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  • L6 students investigate the science of Fish & Chips

    Published 19/05/22

    How do you make Fish & Chips better for the environment – but just as tasty!?

    Over the past few weeks, our Lower Sixth Chemistry students have been trying to answer that question as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition 2022.

    The teams have analysed local flour, potatoes, and vinegar using a range of practical experiments encompassing chromatography, titration, gravimetry and colorimetry, to research the qualities associated with truly excellent fish and chips.

    The competition is run by the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry and if successful, the Hill House team could progress into the Regional Heat.

    Dr Boynton, Chemistry teacher at Hill House School, said, “the school has been very fortunate to be chosen to take part in this competition and the students hard-work and enthusiasm has been wonderful to see!”

    Teams include: Mitchell Bennett, Sienna Lightfoot, Ishita Singh, Elizabeth Bedford, Helen Chen, Narin Cowell, Farhan Khan, Ahmad Miraj, Yuven Rajasundaram, Sanjeev Signh.

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  • Girls' Rugby Success at Knights' Festival

    Published 18/05/22

    The Hill House U13 Girls rugby team took to the pitch at Castle Park in the Doncaster Knights' Girls Touch Festival on Wednesday 11 May 2022.

    The girls started well, moving the ball to space and putting pressure on the opposition. They finished 1st in their group after beating Hayfield and Laurel Academy scoring 15 tries in the process.

    Mount St Mary's were next up in the Cup Quarter Final. Strong performances from Megan Usher, Annie Green and Sophie Ebden allowed the girls to progress to the semi-final after a convincing victory.

    Hill House then faced Crossley Heath where they worked well as a team to score some excellent tries.

    With standout performances from Connie Crowther, Connie Fairclough and Jess Eggitt, the girls progressed to the Cup Final after scoring 8 fantastic tries.

    Hill House then faced Hall Cross in the final which saw them produce some of their best rugby of the day, scoring 12 brilliant tries including one from Eloise Mellors and a brace from Holly Pinchin.

    Congratulations to the girls who represented their school fantastically well and showed great team spirit throughout the day. 

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  • Sports Facilities Receive Planning Boost

    Published 29/04/22

    Permission has been granted for the construction of a Sports Pavilion on Hill House school’s off-site Sports Grounds on Station Road at Blaxton, Doncaster.

    The 53 acres of land where the Pavilion will be constructed was bought by the school in 2011. Part of the land was developed for sports fields in 2013. 

    The school already uses Blaxton Sport’s Grounds for rugby and cricket on a regular basis. Local team, Doncaster Belles Juniors, also use the football pitches on the site as their home ground for training during the spring and summer months.

    The new Pavilion building, designed by Doncaster Architects, Building Link Design, will feature: 4 changing rooms, a function room with refreshments preparation area, an outdoor patio, storage and visitor parking area, and will cost around £800k.

    David Holland, Headmaster of Hill House School said, “Performance sport is one of the areas that the Hill House prides itself on so it is important that we can provide the best possible facilities for our children and the wider community.

    “The new Pavilion will provide much needed facilities to our Blaxton Sport’s Grounds, providing a more comfortable and welcoming place to welcome teams and spectators.”

    The school, which was founded in 1912, is a long-standing part of Doncaster community and prides itself on continuously developing its facilities. This major development follows in the footsteps of a £1.1 million 6th form building in 2011, a £1 million Dining Hall in April 2017, an £800k all-weather hockey pitch in 2016 and more recently in 2020, the acquisition of Oxford House, a building adjacent to the school, home to a number of Doncaster businesses.

    Construction will commence on the Pavilion in May 2022 by local contractor, PS Construction with the project to be complete by the end of the summer 2022, ready for use by Michaelmas term in September.

    Part of the land remains undeveloped at this time so there is scope for further development in future years.

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  • ​​​​​​​Success at the Riding School National Championships

    Published 25/04/22

    Hill House pupils, Molly Womack (Y10) and Mia Spencer-Wacinska (Y9), had great success at the recent British Horse Society (BHS) Riding School National championships.

    The competition, held at Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex in Warwickshire was for non-owning horse riders only. Both Mia and Molly attend the school’s Equestrian Club at Grove House where they have been able to learn from the exceptional coaching staff there and successfully qualified for the event following previous rounds at Grove House.

