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:

Football match report vs North Wingfield

On Monday 15th October the Stretton Handley team had their third game of the season and their first away from home. It was a very wet breezy day so the conditions weren’t the best.

Stretton kicked off the game and went on the attack straight away through LR and LH. They managed to win a corner which MH took and somehow he managed to curl it towards the keeper and it deflected in! 1-0 straight from the corner spot!

Again Stretton continued to pressure the North Wingfield team and they created another corner and believe it or not. MH did exactly the same again! From the corner spot! 2-0.

North Wingfield were pegged back but did manage to create one chance which GH, KH and GT defended well so that goalkeeper TH didn’t have to make a save. From the resulting goal kick LR played an excellent long ball to MH who wriggled free from the defenders and shot only for the ball to be blocked. It looped up into the air and LH jumped highest and with a powerful header she smashed the ball into the bottom corner, 3-0!

North Wingfield did manage to create a good chance and after a good tackle by GT the ball fell to a North Wingfield player who powerfully struck the ball into the bottom corner, 3-1.

Just before half time MH again caused havoc with a corner kick and the ball ended up in the net, 4-1 to Stretton Handley.

The second half was much tighter with North Wingfield defending well. RJ made a strong tackle and passed to LH who passed to MH who ran down the wing and crossed for LR. LR’s shot was heading for the net only for a good save by the goalkeeper to keep the score at 4-1.

With 10 minutes to go MH ran through one on one with the keeper after a good pass by RJ and he made no mistake, 5-1. Within a minute of kick off GT hit a long range high shot which the keeper saved but then from the rebound MH powerfully smashed the ball into the net, 6-1, which is how the game finished.

Another fantastic win for the Stretton Handley team with MH scoring 5 making it his 11th goal of the season in just 3 games! LH also scored her first goal and the teams first header of the season. Star player was awarded to GT with a fantastic defensive performance!

Next game at home to Parkhouse on Monday 22nd October!

Football match report vs Grassmoor

On Thursday 11th October Stretton Handley faced their second home match of the season at home against a good Grassmoor team.

Stretton started the game with a fast pace. Some quick foot work from MH created a chance which was blocked by the defender. Once again, LH continued to impress in her central midfield role and her long throw in created the first goal. The throw caused a scramble in the box which led to LR laying the ball off for MH to tap home, 1-0. From kick-off, a good tackle by GH and pass from GT left LR with the ball. He played a good ball through the middle which MH ran onto and passed the ball into the bottom corner, 2-0. Just before half tim,e the Grassmoor defence played a hopeful ball up the field and with the wind swirling round, TH in goal misjudged the ball and unfortunately it landed in the back of the net. Half time 2-1.

The second half began and Stretton Handley now had the extra wind on their side. They played a fantastic second half. A solid midfield performance from LR and LH meant that Grassmoor struggled to create any chances and when they did, the excellent defence by KH, GT, RJ and GH proved too strong for the attackers.

KH made a good tackle and passed to LR who then played a good low ball to MH who scored his hat trick, 3-1. Two minutes later and LH passed to MH who again proved to fast and skillful for Grassmoor and scored his 4th goal! 4-1. Grassmoor did create one good chance and a fantastic double save from TH  kept the score at 4-1.

With 2 minutes left LR found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and he shot well but the keeper closed down the angle and managed to save it.

Finally, RJ, with a tackle / shot saw the ball perfectly fly into the top corner. What a goal! 5-1 to Stretton Handley.

A fantastic performance all round with a stand out performance by MH (4 goals) and LR who were voted joint star players by the Grassmoor manager. An excellent win by an improving team!

Football match report vs Tupton

On Monday 1st October, Stretton Handley started their league campaign in a home match against Tupton. After a thorough warm up led by captain LR the team were ready and it showed, as Stretton took early control in the game, with LH, LR and MH dominating possession in Tupton’s half. However, Tupton defended well and Stretton couldn’t find the goal they deserved. After 14 minutes, a brilliant long throw by LH put MH one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake. slotting the ball into the bottom corner, 1-0 Stretton.

The goal filled the Stretton team with confidence and 2 minutes later, after a good tackle by KH, LR got the ball and passed to LH. who then passed to MH, who again skillfully wrong footed the keeper and smashed the ball into the net. 2-0. A brilliant first half performance!

The second half started and Tupton started to pile on the pressure. Stretton were deep in their own half and defending well. RJ made a crucial header and TH made 2 brilliant saves in the goal. From a Tupton corner, GT calmly cleared the ball down the line which MH chased and with excellent skill dribbled down the wing, cut into the box and was fouled in order to win a penalty! Chance for his hat trick maybe? Not! Captain LR decided to step up for the penalty and dilled low and hard only for the keeper to make a good save.

Tupton then started to dominate possession and a mistake in defence led to a one-on-one, but up stepped goalkeeper, TH, to make a fantastic low save. However, from the resulting corner, Tupton managed to create a shooting chance from outside the box and it curled right into the top corner 2-1. Tupton grew in confidence now and again had 2 good chances with GT clearing one of the line and KH making a strong tackle to deny another.

However with 4 minutes left TH made a good safe and the ball fell to LR who mistakenly hand balled it to give Tupton a penalty and chance to equalise. The Tupton striker smashed the ball home to make it 2-2.

In the final 2 minutes LH had a brilliant shot cleared off the line and MH, with fantastic skill, smashed the ball like a rocket, which somehow the Tupton keeper managed to save. 2-2 the game finished and a point each to the two teams.

Star player of the match was voted by the Tupton manager and was given to LH with MH a very close second. Also a stand out league debut for KH.

An excellent game played well by both teams!

Next game at home vs Grassmoor on Thursday 11th October 2018.

Harvest Festival Thursday 11 October

The school Harvest festival takes place in the school hall on Thursday 8 October starting at 9.30am followed by refreshments. We are collecting produce for the Clay Cross Food Bank. Currently they are most in need of canned fish, canned meat, powered milk and toiletries. See September newsletter. Please send in-date,  non-perishable food items from Monday 1st for our Harvest display. These will be collected by food bank staff at the end of the week. Thank you.

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