Children in Need Spotacular!

Children In Need – Spotacular 17th November

On Friday 17th November we raised funds for Children-in-Need by holding a non-uniform day and coming to school wearing something stripy and/or spotty. Thank you to everyone who dressed up and made donations. Have a look at Woodpecker Group’s  fantastic Pudsy Bear masks. Mrs Mahadevan took some photographs and has taken the ‘spotacular’ event to new heights as she now has chicken pox; she is covered in real spots and will be off school all week!


Master Blaster Laser Tag Nov 23

Never mind going to a laser quest experience, the Master Blaster mobile laser tag arena is coming to our school hall on 23 November! Our KS2 children have the opportunity to experience an exciting range of games either as individuals or as part of a team.

Funding for this activity has been provided by P4YP ‘Positive For Young People’ who are a non-profit organisation based at the Hub, Gladstone Buildings in Clay Cross.

The Action Sports activities provided by the Extreme wheels team, are fast, furious and a huge amount of fun for anyone age 7+. See Bolsover District council’s website; for information.

Football – Mid season league table

Halfway through the season and Stretton Handley are in their best ever position in the league! Joint top! (second on goal difference) with just 5 games to go! Can we finish top of the league? Top 3?

The final 5 games will be in February, March and April.

League Cup Table

Team Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Points
Hunloke 4 3 0 1 16 7 9 9
Stretton Handley 4 3 0 1 13 6 7 9
Sharley Park 4 2 1 1 14 7 7 7
Hady 2 2 0 0 12 0 9 6
Park House 3 2 0 1 9 6 3 6
Grassmoor 3 1 0 2 7 11 4 3
Ashover 3 1 0 2 5 13 -8 3
Holmgate 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 1
Tupton 3 0 0 3 2 13 -11 0
North Wingfield 2 0 0 2 0 12 -12 0


Grassmoor 1 Park House 4
Sharley 2 Hunloke 5
Sharley 8 North Wingfield 0
Stretton 4 Hunloke 2
Hady 6 Ashover 0
Ashover 4 Tupton 1
Stretton 1 Sharley 3
Ashover 1 Hunloke 6
Holmgate 1 Park House 4
Tupton 1 Grassmoor 6
Park House 1 Stretton 4
Hunloke 3 Tupton 0
Holmgate 1 Sharley 1
Hady 6 Grassmoor 0
Stretton 4 North Wingfield 0

Unplayed Fixtures :

Holmgate v North Wingfield
Stretton v Hady
Grassmoor v Holmgate
Tupton v Hady
Sharley v Park House
North Wingfield v Ashover

Football match report vs N Wingfield

On Monday 6th November Stretton Handley played host to North Wingfield in the final league game before the mid season break.

With the nights drawing in and a dark cloudy sky, Stretton kicked off the game without captain LM who was unable to play. Stretton dominated possession in the first half with some strong defending from MT, GH and RL and some good passing from MH, LR and RJ. However North Wingfield defended well and Stretton couldn’t find the net for the first 15 minutes. Eventually from a corner RL shot and hit the post and MH was there to tap in the rebound to make it 1-0.

During the half time team talk, Stretton were encouraged to shoot more to try and make the scoreline more comfortable. This proved to work as straight from kick off LR had a long range shot which flew into the corner to make it 2-0. Another attack followed and after a good tackle and pass from GT, LR managed to run through and score again to make it 3-0 and score his second goal of the game. North Wingfield then had a couple of good attacks and LH stood firm followed by some strong bravery from goalkeeper TH as he held onto the ball despite the North Wingfield striker trying to kick it.

Finally with just 5 minutes left and the light fading, MH managed to dribble down the wing and cut into the box and hit a shot into the bottom corner to make it 4-0 and score his second goal of the game.

Final score 4-0 to Stretton Handley. Another fantastic result with some skillful football on display.

The Stretton Handley winning streak continues!

(All photos taken by IT, LJ and MT)

Football match vs Park House B

On Tuesday 31st October 2017 the Stretton Handley team travelled to Park House Primary school for a league match.

With the dark nights drawing in, the game kicked off quickly and Stretton started quickly! In the first minute LM managed to dribble down the wing beating 2 defenders before crossing the ball low and hard for LR to tap the ball calmly into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Stretton Handley. Park House responded and managed to show some good passing and created a good chance which TH saved well only for the rebound to fall to a Park House player who tapped it in to make it 1-1. Stretton then began to dominate and some excellent work from MH meant that LM had a good chance which the Park House keeper saved brilliantly.

The second half kicked off and again Stretton started quickly. RJ managed to win the ball and passed to LR who passed to LM who dribbled through and shot the ball into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 to Stretton. A few minutes later some good defending from GT, GH and MT meant that Stretton were able to attack quickly and LR played the ball forward to MH who cut inside and passed to LM who coolly slotted the ball into the roof of the net to make it 3-1 to Stretton Handley. With 5 minutes to go TH made another good save and LH cleared the ball well to MH who laid the ball off for LM who was 20 yards out. LM smashed the ball first time and it flew like a rocket into the top corner to make it 4-1 and to grab his second hat trick of the season!

