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Congratulations to Capt Henry Russell Blackburn OS

Capt Henry Russell-Blackburn OS03 of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment has been selected for promotion to Major on the "beige list".  He will promote to substantive Major on 31st July 2017 when he will leave his current role in HG 3rd (UK) Division to attend the intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.
MAtthew Homilies

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“The sight of the star filled them with delight.”  (Matthew 2:9)            As the year begins newspapers make various prophecies on how things will turn out; some very hopeful, some despondent.  In today’s feast however, we are looking at the start of an era.  How did the various characters see the unfolding events? For the wise men there was a deep sense of fulfilment.  All their guesses about the meaning of the star had been confirmed.   They had found the new born...
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The Epiphany

“The sight of the star filled them with delight.”  (Matthew 2:9)           As the year begins newspapers make various prophecies on how things will turn out; some very hopeful, some despondent.  In today’s feast however, we are looking at the start of an era.  How did the various characters see the unfolding events? For the wise men there was a deep sense of fulfilment.  All their guesses about the meaning of the star had been confirmed.   They had found the new born...
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Opening Mass Homily – Luke 2:31

“They gave him the name Jesus.”  (Luke 2:31)            Like many, he had grown up with great ambitions.  It was all about what he might be, a valiant knight, an admired courtier, a wealthy trader.  He knew he had a lot of talents, and this perhaps blinded him to the fact that he was simply interested in himself.   It was all me, me, me.  Still things were looking bright; his future could well be wonderful. Nor was he that put out when the cannon ball smashed his leg in a...
Gary Young

The Politics of Climate Change

The Stonyhurst Politics Society welcomed its first speaker of 2017, Mr Gary Young, who gave a fascinating account of how he started as an apprentice electrician at Ribblesdale Cement Works Clitheroe, rising up to Plant Manager and then Group Projects Manager for Heidelberg Cement in Germany.  He explained to a large and interested audience how climate change was a great challenge to the worldwide cement industry.  He displayed many graphs and figures to illustrate how CO2 emissions were being...
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Should there be women priests?

On Tuesday the Stuart Parlour Society (a Poetry – Year 12 –  incarnation of the historic Stonyhurst Union) met to debate the motion ‘Should women become priests in the Catholic church?’  After an impressive, hour long debate, during which some excellent theological knowledge was displayed as well as some fine Rhetorical skill, the result was a draw – much to the relief of Fr Twist and Mr Mostyn who were present but who both played safe and abstained.
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Live the American Dream

We were delighted to welcome Beatty Smith (OS15) back to Stonyhurst College on Friday 6th January to talk about her decision to go to university in America.   Beatty shared her experience of the American university application process, offering invaluable advice to the pupils who are considering studying abroad. Beatty attends Notre Dame University, Indiana, and is currently in her second year majoring in Film Studies. Notre Dame is a leading Catholic university in America and the...
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Campion Day

Campion Day 1st December 2016 - Campion Day has always been an important Feast Day in the Stonyhurst calendar, where the whole school comes together to celebrate the life of Edmund Campion.  It provides an opportunity for the school to pause and grow in knowledge and understanding of this great Martyr.  This year on 1st December, its celebration became a retreat day for the whole College, including pupils from Figures and Rudiments at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. Edmund Campion is a...
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The gift of giving at Christmas

Last term Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall welcomed CAFOD Volunteer, Steve Burrows, to the school. Steve led an interactive assembly for the children on the theme of Harvest, during which they learned about Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, and in particular the Altiplano region where more than half of the population live below the poverty line and depend on farming to make a living. The children learned about the difficulties of farming in a harsh environment and how Cafod successfully...
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25 Years Service Evening

On the evening of Wednesday 30th November, Stonyhurst recognised 37 committed employees who have served the College for 25 years of more. The pastoral deputy Mr Patrick McBeth provided the accompanying music whilst members of the Senior Management Team served an array of drinks and canapés. These extremely dedicated and supportive representatives from the teaching and non-teaching staff hold some impressive records, there is 1086 years of service between them, some have seen the school...
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1st Sunday of Advent Homily

“Therefore, you too must stand ready.”    (Matthew 24:44)               1st Advent 27/11/2016 There has been some publicity lately about unmarried mothers of 50 or more years ago.  At that time to have a child out of wedlock was seen as a great disgrace, so the mothers, often young teenage girls, were pushed into handing over their child for adoption; after this the girl would live on as if she had never had a child.   At the time this seemed to be a solution, but it...
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Graham & Brown Business Trip

On Thursday 24th November, there was a Higher Line Business trip to the UK's leading wallpaper designer and manufacturer, Graham & Brown.  The trip relates to a module within their A-Level studies which looks at ‘The use of decision making to improve marketing performance’, in particular, how developments in technology are affecting marketing decision making and activities.  It was a fantastic insight into a multi-million pound turnover business.  They went on to show the pupils the...
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The Winslow Boy

On Wednesday 23rd November, the Stonyhurst Archivist, Mr David Knight, gave a fully illustrated lecture to the Senior Essay Society, to which members of P.A.S.T. were also invited, about the former Stonyhurst pupil George Archer-Shee. He was expelled from the Royal Naval College on the Isle of Wight accused of theft and forgery. His father, a bank employee, decided to fight the decision. This relatively trivial affair mushroomed into a protracted national media sensation and a trial at the Old...
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Sporting results week ending 3rd December 16

End of week Sports Results 3rd December 2016 Rugby V Giggleswick 1st Team            W 33-5 2nd Team           W 31-17 U15 A’s            W 38-0 U14A’s             W 21-10   Hockey 1st Team           D 3-3 2nd Team           W1-0
Mark Garnett

The influence of pressure groups & political parties in British Politics.

  Dr Mark Garnett of Lancaster University rounded off this term's Politics Society talks with an engaging and entertaining presentation on the role of political parties and pressure groups in British politics.  He covered a huge amount of detailed academic study in a short period of time and helped enlighten the audience on what makes political parties and pressure groups successful or otherwise!  After the talk there followed a lively and wide ranging question and answer session. ...
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The Stonyhurst Lip sync battle begins!

For the first ever Stonyhurst Interline Lip Sync Battle we had a spectacular line up of judges; Mr Patrick McBeth, Mrs. Leonie Heaven, Mrs. Rebecca Jackson and Mr. Tim Hanley (aka Simon Cowell.) Keeping track of all the music was Ben Reynolds and the MC for the event was Ms Lynch. The event kicked off with Daniel Waya lip syncing to a rap song he had written himself! We saw a bit less light between Clara and Cord than Mr. Hanley would have liked! On the whole the first ever Interline...
SMH Back With A Bang

Back with a Bang

SMH pupils returned to school on Wednesday 2nd November with a busy yet exciting week ahead.  As the school term began, the cold weather set in, which coincided nicely with bonfire night. All the boarders were able to experience a thrilling fireworks display and also took in other firework displays across the Ribble Valley later in the evening from their rooms. For many pupils, this was their first time experiencing bonfire night in the UK so this was a treat for them as the working week came...
Mark Thompson Magazine

Mark Thompson OS and current CEO of the New York Times talks about his time at Stonyhurst

In the latest issue of the ‘Live Ribble Valley’, the exclusive interview was with our very own Mark Thompson OS. As well as being an OS, Mark Thompson is known as the former Director-General of the BBC and current CEO of the New York Times. Whilst his Manhattan lifestyle might seem worlds away from the rural idyll that is Stonyhurst College, Mr Thompson reflected on the life-lasting impression Stonyhurst has had on him.  Of course, Mr Thompson remarked on the majesty of the place,...
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