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HRH The Princess Royal visits Stonyhurst

On the 24th September Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Stonyhurst College in her capacity as Patron of the Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods Project. The Princess Royal planted a tree at Stonyhurst alongside the 301 oak saplings planted by the Stonyhurst College Combined Cadet Force. Each tree represents a serviceman who died in the First World War and other conflicts. 283 of those commemorated had attended Stonyhurst College, and 18 were from the nearby village of...
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Stonyhurst Christmas Cards

Stonyhurst Chistmas cards are now on sale, to raise funds for our Stonyhurst Children’s Holiday Week. There are 2 packs available, each with ten cards of the same image: Pack One Stonyhurst in the snow Pack Two Sodality Chapel Stained Glass Window (Design not shown above.)  There are various methods for ordering and delivery: From Reception:  Cards can be bought directly from Reception with payment by cash or cheque (made payable to S.C.H.T.) By post:  Please print...
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Cumbrian Field Trip

A level Geography students undertook their annual, 2 day field trip to south Cumbria this month. Conditions were perfect for their research, which is part of the Geographical Skills unit. Day 1 was based on the sand dunes at Sandscale Haws, where pupils investigated succession on the dunes. They collected a large amount of primary data which will be used for their report. Back in the classroom, the pupils started looking at their results in preparation for their data presentation. They also...
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“Ignite” 2014

The “Ignite” conference on the 5-7th October brought together twenty-four year 6 children from the six Jesuit schools in the U.K. St Mary’s Hall (SMH) and St Joseph’s, Hurst Green co-hosted the event at Stonyhurst. We welcomed St Aloysius, Glasgow, St John’s Beaumont, Windsor, Barlborough Hall near Sheffield and Donhead, Wimbledon. “Ignite” is drawn from the words of St Ignatius who challenges us to “Go Forth and set the world on fire”- in other words, to make a...
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Strictly hilarious…

Stonyhurst’s second Interline Choreography Competition took place in the Academy Room on October 8th. Dance teacher Anna Southward said: “We witnessed a wonderful mix of creations and it was really fantastic to see how dance and non-dance students alike embraced this opportunity to get up on stage to entertain their friends.” Entries included classical ballet performances, a boys’ rendition of Beyonce's Single Ladies, breakdancing to La Macarena and a rugby players’ interpretation of...
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Selection for NW netball academy

Olivia Laking (Rhetoric) has been selected to play for the NW regional netball academy. She will also be training with the superleague team, Manchester Thunder. Olivia is the only player in the regional academy to have been selected from a school team, rather than from a club or county squad. This is highly unusual and makes her selection even more of an achievement. Olivia has been playing netball at Stonyhurst for 7 years and we are very proud of our ‘homegrown’ talent! Olivia has made...
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Stonyhurst remembers

On Sunday October 12th Stonyhurst remembered those who died in The Great War. Pupils, staff, parents, alumni and local dignitaries attended the day, which began with Mass in St Peter’s Church. The Chief Celebrant was Fr Roger Dawson SJ, who has served in the army and is chaplain for Help for Heroes. In his homily he spoke of those who had answered the call of duty, showing valour and selflessness, and of the responsibility of us all to avoid conflict and show compassion and leadership in...
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Sports’ results

Saturday October 11th Hockey v Bradford GS U15 won 11-0 U14 won 4-0 Rugby v Lancaster RGS 1sts won 36-12 2nds lost 26-19 U14 lost 62-0 U16A lost 10-5 U15A won 26-5 U15B lost 50-0 Wednesday October 8th U18 National Schools -  finished 4th Hockey 2nd v Stockport GS lost 9-0      
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CCF Leaders

Stonyhurst's eight CCF Junior Under Officers have all undertaken the Army Cadet Force’s Leadership Course this year. They were all successful in gaining their certificates and badges at the end. Held each summer at the Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park, the Cadet Leadership Course  is  renowned for being a week of arduous physical and mental challenges, designed to develop cadets’ initiative and self-reliance through practical leadership. All cadets participating from the CCF have...
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Meg plays for Manchester

Meg Murphy (Lower Grammar) has been selected to play in one of Manchester's two 7-a-side squads. These squads play competitive fixtures in Leeds and Durham. This is a tremendous achievement and is the next step up from county hockey, for which Meg trains with England coaches. Over the summer Meg trained with England Hockey coaches at the U15 Junior Regional Performance Centre based in Manchester. This was followed by Meg's selection for the Manchester squad, made after two competition days...
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An introduction to canoeing

