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! 

Summer Sequence Concert Review

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On Friday 1st July, Stoneygate School saw a wonderful evening of music-making. We heard a huge variety of music and witnessed our pupils really enjoying themselves.

Senior Choir started the concert with a medley from Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat–  featuring a beautiful duet from Gracie F and Hattie T, Mr Ashwin’s Elvis impression and Will M dressed as Joseph. Senior Orchestra continued the Joseph theme with an energetic account of the Benjamin Calypso.

We also heard solos from two of our Year 8 performers, Freya and Gina. Freya sang the angelic and soaring solo, Pie Jesu from Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem. Gina performed Prelude from Reade’s Victorian Kitchen Garden Suite on the clarinet with a real beauty of tone. It was also wonderful to hear Siddharth’s rendition of The Gas Man Cometh – he had the audience chuckling away through the story.

Junior Orchestra have really developed their ensemble playing, performing two lively, fun pieces – Razza Sazza and Thing-a-mi-jig, conducted by Mrs Thompson.

Mr Webster, Head of Woodwind and Brass at Uppingham School, came back to Stoneygate School to perform an incredibly virtuosic clarinet piece, Solo de Concours by Messager. Mr Webster left Stoneygate in 1980 with a music scholarship to Uppingham School and it was wonderful to hear a professional performer who started his musical journey in similar shoes to our current Stoneygate pupils. I am very grateful to Mr Ashwin for accompanying this performance – a feat.

Senior Orchestra performed arrangements of two folk songs – Salley Gardens and Dashing Away With the Smoothing Iron. They play mostly one to a part, which requires absolute concentration, and they played with a lovely sense of line and rhythm and a beautiful richness of tone.

Senior Guitar Group played Are You With Me by Lost Frequencies and the James Bond theme tune. The arrangements were made especially for these players by Mr James, and they handed around the melodies and harmonies with apparent ease. Thank you to Mr James for bringing the group on so much this year.

There was panic amongst four parents as they were called upon to play various toy instruments in Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony. They had no idea that they were going to have to do this and were very good sports, playing their toys instruments with style! Mr Dobson was also called upon (also a total surprise) to play the rattle and chime bar. What a great team when combined with four of our Year 8 wind and brass players: Freya, Gracie, Gina and Patrick.

It is now a tradition that Mr Ashwin organises an a capella performance for the Year 8 members of Senior Choir. They gave a very touching performance of I’ll be there for you by The Rembrants.

The concert finished with a set from Senior Choir, which they sang with conviction, energy and style. I was delighted with their performance and really pleased to see smiles on faces.

Our finale was a joint performance of The World in Union. This began with a memorable solo by Pippa N and was accompanied by Senior Orchestra. Senior Choir was joined by members of Junior Orchestra and Senior Guitar Group. The effect was strong and utterly convincing.

To cool everyone down, an ice-cream van was selling refreshments in the courtyard. This seemed to be a welcome treat, judging from the looks on the children’s faces!

Well done to everyone who took part and huge thanks to everyone who supported the concert. Particular thanks go to Mr Webster, Mr James, Mrs Thompson and Mr Ashwin.

Mrs Ashwin