NEWS 2011-2012

.... Again!


Public Examination


For the seventh year in succession, and since the measure was introduced in 2005, our results would place us in the top 5% of schools in the country for
Value Added performance.

An outstanding achievement for the school and a reflection of the effort of both girls and staff

See Academic Results page for further details



The school resounded with the 'sounds of music' as the Junior musicians, in a range of instruments, entertained their parents at the end of term. Even our very youngest pianists performed with aplomb and all the girls enjoyed being in 'Concert Dress' for such an important occasion!

The parents and pupils were then entertained by some of the more experienced Senior School musicians including performances of some of their original GCSE compositions in Voice and clarinet.

The Junior Choir (pictured) has begun rehearsing this term and we look forward to hearing them perform later this year.


During the summer term Year 8 took part in a variety of activities to raise a fantastic sum of over £400 for their chosen charity: The National Society of Epilepsy. Their jam-packed talent show genuinely showed their array of talents from disciplines including music, dance, acting and performing arts. Some moving performances were strong enough to bring a tear to the audience’s eye.

As Year 8 are a sporty lot they also took part in the Stoodley Knowle Team half marathon. The track, that was set up around the perimeter of the school, was quite a challenge however the girls were determined to complete it in the best time possible and exceeded expectations. They should be very proud of their outstanding effort and superb team attitude. Well-done Year 8!


With a miraculous absence of rain we were able to celebrate the Jubilee in style and the Front Lawn, resplendent with bunting, was the perfect setting for, amongst other things, a hog roast, a coconut shy, a display of homemade cakes, face-painting, country dancing and a bouncy castle! All the competitions were enthusiastically supported but none more so than the ‘Crufts at Stoodley Dog Show'! Even the determination of the tug-of-war entrants, the focused concentration of the Spelling ‘B' competitors, the ‘fight to the death' attitude of the Rounders Teams paled in comparison, as the multitude of canine ownersprepared their pets for ‘The Waggiest Tail' and the ‘Shiniest Coat' competitions! The debates and polite questioning of the Judge's decisions continued long after the winners were announced and had received their rosettes! What a wonderful day with families and friends – hopefully to be repeated in the not too distant future.



Our Leavers' Mass in June was followed by the Senior Prize-Giving, where we celebrated the successes of the school year. and, in particular, the contribution to school life of our 6th Form Leavers, some of whom have been at Stoodley for 16 years! The outgoing Headgirls, Jenny Cavanna and Faith Brewer are pictured with their successors Amy Swift and Victoria Bremner.

Sporting Competitive Highlights 2011-2012

Hi 5 South Devon Area League Champions
U18, U16, U14, U13 teams all South Devon Area Champions
U18 team undefeated locally + strong wins v Stover and Kelly College
U16 team undefeated v Kelly, Stover, Ivybridge, King's College Taunton
U12& 13 teams undefeated v Taunton, Kelly, Stover, and Exeter school
Aine Grady selected for the Devon Netball Satellite Academy

U12 &13 teams were runners up in South Devon and were victorious against St Margarets and Maynard
E Buckley, T Clee, L Harris, P Jones - all selected for Devon U16 hockey squad

U16 & U15 teams undefeated in all matches and Area Champions
U14's Area Champions

Lydia Harris selected for the England U19 cricket squad
U13 team were South Devon Champions
U15 team selected as Devon Team of the Year, an award covering all sports in Devon, male/female from adults to children

Senior Team National quarter finalists
Year 10 team League runners-up
Year 8 team County Tennis finalists

Heidi and Katie Tranter who play for the South West Basketball Team
and have been drafted into the England Under 17 and
Under 15
Basketball Development Squads


"I feel really honoured and very humbled to have even been nominated to carry the Olympic Torch, let alone be actually carrying it! I was nominated by an ex-student from a previous teaching post in Cheltenham - Annie. She suffered a family tragedy whilst studying for her GCSE's - she was a very talented sports student who I supported through some difficult times. Since leaving the school we have remained close friends, she came to my wedding and as a talented artist even decorated my little girl's bedroom!


I am very proud to have inspired her to become a talented sports coach - I think part of every PE Teacher's motivation is to be a role model and encourage the students we teach to achieve their sporting ambitions and dreams. In her nomination she said she had never found a way to say thank you for the help and support I have given her, but I feel as though I will never find a way to say thank you to her for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Mrs Fabian later brought her Olympic Torch into school for all the girls to see, hold and run with!

Pictured (right) holding the torch is the school Games Captain, Rebecca Petas.


Isabel Fazan, a past pupil at Stoodley, has raised a lot of money over a number of years for good causes and as a result was nominated to carry the Torch. This year she has sent herself a number of challenges to raise money for a cancer charity, including climbing the Three peaks of Yorkshire within 12 hours, walking non stop from London to Brighton and running a 10K race in Newcastle. Isabel lived in Argentina for a year as a teenager and was struck by the plight of the street children and has since raised money for an orphanage there, returning to Argentina in the school holidays to work as a volunteer.


