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World War One commemoration

On 5th September a Commemoration Service was held at St Symphorien military cemetery, to honour those who died at the Battle of Mons, the opening engagement of 1914. Lieutenant Maurice Dease, who was educated at Stonyhurst, was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the First World War for his extreme bravery. He is buried at St Symphorien. Stonyhurst was represented at the service by Junior Under Officer Kate Bell (Rhetoric), who laid wreaths on behalf of Stonyhurst at the Cross of...
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‘War Horse’ workshop

Drama and Theatre Studies students experienced the power of puppetry in a theatre workshop with OS actor Martin Wenner. Grammar, Syntax, Poetry and Rhetoric students worked together in the Academy Room to create their own horses through puppetry, inspired by the National Theatre's touring production of 'War Horse'. The challenge of making the 'horses' come to life through the use of balloons as heads and sticks as legs was relished by all. All Drama students were able to experience the skills...
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Evacuee Experience

All of Elements playroom (years 5 and 6) went to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury to participate in The Evacuee Experience. They were accompanied by their class teachers, who all wore elegant 1940s clothes for the day. This was an excellent start to Elements' topic for the first half of term, which involves finding out what life was like for a child who lived through World War II. The children were greeted by a billeting officer and enjoyed a wide range of hands-on activities during the...
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British Council Accreditation for Stonyhurst Summer School

Stonyhurst Language School is very proud to announce that following an inspection of our Language School this summer under the quality and assurance scheme for the UK ELT sector, we have received accreditation from the British Council. Our Language School is proving very successful with international students wishing to visit Stonyhurst for a short residential summer English course.  Many of our students return for following years and recommend the courses to friends and relatives.  Not...
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A personal experience of Afghanistan

Dominic Medley OBE (OS) spoke about his experience as a journalist and media adviser in Afghanistan. The talk was the first of the P.A.S.T/Senior Essay Society talks of this term and a large audience was rewarded with a talk which fizzed with stories and ideas given by a gifted and insightful speaker. Virtually all aspects of the recent and not so recent history of Afghanistan were covered, from the problems experienced by the British Army in the nineteenth century through to Soviet occupation...

A trip to China

Over the summer, four members of Higher Line travelled to China for two and a half weeks, to teach English, stay with families and learn about the Chinese culture. Emilia, Will and Alice give their accounts here of their experience. They were accompanied by Mr McGarvey, who said: “Anyone taking part in a similar trip in future years will really need to at least match the wonderful attitude showed by Emilia, Will, Alice and Giles. They shone very brightly, in true Stonyhurst...

Boarders take a trip to Bolton Abbey

On the first Sunday afternoon of term, students in Lower Line at Stonyhurst (years 9 to 11) enjoyed a trip to Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales. New and returning boarders enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other, in beautiful autumn sunshine beside the River Wharfe (which everyone managed to cross by stepping-stones, without falling in!). Boarders in Poetry (year 12) stayed in the Ribble Valley and rambled along the River Hodder.
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Welcome back

The new academic year is well underway at Stonyhurst. It began this week with a leadership retreat for the Committee (senior prefects) at Whalley Abbey, induction programmes for new pupils, Ascensio Scholarum and the opening Mass of the term in St Peter’s Church. There are now 488 pupils in the College which is the highest number in a generation. 140 new pupils have come to Stonyhurst this week – an increase of a third from last year.
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Maurice Dease VC, killed at the Battle of Mons on August 23rd 1914

Lieutenant Maurice Dease was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the First World War, for his extreme bravery shown in the opening engagement of 1914 at the Battle of Mons. Dease was educated at Stonyhurst College. A young Irish Catholic from Co Westmeath, he boarded at the school for five years. He is buried at St Symphorien military cemetery, near Mons, where the Prime Minister David Cameron, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and other dignitaries commemorated the 100th...

