We are a small school and bursary funding is limited but not impossible. An initial application would need to be made through the School once the family has met with the Headteacher and a process entered into coordinated by a third company commissioned by the School. Bursaries are reviewed annually.
In order to support our parents the fees for Stormont School have now been set for the second year running at our 2019/20 rates.
So many talented musicians for the Stormont Summer Concert. Girls from Year 2 to Year 6 put on a wonderful performance in the Pearson Hall and demonstrated their skill, many of whom were soloists.
30th June 2021 — What a fantastic start to Wednesday. So many talented musicians got together for the Stormont School Summer Concert. All the performers worked so hard to prepare for the event, a major contribution to the school calendar.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions an audience wasn't possible and all the performers had to keep to their bubbles but with lots of rehearsals and planning it went brilliantly. The concert was recorded so that parents are able to watch at their leisure. The singers were so entertaining and certainly set the tone. The range of instruments played included piano, saxophone, guitar, clarinet, drums, violin and the flute, all the girls were outstanding. Many of the music teachers also performed to accompany on the piano or guitar.
Girls as young as 7 played on the stage as soloists, some only just starting to learn their instrument this year. The standard of the pupils' achievements is high at Stormont and all are encouraged to try their best and introduce instruments such as the saxophone, drums or electric guitar. These aren't always seen as a girl's ambition to play but at Stormont it is normal. The saying is always, give it a go, take a risk!
Pupils learn many instruments at Stormont School from Year 2 and are taught by peripatetic teachers employed by the school in the dedicated Millennium Building where there are two practice rooms in the Music Studio. The Music Department has a strong presence at Stormont and each class from Reception through to Year 6 is taught music on the timetable every week. There is also a recorder club running on Teams but Stormont can’t wait to get back to having their clubs before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Rock choir, rock band, ensembles, orchestra and all manner of bands or groups are part of the school week.
Mr Nick Pegden, Head of Music, said “I am proud of all the girls’ performances, for some it was the first time on a school stage. They have all been fantastic and I look forward to working with them throughout their time here. Keep up the good work!”
Stormont School gives a new home to books with The Children's Book Project
As a result of a Year 2 parent, Stormont School put out a request to its families asking them to donate books to the Children’s Book Project so they could go to a new home. The school was inundated with donations from parents and children.
24th June 2021 — Stormont School put out a request to its families asking them to donate books that are no longer wanted but could go to a new home.
Mrs Paramor, parent to a Year 2 child at Stormont, contacted the school to highlight the work of the Children’s Book Project and asked for them to get involved.
She said: "I think it would be a lovely thing for our girls to know that the books they have outgrown will have a new home to go to."
One in four disadvantaged children across the UK has fewer than ten books of their own at home, and one in eight has none at all.
The Children’s Book Project seeks to tackle book poverty and to give every child the opportunity to own their own book.
The charity takes donations of books that children have grown out of and gifts them directly to children with very few books of their own, or none at all.
Families at Stormont School were invited to donate any new or gently-used children’s books from baby books all the way up to those suitable for age 18.
Parents and children scoured their shelves and cupboards for books that have been read and loved but were now ready for a new owner.
The school was inundated with donations from parents and children and their generosity was wonderful.
Stormont School's Year 5 Girls Experience a Residential Trip in Hertfordshire
Girls at Stormont School finally got to experience a residential trip. Year 5 visited Cuffley Camp in Hertfordshire for three days and two nights. They experienced the outdoor life taking part in rock climbing, fire lighting and so much more.
23rd June 2021 — Like every other school in the country planning trips of any kind has been beset with disappointment but not this time. Stormont School achieved what seemed like the impossible this month with a residential trip for 21 excited girls. Even better, they didn't have to travel on a motorway in a coach to get there, the camp is literally on the doorstep in Hertfordshire, which meant more time enjoying the grounds! Cuffley Camp was under new management just before the start of lockdown and reopened very recently to schools.
Three fun-packed days and two nights were booked with the girls staying in dormitories with their friends. Tomahawk (axe throwing) seemed to slice opinion, laser quest was enlightening and camouflage and concealment wasn’t apparent! So much to experience but the highlights of this trip were making memories sitting round the campfire, night walks, rock climbing and fire lighting. The teamwork tasks were challenging and will build their skills in problem solving for the future. Growth mindset is part of the school day at Stormont School and all the girls were positively encouraged to try everything once, take a risk and leap into the unknown.
At this girls’ only school the pupils benefit from learning in a safe environment, get to test their resilience, gain confidence and take risks without distraction. Miss Martin, Head of Stormont School, surprised all the girls with a visit one afternoon, she said “It has been a tremendous opportunity for them, bringing the curriculum to life and enhance learning outside of the classroom is so important.”
The girls loved sleeping in the new cabins, before bed on the first night they sat round the campfire which they learnt how to build, singing songs and eating S’mores. The next day they had the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice when they had to build their own fire, light it and toast marshmallows. The Year 5 Form Tutor, Madame Allin, said "The trip was a lot of fun and it brought us all closer to nature and to each other at the same time. It is fabulous to have been able to make fond memories. The trip is just what the girls needed after a year of interruption with lockdown."
