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January 2017

  • Rotary Young Musician Competition Success

    Published 27/01/17

    Last week Hill House School hosted the Doncaster Rotary Young Musician of the Year regional competition. The evening was of a very high quality and it was a delight to listen to many musicians and singers performing to a very high standard.

    Congratulations to Jessica Farmer - winner of the classical voice category and Zara Karim - winner of the popular voice category.

    Well done also to Joe Orme, Gracie Arnold and Ella Hudspeth who were all “runners up”. Winners and “runners up” are all eligible to perform in the District Final which will be held later this year.

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  • Cross Country Success at S.Anselms

    Published 25/01/17

    Hill House Junior School pupils had a very successful afternoon at the S.Anselms Invitational Cross Country event.

    Out of the four junior school races Hill House pupils won three of them - congratulations to Greta Highfield (Y4); Daniel Reeve (Y4) and Jessica Rowland (Y6) for their outstanding performances.

    Lysander Lawson (Y5) and Ben Drohan (Y6) ran a terrific race to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Olivia Lennard (Y6) just finishing behind teammate Jessica to finish 2nd in the Year 5/6 girls race.

    In the team competition the Y4 boys, Y4 girls, Y5/6 boys A and Y5/6 girls all finished second. Hill House were second in the overall competition, with hosts S.Anselms in first place.

    Mr Lawrie, cross country coordinator, said 'The pupils were incredible in all the races, it was great to see them run for themselves but also come together as a team. It was a very tough course but a great challenge for our runners. Thank you to S.Anselms for their hospitality and for the great support from our parents.'

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  • Year 7 Entrance Day

    Published 23/01/17

    On Monday 23 January 2017 current Year 6 pupils from Hill House welcomed others from schools far and wide for their entrance day to Year 7. The children worked hard throughout the morning, sitting a variety of exams in the Main Hall under strict exam conditions. Lunch was well received and they refuelled with pasta bolognaise and chocolate sponge and custard. Break time gave the children a chance to mix and catch up with each other, see friendly faces and meet new faces. For those who had previously attended a day visit, it was another chance to feel at home. They were then treated to a carousel of activities in the afternoon consisting of orienteering in groups with the PE staff out and about in the school grounds, costume design using collage techniques in the Senior School Art Room with the Head of Art surrounded by outstanding art work to get their juices flowing, making electromagnets in the Physics Lab and experiencing the flashes and bangs of the chemistry department in one of the Senior School Science Labs. Children were mesmerised when they mixed chemicals and kitchen products to make expanding foam, they used magnets and chemicals to become magical wizards changing the colour of liquids before their own eyes and the piece de resistance was making a jet engine using an old water container.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the team building activities and left with not only a personalised gift but also an enormous smile on their face!


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  • Class Brass with Simon Hogg

    Published 21/01/17

    On Saturday  21st January Simon Hogg  visited Hill House School to lead our annual Doncaster Schools Masterclass. Simon is a professional Trombone player, Director of Music Performance at Warwick School and one of the founding members of Fine Arts Brass. The day was a great success and pupils prepared music to be played in front of Simon. He covered areas such as breathing, flexibility and articulation and even played a very famous trumpet tune on a hosepipe at one point!



    It was great to see Simon’s enthusiasm for music and brass playing shine through and all the young people who were involved in the day all improved and went away with several gems of musical wisdom from Simon!

    The Masterclasses are held yearly in January and next year we will holding a woodwind day for all musicians to enjoy.

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  • Dickinson Dominates County Cross Country

    Published 18/01/17

    Hill House School Athlete Joshua Dickinson has been powering through the Yorkshire mud on the way to becoming the Yorkshire U15 Cross Country champion, at the recent county cross country championships held at Lightwater Valley in Ripon. Joshua completed the course in 13:47 a full 10 seconds ahead of his closest rival on the day. Joshua will now go onto to represent Yorkshire at the Inter counties cross country in March in Loughborough. Joshua is coming off a very impressive track season which culminated in him finishing in second place in the 3000m at the England Athletics U15 Championships

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  • Head Girl secures place at Oxford

    Published 12/01/17

    We were delighted to hear that Safia Khan has been awarded a place to read Medicine at Balliol College, Oxford. Safia, who followed her clean sweep of A*s at GCSE with A*A*A*A at A level, will join Balliol in September. A pupil at Hill House since the age of 3, Safia combined her studies with being Head Girl, playing saxophone in the Jazz Orchestra and leading the school debating team.

    Headmaster David Holland said ‘We are all delighted with Safia’s success. It is extremely difficult to win a place at such a prestigious Oxford College; it is also very hard to win a place anywhere for Medicine. To combine the two is a testament to Safia’s ability, commitment and the hard work done by her and her teachers over the years. We are all very proud of her!’

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  • Bewerley Park

    Published 12/01/17

    Day 2

    We have all had fun, everyone has seen some snow and most have managed to make at least one snowball each. Tired as we are, the fun continues tonight with a visit to the common room and a chance to spend some pocket money.
    Mr Lawrie's Group started the day on a quest for trolls, a hunt for the Barghest and the odd snowball fight by Troller's Ghyll. This afternoon the quest was for treasure in and around the woods near the centre.
    Mrs Leach's Group have ventured into Tom Taylor's Cave, looked at How Stean Gorge without getting wet and then on to Scar House Reservoir which was bracing and some snowflakes were seen up there too. This afternoon they have clambered and scrambled through Brimham Rocks.
    Miss Coleman's Group were scrambling over, under and through Brimham Rocks this morning. After a refreshing lunch they embarked on a tour of Tom Taylor's cave, How Stean Gorge and then Scar House Reservoir.
    Mrs Stirling Martin's Group started the snowy day at Troller's Ghyll finding an unexpected monkey face before climbing back up the ghyll ready to complete the morning with a good old fashioned snowball fight. This afternoon they visited Scar House Reservoir, Tom Taylor's Cave and How Stean Gorge.
    Mrs Holland's Group started the morning on a Treasure Quest, where some Freddos were finally found as a reward. After lunch, the group set off for Troller's Ghyll which was snowy and quite slippery but we used it to our advantage as we enjoyed sliding down slopes on our bottoms before the uphill climb. We braved the dark and entered a local cave armed with candles to guide our path.

    Day 1

    Group 1 - Mr Lawrie
    Daisy, Scott F, Henry, Myles, Jacqueline, Scott J, George, Kitty, Dax, Maisie, Alexandra I-C and Aston

    Group 2 - Mrs Holland
    Finnan, Daniel, Elliot, William, Lysander, Olivia, Lara, Alexandra H, Alana and Naina

    Group  3 - Mrs Stirling-Martin
    Ruby, Thalia, Martha, Michael, Morgan, Reuben, Lewis, Autumn, Romily, Hannah and Harry O

    Group 4 - Mrs Leach
    Gracie, Diyar, Tomos, Harriet, Isabelle, Rahul, Oliver, Erica, Harrison, Jack and Harry G

    Group 5 - Miss Coleman
    Annie, Madeleine, Alpheus, Evangeline, Hussain, James, Tiffany, Erin, Iman, Alina and Leighton

    Day 1 Activities

    Group 1 and 2 - Scar House  Tom Taylor's Cave and How Stean Gorge

    Group 3 - Brimham Rocks

    Group 4 and 5  - Troller's Ghyll

    Evening activities (for all groups) - Teamwork Initiatives.

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