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A level Biologists and Geographers study sand dunes

This year, Rhetoric Geographers joined with Rhetoric Biologists for a two-day field trip at Castlehead and Sandscale Haws. We arrived at Castlehead Field Study Centre and started our sand dune investigation straight away. After our introductory lesson we went out to Sandscale Haws on the Cumbrian coast to undertake a study of succession on a sand dune. We looked at various factors including plant types, soil pH and moisture, wind temperature and infiltration rates. It was a glorious sunny...
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Meg and Corentin to play in England Hockey’s Futures Cup

Two of Stonyhurst’s hockey players, Meg Murphy (Grammar) and Corentin Schifflers (Poetry), have been selected by England Hockey to play in the 2015 Futures Cup squads and High Performance Assessment Camps. Their squads are called the Pennine Pumas and represent  Manchester: Meg will play in the U15 girls, and Corentin will join the U17 boys. England Hockey’s Futures Cup is a competition which forms part of Junior Regional Performance Centre Tier 2 activity. The players are selected for...
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Outdoor Education at St Mary’s Hall

Children at St Mary’s Hall are enjoying an exciting Outdoor Education programme. All children in  Prep are going to Hothersall Lodge, near Preston, every Friday afternoon, where they are taking part in a range of challenging activities; these include rock climbing, cycling, archery, canoeing, kayaking, zip wire and outdoor tree climbing.  After half term it will be Elements’ turn. Mrs Murphy, class teacher for UPM, said: “It is all good fun and a great way for the children to get to...

An unforgettable trip to China

This summer, Zosia Witkowska, Wilhelm Scheer-Hennings and Rachel Ordóñez Herrera travelled to China, accompanied by Mrs Yvette Luker. Here is their account of what was an amazing trip. Discovering China Our experience in China was life-changing. There are no words to express how it feels to practise Tai Chi on the top of a mountain or to give the first lesson to a class of little children who had been looking forward to meeting us for months. Those three weeks of discovering China were...
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Gardening is taking root at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall

The Mission Garden at St Mary’s Hall is looking wonderful in the Autumn sunshine, thanks to the efforts of over 50 pupils of all ages at Stonyhurst. The garden has been developed by Mrs Danielle Strain, who is coordinating the project. She has a large and enthusiastic group of green-fingered volunteers, eager to learn more about growing flowers, vegetables and fruit. There are two gardening clubs at SMH, and the youngest gardeners are just 3 years old! Sixth form students are gardening as...

Fun at the ballet!

Children from Stonyhurst’s prep-prep, Hodder House, had an exciting trip to The Lowry in Salford, to experience their first ballet at the theatre. The hour-long, interactive show featured excerpts from Swan Lake, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's amazing dancers, accompanied by full orchestra. In between the excerpts. a storyteller set the scene, introducing the children to the music and characters, and sharing some of the technical magic surrounding the ballet. The very young...
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Stonyhurst Cadets show Skill at Arms

The Stonyhurst College CCF Shooting Team entered the Cadet Skill at Arms meeting at the weekend, which was held at Altcar Ranges near Southport. The event was hosted by HQ 42 INF North West Brigade and was attended by 48 teams – a total of 166 cadets - from the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Forces. The team competed in a number of shoots over the weekend; these included the Advance and Re-organisation, the Advance to Contact, the Defence Shoot, Rifle Pairs and the Falling...
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Higher Line students consider U.S. universities

Higher Line students attended an interesting presentation about applying to American universities this week. Mr Don Bishop, who is the Associate Vice President for undergraduate enrollment at Notre Dame University, Indiana, also talked about life at Notre Dame; his talk was followed by one-to-one discussions with those students intending to apply to Notre Dame in the future. Beatrice Smith, who left Stonyhurst this summer with 3 A grades at A level, and an A for her Extended Project...
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Sports Results: Saturday, 26th September

