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  • Hill House Success at World Dance Championships

    Published 30/06/22

    Congratulations to Hill House pupils, William Baker and Felicity Ward (both Year 4) who have had an amazing time at the Dance World Cup 2022, in San Sebastián.

    William Barker not only became World Champion Soloist as Winner of the Boys’ Mini Show DanceWilliam Barker (solo), but he also placed 6th in the Boys’ Mini Ballet Solo, ranking him 1st in England and 3rd place in the Mini Tap Duet, achieving him the bronze medal.  

     

    Felicity WardFelicity Ward placed 3rd in both the Girls’ Mini Ballet Solo and the Small Ballet Group with Team England as well as 5th in the Girls’ Mini Show Dance Solo. She also competed with Team England in the Ballet Quartet & Small Lyrical Groups.

    A huge well done to both William and Felicity on these fantastic achievements!

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  • Work starts on new sports facilities

    Published 21/06/22

    Work has started on the school’s new Pavilion at the off-site sports grounds on Station Road in Blaxton, Doncaster.

    Hill House was granted planning permission by Doncaster Council in May for development of a new Pavilion building, which will feature: 4 changing rooms, a function room with refreshments preparation area, an outdoor patio, and visitor parking area.

    After a slight delay, local construction company PS Construction commenced work this week, aiming for the building to be complete in the Michaelmas term.

    The Pavilion will sit adjacent to the school’s playing field which was developed in 2011 on the 53 acres of land in Blaxton owned by Hill House School. With part of the land still undeveloped at this time, there is scope for further development in future years.

    David Holland, Headmaster of Hill House School said, “I’m thrilled that work has started on the Pavilion. It’s very important to the school that we offer the best facilities possible for our children. We are all very excited to see the build taking shape and looking forward to welcome children, families and visiting spectators to the new Pavilion.”

    The school already uses Blaxton sports grounds for rugby and cricket on a regular basis and will continue to use the facilities safely whilst the build is underway.

     

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  • Gallery Display for Hill House Art Student

    Published 21/06/22

    Hill House Lower Sixth Student, Oliver Neale is proud to have his artwork displayed at the new Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster.

    A hand-picked selection of 9 of Oliver’s favourite pieces from his GCSE artwork portray ‘Architecture and Moments of Time’ and includes well-known Doncaster locations such as Doncaster Minster, Civic Office (Home of Doncaster Council) and Doncaster Mansion House.  

    The images will be permanently displayed in the café area of the gallery following an enquiry made by Oliver directly.

    It’s not the first time that Oliver has seen his work displayed so prominently as he won a competition in 2015 to design new livery for a ReFood lorry, a local food waste recycling firm.

    Mrs Parkhurst, Head of Art at Hill House School, Doncaster, said; "Oliver is a talented student and this is evident in the work that he has created. He is a very motivated self-starter and I have been delighted that he has worked with the Gallery manager, who Hill House School have had a long association with, and who also is an old boy of the school, to establish this exhibition."

    Oliver is currently studying Art, Maths and Geography A-levels at Hill House School and intends to study Architecture at university when he leaves.

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  • Swimming Success for Hill House Pupils

    Published 15/06/22

    Sport is an important part of Hill House Life. Teamwork and resilience are important skills for children to learn through sports, and we know that healthy minds are boosted by healthy bodies!

    That is why we are proud to provide encouragement and support to pupils, across all disciplines.  

    In particular, the past few months have seen some fantastic achievements in Swimming for Hill House pupils who have competed in several competitions…

    Jess Eggitt, Year 8

    Jess qualified for the Yorkshire Championships in:

    • 400 individual medleys (100m of each stroke; breast, back, butterfly and freestyle)
    • 100m Breaststroke
    • 200m Breaststroke
    • 200m Backstroke 
    Jess and Alex Eggitt
    Jess and Alex Eggitt

    Jess also qualified for the Northeast Regional Championships in:

    • 400 Individual Medley
    • 200m back stroke

    Alex Eggitt, Year 6

    Alex qualified for the Yorkshire Championships in:

    • 100m Butterfly
    • 100m Backstroke 
    • 200 Individual Medley (50m of each stroke)
    • 50m Backstroke
    • 50m Butterfly

    Connie Crowther, Year 8

    Connie Crowther
    Connie Crowther

    Connie has recently joined Doncaster Dartes, Doncaster’s Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top four squads in Yorkshire Swimming.

     

     

     

    In the last 12 months Connie has competed in:

    • Two Yorkshire championships finishing top ten for breaststroke races
    • Two North East Regional Championships, reaching the finals in 2 races and achieving 7th place for 200m breaststroke and 9th place for 100m breaststroke
    • Two National qualifying meets

    Connie is currently ranked 51st nationally for 200m breaststroke (age 13) and 68th (age 14) long course (50m pool). 

    Greta Highfield, Year 9

    Greta Highfield
    Greta Highfield

    At the Yorkshire Championships, Greta won Gold becoming the County Champion in the 50m breaststroke. She qualified for 16 of the 17 Yorkshire Championship events and achieved the following in the races that she competed in:

    • 50m fly = 11th
    • 100m fly = 11th
    • 100m breast = 4th
    • 200m breast = 14th
    • 50m free = 21st
    • 100m free = 14th
    • 800m free – 6th
    • 1500m free = 6th
    • 200m free IM = 9th

    Greta has qualified for the summer Nationals later in the year with her times for 800m and 1500m freestyle and has been chosen to progress to Phase 2 of the Swim England Swimming National Development Program, because of her national rankings and recent county and regional times.

    Scarlett Fearn, Year 6

    Scarlett Fearn
    Scarlett Fearn

    Scarlett competed in the Northeast Region Swimming Event in Leeds recently, qualifying for the 50m freestyle event and the 50m backstroke event in the age group 11-12.

    In the 50-metre freestyle she finished 12th in the NE region (3rd in South Yorkshire) and in the 50-metre backstroke she finished 16th in the NE region (1st in South Yorkshire).

     

     

     

    Congratulations to Jess, Alex, Connie, Greta and Scarlett on their hard work and fantastic achievements!

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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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