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  • Entries now OPEN for Cross Country Event

    Published 20/01/22

    We are pleased to announce the return of the Annual Doncaster & District Primary Schools Cross Country event.

    The event, which is hosted by Hill House School, will take place on Saturday 12 March 2022 at the school’s site in Finningley.

    Events will take place for U9 boys, U9 girls, U11 boys and U11 girls.  Each race will have 4 runners per event, with 3 runners to count for team results. Each school team participating must have a member of staff at the event to be responsible for the children.

    This year, we are also welcoming individual entries in addition to teams. Individual runners must also be accompanied by a responsible adult.

    Participants should arrive changed for 9.30am, with the first race being at 10.00am. The event is expected to finish by 11.30am. Location details can be found here.

    This is sure to be a wonderful morning, and we look forward to welcoming all runners to the school.

    Register for this event using the link below:

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  • Doncaster Youth Council elections

    Published 17/01/22

    Last Week, pupils across the senior school voted en masse for the 7 school candidates who put themselves forward for the Doncaster Youth Council Elections. The chosen 2 representatives from Hill House School will help connect the school to the wider community, over a period 2 years which they will serve on the council.

    Hill House pupils were able to re-enact voting as in the General Election of 2019, after having seen the campaign videos of the 7 candidates. Voting numbers were very good and voters turned out in support of their favourite candidates.

    Results will be announced shortly to announce the replacements for Mackenzie Alexander-Smith and Anna Russin who have served the council with distinction for the past 2 years, and I am sure the winners will carry on their good work for the young people of Doncaster.

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  • Success at Oxford for Hill House Debating Team

    Published 17/01/22

    On Saturday 15 January, four teams from Years 8 to 10 participated in the regional round of The International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) in the prestigious Oxford Union. It was a privilege for

    them to debate in world’s foremost debating society, which has hosted many key figures in history. Throughout the day we had a number of successful teams winning numerous debates on a range of topics such as online schooling, the use of social media and parenting.

    Excitingly, Year 10 pupils Morgan Cnockaert and Lexie Owens were crowned regional champions, having won every debate and gaining incredibly impressive speaker points. They will go on to compete for the international title in April. Novices Jack Stow and Timucin

    Tim and Jack

    Duyan were also incredibly successful winning all but one of their debates. The boys were delighted to finish high up in the rankings and become reserve finalists. The Hill House debating society love to support each other and are looking forward to returning Oxford for another ICYD finals day.

    Debating Coordinator, Miss Chappell, said, “ICYD is the world's largest junior debating competition with over 700 teams from around the world. Getting to the finals is a superb achievement, we are delighted for Lexie and Morgan and are very proud of them. It is wonderful that we continue to uphold our national reputation for top quality debating. Debating activities, like the ones we run at Hill House

    Pip, Alex, Daisy, Harry

    School, help young people develop excellent life skills that will come in particularly useful in later years. Being able to stand up and talk confidently in front of a room full of people is vital for many jobs and we are proud that we are preparing these pupils for later life. All our debaters can be proud of their results, this competition once again showcasing the strength of our pupils and debating at Hill House”.

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  • Hill House Pupils selected for Dance World Cup 2022

    Published 14/01/22

    We are thrilled to announce that two Hill House pupils have been selected to represent Team England at the Dance World Cup 2022.

    William Barker and Felicity Ward, both Year 4 pupils at Hill House School, are two of only eight children selected to represent the UK at the event which will be held in San Sebastián, Spain in June this year.

    This is a huge achievement and honour for William and Felicity, and we wish them the best of luck for the competition.

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  • Oxford University places for Hill House Sixth Formers

    Published 13/01/22

    Following on from the previous success of Hill House students going to Oxford University to read a diverse range of degrees, spanning subjects such as Medicine, Law, Geography, Philosophy and Psychology, we are delighted to announce that three of our students have also received offers this year to study Medicine, Classics and Theology and Religion. This not only demonstrates the strength of our students, but the breadth of specialism offered at Hill House Sixth.

    Congratulations go to Samuel Honeybone who has received an offer to read Classics at Jesus College. Samuel's achievements go far beyond his academic studies, having also attained several music Diplomas. A superb achievement for someone of Samuel’s age. Further congratulations also go to Hannah Simpson receiving an offer to read Theology and Religion at Mansfield College. We are also thrilled for Tasneem Mazai who following her Gap Year is off to Somerville College to read Medicine. Tasneem is an excellent Hill House all-rounder and her place at Oxford is thoroughly deserved.

