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  • Hearts of Gold

    Published 21/02/18

    Thank you for your donations to our recent charity day, we have raised a whopping £2000 for The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund!

    For those that might not know, we chose The Children’s Heart Surgery fund in aid of Toby Johns in Year 2.

    Toby, who has been under the care of Leeds General Infirmary since he was 6 days old, knows better than most just how vital donations like this are. Toby, was diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, meaning his aortic valve had not formed properly. Despite his young age, he has already had two open heart surgeries. The first, as a 6-week-old baby, removed his aortic valve and replaced it with the pulmonary valve, with a tube implanted to replace the pulmonary valve. By the time he had reached 3 years old, Toby had outgrown this tube and undertook his second major surgery to replace it. His Cardiologist and Surgeon are hopeful that this tube will last until Toby is a teenager.

    Toby and his family have been raising money for The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and his classmates were keen to help.

    Toby’s teacher and Hill House Charity Co-ordinator, Mrs Lee, said, “Toby is a wonderful character, full of energy and charisma. He is very popular amongst his peers and we wanted to do something to support him. The whole school got involved, from Nursery all the way through to Sixth Form, and everyone has taken Toby to their hearts. The money was raised through a ‘wear something red’ day, the pupils changed one item of their uniform for an item of red clothing, with sweets stalls and raffles being held throughout the day.

    Once the money had been counted, we wanted the children to see where the money was going to so we took Toby, our Year 6 House Captains and Sixth Former Morgan Everatt, who was heavily involved in the organisation of the fundraising, to personally deliver the cheque to Leeds General Infirmary, along with Toby's parents. Here, we learnt all about the new surgical theatre that they are building, and how the money raised allows families to stay overnight with children while they are in hospital.”

    For more information, or to donate directly to the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, please visit

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Published 20/02/18

    We are delighted to release tickets for the Senior School Production of “Beauty and the Beast”.

    We have four performances, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th March 2018 at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 per person, including refreshments, with Hill House pupils going for free.

    For tickets, please call the office on 01302 776300. 

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  • Music Festival Win for Tilly

    Published 15/02/18

    Congratulations to Tilly Poskitt who was awarded the Bunty Ohlsen Memorial Trophy at the Cottingham Methodist Church 2018 Music Festival. Tilly won for her performance of “Fire Dance”, by David Watkins, in the open age harp class.

    Lower Sixth student Tilly, who is currently working towards her grade 7, is also the harpist in residence at Wentworth House, playing regularly in their Marble Saloon.

    Tilly said, “I am proud of my achievements. I have been playing the harp for over five years now, so it is great to see that my hard work has paid off. The harp isn’t the easiest instrument to get around so I am lucky that my Dad dedicates so much time to taking me to events like these.”

    Well done, Tilly!

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  • World Renowned Pianist Comes to Hill House

    Published 15/02/18

    Join us for an evening of scintillating piano playing, by the partnership of renowned concert pianists Ben Frith and Heidi Rolfe, presented in partnership with Doncaster Rotary Club for the 'End Polio Now' campaign.

    The theme celebrates the well-documented connections between Clara and Robert Schumann and Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, plus a fascinating partnership responsible for arranging Gustav Holst's Planets Suite for piano. 


    Ben and Heidi will perform a terrific programme for two and four hands. The undeniable chemistry between them being a tantalising feature of their performance. 

    Tickets £12 for adults, £5 for children, with all money raised going to the 'End Polio Now' campaign. 

    For tickets, contact the school office on 01302 776300.

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  • Oliver is TCDI Song and Dance Champion

    Published 02/02/18

    GCSE Drama pupil, Oliver Barker, has added yet another prize to his growing list of musical theatre accolades. During the weekend of 27 January 2018, Oliver became the Cheshire senior TDCI Song and Dance champion, adding to his All England title, earned earlier this year in London. Singing and dancing to “Why, God, Why?” from the hit musical Miss Saigon, Oliver romped to victory. The Theatre Dance Council International awards are fiercely contested and, in his own words, Oliver felt “amazed and proud to win against such stiff competition; especially when so many competitors were 18.” Head of Drama, Mr Ross, said of Oliver’s recent triumph, “Oliver is a very talented young man who acts, sings and dances with an enthusiasm and a natural skill that belie his years. It is a delight to see a student, so dedicated to the performing arts, receiving the recognition that he so richly deserves.”

