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February 2017

  • Senior Ensemble Perform at Prestigious Heads’ Conference.

    Published 28/02/17

    The Senior Ensemble were delighted to give a concert for the Society of Heads Conference, held at Forest Pines Hotel near Brigg this week. Following such renowned speakers as Sir Anthony Seldon and Professor Robert Winston, the Ensemble delivered a superb and assured performance of 10 numbers over a 50 minute concert, held immediately prior to the Society’s Annual Black Tie Gala Dinner. Wearing their new evening dresses and dinner suits, with belts and bow ties of school tartan, the pupils earned a standing ovation from the 100 assembled heads of the country’s leading independent schools.

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  • House Music Competition

    Published 22/02/17

    The Lent Half term closed with the annual House Music Competition, which was again a hugely competitive event. Each House, from age 5 to 18, performed for 30 minutes for the rest of the school. After Junior and Senior solos and groups, time came for the hugely anticipated House Songs. With each song based on the work of the Jacksons, each house competed with traditional gusto, but the show was well and truly stolen by the eventual winners Field House, with their seminal rendition of ‘Blame it on the Boogie.’ Well done to all concerned!


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  • IAPS Swimming Championships

    Published 17/02/17

    Three girls from Hill House Junior School made the long journey down to Coventry to take part in the IAPS Swimming Championships.

    The competition requires pupils to attend a heat to record a time for their favoured event, with the fastest 16 pupils nationally invited to the Grand Final in Crawley.

    Thalia Woods (Year 5) comfortably won her U10 girls 25m breaststroke heat and was the fastest on the night. Olivia Martin (Year 6) stormed home in the U11 girls 50m backstroke heat to also be crowned the quickest at the heat.

    Special mention must go to Greta Highfield (Year 4) who competed against swimmers a year older than herself but catapulted herself into second in the U10 25m butterfly in an excellent time.

    "These girls have been stars in our school gala fixtures so this prestigious competition was the perfect challenge for them. We will cross our fingers and look forward to the results from all the heats from across the country to see if they have made the national final," said Mr Lawrie, Hill House Junior School teacher.

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  • Deciphering the wonders of music at Chethams School of Music

    Published 10/02/17

    On Thursday February 9th upper sixth and lower sixth music students visited Chethams School of Music in Manchester to enjoy a study afternoon of Baroque period music and Instrumental techniques of the time. They were entertained by students at the school who played Telemann and Purcell and attended seminars given by the academic music staff at Chets. In the evening, String Quartets from the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire put on a concert of Shostakovich and Beethoven as part of the Shostakovich 1917-2017 quartet festival, organised by the Director of Chamber Music, Graham Oppenheimer.  A wonderful day of music analysis and listening.

    Shostakovich – a name to remember!

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  • Hill House shine at South Yorkshire Games Cross Country

    Published 09/02/17

    Athletes from Hill House Junior School braved the elements on a very cold afternoon in Barnsley to produce strong team performances at the South Yorkshire Games Cross Country Final.

    The event, held at Canon Hall, attracted the top cross country teams from across South Yorkshire. With medals in three different age groups, Hill House were the most successful team on the day and flew the flag for Doncaster at an event traditionally dominated by teams from Sheffield. 


    The Y3/4 boys and Y5/6 boys were third and took pride in receiving their bronze medals. The Y5/6 girls went one step further earning the silver medal but the Y3/4 girls just missed out, finishing in fourth position.

    There were once again some outstanding individual performances. Daniel Reeve (Year 4) won his race and showed great determination at the end to overtake his rivals. Greta Highfield (Year 4) continues to grow in confidence, finishing third. Three Year 6 girls finished in the top 10 and William Russum (Year 6) looked very strong as he crossed the line in fifth position in the Year 5/6 boys race.

    "Despite very cold conditions the pupils were determined to do their best. To have three of the age groups win medals at the South Yorkshire Games is fantastic achievement and is credit to the hard work the pupils put in at the school running club. Many thanks to Yorkshire Sport and Team Activ for organising the event, " said Mr Lawrie, cross country coordinator at Hill House School. 

