Year 2

Year 2 had their first swimming lesson on Monday morning, everyone enjoyed the treat of a journey on the school minibus and had a splash-tastic time!!




We were excited to have our first iPad lesson in Year 2. The children enjoyed Googling facts, images and video clips about hurricane Irma.





his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

I need to start with some ‘thank yous’.   Thank you staff for all the hard work over the summer- school looks wonderful and thank you to the parents for returning such smart looking pupils!


From house to school…

For the first three days of this week all staff have been involved in INSET (In Service Training).  Courses have varied from ‘the Legalities of Data Management’, to using Educational Apps, to ‘How to use a Defibrillator’ (thank you Mrs Johnson) to ‘Creating a Forest School’.  INSET has been varied, informative and inspirational.

The consultant who led the ‘Forest school Training’ was bowled over by our beautiful surroundings. She delivered practical ideas to outdoor learning and discussed the importance of ‘taking risks whilst learning outside’.  The progressive Prince Albert saw the risks and benefits of learning, working and playing outdoor over 150 years ago.  The Swiss Cottage at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight was not built for aesthetics, but for the Victoria and Albert’s children to discover and explore.

Risk is a necessary part of education and I spoke to the pupils about this on Thursday.  Risk is not about putting yourself in danger.  Risk is about taking yourself out of your “comfort zone” and often about trying something new.   So let’s encourage Stoneygate pupils to try different foods, try a different after school club and perhaps write a different story ending.

Looking forward to the term ahead…

Mr Dobson


his-master-voiceHeadmaster’s Voice

Much is happening at Stoneygate this summer… with investment in sport (see the new hockey and mini goals), in the Art block, in Administration, in IT (nine new interactive whiteboards are currently being installed, two trolleys containing Ipads have been loaded with the latest apps).

The introduction of nine interactive whiteboards will aid teaching and learning at Stoneygate.

We have invested in new furniture in the foyer of the new building, a new kitchen is currently under construction, the windows are being replaced at the back of the old building and the conversion of School House, from a residential setting to an educational one… is close to completion.

A new kitchen is planned for September….

A learning hub for pupils, staff and parents in the foyer of the new building and new windows for the old building…

It is a very exciting and busy summer here at Stoneygate.

I will keep you informed with developments throughout the summer.

Kind regards,

Mr J F Dobson

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,

In Dublin’s Fair City …

On Friday 30th June, 25 members of Senior Choir gathered at dawn and departed for Dublin. We had a quick warm-up at Birmingham Airport with a verse of ‘Cockles and Mussels’ and headed off by plane. As soon as we landed and had located our coach, we went directly to the Francis Street Christian Brothers School. This is a primary school for boys and is located in the city centre. We had a warm welcome with a huge spread of food and and then we sang our concert for them. We were delighted when they replied with songs and dancing for us.


We then found our hostel and then set off for the Science Gallery, which had a great exhibition on sound and music. After a short rest at the hostel or play in the park, we had a short rehearsal in the dining room (to the amusement of some other guests) and then walked to a local restaurant for a very nice dinner. Early bed was in order.


On Saturday, we woke early and enjoyed breakfast and then a rehearsal in the games room. We walked to the jetty where our boat trip was departing and then enjoyed a super cruise down the River Liffey. The guide was excellent and everyone absorbed a huge amount about the history of Dublin.

We then set off on foot to St Patrick’s Cathedral, where we ate lunch and then gave a lunchtime recital. This included solos and duets in addition to some super choral singing. It was a treat to have some home fans in the audience. The cathedral was beautiful and the acoustics were wonderful.


The next stop was The Ark, a cultural centre for children, which was showing a new exhibition called Beautiful Beasts. It gave the children a lovely opportunity to calm down with modelling and drawing activities. We left there to go and sing to the Molly Malone statue. We rather gate-crashed the set of a busking guitarist, but were delighted when he agreed to accompany us in a full rendition of the expected song.

From there we took the children to buy an ice-cream on Temple Bar and then headed back, before venturing out to Milano (Dublin’s Pizza Express) and then returning for Mr Palmer’s games. The bingo featured places we had been to and seen in Dublin and was excellent fun.

On Sunday morning, we squeezed in another rehearsal and then strode up to Croke Park. We were given a fantastic tour and the children were full of insightful questions about the games and their teams. We could have spent longer than the allotted 2 hours there, but we had to leave in order to get to Christ Church Cathedral on time.