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  • Success for Jess

    Published 02/02/18

    A Level student, Jessica Farmer, has been awarded a London College of Music Diploma in Musical Theatre. Only the fourth person in the history of Hill House School to achieve such a qualification, the Diploma supersedes Grade 8, a grade to which most aspire. Jessica’s achievement is highly unusual for someone so young and is testament to her passion and dedication for musical theatre. Performing pieces ranging from opera Cosi Fan Tutte’s ‘Una Donna A Quindici Anni’ to ‘Somewhere’ from the popular Bernstein musical West Side Story, Jessica enthralled her examiner with her thoughtful and considered interpretations of her pieces and the historical range from which her programme was devised.

    In response to achieving her LCM diploma, Jessica said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the process of devising my programme in order to engage thoroughly with the world of musical theatre, covering a wide span of narratives and developing my understanding of characterisation.”

    Head of Drama, Mr Ross said of Jessica’s achievement, “This level of attainment is exceptionally rare for someone still in full-time education. We are all thrilled for Jessica and pleased that years of hard work and dedication has yielded such success.” Jessica will be performing a selection of her diploma repertoire at the up-coming Sixth Form Revue.

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  • Olympian Visit Inspires Hill House Pupils

    Published 02/02/18

    Olympic gold medal winner Hollie Pearne-Webb visited Hill House School last week to offer training and advice to students.

    Hollie, who famously netted the winning penalty for the GB Team at the 2016 Olympic Hockey Finals, brought along her medal to inspire and motivate the Hill House pupils.

    After conducting a training session with the Year 7 boys and girls, Hollie took the time to talk to our promising and enthusiastic hockey players. She talked about the hard work that went in to achieving her life long ambition as well as the importance of studying for a career alongside her training, Hollie has a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield and is a qualified accountant. The pupils were delighted to get the opportunity to get up close and personal with Hollie’s gold medal, a huge inspiration for those wanting to take their sport to the next level.

    GCSE and A Level pupils enjoyed a question and answer session with Hollie, discussing training programmes, how to avoid injury and what impact winning an Olympic gold medal has had on her life.

    Hollie was then back out on the pitch for a skills session with more of our elite hockey players, who relished the chance to learn from the best.

    The younger generation were also delighted to meet an Olympian when Hollie opened the afternoon session of the In2Hockey tournament that was being hosted at Hill House School. Year 5 pupils from schools across the South Yorkshire area had their photo taken and hockey sticks signed.

    Hollie said, “‘I had a fantastic day at Hill House School last week on a Squadkit ambassador visit meeting lots of enthusiastic students, teachers and coaches that are clearly passionate about sport. It’s great that Squadkit provides such opportunity to their partner schools, not only focusing on providing high performance sportswear to schools but also supporting and inspiring the next generation of athletes. School sport is so important for the development of any youngster and it was fantastic to see the facilities and programme Hill House run.’

    Director of Hockey, Mr Ross, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young players to learn from someone who knows what it takes to achieve their dream. We are so thankful to Squadkit for arranging this visit with Hollie. They share our passion for encouraging students to achieve their sporting goals and I know that today has been a real inspiration for our pupils.”

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  • Superb Under 14 Girls Book Place in National Finals

    Published 22/01/18

    The Girls Under 14 Hockey Team hosted Blundells School, from Devon, in a play-off match between the runners up of the North, and The West of England,  to decide which school would play in the National Finals next month.

    The girls started brightly, with probing play by Daisy Bennett and Isabel Kell, before a rash stick tackle brought a penalty stroke. Bennett stepped up nervelessly to convert the penalty, scoring in the bottom left hand corner.

