his-master-voice Headmaster’s Voice

Some people claim that the internet has brought an end to ‘community’; I suggest anyone who adheres to this notion should spend a week at Stoneygate.

I would like to thank the Stoneygate community – from pupils, to staff, to parents, to ex-pupils, to the catering team- for the most incredible week.

Well done to all the pupils and staff involved in the Pre-Prep Christmas Concert.  The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the singing, dancing, acting and the parents certainly enjoyed the original script.

Thank you to all involved in our first Alumni event.  It was wonderful to see so many ex- pupils from Stoneygate get together in the dining and meeting room.  Stoneygate has a rich and glorious history, and as a community we need to celebrate this.  One wonderful anecdote I heard described how a German bomb in the 1940s left a huge crater outside Stoneygate. …and being a curious Stoneygate pupil, he had to investigate this hole…needless to say he was told off by the Home Guard and then his father for arriving home late!

Our first alumni meeting…

Thank you to the SSA who organised today’s marvellous Santa Run.  There was a lovely atmosphere as pupils, staff and parents completed the Morris Mile.  Once back at school, everyone enjoyed turkey sandwiches, mince pies and hot chocolate.

It is this same community that John Ball would like to thank.  As some of you may be aware John is currently undergoing chemotherapy, but wanted to thank the Stoneygate community for all the kind words and cards he has received.

On the subject of community I would like to draw your attention to an e mail I received from Jan Bryars (an ex-Stoneygate parent), Co-ordinator of the O&W Multicultural Group.

“As you are all aware of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria, the situation has worsened in the last week- all the hospitals in Aleppo have been destroyed and the civilian population are trapped in Aleppo due to the daily destruction there are over 250,000 orphans plus widows, elderly, disabled, injured babies, men, women and children inside Syria. They need our help.  Please let’s not turn our backs on them. We are asking for aid to be collected and sent to Syria by container; we are in desperate need of the following items:

Tinned food chickpeas, tinned fruit, tomatoes, red kidney beans, tuna, Lentils, Oil, Rice, Pasta,

Also all medicines min 6 months expiry date plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, ibuprofen,

pain killers. Toiletries, soap toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, shower gel, female hygiene pads, nappies.

Winter jackets, hats, gloves, children winter clothing

Winter shoes/boots

Please no other clothing”

This collection for the people of Aleppo will take place this Saturday at the Oadby Central Mosque on Sandhurst Street between 2-6pm.


Finally, we welcomed a very special guest to our community this afternoon.  Yes, the rumours are true, Claudio Ranieri did visit Stoneygate.  His smile and warmth said it all…we really are a special community.

Have a good weekend,

Mr J F Dobson

The Pre Prep Christmas Show.

Mrs Mills and Mrs Farrow would like to say how proud they are of all of the Year 2 children. They have all worked so hard to learn their lines and dances. They have been very sensible during rehearsals and really listened to instructions.

We are sure you will all agree that they all performed brilliantly!!

Everyone really enjoyed taking part and entertaining you all.

Merry Christmas!!




Dear Parents,

The Stoneygate School Association (SSA) have decided to organise a Santa Run for all pupils on afternoon of Friday 9 December from 2.45pm on the “Morris Mile” cross country course.

Please send your child to School on Friday with suitable accessories to get them in the Christmas Spirit:- Santa hats, reindeer antlers, jingle bells, tinsel and all things Christmassy! All parents are invited to come along and join in the run with their children, so if you wish to join us, please meet us at the Cross County Course at 2.45pm.  Or you can just come along and cheer on the children to the finish line.

Afterwards there will be hot drinks and mince pies, so please come along to the School Hall and join the festivities, and collect your children from there.

Clubs and Prep will continue as planned from 3.30pm.

Look forward to seeing you there.

P.S Date for your diary – Curry and Quiz Night will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 in the School Hall from 7pm.

Year 3 – Maths Fun

During Maths Year 3 have been learning how to collect and record information to complete bar charts. They chose their own topics, such as Strictly Come Dancing stars, pets, sports and chocolate bars. They then asked their friends what their favourites were and recorded them in a frequency chart before transferring them carefully to a bar chart.


his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

‘We always hope that the Michaelmas term will be a good one, and our hopes have again been realised.  We have had no epidemics, and no serious illness, for which we are profoundly thankful.  The sudden change of weather however, at the beginning of December brought several colds, and some of our number have been away for three or four days.  We know that many parties, dances and visits to the picture palaces and theatres have been arranged, and we hope that all the school will be as careful as possible…’

This does sound like one of my blogs; we’ve had a good term, the weather has suddenly got colder this week and we are planning various parties and trips to theatres.  The extract above however, was taken from the Michaelmas term report for Stoneygate school….1934.



The League Competition in 1934 showed the Tadpoles topping the table, with the Sea-Horses languishing at the bottom.  Having just checked the totals outside my office, the League Competition Michaelmas 2016 shows the Sea-Horses in the lead, with the Tadpoles trailing in fourth!

Well done to all who took part in the fixtures against Maidwell Hall, Stamford and Wellingborough this week.  In both hockey and rugby our pupils showed great determination and spirit in some evenly fought games.



Just like the Michaelmas term in 1934, we have many exciting things planned for the last two weeks of term: The infant Christmas Concert (7th & 8th December), a Santa Fun Run followed by coffee & mince pies (9th December), Theatre trip (13th December), Infant theatre trip (14th December) and a Carol service on the 15th December.  Parents and pupils from Stoneygate are also invited to the Christmas fayre at LGJS on December 10th.

Today we have been informed of road closures (due to tree felling) on the London Road early next week.  On Monday (5th) and Tuesday (6th) the road is likely to be closed from 9.00- 3.00 pm.  Below is the diversion route that will be in place.



I am very much looking forward to spending time with the pupils and parents of Stoneygate in this festive season; I’m also looking forward to our first Alumni event on the 7th December when I’m hoping to meet ex-Stoneygate pupils from the 1940s.  I wonder which League they were in….

Have a good weekend,

Mr J F Dobson