Headmaster's Blog

Page 1

  • Published on 17/01/20 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Our assembly theme for this week was the ‘New Year’.  Thank you to Mr Warner for leading the Tuesday assembly (‘Which member of staff wants to read 20 books in 2020?’ ‘Which member of staff wants to run the Morris Mile every day before school?’) As Mr Warn...
    Read More
  • Published on 10/01/20 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Happy New Year…it’s wonderful to be back at school. In November, Stoneygate gained membership of two organisations: the ISA (Independent Schools’ Association) and IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools).  Please do visit their websites: https://www.isaschools.o...
    Read More
  • Published on 06/12/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    One of our ‘core values’ is that we are ‘committed’.  Could I thank everyone in the Stoneygate community for their efforts, perseverance and good humour this week.  ‘Tis the season for report writing, flu and general tiredness…but staff and pupils conti...
    Read More
  • Published on 29/11/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    You may have read in the newspapers this month that a school in the East Sussex has banned playing tag.  The Times headline “School bans tag for being too rough” certainly caught my eye.  The journalist continued, “First it was conkers, then leapfrog; now playing tag has...
    Read More
  • Published on 22/11/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    I am very lucky; I love my job.  I realize not many people can say that.  One of the things I particularly enjoy is hearing the development of language.  At Stoneygate, we are fortunate to have pupils from 4-16 and I enjoy visiting all classrooms.  In these twelve formative years...
    Read More
  • Published on 15/11/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Yes, we are a small, nurturing school, but we cannot avoid difficult decisions.  At Stoneygate, we also challenge our pupils to look at some of the difficult issues facing us. This week, Bradley (Y8) led the senior assembly.  His chosen topic was food waste.  Bradley challenged his...
    Read More
  • Published on 01/11/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Life is full of surprises.  Who’d have thought a week ago that England would defeat the All Blacks?  Who’d have thought Jeremy Corbyn would agree to an election?  Dealing with the unexpected can sometimes be difficult. This week in our whole school assembly we looked at...
    Read More
  • Published on 25/10/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Miles Davis, the great jazz trumpeter once said, “Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” As parents and teachers we know how precious time is.  As staff, we continually discuss time.  How much time should be given to homework?  Should pupils miss a...
    Read More
  • Published on 11/10/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    These are complex, uncertain times for the UK. This weekend we might have a Brexit plan, Extinction Rebellion might bring London to its knees, and who knows what will happen with regard to the rugby!  Schools need to prepare its students for these uncertain times and students need both skills a...
    Read More
  • Published on 04/10/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    I love to listen to Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Morning Live’ programme with the Rev Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir.  I particularly enjoy the ‘Thank you slot’ in which members of the public phone in to thank people for kind acts done for them in the past - sometimes decades...
    Read More
  • Published on 27/09/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    There has been much ‘anti-private school’ rhetoric in the past week.  Apparently, we are elitist and not good for society.  I couldn’t disagree more. Today, girls from Years 10 and 11 organised a coffee morning to support Macmillan nurses.  ‘The World...
    Read More
  • Published on 20/09/19 by John Dobson

    HMV

    Having a hobby is crucial for both children and adults.  As parents and teachers, we know the many benefits of having a hobby: from learning to win (and lose) to building confidence, from helping to read to developing imaginary play, from problem solving to resolving arguments.   At S...
    Read More

Page 1