Thank you

Dear Parents

I noticed in the recent end-of-term blog by the SSA that the sum of £1200 had been collected after my retirement.  May I say how touched I am by your generosity and by the kindness of the SSA in arranging such a collection. I am honoured that a cup and a sign on the cross-country course will bear my name; I am also very grateful that the balance of the money will be used to help the work of the chemotherapy suite at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

I hope that you and your children have a very pleasant summer.

With warmest regards

John Morris

Minnows Magic

Minnows were crowned league champions at the final assembly of term on Friday. Congratulations!

They received the trophy from Mr Murphy, who very aptly is a Minnow!

We said thank you to Mr Murphy, for his long standing service and superb contribution to the school, with a guard of honour. 

Round Up from Stoneygate School Association

At the end of what’s been a year full of change at Stoneygate, the SSA would like to take this opportunity to update you on all that’s been happening and wish you a happy summer holidays!

The academic year started with the sad news that former Headmaster of the School, Mr Morris, was leaving with immediate effect.  Parents were very keen to contribute to his Retirement Fund and over £1,200 has been donated.  After much consideration and consultation with Mr Morris, the money is being used in a number of ways: to fund a Cup to be awarded to pupils demonstrating ‘the Stoneygate Spirit’; a signpost is being erected on the cross country course, “The Morris Mile” (he often ran the cross country course); and the balance of funds being donated to the Cancer Unit of the Leicester Royal Infirmary, as a donation in Mr Morris’ name.  Thank you to everyone who contributed, Mr Morris was very touched and thankful.

The second SSA Sparkle Ball was held in November 2015, with a fantastic turnout from parents across the whole of the School.  Our chosen charity, The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, of which Martin Johnson is patron, received over £3,000, which was raised from the auction and raffle. We really hope to organise a similar event at some point in 2017 and would welcome any suggestions or feedback.

The format of our usual discos were forced to be re-scheduled following the sad news that our usual DJ, “Disco Dave” had passed away.  The new format featuring “Speedy Shaun” seemed to be a hit with the children and we hope to continue this format in the next academic year.

Our other usual events in the School Calendar – Christmas Card designs and Easter Egg hunt were well supported.  Sadly this year we were unable to run the Stoneygate School Bake Off and the Mums Night Out, but a social event is being planned for the start of next term.

After such good feedback last year, we are pleased to have arranged for the school photographs to be taken by Stuart Williamson again in late September.

In this year of change, we would also like to acknowledge the number of years that Mr Murphy taught at the School and latterly for his period as stepping in as Headmaster. In recognition of his time and hard work at the School a trophy will also be presented in Mr Murphy’s name.

On the topic of Headmasters, we would like to welcome Mr Dobson to SS and hope he enjoys the school as much as we all do. The SSA look forward to working with him going forward.

Finally, we would like to say a very fond farewell and thank you for all their help with the SSA over the last 8 years to Tommie Marlow and Judit Szabo.  We will particularly remember them for the Camper Van Café that became a regular fixture at the pre-prep and junior sports day.

At the fete on Thursday, the SSA would like to invite the children for some inflatable fun and the parents for some refreshments and sweet treats as a thank you for all your support this year. The children loved the inflatables last year so this year there will be some additions for the older children too!

Thank you again for supporting our events over the past year. We have been providing equipment for the enrichment project and are in the process of arranging a new edition in the form of a “football wall” into the senior playground. The drinks machine in the foyer is going to be housed in its own cabinet to tidy the area. We are also purchasing new benches for the sports spectators.

The SSA would love to hear from anyone with any fresh ideas or suggestions going forward. We rely on understanding what the parents enjoy participating in and if there is anything we can assist with to add further value to the children’s time at Stoneygate. If anyone would like to help with specific or new events next year or whenever time allows we would be really grateful.

Happy holidays!

Helen Robinson               Rachel Harris               Katie Smith               Kay Johnson

MOOT Mock Trial

Year 8 pupil found guilty in the Crown Court at Stoneygate!

Some of Stoneygate’s older pupils participated in a Moot (a mock trial) in the Hall last night. Jackie Jones (played by Pippa N) was facing a charge of dangerous driving, having knocked Hermione Green, a 16 year old school girl (played by Molly J) off her bike. Counsel for the prosecution – Georgina T, Gracie F and Siddharth) – presented evidence to prove that Ms Jones was guilty of the charge; meanwhile, counsel for the defence – Antonia, Ellie and Freya – sought to have their client acquitted. Witnesses – Hugo, Henry T and Liana – presented their evidence and were carefully cross examined. Then it was the turn of the jury – Declan, Lucas, Will M, George A, Max W and Annie – to decide ……. 

And they found Ms Jones GUILTY! 

His Honour Judge Tyler duly sentenced Ms Jones to six months in prison! 

The audience acted as an extended jury and also found her guilty as charged! Well done to all involved, including the court usher, played by George H, and the court clerk, played by Hattie T. 
This was a great experience for our pupils to learn about the criminal justice system in the UK, and to develop their public speaking and debating skills. 

Huge thanks goes to Mr Tyler and Mrs Jacklin for all the hard work and effort they both put in to prepare everyone for the Moot – no mean feat! It was rather like putting on a play without having done any rehearsals! Nerve-wracking, but well worth it in the end!