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Live the American Dream

We were delighted to welcome Beatty Smith (OS15) back to Stonyhurst College on Friday 6th January to talk about her decision to go to university in America.   Beatty shared her experience of the American university application process, offering invaluable advice to the pupils who are considering studying abroad. Beatty attends Notre Dame University, Indiana, and is currently in her second year majoring in Film Studies. Notre Dame is a leading Catholic university in America and the...
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Campion Day

Campion Day 1st December 2016 - Campion Day has always been an important Feast Day in the Stonyhurst calendar, where the whole school comes together to celebrate the life of Edmund Campion.  It provides an opportunity for the school to pause and grow in knowledge and understanding of this great Martyr.  This year on 1st December, its celebration became a retreat day for the whole College, including pupils from Figures and Rudiments at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. Edmund Campion is a...
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The gift of giving at Christmas

Last term Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall welcomed CAFOD Volunteer, Steve Burrows, to the school. Steve led an interactive assembly for the children on the theme of Harvest, during which they learned about Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, and in particular the Altiplano region where more than half of the population live below the poverty line and depend on farming to make a living. The children learned about the difficulties of farming in a harsh environment and how Cafod successfully...
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25 Years Service Evening

On the evening of Wednesday 30th November, Stonyhurst recognised 37 committed employees who have served the College for 25 years of more. The pastoral deputy Mr Patrick McBeth provided the accompanying music whilst members of the Senior Management Team served an array of drinks and canapés. These extremely dedicated and supportive representatives from the teaching and non-teaching staff hold some impressive records, there is 1086 years of service between them, some have seen the school...
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1st Sunday of Advent Homily

“Therefore, you too must stand ready.”    (Matthew 24:44)               1st Advent 27/11/2016 There has been some publicity lately about unmarried mothers of 50 or more years ago.  At that time to have a child out of wedlock was seen as a great disgrace, so the mothers, often young teenage girls, were pushed into handing over their child for adoption; after this the girl would live on as if she had never had a child.   At the time this seemed to be a solution, but it...
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Graham & Brown Business Trip

On Thursday 24th November, there was a Higher Line Business trip to the UK's leading wallpaper designer and manufacturer, Graham & Brown.  The trip relates to a module within their A-Level studies which looks at ‘The use of decision making to improve marketing performance’, in particular, how developments in technology are affecting marketing decision making and activities.  It was a fantastic insight into a multi-million pound turnover business.  They went on to show the pupils the...
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The Winslow Boy

On Wednesday 23rd November, the Stonyhurst Archivist, Mr David Knight, gave a fully illustrated lecture to the Senior Essay Society, to which members of P.A.S.T. were also invited, about the former Stonyhurst pupil George Archer-Shee. He was expelled from the Royal Naval College on the Isle of Wight accused of theft and forgery. His father, a bank employee, decided to fight the decision. This relatively trivial affair mushroomed into a protracted national media sensation and a trial at the Old...
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Sporting results week ending 3rd December 16

End of week Sports Results 3rd December 2016 Rugby V Giggleswick 1st Team            W 33-5 2nd Team           W 31-17 U15 A’s            W 38-0 U14A’s             W 21-10   Hockey 1st Team           D 3-3 2nd Team           W1-0
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The influence of pressure groups & political parties in British Politics.

  Dr Mark Garnett of Lancaster University rounded off this term's Politics Society talks with an engaging and entertaining presentation on the role of political parties and pressure groups in British politics.  He covered a huge amount of detailed academic study in a short period of time and helped enlighten the audience on what makes political parties and pressure groups successful or otherwise!  After the talk there followed a lively and wide ranging question and answer session. ...
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The Stonyhurst Lip sync battle begins!

