Year 8 Geography trip to Castleton

On Tues 11th November, 25 Year 8 pupils travelled to Castleton in Derbyshire to carry out fieldwork they had been preparing for in the previous three Geography lessons. They were investigating the impacts of tourism in Castleton which is a beautiful ‘honeypot’ village located in the Peak District National Park. The day was led by a very knowledgeable education leader and started off with a tour of the village and a talk about the history of the area – in particular Peveril Castle and the discovery of Blue John stone. Following this, the pupils carried out various tasks including pedestrian and traffic counts, land use surveys, questionnaires with local residents and tourists, a field sketch and a survey of the local facilities. However, the highlight of the day was visiting ‘The Real Fudge Shop’ where Peter the owner gave an amusing talk to the pupils about making fudge as well as answering Patrick’s questionnaire in great depth! The pupils then popped next door into the sweet shop and were faced with every type of sweet imaginable… every child’s dream! Finally the pupils visited the local museum and gift shop. The children were great ambassadors for Stoneygate School throughout the day and their parents should be really proud of them. Mrs Jelly

U’10 A Hockey v Grace Dieu U’11s – 19/11/14

A Team: Hattie, Liana (Captain), Jemima, Katie, Tallulah, Millie P, Milly B, Fran RESULT: Won 2-0

The U’10 A team made the trip to Grace Dieu on quite a soggy and muddy afternoon. We were pleased to negotiate a match with 8 aside so that all Stoneygate’s excited A team could play. The match was to be played on unfamiliar grass and the girls had to make changes to their skills and adapt their game. This they did superbly! Our opposition were a mixture of U’11 A/B girls from Grace Dieu.

We were pleased to welcome Katie into the A team. She has continued to improve her hockey since the season began and today she was more than ready to be included in this match. The other girls welcomed her valuable play.

First half – Grace Dieu seemed to field their best players at this point and in the first few minutes there was little between the two teams, the ball remaining largely in the centre of the pitch. On occasions our defence – Liana, Jemima and sweeper Fran had to busily cover our goal area, protecting Hattie in goal, and they did a fine job of making the block tackle and sending the ball forwards. Grace Dieu found them very difficult to get passed but Stoneygate got much satisfaction from winning the tackles.

As the 2nd half progressed Stoneygate’s attack found more ways through the Grace Dieu defence and it did seem that the fitness of our U’10s proved to be a huge advantage – the pitch was large! Stoneygate’s running skills were most impressive. Milly B and Tallulah linked nicely on the edge of the shooting circle and the back up from Katie and Millie P was so supportive, always there to send the ball towards the goal. Grace Dieu found it increasingly difficult to keep up and with 15 seconds remaining!! (someone in the crowd shouted this) Stoneygate built an attack – Fran swept the ball wide, Katie progressed the ball from her left mid position to Tallulah’s stick, Milly B and Millie P worked together to tap the ball into the circle and then Tallulah, with all her strength, struck the ball so hard it clattered the board at the back of the goal – THE WHISTLE BLEW! Gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a last second goal being scored. It must be said that the umpire from Grace Dieu was so fair.

The 2nd half was very much in Stoneygate’s hands and as the Grace Dieu team fielded perhaps their weaker players the U’10s really took advantage. Our defence didn’t really have to touch the ball. The Stoneygate attack enjoyed pushing the ball around the pitch and trying out different skills on the grass. Katie really showed confidence and linked very well with the other midfield players, particularly Millie P. Well done Katie, you had a very good game with the A team. With five minutes to go, the ball was on the edge of the shooting circle, Millie P produced a strong hit, diagonally across the goal and nippy Tallulah was there to tease the ball into the goal. Tallulah showed in this match how hard she can work and she was excellent in both attack and defence. Her improvement in work load was so noticeable, as was her confidence and commitment to being in the most effective position to help her team.

A super win by these girls who deserved this 2-0 win. Their team play was so effective and the support they show to each other makes them so strong. Well played everyone.

Everyone deserves a special mention! but in particular Millie P and Fran for their very effective ‘scooping up’ of the ball, all over the pitch.
Player of the match and of the day goes to Tallulah who today showed her hockey at its very best. Excellent!

Mrs S. Frisby

Carol Service Preparations

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Carol Service. It will be held on Thursday 11 December at 2.30pm in St James the Greater Church, Leicester. It involves all pupils from Yr 3 – 8 and we have a few special touches this year.

The Little Drummer Boy will feature a drumline – seen below. They are being rehearsed by Mr Hudson and it is going very well. You see them rehearsing on wooden stools in order to preserve their hearing!

