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  • Poet Laureate Visits Hill House

    Published 02/05/17

    On Tuesday 2 May, Hill House School hosted Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate. Accompanied by musician and thespian, Mr John Sampson, Dame Duffy read to over 200 A-level and GCSE students, as well as members of our parent body, from her collected works, Mean Time; currently studied at Advance Level English at Hill House.

    In addition, the Poet Laureate gave insight into her inspiration for the writing of these poems, the response they received and ways our students could interpret them. In order to facilitate the learning of our GCSE students, Dame Duffy spent time reflecting on the poem ‘War Photographer’, currently being studied as part of the AQA Power and Conflict anthology. Her contextualisation of these works provided invaluable comments for our students in the weeks before their examinations.

    Pockets of music and drama interspersed the poetic readings and John Sampson gave the audience a musical treat, with a range of instruments that spanned the historical spectrum of the office of the Poet Laureate.

    After this, Dame Duffy met students for a discussion about her work, answering questions and signing books. We were delighted to welcome staff and students from Hall Cross Academy as part of this experience and thank them for joining us.

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  • Now That's What I Call Music...als

    Published 28/04/17

    On Friday 28th April Key Stage Two delighted friends and family with their presentation of ‘Now That’s What I Call Music…als’. Please use the clues to spot the musicals which each Year Group performed (answers underneath).

    Year Three performed with enthusiasm and confidence, and special thanks go to the youngest member of the year group, Sam Brown, who was brave enough to perform solo, in a most delightful way.

    Year Six were ‘Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.’ Superb dance moves and rocking sound tracks led to an excellent couple of songs.

    Year Four came cruising up the quarter mile with their chamois leathers and furry dice. They sang together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong and will be remembered forever as shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom.

    Finally, Year Five came riding in on their fiery steeds, holding out for a hero. They proceeded to tear up the town (well, the presentation) with two songs of their own, taking a hold of our souls.

    To round off all Key Stage Two donned sunglasses and shook their tail feathers! Special thanks to Grace, Alpheus, Albert and Alfie for their solos.

    Mrs Ellwood said ‘We do sincerely hope you've all enjoyed the show, and please remember people, that no matter who you are, and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same. You, me, them, everybody!’

    Answers: Y3 – Mary Poppins; Y4 – Grease; Y5 –Footloose; Y6 – Billy Elliot; KS2 – Blue Brothers


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  • Dickinson Sets Course Record in London

    Published 23/04/17

    Hill House School pupil Josh Dickinson won the under 15 boys London Mini Marathon, setting a new course record in the process.

    Josh was interviewed on BBC1 by athlete Jazmin Sawyers. He was representing the Yorkshire and Humberside region in a race which attracts the most talented athletes from across the country.

    Martin Webdale, Director of Sport at Hill House School, said "We are thrilled for Josh and this victory is truly deserved. He has had a fantastic season and we look forward to seeing what else there is to come from him."​


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  • Grandparents go back to school

    Published 21/04/17

    On Friday 21 April 2017, over 200 grandparents returned to the classroom, on this special day in the Hill House School calendar.

    They were welcomed by the Year 6 House captains and were escorted into the school hall for a special assembly, recognising the important and vital role they play. 

    The Year 1 and 2 choir performed three beautiful songs, which brought a tear to many eyes. Then the grandparents were delighted to hear some very confident children recite poems about grandparents. With much excitement, the grandparents then went with their grandchildren to the classroom, where they were involved in some creative tasks, including making some hedgehogs for them to take away. The afternoon concluded with a welcome cup of tea and a cream cake in the fabulous new dining room and an opportunity to chat together reminiscing about their childhood.

    Headteacher Mr Hall would like to thank all grandparents for attending and making their grandchild’s lives so special.

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  • Will Holliing - Rugby success

    Published 20/04/17

    Former pupil and Doncaster Knights academy member Will Holling has helped Yorkshire U20s to the final of the county championship, they will face Durham at Twickenham on Saturday 6th May. Will has also been selected for the North of England U20 trial squad and we wish him good luck for the trial. 

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  • Double Hill House Victory at Yorkshire Biathle Race

    Published 19/04/17

    School swimming and running club members Olivia Martin and Greta Highfield competed in the first Yorkshire Biathle Club race of the season at the Ennerdale Leisure Centre in Hull during the Easter holidays. A biathle is a continuous run-swim-run race.

    Year 6 pupil Olivia, who qualified to represent Great Britain last year at the World Championships, stormed home in first place. Year 4 pupil Greta, in her first competition, was also victorious. They are now looking forward to their next race in Cheltenham at the end of the month, which is where the Great Britain team will select a squad for the European Championships.

    “We have an excellent relationship with the Yorkshire Biathle Club and several school swimming and running club members have competed in their races. Our thanks go to the club who always go out of their way to welcome our pupils,” said Mr Lawrie, Junior School teacher.