Arriving at Christ Church Cathedral, we first practised processing, which is really the bit that we, as a choir, are least familiar with. There is a very particular way of taking corners that meant walking as if you were walking into something and then turning at the last second. Once we had got the measure of this, we were sorted. The musical rehearsal was straightforward, as we had worked hard on the music and everyone had been thoroughly briefed on the order of service.

The service was very beautiful and everyone concentrated hard. Evensong is an intense service for the choir as pieces just roll into each other with no announcements. Mr Ashwin and I were very pleased indeed with everyone’s efforts.

Following this service, we headed back to the hostel (via a gift shop – of course) and had a quick rest before heading off to dinner, back in the same restaurant as Friday. It was a super meal and restored tired legs. Back to the hostel for fun awards (with prizes lovingly crocheted by Mrs Angell) and toilet roll games with Mr Palmer. We made a lot of mess and a lot of noise and had a great time.


On Monday morning, we had to get suitcases packed. This took some time, but we were soon on our way (by tram) to Dublin Zoo. Dublin Zoo was very impressive and I think we all really enjoyed it. The walk back to the tram and then the walk from Abbey Street to The Little Museum of Dublin was long, but the tour at the museum was, again, highly entertaining. It brought together a number of the points that we had picked up from the river cruise and Croke Park and added in more political and historical information. The children listened very quietly as they were worn out!


Back to the airport we went and we negotiated self-check in and security with no dramas, but a few more water bottles in hand luggage than I was expecting! A last rendition of ‘Cockles and Mussels’ at the airport and we were on the plane.

It was great to hand everyone back to their parents in one piece and with suitably tired and content children. We had a super tour and all of us staff enjoyed it. We were very proud of the children’s singing and the way they conducted themselves around Dublin. We were all utterly exhausted on our return, as tours do not give a moment’s rest. However, given that I am already mulling over ideas for the 2019 tour, it must have been worthwhile!

Huge thanks to all parents, children and staff on tour (Mr Ashwin, Mrs Angell and Mr Palmer) and staff back at school for supporting the tour. We love Dublin!

Mrs Ashwin

Summer Music Exam Superstars


We had a huge number of pupils entering ABRSM music exams this summer and I will report on the Trinity guitar exams, ABRSM Music Theory Exams and any other exams that were not entered directly by school when I have all the results in.

There is a huge amount of preparation that goes into having pupils exam-ready, but it really paid off this summer for our pupils. Every pupil has their own journey through music and we are always really proud of all these successes.

Congratulations to:

  • Woody S – Prep Test Singing
  • Eva H – Prep Test Singing
  • George T – Prep Test Singing
  • Rosie A – Prep Test Piano
  • Shonali B – Stoneygate School Grade 1 Singing (she understands!)
  • Alice S – Stoneygate School Grade 1 Piano (she understands!)
  • Louie B – Grade 1 Clarinet
  • Matilda B – Grade 1 Singing
  • Sophia W- Grade 1 Singing
  • Darcey S – Grade 1 Singing
  • Imara D – Grade 1 Singing with merit
  • Karan J – Grade 1 Singing with merit
  • Felix P – Grade 1 cornet with merit
  • Harry L – Grade 1 trumpet with merit
  • Omar O – Grade 1 Singing with distinction
  • Olivia C – Grade 1 Singing with distinction
  • Olivia C – Grade 1 Flute with distinction
  • Rosie A – Grade 1 Singing with distinction
  • Tilly D – Grade 1 cornet with distinction
  • Shonali B – Stoneygate School Grade 2 Flute (she understands!)
  • Isobelle C – Grade 2 Clarinet
  • Jacob M – Grade 2 Singing
  • Seb J – Grade 2 Singing with merit
  • Joanna W – Grade 2 Singing with merit
  • Harris A – Grade 2 cornet with distinction
  • Edward Dar – Grade 2 cornet with distinction
  • Seb A – Grade 3 Singing
  • Tasia D – Grade 3 Singing with merit
  • Bradley M – Grade 3 Singing with merit
  • Will Mc – Stoneygate School Grade 4 Singing (he understands!)
  • Evie Smith – Grade 4 Singing with merit
  • Max W – Grade 4 Singing with distinction
  • Siddharth B – Grade 6 Singing with merit

The reports and certificates will be sent when I have them.

Please note that pupils can start learning to play an instrument or sing at any point in their time at Stoneygate (from Year 3 upwards) and by special arrangement in Pre-Prep. We even have parents in music lessons (although priority for availability will normally be given to pupils). Please contact Mrs Ashwin for more details if you are interested in music lessons for yourself or your child.

Mrs Ashwin