On Sunday 20th May Year 8 were invited, as sporting representatives of Torbay, to be part of the Olympic Celebrations. They were photographed displaying the Olympic rings and also took part in some very energetic samba dancing! It was enjoyable day out for all in the name of sport, culminating in ‘front row' places to see the arrival of the Olympic Flame.


Chris Murray of Pennywell Farm fame and whose daughter Hettie is a past pupil of Stoodley, arrived one Saturday morning with a host of animals to entertain pupils, parents and grandparents!
The rain stayed away so we did not have to relocate the miniature ponies into the kitchen – thank goodness – and all our friends and guests enjoyed some homemade scones, jam and cream in between stroking, cuddling and grooming the animals.
There were a few tears when some of the youngest pupils realised they could not take a ‘Teacup' pig home with them, but other than that cruel disappointment, everyone had a wonderful time!
Helen Snell, Head of Art at Stoodley, has been selected as a 2012 Finalist for the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, pictured with one of her award winning entries


For the second year in succession our crops (this year peas and dwarf beans!) were chosen as part of the Scotts Miracle-gro ‘Learning Journey Garden' at the Chelsea flower show. Mabel and Hazel, our two horses, were also invited to attend the Show where they were proudly photographed with three Chelsea pensioners.
Amy Bell and Freya Gidman represented Stoodley, meeting the public and promoting the garden – which they did magnificently.
They enjoyed sharing their experiences with Peter Seabrook, the TV presenter, and accepted the Silver Flora Award on behalf of Stoodley Knowle
the air is


"The air is delicious, but it must be admitted that the moor has a very ample share of wind, rain and mists" (Lady Rosalind Northcote, 1923) The girls certainly had their fair share of ‘wind, rain and mists' on virtually all their training weekends and atrocious weather even curtailed their final practice walk. However blue skies and clear visibility blessed the actual event and with pinpoint navigation and good walking skills the team completed an excellent expedition.


This year our skiers ventured to Prato Nevoso to enjoy an activity packed ski trip in the snow and sun! We stayed in a superb hotel at the foot of the ski slopes, equipped with a games room, swimming pool, spa and sun loungers that had a perfect view of the beautiful snow capped mountains. The fantastic menu offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared us with the energy
we needed to ski the day away or take part in the after ski antics! With access to 100km of pistes, there was plenty of skiing both above and below the tree line for all the girls and as our skills improved we crossed the valley to the neighboring resort, Artesina, where the skiing was a little more challenging. The groups went whizzing down their choice of, virtually empty, long blue, red and black runs!
Après ski activities included sledging, karaoke, swimming, a traditional pizza night and of course, the traditional finale as each year group sung their ski trip song (with actions!) at the last night celebratory disco. An excellent all round trip, definitely an experience to remember and one that many already want to repeat!


In April, 10 of our cricketers went to represent the school and the South and West of England in the Lady Taverners U15 cricket national finals. Their journey to the finals started with the Torbay round, progressing to the Devon County Finals, the South and West of England finals, and, ultimately, Lords!

They faced stiff competition from 4 respective regional winners from all over the UK (London and East, Midlands, The North, and Wales). They were outstanding on the day and won ALL FOUR of their matches making them undisputed NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

We also won ALL THREE special awards:
Lydia Harris won for her superb performances
Hannah Harvey-Trott won for her hat-trick!
Stoodley won for taking 5 wickets in 6 balls!!
As a relatively small school, for the team to go this far and beat over 450 other schools is a tremendous achievement!! Well done girls - next stop - global cricket domination!!?
Click on the web link below where you can see some action from the day.,314111,EN.html


Following their Science topic on the Earth and Beyond, Year 5/6 had the amazing opportunity to join Torbay Astronomical Society for one of their observational evenings.

With very clear skies and after a short lecture about Hyades open star cluster, we made our way to the observatory for the main event! The members encouraged the girls to look through their telescopes and we saw Venus and Mars and Jupiter. Jupiter was the most outstanding as we could see three of its moons and even the clouds covering the planet's surface.

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed themselves, so much so that some of them have persuaded their parents to take them to the next meeting!


World Book Day was celebrated by the whole school on 7th March. The girls arrived in their costumes and brought the books their character inhabited! At the end of the day the Preparatory School joined with the Senior School to parade down a catwalk to show their costumes off to a spellbound audience!
Under 10 Cross Country Team
Under 12 Area Hockey League Runners-Up


This half term Year 7 have worked hard to organise their fund raising day and chose to organise several activities based on the theme of characters from books or film.
The main focus was an impressive collection of home made cakes, that were sold after lunch, with each table linked to the theme such as Alice in Wonderland jam tarts, the Lion King cup cakes and you can imagine how much chocolate there was on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory table!
Mounds of candyfloss and popcorn later - they had raised £243.35 for the Blue Cross in Torquay.
The girls delivered the cheque in person and had a lovely time playing with the kittens and trying to hide them in their blazer pockets to take home!
Eleanor, Phoebe, Tara and Lydia selected for the Under 16 Devon Hockey Squad


This term we have introduced Crest Star Investigators into both the Pre-Prep and Prep Departments.

