his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

Our core values- the Four C’s (Caring, Creative, Curious and Committed) are apparent every day at Stoneygate; I would, however like to highlight just some of the 4C’s that have been demonstrated this week.

We are caring. As individuals, as a school and as a community.  This theme was apparent in our assemblies this week.  Miss Harris and pupils from Years 9 & 10 led an assembly on kindness and introduced pupils as to why we need to support ‘Children in Need’.  The resulting cake sale proved popular….

On Thursday, Mrs Liquorice led an amusing, informative and poignant assembly on toilets. Next week (Monday 18th November) is ‘World Toilet Day’- I didn’t even know this ‘day’ existed.  Post the children mummifying each other in loo roll and watching a toilet sing (do google this!), they were then told some truly shocking statistics:

2.3 billion people don’t have a decent toilet of their own.

31% of schools do not have clean water.

Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes.


We are creative. Regardless of age, pupils (and staff) at Stoneygate are creative.  I was particularly impressed by some Y3 English this week and some Y7 Art/Textiles.


Kim Jong-Un in textiles this week!

We encourage curiosity. Year 6 pupils are currently looking at the importance of electricity in Science…how can we make it and how do we use it? The models linked to this theme are truly amazing- from lighthouses, to quizzes, to cars and even an electric vacuum.  Congratulations to all involved in this project.

We have also shown commitment this week, especially in sport. Every girl from Year 5- 8 has been on a hockey fixture this week, with some really impressive results.

The results for the girls were as follows;

U10 Hockey V Maidwell WON 5-0 (POM Georgina W)

U11A Hockey V Maidwell DREW 3-3 (POM Olivia C)

U11B Hockey V Maidwell LOST 1-2 (POM Emily H-W)

U13 Hockey V U13B Maidwell WON 2-1

U13C Maidwell WON 5-2  (POM Milly P)

The U11’s rugby season continues to be a hugely successful one – this week defeating Grace Dieu.

This week we also saw our U8’s victorious against Wellingborough, our U10’s beating Grace Dieu and our U13’s victorious at Leicester Grammar.


Our boys certainly enjoyed playing under the floodlights at Leicester Grammar.

Headmaster’s Award:

Arav (Y4) for an outstanding performance in the Primary Maths Challenge.

Stars of the week:

Reception: Zayn for super reading & Asha for her three letter words.

Year 1: Aiza for he retelling of Hansel and Gretel & Max for his independent reading of hedgehog facts.

Year 2: Krish for doing a fantastic glossary using words from ‘Through The Dragons Eye’.

We are caring, creative, curious and committed at Stoneygate. Perhaps the best example came through Mr Palmer challenging (and sponsoring!) his pupils to succeed in their maths skills assessment this week.  Pupils from Year 6, 7 & 8 raised £50 towards ‘Children in Need’ through their numeracy skills.

Our non-uniform day and cake sale raised over £300 for ‘Children in Need’.


Enjoy the weekend,


Mr J F Dobson


his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

Literacy skills are needed across all curriculum areas, from reading Maths questions precisely to searching for bias in historical sources.  Pupils should be able to read and write fiction and non-fiction.  For too long in this country the KS2 English SATs paper concentrated on non-fiction. (“Describe your favourite meal.”) Pressure from Head teachers and writers led to a change…the irony being the creative writing test contained “no element of creativity”.

At Stoneygate we want pupils to be creative.  We want pupils to enjoy reading and writing fiction.

Last week pupils were enthralled by Mrs Angell’s poetry recital of ‘Albert and the Lion’.

Mrs Angell with a particularly good Lancastrian accent…

Could I thank the numerous Reception and Year 1 parents who attended a Reading and Phonics Workshop after school on Monday. The aim of the session was to show how children learn to read, write and spell in the early years.  Parents attempted ‘pure sounds,’  blending sounds together to make words and segmenting to spell.  There were also suggestions on how to make reading fun and the importance of reading to children.

Several Headmaster’s Awards this week went to pupils linked to their creative writing.

Rosie’s story (Y3), “The Little Lost Cave Man” was not only beautifully written, but also included wonderful animations.


Our pupils do produce work of outstanding quality.  Here are two extracts from their work this week…

“Deep down, under the huge waves, where the light is slowly fading away, where the flora and fauna are sparse, is where the mermaid is.  She is waiting there- as timeless as it seems- silently waiting for something.  What?  Only she knows.

Her long majestic tail flutters slowly behind her.  Her lengthy blue-black hair, dotted with pearls, diamonds and sapphires flows down her front.  Her steely-grey eyes light up and are welcoming.  She catches your gaze.

But don’t trust her, (as docile as she seems), for mermaids are ferocious, ruthless creatures….”

Abby (Y8)

Lightening flashed all around, huge tongues of blinding, petrifying light.  I was terrified.  I knew there would be a storm, but this was worse than I has thought.  The ship rocked back and forth, back and forth as huge waves crashed over the ship.  I was in a nightmare of inky blue darkness, thunder and an endless flood of water.  Then I remembered.  The three stowaways.  How could I have forgotten them and their plan to escape with ‘it’ in a storm? Whatever ‘it’ was, ‘it’ would almost certainly be valuable.  Then it struck me like a bolt of lightening: the diamond.

Lauren (Y7)

Today pupils from Years 8, 9 & 10 watched a performance of ‘Private Peaceful’ at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton. This moving novel, written by Michael Morpurgo, relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn.  During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.


Private Peaceful on stage today…

Keeping with all things theatrical , good luck to Josh (Y6) who will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End this weekend in a musical called “Troubles A Brewin’ .”

Other Headteacher’s Awards:

Dylan (Y8) for creative writing, Ellie (Y3) for a beautiful Stone Age poster and Oliver (Y3) for creating an impressive 3D WWI trench.


One final message, please don’t forget to support Mr Palmer and the Rainbows charity this weekend.  Pupils from Stoneygate have ‘special access’ to get close to the guy (designed and made by our pupils).

Enjoy bonfire night,

Mr J F Dobson