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The Stonyhurst Literature Festival

The third Stonyhurst Literature Festival will take place on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016. Twelve speakers will cover a wide range of topics and texts over three days, to give this Literature Festival something for everyone. Speakers will include the winner of the Costa First Novel award, Andrew Michael Hurley, who will talk about The Loney, his gothic novel set on the northwest coast. The Stonyhurst Literature Festival will, as ever, cover a variety of genres,...
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The art of documentary making

Jamie Berry (OS 93), the producer and director of Channel 4’s Walking the Himalayas, gave a detailed, wide-ranging and entertaining talk to Rhetoric about his work as a documentary film-maker. Jamie began by talking about his Stonyhurst days, from St Mary’s Hall to the College. He described the time he encountered a camera man in the Grammar dorms, who was filming a documentary about Stonyhurst. (A clip from the 1988 film followed, featuring a very young Mr Warrilow, to the amusement of...
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Saltmine Theatre Company at Stonyhurst

Saltmine Theatre Company, in conjunction with the education team from The Grand in Clitheroe, made a special trip to Stonyhurst on Tuesday 9th February, in the midst of touring, to give Lower Line students a performance of their latest production “Escape K3.4”.  The play was energetic, funny yet very realistic in its approach to exploring some hard-hitting themes around cyberbullying, sexting, online gaming and pornography.  Lower Line students engaged well with the team of young actors...
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Brain Day in the Biology Department

On Thursday 4th February the Biology Department hosted a very successful BRAIN DAY. Almost 50 Poetry and Rhetoric pupils attended a whole day seminar run by Dr Guy Sutton, a neuroscientist and Honorary Special Lecturer at the University of Nottingham Medical school.  He spoke to them on subjects as diverse as 'Nerve cells and Drug Action' and 'The Shattered Mind - a history of mental illness'.  Talks were interspersed with hands-on 'Comparative Neuroanatomy' -   looking at brain anatomy...
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Dublin’s Easter Rising, 1916

Programme of talks at Stonyhurst. (All are welcome to attend, but please inform Reception - 01254 826345) Wednesday March 2nd             David Knight, Stonyhurst’s archivist:  ‘The life and times of Joseph Mary Plunkett, OS’  7.00pm (AV Room) Thursday March 17th Senator Ronan Mullen: Joseph Mary Plunkett and the Easter Uprising of 1916 6.30pm (Bayley Room) Thursday 28th April  The Irish Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Dan Mulhall:  ‘Irish...
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CCF joins forces with the Woodland Trust and Operation Reflect

The Stonyhurst Combined Cadet Force continued their association with the Woodland Trust and Operation Reflect ( a commemoration of the First World War) by planting nearly 400 tree saplings on the Peel Estate, Newton-in-Bowland. The cadets worked extremely hard, and with great efficiency, to plant so many trees in just 45 minutes! The ground underfoot was saturated from all the recent rain but this did not deter, or diminish the enthusiasm of, the cadets. Afterwards, the cadets met...
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SMH Sports Tour to Jersey

48 pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall are getting ready for their Sports Tour to Jersey this week. Netball, hockey and rugby teams from Figures and Rudiments (years 7 and 8) depart for Jersey on Thursday 11th February for four days of fixtures and excursions. The SMH rugby teams will play fixtures against Victoria College and Jersey Rugby Club. Hockey and netball teams will play Jersey College for Girls, Jersey Hockey and Jersey Netball. Excursions will include Mont Orgueil Castle, the...
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Chinese Tuck Shop celebrates the Year of the Monkey

To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Tuck Shop returned to Stonyhurst! With dazzling decorations and authentic Chinese snacks on offer, Stonyhurst pupils entered into the spirit of the largest festival celebrations in the world. The Chinese delights included fortune cookies, prawn crackers, White Rabbit sweets and the ever-popular instant noodles, bringing a  'Taste of the Orient' to Stonyhurst! With thanks to Mrs Shaolei Min for brightening up the Lower Gallery on a chilly...
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Sunday’s Homily