This is a national award scheme that enables children to solve scientific problems through fun practical investigation. So far we have found out the best bridge structure, identified a thief by identifying the ink used in the ransom note through chromatology, and helped solve why Martin the Magician's magic trick went wrong!! We have lots more exciting experiments to come including investigating tomato sauce!


The British Association for Science education launched a nationwide competition called “Prove it”. The aim was to explain any aspect of our world in motion in just a 30 second video clip! We had three amazing and ambitious entries. Helena had planned a comparison of how muscles compare to motors and discussed their advantages, limitations and efficiency (all in 30 seconds remember!).

Jenny and Rika filmed themselves on the beach explaining how tides were formed, and last but not least, Ophelia composed a song to explain how techtonic plates were formed and how they cause earthquakes.

The judges felt that this entry was “particularly wonderful” and there were positive comments from the National Geological Society as well! Being able to present scientific ideas is a wonderful skill and all of the entrants will benefit immensely from this experience. They performed with clarity and accuracy and should be very proud of their achievements. Well done all of you.


At the end of term the Preparatory School shared their version of the Easter Story with the Sisters, the staff and the Senior School. They told the story of Holy Week through songs, readings and instrumental music, in a very calm, thoughtful and prayerful way. A wonderful experience shared by the whole school.


The 14th March is world Pi Day. The unique 3/14 date lends itself beautifully to be the day to celebrate everything linked to Pi.
Students looked at the irrational number searching for patterns. They worked on problems and found the solutions hiding in the digits of pi. Others tried to memorise pi to as many figures as possible and we had fun unscrambling some pi dingbats. We even wrote stories that cunningly celebrate the digits in pi. Some students found their birth dates recorded in pi and others are still searching for their phone numbers! As a finale we looked for a font that would illustrate how the reflection of 3.14 is the word pie.
Celebrating Chinese New Year in the Manor
An investigation into light and colour inside the Science Explorer Dome.


Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form were very fortunate in being able to attend a lecture by Mr. Hockings, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Torbay Hospital. He focused on the injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular fractures caused by stress or trauma.
He gave a very vivid and entertaining description of the injuries he sees and how the doctors treat them. We looked at bones and the devices used to repair the damage. The X rays were very graphic and really made us appreciate the complexity of some of the procedures used. We compared a healthy knee with one that had suffered a traumatic injury. We thoroughly enjoyed the talk, learnt a lot and the content helped support the work we do in GCSE and A level P.E. and Biology. It also made us appreciate some of the important developments taking place in the medical world. JC Year 13
The girls experience the effects of dry ice with visiting Lecturer, Ben Brown.
Under 11 Hi 5 Area League Champions
Stoodley's Hi 5 Team proudly displaying their team shirts when they qualified for the 'Spirit of the Game' Devon County Sports Festival'


Stoodley is taking apart in the Garvinea School Project, an international competition to see who can grow the best Garvinea.

Over a few days the girls took it in turn to plant their Garvinea plants in their own pots and are now responsible for feeding and watering their plants.

In May the best plants will be selected from schools in England, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium, so watch this space!


On 5th February Catholic Churches throughout the country celebrated Education Sunday. Faith and Jenny, our Headgirls, went to Sunday morning Mass at St Marychurch to deliver a talk to the congregation about their experiences on the school trip to Kenya.

The area we go to in Africa is wild, barren, remote and poor. The girls spoke extremely well, balancing information and reflections with clarity and insight. Their audience were most appreciative and could see what a life changing experience it had been for the girls – and indeed the accompanying staff


Year 9 were invited to attend the Maths Masterclass Programme coordinated by the Royal Institution. This is aimed at students who are interested in maths and was held at Plymouth University on five Saturdays throughout the spring term. The students who volunteered to attend were entertained and amazed by the variety of different topics tackled. They explored the Fibonacci sequence, planned the projectile of missiles using a trebuchet and realised the power of the graphical calculator.

This year sees the introduction of a one-day Masterclass for year 7. We are looking forward to the day in May where we will have the opportunity to look at the wonders of shape and work alongside other keen mathematicians


Girls from Year 3 and 4 had a wonderful day at the Seashore Centre learning all about rocks and soils. We learnt how to identify metaphoric, sedimentary and igneous rocks, how to investigate different types of soils and finally how to build our own volcanoes!


