Stonyhurst College

Stonyhurst SMH's pre-Christmas Parents Weekend 2015
Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall was full of sparkling talent and pre-Christmas cheer last weekend as the children held their Christmas Term Parents’ Weekend.  A packed programme of events began with the pre-prep Nativity play (below), performed by the children of Hodder House, followed by the Christmas Concert.Then came the SMH Christmas Fair, and the annual Elements play, which this year was all about the trials and tribulations of rehearsing an end-of-term show. The contemporary theme was the...
Stonyhurst College assembles after 2015 Mission
Every pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire has been involved in the first whole-school Mission, by attending talks and workshops, as well as engaging in charitable activities and volunteering in the local community. The Mission was an opportunity for the entire Stonyhurst community to focus on the 400 year-old Jesuit school's purpose and identity and for every pupil, aged 3 to 18, to consider their faith, their unique talents, and their vocation in life.The normal school timetable at...
Sport provides opportunities for children to engage with their community
A centre founded by a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire to help children succeed in life through sport is launching a major expansion programme for 2016 that will benefit thousands of disadvantaged young people across London.Mike de Giorgio co-founded Greenhouse Sports in 2002 after studying at Stonyhurst in the 1970s. He went on to get a BSC in Politics at Bristol University, and then worked for 19 years as an accountant. Thirteen years ago, he set up the private sporting...
As results for the International Diploma Programme were published across the world, students at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire have been celebrating their successes. Exceeding last year’s world average of 30 points, IB diploma students at Stonyhurst achieved an average of 32 points.The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two-year educational programme  primarily aimed at students between the ages of 16 and 19. The programme is designed to give...
The Queen has honoured a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Edmund Page was among 58 people from 35 Commonwealth countries who received the award, which was set up in honour of Her Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.Edmund was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to...
Andrew Johnson, the Headmaster of Stonyhurst College for the past nine years, has been appointed as Headmaster of St Benedict's School in Ealing, West London. He will succeed Chris Cleugh who is retiring after nearly 15 years from 1 September 2016.Pat Murphy-O’Connor, the Chairman of the Governing Board at St Benedict’s, described the appointment of Mr Johnson as “a major coup for St Benedict's”.  He said the school was very excited to have Mr Johnson join them and looked forward to him...
A former pupil of Stonyhurst College is preparing to take up a posting in Somerset after completing the Royal Marine Commando Course at the Royal Marine Commando training centre (CTCRM Lympstone) in Devon.Since leaving the Jesuit college in Lancashire in 2007 where he was a member of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), Dario Mastrobuoni has been training in Lympstone near Exeter. After completing a rigorous military course, he received a special commendation from the Commandant CTC on his personal...
The guest of honour at Stonyhurst College’s prize-giving this year was Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, author and historian. In his speech, Peter Hennessy encouraged Stonyhurst’s pupils always to enjoy learning for its own sake. “Remember Einstein’s words  – ‘Never lose a holy curiosity’”, he said. “The little grey cells do not recognise society’s obsession with status and social class.” The Headmaster, Andrew Johnson said in his speech that good pastoral care and concern for...
Pupils from Hodder House (nursery) through to IB and A-level enjoyed viewing the 88% partial Eclipse of the Sun at the historical observatory of Stonyhurst College.  They viewed the rare phenomenon, whereby a full moon at the correct distance from Earth obscures the Sun, using eclipse glasses.  A telescope was used to project the image of the eclipse onto a white board to clearly show the crescent of an obscured sun, which reached its maximum at 9:38.  Initially an astronomical...
Stonyhurst College’s entrepreneurs faced their local Dragon’s Den with enterprising ideas and financial analysis, which earned them high praise from Lancashire’s business community.The IB Business Management pupils were taking part in a Dragons Den competition, run by the Lancashire Young Enterprise Area Board.  The pupils pitched their Social Enterprise company, Ad Maiora, which has been an integral part of the IB Business Management course.  The company’s mission statement is ‘Great...

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