Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 14/06/19 by John Dobson

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    It has rained every day this week.  We had to move our planned courtyard concert, we had to postpone three sports days…but has that dampened our spirits? No!  We are Stoneygate and we are both flexible and resilient. I was delighted that the Summer Sequence concert went ahead (al...
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  • Published on 07/06/19 by John Dobson

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    Are we losing the ability to listen? This week I discussed the importance of listening in assembly.  In the 21st century people are using mobile recording devices at concerts, so they can play back and listen at their own leisure.  Our brains now filter the noises we don’t want to...
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  • Published on 24/05/19 by John Dobson

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    And so farewell Theresa May.  As Prime Minister, she had the unenviable task of taking Britain out of Europe.  A promise she failed to deliver. As a school there are certain promises we need to keep and there are certain promises we cannot keep. We strive for excellence in everything...
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  • Published on 17/05/19 by John Dobson

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    As we are approach the ‘exam season’, pupils, parents and staff are beginning to feel the stress.  I was therefore delighted to note that this week was ‘Mental Awareness Week’ in Britain. At Stoneygate this week, Year 4 pupils led an assembly on hobbies.  During...
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  • Published on 03/05/19 by John Dobson

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    There are many different types of courage. Perhaps one could break courage down into six areas: physical, moral, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social.  Over the last week, I have seen courage in its many forms. Congratulations to those Stoneygate parents who finished the London M...
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  • Published on 12/04/19 by John Dobson

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    Most technological advancements help society. I am shocked that some drivers think they can control a dangerous vehicle and still text; this week I have been appalled and dismayed at internet trolls.  Following their defeat to Exeter on Saturday, Tigers players (and family members) received a b...
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  • Published on 05/04/19 by John Dobson

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    I’m always delighted when either pupils or staff ‘go the extra mile’….in this last week I’ve seen this both literally and metaphorically. Mrs Brown went the ‘extra mile’ this week when, on the back of the Arts Festival, her form performed extracts from M...
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  • Published on 29/03/19 by John Dobson

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    The Stoneygate Arts Festival is one of my favourite weeks in the academic year. Thank you to all pupils, staff and parents for making the 2019 Festival one of the most memorable. At Stoneygate we are blessed with such talented pupils.  I thought the art work this year was quite superb and...
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  • Published on 22/03/19 by John Dobson

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    Life is often about making choices. At this time of year thousands of pupils across the UK are considering GCSE and A level choices.  For some pupils the decision process is easy, for others less so. For Year 9 students some subjects are not open to debate.  All students at Stoneygat...
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  • Published on 08/03/19 by John Dobson

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    I’m very proud of our core values.  The Four C’s (Caring, Curious, Creative & Committed) apply to pupils and staff…and this week I’ve seen a plethora of these characteristics. Thank you Madame Hosie for organising another wonderful French day.  I was delight...
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  • Published on 01/03/19 by John Dobson

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    There has been much about education in the press this week.  On Monday, information regarding the new guidelines for RSE & Health Education (Relationship and Sex Education) was released; this will become mandatory for all state schools by September 2020. Staff at Stoneygate have already...
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  • Published on 15/02/19 by John Dobson

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    For over 160 years, Stoneygate School has produced ‘well-rounded’ pupils.  This ethos is still very much alive in the 21st century.  Academic rigour remains a key component, but we also value other, subtle means of teaching and learning. Recently pupils from Reception to Yea...
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