Rugby vs Bradford Grammar School 1st XV D19-19 2nd XV W62-7 U16A L48-7 U16B L52-7 U15A W78-12 U15B L33-5 U14A L50-0 Netball v Stockport GS 1sts won 25-18 2nds won 29-11 3rds won 33-9 Independent Schools Netball Cup U15 v Bradford Won 44-13
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The choristers of Westminster Cathedral Choir visit Stonyhurst

The choristers of Westminster Cathedral Choir gave a concert in St Peter’s Church, on Friday 25th September. Acclaimed as one of the world’s great choirs, with an ever-expanding reputation, they did not disappoint: their singing was utterly sublime and captivated the audience from beginning to end. The programme was imaginatively constructed in three sections, and contrasted florid vocal lines and complex textures with the purity of plainsong, finishing with the complex, eight-part...

Sports Results

September 23 Rugby v Birkdale School U16A lost 29 -10 Netball v Stockport GS 1sts won 25-18 2nds won 29-11 3rds won 33-9 Independent Schools Netball Cup U15 netball squad won v Bradford GS September 19 Hockey v Austin Friars U15 won 9-1 U14 won 9-0 Rugby v AKS 1st XV won 66-3 2nd XV won 65-0 U15A won 62-0 U14A won 39-18   Congratulations to the U15A who progressed to the Lancashire Cup   September 16  Hockey (Cup...
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Successful Sixth Form Open Evening

Stonyhurst's Sixth Form Open Evening was attended by over 30 families, on Thursday September 24th. Students and parents travelled from a wide area to discover what Stonyhurst can offer them in Higher Line. After a welcome from the Headmaster, the Heads of the Line and their deputies gave speeches in which they described their experience of sixth form education at the College. Visitors then toured Stonyhurst, attended a presentation on the International Baccalaureate and discussed A level and IB...

Oxford Schola Cantorum inspires Stonyhurst’s singers

The Oxford Schola Cantorum gave a concert in St Peter's Church on September 16th. The choir delighted the audience with a varied programme of unaccompanied works by British composers from all periods of music. Highlights included works by James MacMillan, Benjamin Britten, John Taverner, and a Magnificat by the choir's Musical Director, James Burton. The concert at Stonyhurst was part of the Oxford Schola Cantorum's UK tour, which included Ushaw College, Durham, St Mary’s Church Wimbledon,...
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High-level hockey!

Meg Murphy (Grammar) has been selected to play hockey in the Junior Regional Performance Centre Tier 1 competitions. She has been training with the JRPC squads this summer, and will now represent Manchester in the Pennine Pumas, in fixtures against Durham and Leeds. Hockey players who do well in this competition go through to either High Performance Assessment Camps or play in the Futures Cup. Well done, Meg!  
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Concert: Westminster Cathedral choristers

The choristers of the Westminster Cathedral Choir will give a concert at Stonyhurst on Friday, 25th September at 7.00pm in St Peter's Church. The programme will include choral music by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Schubert and Holst, as well as several organ pieces. Free admission (retiring collection).      
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The Senior Essay Society learns about the Jesuit Mission to England in the sixteenth century

The Senior Essay Society welcomed Jessie Childs, author of ‘God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England’, to Stonyhurst this week. Ms Childs gave a fascinating talk on the Jesuit Mission to England in the Sixteenth Century.    
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Politics Talk

Members of the Stonyhurst Politics Society attended the first talk of the academic year this week, which was given by Professor Andrew Russell from Manchester University. Professor Russell, a regular speaker at Stonyhurst, gave a wide-ranging and fascinating address on the subject of 'Political participation in the UK', which was followed by a lively question-and-answer session. The next talk will be on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.00pm: 'The 2015 British General Election - what just...
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University News

79% of Stonyhurst's  university applicants gained places at their first-choice universities this year, having  obtained excellent A level and IB results. (71% A*-B at A level and a top IB score of 39 points.) Their destinations include Oxford, Cambridge, top Russell Group and international universities. Of those choosing UK universities, almost half have achieved places at prestigious Russell Group universities. 16 students (17%) have chosen to study in Europe and the USA. Subjects...
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