On the 7th of February 2019, a group of year 10 students had the opportunity to visit Oxford University – St Peter’s Campus. They were given a talk on degrees they can study, facilities and opportunities available followed by a tour of the campus. The students got to share lunch and have a chat with current Oxford students. Later on students were given a tour of Oxford and what it offered. The day ended with students doing a taster course in English where they discussed ‘should books be banned’ a very emotive subject. Students had a very enriching day and got to ask questions about Oxford University and had a taste of what University life might offer. Well done all.
An amazing start to the new Dance club has seen full capacity at every session. Both boys and girls have been choreographing a street dance performance and have lots of fun on the way!! A reminder to all students/parents that the commitment to extra-curricular activities has a proven impact on exam results whilst reducing stress in young people.
Child staying over and in your care – Who knows where they are?
Children are among the most vulnerable members of society and this is intensified when they are unaccounted for and potentially missing. As adults, we have a moral and legal obligation to safeguard them. The Metropolitan police are therefore seeking your assistance to enable the whereabouts of children to be known to those responsible for their care, especially when sleeping away from their usual home address.
Congratulations to Rachael Chyke for her successful performance for Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge at St Anne’s Catholic High School. Despite being one of the last contestants to perform, Rachael’s passionate, articulate and inspiring speech “What colour do you see?” energised the entire audience and thoroughly impressed the judges. Rachael came second out of fifteen for the Regional Final – a fantastic achievement!
We are delighted to inform you of a new addition to our programme
starting Thursday 7th March.
We are in the process of setting up a Dance club focusing on Street Dance that will run after school on Thursday’s 3:45 – 4:35pm. This will be FREE and open to all students who can commit to every session. PE kit is required. The aim is for the group to choreograph a performance at the end of the 12 week block. If your child is interested in this they must see Ms Ali (Science) and register their interest. We only have space for 20 students and the start date is Thursday 7th March 2019.
On the 15th January, twenty Year 8 students joined other local schools in a University Taster Session led by Oxford University. During the day the students engaged in aspects of learning that were different from their normal school day. These included University research techniques, International languages, Theology and Neuroscience. Our students were highly commended by the University staff for the breadth of questions asked and enthusiasm to participate in all of the activities. Pictured are our students participating in the sessions.
Last Tuesday 5th February 2019 was Safer Internet Day and throughout the week we encouraged our students to engage with the advice and support offered by ‘UK Safer Internet Centre’ and ‘ThinkUKnow’ (Child Exploitation Online Protection).
These organisations also provide advice and support for parents and carers in terms of safer internet use and greater awareness of safety when using social media. Their websites provide excellent information and activities for parents which are very easy to access and use.
The main theme of 2019’s Safer Internet Day was consent in the digital world and therefore an opportunity for parents and carers to offer support in how young people tackle digital consent within relationships and friendships as well as how online services use the data we provide.
The ‘ThinkUKnow’ website provides sound advice on how to notice and deal with a range of issues such as exploitation, inappropriate image sharing and online safety. We highly recommend that parents and carers engage with this information and use it with their children.
Please also feel free to contact the school if you would like any further information regarding safer internet use.
Mr G Lyle,
Whilst it has been quite mild up until now, the forecasters are beginning to talk about a change in the weather and it is likely that we will see some snow at some point this term. As a precaution I thought it useful to remind parents about our procedure for snow days.
It is always my intention to remain open whatever the weather whenever possible and I am proud that last year we lost very little learning time because of the weather.
In the unlikely event that we are not able to open because the school site is not safe or insufficient staff are able to get to school a notice will be added to the front page of the school website www.bishopstopfords.enfield.sch.uk and an email to parents will be sent by 6.30am. If no such actions have been taken, please assume the school is open as usual. If the school has to be closed then we will always aim to open again on the next day.
Very occasionally, it has been necessary to close the school early to ensure that the students are able to get home safely when a weather event is closing in. If this were the case, we would email and text message parents by 1.00pm. Again, if the school has to be closed early then we will always aim to open again on the next day.
As you may know, we will be having our annual Speech Evening this Wednesday 9th January 2019. Speech Evening is a special celebration of our students who will be receiving awards on the night for their continued endeavour and success throughout the academic year.
We are excited to announce that the trip to Austria has had enough uptake and will be going ahead, there are still some spaces available, however you need to get in quick as first meeting is the 17th January 2019 at 5.45pm in E19, where you will receive your Ski Pack and all the information you will need in relation to this holiday of a lifetime. Look forward to seeing you then. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Head of Year 11 and Head of Drama and Performing Arts
I am happy to inform you that Bishop Stopford’s School will be supporting the North Enfield Foodbank this December.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for many reasons, but just a small box of food can make a big difference.
Foodbanks provide emergency food to people in crisis and their need is increasingly important during the winter period. North Enfield Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of foodbanks that work to tackle food poverty and hunger across the UK.
Bishop Stopford’s School has arranged to donate to North Enfield Foodbank on the 14th December.
It would be appreciated if you could donate non-perishable food items from the list below.
These are the dates in which the foodbank will collect donations from the school this winter:
Tuesday 4th December 2018
Thursday 6th December 2018 Monday 10th December 2018 Wednesday 12th December 2018 Friday 14th December 2018
Donation boxes will be held in the reception area and brought to the green space by Year 10 volunteers and Year 7 form captains. One to two pupils will be responsible for each form in taking their form’s donations to reception during form time on the allocated days.
As we approach the 100 Year anniversary of Armistice Day on 11th November 2018 some of our students are participating in enrichment activities in local and National events to mark this important day in our history. Zunara will march for the Sea Cadets at the Lord Mayor’s Show in London and also the Enfield Memorial event whilst Payishka will mark the event with the local Ambulance Cadets. We are proud to see our students working in community activities beyond the school.
Bishops have been competing at a high level across the borough this term with some impressive performances. Every year group has been in action either against local schools or in the school inter-house sport. The highlights are as follows:
Please note a change in the timetable for this. In light of the recent change in weather it is important that your child brings suitable clothing to protect themselves and ensure that they are able to participate fully in period 5 lessons after lunch. Mr Jennings