News from Antwerp

The choir trip to Belgium is now into its third day.

Yesterday was spent in Brussels and Ghent. We rehearsed and performed at the impressive venue of St Michael’s and St Gudula’s Cathedral. 

In between we visited Planete Chocolate, where we watched chocolates being made by hand (Hattie St was invited to have a go herself) and we tasted them!

After our concert we travelled on to Ghent for an interesting boat trip in the sunshine.

The children are performing and behaving well and we are all looking forward to our trip to Antwerp Zoo this morning and our concert in the beautiful city of Brugge.




Leicestershire and Rutland County Games Championships

IMG_3873 A team of Stoneygate year 3 and 4 children won the area athletics competition on Monday and qualified to be part of the Harborough and Blaby team at the County Championships on Wednesday.  This was a huge and very exciting event with nearly 1,000 competitors, opening and closing ceremonies and a talk by an Olympian.  The Stoneygate children competed in the quad kids athletics and each child took part in a sprint race, 400m race, howler throw and long jump. Stoneygate came 3rd in the athletics and the Harborough and Blaby team won the overall County Championships.

The team were:  Evie, Ivana, Amy, Alice, Harris, Freddie, Will and Harry T

Congratulations and well done to them all.

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Stoneygate v Wellingborough

The year 4 girls had their last rounders match against Wellingborough yesterday.

The team: Eliza(Captain), Millie, Gizella, Joanna, Ivana, Amy, Tasia, Evie and Alice    (yr 3).

The girls chose Eliza as Captain as it was their last match together and Eliza was delighted.  Stoneygate batted first and scored 4.5 rounders in the first innings.  Wellingborough managed to just score 2 when they came in to bat due to some tight fielding from Amy and Joanna.

During the second innings Stoneygate scored a further 10 rounders, with full rounders from Evie (3), Millie (2) and Ivana (1).  It was a big score to chase but Wellingborough went for it scoring 8 rounders from some excellent batting.

Final Score:  Stoneygate 14.5, Wellingborough 11

Player of the match (chosen by the Wellingborough girls for her fabulous bowling and batting)  – Millie

Well played everybody.

Mrs Ward


U11 Rounders v Witham Hall

Team: Jazzy (Captain), Bea, Izzy (Vice Captain) Megan, Annie, Beattie, Rebecca,
Jess & Emily.
On the 24th June 2015 the U11A played rounders at home v Witham Hall.
The game was great. We all worked really well together but sadly lost the game 8 – 11 ½ rounders. Our hitting was ok (we’ve done better!) and although we had a few fumbles our fielding was still good.

We may have lost but we never stopped fighting, and still had the momentum to carry on. We actually won the second innings : )

Special mention goes to Bea and Izzy.

Bea was voted player of the match by Witham Hall.

Player of the match (decided by Mrs. Abbott) goes to Jasmine for several great catches (again) and super fielding in the deep.

A great last match, everyone played really well – well done team!

Report by Jasmine M-C

All 9 year 6 girls have been exceptional this season. They have worked very hard during the term to improve ther fielding and batting skills. The effort and enthusiasm they have put in has been rewarded by their results. They have won far more matches than they’ve lost often playing against schools with many more girls in the year than we have. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these girls this term and I would also like to say a special ‘thank you’ to Jasmine (Capt.) and Izzy (Vice Capt.) who have made my job far easier. I have never had to set up pitches or put out bats etc, they have organised this in advance for every match.
Great season girls!

Mrs Abbott

Four weeks to go until Mr Ashwin’s Ironman Challenge!

It’s exactly four weeks to go until Mr Ashwin sets off on his Ironman triathlon challenge! He can’t quite believe where the time has gone, and wonders if perhaps it’s all a rather crazy dream . . . !

But reality sets in once more as he heads off for an early morning lake swim at the weekend, then hops on his bike and battles through the wind for six hours in the Leicestershire countryside! Then it’s trainers on and out of the door for a run, grabbing an energy bar and some Jelly Babies on the way!

The Ironman is a 140.6-mile endurance event, with a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, topped off with a marathon, 26.2 miles. He has seventeen hours to finish the event, starting at 6am on July 19th in Lancashire.

Here are a couple of photos from recent training; he couldn’t quite manage a smile on either! The first is after he finished the 3km Eton Swim event last month (met at the finish line by his brother) and the second is after his first 100-mile ride of the year, a few weeks back.

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A huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored Mr Ashwin and shown their support. If you would like to contribute to his fundraising for the Meningitis Research Foundation, please visit the following Just Giving page:

On this page you’ll find lots more info about the reason he is supporting this amazing charity. Mr Ashwin suffered from severe bacterial meningitis as a three-month old, and would like to give something back. The target is £2000, and with your help, he is well on his way to smashing this total!

Thank you!