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Drama at Great Academies

Lower Line girls performed Shakers - a comedy by John Godber - at Great Academies.
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Contemporary Dance at Great Academies

  Stonyhurst Dance presented The Paper Fortune Teller at Great Academies, a contemporary dance performance created by dance teachers Anna Southward, Andrea Morrison and professional dancer and choreographer, Kate Jackson. The Paper Fortune Teller evolved through Kate’s contemporary dance workshops at Stonyhurst this term, and from Messalina Morley’s original theme – the evolution of a dancer’s life at Stonyhurst, from their first steps to their final year. Miss Southward...
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Schola Cantorum at Great Academies

Great Academies Concert One of the high points of Schola Cantorum's year is surely the Great Academies Concert - a feast of fine music performed in the beautiful setting of St Peter's Church. The concert is the first event in the Great Academies programme and is always well attended by parents and friends. It is also the last Schola performance for some, and its celebratory mood is therefore tinged with sadness. Programme Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei from William Byrd's Mass for...

The Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating. On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered, and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of conservation...
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Great Academies 2015

Great Academies and Rhetoric Leavers' Mass Saturday 23rd May (St Peter's Church) Principal Celebrant: Fr. Gerard J Hughes, SJ Headmaster's Speech followed by Prize Giving Guest of Honour: Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield Rhetoric Ball Held in the Ambulacrum and the Top Refectory

Stonyhurst’s Curator attends the Beatification Ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Jan Graffius, the Stonyhurst College Curator, has been invited to attend the Beatification Ceremony of Archbishop Oscar Romero, which takes place in El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, on Saturday May 23rd. The invitation is in recognition of the work she has carried out over the last eight years preserving the relics of Monseñor Romero, in addition to those of the six Jesuit Martyrs and their companions, murdered by Death Squad troops in 1989. In addition to attending the ceremony, she...

Hodder Match

Rhetoricians who attended Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall 8 or more years ago returned to the prep school to play cricket against Elements pupils. 'Hodder Match' - a contest between Stonyhurst's oldest and youngest cricketers - has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember; the challenge is always delivered in Latin by Rhetoric at SMH assembly and the match is always great fun, and always ends with a draw.

Great Academies 2015

Great Academies weekend begins on Friday May 22nd. Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield is the Guest of Honour at Prize Giving this year, and the chief celebrant at the Leavers ' Mass will be Fr Gerard Hughes SJ. Events include the Great Academies and Schola Cantorum concerts, a talk on Stonyhurst's Shakespeare First Folio, a parent-pupil golf match, tennis, traditional Stonyhurst cricket and the CCF Gun Run. Dancers will also perform The Paper Fortune Teller, and the drama production this...
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High level hockey honour

Meg Murphy (Lower Grammar) has been selected to play hockey at the Junior Regional Performance Centre - an England Hockey training centre for exceptionally talented young players. Meg will be representing Manchester and will receive high level coaching from JRPC and England Hockey coaches. Being selected for the JRPC is the next step up from County Hockey and Meg will be competing for a place in the Tier 1 Regional Competitions in September. This is a fantastic achievement for Meg and...
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 ‘stARTup’ was an enchanting arts event which embraced an eclectic mix of art forms and genres, led by Francesca Paradiso and Raquel Ordόnez. It began with Messalina Morley’s captivating tap dance performance -  ‘Always look on the bright side of life’. Musical performances followed, given by Anthony Chow, Anthony Esin and James Whatham; these ranged from Scott Joplin’s piano music to contemporary rapping, concluding with some beautiful songs, written and performed by James....

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For the second time this year we welcomed Dominic Medley OS OBE, who gave a very entertaining presentation on the Battle of Waterloo. The talk was not so much a straight history as a tongue-in-cheek expose of how this notorious Battle has had such a dramatic impact on the political and cultural relationship between England and France. Whilst there would be no prizes given for the political correctness of what Dominic had to say, there was wit in plenty, with lots of guffawing from a large...
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An analysis of the General Election results

After the excitement of the General Election, we were delighted to welcome Dr Mark Garnett from Lancaster University to Stonyhurst.  Dr Garnett gave a very incisive and engaging lecture on the Election and its aftermath. The talk, organised by the Politics Society, was very well attended attracting pupils from a range of subject areas and playrooms. There were a lot of interesting questions in the Q & A session at the end which Dr Garnett answered comprehensively. Several students remained...

An evening of Speech, Drama and Musical Theatre

Talented performers took part in an evening of Speech, Drama and Musical Theatre at Stonyhurst Mary’s Hall, on Tuesday May 12th in the Centenaries Theatre, attended by parents and friends. Pupils from Upper Prep to Rudiments (years 4 to 8) each performed a monologue, duologue or musical theatre song. Many are actively involved in drama at SMH, and will soon be performing in this term’s musical productions – Oliver, and Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat. They also have...
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St Robert Bellarmine Society

The newly formed St Robert Bellarmine Society has had its first meeting. The aim of the society is to enhance Stonyhurst's academic programme of study, providing additional intellectual stimulation for pupils in Lower Grammar (year 9).  St Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621), an Italian Jesuit and Cardinal, was one of the most important figures in the Counter Reformation. This week the group was presented with an unfamiliar, historic artefact, and many questions arose: what was it for? How,...
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History talk: The First Crusade as seen through the eyes of a Twelfth Century Layman

A level students were treated to an outstanding talk by Professor Jonathan Phillips, who is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway College, University of London. The presentation focused on his recent research into the life of Caffaro of Genoa. Caffaro was the first layman to produce a narrative of the First Crusade. He was also responsible for the first urban history of the medieval age with his ‘Annals’ of Genoa.  Professor Phillips explained the motives of the Crusaders as...
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Musical talent at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall

On Friday the 8th May St Mary’s Hall held their second ever Music Solo Showcase. This was a short, informal concert where students had the opportunity to perform pieces they had been working on in their individual music lessons. We heard piano players, violinists and singers, performing music from Beethoven’s Ode to Joy to Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.  Students came from across the school, from Lower Elements to Rudiments, all at different stages in their musical...
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Politics talk: The British Constitution

The AS Politics students were delighted to welcome Dr Rob Busby of Liverpool Hope University to deliver a lecture and Q & A on the British Constitution. Dr Busby related historical background to modern day circumstances and really engaged the students with a series of examples and illustrations of how constitutional theory remains very relevant today. During his lecture, Dr Busby explained how constitutional theory was very important to an understanding of two very topical political...
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Confirmation Mass

Thirty-one Grammarians (pupils in year 10) were confirmed by The Right Reverend Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, on Sunday May 10th in St Peter's Church. In his homily, Bishop John said that it was both a privilege and a challenge, in an increasingly secular society, to live out our faith in our actions and our decisions, so that we may be an inspiration to others. The choir, servers, Eucharistic ministers and sponsors all contributed to what was a very prayerful and uplifting Mass....
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