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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Published 03/07/18

    Pupils lit up the stage with their incredible performances in our summer production, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a romantic comedy that sees seven empowered frontier women take charge of their destinies, and their men, in 1850s Oregon.

    As a whole school production, the cast ranged from 7 to 15 years old. And, with 14 main parts, lots of children embraced their chance to shine, wowing audiences with their singing, acting and dancing skills.

    The cast, comprising of over 70 children, took inspiration from the Croft House Theatre Company who had very kindly invited our young pupils to watch their production of ‘Seven Brides’ at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre in March. Repaying the favour, the Croft House cast came to see the Hill House production that ran for three sold out nights and were amazed by the level of talent on display.

    Production coordinator, Mrs Lee, said, “We knew that ‘Seven Brides’ would be ambitious as the pupils had to take on complicated dance routines, American accents and intricate musical arrangements but they have worked really hard since Christmas to produce a truly outstanding show. I am incredibly proud of them all.”

    The pupils now look forward to next years’ productions – ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Seniors and ‘Mary Poppins’ for the Juniors.

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  • Sunshine and Stories

    Published 02/07/18

    Last week saw the culmination of a Year 9 and Year 4 collaboration that began in the Lent term.

    Back in March, the Year 4 classes visited the senior school to meet the Year 9 English classes. Each Year 9 pupil interviewed a Year 4 pupil, asking them specifically about their reading preferences. At the end of that session each Year 4 commissioned a story to be written especially for them.

    Since then, the Year 9s have learned about the multimodality of texts and how children make meaning from images and presentation as well as from language; and they have used this knowledge to produce illustrated children's stories. These stories have been written in a range of media from hand written/hand drawn, to digital media. 

    The two year groups came together again in the shade of the school woods, for the Year 9s to read their stories and present the final copies to the Year 4s.

    Meanwhile, the Year 4s have been working on a similar project with Reception children and will be presenting their stories this week. 

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  • Parents Come for Lunch

    Published 20/06/18

    Hill House Bursar, Mrs Kidney, was delighted to get the opportunity to dine with two of our Senior School parents in our wonderful Dining Hall.

    Having enquired as to what their boys were eating at lunchtime, and how much, Mrs Kidney invited them to experience a Hill House lunch for themselves.

    Enjoying a roast beef dinner followed by apple crumble, Mrs Drohan and Mrs Blanchard were able to observe the lunchtime service and speak to Head Chef, Matthew Hewitt.

    Discussing menu development, lunchtime logistics and pupil expectations with Mrs Kidney, both parties came away with a deeper understanding of what parents and pupils want, and what the school is trying to achieve.

    Balancing healthy eating and food education with providing hearty meal options that all children will enjoy is a fine art and one that Mrs Kidney and the catering company, Wilson Vale, work hard on a daily basis to get right. Already engaging with pupils through Food Committee and questionnaires, in order to gauge pupil opinions and ideas, Mrs Kidney thought the time was right to involve parents and to demonstrate the wide variety of options available to our children.

    Both parents agreed that the food was delicious, with the apple crumble a particular hit. Mrs Blanchard, parent of Simon in Year 7, said, “I cannot fault the food, it was lovely.”

    Mrs Kidney said, “Listening to parents is so important for us to ensure that we are working towards a common goal. For both ladies to get the chance to see the incredible work that the kitchen staff put in to feeding over 700 children in two hours is fantastic and it was great to listen to their feedback and ideas.”

    As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to providing a healthy, varied and interesting menu, we are introducing our “Taste Buddies” to lunchtimes. These “Buddies” will learn about and taste some of the more unfamiliar ingredients or elements of our dishes before sharing this with their peers and encouraging them to try something new.  

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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Published 08/06/18

    We are delighted to release tickets for this year’s whole school production, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.

    Come and join the fun with this time-tested romantic comedy as seven empowered frontier women take charge of their destinies, and their men, in 1850s Oregon.

    The production runs for three nights, 26, 27 and 28 June. Doors open at 6.00pm with the show starting at 6.30pm.

    Tickets cost £5.00 for adults, £2.00 for children, with Hill House pupils going for free.

    To book tickets please complete the ticket request form. Please note, no physical tickets will be issued but you will need to check in on the door. Please send payment in a sealed envelope, marked with your child’s name and “Seven Brides” as a reference.

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  • Year 5 Learn About WWII

    Published 06/06/18

    Year 5 were fortunate to receive a talk in school from David Thirwell who runs the historical educational workshops at Murton Park.

    Mr Thirwell is a long time friend of the school and has been visited in various guises over the years - Roman Centurion, Guy Fawkes and in this case an air raid warden!