    We are proud of all our students, and these Oxford offers are the first this academic year in what we hope will be a series of offers from prestigious universities for Hill House students. We await further news for our candidates applying to Cambridge University, the Russell Group universities, and universities overseas, as well as those applying for medicine and veterinary medicine.

    Miss Jo Chappell, our Head of Sixth Form, commented: “Our warmest congratulations go to these students. Competition for places at Oxford is ever-increasing, and this is a tremendous achievement indeed. Their success in securing offers is down to their personal rigorous preparation, along with the support of their subject specialist mentors, the Sixth Form Team, and our bespoke Oxbridge and competitive course preparation programme. We are thrilled for them.”

     

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  • Carol Service Returns

    Published 16/12/21

    This week saw the long-awaited return of the Hill House Carol Service to the centre of the school’s Christmas festivities. Although we were unable to make the usual trip to Doncaster Minster, we were delighted to be able to hold the service in the Main Hall, for all pupils from Year 5 to Upper Sixth.

    It was a joy to relive the Christmas story through a traditional service of readings and carols, with some hearty singing from the congregation and some excellent choral offerings from the various school choirs. With the school Orchestra in full swing, the Carol Service was an afternoon to remember, and certainly helped bring a good dose of the Christmas spirit to the final week of term.

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  • Castle Park plays host to classic derby match

    Published 03/12/21

    One of the oldest derby matches in the school rugby calendar was played under the floodlights at Castle Park this week, as Doncaster Knights hosted the Under 16 Yorkshire Cup tie between Doncaster’s Hill House School and Sheffield’s Mount St.Mary’s College.

    Played in cold and wet conditions, the match was a classic encounter with all the passion and effort associated with derby matches. Despite early Hill House pressure, a long clearance from the Mount’s Fly half led to a turnover and try to take them 7-0 ahead. After Isaac Sprenger crashed through the Mount defence in response, the game reached half time with the Sheffield school leading 7-5. They then extended their lead from the restart as Hill House failed to gather the ball, moving 14-5 ahead.

    With Hill House remaining calm, handling well despite the cold and slowly asserting forward dominance, and with some sensational tacking by the backs, led by Henry Westmorland-Smith, the Doncaster boys began to get the upper hand; a deft chip by Flynn Love-Edwards was collected by Jonah Tucsemskyi who finished the try with outrageous skill, bringing the game back to 14-12. Powerful running by forwards Paul Mellor, Finnan Doody, Henry Jones, Nate Close and Isaac Sprenger, and a dominant performance in the line out by Spencer Butt, then proved decisive, as first Sprenger and then William Burridge crossed the line to finish the tie with a 26-14 win to Hill House.

    Hill House Director of Rugby Chris Rose was delighted with his team’s efforts, saying ‘this was a defining performance for these boys; to come from behind in these conditions and overcome a strong Mount St.Mary’s team was a tremendous result, and they can only improve from here.’

    Hill House now move on to the semi-final of the Yorkshire Cup in the New Year.

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  • Lord of the Flies

    Published 02/12/21

    After being unable to perform for so long, our Senior School pupils hit the Hill House stage with an action-packed performance of Nigel William’s dramatic adaptation of William Golding’s novel, ‘Lord of the Flies’. This well-known story offered audiences an opportunity to experience the harrowing and nerve-wracking journey of the characters as they attempt to navigate Golding’s nightmarish desert island. All of the pupils who took part really embraced their roles and immersed themselves in the dramatic and terrifying world of the play.

    The original novel is written with an entirely male cohort (or cast). However, for our version we took inspiration from some of the more modern productions of this story, such as Emma Jordan’s 2018 all-female production, and decided to cast not based on gender. Audiences followed Poppy Bazlinton’s sensitive portrayal of Ruth (Ralph) as she encountered the dominant personality of Jack, played by Harry Russin. We waited with bated breath and nervous anticipation as ‘Piggy’, played by Gurveer Dhaliwal, attempted, but ultimately failed, to bring civilization to the group.

    The production made use of naturalistic scenery and props, as well as some ambient and symbolic sound effects and lighting to enhance the key ideas and events in the play. Costumes, designed by Miss E Harper, and props, in particular our terrifying pig’s head designed and made by Mrs Laszkowicz, also complimented the nature of the characters on stage and helped to add dramatic impact for the audience.

