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Stormont School Yuletide 2022

Posted: 6th December 22

On Saturday we held our annual Yuletide Christmas fair which was organised by our Stormont Parents’ Association (SPA).  The event was a huge success, with activities taking place across the School. The Pearson Hall contained our stall holders, which included competitions, jewellery, sweets, candles, pottery, Christmas table decorations, homemade crafts, cakes plus many more. We were also delighted to have had a visit from Father Christmas himself, who spent time with the children finding out what was on their Christmas lists this year.  For the first time our Johnson Hall was used which allowed visitors to burn off some of their Christmas energy with bouncy castles, disco domes, as well as shoot the hoop competitions and teacher games.  Our kitchen team provided their delicious homemade food with turkey and stuffing rolls and hot dogs, pictures of which can be seen on our Stormont School Food Instagram page @Stormont_Schoolfood.

We had lovely entertainment by our Stormont singers, who sang melodic carols before the draw of our raffle. We wish to thank all our generous sponsors who kindly donated prizes for the raffle, details of whom can be found on our Instagram page – @Stormont_School – or on our Facebook page – StormontSchool.

It was a hugely successful event, and really got everyone in the spirit of Christmas, ready to start the run of Christmas fun taking place across the School before the end of term!  Thank you to our SPA for all their hard work, and to all our School community for supporting the event, we all had a wonderful time!


U11 Hockey Team Winners

Posted: 24th November 22

Huge congratulations to our U11 hockey team who competed in the School Games Watford and Hertsmere Hockey Tournament. The Stormont girls played incredibly well and emerged on top, winning the tournament and qualifying for the next round in December. Should we go on to win that tournament, the girls would represent Hertfordshire in the County finals! Very exciting times for the girls!


Hatching Chicks Live Webcam

Posted: 11th October 22

We are excited to announce that our Living Eggs have arrived! Over the course of the next 2 weeks we will be eagerly watching to see when our eggs will hatch, and will then be carefully taking care of the new chicks once they make an appearance.    The girls will take turns to help look after the chicks, learning how to care for them and feed them. In science lessons the girls will study their lifecycles, and Pre-Prep girls will keep diaries on their progress and activity.

To make sure we do not miss any moment we have set up a live feed to catch all the action, which can be viewed at any time of the day! Happy watching!


Queen Elizabeth II – Thank You!

Posted: 12th September 22

All of us at Stormont School are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. She was a respected and much loved monarch, held in the deepest regard by the nation and by others around the world. Her reign as HRH Elizabeth II began on the 6th February 1952 when she was 25 years old, following the sudden passing of her Father, King George VI. She dedicated her life to her country, and during her reign of 70 years fulfilled her duties to the highest standard, right to the very end.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this time of mourning. To show our thanks for her years of service, we have a book of condolence in our reception, which is open for all students, parents, teachers and visitors to sign.


Dyson Library Opening

Posted: 16th March 22

Stormont had a very special visitor: Megan Rix, the children’s author.  Her visit coincided with the official opening of Stormont’s newly refurbished Dyson Library funded by the amazing SPA.  The room had seen better days and the original library was too small so the decision to reinstate it into the main house was unanimous.   After much repair, decoration, a new heating and cooling system and lighting, the room was transformed with loving care overseen by the Head, Miss Louise Martin.

The Dyson Library will be used as a study area and a relaxing reading space with an improved stock of books for all ages from Reception to Year 6.  Many of the original features have been retained and it will be a great resource for the girls’ academic learning.   The vaulted wooden ceiling lends itself to the room creating drama and interest.  A big shout-out goes to the librarians at Queenswood School, Manor Lodge and Lochinver House for their help in planning and implementing the changes.

To enhance the day, Stormont decided to slightly delay their World Book Day event coordinated by the Head of English, Mrs Natalie Rose.   The whole school arrived in costume with an animal theme inspired by Megan Rix’s stories which are centred around animal heroes.  Her two golden retrievers made an appearance on the day, Freya and Ellie, who inspire her books.   She trains them to help with mobility.

It was a colourful display of costumes and not too many duplicates so the depth of knowledge of books about animals or have animal characters is brilliant.   The teachers played their part and joined in the fun.

Megan Rix is an author but also is a user of sign language.  She is herself partially deaf and so is one of her book characters and understands the difficulties that can be experienced.  She explained how to use sign language to the girls in Pre-Prep.

On arrival, the girls’ colourful costumes created lots of ‘wow’ moments in the corridors at Stormont.  From assembly, girls took away important messages about reading from MC Grammar: reading can transport you, reading can make you feel free – reading is amazing!

In class, girls shared the books and authors who inspired their costumes – as did the teachers!

At the official opening of the Dyson Library, Megan spoke about her life and how she became an author.  Parents were invited who had been on the SPA Committee helping raise the funds for the renovation and Year 6 pupils to represent Stormont School.


Netball Competition

Posted: 4th February 22

Our U11 netball team competed in the North London Collegiate School Netball Tournament at the weekend at which there were 21 schools divided into 4 groups. This is the first big tournament that any of them have played in for two years and was a perfect opportunity to get into competing. Stormont School has an enviable reputation for successful netball and although they didn’t win the overall tournament, they came second out of twenty-one schools.

All the girls played brilliantly with determination and lots of skill. After playing all the group matches the Stormont team were re-seeded into the top group for round 2. The team went on to win their four matches, 4-1, 6-0, 6-0 and 4-1; impressive results.

This put us into the Championship for the re-seeded round where we drew 2-2, won 5-0, drew 3-3, won 4-0 and lastly won 6-0. The competition was fierce and it should be pointed out that they didn’t lose one match going through the group rounds.

