Stoneygate School Equestrian Team

On Saturday 25th October Louise Arnold, Charlotte Wilson, Philip Wright and Jasmine Moldon-Curran travelled to Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire to compete in the 75cm show jumping class as Team Stoneygate.

It was an early start, 5am in some cases, to travel the 2 hour journey with trailers to the impressive venue. The course walk was from 7-8am and still in darkness. The class started promptly at 8 o clock and although cold was a dry day.

All the ponies were neatly plaited up and looked very smart along with their riders.

Louise went off first for us and jumped a beautiful fast round setting a great time of 24.1 seconds. Charlotte went second on a borrowed pony and although jumping clear picked up some time faults. Philip riding next went for a fast time and, unfortunately, had a pole down. Lastly Jasmine went on her new pony, only having had her for a week, and jumped a lovely clear round.

All four members and ponies did the school proud, but even Louise’s time was not quick enough to take her through to the second round.

Three of the team’s four ponies were in their 20th year with only Louise’s 7 year old bringing down the average age.

Congratulations must go to all four of them for qualifying for such a prestigious event and representing Stoneygate School.

Louise also had qualified for the 85cm class on Sunday so travelled back down the following day.

On her fantastic pony Percy she jumped clear setting a fast time. This qualified them for the afternoon’s jump off where they came 8th, a marvellous achievement. Well done Louise.

Thank you to the children and parents who supported this event.

Year 7 have a short fuse

Year 7 are learning about electricity and this week we found out about fuses;. We mimicked the action of a fuse in an overloaded circuit by making a tiny wire out of aluminium foil, setting it up in a circuit with a bulb, then creating a short circuit across the bulb. Here’s what happened!

It might not look too safe in these pictures, but a fuse is actually a safely device! It burns through and breaks the circuit, stopping a big fire somewhere else.

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Senior School Sports Day 2014

On a gloriously sunny Friday, the senior school got together to demonstrate their sporting prowess in front of a packed stand of spectators at Rockingham Triangle. Although it may have been Friday the 13th, the day was very lucky for some!

Seahorses claimed the top spot, scoring 436 points; while Tadpoles beat out the Minnows to sneak second place – their total of 408 just edging them past the Minnows’ respectable 384. The Sticklebacks brought up the rear with 326 points scored.

Year 6 Champion Girl was a joint affair this year, with Antonia V and Eleanor B sharing the honour. Finley F’s wins in the 80m, 150m, and the High Jump secured his place as Year 6 Champion Boy.

Victrix Ludorem went to Jemima P for her stellar performances in the 100m, Long Jump, High Jump, and 200m. Victor Ludorem went to an unsurprised Harry M, who won all five of his events: 100m, 200m, Long Jump, High Jump, and Javelin.

It was a fantastic and thrilling day, with records falling left right and centre.

  • Archie Gi set a new record of 43.47m in the Year 6 Boys Howler Throw
  • Edward B beat Archie’s old record with a throw of 39.97m in the Year 5 Boys Howler Throw
  • Jasmine M-C set a new time of 12.63 seconds in the Year 5 Girls 80m
  • Thomas B crushed Pip J’s previous record, scoring a whopping 7.61m in the Year 6 Shot Putt
  • Harry M beat Charlie Walker’s record with a jump of 4.5m in the Year 7&8 Boys Long Jump – do we see Premiership rugby in his future, too?
  • Eleanor B set a new winning distance of 3.56m in the Year 6 Girls Long Jump
  • Emma B christened a brand new event with a winning time of 33.27 seconds in the Year 7&8 Girls B 200m
  • Eleanor B also set a new record in the Year 6 Girls A 150m, crossing the line in 23.59 seconds
  • Ella I beat her own record in the Year 7&8 Girls 800m with a time of 2 minutes 42 seconds
  • Antonia V shaved a second off Kirsty F’s previous record in the Year 6 Girls 600m, coming home in a time of 2 minutes 4 seconds
  • Edward B set a new record of 2 minutes 1 second in the Year 5 Boys 600m

U13 & U11 Boys Tennis v Maidwell Hall

U13 and U11 Boys Tennis v Maidwell Hall – Away
On Tuesday 17th June

The boys played one set against the 1st and 2nd Maidwell pair in their age group apart from Pip who played a couple of sets of singles against the Maidwell 3rd pair.

Teams and results:
U13s Phillip W and Seb S Lost 2-6 (1st pair) and Drew 5-5 (2nd pair)
Sam A and Sam N. Won 6-1 (2nd pair) and Lost 2-6 (1st pair)
Pip J Lost 2-6 and Lost 5-6

U11s Jamie B and Finley F Lost 0-6 (1st pair) and Won 6-1 (2nd pair)
Dom A and Archie G Lost 3-6 (1st pair and Won 6-5 (2nd pair)

The boys played some great tennis and even though some of the scores look pretty convincing, the games were far closer, often going to deuce.Seb and Phillips final match was so exciting with some amazing long rallies. Well done to everyone and thanks to all the parents who came to support.

C. Abbott

Equestrian Team

On Thursday 29th May the Stoneygate School Equestrian Team represented the school in a show jumping competition organised by Wellingborough School.  The team were Charlotte, on her pony ‘Mr Fudge Brown’, Louise, on ‘Percy’, Phillip on ‘Zorro’ and Jasmine riding ‘Pudsey Bear’. The riders had to get their ponies ready and looking smart for the first class that they entered, which was to jump fences with a height of between 70-75 centimetres.   The children have to remember the correct order of the jumps and also part of the course is timed so they have to ride as fast as they can whilst being very careful not to knock any fences down.  All the children rode brilliantly with a clear round.  There were about eight schools jumping plus about another twenty children who had entered as individuals.  Stoneygate team came second overall and Louise also came second as an individual, which were both brilliant results.  It also means that they qualify for the National Finals.  The next class the children competed in was the 80-85cm jumps.  The pressure was on for this class and again the whole team rode well but this time they managed to accumulate some time faults and they finished seventh overall.  I would like to congratulate the children on their fantastic achievement and for representing the school so well.
If any other children are interested in joining the equestrian team next year please come and talk to me.
Mrs Sillett.


U11 and U12Girls Tennis v Oakham – Away
On Wednesday 21st May

U11 Teams:
1st Pair – Gracie and Molly. W6-1, L5-6, L2-6
2nd Pair – Eleanor and Clemmy. L2-6, L2-6, L0-6
3rd Pair – Pippa and Eloise F. L2-6, L0-6, L4-6

U12 Teams:
1st Pair – Joni and Fran J W3-6, L4-6, W6-3
2nd Pair – Annie and Lara W6-3, W6-2, W6-5
3rd Pair – Charlotte W and Freddie L2-6, L1-6, W6-5

It was a beautiful afternoon for a few sets of tennis. Each of the pairs played a set against the three pairs from Oakham in their age groups. We played sudden death deuce at 40 all and sudden death at 5 games all.

There were some extremely exciting matches, three went to 5 games all and sudden death deuce in the deciding game! Congratulations go to Annie and Lara who won all three of their matches.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for the girls who all showed great ability on the court.

Overall results:
U11s – Oakham won 8 – 1

U12s – Stoneygate won 6 – 3