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  • Opening of the new Dining Hall

    Published 19/04/17

    Pupils and staff were delighted to have their first experience of the school’s new Dining Hall. After a nine month building project, the splendid new facility was opened on the first day of the Summer Term. Each year group visited during the morning to acquaint themselves with the new facilities, while junior schools pupils were treated to a marshmallow making masterclass with this year’s National Pastry Chef of the Year. Then all 750 pupils enjoyed their first lunch in the new Dining Hall, with pupils benefitting with the introduction of a double servery and new furniture, with senior pupils especially taken with the diner booths, outdoor terrace and high tables.

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  • Appointment of Director of Hockey

    Published 19/04/17

    Hill House is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr James Ross as its first Director of Hockey. Mr Ross will join the school in September from Loughborough University, where he is currently Head Performance Coach for the Ladies University Hockey Club. Before joining Loughborough, he was Head of Hockey at Leeds Beckett University, where he led his team to be British Universities Champions.

    Headmaster David Holland is very excited about this development, saying ‘we are thrilled that a coach of the calibre and renown of James Ross will be joining us to lead our hockey programme. The school has been increasingly successful in recent years on the hockey pitch, with a large number of county championship successes and with this year’s U13 team winning the North of England Championships, but I am sure that James will take hockey for both boys and girls to even greater heights.’

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  • Robin Hood Music & Drama Festival 2017

    Published 12/04/17

    The stars were out at the annual Robin Hood Festival held at Hill House School in April.

    The event provides opportunities for young people in Doncaster to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive environment. Run by Hill House music teacher Vicky Bodman, it was recently named 'Outstanding Community Initiative Award' at the prestigious 2016 TES Independent School Awards.

    Whilst every child performing was a  winner, the Outstanding Performers Concert recognised some incredible individuals and groups. Regan Wong was named the most 'Outstanding Instrumentalist' and Molly Elliott received the Drama Award. The Musical Theatre award was won by Oliver Barker with the Hill House Junior Ensemble taking the Junior Trophy. 

    "The event has been a wonderful occasion for all children. Congratulations to everyone who performed and we look forward to welcoming you back next year," said Vicky Bodman, festival organiser. Any performers interested in registering for next years competition are invited to contact the school on 01302 776300.


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  • Jazz Orchestra go platinum...again

    Published 08/04/17

    The Hill House School Jazz Orchestra played at the finals of the National Concert Band Festival which was staged at the prestigious Bridgehouse Theatre, Warwick School on Saturday April 8th. Many other bands were playing in the final including groups from Stafford, Warwick, Derby and Burton. The band was commended on how vibrant their sound was and how well they used dynamics in each piece. Several other jazz ensembles were much older than the average age of the Hill House group but this did not deter them at all. Everyone in the band played to their full potential but a special mention must go to Charlie Spruce for his most delicate and heartfelt solo on the Soprano Sax and for Pat Gallagher who helped drum the band to the platinum award.

    Same again next year?….. No pressure!


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  • Robin Hood Festival 2017

    Published 31/03/17

    It is our great pleasure to announce the seventh and very special year in the development of the award-winning Robin Hood Festival of Music and Drama. In 2011 a seed was sown to create a weekend gathering to provide an opportunity for the young people of Doncaster to perform and compete in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Now in 2017 the festival has evolved into a hugely successful six day event receiving individuals, clubs, groups, schools, choirs and orchestras from all over the region. It is my hope that you will continue to support this wonderful project and encourage any potential competitor to join us and take part in this fun and friendly festival.


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  • Crucial Education

    Published 27/03/17

    Year 6 Spent a day at Crucial Crew, near Rotherham, as part of their PSHCE studies. The children make use of a specially built set which is used to work through a series of real-life scenarios related to personal safety in an interactive and exciting way. The activities included:

    Mock Trial – delivered by Magistrates in the Community in the courtroom. The story depicts the trial of a young person, Sam, who has got into trouble for taking part in antisocial behaviour.


    First Aid – delivered by the St. John’s Ambulance crew, the scenario talks about basic first aid, including how to put someone in the recovery position.

    Personal Safety including Running Away – delivered by South Yorkshire Police, the scenario is a mixture of interactive discussion and live action role play. A discussion then follows about how to keep safe and free from harm, regarding healthy relationships.

    Internet Safety – facilitated by South Yorkshire Police in the Internet Café. The scenario is a mix of interactive discussion and film activity. The pupils are asked about their internet use and they learn how to browse safely and appropriately. Cyberbullying is also discussed at length.

    Arson – delivered by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, this scenario mixes live action and interactive discussion. The facilitator discusses the dangers and consequences of arson fires and cost in monetary terms to organisations and ultimately the cost to people’s lives.

    Road Safety – delivered by Local Authority Road Safety Teams at the Puffin Crossing. The scenario teaches the pupils about the dangers and consequences of distractions for drivers and pedestrians as well as how to use pedestrian crossings and general road safety awareness.

    Home Safety – delivered by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the scenario shows the various fire hazards that are in the home and asks the pupils to think about how they would escape a fire in their own home. The children are taught about what to do in case of a fire and how to make a 999 emergency call.

    Bus Travel Safety – delivered by First Buses at the bus stop and on the bus. The pupils are taught about how to safely and politely wait for a bus, how to signal for a bus to stop and how to board a bus correctly using a Young Person’s Pass. They are also informed about what to do in case of an emergency.

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