practice as form representatives have been elected for Year
Councils in preparation for the full School Council. Year 9 has got straight to work in discussing their
approach to the 3-year GCSE courses in English, Maths and Science. Congratulations and thanks also
go to over thirty members of Year 12 who completed mentoring training on Thursday 21st. We have
been running this programme for eight years and sixth form mentors provide invaluable individual
support and guidance to younger students. Requests for a mentor can be made via the relevant
mini-school address.

Sporting fixtures have also started and Upper School girls (complete with a new team strip) made a
valiant start to the netball season, but were just pipped to the post in the closing minutes by St
Benedicts with a final score line of 11:10. In football, Year 7s are through to Round 2 in the National
Cup, beating King Edwards VI School on penalties after the game ended 1-1. Mr Broom reports that
Harry Steed scored the deciding penalty to take the team through, but there was also a highly
impressive goal by Archie Watson early in the match which spurred the team onwards and upwards.
And finally, Jo Churchill, our local MP is running her annual Christmas Card competition. It would be
wonderful to see some Stowupland entries and Mrs Blake (Subject Leader for Art) will ensure that
some lesson time is available for those students wanting to enter.

Mrs K Grimes

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