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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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Mock EU Referendum

The Stonyhurst Politics Society held a mock referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, on May 25th. Stonyhurst pupils are particularly well informed about the pros and cons of membership of the EU, thanks to an excellent series of Politics Society talks this term, given by several university professors. The result: 71% voted to REMAIN in the EU. 
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‘Order! Order!’

On Thursday 19th May a group of Rhetoric (Year 13) Politics students attended a talk given by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP. The talk - entitled 'Order! Order! - was the latest in the Roscoe Lecture series, which takes place in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In his talk, Mr Bercow sped through a range of topics, including reform within the House of Commons, the role and significance of the Speaker, the stability of the Conservative Party following the...
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Jungle Book

This summer's Prep Production was Jungle Book, in which every boy and girl in years 3 and 4 took to the stage of the Centenaries Theatre to give a truly wonderful performance. As the children acted, sang and danced through Kipling's classic, it was hard to remember that they were just 7 to 9 years old. Everyone gave their all and performed with huge conviction, energy and, above all, enjoyment. They had clearly had a wonderful time preparing Jungle Book, and the audience was delighted by...
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Burma’s Cardinal visits Stonyhurst

Burma’s first ever Cardinal, His Eminence Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, visited Stonyhurst on Saturday May 21st, and gave an informative and inspirational address to the pupils and staff of the College in St Peter’s Church. Cardinal Bo has long campaigned for human rights, religious freedom, inter-religious harmony, peace and justice in Burma, or Myanmar. He has been visiting the UK as a guest of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Missio, Aid to the Church in Need and the Catholic Bishops’...
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Stonyhurst’s Somme Conference is an important lesson in history  

Children from Lancashire’s schools marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by attending a conference at Stonyhurst College, on May 18th.  Peter Barton, military historian and broadcaster, gave a vivid account of the battle, the first day of which was the worst in the history of British warfare. The British army suffered 57, 470 casualties that day; 19,240 of them were killed or died of wounds. A team of historians from the Imperial War Museum introduced the ‘Lives of the First...
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Mass times – revised

Please note that several Mass times have changed slightly from those given in the Calendar, as follows: Sunday 29 May   Mass at 11am in the College Chapel. Sunday 5 June   Mass for pupils returning after half-term at 7pm (rather than 5.30pm) Sunday 26 June Mass will be at 10.30 in St Peter's (not on Saturday at 5pm).  At this Mass we will focus on leavers who are not from Rhetoric. The Dawn Mass on Longridge Fell is on 12 June, as in the Calendar.   The homily...
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Zhikai is BPhO Top Gold Medallist

Four pupils in Poetry (year 12) have been awarded Gold Medals in the  British Physics Olympiad 2016 AS Challenge Paper . Zhikai Zhang was one of the top five Gold Medallists in the UK, scoring 95%. This year, eight Stonyhurst Physics students sat the BPhO AS Challenge Paper ; a tough written paper that required a rigorous understanding of Physics and the ability to apply Mathematics within a physical context.  The four Gold Medallists are:  Zhikai Zhang, Joe Xu, David Garbutt, and Acer...
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Curator Evening: The Great Jesuit Bake Off!

The final Curator Evening of this academic year took place on Thursday 12th May at Stonyhurst St. Mary’s Hall.  Jan Graffius talked about the roles of the ‘Lady of the House’ at Stonyhurst before it was a school; in her fascinating presentation, Jan outlined the responsibilities of making cosmetics, remedies and recipes, as well as how food has played a major part in shaping Stonyhurst into the school it is today. Jan showed the original books containing these instructions from our...
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Calling Kampala

On Friday 13th May, six pupils from Upper Elements (year 6) - Daniel, Jemimah, Hiba, Lucy, Josh and Hanaan - made contact with pupils from St Peter’s Nsambya in Kampala, Uganda. These pupils are supported by the Xavier Project which aims to improve opportunities for children in Uganda and Kenya (often refugees), through education. We had arranged to contact them via skype at 1.15pm GMT and, gathered in the Emmaus Centre, we started with video and audio for the first 5 minutes. Despite a...
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Stonyhurst 1st XI unbeaten!

The Stonyhurst 1st XI have played 6 matches, won 5 and drawn 1 so far this season. Mr Thomas reports on the latest results: Wednesday, May 11th 1st XI vs MCC MCC 174 for 4 declared In reply, after a spirited 45 from skipper Rhys Morgan, there was a spectacular collapse to 90 for 8 and the game apparently lost--- or was it? Unimaginable resolve saw Ed Holmes 42 deliveries for 5, Nathan Miller 38 deliveries for 4 not out, and Aiden Scott 10 deliveries for 4 not out, achieving the...
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Exploring E-commerce

On Thursday 14th May, 21 Rhetoric (year 13) Business pupils visited Graham and Brown Ltd in Blackburn to find out how the business has adapted to e-commerce. E-commerce is the pre-seen theme for the AQA A Level examination paper, so we were extremely grateful to Mr Andy Graham and his e-commerce team for hosting the visit. It was a fantastic end to the two year Business A Level course and the pupils really showed off their enthusiasm and knowledge for Business during the Q and A session. Mrs...
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Showcase of dramatic talent

Pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall entertained parents, friends and staff will a programme of impressive drama performances on Tuesday May 10th, in the Centenaries Theatre. They recited poems, readings and duets which they had prepared for their recent Speech and Drama examinations: almost 40 pupils took London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations this week.   Programme  Elley and Isla N – Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon Isabella B and Lucie W – Goggle Eyes by...
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Record number of Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards!

The end of the Easter term saw 9 teams of Poets (60 students in year 12) head out to Snowdonia to tackle their gold practice expedition. For about half the students, this was their first experience of D of E, and the previous weeks had seen them undergo plenty of training, including developing their navigation skills in the countryside around College and setting up an impromptu campsite outside the Chemistry department! The March weather was chilly and showery, but good teamwork and positive...
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Exchange with Wah Yan Jesuit College, Hong Kong and Kowloon

Stonyhurst welcomed 19 students and 3 teachers from Wah Yan Jesuit College in Hong Kong and Kowloon for their 10-day visit to the College. This is the second exchange with Wah Yan in recent years. The Wah Yan students have enjoyed a varied and busy visit, during which they have attended lessons, toured the Collections and generally discovered Stonyhurst. They have also experienced their first snow-fall and the warmth of Stonyhurst parents’ hospitality. The Wah Yan party travelled to the...
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Latest Sports Results

Wednesday, May 4th Cricket 1st XI vs Bolton 20-20 match WON Golf vs Giggleswick WON 3 -0 Senior tennis v Giggleswick  Drew 3-3   Saturday, May 7th Cricket 1st vs Rossall WON U15 vs Rossall Lost U14 vs Rosall Lost Golf vs Rossall WON 3.5 - 0.5 Tennis vs Rossall WON Rounders v Rossall U14 lost 11.5-15 U15 won 12-6 Seniors drew...
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Confirmation Mass

Twenty-six Stonyhurst pupils were confirmed by The Right Reverend Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, on Sunday May 8th in St Peter’s Church. In his homily, Bishop John said that Confirmation marks a beginning in our relationship with God. Quoting from a Meditation written by John Henry Newman, he told the confirmation candidates (who were mostly pupils in Grammar, or year 10) that they are called to some ‘definite purpose’. By listening to God, he said, we can discern what that...
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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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