On a very sunny afternoon a group of GCSE Geography students were taken to Dawlish Warren to see for themselves aspects of the ‘Coasts Unit' they have been studying in class.

The group found it very useful to actually see features, such as the spit, sand dunes, wave cut platform and because of the groynes (for non-geographers a low wall or sturdy timber barrier built out into the sea from a beach to check erosion and drifting!) they were also able to see the effects of long shore drift. Hopefully this trip will help them to remember the features and processes when it comes to the examination!



Year 7 & 8 had a very busy study day at the Zoo taking part in a range of investigations and workshops.
The girls compared different types of plankton from different oceans of the world and then became scientific detectives, as they had to use chromatography to solve the puzzle – ‘whose

pen wrote the ransom note found at the crime scene?’
There was a spectacular science extravaganza on forces and motion (including a few surprising explosions!) and finally a most enjoyable tour of the zoo.


An excellent team of Year 9 girls - Zehara Prince-Jones, Ophelia Pearce and Aine Grady - represented the school in this year’s Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition.
‘The Power of the Mind’ was the topic put under the microscope by Ophelia, who researched all manner of ‘brainy’ things, such as the theories which underpin hypnosis, why we all procrastinate and - their favourite - the science of why chocolate is good for the grey matter!
After a number of weeks of intensive preparation, the team presented their speech to the panel of judges in the first round and were extremely pleased to be declared the winners in the Intermediate category. The event was made even more memorable with the girls being awarded competition certificates for Best Chair (Zehara Prince-Jones), Best Speaker (Ophelia Pearce) and Best Proposer of the Vote of Thanks (Aine Grady).
The Area final was held in Okehampton, where all three girls performed beyond expectations in front of a large theatre audience. A fantastic achievement and excellent grounding in such an important skill for their futures!


Our Spring Open Morning provided a lively, fresh approach to sharing our curriculum with friends of Stoodley, old and new. Visitors were not only able to tour the Manor and see how busy the girls have been but were invited to join in with a range of academic lessons. Existing Parents were able to observe lessons with older pupils so they could see what was in store for their daughters in the future! There was even a glimpse into life in the Senior School with a Year 7 Geography challenge to discover the original ‘Sat Nav'. Young scientists explored gravity through falling bread, historians planned a delicious menu for a Roman feast, mathematicians proved the value of Pi through practical investigation and our young journalists spread the Gospel ‘Good News' via modern media! The Junior Choir sang, the netball and hockey squads played and we all enjoyed cupcakes and coffee! What a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning ...


Scarecrows created by the Juniors in an Inter house competition were awarded the ‘Eat Well and Grow Well' Trophy at Exeter Food Festival as well as £150 of gardening vouchers. Over 30 schools in Devon entered the competition but our ‘First Ever Greek Athlete' and ‘Olympic Cyclist 2012' (standing by a great signpost!) – triumphed on the day.


Avid theatre-goers from Years 8 to 12 enjoyed the TOADS production of Shakespeare's comedy of intrigue and mistaken identity, ‘As You Like It'. The clarity of the verse speaking and the excellent characterisation made this complicated plot a joy to watch.

The performance the girls attended was a gala charity night for Rowcroft Hospice, a good cause which the school raises money for every year.

An inventive set created the pastoral idyll of the Forest of Arden, where, despite many setbacks – including Roaslind's banishment and Orlando's belief that Rosalind was a young man who dispensed advice in matters of the heart – true love triumphed ! By the final curtain, to borrow from the Bard himself, ‘All's Well that Ends Well'!


Hannah, Lydia and Harriet representing Stoodley's Under 15 Cricket Team, receiving their award at the Devon Sports Awards ceremony. The team were acknowledged as Overall Devon Team of the Year, an award sponsored by the Sunday Independent.

Under 13 Cross Country team in action
at the Area Championship


On 19th March Mrs. Buckley and a team of helpers organised a ”Café Francais” in the common room.

All girls studying French in years 8 to 11 were invited to enjoy French snacks (pains au chocolat, croissants, brioches, crepês) and drinks in a “café “ atmosphere while conversing solely in French with staff, some French-speaking parents and each other.

Quite a tall order but the girls rose to the challenge and a very pleasant hour ensued and it was lovely to see Mrs Davies (who retired last year) in attendance.


On 16th January a group of of girls from years 9, 10 and 11 all of whom are studying French, accompanied Mr. Thynne and Mrs. Buckley to see a French film at the “BLUE WALNUT CAFÉ” in Chelston, Torquay.

The café has one of Torquay's best kept secrets, a 24-seat cinema, believed to be the second-smallest in the UK – and our party more or less filled it! The girls enjoyed a lunch in the cafe before watching the 2008 French comedy box-office hit “BIENVENUE CHEZ LES CH'TIS”.

