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The role of the Civil Service in British Politics

Stonyhurst AS Politics students welcomed Professor Jon Tonge of Liverpool University to the College on Wednesday 23rd April. Professor Tonge delivered an excellent seminar and workshop on the role of the Civil Service in British Politics.  Professor Tonge is in great demand by the local media because of his wide political expertise. He has appeared on television and radio and is currently extremely busy in the run up to the General Election.  In addition to his lecture on the Civil...
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Theatre Review: Abigail’s Party

  The Academy Room, Stonyhurst College As part of the A level in Theatre Studies, pupils are asked to perform a piece of scripted theatre following in the footsteps of many who have gone before them. The course does require one additional caveat however, that students adhere to the methods of a particular practitioner when preparing, rehearsing and performing the piece. As Abigail’s Party is a Naturalistic piece of theatre, who else to follow, than the master himself – Constantin...
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Regional netball selection for Hannah

Hannah C (Ruds/year 8) has been selected to play netball for the region! Hannah will represent the North West and will play against teams from Northumbria and Yorkshire in the annual Junior Festival, held at Sheffield in May. Hannah was put forward for selection by her Lancashire Netball coaches. The selection process consisted of a number of intense games over a two hour period, with girls from across the region’s county academies, including Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside...
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An evening of Shakespeare at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall

All pupils in Rudiments (year 8) at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall played a part in two Shakespeare productions at the end of the Spring term. The first play of the evening was Macbeth; set in an army base, it focused on Macbeth's crazed ambition, driven by Lady Macbeth. The carnage and consequent civil war swiftly took the central characters into the realms of arrogance, madness and death. The second play of the evening was Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies, centred on...

Poets prepare to make university decisions

All students in Poetry (year 12) enjoyed a visit to Manchester for the North West UCAS Convention. They spoke to Admissions tutors, and attended seminars on university course choices, student finance and gap years. Students collected university prospectuses to further their research into universities and courses they might apply for. On 17th March a group of 24 Poets attended the Annual Oxbridge Conference at Haydock Park, Newton Le Willows. This gave the Poets a wonderful opportunity to...
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Music at Stonyhurst

Spring Concert A large audience of parents, staff and friends enjoyed a wonderful Spring Concert on Friday March 20th. There were some exceptionally talented performers and impressive ensembles, demonstrating the high level of commitment and sheer enthusiasm of Stonyhurst’s musicians and their teachers, led by the Director of Music, Mr Greg Mann. Several performers had won Cups in the recent Interline Music Competition and it was good to enjoy an encore from them:  Acer Tan played...
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Sports Results

Saturday March 21st Stonyhurst Invitation Netball and Hockey Tournament U14 netball team - winners U18 1st team netball team - runners up U18 2nd team - 4th place U16 hockey team - 4th place   U18 1st netball team -  runners up in the FE Breast Cancer Tournament Wednesday March 25th Football Stonyhurst 1st XI v St Mary's College, Liverpool     WON    5-1  

The Bath Convivium

Around 60  guests attended our Bath Convivium held at the Guildhall on Thursday 26th March.  The evening began with a welcome from the Headmaster and a drinks and canapé reception, followed by a talk from our Curator, Jan Graffius, on ‘Shakespeare among the Jesuits: St Omers Drama and the First Folio'.  

Arts Award success

Arts Award inspires young people to develop their arts and leadership talents; it is  a qualification  which is managed and accredited by Trinity College  London, on behalf of Arts Council England (ACE). Congratulations go to our successful Arts Award students who achieved their awards last week: Bronze: Beatrice Booth, Ana Wheeler, Eleanor Charles, Ines Gaglione, Celina Guzkowska, Dasha Kokolova, Mary McCullough, Hope Turner, Maria Golden and Kamsi Nkwokedi. Silver: Lucus...
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Wellies and Tutus riverside walk

On Sunday 22nd March - a glorious Spring day - children, teachers, parents and dogs walked the Tolkien trail in tutus and wellies to raise money for the Stonyhurst Children's Holiday Trust (SCHT) and Dance Development. Dance teacher Miss Anna Southward said: "What a wonderful opportunity it was to walk together and share happy conversations, tripping along beside the River Hodder, through fields of sheep and cows. A truly delightful day which inspired us to start thinking of all the...