Fr John Twist SJ spoke about Peter's realisation, on the Sea of Galilee, that he has encountered someone with divine power. The full text can be found below. This week's anthem was Love divine, all love's excelling by Sir David Willcocks.   Homily for Sunday February 7th: “He and his companions were completely overcome.” (Luke 5:1-9) Fishing must be a curious activity, because the one doing it cannot see anything.  He or she is just convinced that deep down in those...
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The Headmaster’s Concert

Once again, the Headmaster's guests, pupils, parents, governors and staff enjoyed a fabulous concert as Stonyhurst's music scholars demonstrated their talent, on Friday February 5th in the Top Ref. Programme First movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3    J.S. Bach       Stonyhurst College Strong Orchestra, directed by Mrs S White Prelude and Fugue in C minor (Book 1)  J.S. Bach               Maximilian Stoschus (Piano) Black Eyes           Russian...
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Politics talk: The Electoral Process and Direct Democracy in the USA

On Thursday 4th February, Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government at the University of Hull, gave a talk to the Stonyhurst Politics Society on American politics. Lord Norton gave a very useful introduction to the role of American ‘exceptionalism’ and how the history of the country and its constitution still affect the political culture of the country today. Lord Norton’s talk was particularly topical, given the current focus on the US presidential elections this year and the...
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Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Borrows the Moon!

Exciting rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall this week. The lunar samples were loaned to the prep school as part of a scheme run by NASA and the National Science Museum. Children in Lower Elements (year 5) were able to enjoy a unique, interactive experience of astronomy, examining and handling lunar samples collected by the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 382kg of lunar material was brought back to...
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The Provincial’s Visitation

The Jesuit Provincial of the British Province, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, made his annual visit to Stonyhurst this week. He spoke to staff and pupils alike, and was interested to hear of the many ways in which they live out Stonyhurst’s Mission. He was accompanied by Fr Adrian Porter SJ, the Director of Jesuit education. Fr Dermot’s visit began with Mass in St Peter’s, on the Feast of Candlemas, which opened with Rhetoric’s candle-lit procession into the church, symbolising the coming of...
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Upper Prep Palaeontolgy!

Children in year 4 at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall are enjoying this term’s ‘Footsteps from the Past’ topic. Firstly,they had lots of fun being palaeontologists for an afternoon, with their ‘Dinosaur Dig’. This was followed by a visit from Head of Conservation of Blackpool Zoo, Rebecca Reynolds, who talked to the children about adaptation and evolution. Mrs Reynolds brought in fossils, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, a bearded dragon lizard and a tenrec (which is like a hedgehogs),...
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The Politics of Business and Banking: Jonty Warneken OS

Throughout the academic year, on a weekly basis, students from all year groups at Stonyhurst are granted the privileged opportunity to attend excellent lectures and presentations from reputable guest speakers. This week at the College was no exception, and on Thursday 28th January, Stonyhurst was honoured to welcome Mr Jonty Warneken (OS) back to Stonyhurst. Mr Warneken is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. The former Stonyhurst student was able to use a...
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Chess

The Stonyhurst chess team are celebrating another victory, this time against Kirbie Kendal School. in Cumbria. They won the match 5-1 on Friday 29th January. The team was: Kevin Robbin George Cowperthwaite (Capt) Michael Diamond Oskar Nicholson-Gringinger Vincent Ng Ayshea Whitaker Vincent Ng was able to win with two queens and a rook, while George Cowperthwaite came back one piece down to win his match. Their next match is against Bolton School later this...
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The Faith School partnership

Children from the Faith School visited Stonyhurst in January. Faith School is a small primary school in Everton, Liverpool, with whom Stonyhurst has a well-established partnership. The children were hosted by 17 Grammarians (pupils in year 10). This time, the focus of the visit was Stonyhurst’s connection with Tolkien, since the Faith School children had recently read The Hobbit. They explored this connection through the Stonyhurst Collections, guided by the assistant curator Mr Joe Reed...
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Sport

Interline Cross Country The Interline Cross Country race took place on Wednesday 27th January. Teams of six boys from each Line, selected from Syntax, Poetry and Rhetoric (years 11, 12 and 13), took part. The race was organised by Mr Paul Wilmore, who said: “The 8 km race around Stonyhurst was hotly contested, and there were some excellent individual performances.” The results were: 1st - St Omers 2nd – Weld 3rd – Campion 4th – Shireburn Individual...
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