    Year 5 have been studying World War II in their History lessons and they were taken on a journey from the start of the war to its conclusion. Mr Thirwell told them some hard truths and the pupils realised that they would have found it very tough had they been children during that period of time.

    Mr Lawrie, Year 5 teacher, said: "It is always a pleasure to welcome Mr Thirwell along with his props and artifacts. History is always one of the children's favourite subjects and today they sat mesmerised and listened intently to every story Mr Thirwell told them."

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  • Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace

    Published 17/05/18

    On Thursday 17 May, four former Hill House School pupils attended a presentation at Buckingham Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards from celebrity presenter, Natalie Rushdie, after sharing their experiences with HRH The Princess Royal.

    During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH Princess Anne took the opportunity to congratulate the group from Hill House School on their successes and listened to the pupils talk of the hard work and dedication it took to complete the award alongside studying for their A Levels. To achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, pupils must volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the Gold Award takes 18 months to complete.

    Mr Barnett, Hill House School’s Duke of Edinburgh coordinator, attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and said, “It was a pleasure to meet with and witness former pupils of Hill House School receive their Gold Award. Achieving this award at such a high standard is not an easy task; it is true testament to their hard work and perseverance and has helped them develop essential key skills for the future.”

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  • The Robin Hood Festival - Overview

    Published 10/05/18

    The annual festival, fast becoming one of the biggest and most prestigious festivals in the region, proved to be a huge success once again, with over 500 performers in over 70 classes.

    Originally created as a community initiative to provide opportunities for young people across the Doncaster community to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive setting, the festival has added Dance for the first time in its history. 

    As is now tradition, Coppice School of Hatfield, a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties and Autism, opened the festival with a music making morning. Joining forces with Year 6 pupils from Hill House School, they delighted their audience with songs such as ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘We Will Rock You’.

    Thursday evening saw Strings take centre stage, with musicians of all ages showcasing their talents on violins, cellos and even a harp!

    Friday night was for the choirs and saw schools and drama groups from across the Doncaster region competing. Armthorpe's Our Lady of Sorrows Primary celebrated what was only their second ever performance with a wonderful second place!

    Saturday was a busy day with Dance, Piano, Woodwind, Guitar, Brass, Percussion and Instrumental Ensemble classes taking place. A particular highlight saw renowned pianist and adjudicator for the day, Caroline Clemmow, give an impromptu masterclass to grade 8 pianist Christopher Davis. A once in a lifetime opportunity for Christopher!

    Sunday took a dramatic turn, with classes including Musical Theatre, Classical Voice, Monologue, Story Telling and Humorous Verse. Once again, the adjudicators were wowed by the sheer talent on display and commented on the dedication and enthusiasm shown by all of the competitors.

    The festival officially closed with an Outstanding Performers’ Concert on Wednesday 9th May, a chance to celebrate the magnificent array of talent that competitors displayed throughout weekend classes and to decide the overall winners.

    Judged by four acclaimed adjudicators, the evening culminated in trophies being awarded to Reuben Singleton for Junior Excellence, Rebecca Leggott for Dramatic Excellence, Hill House Senior Ensemble for Vocal Excellence, Samuel Honeybone for Musical Excellence and Abbi Watkinson for Dance Excellence.

    Throughout the festival, participants were representing groups such as Elite Theatre Arts, Let’s Act, Marilyn Baker School of Dance, Riley School of Dance, Rainbow Connection and the Doncaster Music Hub as well as many schools from across Doncaster.

    Festival organiser, Mrs Bodman, said, “The Robin Hood Festival has always focused on encouraging young people in Doncaster to perform in a supportive and inclusive setting. I am so pleased to see such a variety of drama groups, choirs and dance schools taking part and cheering each other on.

    Thank you to all of the volunteers that have given up so much of their time to help put this wonderful event together.”

    Any performers interested in registering for next years’ competition are invited to contact Vicky Bodman on 01302 776300.


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  • Hill House Sporting Stars!

    Published 30/04/18

    Hill House School pupils have been working hard in recent weeks, seeing success both regionally and nationally.

    With sport being such a big part of life at Hill House, it is wonderful to see our pupils extend this passion beyond the curriculum. Here is a roundup of some of the fantastic ‘out of school’ sporting achievements over the last few weeks.




    Yorkshire Biathle Success

    First up was the Yorkshire Biathle, 21 April, which saw athletes compete in a continuous run, swim run combination.

    Greta Highfield, Year 5, and Olivia Martin, Year 7, both won their age categories, great preparation for their Team GB qualifier in Cheltenham the following weekend.

