Church video competition winners

Stretton Handley Church of England Primary school in Derby diocese has won the national MyCofESchool competition. The contest  invited pupils at Church primary schools to celebrate what their school means to them, in a three minute film.

The Christian ethos is at the very heart of our school at Stretton Handley. In the video the children wanted to show how Christian values weave through our daily lives and why this makes our school a really great place to learn, laugh and have fun!

The Peak District winning team will join the Bishop of Oxford, Chair of the Board of Education, for tea in the House of Lords.

The Bishop of Oxford congratulated all the entrants: “We were delighted to see the wide range of entries in the competition. The children’s enthusiasm for their schools and the values they find there are inspirational. Their entries are a tribute to the staff, parents and governors and all those who have helped lay the foundations of our church schools over the centuries. My congratulations to the children for their hard work and imagination creating their entries. It’s always hard to pick one winner but I’m very much looking forward to meeting pupils from the winning school over tea in the House of Lords.”

The video can be watched here:

Clay Cross and District Choir rehearsals

Clay Cross and District Music festival 2018

The schools are divided into three choirs for rehearsals. Stretton Handley are part of Choir A and Choir A rehearsals are at Stretton Handley and Holmgate Primary (19th Sept).

Rehearsals –  Wednesdays

19th September 2018 1.30pm  – 3.00pm Holmgate Primary School
(Children to be picked up at 1.15 pm approx. after register to be transported to Holmgate. Children collected from Holmgate at 3.00pm and can go straight home.)

26th September 2018 9.15 am -10.30am Stretton Handley CE Primary School

 3rd October 2018 9.30 am -12.00pm Tupton Hall (All choirs)
(Mrs Dunbar will meet children at the main entrance at 9.15 am. Please park intop car park and walk children down to the main entrance. Please collect from main entrance at 12.00pm to return children to school for lunch)

10th October 2018 9.30 am -12.00pm Tupton Hall(All choirs)
(Mrs Dunbar will meet children at the main entrance at  9.15 am. Please collect from main entrance at 12.00pm to return children to school for lunch)

17th October 2018 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 pm. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield – Dress rehearsal
Meet and collect in ‘donut’ carpark at 9.15 am to walk to Winding Wheel and collect at carpark at 2.30pm. Packed lunch required. Children may go straight home at 2.30pm)

Performance Thursday 18th October Winding Wheel6.30pm  for children
(Concert 7.00 – 8.30 p.m. approx)

Tickets for the performance will be available from school nearer the performance date – details to follow.

Bronze Ambassador Event!

On Wednesday 27th June 2018 the young Bronze Ambassadors ran a whole school multi sports event. All the children joined in fantastically and listened to the Year 5 Bronze Ambassadors carefully.

After explanations and demonstrations, the children competed in teams to complete a number of races and events. Firstly they did the relay. Next they did the shot putt and then they completed a longer distance run. The children had a short drinks break and then finally competed in traditional races such as a sack and bean bag race.

The event went very smoothly with all Bronze ambassadors contributing well. LR and LH took a lead in explanations, LP took photos and wrote this report, GH and TH started races and organised teams and KH and RJ encouraged and motivated children throughout the events.

Well done to all the children especially the Bronze Ambassadors!

Completed by LP.

Holidays in term-time and penalty notices

This is a copy of information on our website June 2017 now re-posted as a reminder of regulations regarding good attendance, absences and penalty notices.
Good Attendance chart poster
•In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
•Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.
•You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.

There has been some uncertainty regarding regulations about unauthorised holidays in term time and the issuing of penalty notices. We have received DCC guidance to clarify that, from September 2017 penalty notices may be issued for holidays in term time that are unauthorised, regardless of a child’s overall percentage attendance. A copy of this was sent to parents in June 2017 and also displayed in the school entrance (from June 2017).
Penalty notice guidance

Our Blue tit Chicks are Growing Fast

Blue tits have been nesting in a box around the back of the school. This box is fitted with a colour camera which uploads snapshots to the school website. The eggs started to hatch on 14th May and we now have 10 chicks that are due to fledge around the time we return to school after the half term. To follow their progress, visit our wildlife blog and watch the live feed. Don’t forget to leave a comment about what you have seen.