    Thanks go to every member of staff involved, as well as our sixth form assistant directors, Yuvan Rajasundaram, Evie Sprenger and Rebecca Leggott.

    Our pupils now look forward to our whole school production of ‘Hairspray’ in the Summer term.

     
     

     

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  • Under 18 North East Hockey Champions

    Published 26/11/21

    Hill House hockey players are celebrating after being named Under 18 T4 North East champions this week in Leeds. 

    Representing Yorkshire in the North East Finals, the Doncaster girls started quickly in the semi-final with Trixie Morrison-Parry scoring early against Barnard Castle School. The Durham school fought back to equalise, but after a stunning goal-line clearance from Darcey Caulton, the Hill House girls earned a place in the final after a penalty corner was converted by Emily Bloomer to secure a 2-1 victory.

    In the North East Final, the girls faced an impressive team from Yarm School, champions of Durham and Northumbria. Hill House started brightly, but finished with a goalkeeping masterclass from captain Charlotte Westmoreland-Smith, who kept Yarm at bay in the closing stages. After a tense 0-0 draw, the final was decided in a penalty shoot-out, with Hill House finishing 4-3 winners, with the last act fittingly a save from player of the match Westmoreland-Smith.

    Director of Hockey James Ross was delighted with the girls’ victory, saying ‘the girls were great, and this shows how strong the hockey programme is at Hill House. We have lots of hard work ahead and the excitement of another visit to the National Finals!’

    The Hill House girls now go on to represent the North East in the Under 18 National Hockey Finals in London.

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  • Children in Need

    Published 22/11/21

    It has been another incredible year for our Children in Need fundraising!

    Thanks to your generous donations, and the hard work of Mrs Lee and her charity committee, so far we have raised an incredible £3,500.00. 

     

     

     

    As always, the non-uniform day proved popular, with this year's theme titled “back in time”. It was great to see so many pupils and staff really embracing this, with the children dressing to reflect the different decades. We had 60’s hippies, 70s dancing divas, 50s t’birds and pink ladies, war children, and even a Winston Churchill!

    Junior School held ‘Name the Teddy Bear’ and ‘How Many Sweets in the Jar’ competitions alongside a retro bring and buy sale to help boost funds. The Sixth form also got involved with fundraising by holding a cake sale!  

    Last Sunday, we held our Charity Concert, a highlight in the Michaelmas calendar. Alumni Paige Miller and Ella Hudspeth returned to assist, with Paige, who is currently starring in the Book of Mormon, offering her West End experience.

    Our pupils worked hard in preparation, learning, and practising popular songs including Counting Stars, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and We Are The Champions. The Stage Band, Jazz Band, and Guitar Orchestra provided excellent accompaniments to our performers and it truly was an evening to remember.

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    Children in Need Concert Gallery

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  • County Championship Qualifiers

    Published 22/11/21

    A massive congratulations to Year 10 pupil Morgan Cnockaert who rode in a NSEA competition at Epworth yesterday, successfully qualifying for the NSEA National County Championships which will be held at Hickstead in May. 

    This incredible achievement makes Morgan the first competitor to qualify riding for Hill House School since we re-established our riding team earlier this year.

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  • 1st XI Girls win the County Hockey Championships

    Published 12/11/21

    The 1st XI girls were delighted to win the Yorkshire County Championships this week in Leeds.

    Starting slowly, the girls needed a last-minute goal from Isobel Holling to break the deadlock with Silocates School. Defeat followed in a lacklustre performance against Ashville College, which left the girls needing victory in a tough match with Hull Collegiate School. The girls sparked to life, and a superb finish from Felicity Taylor-Peck saw the school win 1-0  and qualify for the final.

    This was a tense affair against Bradford Grammar School. Dominating the first half, with some excellent play by Faith Martin-Porter, Emily Bloomer and Niamh Doody, the girls went ahead with a well-taken goal by Jessica Rowland. Bradford equalised in the last minute, leading to the tension of a penalty shoot-out. With the Hill House girls keeping their calm, and captain Charlotte Westmoreland-Smith in brilliant form saving 3 penalties, the county title came back to Hill House yet again.

    The 1st XI will now play in the North East Finals in late November, in the hope of qualifying once more for the National Finals in London.

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