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Make a Joyful Noise has been specially written for the Carol Service by Mr Ashwin. This will feature a samba group and they also rehearsed today (although I was so busy with my whistle that I forgot to take a picture!). This has been inspired by our work with Mr Davis from Oakham School and we will be playing our new samba kit instruments for the first time in public. Many thanks to the SSA for their help in funding these instruments: we love them!

Junior Choir and Senior Choir are making great progress on their pieces and the memorising is starting to click into place. Junior Orchestra will make its first appearance at the Carol Service, playing a medley of Christmas melodies and Senior Orchestra has been working hard since September on their two pieces. I am delighted with their effort and enthusiasm and look forward to sharing the music with family and friends in St James the Greater.

Mrs Ashwin

Death in the Afternoon

It’s a cocktail, made with Absinthe, but it has nothing on Year 8′s fruity cocktails made this morning. No tequila in sight, but Tej made one which looked very like it out of coke and ginger (I think). Tequila Blast it was called. It sat happily alongside Winter Dazzler, Private Island and Strawberry Surprise, all made with ingredients chosen from an array of juices, fruits, and spices.

It was part of our chemistry work  on elements, compounds and mixtures. With the emphasis on mixtures. Ok, it was a treat to round off a very hard term’s work before their exams start on Monday, but hopefully they wont forget what a mixture is now either.

Thanks go to Mrs Jelly, Mrs Bullers, Mr Morris and Mrs McGrath for giving up their time to help judge the cocktails, which were marked on appearance, poster design  and of course, taste. The winner in 8FJ was Will with Fran and Annie close behind, and in 8DP the winner was Charlotte, with Patrick in second and and Rakh coming in third. Well done everyone!

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Leicester Festival for Singers

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On Saturday, a number of pupils took part in the singing classes of the Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Art. The classes entered ranged from sacred solos and set pieces to songs from the shows and Disney favourites. There was a great deal of success amongst the pupils.

The competitors were Pip J, Will J, Gracie F, Caitlin M, Freya A, Annabelle L, Siddharth B, Liana B, Will Mc and Jessica S.

Siddharth received three first places and a third place, Liana received two first places, Will J received a first and two third places, Caitlin received a first and a second place, Pip received a first and a second place, Will Mc received two seconds and a third place, Gracie received a second and a third place, Jessica received three thirds and Freya received a third place.

Special mention goes to Will J for reaching the final of the “Young Voice of the Year” competition, having won his class earlier in the afternoon.

It is not easy to stand up and sing in front of family, friends and peers, and then be publicly judged by an adjudicator, so congratulations go to everyone for taking part!

Many thanks to the parents for their continued support.

Mr Ashwin

Colts B Rugby v Fairfield School U10

On Wednesday the Colts B team played Fairfield School at Market Harborough RFC.
The team of Will M (Captain), Tom M, Will McE, George H, Dan R, Max W, Kian D, Alex M, James B and Lucas H was an entirely Year 5 team and we played against U10 opponents.
Fairfield are traditionally stronger than us, having lots more boys to pick from in both Year 5 and 6, but this proved to be a close and exciting contest.
In the early play our boys dominated the forward encounters, but Fairfield showed some real pace in their backs. James, Alex, Kian and Lucas tackled, rucked and mauled well and often turned over possession in our favour. In the backs, Tom was confident and secure at scrum half and Will ran well when in possession. Max, Will Mc and Dan didn’t see much of the ball in attack, but they defended well.
In the first half we scored four forward-based tries. Two came from powerful Alex M charges, one from Kian and one from George H. In response Fairfield scored two tries, both scored by their quick back.
Despite the lead on the scoreboard this was still a very tight game and Fairfield hit back with two tries, both from the same very elusive player, to level the scores.
At this point it was clear that either side could win the match, but Stoneygate prevailed. A third try from the impressive Alex gave us the lead and then some superb defensive work kept the ball away from Fairfield’s danger man! One fine try saving tackle from Max earned him the ‘Champagne Moment’ Award. Lucas won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his super effort in defence.
Vociferous support from the touchline, in the final tense minutes, also helped the boys to keep Fairfield at bay and to earn us a 25-20 victory.
Although the win was satisfying, it was the manner in which both sides played that was the most pleasing. It was a thoroughly entertaining afternoon of sport played with great spirit by both sides.


Year 7 See a Ghost

How many Bunsens are alight in this picture? Two?

Wrong! Only one. The other is a ghost flame caused by a trick of the light. The Perspex sheet in front of Tom reflects the light from the Burner so we see its reflection in the almost invisible Perspex. It looks like Tom’s is really brave and can swipe his hand through the fire without  getting hurt. This is an illusion first used in the theatre by Mr Peppard to make ghosts appear on stage. Clever!IMG_5910 IMG_5911