INSET and Closure Dates

INSET Dates (School closed for pupils)
Monday 3 June
Monday 17 June
Monday 22 July

Last day of summer term Friday 19 July. Year 6 Leavers’s service at 1.30 pm.

Polling Day – school closed Thursday 2 May
May Day – school closed Monday 6 May

Futsal Tournament

On Wednesday 14th November 2018, Stretton Handley CE Primary School took park in the Y5 and Y6 Futsal tournament at Queen’s Park Sport and Leisure Centre in Chesterfield.

With a much smaller and heavier ball than a normal football and only 5-a-side, with smaller pitches and bigger goals, the sport is quite different to football. It is very fast-paced and constant with hardly any outs.

Stretton Handley performed brilliantly, reaching the quarter finals and only losing out 4-3 to the eventual finalists!


Stretton Handley 2-3 Deer Park A

Stretton Handley 1-2 Holmgate A

Stretton Handley 0-2 Hunloke

Stretton Handley 4-1 Tupton

QUARTER FINAL Stretton Handley 3-4 Deer Park B

The children really enjoyed this energetic new sport and hopefully will take part again!

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 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.

Games Mark GOLD 2017-18

We are very proud that Stretton Handley Primary has, for the fourth year running been awarded School Games Mark Gold Award! Well done everyone and a special thank you to Mr Cooke for leading our school PE/sport programme and for his work coordinating and organising our Games Mark application.

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.

Easter Service and Open Day

Easter Service

Children led the Easter Service with readings, prayers and singing before having refreshments and taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt in the school grounds.

Peregrine Class also shared their “Walk Like an Egyptian” Dance which they had performed at the Dance Platform event at the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield last week.

Easter Egg Design Competition

During the Open morning there was an opportunity for parents to see their children’s books and to have a tour of the school and classrooms to to see displays of work. Everyone was very impressed with the Woodpecker class artwork and writing and the Kingfisher and Peregrine ‘Ancient Egypt’homework tasks.

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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.