Fourth Sunday Of Lent

St Peter’s Church Homilies John 9:41

“Now that you say ‘We see’ your sin remains.”  (John 9:41) The solicitor standing up in court appeared to be at a severe disadvantage: he was blind.   The lawyers on the other side thought it would be easy for them; after all the man could not even see.  They had all the notes and documents laid out in front of them, every piece of evidence in piles of papers right under their eyes.  But they did a lot of fidgeting rummaging through them, often getting confused with the heaps of...
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Poets visit the annual UCAS Exhibition

On 14 March the whole of Poetry (year 12) enjoyed a visit to Manchester Central Convention Complex for the North West UCAS Exhibition. They spoke with Admissions Tutors and Student Ambassadors, collecting the undergraduate prospectuses to further their research into universities and courses they might apply for. Next week there will be two groups of 24 Poets attended the Annual Oxbridge Conference. Giving them a wonderful opportunity to talk to current students and tutors, from both Oxford and...
Purple Splash

Splash of purple day at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall

On Tuesday March 14th Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall held a “Splash of Purple” day. The children were invited to bring in £1 to wear home clothes which included something purple. This is the colour of Lent; it recalls the sorrow of Christ’s suffering and his kingship in the Resurrection at Easter At the beginning of Lent, in a wonderful assembly from Upper Prep, we learned how Cafod is helping the poorest to help themselves, through the “Big Fish” project. Florence lost her...
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Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall children design their own boat

Upper Elements children have been busy designing boats from recycled materials to “launch” their IPC unit on Raging Rivers. The children were given a design brief to create a small boat which would be able to sail down one of the streams in the woods at Stonyhurst. Waiting for a fine day proved to be impossible so they set out on a grey, cloudy day with variously sized (evidently the word small is open to interpretation) vessels being carried by their proud owners. Once they arrived at...

Stonyhurst St Peter’s Church Homilies

“Sir, give me some of that water, so that I may never get thirsty.”  (John 4:15) It is commonly said of Jesus that He was a man who crossed boundaries, and indeed broke them down.  And this certainly is the case in this Gospel.  Jesus is a man, she is a woman, but he ignores convention and talks with her; Jesus is a Jew, she is a Samaritan, but he bypasses the religious rivalry to engage with her.  Jesus is the Messiah, she is an everyday person, yet Jesus talks to her on an equal...
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Stonyhurst’s Wonderland Tea Party

Parents, former parents and Stonyhurst OS gathered in the Top Refectory on Thursday 16th March to enjoy Afternoon Tea.  Guests indulged in a typical high tea, with scrumptious cakes and tasty sandwiches, whilst raising £1,101 to support our Music and Art Departments. Guests were greeted with musical performances from our Higher Line music students, whilst the art department proudly presented work by children from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall and pupils from Lower Grammar and the...
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Stonyhurst Explorers

On Thursday 23rd February, in the Tolkien Library at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, Jan Graffius, Stonyhurst’s Curator, once more held a room of visiting guests captivated.  Under the title ‘From the Arctic Ice Floes to the Headhunters of Borneo: Images and objects collected by Stonyhurst Explorers’ Jan recounted stories of the Stonyhurst alumni who, in line with the Jesuit maxim, “live with one foot lifted” set out to be young men and women for others all around the globe. She...
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Stonyhurst St Peter’s Church homilies

“His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew17.2) “It could be you”.   Just about everyone must have seen that tempting slogan advertised outside shops and at supermarket tills, inviting us to buy lottery tickets.  Someone hoping to win the lottery has an underlying belief that success will transform their life.   To suddenly come into a windfall of £1,000,000, especially to a person on a low income, will surely change everything, and...
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The fascinating world of Biology

