IB Results 2015

Stonyhurst’s first-ever IB results beat world average

Students at Stonyhurst have been celebrating their successes this week, as results for the International Diploma Programme were published across the world. The average score per IB diploma student at Stonyhurst was 32 points (compared to the world average last year of 30). Of the 15 students who made up the College’s first-ever IB cohort, 67% scored at least 360 UCAS points, which is the equivalent of AAA at A-level. Our highest scorer, Messalina Morley, achieved 38 points, a score achieved...

Banner returned to Le Cateau

Stonyhurst College has just returned a 19th century banner, which had been donated to Stonyhurst in 1920, to the Church in Le Cateau-Cambresis from which it originally came. The banner was rescued from the burning church by a medical officer, Major John Fraser, in 1918 during the last phase of the Great War, while fighting took place in the streets and fields around the village. After the war, he tried to return it to Le Cateau but the church was so badly damaged that the parish priest...

Butterfly Biology

Lower Grammar released Painted Lady butterflies on a sunny Saturday morning. They had arrived a few weeks before as tiny caterpillars. LG have been observing the amazing transformations of their life cycle in order to support the topic 'Adaptations for the environment'. When the time came to let them go some of the pupils were very nervous about handling such delicate creatures but, having overcome their fears, they thoroughly enjoyed the experience - a practical example of the wonders of...
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SMH Parents’ Weekend

The SMH Summer Term Parents’ Weekend proved to be an excellent finale to a particularly exciting and busy year at the prep school. The weekend of events began with Prizegiving. In his speech, the Headmaster Ian Murphy praised the many individual and collective successes of the year, saying that the quality of the staff, the extra-curricular provision, boarding and ethos were all among the finest he has encountered anywhere in his career. Guest of Honour was Edmund Page OS. Edmund has...

Oliver! at SMH

A fabulous production of Oliver crowned the SMH year at Parents' Weekend, brilliantly performed by a cast of 90 Figures and Rudiments pupils. The children transported the audience to a dark Dickensian world of hungry urchins, pick-pockets, street-sellers and undertakers, with colourful characters and humour shining through the Victorian gloom. The set, lighting and costumes worked their magic as everyone sang, danced and acted with complete conviction, energy and focus. Oliver was played by Sam...

Ruds in Paris

Rudiments enjoyed an unforgettable trip to Paris in Enrichment Week, taking in all the iconic sights as well as practising their French. Their packed itinerary included the Pompidou Centre, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Versailles, a Seine river cruise, and culminated in a trip to EuroDisney.

A trip to London for Upper Elements

At the start of Enrichment Week at SMH, Upper Elements (year 6) took part in a Young Enterprise day, and came to school dressed as their potential career choice. The children completed a selection of business activities which culminated in each group giving a presentation to a panel of judges (including the Headmaster!) about an aspect of the school which they'd like to develop. Suggestions included a new multi-functional sports arena, a new high-rope in the school's woodland and an innovative...
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Guests from Chernobyl enjoy a day at SMH

A group of children from Chernobyl made their annual visit to St. Mary’s Hall on a lovely sunny day in June. They began their visit with a cookery and origami session with Miss Weddle and Upper Prep. Mrs Miller and Mrs Fairfoot supervised the making of chocolate crispies whilst Olivia Y and Tatiana L of UET taught another group how to make origami boxes to put their cakes in. After a fun swim at the Stonyhurst pool, the visitors enjoyed a delicious barbecue in the sunshine. After lunch and a...

SMH Activities Week 2015: Prep

In the summer term, every playroom at SMH enjoys a whole week of exciting activities, both on and off the Stonyhurst campus. Here is an account of Prep playroom's week. (Years 3 and 4.) The week began with a trip to Chester Zoo where we enjoyed a wonderful day in the sunshine looking and learning about the animals. The trip was also linked to our class-based learning and we also enjoyed a very informative workshop about rainforests, where we came face to face with Madagascan hissing...
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OS First Class Honours

Laura Erel (OS12) has been awarded a First Class Honours degree in Music at the University of Durham. Maddie Cruz (OS12) has been awarded a First Class Honours degree in Economics at the University of York. Congratulations to both!
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Lower Elements History Tours

Children in Lower Elements gave guided tours of Stonyhurst, as part of their ‘Holiday’ topic. Their task was to create a history tour of a local tourist attraction, and where better than their own Grade I listed, 400 year-old school?! The children began with improving their knowledge of Stonyhurst’s history, buildings and collections.  Using artefacts, books, documents and, crucially, experts at the College for their research, they fulfilled a key aim, which was to use sources other...
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The Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Headmaster’s Summer Concert

Pupils from Prep to Rudiments gave a wide range of wonderful performances at the St Mary’s Hall Headmaster’s Summer Concert, in a packed Centenaries Theatre. The 90 minute programme showcased the truly impressive range of talent at SMH, and consisted of musical solos, choral, ensemble and drama performances. Everyone played, sang and acted to an extremely high standard, and with a high degree of confidence and conviction. Performers Brass Group: Joe W, Daniel S, Toby F, Molly, James...
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Lancashire Athletics Championships

Congratulations to Jamie Bamber (Poetry), who competed in the Lancashire Athletics Championships recently and won the 400m hurdles.
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Dazzling technicolor performance of ‘Joseph’

On Friday 12th June, the Prep Playroom at SMH (children in years 3 and 4) performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'. Every child was involved in this fast moving, lively and humorous musical.  With strong singing and colourful dancing throughout, there were memorable performances by George N (Joseph) and William L ( Pharaoh).  The children gave a truly superb performance in a packed Centenaries Theatre, receiving a standing ovation from the audience at...
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Politics trip to Westminster

Seven Poets enjoyed the annual Politics trip to Westminster, which again surpassed expectations.  After a brief stop to see the broom cupboard hiding place of the suffragette Emily Davidson, the group made their way to the Gallery for the second Prime Minister’s Questions of the new parliament.  During a question about the EU referendum debate they saw Harriet Harman accuse David Cameron of ‘gloating’ and experienced the famous reactions of other MPs.  Several of those same MPs then...
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Chinese Language and Culture students enjoy kite flying

Kite flying is a traditional Chinese activity and sport which is very popular among Chinese people.  The history of kite making can be traced back over 2,000 years. Nowadays, the Chinese kite is not only a form of entertainment, but  also has unique artistic value. Students who take part in Chinese language and culture activities had the opportunity to appreciate some beautiful kites, collected from China. They also enjoyed kite making and painting. Finally, on a nice windy day, we were...
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SMH victories at the IAPS Regional Golf Competition

On Tuesday 9th June, Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall sent a team of five golfers to take on the rest of the North West IAPS Schools in the Regional Golf Competition at Styal Golf Course. Louis W captained the side, which comprised Luis P, Juan A, Nicolas R and Grace NB. All five players gave a brilliant account of themselves and there was some great golf played at various times. Juan’s straight and consistent driving from the tee was the main strength behind his deserved equal second place....
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Drama Workshop’s effervescent Shakers show

The Academy Room was transformed into a cocktail lounge for this year’s Drama Workshop performance at Great Academies, complete with fully working cocktail bar!  The cast of 9 Grammar pupils showed plenty of flair, stealing the evening (despite the best efforts of the REAL barman) as the audience was left both shaken AND stirred - by the bar itself and the variety of weird and wonderful customers (and no, we don’t mean the audience)! There was a real ensemble feel to the piece: no...
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