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A picture that says a thousand words….

Happiness, unity, joy, summer…they all spring to mind when I see this image.  Could I thank all pupils, staff and parents for all their efforts not just in this final week, but the entire academic year.

With Prize Giving, the Summer fete and Leavers’ assembly, we have celebrated the best of what Stoneygate is all about this week.

I hope everyone enjoys their holidays.  Please do send me a postcard!

Mr J F Dobson

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The summer holidays will soon be upon us; newspapers are suggesting holiday reading material.  English will always be subjective.  The same novel can be “a gripping read” to one critic and yet panned by another.   From our summer assessments, both internal and external, one thing is clear- English at Stoneygate is going from strength to strength.  The highest mark awarded to our Common Entrance students this year came in English. English dept Heads at both Oakham and Loughborough GS have commented on the excellence of Stoneygate pupils in this particular field.  This year the English department introduced a new online comprehension system and yet despite some phenomenal results at 13+, the dept will not be resting on its laurels.  Next year the staff will be looking at ways to improve creative writing.

Stoneygate pupils and staff do not stop until the final day of term.  Having returned from France and Yorkshire, the previous week, several pupils were then involved in the Summer Sequence concert on Tuesday evening.

A beautiful evening in the sunshine..

It’s certainly been a busy week for Mrs Ashwin.  Following the concert, her Form 5LA then performed an assembly on careers and possible jobs. 5LA chose a career from every letter in the alphabet- it was an informative and at times hilarious assembly; written and directed by the children themselves.  I‘m not sure how many pupils will become Queen…but we can all hope!

The alphabet of possible jobs by 5LA..from kick boxing to Yoga Teacher, from Lawyers to Vets…

At Stoneygate teaching and learning is not limited to the classrooms and this week with the glorious weather pupils have enjoyed Forest school and Science discovery lessons around the school grounds.

Forest school ended with “fire, food and fun!”  All the children revisited the safety rules of fire lighting and then helped build the fire. Years 2 and 3 looked at food preparation outside and Year R and 1 found out what happens when you heat corn over a fire.

All the classes toasted marshmallows on the food sticks they made last time and tried either chocolate cakes made in hollowed out oranges or bananas with chocolate buttons melted inside the skins.  Reception and Year 1 made s’mores with their marshmallows.

Mrs Angel, always looking to inspire pupils, took pupils to the school pond and the forest to search for wildlife…

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I now have 5 minutes to get to Kibworth to umpire the dads v lads game.  Good luck to both teams.

Stoneygate pupils and staff do not stop…but that’s what we like!

 

Mr J F Dobson

 

 

French trip- Day 3

Our final full day in France has been very busy with lots of activities enjoyed by all.

We started with bread making and wheat plaiting at a rural French farm, followed by a delicious lunch of crêpes and French toast.

After lunch we were all interested to visit the war graves at Étaples before making our way to Opalaventure for some tree top walking, climbing and zip- lining.

After a well deserved ice cream at the end of the tree top course, we ended the day at Ste Cécile beach.

Challenge Week

We are now over half way through Challenge Week and the children have certainly faced lots of new challenges!

Activities so far have included : Orienteering, Blindfold Maths, Golf, A World Cup Quiz Hunt, Yard Art, Drone flying, Pointless Maths and Toilet Roll Tower Building!

In addition the children have done Stop Motion filming, Calligrams, a Reading Challenge, Drama Workshops, Song Writing and Music Workshops and Cityscapes and Masks in Art. Still to come Egyptian Art!

The weather, so far, has been kind to us and the students are throwing themselves into each activity with gusto!

On Friday the children will take part in a ‘Try Archery’ session.