Brian Pickard

Brian PickardWe are sad to announce that the school’s former Head Teacher, Brian Pickard, passed away on Thursday 26th November. Mr Pickard was appointed as Deputy Head Master in 1977, and taught languages. He was appointed Head Master in 1988 upon the retirement of Dr Roberts. In his time he  oversaw many developments in the life of the school including the opening of the Jubilee Wing (the Science Block) which was opened in 1995. He retired in 2001, but was a regular visitor to the school, most recently being with us for Speech day 2014.  His portrait hangs in the school hall as a mark of his dedication and service to the Stopfordian family. Mr Pickard and his family will be remembered in our school prayers. May he rest in peace.

This week’s theme for collective worship is the Thinking and the weekly Bible reading is taken from Luke 21 25-36

BSSpostlogoLuke 21:25-36New International Version (NIV)

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

A reflection for Paris

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In a response to the horrific events that took place in Paris on 13th November all our pupils have been given the opportunity to reflect on the victims and their families. We pray for our brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith that their message of peace is taken into the hearts of the minority who are behind these acts of violence. The school chapel, as always,  is open for reflection, with a light burning as a symbol of God’s love. The words of St Francis’ prayer are there as a guidance to all and we invite all members of the Stopfordian family to use these a source of their reflection in this sad time.

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BSSpostlogoI would like to invite you to the evening for parents of students in Year 7 which will be held on:

WEDNESDAY 25th November 2015
in the Main Hall from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

We are using an online appointment system for this evening which will give you the chance to make a 5 minute appointment with each of your child’s subject teachers to discuss progress and achievement. If you wish to see your child’s Head of Year, you can also make an appointment for this from the dropdown box at the bottom of the list of teachers.

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This week’s theme for collective worship is the Respect and the weekly Bible reading is taken from Mark12 38-44

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Those who have lost their lives fighting for peace.
Celebrating Success

Mark 12:38-44

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

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