    Blundells’ strong midfield then began to dominate, and much of the rest of the first half saw Hill House defending resolutely, including superb sweeping by Eve Bishop, who had risen from her sick bed to play, and a number of inspirational saves by Grace Thomas.

    The second half followed a similar a pattern, with Emma Tonge, Niamh Doody and Narin Cowell increasingly influential in defensive midfield, until a stunning breakaway run by Bennett was converted ruthlessly by captain Isobel Flanagan, to end the game 2-0.

    The girls will now play in the last 8 of the country at the national finals, to be held at the end of February at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium in London.


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  • Recognition for Sam’s Outstanding Music Exam Score

    Published 18/01/18

    Year 9 student, Sam Honeybone has seen his hard work pay off for him after he was recently awarded the Trinity Exhibition Award from Trinity College London.

    The award, which has never been won by anyone from Doncaster before, was given to Sam for achieving one of the highest scores across the UK and Ireland in his grade 7 recorder exam.

    The award was given at this year’s William Appleby Awards Ceremony where Sam was presented with his certificate and £50 prize money.

    Sam, 13, said, “I was really pleased to be given this award. I thought I was just going to be performing at the ceremony, my parents decided to keep the award as a surprise for me on the evening, so it came as a real shock.”

    Director of Music, Mr Cadman, said, “It is wonderful to see Sam’s talent recognised in this way. He works extremely hard honing his craft, so it is no surprise to find that he is one of the best in the UK and Ireland. We are very proud of his achievements.”

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  • Swim Squad Success

    Published 17/01/18

    The Hill House Junior School Swim Squad are celebrating after doing the double at their most recent swim galas. 

    First up was the Pocklington School Swimming Gala. The squad, who get out of bed early to train every Thursday morning at Rossington pool, were up against the hosts and The Mount School from York. 

    There were individual race victories for Holly Pinchin, Connie Crowther, Thalia Woods and Greta Highfield. Hill House won five out of the nine relay races and were a very close second in the other four events. Hill House were the overall winners of the gala with a score of 122;  Pocklington second with 97 and The Mount third with 91. 

    Swim Squad coordinator, Mr Lawrie, said, "I am extremely pleased for the pupils as they have worked so hard in their training sessions with many new to competitive swimming and keen to succeed.  I always knew that we had fantastic Year 5 and 6 swimmers but I am thrilled to see the Year 4 team rise to the occasion. Thank you to Pocklington for being brilliant hosts and to all the parents for your support."

    The Year 3 and 4 swimmers then went up against Barlborough Hall at their next gala. It was a tough contest but Hill House came out on top, 78 points to 66.

    There were individual victories for Connie Crowther; Holly Pinchin; Sam Brown; Jessica Eggitt; Jose De-Almeida and Anabelle Green. Hill House were once again very strong in the relay races with fantastic performances by the Year 4 girls who won their races by a long stretch.

    ​Thank you to Barlborough Hall for your excellent hospitality and to all the parents and grandparents for your support. We are glad that we can put on a good show for you!

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  • Girls' Hockey Season Review - Michaelmas 2017

    Published 05/01/18



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  • Carol Service

    Published 12/12/17

    This year’s service was, once again, a huge success, with all pupils from Year 3 upwards and over 500 parents and grandparents filling the pews of Doncaster Minster!

    Our readers, some as young as 8, confidently recited verses from the Bible to tell the Christmas story. Years 3 and 4 pupils treated us to a beautiful rendition of “Hope Was Born This Night” while Years 5 and 6 performed a wonderful version of “When Love Was Born”. The Senior Chorus worked hard to deliver two superb pieces, “Gaudete” and “Sing a Christmas Carol”.

    The Senior Orchestra had a busy evening, not only performing “Renaissance Suite” but also providing magnificent accompaniment to five congregational carols!

    It was wonderful to hear these readings and songs in such a breath-taking venue and thanks must go to the Archdeacon of Doncaster, Steve Wilcockson, for his poignant homily.

    We hope the service got you in to the Christmas spirit and wish each and every one of you a happy and blessed holiday.

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