    Year 5 boys, William Payne and Daniel Reeve achieved success, both earning a second place in their respective categories. For Daniel, a keen runner, it was his first biathle, while William used his experience from last season to work on his skills and displayed quick transitions between the run and the swim.

    For Year 4 pupils, Connie Crowther and Jessica Eggitt, and Year 3’s Matilda and Alexa Lee, this was their first ever competition and they definitely caught the biathle bug, looking forward to their next opportunity to compete!

    A huge well done to all of the pupils that took part and a special mention to Alexa and Matilda’s Mum who also competed that day, coming away with a silver medal!

    South Yorkshire Golf Championship     

                                                                                                            Keen golfers Shane Longworth, Lucas Martin and James Brocklehurst proudly represented Hill House School in the recent South Yorkshire Golf Championships at Hickleton Golf Club, coming a very respectable fourth place out of 20 teams.

    Taking on a tough course with strong wind and steep hills to contend with, all three boys showed true sportsmanship, displaying encouragement and friendship to their playing partners.

    Keep up the good work boys!

    Hill House Equestrian Team

    This weekend saw a debut for the new Hill House Equestrian Team. Competing in the NSEA Eventing Series, the team includes Year 9’s Aine Cooper and Year 10 girls, Maya Everatt, Hannah Lunn and Isabella Cooper.

    They came second in the Class 1 (80) team event with Hannah also gaining a fantastic individual second in the same class.  The team now look forward to their next competition, British Showjumping at Milton Equestrian.

    The girls are happy to invite any other keen horse riders to join the team, if any pupils are interested, please speak to Maya Everatt.

    Team GB Stars!

    Following their success at the Yorkshire Biathle weekend, Greta and Olivia had the opportunity to qualify for Team GB.

    Greta won Youth E girls very comfortably and is widely acknowledged as the best in Great Britain for her age group. 

    Olivia was fifth in a very strong Youth D girls category comprising of nearly 50 of the best athletes from across Great Britain. With so many entrants Olivia had to run in a heat, in which she came second, to make the final.

    Both girls will travel to Germany at the end of July to represent Great Britain in the European Biathle Championships. A fantastic achievement, well done girls!


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  • Robin Hood Festival Gets Off To a Flying Start

    Published 25/04/18

    The Robin Hood Music, Drama and Dance Festival got off to a wonderful start today with a very special combined effort from Hill House Year 6 pupils and Coppice School of Hatfield.

    Coppice School, a community day school for pupils aged 3-19 years with severe learning difficulties, and our own Year 6 pupils, had been practising very hard for a number of weeks in order to put on a show with a difference.

    Focussing on spreading a positive message, pupils sang songs, including ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘We Will Rock You’, which had the audience clapping and dancing along.

    The pupils had the added pressure of having some VIPs in the audience, including the Deputy Civic Mayor - Councillor Majid Khan, Coppice School parents, our Chair of Governors - Mrs Cusworth, as well as the Heads of both schools!

    Musical interludes were provided by Jacqueline Chen on piano, Molly Womack on the flute and the Hill House Jazz Band, who sparked an impromptu dance session with their rendition of ‘Feeling the Funk’.

    Grace Arnold, Annie Eves and Olivia Moseley, performed a wonderful version of ‘This Is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’ and Alina Dean wowed us with her ballet moves during ‘A Million Dreams’.

    A huge thank you to Coppice School for coming and to all of the children who took part. Mrs Bodman was delighted to send Coppice home with the Robin Hood Trophy.

    Good luck to all participants in the rest of the festival, this year is bigger than ever and destined to be the best one yet!

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  • Hill House Dominate at the Royal Northern College of Music

    Published 19/04/18

    On Saturday 7th April the Hill House Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band took part in The National Concert Band Festival Finals at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

    It was the Jazz Orchestra’s third time at the final and the first time for the Concert Band.

    The Concert Band, having worked very hard, played with a real sense of maturity and vigour. Despite being a smaller band than the others, their exact rhythmic playing and careful attention to intonation and tone quality wowed the judges. They played ‘Flourish for Wind Band’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams, ‘Sky Dance’ by Saucedo and ‘Doyen’ by Goff Richards.

    The Concert Band received an amazing Gold award for their endeavours on their first occasion at the Royal Northern College of Music.

    The Jazz Orchestra romped home with a Platinum award and displayed real assurance and swagger when they played. They dazzled the audience with ‘Zebrano’, ‘Pick up the Pieces’, ‘Feelin’ the Funk’ and ‘Always & Forever’.

