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March 2017

  • Robin Hood Festival 2017

    Published 31/03/17

    It is our great pleasure to announce the seventh and very special year in the development of the award-winning Robin Hood Festival of Music and Drama. In 2011 a seed was sown to create a weekend gathering to provide an opportunity for the young people of Doncaster to perform and compete in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Now in 2017 the festival has evolved into a hugely successful six day event receiving individuals, clubs, groups, schools, choirs and orchestras from all over the region. It is my hope that you will continue to support this wonderful project and encourage any potential competitor to join us and take part in this fun and friendly festival.


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  • Crucial Education

    Published 27/03/17

    Year 6 Spent a day at Crucial Crew, near Rotherham, as part of their PSHCE studies. The children make use of a specially built set which is used to work through a series of real-life scenarios related to personal safety in an interactive and exciting way. The activities included:

    Mock Trial – delivered by Magistrates in the Community in the courtroom. The story depicts the trial of a young person, Sam, who has got into trouble for taking part in antisocial behaviour.


    First Aid – delivered by the St. John’s Ambulance crew, the scenario talks about basic first aid, including how to put someone in the recovery position.

    Personal Safety including Running Away – delivered by South Yorkshire Police, the scenario is a mixture of interactive discussion and live action role play. A discussion then follows about how to keep safe and free from harm, regarding healthy relationships.

    Internet Safety – facilitated by South Yorkshire Police in the Internet Café. The scenario is a mix of interactive discussion and film activity. The pupils are asked about their internet use and they learn how to browse safely and appropriately. Cyberbullying is also discussed at length.

    Arson – delivered by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, this scenario mixes live action and interactive discussion. The facilitator discusses the dangers and consequences of arson fires and cost in monetary terms to organisations and ultimately the cost to people’s lives.

    Road Safety – delivered by Local Authority Road Safety Teams at the Puffin Crossing. The scenario teaches the pupils about the dangers and consequences of distractions for drivers and pedestrians as well as how to use pedestrian crossings and general road safety awareness.

    Home Safety – delivered by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the scenario shows the various fire hazards that are in the home and asks the pupils to think about how they would escape a fire in their own home. The children are taught about what to do in case of a fire and how to make a 999 emergency call.

    Bus Travel Safety – delivered by First Buses at the bus stop and on the bus. The pupils are taught about how to safely and politely wait for a bus, how to signal for a bus to stop and how to board a bus correctly using a Young Person’s Pass. They are also informed about what to do in case of an emergency.

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  • Musical Success at the Don Valley Festival 2017

    Published 24/03/17

    Nurshaur’ai Wright (year 9 Music Scholar) won several awards at the Don Valley Festival of Music on Sunday 19th March.

    Nurshaur’ai won  3 classes at the festival – violin grade VII and under repertoire class, guitar grade VII and under repertoire class and an open class playing her violin and piano.

    The Guitar Orchestra under the leadership of Mrs Bodman also won the Instrumental Ensemble class.

    Well done to all those involved!

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  • U18 Rugby Success

    Published 16/03/17

    The U18 Rugby 7s squad have had a fantastic two weeks. Firstly they took home the ‘Oliver Cup’ as winners of the Birkdale School tournament in tough conditions in Sheffield. The final against the hosts was keenly contested with the Hill House boys scoring in the final play to secure a 24-17 win and the cup. On Wednesday 15 March the school played host to The Inaugural Society of Heads U18 Rugby 7s North Region tournament, with schools from as far afield as North Wales, Newcastle, the Midlands and Yorkshire taking part. We were able to demonstrate the depth of talent in the senior rugby squad by entering two squads, who competed in six gruelling matches each. All the players demonstrated fantastic resilience in the unseasonably warm conditions and there was some splendid 7s played over the course of the day. The 1st VII were unbeaten over the day with 6 wins from 6 games and claimed the trophy and can proudly call themselves the Society of Heads North Champions 2017. The season culminates with the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s next week in London.

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  • School groups play and sing at the Music For Youth Festival, Sheffield

    Published 15/03/17

    On Tuesday 14th March, Junior Ensemble, Concert Band, Senior Guitars and the Jazz Orchestra took part in the regional festival of Music for Youth 2017.

    They played at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield with other schools from Sheffield and further afield. It was a super experience for all the ensembles as this is the first time they have performed in the Music for Youth Festival which is the largest Festival in Great Britain. Successful groups from all the 40 regional festivals are invited to take part in the national final in Birmingham. Later in the year Music for Youth hold a huge prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

    Well done to all Hill House musicians and singers!

