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  • Wilde expert from the University of Cambridge

    Published 12/05/17

    The A-level English Literature students were lucky enough to listen to a small, seminar-style lecture on the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde from Dr Peter Raby, a world-renowned Wilde expert from the University of Cambridge. As part of our A-level course, we have studied one of Wilde’s most famous plays: 'The Importance of Being Earnest', and Dr Raby provided us with a range of information, critiques and ideas for debate to help with our learning: from the plays inception and critical reception, to its key themes, actions and motifs. 
    One upper sixth student said ‘I’m glad we had the talk. It gave me great ideas on how to expand my essays and different perspectives of points’. Moreover, a lower sixth English Literature pupil and student of  Drama pupil felt that he was ‘inspiring and passionate, giving a broad and in-depth insight into Wilde’s comedy and humour within The Importance of Being Earnest. A truly enjoyable morning with a great gentleman’. 
    I would like to say on behalf of all the English Literature sixth form students that the session was helpful and inspiring. We were incredibly lucky to have such a distinguished, intelligent and passionate man help us understand this critical text and help us prepare for our upcoming exams. 
    Jess Farmer 

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  • Annabel Bennett represents England Hockey U16

    Published 08/05/17

    Year 11 Hill House School student Annabel Bennett stepped onto the big stage with England Hockey U16 recently in a series of matches against Irish opposition. Annabel was involved with the squad winning all 3 matches against their opposition. The matches took place at Lilleshall, National Sports Centre and Annabel scored a goal for England on the second day in the 5-0 win. It was a textbook Bennett goal involving her skill and precision. From a short corner she ended up with the ball with her back to goal, executed a clever spin and flicked the ball into the bottom corner.

    Head of girls games Miss Katie Barnes commented;

    "It is an incredible achievement for Annabel to play at this level, she should be incredibly proud and we are incredibly proud of her at Hill House School. Congratulations Annabel!"

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

    Published 05/05/17

    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.

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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.

    Gallery Junior School


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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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