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Maurice Dease VC, killed at the Battle of Mons on August 23rd 1914

Lieutenant Maurice Dease was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the First World War, for his extreme bravery shown in the opening engagement of 1914 at the Battle of Mons. Dease was educated at Stonyhurst College. A young Irish Catholic from Co Westmeath, he boarded at the school for five years. He is buried at St Symphorien military cemetery, near Mons, where the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and other dignitaries commemorated the 100th...

Excellent GCSE Results

Stonyhurst pupils are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. Overall, 47% of the papers sat were graded A* or A, with well over half of the papers in English, Maths, Geography and German achieving top A*/A grades. 10% of all pupils achieved straight A*/A. Headmaster, Mr Andrew Johnson, said: “I am delighted that, once again, our students have done very well indeed in their GCSE exams. My warmest congratulations go to all our pupils who have got such good results, and also to their...

A level results

Almost one third of the A level entries at Stonyhurst have been awarded the top A* or A grades this year, well above the national average of 26%. Five students have achieved at least two A* grades in their results and 10% have achieved 3 A grades or better. Over half of all A level entrants at Stonyhurst took Economics, with 77% of entries scoring A*, A or B. In Biology the same proportion of entries, 77%, also scored A*, A or B while in German 88% of papers achieved A*, A or B and in both...

ITV Interview with Paul Garlington at Stonyhurst

ITV Presenter Paul Crone was at Stonyhurst earlier this evening for a live interview with history teacher Paul Garlington about the role Stonyhurst Officers played in WW1.  The interview, part of a series commemorating the region's contribution to the war effort in WW1, focused on the Officer Classes and took place in the Top Ref after an introduction outside the building.  Paul discussed a variety of items from our extensive collections, including a copy of the Stonyhurst War Record,...
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Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2014

We were blessed with the most perfect sunny weather for the coast to coast challenge – perhaps even a little too hot at times! After an overnight under canvas at Tanglewood campsite Silloth, and a swim in the Solway Firth, students and staff left on Tuesday morning and cycled 46 miles on day one, following the route of our Roman heritage and Hadrian ’s Wall. We enjoyed the Cumbrian country side and cycled to Dandy Dinmont camp, north of Carlisle.  A good night's sleep refreshed achy legs...
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2014 Reception in Zambia

The Second Master, Mr Matthew Mostyn, together with the Director of Admissions, Mrs Ruth Hughes and St Mary's Hall Boarding Houseparent, Mr Mark Hughes, OS, have just returned from Lusaka, Zambia, where they met with alumni, prospective parents, current and former parents and friends of Stonyhurst. An evening Reception was held on Saturday 6th July at The Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka, where Mr Mostyn gave an entertaining and informative presentation on life at Stonyhurst, much enjoyed...

‘Best Contingent’ award for Stonyhurst CCF

Almost 40 cadets attended the CCF camp at Nesscliffe near Shrewsbury in the first week of July. They took part in a number of rewarding and enjoyable activities and excelled in a number of competitions: Long Range Silver - Louis Cuddy Short Range Gold - Christian Butschock - Brain Short Range Bronze - Tom Wroblewski Gun Run - Gold (Winners) Observation Stand - Gold and Bronze Tug of War - Gold (Winners) Every one of the cadets received a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal for the...
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OS Reception held in Malta

The Headmaster, Mr Andrew Johnson, and the Development Director, Mrs Rachel Hindle, recently visited Malta in order to meet with alumni, prospective parents, current and former parents and friends of Stonyhurst. Mr Peter Anwyl, a former Headmaster of the prep school, St Mary’s Hall, accompanied them. The 4-day visit was very successful indeed. The Headmaster and Rachel were delighted to meet with the Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat, and to discuss education policy with him. The Headmaster...

