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November 2016

  • Hill House Storm Ahead in Doncaster Primary Schools Cross Country Championships

    Published 25/11/16

    Update: Confirmation from Active Fusion that the Y4 Girls should have won the cross country, which means that Hill House won every age group.

    Junior pupils from Hill House spent a fantastic day at the Keepmoat Stadium where they were competing in Active Fusion's Doncaster Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.

    The results are still being finalised but there were some outstanding performances.

    All the Year 4 girls finished in the top 20, with Greta Highfield 3rd. All Year 4 boys, headed home by Daniel Reeve in first place, finished in the top 10.

    The Year 5/6 girls, led by Olivia Lennard, took the first three positions. Erin Yates ran a superb first cross country race to finish 15th and surely secure the girls the team prize. Lysander Lawson ran an excellent race to finish 3rd in the Year 5/6 boys race, followed by Ben Drohan in 9th.  

    A special mention must go to William Payne who finished the Year 5/6 boys race in a very credible 14th place with a badly cut leg. 

    'The children have thoroughly enjoyed running today and it is exciting to have so much talent throughout the school. Our thanks to Active Fusion for organising and to Doncaster Athletics Club for setting up the course. The pupils supported each other so well as a team and I am sure they are looking forward to their next race,' said Mr Lawrie, Cross Country and Athletics Coordinator.  

    Results (roughly 60 runners in each race)

    Year 4 girls - Great Highfield (3), Chloe Hall (9), Anabelle Petit (18), Grace Mullen (19)
    Year 4 boys - Daniel Reeve (1), Freddie Brooke (6), Albert Atack (7), Alfred Bazlinton (10)
    Year 5/6 girls - Olivia Lennard (1), Jessica Rowland (2), Olivia Martin (3), Erin Yates (15)
    Year 5/6 girls - Lysander Lawson (3), Ben Drohan (9), William Payne (14), Scott Frisby (28)

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  • Hill House wins National Award

    Published 25/11/16

    Hill House School has won the ‘Outstanding Community Initiative Award' at the prestigious 2016 TES Independent School Awards.  The award was presented to Mrs Vicky Bodman at a gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.

    The national award relates to the work of the annual Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival, which was created as a community initiative in 2011 to provide opportunities for young people in Doncaster to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive setting for performing arts. It is now a hugely successful six-day festival, the largest of its type in the region, managed and promoted by the school’s music department, working with local community groups and schools.

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  • The Jazz Orchestra go PLATINUM – again!

    Published 20/11/16

    On Sunday 20th November the Hill House School Jazz Orchestra partook (for the 3rd  year running) in the National Concert Band Festival. This year the north regional  round was held in Oldham.

    The Orchestra played a wide and varied programme from Swing to Rock n’ Roll.  They dazzled the audience with The Flik Machine from A Bug’s life, Mambo Jambo, After Sunset (alto sax solo played by Lucy Gutowski) and Shake, Twist & Jump.

    The ensemble played against schools from Stafford, Harrogate and Altrincham and came away with a Platinum award. As per last year, this means the band is automatically through to the final which will be held at Warwick School, Warwickshire on the weekend of  April 8th/9th 2017.

    Mr Cadman, The Director of Music mentioned, “the band have worked very hard this term, they deserved the Platinum award and are growing as an ensemble every year.”

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  • Spotty for Children in Need

    Published 18/11/16

    Hill House held a super spotty day on Friday 18th November for BBC Children in Need. Pupils made a small donation to attend school dressed in a spotty outfit. Throughout the day there were many 'spotacular' activities; a 'Spotty Cake Sale', 'Spotty Sweet Sale', 'Guess the Number of Spots in a Jar' and many more.
    The highlight of the day was when we received a surprise visit from Look North's Tom Ingle as the whole of Junior School raised more money by soaking the prefects with icy cold water.
    We raised an amazing £2,600.00. A massive thank you to all for your continued  support for this amazing BBC UK charity, which makes a real difference to the lives of children across the UK.

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  • Blood Brothers

    Published 16/11/16

    The Theatre was transformed into the homes and playgrounds of Liverpool as Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ came to Hill House. The story of the Johnstone twins was beautifully told, with Joseph De Mulder and Joe Warren bringing ill-fated twins Edward and Mickey to life. Maria Torstensson’s performance as the boys’ mother was sublime, including a heart-breaking rendition of ‘Marilyn Monroe’, and Bethany Sprenger’s portrayal of an unravelling Mrs Lyons was transfixing. Many congratulations to Mr Bell and the whole cast for a wonderful production, which combined humour and pathos in equal measure!

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  • Lydia Parkhurst meets Prime Minister

    Published 14/11/16

    Old Girl Lydia Parkhurst is making a name for herself as an ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation, which is working towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Last week Lydia was asked to speak to the Prime Minister, Teresa May, on behalf of all children and families who have to deal with the disease.

    Mrs May was very interested in Lydia’s experiences, talking to her at length. She said she could understand fully what these children were going through as she is also a Type 1 Diabetic and was diagnosed 4 years ago.   The Prime Minister also invited the Parkhurst family to come to Downing Street for a private tour.

    Later in the evening the Duchess of Cornwall arrived and also talked to Lydia about her role and the work of the JDRF. Lydia was complimented by both ladies for her eloquence and confidence, both of which she puts down to her grounding at Hill House.

