his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

Last week I discussed the importance of challenge.  This week as a school, and as a nation, we have faced many challenges…

This week has been dominated by the ‘Stoneygate Celebration of the Arts’ and many pupils (and staff) have risen to the challenge.  On Monday the Senior Choir performed a lunchtime concert in Leicester Cathedral, with music spanning from Vivaldi to Leonard Cohen.  Anyone who braved the weather left the cathedral uplifted by the wonderful talents of our pupils.  The following day we held the ‘Arts Festival presentation afternoon’.  Pupils from across the school played instruments, read with expression, sang and recited poetry.  Once again our pupils delighted and enthralled the audience.  For some pupils performing comes naturally, for the vast majority it is a nerve-wracking challenge.  Tonight the ‘Celebration of Arts’ comes to an end with a tap show and the Y6 performance of ‘Macbeth’…I’m very much looking forward to watching them both.

Today we officially opened ‘The Morris Mile’.  This physical challenge was enjoyed by all pupils from Years 3 -8.  This was no ordinary cross country course though… pupils were challenged to run, climb over hay bales, balance over telegraph poles, crawl through nets , slalom through flags and squeeze through tractor tyres.  This was both an individual and a team challenge.  To hear our pupils encouraging each other to get over, under and through obstacles was particularly pleasing.

Not your typical cross-country course…

Our parents’ association, the SSA, faced a large challenge this week…how much money could they, along with the pupils, raise for Red Nose Day?  Could I thank all the members of the SSA for their efforts this week- for putting together the ‘Stoneygate School Joke Book’, with wonderful/ awful jokes from staff and pupils (‘What do you call an old snowman? …..Water!  Thank you, Mrs Jelly), the selling of red noses and a cake sale.  I am delighted to say that the Stoneygate community raised over £300.

What happened in London on Wednesday shocked the nation.  In a time of crisis so many people demonstrated acts of bravery, kindness and resilience- characteristics we shall continue to develop at Stoneygate.

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As seen outside a London station…

Headmaster’s Award:

George Telfer- for two outstanding singing performances this week.

Bradley Mushambi- for his amazing ability to re-call Pi digits (see earlier blog).

Enjoy the sunshine,

Mr J F Dobson