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Outstanding Inspection Report for Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall are celebrating an excellent ISI inspection report, described by the Headmaster Andrew Johnson as ‘absolutely glowing’. There was a full inspection of all of Stonyhurst’s educational provision in March, from the Nursery at  Hodder House to Higher Line (the Sixth Form). Some of the highlights of the report are: The outstanding personal development of the pupils is a clear indicator of how the school prepares them spiritually and...
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The Stonyhurst Somme Conference

On 18th May, in the magnificent Academy Room at Stonyhurst College, there will be a national  conference for schools to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.  All are welcome. There is no doubt that the Battle of the Somme has become etched into this country’s national consciousness. The fighting would last for four and a half months, from the heat of July to the wintry chill of a bitterly cold November. During that time, the British army, which was made up entirely of...
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SMH pupils meet the first British astronaut

Children from Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall had a fascinating lesson about space, given by the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman. Pupils in year 6 were enthralled as they heard her description of ‘lift-off’, what her 8 days in space were like, and about her role on the MIR Space Station, in May 1991. At the event, which took place at the University of Central Lancashire, Helen also talked about her life before becoming an astronaut and her training in Russia. The children were eager...
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Politics Society welcomes Professor Kavanagh

This week, the Politics Society, Senior Essay Society and PAST welcomed Professor Dennis Kavanagh, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Liverpool University, to speak about the changing role of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in British politics. Professor Kavanagh provided insight into the characteristics of a successful Prime Minister, the difference between ministerial roles now and in the past, and how the power of the Prime Minister has altered over the last century. He also shared many...
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Climbing challenge

Pupils enjoyed their first outdoor rock climbing lesson this week, at Troy Quarry, near Haslingden. Climbing is a new games option, led by Mrs Shelley (Head of Chemistry and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager.) The group will visit lots of different local venues over the coming weeks, and the climbs will get progressively higher! The group has been learning to climb indoors for several months, and this was their first venture in the great outdoors. The weather could not have been better, as...
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May Procession at St Mary’s Hall

Children at Stonyhurst’s prep school, St Mary’s Hall, took part in their annual May Procession, on Wednesday, May 4th. Children aged 3 to 12 sang hymns as they processed through the beautiful grounds, carrying flowers to the statue of St Mary, the school’s patron saint.  
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Cricket News

1st XI v QEGS (20th April) 2 wicket victory U14A Cricket v St Bede’s, Blackburn (Wednesday 27th April) St Bede’s 114 for 2 (Pickles 4 overs 0-9) Stonyhurst  76 all out (Raffray 21; Walsh 19. Raffray took the only wicket, other than a run out, with figures of 4 overs, 1 for 20.) 1st XI v St Mary’s Crosby (Wednesday 27th April) Stonyhurst won by 2 wickets St Mary’s Crosby 103 all out. (Katz 4 wickets; Chitnis 3 wickets; Bashall 2 wickets) Stonyhurst 104 for...
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CCF attends Her Majesty’s Birthday Celebration

Stonyhurst CCF was privileged to attend Her Majesty’s Birthday Celebration at Lancaster Castle, on Thursday April 21st. The JUOs were invited by the Duchy of Lancaster, via the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, to mount a Guard of Honour with Troopers from B Squadron (Duke of Lancaster's Own) Queen’s Own Yeomanry; they joined guests and dignitaries of the county for this very special, historic occasion. The celebration began with an official welcome from Mr Nathan Thompson OS, CEO of the Duchy of...
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Stonyhurst wins the Lancashire School’s Netball Tournament

The Netball 1st team won the Lancashire School's Netball Tournament on Saturday April 30th, and were crowned county champions! The team: Harriet Lloyd -Captain Kate Halpin Charlie Lord Niamh Mclaughlin Eleanor Charles Zebe Graham Rosie Isola Mimi Dean Lizzie Simpson-Pattison Millie Laking Congratulations girls!
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May Morning Music

Schola Cantorum gave their annual May Morning concert on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd in the Top Ref. An audience of parents and friends enjoyed a typically wide-ranging programme, which began with a lively performance of songs from Lionel Bart’s Oliver, and Let it go from the Disney film, Frozen. The sopranos and altos sang The Call of Wisdom by Will Todd, which was commissioned for the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen. This beautiful piece was followed by John Rutter’s A flower...
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Irish Writers and the Easter Rising

