Headmaster’s Voice

Sir Roger Bannister did the ‘impossible’ in May 1954 when he became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. His death brought many fitting tributes.  A modest, intellectual man, when asked whether the 4 minute mile was his proudest achievement, said he felt prouder of his academic medical paper research in responses of the nervous system.

Mike Atherton’s article, in The Times yesterday, pondered if we would ever see a sportsman like Bannister again. Bannister, he said: “was able to excel at the highest level of sport and remain engaged in a broader intellectual life.”  How many future sportsman will be able to boast of achievement on and off the field?


Roger Bannister



Sir Roger Bannister, World Record Holder, Doctor & Academic

At Stoneygate we are inspired by people like Bannister.



Congratulations to all pupils who performed during French day. It is challenging for many pupils to perform in English, so we are all extra proud of all those who performed in French.

Congratulations to Mrs Veary’s form on producing a wonderful assembly on the planets.

In sport, there have been numerous fixtures (please see the website for details). However the highlight of the week belongs to Sophie (Yr 8) who won a bag of medals at the recent County Swim Championships in Northamptonshire.

Congratulations to our Senior Maths Team (Rebecca, Kian, Hattie & Arush) who performed admirably yesterday at the UKMT Team Challenge at King’s School, Peterborough.

Perhaps this generation of Stoneygate Pupils ought to be inspired by Manchester City Footballer, Vincent Kompany, who has just been awarded an MBA, Masters in Business Administration, proof that academic and sporting achievement can go hand in hand.

vincent company      Vincent Kompany

Enjoy the weekend.

Mr Dobson



Dear Parents

Following the success of last year’s event, the Stoneygate School Association (SSA) have decided to repeat the Santa Run again this year for all pupils on the afternoon of Friday 8 December at 2.15 pm on the “Morris Mile” cross country course.

Please send your child to school on the day with suitable accessories to get them in the Christmas Spirit: – Santa hats, reindeer antlers, jingle bells, tinsel and all things Christmassy! All parents are invited to come along and join in the run with their children, so if you wish to join us, please meet us at the start of the Morris Mile Cross County Course at 2.15pm prompt.  Or you can just come along and cheer on the children to the finish line.

Afterwards there will be refreshments served, including turkey sandwiches, hot drinks and mince pies, so please come along to the School Hall and join the festivities, and collect your children from there. Clubs and Prep will continue as planned from 3.30pm.

For catering purposes, it would be useful to know how many parents/guardians will be attending, so we would be grateful if you could return the attached slip to the school office or email us on by Friday 1st December.

P.S Date for your diary – Curry and Quiz Night

Wednesday 24th January 2018 in the School Hall from 7pm.


Santa Run Friday 8th December 2017 


Please include ______ parents/guardians in the catering for the post Santa Run Refreshments. (Return to the school office or email by Friday 1st December).

Name of Child (ren):…………………………………………………………………. Child’s Class (es) ……….

Please could you advise if you have any food allergies/dietary requirements:


Parent/Guardian Name: ……………………………………………………… Date:……………………………..

Laterne, Laterne, Sonne Mond und Sterne


Children at the German Kinderclub have been celebrating the festival of St. Martin with self-made lanterns, a lantern procession and St. Martin’s songs. St. Martin’s day is a German and Austrian tradition celebrated each year on the 11th of November to remember St Martin, who was a friend of the children and patron of the poor. It was fun to learn the German Laterne song by heart and light up the dark afternoon with our bright songs and lanterns!

Stoneygate School Auction – Sam Sananes Legacy

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the school ball and those who supported the Boost charity through the auction and the raffle.

A special thank you to Paul Nixon for being an amazing auctioneer on the night and to the ladies of the SSA who went above and beyond.

Sam was at Stoneygate School from 1985 to 1991 and he loved every minute of it.

I wanted to let you know a little bit of the legacy, which the Boost charity has set up in his name.

The Sam Sananes Legacy was established in May 2017 following Sam’s untimely death at the age of 39 years. Grants awarded out of the Legacy funds are intended to have regard to Sam’s own sporting interests and, where appropriate, his home town of Leicester and his support for the disadvantaged and disabled, especially sufferers of Muscular Dystrophy.

Fundraising so far has included:-

  • The London to Brighton 100km challenge run
  • Climbing Ben Nevis
  • Climbing Mount Fuji
  • Further challenges are being planned

An example of an award already given:

  • Stephen McGuire – Boccia

A small award of £400 has been given to Stephen who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. Stephen lives in South Lanarkshire and plays Boccia. The award, which has been channelled through his club, is for a new set of balls. Stephen writes ‘’Through the sport of Boccia, I have been able to train weekly which has helped to keep my condition as stable as possible. It has slowed down the deterioration and for this I am forever thankful.’’


 Future awards include: 

  • Level Water – Disability Swimming The Trustees have approved a £5,000 award out of Sam’s Legacy for the setting up of a swimming lesson programme for disabled children in Leicester. The programme follows previous successes by Level Water ( elsewhere in the UK. The anticipated outcomes are:
  • 20 disabled children will learn to swim.
  • 90% of these children will go on to swim in group lessons.
  • Ten swimming teachers will each attend two disability teaching workshops. 


  • Belvoir Cricket

An award of £5,000 has been approved by the Trustees to contribute toward the Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust (, which, in 2016, reached 462 children with learning and physical difficulties. Darren Bicknell, former Surrey and Nottinghamshire cricketer is the chief executive. Their special needs schools programme comprises:

  • A 6 weeks programme of Kwik and Table Cricket.
  • A Table Cricket tournament run in conjunction with Nottingham CCC.
  • A Cricket & Countryside Education Day comprising Kwik Cricket, fishing, meeting working dogs, a hands-on birds of prey experience and a walk exploring the castle gardens.
  • They expect 500 youngsters to participate next year.


  • Nic Cummings – Wheelchair Rugby

Boost has been a significant supporter of GB Wheelchair Rugby for over 10 years. Indeed, Kevin Aitchison, a former colleague of Sam’s at B,H&S/ING, is the chairman of their trustee body. For the London and Rio cycles they received both Sport England (grassroots) and UK Sport (elite) funding. However, for this 2017-21 Tokyo round they have been unsuccessful with their bid for UK Sport funding. This means that the £12,000 that each of the twelve elite players has been receiving has now ceased.

David Pond, the chief executive of GBWR, says… ‘’With the stoppage of this award, a number of the athletes will have serious welfare and financial issues unless we can find funding to help the most in need. Nic Cummins is one such athlete.’’

Nic has been in the GB squad since 2014 but narrowly missed out on the final selection for Rio. He plays for the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club.

Boost’s Trustees have agreed to granting an award of £3,000 from the Legacy pool, which should meet Nic’s travel and equipment maintenance costs. The funding will be managed through the GBWR executive on Nic’s behalf.


Thank you to everybody

Rachel Harris (Sam’s Sister)

The German Kinderclub

20170620_162011-001We have been at the “seaside”, have found lots of sea creatures, and learnt their names in German –  Hai, Wal, Tintenfisch, Krebs, Krevette. Schöne Sommerferien from the German Kinderclub!

The German Kinderclub (old building in the library)

Monday 3.30-4.30, Yr3/Yr4 , snack incl. Monday 4.30-5.15, Yr5/6/7/8

Tuesday 3.15-4.15, Rec/Yr1/Yr2, snack incl.

Start in the autumn – 11th September, new children welcome!

Contact Marianne,