Oxbridge news

Three students at Stonyhurst College have received Oxbridge offers this term. Mary Flanagan has an unconditional offer from Trinity Hall, Cambridge to read English. David Richardson has an offer from Trinity College, Oxford to read Chemistry; Anthony Chow has an offer from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge  to read Engineering. Mary joined Stonyhurst’s prep school, St Mary’s Hall, in year 7 and has been a leading light in the school’s drama throughout her time at Stonyhurst. Anthony...

Interline results

Cross Country (senior boys) Wednesday March 21st Over 40 runners took part in this great event, undeterred by snow and ice! The course took them around the cricket flats, through Hurst Green, over the golf course and down through Stockbridge woods. The results are calculated from the average times of the first 8 runners from each line. Team Results 1st      St  Omers      (average time: 24:15) 2nd     Weld             (26:36) 3rd      Shireburn     ...

A trip to the ballet

On Sunday 18th January, 28 students travelled to the London Coliseum to see the English National Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. It was an enchanting and magical production, and our dance pupils were able to appreciate the traditional choreography of Deane, Petipa, Ivanov and Ashton. This particular performance was very special as it marked the final performance of principal dancer Elena Glurdjidze before her retirement; she was duly inundated with overwhelming applause and an...
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Spanish Film Conference at Lancaster University

On 9th January a group of A2 Spanish students attended a film conference at Lancaster University organised by the ‘routes into languages’ group which promotes language learning. As part of the A2 Spanish course students are completing a critical study of the film Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Mexican film director, Guillermo del Toro. The conference was designed to help students to understand cinematographic techniques and use correct terminology in Spanish to analyse the film. The...
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A fashion show with a difference

A fashion show with a difference took place in the Academy Room on Saturday January 17th, organised by Holly Mitchell and Isabelle Coulston (both in Rhetoric). Holly, who wants to study Design, and Isabelle, who is interested in Marketing, chose to stage the event for their Extended Project Qualification. The fashion show was attended by over 70 Higher Line pupils and involved many more. Holly and Isabelle had wanted the show to have a relaxed, party atmosphere which also involved the talents...
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A visit from the Queen’s Own Yeomanry

Stonyhurst’s CCF Senior Company got the chance to see a RWMIK (Revised Weapons Mounted Installation Kit) this week, courtesy of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry squadron from Wigan. The RWMIK is a lightly-armoured, highly-mobile fire support and force protection Land Rover. Its maneuverability, firepower and relatively low profile make it suitable for a range of roles including reconnaissance, convoy escort and fire support.   Photograph: Senior Company with Capt Tim Miller (left) and...
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Elements’ fairy tale performance

Elements Playroom (years 5 and 6) at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall gave two performances of the pantomime 'Rumpled Beauty'. The story focused on the poor orphan Rumpled Beauty who was sent to live with her mean (and not very good looking!) cousins who treated her very badly by forcing her to do hours of housework and sleep on a kitchen floor. Many popular fairy tale characters, including Dan Deeney, a grumpy king and a genie in a milk bottle, assisted Rumpled Beauty to live happily ever...

Easter Term at Stonyhurst

The Easter Term began today at Stonyhurst with the opening Mass of term in St Peter's Church. Notable dates: Syntax Parents' Weekend: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th January 16+ Music Scholarships: Saturday February 7th St Omers Martyrs Mass (St Peter's Church): Friday February 13th, 15.00 Poetry Banquet: Friday February 13th Half Term: Saturday February 14th-Sunday 22nd February Interline Music Competition: Wednesday 4th March Poetry Parents' Weekend: Saturday 14th and...
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Welcome back to SMH!

