Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 22/05/20 by Julia Whittle

    HMV 22 May

    HMV Dear Pupils, Parents, Staff and Friends of Stoneygate, welcome to our new style of newsletter. Go to this Sway  
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  • Published on 13/03/20 by John Dobson

    HMV

    The health and safety of pupils, staff and parents at Stoneygate will always be paramount. As a school, and as a Trust, we continue to monitor governmental guidelines and advice.  I’m hoping the Stoneygate community has received and read information throughout the week from Stephen Jeffri...
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  • Published on 03/03/20 by John Dobson

    HMV

    You may well have noticed information/ posters (from Public Health England) regarding the Coronavirus around school, this has also been emailed to you. As a school and as a Trust we need to minimize risk. As a Trust, we are taking FCO (The Foreign Office) and Public Health England advice daily...
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  • Published on 14/02/20 by John Dobson

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    Like most of Britain, Stoneygate did not escape Storm Ciara. I would like to thank the site team for making Stoneygate safe following the storm.  It has been a busy time at school for the site team, for staff, for pupils and parents. Congratulations to all Year 4 pupils who entered bo...
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  • Published on 31/01/20 by John Dobson

    HMV

    As staff we cannot hide from difficult, sometimes controversial topics.  Year 7 pupils this week have looked at literature linked to racism; they looked at an extract from Malorie Blackman’s “Noughts and Crosses” novel.  In this novel the ‘crosses’ (people who...
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  • Published on 24/01/20 by John Dobson

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    Staff at Stoneygate do not ‘just teach’.  Our core values, for both staff and pupils- the 4Cs (Caring, Creative, Curious and Committed) instill an ethos where we are constantly seeking to inspire. Curiosity was certainly in the air on Tuesday evening this week as a group of astro...
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  • Published on 17/01/20 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • 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...
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  • Published on 06/12/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 29/11/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 22/11/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 15/11/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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