- Read MorePublished 02/04/19Recently, 11 debaters from Years 7 to 10 took part in the regional round of The International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) in the prestigious Cambridge Union. It was a privilege for them to debate in the same debating chamber as the likes of
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Twelfth NightPublished 02/04/19Once again, a fantastic production has graced the stage of Hill House School. In our newly-refurbished theatre, the Senior School production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was a resounding triumph of student-led drama that delighted audience
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A Minor SetbackPublished 19/03/19
The latest talk in our speaker series, The Robert Winston Lectures, was particularly special as we welcomed quadruple amputee, Alex Lewis, for his talk, ‘A Minor Setback’. Alex discussed his journey from contracting an apparent common cold, to battling Strep A, Toxic Shock Syndrome, Septicaemia and Necrotising Fasciitis.
Through his humour and positive attitude, Alex taught us that anything is possible. The audience listened intently as he talked us through his life as a pub landlord and father, to adventures such as kayaking through Greenland, skydiving and battling rapids in Africa.
Alex’s story first came to the public eye back in 2016, thanks to a Channel 4 documentary, 'The Extraordinary Case of Alex Lewis'. Since then, he has made it his mission to live life to its fullest and be the best father he can be, whilst raising awareness of the daily battles that amputees face.
We also heard about his next mission, tackling Ethiopia’s highest peak on a specially made hand-cycle for the Wild Wheelchairs Project. His aim is to bring awareness to Ethiopia’s amputee population, who are often shunned by society. He will be raising money to turn a wheelchair workshop into a full factory and hoping to influence some positive change in the country.
If you would like to donate to this wonderful course, you can do so here: https://goo.gl/kcDyr8
Alex was kind enough to answer questions after his talk and he even had pupils queuing up to speak with him after the event.
Event organiser, Miss Chappell, said afterwards, “It was such a privilege to welcome Alex; he has really highlighted to us how important it is to persevere and never give up, no matter what obstacles we face. This is a great message for our pupils and a reminder to us all that life is for living. He has been a true inspiration and we are very grateful to him for speaking to us.”
For those who could not make the lecture, the highlights are available on our YouTube channel.
We now look forward to our final lecture of the year on Tuesday 7 May, Dr Olly Ayers. Olly will be talking to us about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, an important topic for everyone studying History.
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Zip Wire Grand Opening!Published 06/03/19
Hill House pupils are swinging into spring with a new addition to the school woods.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Hill House School, we have installed a zip wire and some brand new exercise equipment.
The Head Girls had the honour of the first ever ride, quickly followed by competition winners from each House.
Headmaster, Mr Holland, said, “We were delighted when the Friends said that they would like to donate to further develop the woods and a zip wire fits perfectly with the ethos of our school. We strongly believe that children should have the opportunity to be children, to enjoy playing, whilst still being encouraged to take risks. Ever since the zip wire opened, it has proved very popular, even our Sixth Formers enjoy having a go!
Alongside the zip wire, we have also installed some outdoor exercise equipment. Throughout school life, we hope to foster a healthy attitude towards fitness and, again, the pupils are enjoying making use of the equipment.
Previous developments in the woods have included a forest school, dipping pond and archery range. With recent studies highlighting the importance of outdoor learning, we feel very lucky to be able to offer these facilities.
We are very grateful to the Friends group for their ongoing support, they work tirelessly to fundraise for the school and it is fantastic to see so much fun being had!”
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House Music 2019Published 15/02/19
It was an historic occasion at this year’s House Music competition as New House came away victors in their inaugural year!
The event, led entirely by our student body, was a huge success and highlighted just how supportive and enthusiastic our pupils are. Year 5’s Alexis Armstrong opened the afternoon with a beautiful song in memory of her uncle. This was followed by some incredible solo and group performances from our singers and musicians across Junior and Senior school, and it was wonderful to see the collaboration between the year groups. We were even treated to some original material by our talented Year 11 pupils. Oliver Barker wowed the audience with his piece, “Dance with Me, Baby”, while Joe Warren performed his brilliant song, “Love Ain’t” on the guitar.
As always, the afternoon was brought to a close by the house performances. This year, the theme was the 00s, and the pupils, who had spent weeks rehearsing and perfecting their songs, really gave it their all.
First up were Field House who celebrated all things red, white and blue for their mash up of “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. Master House showed off their dance moves for Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”. New House rocked out to “Year 3000” by Busted and School House closed the show, demonstrating their Taekwondo skills for “Kung Fu Fighting”.
Judging the competition was pianist Annabelle Lawson. Returning for her second year, Annabelle is one of the most dynamic and enterprising musicians of her generation. She has performed extensively and internationally, teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
With the points very close between all fours houses, New House were delighted to come away as the winners. Mr Barnett, New Housemaster, said, “I am over the moon that we won in our first ever House Music competition. It is testament to the hard work that the pupils and form tutors have put in over the last couple of months and I could not be more proud of them.”
