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  • Recognition for Sam’s Outstanding Music Exam Score

    Published 18/01/18

    Year 9 student, Sam Honeybone has seen his hard work pay off for him after he was recently awarded the Trinity Exhibition Award from Trinity College London.

    The award, which has never been won by anyone from Doncaster before, was given to Sam for achieving one of the highest scores across the UK and Ireland in his grade 7 recorder exam.

    The award was given at this year’s William Appleby Awards Ceremony where Sam was presented with his certificate and £50 prize money.

    Sam, 13, said, “I was really pleased to be given this award. I thought I was just going to be performing at the ceremony, my parents decided to keep the award as a surprise for me on the evening, so it came as a real shock.”

    Director of Music, Mr Cadman, said, “It is wonderful to see Sam’s talent recognised in this way. He works extremely hard honing his craft, so it is no surprise to find that he is one of the best in the UK and Ireland. We are very proud of his achievements.”

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  • Swim Squad Success

    Published 17/01/18

    The  Hill House Junior School Swim Squad are celebrating after winning the Pocklington School Swimming Gala this week.

    The squad, who get out of bed early to train every Thursday morning at Rossington pool, were up against the hosts and The Mount School from York. 

    There were individual race victories for Holly Pinchin, Connie Crowther, Thalia Woods and Greta Highfield. Hill House won five out of the nine relay races and were a very close second in the other four events. Hill House were the overall winners of the gala with a score of 122;  Pocklington second with 97 and The Mount third with 91. 

    Swim Squad coordinator, Mr Lawrie, said, "I am extremely pleased for the pupils as they have worked so hard in their training sessions with many new to competitive swimming and keen to succeed.  I always knew that we had fantastic Year 5 and 6 swimmers but I am thrilled to see the Year 4 team rise to the occasion. Thank you to Pocklington for being brilliant hosts and to all the parents for your support."

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  • Girls' Hockey Season Review - Michaelmas 2017

    Published 05/01/18

     

     

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  • Carol Service

    Published 12/12/17

    This year’s service was, once again, a huge success, with all pupils from Year 3 upwards and over 500 parents and grandparents filling the pews of Doncaster Minster!

    Our readers, some as young as 8, confidently recited verses from the Bible to tell the Christmas story. Years 3 and 4 pupils treated us to a beautiful rendition of “Hope Was Born This Night” while Years 5 and 6 performed a wonderful version of “When Love Was Born”. The Senior Chorus worked hard to deliver two superb pieces, “Gaudete” and “Sing a Christmas Carol”.

    The Senior Orchestra had a busy evening, not only performing “Renaissance Suite” but also providing magnificent accompaniment to five congregational carols!

    It was wonderful to hear these readings and songs in such a breath-taking venue and thanks must go to the Archdeacon of Doncaster, Steve Wilcockson, for his poignant homily.

    We hope the service got you in to the Christmas spirit and wish each and every one of you a happy and blessed holiday.

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  • Hockey Whiteout

    Published 04/12/17

    The character building essence of the British independent school was clear for all to see last week as Hill House and Worksop College Under 14 Hockey teams battled hard against each other and the extreme elements in a blizzard.

    The quality of play was still high, even when the white ball could barely be seen! It was soon replaced with a pink ball and the game match carried on, with Hill House running out eventual winners 6-0.

    Well done to all the girls, umpires and coaches, from both schools, for their dedication and fortitude!

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  • Come Along to the Hill House Christmas Fayre

    Published 30/11/17

    Come along to the Hill House Christmas Fayre, Friday 8th December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm. 

    Set up and organised by our Business students, there will be over 30 stalls, including live music, hot food and drink, Santa's Grotto, games and activities, sweet treats and Christmas shopping.

    23 of the stalls are run entirely by Hill House pupils so your support is greatly appreciated.

    Join us and let's get into the Christmas spirit!

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  • British Biathlon Championships

    Published 27/11/17

    Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield is celebrating after achieving third place in the under 10 girls competition at the British Biathlon Championships which were held in Solihull at the weekend.

    The biathlon involved a separately timed 800m run and a 50m swim. Each time equals a points score with the scores combined to create a grand total. Greta knocked off 6 seconds from her 800m personal best time to give herself the best possible start to the day. A fantastic swim in the afternoon, close to her personal best, saw her climb onto the podium at the event organised by Pentathlon GB.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin, competing in the under 12 girls event, also ran a personal best in the 800m and won the prize for the fastest swim in her age group. Olivia finished in a very respectable 16th place out of over 60 athletes.

    Year 5 pupil Daniel Reeve was 23rd overall in the under 10 boys event and William Payne, who had only just recovered from injury, made the top 50 in the under 11 boys competition. Both boys are part of the junior running and swimming clubs.

    Running and swimming club coordinator, Mr Lawrie, said: 'As a teacher and coach I am thrilled for Greta. To achieve a bronze medal at this national competition is a remarkable achievement. Greta knew going into this competition that her run needed a boost and she did extra sessions at lunch on top of the school running club. All pupils are looking forward to the schools biathlon next March which they have all qualified for."

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  • Double Platinum at the National Concert Band Festival

    Published 26/11/17

    Hill House musicians have reason to celebrate this week after double success at the National Concert Band Regional Festival in Nottingham on Sunday 26th November. The Jazz Orchestra and the Concert Band both received Platinum Awards for their outstanding performances.

    The National Concert Band Festival, active now for over 30 years, is recognised as the largest and most active festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands in the UK.

    The Jazz Orchestra have certainly tasted success before, having attained three Platinum, one Gold and a Silver at previous festivals. However, it was the Concert Band’s first outing at the NCBF so to come away with the highest award is an outstanding achievement.

