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October 2017

  • Harvest Festival

    Published 17/10/17

    It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents join us in the school hall for the Junior School Harvest Festival celebration on Tuesday afternoon. The children worked hard to put on a fantastic event, with every child in Junior School taking an active role, through their numerous poems, small playlets and many songs.

    Year Six opened the Harvest celebrations with their very tuneful Harvest Song, "Celebrate." Nursery and Reception children delighted the audience with their beautiful singing of "Big Red Combine Harvester". Year One also showed off their singing skills as they sang about a "Little Seed". Year Two and Three, once again, delighted the audience with their confident poetry renditions about the true meaning of Harvest. Year 4 pupils livened up the proceedings with their "Vegetable Rap" and funky moves. The audience were also treated to a beautiful rendition of "Fields of Gold" by the guitar orchestra.

    A special thank you must go to Year Five who led the service from start to finish and also delighted everyone with their playlet and beautiful singing and swaying to “Autumn Leaves”. The afternoon finished with a very thoughtful but joyous song "Harvest Harmony".

    A huge thank you to the pupils and staff involved and to our very generous families for the donations. Friends of Hill House School spent the morning organising the donations and produced a beautiful display, thank you for your hard work on this.

    The Year Six House Captains had the very important job on Wednesday morning of delivering the food to The Trussell Trust Food Bank in Doncaster, whose volunteers spent time explaining the hard work that goes into organising and distributing the food to those in need.

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  • Yorkshire Biathlon Success for Hill House

    Published 15/10/17

    Pupils from Hill House School are celebrating their best ever performance at the Yorkshire Regional Biathlon Championships, which took place on Sunday 15th October at York University.

    A biathlon is a separately timed run (800m) and swim (50m). Pupils earn points for their performance based on their time with the points for each event added together to give a total at the end of the competition. The aim is to score 2000 points or more.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin won the Under 12 Girls competition and took the award for the fastest swim. Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield, fresh from competing for Great Britain at the World Biathle Championships, stormed home to win the Under 10 Girls competition. Fellow Year 5 pupil, Daniel Reeve, came third in his first ever biathlon and took the award for the fastest run.

    The performance of the day came from Year 5 pupil William Payne who produced an outstanding swim to push himself up to 6th place in the ranking and earn a medal. All those early starts at the school swimming club on Thursday mornings are clearly paying off!

    All of these pupils scored 2000 points or more, a remarkable achievement. Connie Crowther in Year 4 took the opportunity to compete in the Under 10 Girls event despite most of the competition being composed of Year 5 pupils. Connie looked very confident and showed great promise in each event and will surely be back next year to try and emulate her peers.

    "I am thrilled for the pupils as they work incredibly hard in training sessions and are very committed. This competition involved very strong individuals from across Yorkshire and they have shown that they can compete with the best. Thank you to Pentathlon GB for organising the event and to all the parents for the support and encouragement," said Mr Lawrie, running and swimming club coordinator.

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  • Greta and Josh stride ahead

    Published 03/10/17

    Despite only being a few weeks into the new school year, two athletes at opposite ends of the school are celebrating outstanding achievements in their respective events.

    Joshua Dickinson in Year 11, winner of this year’s London Mini Marathon, came 1st in the English Schools Fell Running Championships which were held at Giggleswick School in Settle. Fell running is a much harder discipline than cross country as runners have to navigate themselves between check points.

    Greta Highfield in Year 5 has just returned from representing the Great Britain team at the 2017 UIPM Biathle World Championships in Viveiro, Spain. Biathle is a continuous run-swim-run race which enables Greta to combine her two passions of swimming and running. At the World Championships Greta finished in a very respectable 9th place out of nearly 30 athletes. As each age group covers two school years, Greta was actually one of the youngest in the race. She has already started to make preparations to return to next years championships and earn a medal.

    “Both pupils are an inspiration to their peers. Joshua continues to go from strength to strength, balancing his studies with new challenges such as fell running. Greta’s achievements have caused a massive buzz around the junior swim squad as everyone wants to emulate her!” said Mr Lawrie, who runs the school swimming squad.

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  • Professor Anthony Grayling

    Published 03/10/17

    Staff and Students at Hill House School were very privileged this week to welcome Professor Anthony Grayling for the first in our brand new High-Level Speaker Programme, The Robert Winston Lectures.

    Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of Oxford Universities, St Anne’s College. He has written over thirty books and specialises in both Philosophy and Politics. He regularly contributes to the Guardian, the Times, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman and BBC Radio. Anthony is also a keen tweeter with over 40,000 followers. He is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council and is currently the Vice President of the British Humanist Association.

    There was a chance for our A Level Politics students to sit down with Professor Grayling before his lecture and discuss topics such as Brexit, Trump and the implications of living in a ‘Post-Truth World’.

    During his talk, Grayling examined the origins of the post truth world and considered whether it represents a corruption of intellectual integrity and a potentially damaging influence on the fabric of democracy. He also discussed the impacts of social media in a world where opinion can be worth more than fact.

    The audience really engaged with this subject and the question and answer session led to further discussion on a variety of topics such as conspiracy theories and the death of democracy.

    Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Jo Chappell, said, “It is a real honour to be able to hold these prestigious events and give pupils in the Doncaster area the opportunity to meet and hear from current leading thinkers. We have named this series after Professor Lord Robert Winston as we are delighted to be hosting him in November. We would encourage people to get in touch if they would like tickets as this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

    There will be a total of six lectures throughout the academic year. Next in the series is Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News. Tim’s talk, ‘Prisoners of Geography’, takes place on Tuesday 10th October and will explore how geography shapes the historical and political development of countries and regions around the world.

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