Runners up! Cricket tournament.

Well done to the children who represented our school in the cricket tournament at Ashover Cricket Ground on Thursday 24 May. Twelve teams from local schools took part. Stretton Handley were runners up with Ashover Primary coming first.


Well Dressing on display 26-28 May

Have a look at these photos of this year’s fantastic school well dressing. The theme is Children’s TV. Can you spot your favourite characters?

We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Mahadevan for organising and coordinating work on the well dressing and also to Mrs Gill, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Fox for working so hard with the children to make sure the well dressing was completed on time. This year, our well dressing will be displayed outside Holy Trinity Church, Brackenfield, as part of the Flower Festival. The festival starts at 10 am on Saturday 26th May and continues over the bank holiday weekend.

Please try to go along and see the children’s hard work and support the Flower Festival.

Runners up! Football Final League Table 2017/18

Congratulations Stretton Handley Primary School football team on the school’s best ever finish in the league! Runners up!

Well done to all the players involved and a huge thank you to parents for supporting the team throughout the season.

Well done!

Team Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Points
Hunloke 9 7 1 1 35 12 23 22
Stretton Handley 9 5 2 2 27 18 9 17
Hady 9 4 4 1 27 7 20 16
Sharley Park 9 5 1 3 36 18 18 16
Park House 9 4 2 3 16 12 4 14
Ashover 9 4 1 4 28 33 -5 13
North Wingfield 9 2 3 4 8 27 -19 9
Holmgate 9 1 5 3 10 18 -8 8
Grassmoor 9 2 1 6 21 34 -13 7
Tupton 9 0 2 7 2 29 -27 2

Football Match report vs Grassmoor

On Thursday 3rd May, Stretton Handley football team travelled to Grassmoor Primary for the final game of the season. Again, the team were without usual captain LM.

Straight from kick off, Grassmoor started fast and took the lead within 2 minutes with a good low shot that TH had no chance to save. Stretton kept on battling and had a few good chances through MH, LR and RJ. However, just before half time Grassmoor scored again to make it 2-0.

After a quick team talk, the Stretton team came out fast and scored through a brilliant tackle by MT which led to MH running through and smashing the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. Stretton kept up the pressure and from a good kick by TH, GH found herself on the edge of the Tupton box only for the goalkeeper to come out and smother the ball.

Tupton managed to break through with 10 minutes to go and increase their lead to 3-1. Again though, Stretton didn’t give up and LH played a good pass to LR who crossed for MH who brought it down and calmly placed the ball into the corner to make it 3-2.

Stretton were searching for the equaliser and were caught on a counter attack which led to a penalty decision, which was waved off as advantage, leading to a Tupton goal, causing confusion amongst players and parents. TH as well as the Stretton defence stopped as the whistle went, only for the referee to wave play on. A very debatable goal to make it 4-2 to Tupton.

In the last minute a driving run from RL nearly completed the scoring only for his shot to go just wide of the post.

A good final match of the season with an unfortunate defeat.

Football Match report vs Tupton

On Tuesday 1st May Stretton Handley football team travelled to Tupton Primary for the penultimate game of the season. Without top goal scorer LM, the Stretton team took to the field with a point to prove. Within minutes of kick off they proved that point!

Straight from kick off Stretton won a throw in. Captain LR took a long throw into the box which resulted with a defensive error and the ball hitting a defender and flying into the net to make it 1-0. Stretton continued to battle and an acrobatic over head kick from RJ threatened the Tupton goal but the Tupton goalkeeper produced an excellent save.

Tupton started to get into the game and would have scored, had it not been for excellent defending from LH and RL and then a brilliant diving save by TH. Half time 0-1 Stretton Handley.

The second half was very tight with Tupton looking for the equaliser. Stretton again defended well with GT and GH not letting the ball past them.

With around 10 minutes to go, a good dribble by MH led to a Stretton Handley corner. MT moved into midfield and was in the box ready to score her first goal for the team…and she did! The ball was crossed in and fell to MT’s feet and she powerfully smashed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

Stretton then controlled the game to the end and with a minute to go. Vice captain LH passed to MH who ran through and slotted the ball coolly past the goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

A brilliant team performance by Stretton Handley.