    Riding Lily in the U17s class (dressage and show jumping) Molly was placed 9th despite horse and rider only working as a team for 6 weeks prior to the competition, demonstrating that they are clearly a partnership with immense potential.

    Mia was placed 10th  in the U17s class for dressage, riding Bransby Mr Todd; both of whom were competing in their first ever external competition. 

    Being a rescue horse from equine welfare charity, Bransby horses, and on his first trip away from Grove House in over 6 years, Mr Todd was clearly nervous but was so impeccably behaved that he was awarded a special prize for his first external competition entry.

    Both Mia and Molly performed exceptionally at the competition and showed themselves to be a credit to the school.

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  • Horse Riding Championships for Molly and Mia

    Published 08/04/22

    Hill House pupils, Molly Womack (Y10) and Mia Spencer-Wacinska (Y9), have qualified for the British Horse Society (BHS) Riding School National championships.

    The flagship event for BHS-approved riding centres is unique in that it allows riders who do not own their own horse or pony, the opportunity to represent their Riding Centre whilst competing at a national level.

    To qualify for this opportunity, Molly and Mia have successfully partaken in a series of competitions to secure qualification to reach the final Championship at Grove House, home of the Hill House School Equestrian Club.

    To achieve this is recognition of the hard work and dedication they have applied into their sport, providing them with skills such as responsibility, commitment, social interaction, sportsmanship, and teamwork. 

    Competitors will take part in equitation, show jumping and stable management tests. They will also have the experience of assisting with transport and care of the horse whilst away from home, and demonstrating teamwork, planning and organisation.

    The event will take place on Wednesday 13 April 2022 at Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex in Rugby, Warwickshire.

     Molly will be riding Lilly and Mia will be riding Bransby Mr Todd.

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  • Hill House under 16s victorious in Yorkshire Cup Final

    Published 04/04/22

    A vintage season for rugby at Hill House was completed when the school’s Under 16 Rugby Team travelled to Ampleforth College in search of a Yorkshire Cup Final victory to sit alongside the Under 15s England Rugby Bowl triumph at Saracens earlier in the month.

    After victories over Birkdale school and Mount St.Mary’s College in previous rounds, the Doncaster boys faced Ampleforth in the final on their Dallaglio pitch in front of a lively home crowd.

    The Hill House boys started brightly, moving into a 10-0 lead part way through the first half, which included the home captain being sin binned for his team’s repeated infringements. Ampleforth then mounted a sustained period of spirited attacks, which the Hill House boys resisted manfully, led by inspirational captain Nate Close. Turning down the opportunity to take points from penalties, the Ampleforth boys pushed for tries before half time, but were not able to cross the line. Leading 10-0 at half time, Hill House scored 2 quick tries after the restart, including a stunning backs’ try converted by the flying Jonah Tucsemskyi, which effectively settled the final. Excellent kicking by Luca Curtis and 2 further tries took the score to 32-0 to Hill House. The final quarter was spent with the Ampleforth boys working tirelessly in their desire to score some points in front of their home crowd, and the Hill House boys straining every sinew to stop them.

    As the referee blew for full time, with the score still 32-0 to the Doncaster boys, Hill House collected their second major rugby trophy of the month, with captain Nate Close receiving the Yorkshire Cup on behalf of his team.

    Hill House Headmaster David Holland was delighted with the boys’ efforts, saying "The last 15 minutes of the game were amazing. The perseverance the Ampleforth boys showed in their desperation to score some points in a cup final on their own ground, and the resilience the Hill House boys displayed in defending their line, both of which came long after the result was clear, was as good an advert as possible for the character-building nature of rugby. Well done to all players on a super game!"

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  • Year 6s learn Arabic

    Published 31/03/22

    Earlier this month, our Year 6 pupils were provided with an introduction to Arabic as part of their ‘My Week in Qatar’ programme. This was in recognition for their hard work in the Year 7 Entrance exam and to mark the World Cup being in Qatar later this year.

    The training was provided by ‘Dragons Teaching’ who taught the daily classes with their online platform.

    Year 6 teacher, Mrs Holland said “The children really enjoyed the opportunity to learn Arabic and are extremely proud of their new skills. Languages are an important part of the academic offering here at Hill House, and we were thrilled to be able to offer the children this opportunity.”

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  • Music and Drama Festival returns to centre-stage

    Published 30/03/22

    A Doncaster community festival which provides opportunities for young people to perform, sing and act has returned to centre-stage for its tenth year.