The film deals in a hilarious way with the misconceptions and prejudices that people who live at one end of a country can entertain about their compatriots at the opposite end, in this case with the faulty assumptions of people from Provence about the area in the north near Lille.

A touching and heart-warming feel-good film that the girls greatly enjoyed: this trip represented an experiment well-worth repeating in the near future


Year 8 experienced a meal with a difference when they remembered one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar, a festival that has been celebrated since about 1300 BC. The Feast of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) commemorates the liberation of the Israelites who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Foods are eaten that are symbolic of the sufferings of the Jewish people: unleavened bread, matzo, is eaten to

remember that the Israelites had to leave in such a hurry that they had no time to make leavened bread. Horseradish is eaten with the bread recalling the bitter times they endured as Egyptian slaves. (The horseradish was a bit of a shock for some of the girls – a new culinary experience for many of them!) However many enjoyed dipping lettuce (fresh greens – hope for a new life) in the salt water which represents the tears of the Jewish people in their slavery and persecution.



At half term a group of thirteen girls from the Prep School took part in the Level 1 Bikeability Course, a ‘cycling proficiency' for the 21st century. The course is designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads learning how to control and master their bikes in a traffic-free environment, through fun games and activities,. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the course and all gained the Level 1 certificate. Stoodley has now been invited to develop a Go-Ride School Club a British Cycling's development programme for young people. Maybe Stoodley can produce a future Victoria Pendleton!
Aine Grady in Year 9, selected for the Under 14 Devon Netball Satellite Academy
Year 10 Life Saving Examination Success
'The Best Prepared Group' the Examiner had ever seen!


Our youngest pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the introduction of yoga to the curriculum.

The classes are designed to help the girls to develop physical skills and, just as importantly, have fun in the process.

Mothers and daughters of prospective and existing families are so keen that extra sessions are in the pipe-line!


Ellaouise Kilroy Silk competed in her first Ski Competition in October and won the novice category at the Devon Schools Alpine Ski Competition with a time of 16.40 seconds, the fastest time in both the Under 9 and Under 12 categories. As a result of her brilliant performance, Ellaouise has been invited to join the Torbay Alpine Ski Club race team.


For part of their examination research the GCSE Art groups went to visit Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London last term, in order to view, first hand, work that they have been studying in school. This gives students of art an insight into technique and scale, which can be lost if only viewed in books. Also being able to ‘decode' a painting is a vital skill, when thinking about creating one's own work.

kalendis ianuariis
(Happy New Year)

September 2011 saw the formal start of the Latin Club, a group who meet once a week on a Tuesday evening with the aim of studying Latin in order to achieve a Level 1 Certificate in 2014. The group comprises of around 20 girls from Years 8 to 11 who are enjoying the challenge and the novel way of learning, using the interactive Cambridge Latin Course.
Isobel Dommett and Maisie Meehan,
Year 7 Scholarship pupils


After months of planting, nurturing and weeding (plus a visit from Peter Seabrook - who loved our cabbages!), the young 'gardeners' watched as their best plants were loaded up for the long journey to

London, to be included in a National display of fruit and vegetables.The award has been a wonderful incentive for the girls to keep gardening and keep growing their own!

Our end of term production this year took us right around the world! We visited different continents to tell tales from Australia, Russia, Africa, North America, South America, and China.
It was a fantastic journey during which we explored the colours, sounds, sights, art, literature, culture and, indeed, all we could find out about the various countries whose stories we told.
Year 7 were in Africa with tales about 'How the Leopard Got His Spots' and 'Why the Spider Has A Big Butt', while Year 8 explored the Australian myth of the 'Rainbow Serpent', an explanation of the beginning of the world.

'Princess Vassilissa and the Firebird' was Year 9's contribution and it was a veritable feast of physical theatre, romance, humour, chorus work, puppetry, a giant lobster and a fairly sizeable horse! Oh, and some stunning ballet to the music of Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite'.
The whole cast revelled in an all-singing-all-dancing rendition of 'I like to be in America' from' West Side Story', while a small group of Years 7 and 8, together with a donkey, told a salutary little tale about . . . a South American donkey ride!
The final tale was a version of 'The Willow Pattern', from China. Based on the story pictured on the famous plates,

and played completely in blue and white, the Year 10 GCSE Drama group treated us to this moving story about the power of love. We very much wanted to create a soundscape to support the production so, throughout the rehearsal period, the Year 10 GCSE Music Group researched and composed sound effects and music from the various continents. In performance this music group were squashed backstage with props, scenery, quite a lot of lobsters, a melee of actors and a couple of adrenalin-filled teachers! They still came up with the goods! All the girls really rose to the challenge and were an inexhaustible source of ideas. Well done to them !
On Friday 8th July Sisters, the Centenary Committee and Staff welcomed 552 guests (yet again a ‘sellout' event) to the ‘Admirals Ball'. With a beautifully decorated marquee on the front lawn, outstanding food and a great band, everybody had a wonderful evening, despite the weather (rain!) and the temperature (chilly!).
The photographs speak for themselves as the pupils, past pupils, parents and friends smiled all evening,
danced until 2pm and were unanimous in their appreciation of a stunning dance display from Darren and Lilia.
Lydia Harris in Year 11, member of the England Under 19 Cricket squad and one of the 6 top ‘spinners’ in the country!
Lydia has gone from strength to strength – attaining ‘Super 4's' cricket selection at only 16 years of age. Lydia is now part of the 30 strong England U19 Training Squad and was one of only six spinners chosen to attend the ‘spin specialist' England training camp.