    Director of Music, Mr Cadman, said, “I am beyond proud of this group of pupils. They displayed true professionalism, both on and off the stage, and were a credit to themselves and the school. We now look forward to performing at the National Festival.”

    Following their success, the bands, who each performed three pieces, have now been invited to perform at the 2018 National Festival which will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 7th & 8th April.

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  • Walker Morris Calendar Competition

    Published 21/11/17

    Walker Morris celebrated the 23rd year of their annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition in November with four Hill House School pupils coming away with prizes.

    Over 1000 primary school children from across the Yorkshire and Humber region entered their artwork in the hope of making it into one of the top thirteen spots, one for each month of the year plus the front cover.

    Poppy Bazlinton, now in Year 7, secured September, with three others coming away with runner up prizes, Charlotte Ashworth, Ella Joshi and James Barnsdale-Black.

    Art teacher at Hill House Junior School, Mrs Birch, said, “The Walker Morris Charity Calendar is a fantastic showcase of the talented young artists we have in Yorkshire. It is a great opportunity, not only to recognise this talent, but to also raise money for a fantastic cause, Martin House Hospice.

    We have been very lucky at Hill House School and have had a winning piece every year we have entered, it is fantastic to have continued that tradition this year.”

    The children were tasked with choosing a month of the year and painting images inspired by nature. Winner Poppy’s colourful painting was inspired by the leaves turning orange in September. Charlotte painted June because it’s a “warm month that brings out the beauty in nature”. Ella said of her painting, “I love the image of a wintry sunrise in the early mornings of January” while James entered his image for July because, “chameleons live in hot climates and July is a hot summer month”.

    The pupils not only came away with artists hampers, presented by renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson and David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at law firm Walker Morris, but they also won £250 for the Junior School Art Department.

    Well done all.

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  • North of England Hockey Success

    Published 08/11/17

    The Girls’ U14 Hockey team, already South Yorkshire county champions, progressed to the North of England Finals this week after a hard-fought tournament against other county champions in Manchester.

    After a poor display against Cheshire’s Queen’s School, losing 4-0, the girls rallied with an impressive 2-0 victory over Arnold School from Blackpool. They followed this with a masterful 4-0 win over King William’s School from the Isle of Man, including excellent strikes from Daisy Bennett, Isobel Flanagan and Evie Sprenger.

    Coming 2nd in their pool, the girls then pitted themselves against Manchester High School in a tight play off. After taking an early 1-0 lead through a wonderful solo goal by Captain Flanagan, the team then withstood heavy second half pressure, a barrage of penalty corners and a partisan crowd, with goal keeper Grace Thomas making a string of outstanding saves to take the team through to the North Finals, at which the girls will compete as one of the eight top teams in the North of England.

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  • Harvest Festival

    Published 17/10/17

    It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join us in the school hall for the Junior School Harvest Festival celebration on Tuesday afternoon. The children worked hard to put on a fantastic event, with every child in Junior School taking an active role, through their numerous poems, small playlets and many songs.

    Year Six opened the Harvest celebrations with their very tuneful Harvest Song, "Celebrate." Nursery and Reception children delighted the audience with their beautiful singing of "Big Red Combine Harvester". Year One also showed off their singing skills as they sang about a "Little Seed". Year Two and Three, once again, delighted the audience with their confident poetry renditions about the true meaning of Harvest. Year 4 pupils livened up the proceedings with their "Vegetable Rap" and funky moves. The audience were also treated to a beautiful rendition of "Fields of Gold" by the guitar orchestra.

    A special thank you must go to Year Five who led the service from start to finish and also delighted everyone with their playlet and beautiful singing and swaying to “Autumn Leaves”. The afternoon finished with a very thoughtful but joyous song "Harvest Harmony".

    A huge thank you to the pupils and staff involved and to our very generous families for the donations. Friends of Hill House School spent the morning organising the donations and produced a beautiful display, thank you for your hard work on this.

    The Year Six House Captains had the very important job on Wednesday morning of delivering the food to The Trussell Trust Food Bank in Doncaster, whose volunteers spent time explaining the hard work that goes into organising and distributing the food to those in need.

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  • Yorkshire Biathlon Success for Hill House

    Published 15/10/17

    Pupils from Hill House School are celebrating their best ever performance at the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon Championships, which took place on Sunday 15th October at York University.

    A biathlon is a separately timed run (800m) and swim (50m). Pupils earn points for their performance based on their time with the points for each event added together to give a total at the end of the competition. The aim is to score 2000 points or more.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin won the Under 12 Girls competition and took the award for the fastest swim. Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield, fresh from competing for Great Britain at the World Biathle Championships, stormed home to win the Under 10 Girls competition. Fellow Year 5 pupil, Daniel Reeve, came third in his first ever biathlon and took the award for the fastest run.

    The performance of the day came from Year 5 pupil William Payne who produced an outstanding swim to push himself up to 6th place in the ranking and earn a medal. All those early starts at the school swimming club on Thursday mornings are clearly paying off!

    All of these pupils scored 2000 points or more, a remarkable achievement. Connie Crowther in Year 4 took the opportunity to compete in the Under 10 Girls event despite most of the competition being composed of Year 5 pupils. Connie looked very confident and showed great promise in each event and will surely be back next year to try and emulate her peers.

    "I am thrilled for the pupils as they work incredibly hard in training sessions and are very committed. This competition involved very strong individuals from across Yorkshire and they have shown that they can compete with the best. Thank you to Pentathlon GB for organising the event and to all the parents for the support and encouragement," said Mr Lawrie, running and swimming club coordinator.

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