    The festival is based upon a standard and is not a competition against other bands. The awards range from a Platinum through to Bronze.

    Well done to both Bands, what an inspiring day for our Hill House musicians.

    See some of the Concert Band performances on our YouTube channel.

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  • Boys Hockey Season Review - Lent Term 2018

    Published 09/04/18

    This term has seen a major step forward for the Boys Hockey programme at Hill House, with many players representing the School at all age groups. Those involved have learnt key coaching points around attacking and defensive play, outletting, and goal scoring! The Junior School have improved their abilities to carry the ball to space, find passes, and offer options off the ball. The Senior School have gone further, looking at team dynamics and formations, and working towards keeping possession and building pressure on the opposition.

    Huge thanks to all the coaches, teachers, administrators, and ground staff; they have been fantastic and worked hard during terrible weather conditions to allow us all to play hockey, both home and away, safely and in the “right way”. Many thanks also to the parents and supporters who have attended games and driven their children to the various fixtures and training sessions; it makes a huge difference that often goes without recognition, and I thank you so much for enabling your children to enjoy our sport.

    The future is very exciting, the pupils have represented the school well, and I know that they will continue to build a programme that others will look at in awe.

    Under 9 (Mr Marsh)

    I have been impressed with everyone who has played hockey for the Under 9 teams this term. All boys have had a chance to represent the school and there are many who have grasped this opportunity with both hands. All of the boys are getting used to handling a stick and playing on astroturf. We were lucky enough to participate in a triangular tournament at St. Peter’s before half term. All of the boys played with enthusiasm and, although it showed that we have work to do, there is plenty of potential, with certain players standing out. 

    A special mention must go to Henry Leggott for his hard work, always listening to advice and acting on it – he will be an excellent player, and even a leader, in the future. Also, Kieran Davies has improved so much during the course of the season. He also works really hard on improving his skills and is the work-horse of the team.

     There certainly is hope for the future of hockey at Hill House. Well done Under 9s, it was a pleasure coaching you.

    Under 10 (Mr Shakesheff)

    A large group of enthusiastic and talented players that have embraced the challenges of the game, working hard to develop and improve their basic skills within a very short period of time, with limited training and match play. They have had some success in matches across their games, but whether win, lose or draw, have shown team spirit and good improvement. A positive season with a good opportunity for further development and success in the future. Well done!

    Under 11 (Mr Ross)

    This year has been a tough one for the Year 6 boys, mainly due to a lack of fixtures and terrible weather. What every pupil has shown is a desire to improve, listen, learn, and help their classmates along the way. I am very pleased with the way the players have adapted to some new ideas, taking on board the key aspects of the training sessions, and then trying them in gameplay. Everybody has asked questions along the way and reflected on their learning, and I need to make special mention of those who played in the In2Hockey competition after half term. They improved with every game, learning from the last one, and reducing the deficit each time. I know that they are a better team for the experience and will transition well into the Senior School. 

    Special mentions for Michael Bibawy, Thomas Osborne, Myles Reid, Elliot Vernon and Hussain Waseem – all have applied themselves fantastically throughout training and improved dramatically. Their positive energy and improved focus is a credit to their work rate and effort. 

    The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours; Scott Jackson and Harry Oldham.

    Under 12 (Mr Ross)

    Without doubt one of the most talented year groups for the sport within the school, I am very much looking forward to seeing how all of the pupils will improve and development within the hockey programme. The energy and enthusiasm across this group is infectious, everybody is always focused and keen to learn from one another, and the most pleasing aspect is the positive feedback that everybody is starting to give one another. The teams have focused on their “triple F” gameplay well and keep growing around their defensive principles, something that has allowed them to compete and beat other strong schools. This has led to many goals, and a fair few clean sheets.

    There are so many key moments during this season; the FIVE goals of Simon Blanchard at Silcoates School, the attacking link play between Isaac Sprenger/Jacob Fairclough/Nathaniel Ebden/Nathaniel Wilkes, the leadership shown by James Barnsdale-Black for the B team, or the “everything on the line” approach to defending by Henry Heeson. Archie Watson has been the Player of the Season for this age group (closely followed by Fawwaz Anjum) as his attacking play to space has led to so many outstanding team goals. But the stand out moment must be the away Saturday fixture at Ratcliffe College, when their umpire just asked “what is he?” as Henry Holland made another world-class save to keep the score respectable.

    Well done everybody, you have been an absolute joy to coach and I am very much looking forward to seeing where you take the teams next year.