For the first ever Stonyhurst Interline Lip Sync Battle we had a spectacular line up of judges; Mr Patrick McBeth, Mrs. Leonie Heaven, Mrs. Rebecca Jackson and Mr. Tim Hanley (aka Simon Cowell.) Keeping track of all the music was Ben Reynolds and the MC for the event was Ms Lynch. The event kicked off with Daniel Waya lip syncing to a rap song he had written himself! We saw a bit less light between Clara and Cord than Mr. Hanley would have liked! On the whole the first ever Interline...
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Back with a Bang

SMH pupils returned to school on Wednesday 2nd November with a busy yet exciting week ahead.  As the school term began, the cold weather set in, which coincided nicely with bonfire night. All the boarders were able to experience a thrilling fireworks display and also took in other firework displays across the Ribble Valley later in the evening from their rooms. For many pupils, this was their first time experiencing bonfire night in the UK so this was a treat for them as the working week came...
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Mark Thompson OS and current CEO of the New York Times talks about his time at Stonyhurst

In the latest issue of the ‘Live Ribble Valley’, the exclusive interview was with our very own Mark Thompson OS. As well as being an OS, Mark Thompson is known as the former Director-General of the BBC and current CEO of the New York Times. Whilst his Manhattan lifestyle might seem worlds away from the rural idyll that is Stonyhurst College, Mr Thompson reflected on the life-lasting impression Stonyhurst has had on him.  Of course, Mr Thompson remarked on the majesty of the place,...
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Hop on over to the Annual OS Lunch at Preston Grasshoppers RFC

The 4th Annual OS lunch at the Preston Grasshoppers RFC will take place on Saturday 28th January 2017.  The match is scheduled to be played on the new artificial grass pitch currently being installed by the RFU and promises to be a great game following Hoppers’s narrow defeat 20-18 over in Yorkshire earlier in the season.  As in the past, the lunch is totally informal and open to partners, friends and family.  The only change this year that other Jesuit Alumni organisations have been...
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Dr Mike Simpson and the US Supreme Court

The Stonyhurst Politics Society welcomed Dr Mike Simpson on the evening of Thursday 7th November. Dr Simpson gave a fascinating presentation on the role of the Supreme Court in American Politics. He also answered questions on the recent election of the highly controversial Donald Trump and explained how nominations for the Supreme Court could change future legislation in the U.S., especially now as it is heavily dominated by the Republicans. We are most grateful to Dr Simpson for...
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Robert Brinkley C.M.G. OS and his memories of the Cold War

This week we were delighted to welcome Robert Brinkley OS with a talk entitled, ‘Memories of the Cold War’.  Robert worked as a British Diplomat for 34 years and served as British Ambassador to the Ukraine from 2002-2006 and High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2006-2009.  He has had three sons educated at the College: Andrew, Francis, and Mark.  His wife Mary is a former Stonyhurst Governor and he himself will be the next President of the Stonyhurst Association. In an engaging...
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Upcoming Events in Advent

We have a number of events arranged for the season of Advent that will help us in the lead up to Christmas. On Friday 25th November, we have the Schola Cantorum Advent Procession.  This candle-lit service of Advent music will be led by Schola and will begin in the Sodality Chapel at 7:30pm, and will move through the Top Refectory to the College Chapel.  If you wish to attend, please come to reception from where you will be guided to the Sodality Chapel. Then on Thursday 1st December,...
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Stonyhurst lights up its facade in support of Red Wednesday

Today Wednesday 23rd November, Aid to the Church in Need is launching 'Red Wednesday'. This day will honour those killed in acts of religious hatred and will be an expression of solidarity with millions of people around the globe who are targeted for their beliefs and live in fear. Red Wednesday will bring together people of different faith communities in the UK in a positive and united vision of religious belief which upholds the right of the individual to follow their faith and their...

Stonyhurst brings to you Guys and Dolls

On Friday 2nd and Saturday the 3rd December Stonyhurst brings to you a spectacular performance filled with well known tunes and dance routines from the stage production Guys and Dolls.  Tickets are free but going fast so to reserve your place please contact reception on 01254 826345 NOW !
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