    The Robin Hood Music and Drama festival, hosted by Hill House Independent School in Auckley, is one of the biggest and most prestigious festivals in the region.

    The annual event was cancelled at short notice in 2020 due to the start of the pandemic so there was much excitement to welcome the festival back this year after a prolonged 2-year interval.

    The festival saw children from 5 to 19 years performing in a range of 55 categories.

    Starting on Thursday and Friday (24/25 March) with Instrumental Ensembles and Choirs, schools including Hill House, Rossington St Michael’s and Trinity Academy wowed audiences with their talents.

    Saturday was the day for instruments as children performed and competed on woodwind, string instruments, piano, guitar and brass, welcoming exceptional talent including Scarlett Almond from the Minster School, Southwell who placed first in Strings up to Grade 5 and 7 and twins, Tallulah and Florence Yeardley from The Macauley Catholic High School who competed in brass up to Grade 1.

    The festival closed on Sunday, not before welcoming an array of talent to the stage in the Musical Theatre, Duologue and Monologue categories and ending on a comical note with the Humorous verse performances. The day featured a range of ages including Francesca Fearn who took 1st place in the age 9 Musical Theatre category and Emma Pickering in Monologues Post 1900 aged 16-19, who both moved the audience with their stunning performances. Theatre groups such as Elite Theatre Arts and StarTrail were well represented throughout the day and students took home many prestigious awards

    Founder of the Robin Hood Festival, and Head of Practical Music at Hill House School, Mrs Bodman, said: “It’s been wonderful to be back and provide a platform for these children and young people to showcase their talents.

    “Our wonderful adjudicators were thrilled to see so many children from Yorkshire and surrounding areas once again take the stage to wow audiences in both music and drama.

    It just goes to show that the events of the past few years have not affected the quality of their exceptional performances and enthusiasm for their arts.”

    There will be an encore to the festival on the 24 April with its Outstanding Performers’ Concert; an opportunity to celebrate the magnificent array of talent that competitors displayed throughout weekend classes and to decide the overall winners. Booking details for this event are available on the Hill House School website.

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  • U11 Girls Yorkshire Hockey Champions

    Published 25/03/22

    On Friday 4 March, the Hill House U11 girls competed in the Yorkshire Hockey Finals. Having already won the previous round, they were representing South Yorkshire against winners from East, West and North Yorkshire which included some very strong and big schools.

    The Hill House girls had a tough group on paper, including matches against Wakefield, Hymers college, Hull and St Peter’s, York. The girls had an amazing start against Hymers winning comfortably 6-0. Next up was St Peter’s in a much closer affair but the girls came out on top with a 2-1 win. The final group game was against Wakefield who had had some good results in the competition so far, but the girls played superbly and stepped up another level to win 4-0.

    This saw them top the group and progress through to the semi-final as winners, playing the runners-up of pool B. Leeds Grammar School were their semi-final opponents. It was another close encounter, but with some slick short corner work, the girls progressed to the final with a 2-0 win!

    Having proceeded to the semi-final and placed 2nd in the other group, St Peter’s were lined up to play us again in the final. With an enormous final effort, the girls played their best game of the tournament with a 3-0 win with the full team playing in the game and contributing. 

    Being crowned champions of Yorkshire qualified Hill House with 3 other schools to play in the North-East and Yorkshire finals, which were played on Thursday 17 March. This included Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, Dame Allan’s School, Newcastle and St Peter’s, York.

    It was a straight semi-final as the final 4 schools in the competition from the North-East and Yorkshire and the girls fell to their first defeat against Dame Allan’s, losing 2-1 in a very close game. The girls played St Peter’s for 3rd/4th place in the whole of Yorkshire and the North-East and won to earn a very credible 3rd place overall.

    A super run of fixtures and results. Well done to all the girls and to Mrs Naylor who coached the girls all season!

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  • Vocal Success at Music festival

    Published 22/03/22

    Y11 pupil, Poppy Bazlinton walked away from the Worksop Music and Drama Festival with 7 awards on Saturday, after she competed at the Vocal Day.

    Having entered 7 categories, Poppy placed 1st in four of them; Vocal Solo Girls Year 13 & Under (Girls' Singing Trophy), Operatic Aria Open (Countess Manvers Trophy), Musical Theatre Show open (Sherwood Light Opera Company Trophy) and Challenge Solo Over Year 11 (Mr & Mrs Mokes Trophy).