    Under 13 (Mr Shipston)

    The under 13 boys have made significant progress this term and their skills and tactical awareness have advanced since the first game of the season. Their ball carrying and passing are more confident and as a result creating numerous goal scoring chances, in some exciting and adventurous hockey - the key area is now more aggressive defending both as individuals and as a group. The A team saw notable wins against Hymers 6-3, Hall Cross 8-0 and a characterful comeback against Pocklington 5-3 after being 3-2 down at half time. Several boys have represented the A squad which bodes well for 11 a side next year.   The B squad shows there is real strength in depth and the squad trained hard and recorded some very pleasing results, such as wins against Hymers and Pocklington. I would like to commend all boys who have played this term for their enthusiasm, sportsmanship and dedication.

    The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours; Rocco Cook, Joe Eves, Kian Tamjidi and Dan Norton.

    Under 14 (Mr Ross and Mr Holland)

    The most improved age group of the Boys Hockey Programme, we have seen huge developments across both individuals and the team. Training has allowed all to reflect, improve, and feedback to both peers and coaches, with honest communication throughout. It has been testing at times, but many of the players have taken the feedback on board and improved in all aspects of the hockey programme. 

    Special mentions must go to the following people; James Burley is very good at this level, and we look forward to supporting him to a higher representative level whilst also wearing the Hill House School colours. Camran Cassar, Ben Norton and Dan Clegg have been positive influences on the pitch and shown good leadership qualities off it. Dominic Crawford and Mackenzie Alexander-Smith are two talented goalkeepers at this level, with both making very good saves, on English and Dutch soil, and will be defensive rocks over many years to come.

    Huge congratulations to both Siyar Pekin and Christopher Tang for being the most improved players at this age group. Siyar has attended training throughout the term and practiced his skills, whilst Christopher has kept focus in Games sessions and tried new techniques. 

    We look forward to arranging fixtures for both A and B teams next season for the new U15s and see how they perform against other schools.

    Under 15 (Mr Shakesheff)

    A frustrating term for the U15s this year. They have had the opportunity to train but have had limited opportunity to show their abilities in games due to cancellations and the weather. When they have played they have shown a willingness to adapt their play as a team leading to a marked improvement in their play, making them a lot more challenging as an opposition.  Further development will offer excellent opportunities for success in the future. A few of the team have also had the opportunity to play for the School 1st team and have fitted in well to this squad. 

    During training, the U15s suggested and were supported to create the Year 10 Development League; a pupil-led league to create equal teams that would play against their peer groups.  After many tough matches, and some high scoring games, the winners of this terms A League were Forenite FC. Congratulations to all those involved, and special thanks to Jay McGrath for his leadership and input throughout.   

    The following players will be presented with their Sporting Colours; Andrey Avetov, Phil Dewey, Jay McGrath and George Rowland.

    First Team (Mr Ross)

    What started out as a large group of potential players slowly reduced down to a focused team; a group of people willing to apply themselves to new ideas and represent the school with hard work and effort. Application and commitment has grown over the weeks, with improvements both on and off the pitch, and I was very encouraged to see how the team played in their final game against Silcoates School. 

    Some fantastic stand out performances occurred during the year, but special mention must go to the end-to-end encounter against Lincoln Minster at the start of term, finishing in a 2-2 draw but which could have been 7 goals to each team. 

    Many thanks to all those who have applied themselves so well. Josh Cotgreave and Jack Thomas have been an ever presence up front, causing real issues to many defences, and the defensive links between Alex Wilcox, Ewan Mears, and Oliver Woodcock have been standout at times. Gianni Capozzoli has captained well and grown in the role, willing to reflect and develop throughout, and I have been pleased to see the positive changes with each training session.

    Unfortunately, he will have to wait a year to potentially get his Hockey Colours, but a special mention must go to Oliver Woodcock for his positive energy and approach to this season. There is still a lot to develop technically in his game, but Oliver has been willing to step up and lead throughout this term, and it has been very much appreciated by all of the coaches involved. Well done Oliver.

    The following players will be presented with their HALF Sporting Colours; Gianni Capozzoli, Rajan Dhaliwal and Sam Flower.

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  • Author Visit

    Published 13/03/18

    Caryl Hart, whose prizewinning books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, visited Hill House this week to speak to over 380 children about her exciting stories for girls and boys. Everyone in the audience received a free copy of one of her books, and had a great time!

    In the morning 185 Hill House pupils from Nursery to Year 2 heard Caryl talk about her life, her books, and her writing process. Caryl then helped them to create some fun stories.  In the afternoon Caryl enthralled 200 Reception pupils and staff from four local junior schools: Richmond Hill Primary; Balby Central Primary; Hatchell Wood Primary and Crowle Primary.

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