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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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Latest Sports’ Results

Photos: Stonyhurst Rugby 1st XV v Kings Macclesfield Wed 26th November Rugby 1st XV vs Yarm Nat West Cup Round 5 WON  29 - 20 (now into last 32 nationwide) U16 vs Ripley St Thomas WON 24 - 7 U16B vs QEG's Blackburn U16A XV LOST 45 - 0 U15 vs Ripley St Thomas Won 36 - 7 U14 vs Ripley St Thomas Won     52 – 7 Football Stonyhurst 1st XI  v   HULME GS    DREW 2-2 Stonyhurst 2nd XI  v HULME GS     Drew 3-3   Badminton U16 Boys...
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Dr Rob Ford inspires Politics Students

The Politics Society was pleased to welcome Dr. Rob Ford, senior lecturer from Manchester University, to speak about the rise of UKIP on the back of austerity. Dr. Ford spoke eloquently on the topic, and also provided invaluable materials for our A/AS Level Politics Students to use in their forthcoming examinations. We are grateful to Rob Ford for his support, and hope to welcome him again in the future.
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Development Reception in Madrid

The Headmaster’s Delegate and former Headmaster of St Mary’s Hall,Mr Larry Crouch; the Development Director, Mrs Rachel Hindle; and the Director of Admissions, Mrs Ruth Hughes, were delighted to join OS, parents and prospective parents at a reception in Madrid on Saturday 22nd November 2014. at Club Real Gran Peňa.  It was wonderful to re-engage with alumni and there was a tremendous sense of warmth and family throughout the whole Stonyhurst community present.  Everyone enjoyed Larry'...
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Stonyhurst Dance: The Dream

The Dream was an adaptation of Shakespeare's play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ devised, choreographed and directed by Miss Anna Southward and Mrs Andrea Morrison for Stonyhurst Dance. The production involved over 60 dancers, from tiny Hodder House fairies to accomplished dancers in Higher Line; their beautiful, polished and expressive performance delighted the audience, who enjoyed a mixture of romance, comedy and magic as elegant classical ballet mingled with modern dance. Miss...
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The lost First Folio connection with Stonyhurst

The recent discovery of a lost First Folio of Shakespeare in the Bibliotheque de St-Omer in northern France has great significance for Stonyhurst College. The book seems to have been the property of the English Jesuit College founded in St-Omer in 1593 to provide a Catholic education for boys, forbidden on their native soil due to the religious laws of the day. St Omers College, as it was known, is the direct ancestor of Stonyhurst, now the oldest continuously surviving Jesuit school in the...

Schola Cantorum: Handel’s choral music

Schola Cantorum, directed by Dr Kevin Morgan, sang music by Handel on St Cecilia’s Day in St Peter’s Church. The programme included the Four Coronation Anthems - Zadok the priest, Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoicing and My heart is inditing. They were in fine voice and conveyed all the exuberant majesty of Handel’s choral music. Soloists included William Lamb (Poetry), who gave a beautiful performance of Where’er you walk. Dr Morgan opened the concert with a...

Latest sports results

Wednesday 19th Nov  Rugby 1st XV through to the U18 Lancashire Cup v Runshaw College 2nds won v Carr Hill 54-10 U16 lost v Wirral 34-0 Football v Bolton School 1sts 2 Bolton 2nds 1 2nds 4 Bolton 3rds 1 Netball U19 National Schools The girls played some good netball and finished 4th overall. Won two, lost two and drew one match. Hockey v St Bedes 1st won 8-0 Hockey v Stockport U14 won 2-1 Netball v Stockport U15 A lost 27-19 U15 B lost 8-6 Saturday 21st...
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Stonyhurst Fell-racing Team’s best-ever performance at Arnside Knott

In the annual Arnside Knott Fell Race, Cumbria, Stonyhurst entered 5 runners in the U23 category, securing the following individual overall positions: Jan Zimoch (25th out of 142, with a time of 43.08); Will Metcalf (33rd; 43.44); Lukasz Kolodziej (64th; 49.05); Zac Aghaizu (87th; 50.38); Colm Fahy (103rd; 53.18). The fastest overall race time was 35.18 and the last finish time, of those who completed, was 77.49. It’s a tough course, over 5.5 miles of limestone crag and woodland, with a...

The future of world trade

The Industrial Society was pleased to welcome Dr Barbara Ingham, international economics consultant, to speak about the work of the World Trade Organisation, and the future of world trade.  Dr Ingham, who has recently co-authored a biography of Sir Arthur Lewis, spoke eloquently on the topic, and also provided invaluable materials for our Rhetoric A Level and IB economists to use in their forthcoming Global Economy examination.  We are grateful to Dr Ingham for her support, and also for her...
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