On Tuesday 28th February forty students from HigherLine attended the ‘Biology Live’ seminar, held at the University of Manchester. Pupils from Poetry were given the chance to hear leading scientists talk about their cutting edge work across a number of specialisms. Pupils considering studying these subjects at university, or taking up science as a career, were given a glimpse into this fascinating world through listening to these inspirational speakers. Topics covered ranged from...
U14s Hockey Champions

County success for Stonyhurst’s U14 and U15 hockey teams

Stonyhurst’s U14 and U15 Hockey Teams headed for the seaside last week to take part in the Lancashire Schools’ County Hockey Tournament at Stanley Park, Blackpool. Congratulations to the U14 hockey squad on winning the U14 championship.  In their first game, they drew against AKS 2-2. They followed this with 4 wins against Baines (15-0 although a 5 goal ceiling was put on reporting this match), Ripley St Thomas (2-0), Lytham (1-0) and Kirkham (1-0).   In total, in this round robin...
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Glass slippers to Ballet shoes

On Thursday 2nd March Stonyhurst took 19 students aged 6-13 to The Lowry, Manchester, to work alongside the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The day started with a backstage tour, where the pupils had the opportunity to see the costumes up close and ask the Company Manager lots of questions such as how long the company has to rehearse for a performance. Our group then ventured into the auditorium to watch a short section of the warm up and company class, which gave the pupils insight into how...
David Denver

What makes a Prime Minister popular?

Once again members of the Stonyhurst politics society were treated to an excellent lecture by Emeritus Professor David Denver of Lancaster University.  Prof. Denver explained to an enthusiastic audience how Prime Ministers popularity rises and falls whilst in office.  He also answered a lot of searching and thoughtful questions in the Q & A session after the talk.
Jon Tonge

Devolution – Where to next?

The senior essay society in conjunction with the politics society and P.A.S.T welcomed professor Jon Tonge of Liverpool University who gave a fascinating discourse on the future of devolution in the United Kingdom.  It was a topical and timely lecture in the wake of the recent elections in Northern Ireland.  We are most grateful to Professor Tonge for his time and expertise.
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Pupils in Poetry become world leaders for a day!

Crisis simulation Day – Ice and oil geopolitics in the melting artic On March 6th 2017 Geography and Economics pupils from Poetry took on the role of international leaders for countries such as Russia, USA, Canada and Sweden to come to a diplomatic agreement on the policies each nation should adopt regarding the Arctic, and its resources, as global warming causes the ice to melt. These crisis simulation days, run by Aberystwyth University, provide insight into the complexities of...
The Serpent With Eve

Genesis Chapter 3

Genesis Chapter 3 - Homily 3rd March 17 (The first part of this homily is in black country dialect)            “The’er wuz a sairpunt in the gardin’, an’ a wicked spirit nairmed Satan gorr inside it, an’ all ov a suddin’ it started ter spake tew Eve.  It sed,  “’As God tode ye yo’ con ate ennythin’ off the trees?”  “Ar”, sed Eve, “We con, excep’ off that tree the’er,” piyntin’ ter the one God ‘ad ferbid um ter tuch.  “’E sez uz we shull...

Stonyhurst College County Rugby Champions for the 4th year running.

Stonyhurst College’s 1st XV rugby squad continued their impressive run of victories in the U18 Lancashire Schools’ Cup, winning their fourth consecutive final out of the last five years. In what has become the fiercest rivalry in Lancashire schoolboy rugby, Stonyhurst’s opponents in the final were for the third time running Lancaster RGS.  The Preston Grasshoppers’ new 4G all-weather pitch, funded by the RFU, was a superb venue for what would be a tense, close and thrilling...
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IB Students visit Leeds University

One of the great benefits of the IB Diploma programme is the opportunity to do independent research in producing an Extended Essay on a topic of interest.  This year, our Poets were invited to enter a competition to win a day of one to one support from an academic at Leeds University, together with the opportunity to spend a day in the University libraries. Three of our Poets were selected to take part, with a diverse range of topics.  Elena Zukriegel is looking at the links between...
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