This Christmas the Year 11's brought
Bollywood to Stoodley! They decorated the gym with vibrant gold, purple and red drapes, pretty cushions and magical stars with a backdrop of the Taj Mahal. All the girls wore beautiful silk saris, jingly bangles and jewelled headdresses. The party was equally colourful, energetic and highly entertaining. Bollywood tunes resonated throughout the afternoon. All the younger pupils enjoyed the party games and dance competitions and our congratulations to Year 11, as after weeks of planning, the whole event was a tremendous success!


On Saturday 9th December thirty girls from both the Senior and Junior Choir arrived at Fermoy’s Garden Centre to sing Christmas music to shoppers and their parents and friends. The girls gave up their afternoon to raise money in support of Enkereyian school and we raised over £150.
A brilliant effort from all concerned.


We introduced L.A.M.D.A to the younger children this academic year and no fewer than eighteen eager children were soon involved. The girls in Transition, Year 1 and Year 2 all enjoyed Wednesday afternoons with Miss Jones who helped the children improve their confidence in performance and public speaking. The children were entered into the L.A.M.D.A. examinations this year.

Transition gained a merit for their rendition of 'Dinosaur Roar' and Year 1 and Year 2 both achieved distinctions for their poems 'Remember' and 'The Ghostie'.


We had the flags, a wedding dress, a tiara and two beautiful bridesmaids and the younger pupil were off to the Royal wedding!


The girls in Year 10s, 11&12 travelled to Colston Hall in Bristol to see and hear five of Britain's top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms.

Steve Jones-geneticist
Dave Cliff-computer scientist
Iain Stewart-geologist
Maggie Aderin-space scientist
Steve Mould-physicist

The day was fast-moving, exciting, thought provoking and it gave the girls an understanding of how science could be applied to offer solutions for many of the world's greatest problems. The girls were given the chance to raise issues and ask questions and they also learnt what it was like to study science at university and the career opportunities available to them to them as scientists. The primary objective of the day was to generate enthusiasm for science-something that was clearly achieved! The secondary objective of the day was to visit Cribbs Causeway- for some great Christmas shopping!


In late November the Senior Choir was invited to take part in a contemporary ballet production of “The Snowman”, showing at The Princess Theatre in Torquay. We were asked to sing, ‘live’, the theme tune to “The Snowman” by Howard Blake, at the moment when the little boy is taken flying by the snowman.

We sang the song in two parts, with an orchestral backing track. Several Stoodley girls were also dancing in the production. The audience were very appreciative and the evening made a really lovely beginning to all our Christmas celebrations both in and out of school.

The ‘Stoodley Running Santas’, supporting the Plymouth Rotarians with a 5 km run, in their fundraising
efforts for the Children’s Hospice.

Freya Gidman in Year 4, pictured with Robin Cousins, at her successful audition for the latest tour of Holiday on Ice


The tradition of St Nicholas Day is a European custom that has been adopted by the youngest members of the school at Christmas. The children wash and shine their boots and leave them on the window ledges for St Nicholas.

If the children are good their wellingtons are filled with lovely gifts, but if they have not been quite so good they are filled with onions and potatoes! The excitement in the nursery is almost palpable!


We have recently said fond goodbyes and warm hellos to Staff. Miss Moore decided upon a serious lifestyle change – she flew off to teach in China – Beijing, in fact. We are, of course, in touch and she is hugely enjoying her new experience as her students are, apparently, ‘from every corner of the globe’. Some of us left behind are saving up for a Chinese holiday! Mr Castillo has not travelled nearly so far, just across Torquay to the Girls’ Grammar School where he will be able to focus on his greatest passion – Physics. Madame Davies is enjoying her retirement and has already had a European tour. She popped in to tell us all about it, looking wonderfully relaxed! We shall miss them greatly, both for their teaching and their valuable presence around the school. All were sent off in fine style with thanks, gifts and flowers galore! We have, of course, welcomed new staff to replace those who have moved on: Sarah Britton will teach Physics, Liane Dry and Ria Fabian are already in House as part of the Science and P.E. teams, and Trefor Thynne, from Torquay Boy’s Grammar School, has joined the French Department. Their contribution and particular gifts and talents will be as valued as that of their predecessors.

