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:

Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Scheme Jan-Mar 2020

We’re delighted to announce that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme has been successful and our project for playground improvement will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January, February and March 2020. Our project, along with the other two successful projects in our region, will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday  1 January 2020 to Tuesday 31 March 2020. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £2,000, the second placed project £1,000 and the third placed project £500. Please start saving your tokens and let friends and relatives know that they can vote for our school. Thank you.

Bag2School Collection 13th November

bag2schoolOur next fundraising collection through Bag2School  will be on Wednesday 13 November 2019

Bag2School are the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 they have now paid out over £15 million.

As well as raising vitally needed funds for our school, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 1,081,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, bags, soft toys, curtains and bedding (not duvets or pillows). We will receive £500 per tonne or £0.50/kg which will be a great boost for our fundraising. In addition it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

If you fill the donation bag and still have more then you can use any other bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Bag2School will be collecting from our school on Wednesday 13th November. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to school from the day before or by 9 am on the day and help us have a really good collection.

Football match report vs Ashover

On Monday 21st October Stretton Handley welcomed league leaders Ashover for their final football match before the winter break.

Stretton were again without co captain and leading scorer MH but that didn’t stop their enthusiasm and effort. With GT in goal Stretton started well and he made 2 excellent saves in the opening 5 minutes. LH, BP and FT were solid in defence and frustrated the Ashover attackers. TB continued her impressive start in the team with an excellent block to prevent another attack. Unfortunately TB had to come off injured which left Stretton with no subs, just the 7 players on the field.

FH and SB kept making runs to try and create space to receive the ball and CG had a fantastic dribble down the wing which resulted in FH making a good cross only for the Ashover keeper to gather the ball. Ashover managed to eventually find the net and in doing so created a few nerves in the Stretton defence. Half time 4-0.

LH went in goal for the second half and he carried on where GT left off by making some tremendous saves. GT had a few excellent dribbles and made some good shots at goal but Ashover are top of the league and undefeated for a reason and didn’t let GT score. BP continued to make some outstanding defensive blocks and tackles to help LH out in goal but again Ashover managed to score.

Stretton started to tire towards the end of the game and with no substitutes available they had to continue to play the best they could. Ashover managed a few late goals and it finished 7-0.

Player of the match BP.

Football match report v Sharley Park

On a very boggy pitch on Thursday 17th October Stretton Handley welcomed Sharley Park.

Stretton Handley’s top scorer MH was unavailable due to illness but this didn’t stop the team from battling and trying their best throughout!

GT started in goal and made some fantastic saves with again good defending from FT, SB, TB and LH. Unfortunately, GT couldn’t stop everything and at half time the score was 6-0.

LH went in goal for the second half and again made some stunning saves and with GT now outfield Stretton grew in confidence and created some good chances. CG, BP and FH started to link together well, allowing GT to dribble freely around players only for the Sharley Park goalkeeper to make some good saves.

Unfortunately. the match finished 12-0 but the scoreline wasn’t true for the amount of effort that the Stretton Handley team put in.

Player of the match GT.

Next match at home vs Ashover on Monday 21st October (last match before winter break).

Futsal tournament

On Monday 14th October Stretton Handley took part in a indoor ‘futsal’ tournament at Queens Park Sport and Leisure Centre. A five-a-side format with rolling substitutes, small pitches and smaller balls suited Stretton Handley well and this proved on the pitch!

Stretton came away from the tournament in 6th place out of the 10 teams in attendance. They finished 3rd in their group and played some excellent futsal throughout, with MH scoring 6 goals and even FH (YEAR 3!) scoring a goal. They managed to win 1 game, draw 1 game and lose 3 games.

Results were as follows:

Stretton Handley 0 – 4 Sharley Park A

Stretton Handley 2 – 2 Grassmoor           (Goals MH x 2)

Stretton Handley 2 – 1 Hunloke B            (Goals MH x 2)

Stretton Handley 0 – 8 Deer Park A

Stretton Handley 3 – 4 Deer Park B         (Goals MH x 2, FH x 1)

An excellent performance by the team!


Football match report v Park House

On a wet cold Thursday afternoon, Stretton travelled to the much bigger Park House primary school. They arrived to see what looked like 11 a side adult nets which caused a little worry and panic amongst some of the team. Unfortunately that sense of fear and anxiety showed on the pitch and within 5 minutes Stretton were 4 nil down.