Excellent GCSE Results

Stonyhurst pupils are celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. Overall, 47% of the papers sat were graded A* or A, with well over half of the papers in English, Maths, Geography and German achieving top A*/A grades. 10% of all pupils achieved straight A*/A. Headmaster, Mr Andrew Johnson, said: “I am delighted that, once again, our students have done very well indeed in their GCSE exams. My warmest congratulations go to all our pupils who have got such good results, and also to their...

A level results

Almost one third of the A level entries at Stonyhurst have been awarded the top A* or A grades this year, well above the national average of 26%. Five students have achieved at least two A* grades in their results and 10% have achieved 3 A grades or better. Over half of all A level entrants at Stonyhurst took Economics, with 77% of entries scoring A*, A or B. In Biology the same proportion of entries, 77%, also scored A*, A or B while in German 88% of papers achieved A*, A or B and in both...

ITV Interview with Paul Garlington at Stonyhurst

ITV Presenter Paul Crone was at Stonyhurst earlier this evening for a live interview with history teacher Paul Garlington about the role Stonyhurst Officers played in WW1.  The interview, part of a series commemorating the region's contribution to the war effort in WW1, focused on the Officer Classes and took place in the Top Ref after an introduction outside the building.  Paul discussed a variety of items from our extensive collections, including a copy of the Stonyhurst War Record,...
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Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge 2014

We were blessed with the most perfect sunny weather for the coast to coast challenge – perhaps even a little too hot at times! After an overnight under canvas at Tanglewood campsite Silloth, and a swim in the Solway Firth, students and staff left on Tuesday morning and cycled 46 miles on day one, following the route of our Roman heritage and Hadrian ’s Wall. We enjoyed the Cumbrian country side and cycled to Dandy Dinmont camp, north of Carlisle.  A good night's sleep refreshed achy legs...
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2014 Reception in Zambia

The Second Master, Mr Matthew Mostyn, together with the Director of Admissions, Mrs Ruth Hughes and St Mary's Hall Boarding Houseparent, Mr Mark Hughes, OS, have just returned from Lusaka, Zambia, where they met with alumni, prospective parents, current and former parents and friends of Stonyhurst. An evening Reception was held on Saturday 6th July at The Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka, where Mr Mostyn gave an entertaining and informative presentation on life at Stonyhurst, much enjoyed...

‘Best Contingent’ award for Stonyhurst CCF

Almost 40 cadets attended the CCF camp at Nesscliffe near Shrewsbury in the first week of July. They took part in a number of rewarding and enjoyable activities and excelled in a number of competitions: Long Range Silver - Louis Cuddy Short Range Gold - Christian Butschock - Brain Short Range Bronze - Tom Wroblewski Gun Run - Gold (Winners) Observation Stand - Gold and Bronze Tug of War - Gold (Winners) Every one of the cadets received a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal for the...
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OS Reception held in Malta

The Headmaster, Mr Andrew Johnson, and the Development Director, Mrs Rachel Hindle, recently visited Malta in order to meet with alumni, prospective parents, current and former parents and friends of Stonyhurst. Mr Peter Anwyl, a former Headmaster of the prep school, St Mary’s Hall, accompanied them. The 4-day visit was very successful indeed. The Headmaster and Rachel were delighted to meet with the Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat, and to discuss education policy with him. The Headmaster...

Schola Cantorum in Rome

Stonyhurst's Schola Cantorum has just returned from a very special tour to Rome, where they gave concerts in several splendid churches. Their concert in the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva was attended by Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, who was highly impressed by the choir's polished and musical performance. Schola also sang in the richly decorated Church of Saint Ignazio, whose generous, spacious and resonant acoustic beautifully enhanced their programme of...
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Gold Award presentation at St James’ Palace

Six former Stonyhurst pupils were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award certificates in St James Palace on Monday 23rd June. The presentation was made by Ade Adepitan, a British TV presenter and accomplished Olympic wheelchair basketball player who was a very entertaining speaker. Prince Edward chatted to the various groups before the presentation took place in the room where William and Kate announced their engagement. Natalya Filvarova, Nick Leigh, Lotte Morris, Joe Bentley,...
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