Isabella Furness in Year 9, a Mid Associate of the Royal Ballet School, has recently achieved
Distinction in both her ballet and modern Intermediate Examintaions.


At the end of the Spring term a group of pupils went on a study tour of the World War One battlefields. Based at the Messines Peace Village, they were able to visit the Ypres salient, Vimy Ridge and the Somme area. There were opportunities to walk through trenches and tunnels as well as visit cemeteries, museums and memorials.

During the 8 pm ceremony held each night at the Menin Gate, Ypres, to remember the thousands killed during the Ypres campaigns, two of the party laid flowers of remembrance. Everyone learned so much from the guide's informative talks and it was an experience that will be remembered forever.


Pupils at Stoodley Knowle are supporting a South Devon toddler with a rare illness Drew Axford Ewing, son of dance teacher Alison, has been diagnosed with life limiting Cystinosis, which currently has no cure.

The girls elected to make the 'Drew Appeal' one of its fund raising charities for the year and has held many events to raise money for the worthy cause, including cake making, sponsored silences, car washing, face painting and a massive book sale. Well done to all involved. Drew and his family are extremely grateful for the interest and awareness we have created and of course for the vital funding of this very worthy cause.


Years 5 and 6 entered a Prep School photography competition, their aim to portray life in a modern nursery and
Prep School. The photographs show just a couple of their imaginative takes on work and play with both activities being taken
very seriously!


It was with much excitement and some trepidation that a group of 6th Form students and staff set off for Nairobi in October 2011. After an uneventful journey the girls arrived in Kenya and were taken to Enkereyian Primary School where they were to teach for a week. Accommodation was basic, the options being either the concrete floor of an ostrich hut or the manyattas of the local villagers. The girls rose to the challenge and coped very well with the conditions and the healthy, if unvaried diet of pineapple and boiled eggs for breakfast, with beans, cabbage, potato and flat bread for lunch and supper! The primary school pupils were impressive, enthusiastic and ambitious. What amazed our girls was the fact that they take their exams in their third language, English, something that none of us would be able to do.We were very aware how much our support of Enkereyian means to the village. We hope the present Year 10 and Year 11 will have the same wonderful experience and our sincere thanks for all the help we receive with our fund-raising activities, must go to Stoodley’s parents and friends.


The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is the oldest Drama School in the U.K. and dates from 1860. It has provided the world of theatre, film and television with an inordinate number of great actors, directors and film/theatre managers and technicians. Stoodley’s connection with LAMDA goes back decades and pupils have always been able to choose to study for the LAMDA external examinations ‘in house’. Our work has, traditionally, been for individuals and pairs but in the last academic year we decided to dip our toes into the waters of the Group Examinations. Year 9 were chosen for the job with the Year split into two groups: one group to be examined on Acting, the other to present a Group Recital.

The girls’ performances exceeded all expectations. Distinctions for every piece!
Well-done Year 9.


Blessed with lighter evenings and fine weather throughout the summer term, our Stoodley Junior Golf Club members took to the fairways. We were warmly welcomed by Torquay Golf Club, at their beautiful course in Petitor Road, for our weekly session. Inspirational golf professional, Ben, took the girls for an action packed introduction to the great game. Once basics such as grip, stance, and swing were 'mastered' we all enjoyed learning to chip, pitch, drive and putt. Ben made it fun with a variety of challenges and mini competitions and even taught us golfing etiquette and some of the simpler rules. It was such a hit we hope to return as soon as possible.


It has long been a tradition at Stoodley that we take opportunities to allow the older girls to act as 'mini-teachers' for the junior school. We believe this creates inter-personal skills and is a good way to promote cohesiveness between the senior and prep school.

More importantly - the girls absolutely love it! The juniors find it to be a real treat to work with the 'big girls' and the seniors enjoy being able to teach new skills and physical concepts.


The overjoyed Under 16 netball squad celebrating their victory at the South Devon Netball Championships.

The Under 14 and Under 18 squads also qualified for the County Finals as the South Devon representative teams. The Stoodley netball tradition lives on!


Following on from last year's walking adventures on Dartmoor the junior school have made the leap into real expeditioning by taking part in an overnight camp (in tents!) and a coastal path walk.

The girls arrived at school and successfully put their tents up. They then took part in a series of teambuilding challenges including crossing the shark-infested swamp!
After dinner the girls collected wood to kindle the campfire and enjoyed singing, star-gazing, and toasting marshmallows.

After an eventful night (of next to no sleep) we walked from school along the beautiful, rugged, and steep (!) coastal path.

When we arrived at Maidencombe beach we bumped into the seniors who were walking in the opposite direction and ate our lunch in the sun before being collected by Mrs Henderson in the minibus.
Next stop - Ben Nevis!!


