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Stonyhurst Sports Centre opens state of the art leisure facility.

On Monday 20th February Stonyhurst Sports Centre opens its doors to a new state of the art leisure facility. This new facility will be open to the general public and feature 37 fitness stations for that complete workout.  The new fitness suite operates on two floors offering a range of equipment from free weights and resistance machines for toning and muscle development, to a range of cardio equipment including cycling and rowing machines, treadmills and cross trainers. A full range of...
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Stonyhurst welcomes Sarah Teather from the Jesuit Refugee Service.

On Thursday 9th February sixth form pupils at Stonyhurst College welcomed Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).  Sarah spoke about the work the JRS are doing to help refugees all over the world that are in desperate need, and shared potential ways in which the school can get involved to help these people local to our area. She spoke about the difficulties refugees face in not only leaving their countries, but also the dangerous travelling they endure in order to get...
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African Couture makes it’s appearance at Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst pupils, inspired by the work done by the Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa, put on an African themed fashion show last week to raise money for this worthwhile organisation. On Friday 3rd February Stonyhurst pupils took to the catwalk raising £1,000 for the Goedgedacht Trust.  A rainbow of colour and Aztec patterns from Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana filled the Academy Room as pupils proudly showed off the native fashions of many South African countries. Teryima Daniel Emma –...
Alistair Shepherd

Are we safe post Brexit?

On the evening of Thursday February 8th 2017 the Senior Essay Society, in conjunction with the Politics Society and P.A.S.T, welcomed Dr Alistair Shepherd of Aberystwyth University to address a very large audience on the topic of the security implication of Brexit.  Dr Shepherd spoke extremely eloquently on the issues surrounding N.A.T.O, the United States and Russia.  He analysed all the factors linked to the imminent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.  He argued that...
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“A Celebration of Singing”

On Monday 6th February, Stonyhurst welcomed its second “Celebration of Singing Day” for Primary School Children. The children started the day rehearsing a selection of songs for the concert later under the guidance of Mr Marshall (Director of Music) and Dr Kevin Morgan (College Organist).  All the children were also introduced to the Stonyhurst Collection and were given tours of the College before heading over to St Mary’s Hall for lunch in the Refectory. The highlight of the day...
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The role of an MP in the palace of Westminister

A good friend of the College, Mr Gordon Birtwistle addressed members of the Politics Society on the evening of February 2nd.  He gave a lucid and fascinating account of his time in Parliament and explained how voting takes place and the role of the filibuster in delaying legislation. During the lengthy question and answer session, he gave advice on apprenticeships and engineering – both topics close to his heart as a fully qualified engineer and former apprenticeships ambassador. We...
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Muchas Gracias

On the 7th of February the Stonyhurst refectory could be heard buzzing with Spanish conversation as our Lower Grammarians (Year 9s) were given the opportunity to taste a traditional Spanish breakfast in our ‘Spanish Café’ with a selection of traditional treats such as ‘catalanas’ (bread rolls with tomato, olive oil and serrano ham) and Cola-Cao (Spanish chocolate drink). ‘It was such a tasty opportunity to use our vocabulary!’ Tom Fee (LG). The students have been learning about...
Homily On Corinthians

“So that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.”

“So that your faith should not depend on human philosophy but on the power of God.”  (1 Corinthians 2:5) Inscribed on the tomb of Karl Marx in London is his famous saying:  “Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways.  The point is to change it.”   He was all too aware that endless discussions and theories about how things are merely produce descriptions of our world; they do nothing to alter it. Ancient times were possibly the heyday of human thought...
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‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’ FAMILY FUN DAY

Last Saturday we held our very first space themed “Out of This World” Fun Day for 2-4 year olds.  It was based in the Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall Pre-Prep, Hodder House, and packed full of exciting activities. The children and their parents were treated to space dancing in our very own Dance Academy before choosing between launching paper rockets in the Ambulacrum (Sports Hall) or visiting the fascinating Stonyhurst Observatory.  There were also opportunities for tours of all the...
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Sodality trip to Oxford

