Mowden Hall School

Leading Co-Educational Independent Prep School For Children aged 3-13 Years

Year 7 trip to Stonyhurst College

Year 7 trip to Stonyhurst College

On the 11th June, our Year 7 pupils were hosted by Stonyhurst College for a senior school experience day. The college is a coeducational Roman Catholic independent school located in Lancashire, England. Established in 1593, it has a rich history and is one of the oldest Jesuit schools in the world. The college offers education from preparatory level through to sixth form, emphasising academic excellence, personal development, and a strong sense of community rooted in Jesuit traditions. The campus is notable for its historic buildings, extensive grounds, and facilities that support a broad range of extracurricular activities, including sports, arts, and various clubs. Stonyhurst is known for fostering a well-rounded education that combines rigorous academics with spiritual growth and social responsibility.

Upon arrival at Theodore House at Stonyhurst, and after a delicious lunch, we were whisked away to the English speaking world's oldest continuous museum! We were given the opportunity to handle artefacts and were given expert tuition as to the methodology behind maintaining the collection. 

After this, the group was taught a dance routine from 'Matilda' in the dance studio and they were given guidance on acting from a professional actor. The session ended with dance and scene presentations to the group from 'Matilda'.

We then went back to the museum to handle objects from history relating to the changing nature of warfare. This session allowed us to hold a medieval embroidery of a knight, an original eighteen century flintlock pistol and its gunpowder flask, and a helmet and machine gun magazine from the First World War.

Supper then beckoned and we were once again treated to some superb cuisine at the school's refectory. 

The evening was spent in the sunshine on the playing field, practising cricket and croquet. Then it was back to Theodore House for showers, reading and bedtime.

The following morning we were greeted by more sunshine, a full continental breakfast and a chance to complete our final handling session in the museum. The focus this time was upon crime and punishment through the ages. One of the most gruesome exhibits was a man-trap!

After this, we enjoyed a swim in Stonyhurst's pool facility and then readied ourselves for an afternoon of cricket at Giggleswick. 

We would like to thank Stonyhurst for hosting us and giving us their time and expertise. The pupils gained a unique insight into life at a senior boarding school and were able to experience some truly unique opportunities as a result of Stonyhurst's kindness and generosity. We would especially like to thank Mr Ian Murphy for his time.

Mr Hadfield, Deputy Head