The Easter Term started today at Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall. Notable dates: 11+/13+ Academic and St Francis Xavier Scholarship Examinations: Saturday January 17th Music Solo Showcase: Friday February 6th, 18.15 11+/13+ Music Scholarships: Saturday February 7th St Omers Martyrs Mass (St Peter's Church): Friday February 13th, 15.00 Half Term: Saturday February 14th-Sunday 22nd February Interline Music Competition: Wednesday 4th March, 17.00 Open Doors: Saturday March...
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SMH Christmas celebrations

The last weekend of term was an extremely busy time at SMH. It began with the Hodder House nativity play - 'Census Sums' - on Friday afternoon, and was immediately followed by the Christmas Concert; the junior and senior string groups, brass ensemble, wind band and soloists performed a wide range of music  including arrangements of Christmas carols. On Saturday morning, Elements took to the stage to perform their pantomime - Rumpled Beauty. It was then time for the Christmas Fair, which...
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Fantastic new Outdoor Pursuits Programme

Pupils have been busy this term enjoying a varied program of Outdoor Activities and as part of an exciting new initiative, pupils have experienced the following: Sailing in both single and double craft at a local reservoir with the option to take the RYA level 1 Sailing test in the summer term. Climbing at a number of different local venues, with a view to use this new skill as part of their CAS program. Canoe and kayak taster sessions have been run at Hothersall Lodge Outdoor...

A great fundraiser from SCHT and Carvella

On Tuesday the 9th of December, the amazing Leeds based four piece band Carvella, along with the Stonyhurst College Holiday Trust (SCHT) and the Lights and Sound Department, put on a fantastic concert to raise money for the SCHT Holiday week. The evening’s entertainment included some very impressive guest-spots from Mr Mann as well as Gabriel Strain making his guitar sing in a classic rendition of “We don't need no education!” This great evening’s entertainment also provided a time...
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Latest Sports’ Results

Saturday December 6th   2014 Cross-country Invitation Race Competing schools: Ampleforth, Giggleswick, Sedbergh, St Anselm’s, Stonyhurst   Senior Boys Result:   1: St Anselm’s 2: Stonyhurst 3: Sedbergh   Rugby  U16 vs St Peter's York Lost 19 - 0  

Rhetoric Fair charity fundraising success

Rhetoric Students organised a fantastic and hugely successful Rhetoric Fair on Campion Day, collecting more than £4000 for charities including Learning to Care (LTC), Maachild and Asthma UK.  The organisational challenges of co-ordinating such a large event were met with imagination, good humour and a willingness to compromise and work together.  We are immensely proud both of the students who arranged the Fair and worked so hard to make it enjoyable and successful; and also those who took...
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Oh What a Lovely War!

This year’s major production at Stonyhurst was Oh What a Lovely War, a theatrical chronicle of the horrors of the First World War told through songs and documents of the period. It was directed by Head of Drama, Miss Laura Dixon, in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War. This was one of the most ambitious productions undertaken at Stonyhurst in recent years, challenging the cast to the utmost. The play required them to balance irony and satire with music-hall...
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The Hodder House Nativity Play

The children of Hodder House performed their delightful 'Census Sums' nativity play on Friday 5th December in the Centenaries Theatre. All of the children in Hodder House took to the stage to sing, dance and act out the story of the first Christmas. From the youngest sheep to the older members of PP2, all were amazing; Mrs Gibson was very proud of everybody!

Campion Day

Stonyhurst College was delighted to welcome the Archbishop of Baltimore, Willam E Lori, to celebrate Campion Day Mass on December 3rd.  The Diocese of Baltimore, in Maryland, was the first Catholic diocese in the United States of America, and was founded by Stonyhurst OS John Carroll, who became the first Bishop of Baltimore in 1789.  He was the brother of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, himself an alumni of the Jesuit school founded...

A new common room for Higher Line

The new Higher Line (sixth form) Common Room was officially declared ‘open’ this week. Occupying the site of the former dining room, this new common room has refreshment and relaxation facilities, computers and discussion area, and provides a space for large groups to gather. Mr Johnson, the Headmaster, said: “I am delighted we have now opened this wonderful new facility for our Higher Line pupils, which meets the needs so well of the increasing number of sixth form pupils we have at...
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