In the last week of term pupils from each year group (Transition to 6th Form) took part in the inaugural Stoodley Spelling Bee Championship 2011 The competition was inspired by The Times National Spelling Bee, and has helped raise the profile of spelling throughout the school. With only a term to learn the age appropriate spelling list (ranging from 50 to 300 words!), heats were held and then the top two girls in each year group participated in the finals. If learning the words seemed hard, the daunting task of reciting them in front of the whole school was much harder! It came down to a nerve-wracking battle of words between Phoebe Saunders (Year 9) and Natalie Prescott (Year 12), with Phoebe declared the eventual winner.


Year 7 cannot stop talking about their residential teambuilding trip to Belsford! This year we were lucky enough to have sunshine and consequently our afternoon at Bantham beach was very enjoyable. The girls took part in the 'dig for life' challenge, and had to solve the mystery of the 'Bantham Buccaneer' pirates and source their treasure! All good fun and done with a good helping of splashing on the way! After a swim in the pool the girls created their own pizzas for dinner, collected wood for the campfire and were re-energised enough to face the challenge of how to get their whole team through a single sheet of A4 paper! About 3000 marshmallows later, the girls were retired to their tents and the teachers had a (surprisingly) quiet night! The next morning we were up bright and early cooking toast and preparing for the next challenges. Some eccentric structures were created using dried spaghetti and (yes more) marshmallows with varying degrees of stability and height! Then the teams had to navigate their way through the jungle stream without getting wet and avoiding the crocodile in the shortest time possible. It was at this point when the teamwork really shone through.
The final challenge was the 'egg drop' and this year was a first in that all the teams managed to keep their eggs safe! A great result - well done.


A general knowledge competition was held to raise money to build the Solar System on the cross country course.
Participants included parents, staff and students in teams of four. Competition was fierce and rounds ranged from history and spelling to music and celebrity.
The winning team was a group of 6th Form girls and due to the popularity of the event another will be held this year and we will also be introducing a
prep school version.


To enhance students' knowledge of current events and help with case studies for geography we had two speakers from the Armed Forces come into school. Both talks focused on Afghanistan: one on the response to the earthquake and how the Royal Engineers helped survivors to rebuild their lives after the disaster; the other focused on the history behind the war and the life of a soldier serving there. Both speakers were incredibly interesting and really helped improve our understanding of an important issue.


Every May the Ten Tors Expedition takes place on Dartmoor. 2400 teenagers let loose in the largest area of wild country in England, deprived of their mobile phones, and equipped with enough supplies for them to be self-sufficient for 2 whole days - madness I hear you say! Indeed I am sure that at some point during the training process, probably in the howling wind, thick mist, and with one blistered foot stuck in a bog, each of our girls has had the very same thought! Why am I here? What am I doing?
It is those who find the answers to those questions (and successfully extract their feet from the bog) who are selected to be part of our team each year. Through the unwavering enthusiasm and knowledge of Dennis Brewer and Dave Berry, the girls are taught not just the logistics of navigation and campcraft, but how to

work together as a team to achieve their goal. '6 by 5' is the motto ringing in the girls ears - the whole team back into camp by 5 o'clock Sunday and this year the girls overcame many obstacles and really pulled together to achieve this goal. They battled illness, shared tents, and for the first time since the beginning of their training, managed to not get lost! A poem was recently posted on the Ten Tors website which epitomizes the challenge.
Ten Tors is not so much about Tors,
or that there are Ten of them,
or even about a long trek over Dartmoor
through some inevitably testing weather.

It is about six mates and how they take on The Challenge, individually and as a team.
It is a roller-coaster of blisters, doubt,
and incredible pride.It is Dartmoor's way of laying bare your soul. It is unforgettable...

Well done to every girl who took part in any aspect of the training this year and huge congratulations to our final six and reserve.
Many thanks to Dave and Dennis for all their time spent teaching, encouraging, and (quite frequently) trying to find the girls!


Our beautiful Chapel was the setting for Christmas celebrations. The whole school - from our two year olds to the Sixth Form was involved in a single piece, which included choirs, soloists, poetry, dance, acting and words drawn from the Medieval Mystery Plays. Girls worked together in mixed age groups, with some of the youngest alongside some of the most senior girls. Many people commented on how much they had enjoyed this refreshing idea. Both the Junior and Senior Choirs performed moving renditions of two and three part music from their Christmas repertoire. The entire Senior School performed ‘O Holy Night’, in three parts, as the finale to the Christmas Nativity scene.

Our talented GCSE music students played beautifully for the ballet dancers and also added other incidental music to great effect, highlighting the dramatic action at key points. We used the Sanctuary as our stage and, as you can see in the photograph, masses of home-grown willow to create the ‘stable’. Anyone who needs to borrow upward of 100 Biblical costumes of varying sizes – please contact the school!