A brilliant performance from Stretton Handley with some excellent defending and attacking and a well deserved win following an impressive team performance,

A fantastic 4-1 win for Stretton Handley sees them nearing the top of the league!

Next game at home to North Wingfield on Monday 6th November 2017.

Football match vs Sharley Park B

LM (C) dribbling down the wing.

On  a wet evening, Stretton Handley hosted Sharley Park, on the 18th October 2017.

A depleted  Stretton Handley team, due to injury, dictated the first half, creating many chances. LM hit a low free kick from the half way line with extreme power, only for a fantastic save from the goalkeeper to keep the score at 0-0. MH and RJ were tormenting the Sharley Park defence but couldn’t find the net.

Just before half time, Sharley Park had a couple of chances but they were stopped by some fantastic defending from LH, RL and player of the match GH. 

The second half saw much of the same as Stretton continued to dominate. Eventually Stretton took the lead through captain LM, as he dribbled down the wing and smashed a powerful effort into the back of the net, 1-0. However, straight from kick off, Sharley Park managed to shoot and score a long range shot to equalise. With 5 minutes to go Sharley managed to take the lead with a low effort into the corner. Stretton pushed for the equaliser but with 30 seconds left Sharley broke away again and added a 3rd, to make the final score 3-1 to Sharley Park.

A great game of football was seen by all with some good skill on display from both teams!

Photos taken by LJ.

Next game Tuesday 31st October away against Park House.

‘RE Today’ publication Autumn 2017

All schools have a duty to promote British Values – See our British Values statement. We also want all our pupils to connect their work on British Values with their RE and with the values the school promotes. We used an activity from the book RE and British Values ( 2015, Birmingham: RE Today)  to explore what it means to be British. We were then invited to send photographs and information about the school to the editor of ‘RE Today’, Lat Blaylock and we are pleased to be able to share the article, published in the Autumn edition, here on our website.

‘RE Today’ – Stretton Handley CE (VC) Primary School RE and British Values

Cross Country

On Thursday 12th October, the year 4, 5 and 6 cross country runners went up to Tupton Hall School for North East Derbyshire cross country event. A team of 9 children attended from Stretton Handley with over 150 children at the event!

The year 4 course was 1500m, the year 5 course, 2000m and the year 6 course 2500m, all across fields and up and down steep slopes.

Stretton Handley had their best ever results at this event and they were as follows:

Year 4 boys race – GT 2nd out of 26 (silver medal!!)

Year 4 girls race – BP 5th, FT 6th, LK 7th out of 28.

Year 5 boys race – RJ 17th out of 27.

Year 5 girls race – LH 1st out of 24 (gold medal!!!) 

Year 6 boys race – LM 1st out of 25 (gold medal!!!)

Year 6 girls race – IT 5th, MT 15th out of 24.

The children did a fantastic job representing the school and shocked and surprised many with their incredible results showing great determination and fitness!

Well done Stretton Handley!

Football match report vs Hunloke B

On Monday 9th October 2017, the Stretton Handley team travelled to Hunloke Primary school for the first game of the season.

The team kicked off and were under pressure right from the start. The nippy Hunloke striker ran through and scored a powerful low shot to put them 1-0 after 2 minutes. Stretton Handley started to play better and an excellent tackle and pass by LR in midfield led to LM dribbling the ball down the wing only to cross for MH to smash the ball into the back of the net to equalize, 1-1. Stretton Handley started to dominate possession and after a few good saves by TH, the team started shooting more and just on half time LM hit a high shot into the roof of the net to make it 2-1.

The second half started well for Stretton and straight away LM ran through and managed to poke the ball into the bottom corner following some good work by RJ to make it 3-1. Hunloke fought back though and some excellent defending by RL, GH and LH stopped some well created chances. With 15 minutes to go Hunloke managed to score to make it a close game and they pushed for an equalizer. Luckily GT was on hand to make some excellent saves to prevent the ball going in the net.

Finally, with only 5 minutes left MH managed to pass to LM who drilled his shot into the bottom corner to make the final score 4-2 to Stretton Handley.

An excellent result for the tiny school and an excellent performance by all involved with good football and sportsmanship shown from both teams!

Well done Stretton Handley!

Girls football festival

On September 28th some of the year 4, 5 and 6 girls attended the first ever girls soccer festival at Tupton Hall.

On a lovely sunny evening, the girls learnt, practised and developed different football skills through short mini activities and games.

They represented our school very well showing respect, excellent behaviour and enjoyment throughout.

Well done girls!!!

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our Harvest Festival service. All the children took part – singing, sharing Harvest poems and readings and we even enjoyed some dancing for the Harvest Samba Song! This year we again collected non-perishable goods for the Clay Cross Food bank, a local charity supporting local people. Thank you  for all the contributions – the Food Bank staff were delighted to see how much we had collected and would be happy for anyone to visit the Food bank and see how it operates and distributes to families in crisis.