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
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