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November 2017

  • Come Along to the Hill House Christmas Fayre

    Published 30/11/17

    Come along to the Hill House Christmas Fayre, Friday 8th December, 3.30pm - 5.30pm. 

    Set up and organised by our Business students, there will be over 30 stalls, including live music, hot food and drink, Santa's Grotto, games and activities, sweet treats and Christmas shopping.

    23 of the stalls are run entirely by Hill House pupils so your support is greatly appreciated.

    Join us and let's get into the Christmas spirit!

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  • British Biathlon Championships

    Published 27/11/17

    Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield is celebrating after achieving third place in the under 10 girls competition at the British Biathlon Championships which were held in Solihull at the weekend.

    The biathlon involved a separately timed 800m run and a 50m swim. Each time equals a points score with the scores combined to create a grand total. Greta knocked off 6 seconds from her 800m personal best time to give herself the best possible start to the day. A fantastic swim in the afternoon, close to her personal best, saw her climb onto the podium at the event organised by Pentathlon GB.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin, competing in the under 12 girls event, also ran a personal best in the 800m and won the prize for the fastest swim in her age group. Olivia finished in a very respectable 16th place out of over 60 athletes.

    Year 5 pupil Daniel Reeve was 23rd overall in the under 10 boys event and William Payne, who had only just recovered from injury, made the top 50 in the under 11 boys competition. Both boys are part of the junior running and swimming clubs.

    Running and swimming club coordinator, Mr Lawrie, said: 'As a teacher and coach I am thrilled for Greta. To achieve a bronze medal at this national competition is a remarkable achievement. Greta knew going into this competition that her run needed a boost and she did extra sessions at lunch on top of the school running club. All pupils are looking forward to the schools biathlon next March which they have all qualified for."

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  • Double Platinum at the National Concert Band Festival

    Published 26/11/17

    Hill House musicians have reason to celebrate this week after double success at the National Concert Band Regional Festival in Nottingham on Sunday 26th November. The Jazz Orchestra and the Concert Band both received Platinum Awards for their outstanding performances.

    The National Concert Band Festival, active now for over 30 years, is recognised as the largest and most active festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands in the UK.

    The Jazz Orchestra have certainly tasted success before, having attained three Platinum, one Gold and a Silver at previous festivals. However, it was the Concert Band’s first outing at the NCBF so to come away with the highest award is an outstanding achievement.

    Director of Music, Mr Cadman, said, “I am beyond proud of this group of pupils. They displayed true professionalism, both on and off the stage, and were a credit to themselves and the school. We now look forward to performing at the National Festival.”

    Following their success, the bands, who each performed three pieces, have now been invited to perform at the 2018 National Festival which will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 7th & 8th April.

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  • Walker Morris Calendar Competition

    Published 21/11/17

    Walker Morris celebrated the 23rd year of their annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition in November with four Hill House School pupils coming away with prizes.

    Over 1000 primary school children from across the Yorkshire and Humber region entered their artwork in the hope of making it into one of the top thirteen spots, one for each month of the year plus the front cover.

    Poppy Bazlinton, now in Year 7, secured September, with three others coming away with runner up prizes, Charlotte Ashworth, Ella Joshi and James Barnsdale-Black.

    Art teacher at Hill House Junior School, Mrs Birch, said, “The Walker Morris Charity Calendar is a fantastic showcase of the talented young artists we have in Yorkshire. It is a great opportunity, not only to recognise this talent, but to also raise money for a fantastic cause, Martin House Hospice.

    We have been very lucky at Hill House School and have had a winning piece every year we have entered, it is fantastic to have continued that tradition this year.”

    The children were tasked with choosing a month of the year and painting images inspired by nature. Winner Poppy’s colourful painting was inspired by the leaves turning orange in September. Charlotte painted June because it’s a “warm month that brings out the beauty in nature”. Ella said of her painting, “I love the image of a wintry sunrise in the early mornings of January” while James entered his image for July because, “chameleons live in hot climates and July is a hot summer month”.

    The pupils not only came away with artists hampers, presented by renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson and David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at law firm Walker Morris, but they also won £250 for the Junior School Art Department.

    Well done all.

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  • North of England Hockey Success

    Published 08/11/17

    The Girls’ U14 Hockey team, already South Yorkshire county champions, progressed to the North of England Finals this week after a hard-fought tournament against other county champions in Manchester.

    After a poor display against Cheshire’s Queen’s School, losing 4-0, the girls rallied with an impressive 2-0 victory over Arnold School from Blackpool. They followed this with a masterful 4-0 win over King William’s School from the Isle of Man, including excellent strikes from Daisy Bennett, Isobel Flanagan and Evie Sprenger.

    Coming 2nd in their pool, the girls then pitted themselves against Manchester High School in a tight play off. After taking an early 1-0 lead through a wonderful solo goal by Captain Flanagan, the team then withstood heavy second half pressure, a barrage of penalty corners and a partisan crowd, with goal keeper Grace Thomas making a string of outstanding saves to take the team through to the North Finals, at which the girls will compete as one of the eight top teams in the North of England.

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