We were delighted to welcome His Excellency the Irish Ambassador, Mr Daniel Mulhall to Stonyhurst on Thursday April 28th, to speak about ‘Irish Writers and the Easter Rising.’ This was the latest in a series of talks at Stonyhurst to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, in which Joseph Mary Plunkett OS was a key figure. Mr Mulhall considered the poetry of three of the rebel leaders – Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett - and also the background to the Rising,...
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Rudiments reflect

Boys and girls in Rudiments (year 8) at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall attended their annual retreat at Whalley Abbey, on Monday 25th April. The day is an opportunity for the pupils to step away from their usual school environment to give them time to reflect as individuals on their relationship with God and with each other. The theme this year was the Jesuit Pupil Profile virtue of Discernment. The children explored how they make decisions and choices in everyday life and how these can...
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The Bursary Ball

Stonyhurst’s first Bursary Ball, held recently at Stanley House Hotel and Spa, was a resounding success, raising £51,000 for our bursary fund. We would like to thank the Bursary Ball Committee, and everyone who has helped by donating prizes for the ball. It was an excellent event, and Paul Dobie and his band got everyone dancing until the early hours - a great time was had by all! Patrick Hoffmann (OS ‘11), who was the recipient of a bursary, explained how important it was to him and...
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Tutu and Wellies Trail

The annual Tutus and Wellies walk took place on Sunday 24th April, when a group of teachers, parents and students followed the Tolkien Trail along the River Ribble. This delightful tradition raises money for the Stonyhurst Children's Holiday Trust (which gives children from local special schools a summer holiday) and for Dance Development. On a temperamental day of April showers, the whole group enjoyed the beauty of the Ribble Valley on this wonderful walk. The day was filled will joy,...
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The Stonyhurst Politics Society

On Thursday 21st April, Dr. Mike Simpson of Bradford University once again visited the College to give a talk on the impact of pressure groups on British politics. In a wide-ranging and highly engaging lecture, Dr. Simpson covered several interesting examples of pressure group activities. The talk featured a number of issues such as environmentalism, protest marches and access to government. This was followed by a question-and-answer session that continued on the theme of pressure groups but...
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CCF Easter Adventure Training and NCO Cadre camp

The CCF once again deployed on its annual Easter Adventure Training and NCO Cadre camp to Warcop Training Camp, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria. The Adventure Training is run for first year cadets from Grammar. The week commenced with a challenging walk in the Upper Eden Valley, taking in some spectacular scenery which was particularly enhanced by the excellent weather conditions. The rest of the week continued with a rotation of activities; these included climbing and abseiling in and...
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Welcome to the Summer Term!

Welcome to another busy term at Stonyhurst! Over the coming weeks, we will keep you posted with news of our many events and activities. In the meantime, here are some notable dates: Lower Grammar Parents' Weekend   Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May OS 1986 Reunion   Sat 30th April and Sun 1st May Grammar Parents' Weekend   Sat 7th and Sun 8th May Confirmation Mass   Sun 8th May Great Academies ( Guest of Honour: former Taoiseach, John Bruton)   Fri 27th and Sat 28th...
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Dublin’s Easter Rising 1916

Stonyhurst’s illustrious alumni include three saints, twenty-two martyrs, seven archbishops and seven awarded the Victoria Cross. Among them, there is Joseph Mary Plunkett. He was a key figure in Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, and opinion over his legacy is divided: for some, he is a nationalist hero; for others, his execution as a traitor was justly deserved. This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, a rebellion against British rule which began on Easter Monday 1916. The...
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The power of Poetry

This year’s Poetry Banquet was as successful as ever, and raised over £15,000 for the Stonyhurst Children’s Holiday Week Trust. The trust provides a summer holiday at Stonyhurst for children from local special schools, when each child is cared for individually by volunteers from Higher Line. As ever, the entire playroom was involved in planning and hosting a fabulous evening, which was enjoyed by over 250 guests. This year, the theme for the banquet was the 1920s. The Ambulacrum looked...
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