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  • Dickinson Wins National Cross Country Title

    Published 15/03/17

    Hill House School pupil and City of York Athletics club member Joshua Dickinson, has been dominating the cross country courses all over the country. On Sunday Josh became the British Athletics U15 National Cross Country champion at the British championships held in Loughborough with over 300 athletes competing. Josh had already tasted success this season going into the race as both the Yorkshire and North winner. Josh’s cross country season will now culminate with him representing South Yorkshire in the English Schools championships before moving onto the road for the London mini marathon in April followed by the track season. Martin Webdale, Director of Sport at Hill House, commented “We are all very proud of Josh’s fantastic achievements so far this season and wish him all the best in his upcoming races. Josh is a great role model to all our pupils at school”.

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  • Author Ali Sparkes Visits Hill House

    Published 14/03/17

    Ali Sparkes, whose prizewinning books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide, visited Hill House and spoke to over 350 pupils about her exciting adventure stories for girls and boys. Everyone in the audience received a free copy of one of her books, and had a great time!

    In the morning 170 Hill House pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7 heard Ali talk about her life, her books, and her writing process. Ali then helped them to create some rather good stories (involving biscuits). In the afternoon Ali enthralled 180 Year 5 pupils and staff from five local junior schools: St Oswald’s Academy, Finningley; Armthorpe Southfield Primary School;  Tickhill St Mary’s Primary School; Bessacarr Primary School, and Belton All Saints Primary School.

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  • National Preparatory Schools' Cross Country Championships

    Published 12/03/17

    Seven cross country runners from Years 5 and 6 made the journey down to Malvern College on Sunday 12th March to compete in the National Preparatory Schools Cross Country Championships.

    The event is a very competitive and difficult race which is the culmination of the cross country season. It attracts independent schools from all over the UK with up to 400 runners in each race. 

    The Year 6 girls, having attended the event the year before, used their experience to good advantage. Olivia Lennard surpassed her own target and finished in 17th place, an amazing achievement in a massively strong field. Jessica Rowland, who picked herself up after an initial tumble, finished 30th. Olivia Martin was 111th, still in the top half of the field.

    The boys were all new to the event but should be commended on finishing what is described as the toughest race in the calendar. William Russum was 156th: Ben Drohan 217th; Lysander Lawson 245th and William Payne 262nd.  With nearly 400 runners in their race the boys should be very proud of their achievement. 

    After their race the pupils were rewarded with their goody bags which included a drawstring bag and a t-shirt. Unfortunately a certain famous former footballer was not spotted this year but the pupils thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the beautiful Malvern area.

    "The Championships are a wonderful occasion with so many runners from all over the country coming together. Thank you to our amazing parents and grandparents who came to support their children and to Paul Godsland at Malvern College for organising another successful event," said Mr Lawrie, cross country coordinator. 

    Hill House pupils have one more cross country race to look forward to, the Doncaster Primary Schools' Championships which will be held on the school site in May. 

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  • Doncaster Schools Primary Cross Country

    Published 10/03/17

    The annual Doncaster Primary schools event will once again be hosted by Hill House School on May 13th with a prompt 10.00am start.

    The following schools have confirmed their entrance to this event;


    I am awaiting replies from WILLOW, CANON POPHAM, RICHMOND HILL and SUNNYFIELDS.

    This event for year 3/4  & year 5/6 boys and girls is always popular and eagerly anticipated, with schools sending 4 runners for each race (a total of 16 per school).

    Should those schools not yet replied, not enter, and you know a school that could be interested please contact C.M.KEYWORTH on  and you will be put on the waiting register on a first come/first served basis.

    Looking forward to yet another exciting day of racing . . . and sunshine !

    C.M.KEYWORTH, Head of Sport, Hill House School (07576711582).

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  • Year 6 in the Lakes

    Published 06/03/17

    Year 6 have just returned from their annual residential trip; an awe-inspiring week in the Lake District with the Real Adventure team. 

    ​The Langdale YHA, nestling in the hills, was home for four days and  was a sight for sore eyes after a long coach journey. 

    The children spent the first half of this term preparing themselves for the trip by studying rivers, maps/routes in their Geography lessons and understanding the importance of preserving our outdoor spaces.

