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Inspired by the poppies last year at the Tower of London, Nether Stowe students have been preparing for their annual whole school Act of Remembrance by each making their own poppy. Encouraged by their tutors, students have been thinking about people who have lost their lives serving their country and have written messages on the poppy leaf in remembrance of those who have fought and continue to fight, in countries in conflict around the world; as well as remembering their own family or friendship groups, who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Every poppy has been put upon a cascading display on the stage in the school hall, where on Friday the whole school will gather for their annual Act of Remembrance.
A number of GCSE pupils visited the Brecon Beacons last weekend, where they engaged in a number of climbing activities which will count towards their final GCSE grade. Activities included a climbing wall, high ropes, bouldering and over hangs. Despite the freezing cold conditions at night, the weather was great as was the attitude and effort of the pupils and they did the school and themselves proud.
Nether Stowe students, parents and governors celebrated the students’ academic success in 2015 -16. 30 students were rewarded for their high academic achievement and a further 25 students for their outstanding progress.
Head teacher, Miss Poppleton, opened the evening by congratulating the students on their academic success and then handed over to the guest speaker, the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson CBE CStj. The Lord-Lieutenant described his own education and career path, as well as enlightening the audience on his current role; he also referred to the privilege he feels in representing the Queen at a wide variety of events across Staffordshire. He addressed the students in particular to congratulate them and spoke of the importance of making the most of opportunities offered in school and the bright future they had ahead of them.
The students were then brought to the stage to be presented individually, by the Lord-Lieutenant, with a certificate and a book of their choice to acknowledge their hard work and dedication last year. There was special mention of one student, Sophie Capewell, who achieved 4 As at AS level last year. Sophie’s father came to collect her award on her behalf, as she has now moved to Manchester to train with the British cycling team in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Mr Capewell gave a short speech, speaking fondly of his own time as a student of Nether Stowe, as well as the positive educational experience both of his daughters have enjoyed and how sad Sophie was not to complete her A levels at the school.
The evening closed with Head Student, Charlotte Harrington, giving the vote of thanks, handing over to the Chair of Governors, Mrs Sophie Grigg, to make the closing remarks. Mrs Grigg spoke positively about how
fortunate the students were to be part of Nether Stowe and she thanked the staff and parents for their
ongoing support. The evening served as a positive reminder of the importance of being proud of success.
A group of year 11 students this week, experienced an exciting opportunity to visit the Jaguar Land Rover facility at Castle Bromwich. The students engaged in numerous activities such as replicating a model car, setting up their own car manufacturing production line and programming their own mechanical machinery. The highlight of the day was a guided tour of the factory. Where they saw the assembly of an XJ model from floor plan to final assembly and being driven off the production line.
The students asked perceptive questions and the staff at JLR were brilliant, providing information on how to gain employment with Jaguar Land Rover, the various roles and also how important it is to be part of a team to ensure the company maintains its success.
Many thanks to Councillor Martyn Tittley for helping to provide this invaluable opportunity which should inspire future generations to go into engineering.