Well done to all of the performers. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel watch the individual and group performances.
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Cross Country SuccessPublished 06/02/19
Year 11 pupils, George Rowland and Joe Warren, are celebrating after being one of four Doncaster pupils selected to represent South Yorkshire in the English Schools' Athletics Association Cross Country Championships next month.
Both boys represented Doncaster in the South Yorkshire Schools Championships held in Penistone last Saturday. George, who qualified for this national final last year, finished in 6th position in a tough race on frozen ground. Running mate Joe was in 8th position and is thrilled to be representing South Yorkshire for the first time.
The South Yorkshire Schools Championships saw runners from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster compete to earn one of 8 places in the South Yorkshire squad.
George's sister, Jessica, finished in a very respectable 12th position in the Year 8/9 girls event. Year 7 pupil Martha Thomas, a relative newcomer to cross country running, finished in 7th position in the Year 7 girls event and is definitely a prospect for the future.
Hill House PE teacher, Mr Keyworth, said, "We have supported this schools competition for a long time and it is great to see our pupils reach this prestigious national final. Thanks go to Michelle Allott at Ash Hill Academy for her work as Doncaster team manager. "
The next generation of cross country stars have also been in action recently. Inspired by the success of the senior school, pupils from our Junior School went to Cannon Hall in Barnsley to compete in the South Yorkshire School Games competition. There were several outstanding performances, with Greta Highfield finishing 3rd and Harriet Vernon and Daniel Credland both coming in the top ten for their age groups. Junior pupils are already looking forward to the Doncaster District Schools Championships, which will be held at Hill House School in May.
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Open Doors Afternoon for Prospective FamiliesPublished 30/01/19
Friday 1 March 2019 - 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Come and see the school in action, including the opportunity to see our outstanding provision for Music, Drama and Sport. From Nursery through to Sixth Form, the open doors afternoon offers prospective families the chance to tour the school during regular lesson time, meet our pupils and teachers and view our wonderful facilities
Pre-register using the button below or pop along on the day.
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AMSP Maths FeastPublished 28/01/19
We were delighted to be a host venue for the AMSP Year 10 Maths Feast 2019. The Maths Feast is a fun educational challenge which tests problem solving and teamwork skills. Six schools from the Doncaster area entered teams of four, all budding mathematicians, each competing in several rounds of problem solving.
Deputy Head of Mathematics at Hill House School, Mr Barnett, said, “It was a huge privilege to host this event, especially as everybody who entered showed a passion for maths! Our teams did fantastically well, the boys won one of the rounds and the girls were commended for their consistently high scoring. I am incredibly proud, everybody showed real promise.”
AMSP is a government-funded initiative which aims to increase participation in A Level, Further and Core Mathematics.
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Staff PantomimePublished 14/12/18
There are fewer festive traditions that bring families together in quite the same way as the good old British pantomime. This Christmastime, the Hill House family was brought together by the inaugural Staff Panto, Cinderella. With Mr Laszkowicz starring as the lovestruck Buttons, and Miss Smith, of the English and Drama departments, as the overworked, overlooked Cinderella, the school was treated to a story of friendship that blossoms into true love. However, ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’ and when Prince Charming’s (Mr Lawrie) parents, Mrs Havard and Mr Fox, decided he needed a wife, an invitation was issued to all eligible ladies in the room; scuppering any chance of Buttons and Cinderella being together.
Of course, Mr Marsh’s Baroness Hardup had plans of her own and made sure her daughters (Mr Anderson and Mr Barnett) also had the opportunity of vying for the hand of the ‘handsome’ prince.
What, however, would a pantomime be without the fairy godmother to grant the wishes and desires of the heroes and heroines in a bid to usurp the villains? Enter Mr Keyworth. Equipped with tutu, wings and trusty golf club wand, the god-mother of fairy god-mothers bestowed Christmas wishes on us all and even gave some timely words of wisdom to a Buttons, who had lost his shine, and a Cinderella who had, until now, no chance of going to meet her ‘handsome’ prince.
Back at the palace, ball guests Mrs Troupes and Mrs Thomas, and palace steward, Mr Cattell, all attempted to win the prince’s affections before the Hardups finally seized their moment, after a sterling vocal cameo of It’s Raining Men, from Mr Hopkinson. The attentions of the prince, however, were firmly fixed on the now begowned Cinderella. Sadly, all that glistens is not gold and Prince Charming lacked much promise. Fleeing the scene, assisted by the cousin of Buttons (Mrs Smith), Cinderella returned home, alone.
A rogue glove, left behind at the ball, gave Prince Charming and his family hope that his perfect partner might be traced, only to discover that it was, in fact, the glove of the Baroness.
