This week the world was not surprised to hear that Vladimir Putin had been ‘elected’ President of Russia once more. Putin gained over 76% of the vote; the main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race. Democracy, in all forms, is a difficult concept, as Churchill declared, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”
This week we held a debate, the motion being ‘This House believes the Monarchy in 21st century Britain is irrelevant’. Four pupils argued for, four pupils argued against. Comments and views were taken from the floor. No-one was barred….Kremlin please note. In a tense open vote at the end of the debate, scores were even. Madame Hosie, as Chairwoman, therefore had the casting vote. The motion was not carried. Democracy triumphant; the Queen delighted!
Democracy in action…
There have been a number of school events this week in which pupils, staff and parents have all worked together to benefit both our pupils and charitable causes.
I thought our pupils read and sang beautifully at our Easter service at St Cuthbert’s Church. The collection from the service will be shared between the Church (part of the Church floor needs to be repaired) and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal (to help the victims of hurricane Irma). Two worthy causes.
Sunshine on our way to Church…
The Morris Mile looked spectacular this week- thank you to Mrs Telfer for the hay bales and to the staff who constructed the course. It was certainly more challenging than last year… with the first hurdle resembling Becher’s Brook! Were the pupils overwhelmed? The harder the course, the more determined they were.
Older students helping younger ones…
Here are some of the highlights from the race…
Prior to the steeplechase, Mrs Angell and Mrs Veary had the difficult, but ultimately enjoyable task of judging ‘The Great Stoneygate Bake Off!’. Thank you again to all pupils and parents who entered this. We raised almost £300. This will be split between the Matt Hampson Foundation and Sport Relief.
Congratulations to Clara, Mia, Lea and Elizabeth. The cakes looked and tasted wonderful. Particular thanks must go to our parental body, the SSA, for helping out with this event.
We ended the term with a Pre- Prep gym display and a ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale. A special thanks must go to Mrs Fielding and Mr Palmer for organising the two events.
Thanks to Mrs Fielding for not only putting on the display, but for her coaching. The pupils showed great balance and gymnastic technique, but also progression…with some of the Year 2 pupils managing vaults and summersaults.
It has been a long winter and I think we are all looking forward to the Trinity term. With Easter one associates new life. During the holiday there will be much work done at Stoneygate. I am delighted to say the mobile classrooms will be demolished and painters and decorators begin on Monday. They will be focussing on both internal and external work at Stoneygate. New teachers will also be arriving both in the Trinity Term and the Advent Term. We wish Mrs Johnston (Y3 Science & Lower school French) well as she relocates to Scotland. We welcome Madame Patterson who will be joining Madame Hosie in the French department. Madame Patterson will initially take Lower school French and then support some of our older pupils in the Advent term. In the Advent term we will also be welcoming other new staff- Mrs Liquorice (Humanities teacher) and Mrs Brown (Year 3).
May I wish you all a happy Easter,