Miss Stephens, Head of Learning Support, said “It was great to see all the girls having fun in the great outdoors, try new activities and learning to work together which is something that they have all missed out on due to COVID-19.”
Shanti B said "It was a good experience of being out of your comfort zone, the wall climbing challenged me." Bella F said "I would recommend this to another school because you learn loads of new things and learn how to survive in the wild."
Stormont's Chair of governors, Mr Andrew Newland, presented £1,200 to the Chair of The Hart and Parker Trust, Mr Roger Moore. Pupils at Stormont School took part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge on 30th April raising the money through sponsorship.
14th June 2021 — Mr Andrew Newland, Chair of governors at Stormont School presented £1,200 to Mr Roger Moore, Chairman of The Hart and Parker Trust. The Hart and Parker Trust is a local charity that Stormont School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire supports. The Trust helps families with food bank parcels, baby equipment, furniture and anything that helps the daily life of an individual or a family. They do tremendous work in the community and one that is supported every year by Stormont School. The Trust receives almost all its referrals from the local Children’s Centres, Health Visitors, Family Support Workers and the CAB.
The girls from Reception to Year 6 took part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge on 30th April by completing different challenges. They were all encouraged to get sponsored and help to raise money. Stormont pupils and staff were proud to be part of the event.
Miss Louise Martin, Head of Stormont School and Miss Alexis Sobell, Deputy Head attended the presentation with representatives from each class from Reception to Year 6. It is always a pleasure to support local charities and know that the amount raised will make a difference. Mr Moore explained how a local family, who had recently been affected by bereavement, had been supported by the Trust. The family’s children had needed essential new clothing at a difficult time in their lives.
Year 6 House Captains nominate local charities at the beginning of the academic year but The Hart and Parker Trust is one that Stormont supports year on year. In the past there have been food parcels and sponsorships. This week parents and children are being asked to donate books in good condition (from baby books, up to age 18) for a separate charity, The Children’s Book Project. The parents' association (SPA) wants to help re-home books that children have outgrown and pass on to those children who have few books of their own. Stormont School prides itself on helping others.
Stormont School Awarded Top Six Spot in Haileybury Virtual Arts Challenge 2021
Haileybury School invited Prep schools to enter their Virtual Arts Challenge 2021. Stormont submitted six images created at school by Year 6 girls who worked in pairs to create their interpretation of famous quotes by Shakespeare using photography.
10th June 2021 — Stormont School is pleased and delighted to announce that one of their entries to the recent Haileybury Virtual Arts Challenge 2021 has been chosen as one of the top six pieces of work submitted.
Prep schools were invited earlier in the year to submit their entries interpreting famous quotes of Shakespeare in either English, Art, Music or Drama. Stormont School Year 6 girls worked in pairs creating visual responses of concepts related to their chosen quotes using photography. The girls explored quotes to use and how they could bring them to life using their English language and art knowledge.
Six images were selected by the Art Department to be entered, it was a hard decision by the teachers who led the project because the standard was so high. The photographs entered were done by Natasha S, Anaya K, Leah R, Freyjana K, Bo B, Florence F, Ruby L, Isla E, Zeinab A and Ivy F. Mrs R Burgess, Head of the Art Department said, ‘The girls produced a range of very imaginative responses and enjoyed the experience of exploring ideas in a new way’. Girls from Reception class all the way through school produce amazing work to a high level using a wide range of mediums. For these pieces their camera skills were put to good use around the school for this project and Stormont is proud of their achievement.
The winning image ‘All that glistens is not gold’ chosen by Haileybury was by Anaya K and Natasha S. They were thrilled to receive the news that their work had been chosen as one of six and have received certificates and prizes for their efforts with a Shakespeare theme. On announcing the results, Haileybury said that the entries were all creative and imaginative and it was great to see how the pupils were inspired by Shakespeare.
Stormont School raises money for a local charity with Captain Tom 100
As part of the Captain Tom 100 Challenge on 30th April, Stormont School created their own challenges for Pre-Prep and Prep. The school raised over £700 for The Hart and Parker Trust, a local charity which helps families in the community.
6th May 2021 — Stormont School in Potters Bar took part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge on the 30th April.
The event provided a great opportunity to get outside onto the school field to have fun and raise funds for a local charity, The Hart and Parker Trust.
The Trust helps families with food bank parcels, baby equipment, furniture and anything that helps the daily life of an individual or a family.
Hart and Parker do tremendous work in the community and one that is supported every year by Stormont School.
Thankfully the weather was kind and everything planned was completed.
Prep girls in their Year 5 and 6 bubble were first to participate and the Year 3 and 4 bubble followed to complete a course laid out by Mrs Portsmouth, Head of PE.
The field and been prepared, lines had been drawn and equipment put in place; there were repetitions of burpees, running between poles, mini hurdles, sprints and much more.
Even some of the teachers and teaching assistants joined in.
After lunch the Pre-Prep children did their bit for the fundraising which included running, skipping, balancing and throwing – great fun was had by all.
The total raised so far is in excess of £700 and all the girls and staff were proud to have been part of the Captain Tom 100 Challenge.
Miss Alexis Sobell, Deputy Head, who put the event together said: "As a new member of staff at Stormont School, I am so pleased that everyone enjoyed this special day.
"I would like to thank everyone who supported with their time or donating money."