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February 2019

  • House Music 2019

    Published 15/02/19

    It was an historic occasion at this year’s House Music competition as New House came away victors in their inaugural year!

    The event, led entirely by our student body, was a huge success and highlighted just how supportive and enthusiastic our pupils are. Year 5’s Alexis Armstrong opened the afternoon with a beautiful song in memory of her uncle. This was followed by some incredible solo and group performances from our singers and musicians across Junior and Senior school, and it was wonderful to see the collaboration between the year groups. We were even treated to some original material by our talented Year 11 pupils. Oliver Barker wowed the audience with his piece, “Dance with Me, Baby”, while Joe Warren performed his brilliant song, “Love Ain’t” on the guitar.

    As always, the afternoon was brought to a close by the house performances. This year, the theme was the 00s, and the pupils, who had spent weeks rehearsing and perfecting their songs, really gave it their all.

    First up were Field House who celebrated all things red, white and blue for their mash up of “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus. Master House showed off their dance moves for Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”. New House rocked out to “Year 3000” by Busted and School House closed the show, demonstrating their Taekwondo skills for “Kung Fu Fighting”.  

    Judging the competition was pianist Annabelle Lawson. Returning for her second year, Annabelle is one of the most dynamic and enterprising musicians of her generation. She has performed extensively and internationally, teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as examining for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

    With the points very close between all fours houses, New House were delighted to come away as the winners. Mr Barnett, New Housemaster, said, “I am over the moon that we won in our first ever House Music competition. It is testament to the hard work that the pupils and form tutors have put in over the last couple of months and I could not be more proud of them.”

    Well done to all of the performers. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel watch the individual and group performances.


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  • Cross Country Success

    Published 06/02/19

    Year 11 pupils, George Rowland and Joe Warren, are celebrating after being one of four Doncaster pupils selected to represent South Yorkshire in the English Schools' Athletics Association Cross Country Championships next month.

    Both boys represented Doncaster in the South Yorkshire Schools Championships held in Penistone last Saturday. George, who qualified for this national final last year, finished in 6th position in a tough race on frozen ground. Running mate Joe was in 8th position and is thrilled to be representing South Yorkshire for the first time. 

    The South Yorkshire Schools Championships saw runners from Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster compete to earn one of 8 places in the South Yorkshire squad. 

    George's sister, Jessica, finished in a very respectable 12th position in the Year 8/9 girls event. Year 7 pupil Martha Thomas, a relative newcomer to cross country running, finished in 7th position in the Year 7 girls event and is definitely a prospect for the future.

    Hill House PE teacher, Mr Keyworth, said, "We have supported this schools competition for a long time and it is great to see our pupils reach this prestigious national final. Thanks go to Michelle Allott at Ash Hill Academy for her work as Doncaster team manager. "

    The next generation of cross country stars have also been in action recently. Inspired by the success of the senior school, pupils from our Junior School went to Cannon Hall in Barnsley to compete in the South Yorkshire School Games competition. There were several outstanding performances, with Greta Highfield finishing 3rd and Harriet Vernon and Daniel Credland both coming in the top ten for their age groups. Junior pupils are already looking forward to the Doncaster District Schools Championships, which will be held at Hill House School in May. 


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