Stretton didn’t give up however and MH continued to shoot when he could at the huge nets. The Park House goal keeper was very tall and managed to save a lot. SB and LH also continued to tackle and block and these 2 players proved a nuisance for Park House.

At 6-0 SB made a good tackle and played the ball forwards for MH to run onto. MH dribbled past a defender and blasted the ball into the bottom corner! 6-1. Park House managed to score a couple more to make the half time score 8-1.

GT came out of goal in the second half and his fitness around the pitch along with MH making more and more outstanding saves made life much more difficult for Park House. SB continued to impress making tackles and getting the ball out of the Stretton half. BP, CG and FH started to look more energetic and that allowed TB to grow in confidence in defence in her first game for Stretton Handley.

At 10-1 FT  managed to force the attacker wide allowing MH to grab the ball and throw it forwards to SB who quickly turned and passed to GT who ran through and calmly slotted the ball past the keeper to make it 10-2. Stretton continued to battle but unfortunately in the huge nets they couldn’t keep everything out and the match finished 14-2.

Well played by the team in tough conditions with nets far bigger than what Stretton are used to.

Player of the match SB.

Next match at home vs Sharley Park on Thursday 17th October.

Fire safety Workshops 2nd October

Thank you to Chris from the Derbyshire Fire Rescue Service, who visited school on Tuesday 2 October to lead workshops with the whole school about Fire Safety.

Woodpeckers watched a demonstration video about fire safety at home and learnt lots of useful information about ‘out of sight, out of reach, out of harm’ and ‘freeze, drop and roll’ strategies.

Peregrines and Kingfishers learnt about the Fire Triangle, how quickly a fire can take hold and the importance of smoke alarms and having a family fire plan.

Football match report v Grassmoor

On Thursday 3rd October Stretton Handley welcomed Grassmoor for their second match of the season.

Stretton started well with LH, FH and BP making some fantastic blocks and tackles to keep the score 0-0. Stretton defended well throughout the half with GT again making some fantastic saves in the Stretton goal. MH always looked dangerous in attack with plenty of dribbles and a few good shots, one in which the Grassmoor keeper made an incredible save. CG and SB were always in support of MH and made some good interceptions in order for him to drive forwards.

Eventually, from a corner, Grassmoor scored a good header to take the lead and from kick off a second goal followed. Half time 2-0.

GT and MH swapped positions for the second half and again both players shone with their performances on the pitch. MH making save after save in the goal and GT’s fitness was pivotal in creating opportunities for Stretton to score. FT and LH also had a stunning half with both players quick to close down attackers and tackle/block shots. LH made 2 goal line clearances and made an incredible header to prevent a through ball.

With 5 minutes to go Grassmoor scored again to make it 3-0 but that didn’t stop the Stretton team who managed to score a fantastic goal to make it 3-1. A good tackle by LH left FH with the ball who played it forwards to GT who dribbled through and smashed his shot into the bottom corner! Finally in the last minute Grassmoor grabbed a late goal to make it 4-1.

Player of the match LH.

A fantastic effort from a young inexperienced Stretton team who continue to grow in confidence each week. Well done Stretton Handley!

Next match Thursday 10th October away against Park House.

Football match report v Tupton

On Monday 23rd September, Stretton Handley football team started their season with a tough away match against Tupton.

Stretton Handley have a new, younger, less experienced team this year so an early start to the season is good for their development.

With last years top scorer in goal MH, Stretton looked strong and made some terrific tackles in defence with BP, LH and FT all contributing to stop Tupton taking the lead. MH in goal was outstanding and produced some stunning saves to keep the game close. Eventually Tupton broke through and managed to score 3 in the first half.

With GT in midfield though, Stretton always had a chance and he looked energetic when he played SB through only for the Tupton keeper to close the ball down well. FH (the only Y3 on the field!) made an impressive start and managed to make a crucial tackle to stop another goal near the end of the half. Half Time 3-0.

GT went in goal in the second half allowing MH to play in midfield. Both players didn’t disappoint with MH scoring 2 fantastic goals one of which he dribbled round 3 Tupton players from his own half before slotting the ball into the bottom corner. GT also made some tremendous saves to keep the score down but eventually again Tupton managed to break through and score a further 4 goals to complete the match 7-2.

An excellent effort from a young, inexperienced team who will grow and develop throughout the season. Well played Stretton Handley!

Player of the match – MH.

Next match – Thursday 3rd October at home against Grassmoor.