Schola Cantorum in Rome

Stonyhurst's Schola Cantorum has just returned from a very special tour to Rome, where they gave concerts in several splendid churches. Their concert in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva was attended by Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, who was highly impressed by the choir's polished and musical performance. Schola also sang in the richly decorated Church of Saint Ignazio, whose generous, spacious and resonant acoustic beautifully enhanced their programme of...
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Gold Award presentation at St James’ Palace

Six former Stonyhurst pupils were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award certificates in St James Palace on Monday 23rd June. The presentation was made by Ade Adepitan, a British TV presenter and accomplished Olympic wheelchair basketball player who was a very entertaining speaker. Prince Edward chatted to the various groups before the presentation took place in the room where William and Kate announced their engagement. Natalya Filvarova, Nick Leigh, Lotte Morris, Joe Bentley,...
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First Holy Communion

On Sunday June 29th, twelve children from Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall made their First Holy Communion: Billy F, William B, Grace K, Gabriella R, James D, Jim C, Nancy B, Forecita G, Charlie C, George N, Lottie E and Holly Cowen. Mass was celebrated in St Peter's, Stonyhurst by Fr Peter Griffiths SJ assisted by our altar servers from SMH : Zach, Jonathan F, William N and Tom B. The Choirs of St Mary's Hall, under the direction of Mrs D Johnson and Dr K Morgan (organist) complemented the...
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Ruds in Paris

Rudiments (year 8) went on an unforgettable trip to Paris in co-curricular week. They cruised on the Seine, visited Versailles, the Louvre, and L'Orangerie. Spectacular views of Paris were seen after climbing up the hill to Sacre Coeur; the children also walked beside the Eiffel Tower and visited Notre Dame. Finally, Parisian sophistication was exchanged for the delights of Disney Land!
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Lower Elements at Borwick Hall

Miss Metcalfe writes: After they had all settled into their rooms, Lower Elements (year 5) headed off to the canal and split into 2 groups for a raft building activity. Using ropes, barrels and wooden posts their team work skills were put to the test. Once they had launched the vessels much fun was had, with everyone falling in and their creations falling apart. After dinner they played an orienteering game called 'Headhunters', in beautiful weather which gave way to a thunderstorm. Everyone...

Politics trip to Westminster

A Politics student writes... Having arrived in Westminster, we were able to secure tickets for Prime Minister's Questions and met Nigel Evans MP for a short tour around the House of Commons. Afterwards we attended the Speakers' procession as John Bercow proceeded to the chamber for PMQ's. After a quick speech concerning the conviction of Andy Coulson, the Questions commenced. Having watched what most of our group considered to be a solid defence by the Prime Minister, we had lunch on the...
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Parents’ Weekend at St Mary’s Hall

Prize Giving took place on Saturday 28th June and the Guest of Honour was Mr Johnson, Headmaster of Stonyhurst. This was Mr Crouch's last Prize Giving; in his speech he reviewed the year, as well as looking back over his 10 years as SMH's Headmaster. On Sunday 29th June, 12 children from SMH made their First Holy Communion in St Peter's Church. The celebrant was Fr Peter Griffiths SJ.
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OS Careers Evening

Nine OS returned to Stonyhurst recently to talk to Poets about their chosen careers. A wide range of careers was represented, as well as interesting accounts of the routes taken along the way, such as professional acting via a Physics degree. Poets had the opportunity to attend talks on subjects which included law and politics, medicine, accountancy, languages, computing, business economics, recruitment and aerospace engineering.
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Powerful al Fresco Performance by IB Theatre Group

A powerful Drama performance involving audience participation and some very stark choices took place in the Jesuit Gardens this afternoon.   "Garden of Duty" focused on the negative impact of technology on children and was told through an interactive, promenade style of narrative. Grammar Drama students performed under the direction of the Higher Line IB Theatre group and disconcerted the audience participants with some thought-provoking material.  
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Tutus and Wellies Trail

On Sunday 22nd June, a group of approximately thirty students, parents and teachers put on their tutus and wellies and walked the Ribble Valley’s Tolkien Trail, raising money for the Stonyhurst dance department and Stonyhurst Children’s Holiday Trust. In glorious weather, we started the trail from Stonyhurst, dancers cartwheeling and racing each other along the lawns towards Hurst Green. We then walked past The Shireburn Arms, down through the fields and towards the woods (which many of us...
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