And so it was that the Mr Lawrie and Mr Marsh embraced; Mr Anderson and Mr Barnett wept; Mr Laszkowicz and Miss Smith were united and the rest of the cast and crew gathered under the ribbon-clad baton of Mr Keyworth’s golf club to lead the school in a hearty rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Many thanks to Mrs Lee, Mrs Holland, Mrs Atack, Dr Boynton, Upper Sixth’s Katie Smith and Head of Drama, Mr Ross, for their help and support in directing, providing costumes, props and make-up and in writing the script. An annual tradition is born and one that has already received rave reviews from pupils, students and colleagues alike. As one GCSE pupil said, "There are certain things I will remember from being here, and this is one of them. It was really brilliant!"
Merry Christmas to you all.
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Children in NeedPublished 18/11/18
Hill House School went all out for a Disney themed charity day, aiming to raise lots of money for Children in Need.
In the morning, Junior School pupils were delighted to be able to take revenge on their teachers, all in the name of a good cause. Head of Juniors, Mr Hall, and Year 6 teacher, Mr Marsh, were put in the stocks while pupils armed themselves with wet sponges. Look North came along to film and throwing practice seemed to have paid off as the pupils repeatedly hit their targets! The rest of the Junior School teachers made sure they did not miss out as they took revenge on their boss, skipping the sponges and going straight to pouring buckets of water over Mr Hall’s head!
The fun did not end there though, Hill House Sixth Form pupils played their parts as Disney characters to have breakfast with the younger pupils. The children loved tucking in to pancakes whilst chatting to Mickey, Minnie and the gang before the whole school came together for a Disney singalong assembly.
A sweet sale, a teddy bear swap and more fun in the stocks meant the day was jam packed with fundraising events.
There was still more to come as a selection of Hill House pupils spent Sunday with some very special visitors. Former Head Girl, Paige Miller, brought along some friends from the West End, Nicholas McLean and Scott Hunter, all Mountview Academy alumni. Another former Hill House pupil, Conor O’Hara, who is also currently studying at Mountview Academy Theatre of Arts, joined them in conducting workshops during the day, working the pupils hard to get them ready for a concert in the evening.
Parents were treated to a wonderful evening of entertainment, with songs from West End shows performed by the professionals, the pupils and accompanied by Hill House School’s very own Jazz Orchestra.
Overall, the total raised over the two days was £4000, an amount Hill House Charity Coordinator, Mrs Lee, is extremely proud of, “Every year we try to put on a special event for Children in Need. In the week building up to it, all of our assemblies were based on the work of this incredible charity and why it is so important for us to support it. This brings our total raised for Children in Need over the past 10 years to a whopping £34,000! I am so thankful to our parents, pupils and staff who have given so generously over the years”.
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Greece Trip 2018Published 31/10/18
The sky was blue and the Aegean Sea crystal clear as GCSE and A Level classicists enjoyed the school’s first trip to mainland Greece, during October half term.
After a visit to the stunning new Acropolis Museum in Athens, the tour moved on to the mythical centre of the classical world, Delphi, with its temples, treasuries, theatre and stadium; a beautiful and remote site, high in the mountains of central Greece, and hard to visualise in the late summer sun as a popular ski resort! After a visit to Olympia, and a new House sprint race at the original Olympic Stadium (won by New House!), the tourists then took in Ancient Sparta, home of Leonidas and his immortalised 300 Spartans, Mycenae, seat of King Agamemnon, and the acoustically perfect Giant Theatre of Epidauros. A return to Athens, with a night time viewing of the Acropolis and then a full day exploring the city was a glorious finish, leaving our classicist both enlightened and inspired. Many thanks to Mrs McCrea for such a wonderful trip.
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Harvest FestivalPublished 18/10/18
We were once again overwhelmed by the generosity of our parents and pupils at our annual Harvest Festival celebration. Donations of food, clothes and toiletries came pouring in and the volunteers from the Friends of Hill House spent Wednesday morning creating a beautiful display from these donated items.
Parents were invited to join us for our celebration of Harvest and it was wonderful to have so many families join us for this event. Led by 6H, the whole of Junior School played their part with songs, hymns, poems and even a rap!
Nursery and Reception opened the show with their song, ‘Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow’. This was followed by poems from Years 1 and 2, ‘Little Seed’ and ‘The Scarecrow’. Year 3 celebrated all things Autumnal with their song, ‘Conkers!’, and their poem, ‘Fireworks’.
Year 4 switched things up with their vegetable rap while Year 5 wowed us with their song, ‘Beautiful World’. Year 6 performed a thought provoking mime entitled ‘Rainbow People’ and the whole of Junior School came together to end the day with a rousing rendition of ‘The Harvest Hymn’.
Donations were divided this year to help two wonderful, local charities, The Trussell Food Bank in Doncaster and St John’s ‘Given Freely, Freely Given’ initiative. Our Year 6 House Captains hand delivered the donations on Thursday, for which each charity was very grateful.
A huge thank you to everybody who donated and supported this incredible event.