Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 20/09/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 13/09/19 by John Dobson

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    Sometimes change can be scary; sometimes coming out of our “comfort zone” can be daunting.  At Stoneygate, we encourage our pupils to take that plunge. This week Mr Ashwin challenged students in our senior assembly to ‘channel that inner voice’ into something positive...
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  • Published on 06/09/19 by John Dobson

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    Welcome back and a particularly warm welcome to all new pupils and new staff. Stoneygate did not close over the summer holiday. We had a wonderful, successful summer camp here despite…builders, painters, plumbers, carpet fitters, IT technicians, carpenters, tree surgeons all needing access...
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  • Published on 08/07/19 by John Dobson

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    What an incredible final week!  Only at Stoneygate would we do so much in the final week….and I’m delighted we do. Congratulations to all students who were awarded prizes at our Prize Giving afternoon and thank you to Dr Dauncey and Mr Watson for their speeches.  Dr Dauncey...
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  • Published on 28/06/19 by John Dobson

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    We established ‘Challenge Week’ last year and like everything at Stoneygate, we always seek to improve it.  This year’s ‘Challenge Week’ was certainly ambitious.  We want pupils, regardless of age, to be stretched.  As a staff, we aim to deliver a number...
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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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