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July 2018

  • Future West End Star!

    Published 31/07/18

    Hill House pupil, Albert Atack, is over the moon to reveal that he will be joining the cast of ‘School of Rock The Musical’ currently playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in the West End of London.

    Year 5 pupil, Albert, was invited to attend Rock School in December and since then he has been going to London every few weeks to practise singing, acting and jamming on the electric guitar. He attended multiple auditions before he found out he had the part of Zack.

    Albert is already busy in rehearsals with the rest of the cast, preparing to make his stage debut at the end of August. Speaking of his journey so far, Albert says “I watched the show last summer and decided that I really wanted to be up there as Zack!! It’s amazing being amongst other children who enjoy rocking as much as I do. So far I’m finding it exciting and challenging, it’s an incredible experience. I am really lucky to have such supportive teachers who have encouraged and believed in me. Thank you especially to Mrs Lee, Mrs Bodman, Mr Webb, Mrs Mellors and Mr Laszkowicz.”

    Albert is no stranger to the stage, having played numerous roles in various productions at Hill House School. Head of Drama, Mr Ross, said, “Albert is a fantastic talent! Over the years he has taken on many characters with an ability and maturity far beyond his years. It has been a joy to see his career progress through school and beyond. He will, undoubtedly, prove a success on the West End and we could not be more proud of him as he takes his first steps from the stage of Hill House to treading the boards of The Gillian Lynne Theatre, London”.

    Congratulations Albert, we look forward to seeing you on stage soon!


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  • British and European Biathle Success ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 31/07/18

    Year 5 pupil Greta Highfield capped off a fantastic biathle season by storming to victory in the British Biathle Championships, following it up with a fantastic showing at the European Championships in Germany.

    The British Championships, which is a continuous run-swim-run, involved swimming in the Salford Quays next to Media City. Greta’s swim was the key to her victory as she used her strength to force herself to the front of the group, which ensured that she got out of the water first and transitioned swiftly into the final run.

    Year 7 pupil Olivia Martin also had brilliant race, finishing in second place. Once again it was a fantastic swim which put her in an excellent position for the final run. Both girls qualified for the Great Britain squad which will go to the World Championships in Egypt in October.

    Year 5 pupil William Payne finished in 10th place and improved on his performance from the previous year. William's transitioning skills have been excellent this season and a fast transition coupled with a quick run ensured he made a strong finish.

    Greta and Olivia’s strong performances saw them earn a place with Team GB at the European Championships which took place last weekend. Greta worked hard for her place on the podium, taking second place in the Youth E Girls. She was the first British girl home, helping the team to achieve their team gold!

    Olivia was 8th in the Youth D Girls. A top ten finish is a fantastic result in what is a very competitive age group!

    Mr Lawrie, who runs the school's swimming club, said, "Both girls have had a fantastic season and their sheer strength and determination during the race was clear to see. Thank you for Howard Jones from Pentathlon GB for his organisation and Gregan Clarkson from Yorkshire Biathle Club for your support in mentoring these outstanding athletes."

    Well done all!

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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Published 03/07/18

    Pupils lit up the stage with their incredible performances in our summer production, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, a romantic comedy that sees seven empowered frontier women take charge of their destinies, and their men, in 1850s Oregon.

    As a whole school production, the cast ranged from 7 to 15 years old. And, with 14 main parts, lots of children embraced their chance to shine, wowing audiences with their singing, acting and dancing skills.

    The cast, comprising of over 70 children, took inspiration from the Croft House Theatre Company who had very kindly invited our young pupils to watch their production of ‘Seven Brides’ at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre in March. Repaying the favour, the Croft House cast came to see the Hill House production that ran for three sold out nights and were amazed by the level of talent on display.

    Production coordinator, Mrs Lee, said, “We knew that ‘Seven Brides’ would be ambitious as the pupils had to take on complicated dance routines, American accents and intricate musical arrangements but they have worked really hard since Christmas to produce a truly outstanding show. I am incredibly proud of them all.”

    The pupils now look forward to next years’ productions – ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Seniors and ‘Mary Poppins’ for the Juniors.

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  • Sunshine and Stories

    Published 02/07/18

    Last week saw the culmination of a Year 9 and Year 4 collaboration that began in the Lent term.

    Back in March, the Year 4 classes visited the senior school to meet the Year 9 English classes. Each Year 9 pupil interviewed a Year 4 pupil, asking them specifically about their reading preferences. At the end of that session each Year 4 commissioned a story to be written especially for them.

    Since then, the Year 9s have learned about the multimodality of texts and how children make meaning from images and presentation as well as from language; and they have used this knowledge to produce illustrated children's stories. These stories have been written in a range of media from hand written/hand drawn, to digital media. 

    The two year groups came together again in the shade of the school woods, for the Year 9s to read their stories and present the final copies to the Year 4s.

    Meanwhile, the Year 4s have been working on a similar project with Reception children and will be presenting their stories this week. 

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