Headmaster's Blog

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  • Published on 01/11/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 25/10/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 11/10/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 04/10/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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  • Published on 27/09/19 by John Dobson

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    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...
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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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