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  • Doncaster Schools Brass Masterclass

    Published 10/11/16

    Doncaster Schools Brass Masterclass

    With Simon Hogg

    Saturday 21 January 2017

    A graduate of the NYO and the Royal Academy of Music, Simon Hogg became a founder member of The Fine Arts Brass in 1980. During this time he performed 2000 concerts, visited over 60 countries, recorded 150 BBC radio and TV broadcasts and made 25 commercial recordings. The ensemble commissioned seventy works by leading British composers and performed at major British and European music festivals. In 1994 Simon founded Warwick Music, a publisher of brass music. In 1996 Simon was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), only awarded to alumni who have distinguished themselves in the music profession. He has adjudicated for the BBC Young Musician of the Year. In 2014 he was honoured with a special award from the British Trombone Association. Simon is Director of Music (Performance) at Warwick School and has led school music tours to various parts of the world including: Italy, Morocco and Uganda. In addition to music, Simon has an unhealthy fascination for Italy and all things Venetian.

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  • England Hockey Squad Selection

    Published 07/11/16

    Year 11 pupil Annabel Bennett is celebrating after being selected for the Under 16 England Hockey Squad. Annabel, who plays for Hill House and Doncaster Hockey Club, was initially selected for the regional Pennine Pumas team, which showcases the leading players in the North of England. She now has the chance to represent her country in matches against the leading European nations such as Holland and Germany.

    Master of Hockey at Hill House School, Peter Shipston said "Annabel's selection for the National Squad is a great honour for the school and a testament to her commitment and hard work, both on the pitch but also in training. Her attitude and application are inspirational for all of our pupils who will watch her progress with keen interest".

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  • Italy Rugby Trip

    Published 07/11/16

    Over the October half term 47 U13 and U14 boys went away to Venice, Italy for an action packed rugby tour.

    On arrival in Venice both teams settled in the hotel before transferring to the first matches against Valsugana Rugby U13 and U14. Both teams enjoyed impressive wins over Valsugana and were then treated to a memorable evening in the club house, where the hosts treated us to homemade pasta and sweet cakes made by the local families. The perfect start to the tour.

    The second matches were at two different locations with the U14s playing Conegliano Rugby and the U13s playing Mestre Rugby. The U14s played end to end stuff with the Italian team with the score line finishing 40-45 to Conegliano. The U13s had a hard fought battle against Mastre where they ran out of steam towards the end. Both games gave the pupils a great insight into Italian rugby and offered a different test for the pupils that they would not get in England. After match meals were again memorable and one of our students (who is fluent in Italian) was awarded a signed rugby ball for his after match speeches.

    We then spent some down time visiting the renowned Gardaland amusement park, which obviously went down well with the pupils. Before taking in the culture of around Venice, where we spent time at St Mark's Square and the Duke Palace as well as getting to see Venice via a motor boat.

    On the final day we enjoyed some time by the beach before heading off to our final game against the national champions Rovigo. The U13s played first against a well drilled team. The atmosphere and intensity of the game was evident to see from the first minute. Although the pupils  put in a spirited performance the local team had too much power and were the eventual winners. Afterwards the U14 had their chance to prove themselves to what was now a sizeable crowd. The pupils raised their game for the opponents and displayed some mature rugby. The Hill House pupils proved their class with a fantastic win to finish a memorable tour.

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  • Classics and Geography Italy Trip 2016

    Published 07/11/16

    Fantastic weather, beautiful locations, wonderful sites of historical and geographical interest and great students; this was a lovely trip with some surprising twists. After all, we bumped into Mrs Paver at the Pantheon in Rome and Bishoy helped to wait tables at our Italian restaurant.

     Some of the highlights of the trip were the visit to Solfatara, with a wonderful guide who introduced us to the smells, sights and sounds of this sulphurous crater. Jabez tested his strength with a mighty rock, so we could hear again the sound of the crust over the lava, and the girls tried out natural mud masks. The size and scale of the town of Pompeii was amazing, we visited the theatre and the house of Octavius Quartus as well as some of the more undesirable areas of ancient Pompeii. Herculaneum allowed Rachel to have her photo taken with the famous Marcus Nonius Balbus, and everyone got a real sense of the scale of the eruption from the skeletons in the boat houses.

     In Rome, the Colosseum and Roman Forum were impressive, and views over the city were spectacular. We all did a lot of walking and ate a lot of pizza, pasta and ice cream. We even managed to interrupt the filming on the set of an Italian movie! On the final day, we saw the enormous Baths of Caracalla and managed to swing past the Circus Maximus and still fit in time for the Vatican; all before flying home. Everyone agreed it was time to go home and rest.


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  • Irish Tour Victory

    Published 02/11/16

    Hill House School’s Ciaran Gaffney has recently returned from the Irish Exiles U18 tour to Ireland. Ciaran was selected a year young, the tour took in fixtures against Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connacht U18 and is part of the Irish rugby union elite talent pathway.

    Ciaran who is also part of the Doncaster Knights Academy, played well on the tour and has taken this form into early season matches both at school and with his club. Hill House School’s Director of Sport Martin Webdale commented “It’s great to see Ciaran receiving the recognition on an International level that his hard work and commitment deserves. Ciaran is a very talented rugby player with great physical attributes and we look forward to supporting his development further in the future”

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