    The week was action-packed with fun outdoor adventurous activities that certainly challenged the children, pushing them to their limits and testing their skills.

    The climbing wall activity was a huge hit. The children were allowed to warm up and stretch in the bouldering room before moving into the main area to scale the heights on the wall itself. Many children reached the top but all were able to proudly say that they climbed past their targets each time they had a go.

    Canoeing on Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, was an activity to make you realise just how small we are as the rolling hills and mountains towered above us on all sides. The children powered the canoes up the rivers that feed into Windermere to find a wonderful small beach where they moored up to light the Kelly Kettles and make themselves a well-deserved hot chocolate. After a few fun and games in the canoes, the current helped the boats back onto the lake and safely into the embracing arms of the two jetties where the groups met their mini-buses.

    Cathedral Cavern was truly a spectacular sight as all were humbled by the sheer drops and the knowledge that the depth of the water matched the heights of the cliff walls. This is very much an industrial area; a disused slate quarry but all around were spectacular buildings made from the beautiful, grey-green stone.

    The river study day was always going to be a test, in so many ways but mainly because this was a full day activity. Groups doubled up to walk the length of a valley that stretched from Grasmere village all the way up to Easedale Tarn, following Easedale Beck. The valley is a perfect site to show 3 stages of a river from a category 1 (from source) to a category 2 (where two 1s join together) to a category 3 (where two 2s join together). From ruler to clinometer, the children were introduced to the complexities of measuring a stream/river properly by getting to grips with real geographical equipment. All agreed that getting feet wet was definitely the best way to learn about Geography!

    The Ghyll scrambling activity is a great way to understand the importance of a river by getting in it and feeling the power. Stickle Ghyll is usually a dry ghyll but this year it was showing us its true potential after a few days of rain in the mountains. Carefully planned routes and well-fitting helmets allowed the children to enjoy the scramble safely but to still realise that following instructions was an absolute must. Each child was given a chance to lead the way after listening to the group leaders advice.

    The evenings were taken up by teacher-led activities in the YHA sitting room and common room. Mrs Brown, the entertainment coordinator for the trip, brought along the well-known Scattergories and Beetle Drive games for the children to play in teams.

    "Both children and staff get so much out of this trip", said Mrs Mason, the group leader. "We see them in a different light and they see us as real human beings, not just their teachers at school. You really do see a change in all of the children as the week goes on, as they grow in confidence and their independence flourishes. Fun was had by all and wonderful memories have been forged. We must thank the Real Adventure team for looking after us so well but most of all the Hill House staff team who quite literally worked their socks off to allow the children to have a fantastic trip towards the end of their time in Junior School".


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  • Barnardo’s Choir Extravaganza at the Barbican, London

    Published 06/03/17

    On Monday March 6th the Hill House School Junior Chorus visited London to take part in the Barnardo’s Inaugural Independent Young Supporters Concert.

    The choir were very excited to be part of this event and rehearsed most of the day with conductor Carole Lindsay-Douglas.  Adam Shovey compered the evening and the massed choir was nearly 500 strong. Several choirs were from London and one choir had made the trip form the Isle of Man to take part in the concert. A dance troupe from Pineapple Performing Arts Academy added to the occasion with their high energy dance routines.

    To stand and sing on the stage the London Symphony Orchestra play on with such terrific acoustics was an experience they will never forget.

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  • North East Hockey Semi Finals.

    Published 06/03/17

    The u13 girls travelled to Blackpool for the North East Hockey Semi Finals. Having already qualified as South Yorkshire Champions, the girls understood this was going to be a much tougher test. It was an early start, leaving Hill House at 7:30am for the long 2 and a half hour drive to Blackpool, but we arrived in good time and in high spirits. The girls couldn't have had a better start, beating St Edwards, Merseyside 8-0. A far tougher test followed from Queens Cheshire and neither side could break through each other's defence and the final score was 0-0.  After a short break it was 2 matches in a row, the first against Manchester High School for Girls which was a close game. We managed a 1-0 win with our keeper making probably the save of the whole tournament diving low down to the right to tip the ball away from danger. The next game was against Arnold, Lancashire and again we worked tirelessly to win 1-0. Going into the final game knowing a draw was probably going to be enough to see the girls through to the next round, but with their last bursts of energy, we won 2-0!

    It was a terrific afternoon, with the girls working hard for the entire morning and afternoon. 

    The North Final awaits us now where we will represent the North East. 

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