A group of pupils from Lower Grammar to Poetry participated in a UKCC Level 1 Canoe Kayak Course at the weekend.  They were given an introduction to the sport and 4 hours' coaching at Hothershall Lodge in Longridge.  Activities ranged from learning basic paddling strokes and how to avoid capsizing, to “Gunnel bobbing” and “kayak running”.  An enormous amount of fun was had by pupils, teachers and coaches alike and everyone enjoyed learning these new skills.
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Successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Expedition

43 Syntaxians and 2 Poets enjoyed extraordinary weather for the end of September (23 degrees in Ingleton!) as they walked a 30 mile route through the Yorkshire Dales. Team 4 perched on top of the wind shelter at the top of Ingleborough (over 2000ft up) and gave a stirring rendition of Domine Salvam Fac, to the bemusement of various nearby hikers. As they moved on to the Pater Noster, an elderly gentleman enjoying his lunch at the top of the mountain said to Mrs Shelley, "You must be very proud...
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St Mary’s Hall Cross Country challenge

After a very wet morning, the sunshine came out to bless this year’s Interline Cross Country competition. All children in Prep to Rudiments (years 3 to 8)  took part in races around the wonderful Stonyhurst campus, including the SMH field and College Flats. Prep’s race was over a distance of 1800m - a real challenge for them which was met head on by Jim C, Oliver B and Hugo C for the boys, and India N, Nancy B and Phoebe Q for the girls, who all came 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The...
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Stonyhurst footballers selected to represent ISFA

The Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) football trials for regional representation took place recently.  It was a highly successful outing for Stonyhurst AFC as, for the first time, two Stonyhurst footballers have been selected to represent ISFA (North) in forthcoming county matches.  The players are:  Carlos Canada-Baque and Sebastian Stagnetto.  Many congratulations to both of them and we wish them the best of luck in the...
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An Audience with Tom O’Connor

Parents enjoyed a wonderful evening when they  attended our “Audience with Tom O’Connor” dinner at Northcote Manor in September. A drinks and canapé reception was followed by a delicious three course dinner by the wonderful chefs at Northcote.  Tom was completely absorbing and extremely entertaining - the whole room laughed continuously for over an hour and a half at his stories and jokes!  A small raffle was held for a gift basket kindly donated by Northcote and Ribby Hall Spa...
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Field to store adventure

As part of our work about food, PP1 and PP2 went on an exciting Field to Store adventure. We met Farmer Peter on his farm near Hesketh Bank and saw some of the amazing produce he grows and the machinery he uses.  We then went out into the field and saw cauliflowers  being cut and were able to choose our own to take home! Our next stop was the potato field where Farmer Peter let the children dig for their own potatoes – we had lots of fun here! PP1 also visited Gazegill Organic Farm,...
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Stonyhurst visit to Madrid

Stonyhurst Visit to Madrid 21st – 23rd November 2014 We are pleased to announce that Headmaster’s Delegate Mr Larry Crouch (former Headmaster of St Mary’s Hall), the Development Director Mrs Rachel Hindle, and Director of Admissions Mrs Ruth Hughes will be visiting Madrid in November 2014. During their visit, they will meet prospective parents, current parents, OS and friends of Stonyhurst. We would be delighted if you would like to attend our evening reception on 22nd November 2014....
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Stonyhurst is awarded ‘Artsmark-Gold’ Status

“Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision” (Trinity College London) Over the past 12 months the arts provision and academic culture of Stonyhurst has been audited to assess the depth, breadth and quality of its existing programme in: Dance, Drama, Music, Art and the whole holistic approach to creativity and education in all areas. It is with great pleasure that...
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William Magowan Memorial Run at SMH

Sunshine and smiles combined to highlight the bright yellow of the shirts worn in memory of William Magowan at the Memorial run held today at St Mary's Hall.  "The whole community of SMH and the College came together," said Jacqueline Hines, Rudiments' Playroom leader, as family, friends and former pupils and staff members of St Mary's Hall gathered for what proved to be a very special day, celebrating William's life.  Runners and walkers were sponsored in order to collect donations...
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