HRH The Princess Royal visits Stonyhurst

On the 24th September Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Stonyhurst College in her capacity as Patron of the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project. The Princess Royal planted a tree at Stonyhurst alongside the 301 oak saplings planted by the Stonyhurst College Combined Cadet Force. Each tree represents a serviceman who died in the First World War and other conflicts. 283 of those commemorated had attended Stonyhurst College, and 18 were from the nearby village of...

Birmingham Royal Ballet workshop and performance

On Thursday 25th September 29 students aged 6 to 18 attended a day at the Lowry Theatre in Salford to participate in repertoire and creative based workshops run by the Birmingham Royal Ballet. They watched a company technical class and enjoyed the performance of Beauty and the Beast. The workshops were led by Jenny Murphy who, as a dancer for the company for many years, has since moved on to educating dancers with her wealth of experience in classical technique and ballet repertoire. It was...
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Politics Society: The Nelson Mandela I knew

The Stonyhurst Politics Society gathered on Thursday September 18th in the Bayley Room for the weekly lecture, although little did we know that Professor Steve Grigg was to give us a talk like no other. The title of the lecture, 'The Nelson Mandela I knew', was an intriguing one, and this accounted for the packed room of Stonyhurst pupils and other guests. Previously a teacher at Stonyhurst, Professor Grigg started by outlining his departure from the teaching profession and entrance into the...
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Gold Expedition

As the autumnal chill sets in, students in Rhetoric brought summer’s warmth back to the Top Ref as they presented accounts of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award expeditions last June. Group presentations are a requirement at this level of the award scheme, and parents, friends and staff came along to hear about their experiences. From the very first photograph it was clear that this cohort of trekkers had been unusually lucky; replacing the customary images of horizontal rain, howling...

Latest Sports’ Results

Saturday 27th September Rugby v Bradford Grammar School 1st XV won 30-28 2nd XV lost 34-10 U16 won 26-5 U15 lost 50-0 U14 lost 14-10 Hockey v Denstone College U14 won 3-1 U15 lost 5-0 2nd lost 4-0 1st drew 1-1 York Fencing Open Competition Ashley Ng wins 1st runner-up Wednesday 24th September Netball v Stockport 1st lost 31-31 2nd won 16-11 3rd won 39-3=20 Olivia Laking (Rh) attended the final screening for the regional netball academy on Saturday. She was...
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Sports’ Results

Saturday 20th September Rugby vs AKS Lytham 1st XV Won 48 - 9 2nd XV Won 41 - 0 U15 XV Lost 31 - 7 U14 XV Won 32 - 12 Hockey v Austin Friars 1st drew 1-1 2nd won 3-0 U15 2-0 U14 6-0 Wednesday 17th September Rugby U16 XV vs QEG's Blackburn 1st XV Won 22 - 0 Football vs Liverpool College Won 4 - 2 Rugby vs Mount St Mary’s Saturday 13th September Rugby vs Mount St Mary’s 1st XV won 52 - 0 2nd Xv won 58 – 0 Hockey v Kirkham GS 2nd won...
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World War One commemoration

On 5th September a Commemoration Service was held at St Symphorien military cemetery, to honour those who died at the Battle of Mons, the opening engagement of 1914. Lieutenant Maurice Dease, who was educated at Stonyhurst, was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the First World War for his extreme bravery. He is buried at St Symphorien. Stonyhurst was represented at the service by Junior Under Officer Kate Bell (Rhetoric), who laid wreaths on behalf of Stonyhurst at the Cross of...
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‘War Horse’ workshop

Drama and Theatre Studies students experienced the power of puppetry in a theatre workshop with OS actor Martin Wenner. Grammar, Syntax, Poetry and Rhetoric students worked together in the Academy Room to create their own horses through puppetry, inspired by the National Theatre's touring production of 'War Horse'. The challenge of making the 'horses' come to life through the use of balloons as heads and sticks as legs was relished by all. All Drama students were able to experience the skills...
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Evacuee Experience

All of Elements playroom (years 5 and 6) went to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury to participate in The Evacuee Experience. They were accompanied by their class teachers, who all wore elegant 1940s clothes for the day. This was an excellent start to Elements' topic for the first half of term, which involves finding out what life was like for a child who lived through World War II. The children were greeted by a billeting officer and enjoyed a wide range of hands-on activities during the...
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British Council Accreditation for Stonyhurst Summer School

Stonyhurst Language School is very proud to announce that following an inspection of our Language School this summer under the quality and assurance scheme for the UK ELT sector, we have received accreditation from the British Council. Our Language School is proving very successful with international students wishing to visit Stonyhurst for a short residential summer English course.  Many of our students return for following years and recommend the courses to friends and relatives.  Not...
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A personal experience of Afghanistan

Dominic Medley OBE (OS) spoke about his experience as a journalist and media adviser in Afghanistan. The talk was the first of the P.A.S.T/Senior Essay Society talks of this term and a large audience was rewarded with a talk which fizzed with stories and ideas given by a gifted and insightful speaker. Virtually all aspects of the recent and not so recent history of Afghanistan were covered, from the problems experienced by the British Army in the nineteenth century through to Soviet occupation...

A trip to China

Over the summer, four members of Higher Line travelled to China for two and a half weeks, to teach English, stay with families and learn about the Chinese culture. Emilia, Will and Alice give their accounts here of their experience. They were accompanied by Mr McGarvey, who said: “Anyone taking part in a similar trip in future years will really need to at least match the wonderful attitude showed by Emilia, Will, Alice and Giles. They shone very brightly, in true Stonyhurst...

Boarders take a trip to Bolton Abbey

On the first Sunday afternoon of term, students in Lower Line at Stonyhurst (years 9 to 11) enjoyed a trip to Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales. New and returning boarders enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other, in beautiful autumn sunshine beside the River Wharfe (which everyone managed to cross by stepping-stones, without falling in!). Boarders in Poetry (year 12) stayed in the Ribble Valley and rambled along the River Hodder.
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Welcome back

The new academic year is well underway at Stonyhurst. It began this week with a leadership retreat for the Committee (senior prefects) at Whalley Abbey, induction programmes for new pupils, Ascensio Scholarum and the opening Mass of the term in St Peter’s Church. There are now 488 pupils in the College which is the highest number in a generation. 140 new pupils have come to Stonyhurst this week – an increase of a third from last year.
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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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