Sixth Form News

Jonathan Drennan Assembly

The first Upper Years and Sixth Form assembly of the summer term was delivered by Jonathan Drennan. Jonathan is a Sydney-based journalist and advertising copywriter, and he delivered a well-received talk on his career. Jonathan is an advocate of supporting young people address mental health conditions,... and spoke with passion and insight on his own battles with such adversity. The questions that followed demonstrated how HCH students are well-equipped to discuss sensitive matters in a mature and thoughtful manner.

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HCH Poetry Competition

The English Department held a school-wide Poetry Competition on Tuesday 21st March – World Poetry Day.

After an overwhelming number of entries – three times as many as last year – the winners were chosen. As all entries were anonymous it proved tricky to track the award-winning poets down, but... we can now confirm the joint winners are:

Jasmine (Y12) – ‘The Calm Before’
Charles (Y8) – ‘Reality’

The judges also gave an honourable mention to Asimina (Y9) for her poem ‘Rouge Balloon’ and the anonymous poet who penned ‘Spring’.

On behalf of all the judges, I would like to commend all the various poets in the school for producing such high quality work.

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Sixth Form English Trip to The Globe

The White Devil – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe (27 March 2017)

As Year 12 and 13 are currently grappling with John Webster’s ‘The Duchess Malfi’ as part of their English A Level, the opportunity to watch his companion play, ‘The White Devil’ was irresistible. Opened in 2014, the Sam... Wanamaker playhouse allows modern audiences to watch Elizabethan and Jacobean plays in their original performance conditions – candlelit and devoid of any modern theatrical trickery. This proved to be the perfect environment for our students, who were able to see Webster’s work in its original atmosphere.

Webster’s work is well-known for its racy themes and high body count, and sure enough, this appealed to the Sixth Formers. With enough blood to rival a Quentin Tarantino film, this performance was not for the faint hearted. However, the students narrowly managed to avoid fainting and revelled in the fast-paced action and verbal jousting of Webster’s original text. Particular highlights were the Jacobean music that accompanied the action, and the Duke of Florence’s coat, which was uncannily similar to Brynley’s.

The evening ended in a whirlwind of death and destruction before students and teachers alike emerged into the misty splendour of the Thames by night, their minds filled with potential murder methods and sharpened understanding of how 17th century theatre shocked the senses.

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HCH Maths Day

How long is the theatre? How many grams of sugar are in a can of coke? How much change do I get for £1 if I need to pay 70p? How much of a ruler can be pushed over the table edge until it tilts and how does that change when I put one, two, three rubbers on it? How many moves does it take to all swap... places? What does the number 13 look like? How many butterflies can you find in the picture? What is flag semaphore? Will it just be a line graph?

If questions like these can be heard in the theatre throughout the day it can only mean one thing: it’s HCH Maths Day! Once again different activities encouraged all students from Nursery to Year 11 to use their mathematical skills and analytical thinking.

A big thank you to the Sixth Formers who came in especially early to help out and to the Friends of HCH for lending us the penguin tumble game, which made the Fun Fair even more exciting.

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Article written by Dimitra and Edward (Year 9).

On Monday the RAF, Royal Air Force, visited our school to teach us all about the different roles in the RAF, how it works, how they do what they do, and much more.

What was better was that they showed what they did but at a level that we all could understand.... They showed us about training of the pilots using virtual reality as well as using drones to show us how they would use this in real life. They showed us many practicals including drone signal interception, the physics of flight and many videos of their aircraft, which showed us how technologically advanced the RAF is getting.

They introduced us to their new aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and their history of their VTOL aircraft.

They showed us that the RAF isn’t just about flying but about jobs like engineering and mechanics. They more or less asked us to join because of their shortage of female engineers as well as engineers in general. They were very inspiring to give us the opportunity to give us a possible role in the armed forces.

Although they didn’t mention it, we noticed a board of the apprenticeships that can be taken in the RAF.

We probably didn’t sound as enthusiastic as we probably should have first thing in the morning, as a whole we enjoyed a lot!

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NPL visits A level Physics Students

On Wednesday, three physicists from the National Physical Laboratory came to speak to our A level physics students about their experiences on the NPL apprenticeship programme.

It was a fascinating insight into what it is like to leave school and to go straight into work in a research lab alongside expert... scientists. The apprentices told us about their particular interests in robotics, magnetism and materials science and all three spoke enthusiastically about their research and training at the lab.

The HCH students showed a real interest in what the apprentices had to say and asked a lot of questions both about the physics and the study schemes available. We hope to maintain links with the laboratory and to arrange a visit in the near future as well as a long term collaboration to develop a programme at the school to encourage more girls to consider taking the subject to A level.

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Estudiantes de A level español eligen las películas Machuca y Volver

Los estudiantes de A Level en español eligen Machuca y Volver para su estudio cinematográfico.

Chloe, Brynley y Calvin disfrutarán en Machuca de una historia de amistad entre dos estudiantes con el trasfondo social de pertenecer a clases sociales distintas. Los estudiantes analizarán las políticas... del gobierno socialista de Salvador Allende y las circunstancias que llevaron al golpe de estado del Augusto Pinochet en el Chile de 1973.

Dhelia, por su parte, disfrutará en Volver de uno de los trabajos más exitosos de Pedro Almodóvar. Volver es una historia costumbrista que mezcla las tradiciones de la España más profunda con la supervivencia, el humor y la locura. Un magnífico retrato de la Castilla más tradicional.

Year 12 Spanish students choose the films Machuca and Volver for their Spanish language film studies.

Chloe, Brynley and Calvin are looking forward to watching the film Machuca which is a story of friendship between two school boys from different social backgrounds. Year 12 will analyse the policies of the socialist government of Salvador Allende and the circumstances that resulted in a coup d’état in Chile led by Augusto Pinochet in 1973.

Dhelia will enjoy watching Volver, one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most successful films. Volver is a story of local customs which mixes the most deeply rooted Spanish traditions with survival, humour and madness. The work is a magnificent portrait of the Castile region of Spain at its most traditional.

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