The role of an MP

The Poetry AS level Politics students were delighted to welcome Mr Gordon Birtwistle MP to Stonyhurst to discuss his role as a Member of Parliament. Mr Birtwistle spoke about his work both in the House of Commons and also in his Burnley Constituency. He answered questions from students on a wide range of political issues including the Coalition Government, the role of the Media in Politics, Constitutional Reform and the forthcoming General Election.    
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SMH’s purple day for Jesuit Missions

SMH held a purple non-uniform day as a Lenten fund-raising activity for Jesuit Missions. Everyone paid £1 to wear a splash of purple and the money will go towards a Jesuit education programme in Zimbabwe. The SMH Connections Group has been hard at work at their activity session to produce a scrapbook all about life at St Mary’s Hall. This was presented to Samantha Aido from Jesuit Missions, so that she can take to St Paul’s Musami – SMH’s companion school in Zimbabwe. Education...
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Girls’ marathon effort on Stonyhurst’s Avenue

Twenty one Grammar girls (year 10) and their games’ teachers ran 104 miles up and down the Avenue on Saturday March 14th, raising almost £700 for  'Hospice at Home'. In 4 teams, they all ran 4 marathons collectively,  running  52.5 laps each. There was a great atmosphere of teamwork and fun as the girls ran the length of the Avenue (which is further than it looks!), dodging the odd Canada goose and stray rugby player.  
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Eclipse viewing at Stonyhurst

Pupils from Hodder House to Rhetoric enjoyed viewing the 88% partial eclipse of the sun at the historic observatory at Stonyhurst College.  They viewed the rare phenomenon, whereby a full moon at the correct distance from earth obscures the sun, using eclipse glasses.  A telescope was used to project the image of the eclipse onto a white board to clearly show the crescent of an obscured sun, which reached its maximum at 9:38.  
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The Bath Cup

Eight members of the College swimming team -  Vincent Ng , Edward Scott , Chris Magowan, Frederic Sonak, Messalina Morley , Ludavica Di Curzio , Lusia Roggenkamper , Molly Mcmanamon - attended the Bath Cup and Otter medley in London, competing against 130 independent schools. The boys swam in the 400m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay and the girls swam in the 200m medley relay. At the time of writing the final position is yet to be...

Stonyhurst engineers win Lancaster University’s ‘rocket challenge’!

Lancaster University’s STEM Schools Challenge 2015 Twelve Grammarians travelled to Lancaster University to compete in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Challenge on Wednesday March 18th. They competed in four challenges in teams of three. Stonyhurst came 1st in the Engineering -  ‘Rocket’ - challenge, with the three engineers Alex Meinhardt, Kwangu Simeza, and Benedict Franke propelling their rocket 95m! In the technology challenge – ‘Project your message:...
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Stonyhurst wins the Sevens Tournament

Stonyhurst has won the senior competition in the Stonyhurst Sevens tournament, defeating King's Macclesfield 22-14 U18 plate winners: Giggleswick U16 Cup winners: Oratory U11s Cup winners: Coed Glas U11s plate winners: Altrincham Prep
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Stonyhurst wins National RoboCup Final!

Rhetoric’s robotics veterans  Anthony Chow, William Donlon and George Ainscough have won the National RoboCup Competition for the fifth consecutive year, ending their Stonyhurst robotics career on a high! In 2011 they travelled to Istanbul for the international final and they are hoping to be able to raise enough money to go to China in July for RoboCup 2015. With A levels looming, however, time for fund-raising is short. All three have got offers from universities to study related...
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