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June 2018

  • Parents Come for Lunch

    Published 20/06/18

    Hill House Bursar, Mrs Kidney, was delighted to get the opportunity to dine with two of our Senior School parents in our wonderful Dining Hall.

    Having enquired as to what their boys were eating at lunchtime, and how much, Mrs Kidney invited them to experience a Hill House lunch for themselves.

    Enjoying a roast beef dinner followed by apple crumble, Mrs Drohan and Mrs Blanchard were able to observe the lunchtime service and speak to Head Chef, Matthew Hewitt.

    Discussing menu development, lunchtime logistics and pupil expectations with Mrs Kidney, both parties came away with a deeper understanding of what parents and pupils want, and what the school is trying to achieve.

    Balancing healthy eating and food education with providing hearty meal options that all children will enjoy is a fine art and one that Mrs Kidney and the catering company, Wilson Vale, work hard on a daily basis to get right. Already engaging with pupils through Food Committee and questionnaires, in order to gauge pupil opinions and ideas, Mrs Kidney thought the time was right to involve parents and to demonstrate the wide variety of options available to our children.

    Both parents agreed that the food was delicious, with the apple crumble a particular hit. Mrs Blanchard, parent of Simon in Year 7, said, “I cannot fault the food, it was lovely.”

    Mrs Kidney said, “Listening to parents is so important for us to ensure that we are working towards a common goal. For both ladies to get the chance to see the incredible work that the kitchen staff put in to feeding over 700 children in two hours is fantastic and it was great to listen to their feedback and ideas.”

    As part of the school’s ongoing commitment to providing a healthy, varied and interesting menu, we are introducing our “Taste Buddies” to lunchtimes. These “Buddies” will learn about and taste some of the more unfamiliar ingredients or elements of our dishes before sharing this with their peers and encouraging them to try something new.  

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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Published 08/06/18

    We are delighted to release tickets for this year’s whole school production, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.

    Come and join the fun with this time-tested romantic comedy as seven empowered frontier women take charge of their destinies, and their men, in 1850s Oregon.

    The production runs for three nights, 26, 27 and 28 June. Doors open at 6.00pm with the show starting at 6.30pm.

    Tickets cost £5.00 for adults, £2.00 for children, with Hill House pupils going for free.

    To book tickets please complete the ticket request form. Please note, no physical tickets will be issued but you will need to check in on the door. Please send payment in a sealed envelope, marked with your child’s name and “Seven Brides” as a reference.

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  • Year 5 Learn About WWII

    Published 06/06/18

    Year 5 were fortunate to receive a talk in school from David Thirwell who runs the historical educational workshops at Murton Park.

    Mr Thirwell is a long time friend of the school and has been visited in various guises over the years - Roman Centurion, Guy Fawkes and in this case an air raid warden!

    Year 5 have been studying World War II in their History lessons and they were taken on a journey from the start of the war to its conclusion. Mr Thirwell told them some hard truths and the pupils realised that they would have found it very tough had they been children during that period of time.

    Mr Lawrie, Year 5 teacher, said: "It is always a pleasure to welcome Mr Thirwell along with his props and artifacts. History is always one of the children's favourite subjects and today they sat mesmerised and listened intently to every story Mr Thirwell told them."

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