Several members of the Stonyhurst Sodality enjoyed a trip to Oxford recently. Ostensibly, we were visiting two recent OS, Sam Burke and Toby Lees who are members of the Dominican Community at Blackfriars but we managed to fit in a good deal more during the time we were there. On arrival there was the opportunity for Confessions at Blackfriars followed by the sung Mass of Our Lady, Vespers and a brief tour where we were shown the altar where J.R.R. Tolkien served daily. After this came a...
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When in Rome

A group of History and Classics students enjoyed a wonderful trip to Rome recently. This three day trip visited several sites which complemented their A Level studies in Latin and the Catholic Reformation. Highlights included the Colosseum, the Forum, the Capitoline Museums, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Gesu and the English College.  The expert knowledge of Miss Parkinson and Mrs Graffius provided a superb historical and cultural perspective for the students who enjoyed the trip...
Jonty Warneken

Banks, Business, Brexit and Bad Elections

On Thursday January 26th the Politics Society welcomed the legendary O.S. Jonty Warneken who gave a brilliant and interesting presentation on the role of businesses, banks and economies in the light of Brexit and various recent elections.  His wide ranging review of economic statistics and data fully illustrated how the world markets are interlinked with political decision making and government policies. This was an excellent talk followed by a lively question and answer session which...
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“Happy the gentle; they shall have the earth for their heritage.”

“Happy the gentle; they shall have the earth for their heritage.”  (Matthew 5:5) By any standards Old Testament hero Samson was a tough, rough character: he dispatched 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey; escaped from a besieged city by uprooting its gates and carrying them off; ended his life by pushing over the pillars of the temple of Dagon, to bring it down on himself and all the spectators.   For Samson greatness was all about muscle. It was the 19th Century...
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A very special talk for St Mary’s Hall pupils from holocaust survivor Lady Grenfell-Baines to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Upper Elements pupils were delighted to have a very special visitor, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, to talk to them on Saturday. Lady Grenfell-Baines was one of the 669 children who escaped from Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II on one of the so-called Winton Trains (organised by Nicholas Winton). The Upper Elements children were fascinated to hear the first-hand experiences of Lady Grenfell-Baines, then aged 9, and her little sister (aged 3 and a half), not only the train...
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Fantastic Weekend for Stonyhurst Sport

Another cracking weekend for Stonyhurst Sport with the boys winning all three of their rugby matches vs Audenshaw: 1sts 34-0 U15A 50-14 U14A 38-0   The girls were exceptionally busy this weekend playing Giggleswick and Sedbergh on the same day! Netball v Gigg 1st won 44-7 2nd won 53-14 3rd won 43-4 U15 a won 30-11 U15 b won 22-3 U14 a won 18-4 U14 b lost 11-14   Netball v Sedbergh. U14 won 12-7 2nd lost 20-25 1st lost...
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Children for Children

  On Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Mr Dexter Findley to Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall, a colleague of Edmund Page OS who established the Xavier Project (supporting education for refugee children in Uganda and Kenya). Dexter came to launch a new initiative for parents. After chatting to parents over coffee, he gave a short presentation which included a video message from Edmund about “Open doors”. This invites parents and other groups through the Xavier Project...
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A breakdown of the UK’s legal system

The Politics Society welcomed Dr Matt Cole of Birmingham University on Thursday 19th January.  Dr Cole gave a comprehensive and interesting account of the role of the UK Supreme Court in British Politics.  This proved very topical with the recent EU referendum and triggering of Article 50 by the Government.  He explained, with great clarity, how the British Constitution is largely unwritten and very reliant on customs, conventions and traditions. This was an outstanding talk by an...
Matthew 4 Homily

‘The People Living In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light’

“The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light.”  (Matthew 4:16) The people in the villages, farms, small towns of Galilee were oppressed with anxieties and fears: heavy taxes imposed by the Romans; cruel bullying rulers in the form of the Herod dynasty; debt and poverty; it was a struggle merely to survive.   There was a general belief that the environment had been invaded by evil spirits, invisible but powerful, able to ruin a person’s mind, and even inflict damage on...
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