Summer Ballet Show 2017

The children in Early Years and Lower Years, along with older students who attend Ballet Club, put on a summer term show, ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ an interpretation of the book by Giles Andreae.

Ballet forms part of the curriculum from Nursery to Year 4, with children from Year 5 being able to continue... to study this art form by attending Ballet Club. The Summer 2017 Ballet Show saw children from age 3 to 16 perform together, with the older students guiding the younger ones, a wonderful example of students in an all-through school coming together to produce something truly spectacular.

In the book, the main character Gerald proves that giraffes can dance, and the HCH ballet students demonstrated that they can too – and very well. Congratulations to all those who took part and to Lauren, their teacher, for bringing together a memorable ballet show.


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Staff vs. Students Chess Match

On a very hot day during the last week of the summer term, the annual Staff vs Students chess match took place. The staff team was strong, but its winning streak ended abruptly with the shock defeat of Peter by Stacy in Year 5. The match between the Deputy Head’s PA and Mariam in Year 5 ended in stalemate, while the Headmaster’s contest with Charles in Year 8 contined past lunch and into period 5, with Guy finally clinching victory in the hour long thriller!

Staff vs. Students Cricket Matches

On Thursday 6th July, Hampton Court House witnessed a sporting event of such epic proportions that Wimbledon paled in comparison. The ever-enthralling Staff versus Students Cricket Match took on an added layer of grit as the fixture became the inaugural Staff vs. Sixth Form Match.

After choosing to... bowl first, student skipper Haydn Roberts sent down the first over to Graham Ainge and a regular pattern of fours and sixes was established. Graham raced past his half century before showing the kind of charity Haydn is known for and retiring. This brought Caroline Wass to the crease, who displayed remarkable cultural sensitivity in learning the most British of sports. After a roller coaster 15 overs, the staff amassed 196, with Selwyn Leamy ensuring that his last innings as a member of staff was as powerful as his art lessons.

Then it was the Sixth Form’s turn to bat. The first over, delivered by Tom Robson, gave a good indication of the trouble to come. Bob delivered the second over, and it was soon apparent that Hope is a dangerous thing. Three wickets in an over showed how deadly his variations are and the Sixth Form run chase was derailed. Some lusty blows from the lower order breathed some life into the chase and they finished on 100.

It was a fantastic occasion – a wonderful atmosphere and played in good spirits.

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Y4 Day Trip to London

On Monday 3 July, Year 4 had a fantastic day out in London.

First, we had to plan our journey by train and underground to Waterloo station, then we had a little walk in South Bank where we could admire the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

We had a delicious lunch bought by ourselves,... and then we took the Jubilee and Central line to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial playground.

Thank you Manon and Caith for joining us!

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Citizen of the World Festival

The Lower Years children participated in the Citizen of the World Festival, where they celebrated cultural diveristy not only in the school but in the wider world. They took part in four different workshops and explored world music, dance, food and art. On Friday, parents were invited to the Citizen of the World Exhibition which showcased the children’s work and dance moves.