    She came 2nd in the remaining three; Lieder Open, Soprano Solo Open, Vocal Solo Musical Theatre Girls (Year 13 & under).

    Hill House Head of Music, Mrs Bodman said “We are incredibly proud of Poppy at Hill House. She has a wonderful talent that she works hard to master. She is fully deserved of those awards.”

    Poppy will be competing in the Robin Hood Music and Drama festival at Hill House school this coming weekend (24-27 March), in the Classical Voice & Musical Theatre 16-19 years categories.

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  • Doncaster and District School Cross-Country returns with a record-breaking turn-out ​​​​​​​

    Published 16/03/22

    Hundreds of Doncaster children came together last weekend to compete in the Doncaster and District Cross Country Competition, which returned after a 2-year break.

    Fifteen schools from across the district competed in the competition hosted by Hill House School, across four team categories including U9 Girls, U9 Boys, U11 Girls and U11 Boys. For the first time, individual entries were also welcomed resulting in a record-breaking 250 children competing.

    The course at the award-winning independent school in Auckley, included a lap of the sports field, 2 laps for the older age group, and a route through the adjoining woodland trail. Children were cheered on to the finish line by hundreds of families and spectators who turned out to show their support.

    The competition was organised by Hill House School’s Head of PE, Mr Keyworth. He said, “It was fantastic to welcome the children and schools back for the competition after such a long break. It was a wonderful atmosphere, and the children gave their very best.”

    Hill House Headmaster, Mr Holland presented the Overall Winners, Hill House School with a new shield which was dedicated to Mr Keyworth in recognition of his 28 years’ service to the school and his upcoming retirement, meaning that this was his final Cross Country competition.

    Mr Holland said, “I want to thank Mr Keyworth for his service and dedication to the school. The Cross-Country competition in particular has been a great success in bringing so many local schools together to celebrate this sport and the new ‘Chris Keyworth Shield’ means that his dedication and efforts will always be remembered.”

    Winners: U9 Girls – Saltersgate Junior School, U9 Boys – Saltersgate Junior School, U11 Girls – Kirk Sandall Junior School, U11 Boys – Hill House School. Overall Winners – Hill House School.

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  • Under 15s Rugby Team crowned National Schools' Bowl Champions

    Published 16/03/22

    After a cup run which started in September, the Hill House Under 15 boys’ rugby team were crowned national schools' Bowl Champions yesterday (15 March 2022) after a thrilling 19-12 victory over Poole Grammar School.

    Playing in front of a lively crowd at Saracens’ stadium in London, the Hill House boys resisted early pressure, before growing into the game and taking a 7-0 lead just before half-time as Dax Millington finished clinically after a barnstorming run by James Godfrey who broke 5 tackles to allow Millington to score. A lapse in concentration and tackling at the start of the second half allowed the Poole right wing to score a spectacular solo effort to draw the scores level. Regathering from the restart, Hill House’s Theo Curtis and Henry Westmoreland-Smith combined well on the blindside to send Millington away down the right wing for a clinical finish, to take the Hill House lead to 12-7.

    Poole than began to dominate territory, and after Hill House were reduced to 14 men after a penalty, the Poole forwards went over to level the scores again at 12-12. The Doncaster boys regrouped, with a ruck on the right-hand side allowing Millington to pick a delightful line to carve through the defence to secure his cup-final hat-trick and take the lead to 19-12. With a final throw of the dice, Poole responded again, and with Hill House now reduced to 13 men due to injury, the Poole forwards scored near the touch line, leaving a difficult conversion to bring the game level as the final whistle approached. With the conversion missed, and the restart secured by Hill House, the referee brought the compelling match to a close, meaning Hill House secured their first national rugby title, with captain Henry Westmoreland-Smith being presented the trophy by Geoff Simpson, President of the England Rugby Football Schools Union.

    Director of Rugby at Hill House, Chris Rose was delighted with the boys’ success, saying "This team has been on a tremendous journey in which we have been challenged in such a variety of ways and each time they have risen to that that has confronted them. Their development and progression as people and players has been tremendous and is something that they can all be proud of. 

    “Yesterday’s game was the toughest of all. We played against a quality opponent who tested us and thwarted much of our usual offensive shape and this was credit to them. The resilience and toughness of our players in responding and adapting to the changing situations of the game was ultimately the difference. I would like to thank everyone involved in a day that will last in all of our memories forever"

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