Advent Facts



3DH have been enjoying learning a new fact every day during advent.

Did you know…. that Gengenbach Town Hall in Germany is believed to be the biggest advent calendar in the world. It has 24 windows facing the town square and each evening during December at 6pm another window is lit! Also President Obama has a dinosaur, fish and a type of lichen named after him!


Year 3- go back to the Stone Age.

On Friday Year 3 enjoyed some time in the art room, decorating a bauble as a football for the Burton Overy  tree festival (please remember to vote).

As part of our History topic on the Stone Age, we had a go at making clay pots, using air dry clay. We then made some markings on them as decoration. We hope to paint them in simple colours when they are dry.

Stoneygate Carol Service

Well done to everyone in years 3 to 8 for doing so fantastically well in the Carol Service. Everyone worked so hard to learn all the music and performed at such a high standard. I was so proud of the energy, smiles, clarity, shaping, tuning, diction, clicks, orchestras, ensembles, descants … the list goes on and on!

The readings and the school captains’ welcome were also so well delivered and showed an understanding that went beyond the years of the readers.

Special thanks go to the staff of the school, who showed their full support throughout. In particular, Mr Murphy for preparing the readers, Mr Stocks for coordinating the event, Mr Hudson, Mr James, Mr Britcliffe, Miss Hardy and Mrs Thompson for their valued musical contribution to the service, and Mr Ashwin for his piano accompaniment and energy.

A huge thank you to everyone who made it possible and for all the support of the wonderful congregation.

Have a lovely Christmas!

Mrs Ashwin

Carol Service Spectacular

Huge thanks to all for a superb Carol Service. It was a big team effort and so many people worked incredibly hard to pull it all together.

The different elements all had a special role to play. The Year 8 readers read with poise, confidence and beautiful clarity. It was lovely to introduce our Junior Orchestra alongside the Senior Orchestra, who played delightfully. The samba kit had its first performance with a great team of Year 7 players. The drumline was a key feature of the Carol Service this year and they played with such style. The Junior Choir sang ever so well and remembered their moves and words. The Senior Choir made a superb sound and performed at their best. The school singing as a whole was something really special. This massed sound, where everyone contributes is so important and should reflect how we feel about our school community and the wider community: individual effort improving the result and outcome for everyone. I should also mention the contribution of the congregation in their singing of the carols. Thank you so much for singing with the children. It is important for them to know that music is something for everyone at every point in their lives. IMG_6164 IMG_6155 (2) IMG_6158 IMG_6147 IMG_6181   Mrs Ashwin

Carol Service Preparations

Rehearsals are well underway for this year’s Carol Service. It will be held on Thursday 11 December at 2.30pm in St James the Greater Church, Leicester. It involves all pupils from Yr 3 – 8 and we have a few special touches this year.

The Little Drummer Boy will feature a drumline – seen below. They are being rehearsed by Mr Hudson and it is going very well. You see them rehearsing on wooden stools in order to preserve their hearing!

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Make a Joyful Noise has been specially written for the Carol Service by Mr Ashwin. This will feature a samba group and they also rehearsed today (although I was so busy with my whistle that I forgot to take a picture!). This has been inspired by our work with Mr Davis from Oakham School and we will be playing our new samba kit instruments for the first time in public. Many thanks to the SSA for their help in funding these instruments: we love them!

Junior Choir and Senior Choir are making great progress on their pieces and the memorising is starting to click into place. Junior Orchestra will make its first appearance at the Carol Service, playing a medley of Christmas melodies and Senior Orchestra has been working hard since September on their two pieces. I am delighted with their effort and enthusiasm and look forward to sharing the music with family and friends in St James the Greater.

Mrs Ashwin

Senior Choir at Tigers Christmas Market

Advance notice that Stoneygate Senior Choir will be performing at the Leicester Tigers Christmas Market on Sunday 7th December.

I would like to thank Mr Palmer for suggesting our choir to the relevant people at the Tigers. The market runs from 1.30 – 5.00 at the Tigers Ground and Senior Choir will be performing at 3.00 – 3.30 and 4.00 – 4.30pm. This is a great opportunity to showcase our choir (or a good sample of it) to the community, give a sneak preview of items for the Carol Service and be part of a lovely festive event. It would be great to see lots of parents there. Hope you can make it.

No doubt there will be a few children and parents staying on for the Tigers v Toulon match (the biggest game of the season) which kicks off at 5.30pm.

Mrs Ashwin