The Team came 2nd overall, losing out to Newland House who we congratulate on an outstanding win. It is with pride that our team played so well against such talented schools and Katriel A came away with the Most Valuable Player awarded by Mrs P, Head of P.E.

The team, Olivia E, Verity H, Lucy A, Thea H-S, Katriel A, Caitlin F, Lily F, Reva T, Sophie Pearce & River R all played extremely well. Well done girls!


Haileybury Choral Competition 2022

Posted: 4th February 22

Stormont Singers were invited to enter the Haileybury Choral Competition and Head of Music, Mr Pegden, grabbed the chance with both hands. Pupils and staff spent the day at Haileybury in Ware to perform their chosen song, ‘Make Your Own Kind of Music’ first recorded by Cass Elliot of Mamas and Papas fame. They sang it beautifully.

Stormont Singers is a voluntary attended group of children at Stormont School who enjoy singing in their lunch time across Years 3 to 4.   As part of the competition each school was given an additional song to learn prior to the event and then perform at the competition as a whole choir. Each of the five schools had a Masterclass with the Head of Choral Music and Voice, Andrew O’Brien, and time to practice throughout the day. It was a fabulous day and we were privileged to be able to perform in Chapel and be part of the first competition of its kind open to primary schools.

One of the many highlights was lunch in the huge dining room and the choice on offer was outstanding.  After lunch fuelled with superb food, the girls and staff were able to walk around the grounds and were entertained by many accomplished musicians in The Bradby Hall. Pupils shared their music experiences with the girls and played such complex pieces but made it look effortless. Such talent was in abundance it was really inspiring to be part of a school day at Haileybury.

A win evaded us this time but the experience was invaluable and has built confidence in our pupils and their sense of achievement. Performing at a large event in front of an audience unknown to the girls was such a great experience.  Chapel was impressive with its domed ceiling enabling the voice of Stormont to achieve a different sound.  At the other end was the huge organ that dominated the entire wall and accompanied the choir performance.

Competing as a choir was knew to them and has given them the taste for performing. Also collaborating with other choirs on a large scale was pretty impressive for the age group of 8 to 10 and something that doesn’t come along very often at this age.

They have all come away with a sense of pride in their ability and an opportunity to explore their future talents.

 


Stormont Singers at Wyllyotts Theatre

Posted: 7th December 21

Stormont Singers choir were invited to take part in the Hertfordshire Showband performance at The Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. This is the first time that this choir had performed at a theatre and did so in front of a packed audience. They rose to the occasion and it was a great success.

Girls from Years 4 to 6 can join the school choir and is always well attended. They rehearse at lunchtimes with the Head of Music at Stormont School and perform concerts for parents and families at different times of the year. To be able to be in a much bigger arena was great for their confidence and Mr Nick Pegden said “When the invite was received it was a definite yes from the school. The girls are always enthusiastic and love to learn new songs. They all worked so hard and I am very proud of them all.”

The Hertfordshire Showband is based in Potters Bar Hertfordshire, and is one of the UK’s most successful marching bands. The 60 strong band is administered by the Hertfordshire Band Academy and caters for young people and adults. They put on ‘The Show Must Go On’ at the theatre and invited the Stormont School choir to sing. Stormont Singers sang two songs splendidly and then added some festive cheer towards the end.

A Year 5 parent said “I personally want to congratulate the School Choir for such a marvellous performance. It was a joy to listen to and especially when so many children were involved and sang so beautifully and harmoniously. They all did the School and their parents proud!

“These are the memories of our kids being at school that last a lifetime and we are truly grateful for the experience. Thank you for working in your spare time to make this possible. We loved watching Isha.” said a Year 4 parent.

Miss Louise Martin, Head of Stormont School said, “I couldn’t be prouder of the children and my staff who have worked so hard with the girls to achieve such a high standard of performing. Well done everyone.”


Pre-Prep Nativity

Posted: 2nd December 21

We are super proud of our Pre-Prep this week (and every week) who have performed their nativity play over two days.  They have been working hard in their rehearsals and when it came to it, they were outstanding.   Such confident little girls who have enjoyed every minute on stage with staff and families watching.    Their enthusiasm was contagious and raised a smile across the faces of the audience, even though face masks were worn, we can tell by the eyes.  The girls were word perfect and arrived on stage at the right time full of promise.  It was a colourful spectacle of farmyard animals, angels, shepherds, soldiers and of course Mary and Joseph.   The staff have been amazing putting this together and whilst it is something they do every year, the narrative is different each time and takes a lot of time and effort.  So applause goes to them.

It has been great to bring everyone together for this special time of year to celebrate life and being kind and supportive of each other.   The mince pies and a nice cuppa went down a treat with the parents and grandparents after the performances, all supplied by the Stormont kitchen staff, thank you.    A perfect start to the festive season.


Art Exhibition

Posted: 25th November 21

Take a trip and join our online Art Exhibition to view some stunning work by the pupils at Stormont School.  From Reception to Year 6 every child is engaged in all types of medium to create some truly amazing work under the expert tuition of Mrs Burgess, our fabulous art teacher.

The school has its own large dedicated art room fully stocked for exploration of the arts.  Next to that is our quaint pottery room with its own kiln so that every item produced by your child is made from basic clay and transformed into something quite unique with beautiful decoration.  You need to see this to believe it!   Who wouldn’t want their very own 3D brightly coloured and glazed cockerel for the kitchen.

And on to the DT room where your child can make a model car with turning wheels and a battery.  Yes, it really works.  The tools on offer to the girls gives them the skills to use in a safe and controlled area, there is no stereotyping here.  Girls can do anything at Stormont School.


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