    Individual positions (up to 80 in each race):

    Year 3/4 boys: Daniel Reeve (1); Freddie Brooke (13); Alfie Bazlinton (18); Albert Atack (39); Connor Cnockaert (41); Ibrahim Ahmad (64)

    Year 3/4 girls: Greta Highfield (3); Chloe Hall (9); Amelia Watson (21); Anabelle Petit (45); Grace Mullen (56)

    Year 5/6 boys: William Russum (5); Oliver Hotchen (10); Lysander Lawson (18); Ben Drohan (19); William Payne (29): William Massey (46); Scott Frisby (51)

    Year 5/6 girls: Olivia Lennard (2); Jessica Rowland (4); Olivia Martin (7); Erin Yates (31); Charlotte McLellan (32); Ruby Brooke (34)

    Team competition

    Year 3/4 boys
    1. Norton Free (Sheffield)
    2. St Wilfrids (Sheffield)
    3. Hill House

    Year 3/4 girls
    1. Dobcroft (Sheffield)
    2. Westways (Sheffield)
    3. Hunters Bar (Sheffield)

    Year 5/6 boys
    1. Nether Green (Sheffield)
    2. Dobcroft (Sheffield)
    3. Hill House

    Year 5/6 girls
    1. Westways (Sheffield)
    2. Hill House
    3. Silkstone Common (Barnsley)

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  • Joshua and George make South Yorkshire Cross Country team

    Published 06/02/17

    Joshua Dickinson (Year 10) and George Rowland (Year 9) have made the South Yorkshire team which will compete at the prestigious English School's Athletics Association's Cross Country Championships, to be held in Norwich on Saturday 18th March.

    Joshua stormed home in first place, leading his rivals by a very comfortable distance. George finished fourth in a very tough field but beat off other runners from Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham to secure his qualification.

    Both boys were congratulated by the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, who was the guest of honour at the event held at Winterhill School in Rotherham.

    Hill House pupils Joe Warren (Year 9), Grace Thomas (Year 8), Cassandre Le Coent (Year 8) and Gregor Taylor (Year 10) also ran excellent races and although they did not qualify for the next competition, they can be proud that they had been chosen to race for the Doncaster Schools' team.

    "Joshua is an incredible athlete who has recently been featured in Athletics Weekly and it is great to see George qualify for this event for the second year running. Well done to all runners from Hill House and thank you to Michelle Allott at Ash Hill Academy for managing the Doncaster Schools' team, " said Mr Lawrie, cross country coordinator at Hill House School.

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  • Living History at Hill House

    Published 05/02/17

    On Tuesday 31st January 2017 Year Six children were transfixed by a visit from a real Roman Centurion. His amazing tales of his rise through the ranks and what typical Roman soldiers had to go through in everyday life were quite astonishing, something the children were not prepared for! A chance encounter with a lost Celt proved to be quite worrisome for our Roman friend but they both held their emotions in check and were able to deliver a really interesting account of how they were able to, eventually, work alongside each other.

    Quite unrelated; 'Guy Fawkes' himself paid an unseasonable visit to Hill House to speak to Year Four children as part of their 'Famous People in History' topic. As usual, he had the children on the edges of their seats with historic tales of heroics, subterfuge and down right underhandedness! Greta Highfield and Finn Damary-Wilson dressed as 17th century soldiers to torture a nervous looking Harry Smith on the wooden rack but stopped short of dislocating ALL his joints.
    Perhaps had Guy himself realised that he was visiting us on exactly the 411th anniversary of his execution for high treason he might have shown a little less bravado!

    A huge thank you to Dave from Murton Park for helping to make our day very special.


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  • Mathematical Mastery Quiz

    Published 03/02/17

    Year Three and Year Four pupils were over the moon to take part in a Mathematical Mastery Quiz at Hill House. There were some closely fought rounds with all the three houses having just one point separating them as it reached the closing stages. It was a nail-biting final round for all of the pupils. Master scored 38 points, Field 39 points and School came first with 40 points.

    Well done to all the pupils who participated, they really showed that Mathematics can be fun.

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  • Y3 at the NCM

    Published 03/02/17

    Our Year 3 pupils had another wonderful adventure at the National Coal Mining Museum recently. They were kitted out with hard hat and battery lamp and stepped into 'the cage' to descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining through the centuries.

    Led by the museum's lively former-miner guide, the 'Meet a Miner' tour took the children on a journey through time to discover the different ages of mining, from Victorian times where women and children worked underground alongside men, through to pit ponies and modern machinery. The pupils were mesmerised to hear all about their guide's working life and experiences in the mines.

    The day's activities promised excitement and thrills; and it didn't disappoint. Whether it was making fossils; exploring the museum or plunging down the mine, the children had a fabulous time.

    All the children arrived back at school exhausted, but having learnt a lot more about rocks and soils. Their faces smeared with coal dust was just an added bonus!


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  • Double success for U11 Hockey teams

    Published 01/02/17

    Hill House Junior School are celebrating after both the girls and boys hockey teams were crowned South Yorkshire U11 In2Hockey champions.

    The annual event was held on the school's new hockey pitch and saw strong teams from all over the region take part. Hill House now progress onto the regional finals to represent South Yorkshire.

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