his-master-voice  Headmaster’s Voice

Change is afoot at Stoneygate.

School House will no longer be a residential home (much to the annoyance of my teenage children), but will house our youngest pupils.  Builders are due to start work on converting the property into classrooms next week.  Our priority is to remove the mobile classrooms and create a learning environment that is warm, safe, family-friendly and modern.  In this school development, our youngest pupils will have a new cloakroom, new toilets, new form rooms (with interactive whiteboards) and a new ‘Creative room’.


School House will welcome our youngest pupils…

Expect scaffolding to appear at the back of the old building too.  The windows at the back of the building need replacing, before we begin the process of painting and decorating.  Several windows are damaged, most cannot be opened and all the frames are bowed.  We do want to replace these windows, but we need windows that are in-keeping with the building.  Last week we had a ‘trial run’ with one window frame being replaced at the side of Mrs Mills’ room.

The back of the beautiful old building desperately needs some attention….

In the summer holidays builders will also be working on improvements to the Art room- with better flooring, better storage areas, more sinks and more electrical points.

I’m delighted at these cosmetic changes; they will ultimately help teaching and learning at Stoneygate. Investment, in both staff and buildings, is set to continue for Stoneygate in the forthcoming years…

We’ve had two contrasting assemblies this week.  Pupils from Reception to Y3 were fortunate enough to watch Rob (from 360 Gymnastics) perform.  The photos below show him almost flying through the air… nor did he use a vault!

I particularly like the expressions on the pupils’ faces: shock, delight and amazement.  I didn’t receive exactly the same response when I delivered an  assembly earlier in the week, when discussing electoral reform in the last 200 years…although a youtube clip from Blackadder discussing ‘Rotten Boroughs’ did bring muted laughter.

Rob and Blackadder…our assemblies are not dull.

Madame Hosie and I were delighted with the response to the latest StoneyGATE (Gifted And Talented Enrichment) challenge.  The brief, for the older pupils, was to design a new cereal packet for the company ‘Monster Crunch’.  Our pupils demonstrated a variety of skills: maths, art, design, DT, environmental issues, marketing skills, even collating consumer information.  Congratulations to all who took part in the challenge.


Congratulations to Arush in Year 6 for being selected to play for both Leicestershire U11’s and U12’s cricket teams.

Congratulations to Mille, also in Year 6, for winning the girls high jump at the Maidwell Hall Athletics meet.

May I draw your attention to an event that is not on the calendar…following the Mothers’ rounders match on 21st June, there will be an afternoon tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care.  More details to follow shortly, but please do support this event & put in your diary now!

May I wish both the fathers and the sons all the best for tonight’s cricket match at Kibworth.

On a day of political turmoil, thank heavens there’s always cricket.   I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all there.

Mr J F Dobson