Sailors take to the seas and visit the Isle of Wight

After learning the mechanics of sailing at Queen Mary Reservoir, the HCH Sailing Club took to the seas with their first experience of yacht sailing, spending a weekend exploring the spiritual home of yachting: the Solent.

It couldn’t have been a more glorious weekend. We basked in thirty degree sunshine,... enjoyed gentle winds and swam in Alum Bay. The Isle of Wight seemed to glow in a hazy light; we had to pinch ourselves that this was England rather than Greece or the South of France.

The children enjoyed crewing the yacht – taking the helm, tacking, hoisting the sails and anchoring – as well as taking responsibility for living comfortably aboard by preparing food and washing up. They learned how to adapt their plans quickly to different weather and tidal conditions. On Saturday night, we visited the quaint New Forest town of Lymington, where everyone enjoyed time ashore and a fish and chip supper.


Arrive at Hamble and spend night aboard yacht

Depart Hamble
Lunch off Cowes
Visit Newtown Creek
Moor at Lymington – exploring the town and fish and chip supper

Depart Lymington
Alum Bay – swimming
Hurst Castle
Lepe – lunch under way
Southampton Water
Return to Hamble and thence HCH


Adam (skipper)

Paper plate awards go to Katie for her excellent mooring skills and obsession with knots; Scarlett for taking responsibility for menu planning; and Alexis for being such a brilliant on-board butler. Special thanks to Imogen’s brother, James, who joined as an extra able-bodied adult at late notice, following Imogen’s arm injury.

Photography by Imogen Hamel, and Alison Snelling aboard Squibble

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Trigonometry in Bushy Park

Yesterday, Year 8 ventured out to the Diana Fountain to get the measurements they needed to find the height of the statue using trigonometry.

The big plan was to find the radius by getting the circumference and rearranging C=2 x pi x r. They then used protractors to find the angle of elevation.

The different groups had various results, which will be compared and discussed in today’s lesson.

A Fabulous Summer Fête

Now the dust has settled it has become even more apparent that the Fête was an enormous success – a sunny afternoon of fun, music, arts and crafts, dogs, dance and of course food and drink. The event raised over £4,000 with proceeds going to the Friends of Hampton Court House and the charity Their Future Today.

A heartfelt thank you to the whole school community for making this happen!

Claremont Fan Court Athletics Meet

Yesterday afternoon, a selection of pupils from Years 7 and 8 competed in the Claremont Fan Court annual athletics meet. All students took part in track events including: 75m hurdles, 800m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m and 4x100m relay. They also competed in field events including: high jump, long jump, shot... put, javelin and discus. All pupils are to be commended for their hard work!

Well done!

Year 8 Team: Woohyun, Krystyna, Bruno, Amelia and Daniel
Year 7 team: Sammy, Avalon, Sam, Maria, Zoe and Albert

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Kingston Fire Station Trip

Yesterday, the Year 1 and Year 2 children visited Kingston Fire Station. They learnt all about the work of a firefighter and asked a lot of questions about the profession including the skills needed and missions. The children were very impressed with the fire engines and were impressed to find out that... the biggest ladder is 30 metres.

The Kingston firemen also kindly allowed the children to sit in the fire engine and even to test their water hose! Thank you so much to the firemen for making this such a memorable trip informative trip for the children.

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Lower Years Environmental Project

On Thursday 8 June, the Year 1 and Year 2 children went to Hampton Court Palace for the last part of their Global Goals Project. The children worked on Global Goal 15, Life on Land:

“Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification,... and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”

We adapted this target to suit the children’s Humanities programme. The aim of the project was to increase their understanding and respect of the environment by learning to grow their own vegetables.

We were welcomed by a great team of gardeners and the children learned which vegetables flower, have leaves, seeds or stalks. They also got to smell and taste different aromatic herbs and guess their names. After this activity, they harvested the vegetables that they planted on the 28 March. It was a great pleasure to see how happy and proud the children were! They got to try the peas and broad beans raw and their favourite by far were the peas that were very sweet and crunchy! Each child went proudly home with a bag full of their crop to share with their family.

The fun wasn’t over yet as the children still had a great activity waiting for them: minibeast hunting with a magnifying glass!

Judging by how much the children enjoyed gardening, learning about vegetables, protecting the environment and the smiles on their faces, this project was a great success! We would like to thank Deborah Hogan, Vicki Cook, Justine Howlett and their team for their participation in this great project. The children will remember this day for a long time.

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Year 6 Stride Project

Year 6 students have worked very hard on their Stride project in the past 8 weeks. They began by learning how to start a business, and then worked in 4 teams developing their own ideas. They did market research, then they thought about how to save on their expenses and how to promote their products.... They presented their business in front of 4 judges before setting up their stalls at the HCH Fete where they made a total profit of £373.43!

Many congratulations to Year 6.

And thanks to the judging panel: Martine Porchet, Marcus Wuest, Holly Tucker and Jose Maria Alvarez-Campos.

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