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Big Draw Festival 2019

We have been absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of creativity that this year’s Big Draw Festival has inspired in our students and staff. We challenged every member of our school community to produce a self portrait that would express facets of their characters and give insight in to their inner... worlds.


The variety of approaches and techniques has produced a rich visual tapestry of the interests, emotions and the expressiveness of the participants. From delicately observed pencil sketches to bold and colourful ink studies to unexpected interpretations of the self.

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GCSE and A level students visit Swanage

Our hardy students braved the relentless rain and wind to capture some highly creative images of the stunning Dorset coast. The photographers experimented with Neutral Density Filters to capture long exposures of the dramatic stormy waves as they crashed against the shore. Meanwhile the artists work... quickly and decisively as they battled against the elements to interpret the landscape in watercolours, inks and graphite. A memorable and productive weekend despite the terrible weather!


The GCSE and A-level geographers had a fun and productive weekend preparing materials for their courses and engaging with a range of natural processes and landforms. Studying alongside natural wonders including Durdle Door arch and Lulworth Cove helped bring these elements of the curriculum to life and the students showed wonderful resilience, despite the weather, to collect a range of useful data and information.

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Year 5 produce Lost Words artwork in co-curricular project

Our year 5 students have been working on a cross-curricular project between the Art and English departments to produce these beautiful words and images inspired by the prize winning book The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. Year 5 used gold paint to create iconic images which they combined... with their own words to evoke the spirit of the animal they chose to depict. Well done year 5, we think these are wonderful!

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Y8 Rube Goldberg Machine Project

After their 13+ exams, Year 8 have been undertaking a project across the sciences and art to make Rube Goldberg machines- intricately complicated machines that accomplish very simple tasks, named for American cartoonist Reuben Goldberg. British artist W Heath Robinson is also known for similar work.... Year 8 are working in small groups to make machines of their own, accomplishing a range of tasks such as squeezing a lemon, and icing a cake. Machine steps they have invented include a domino pushing a car carrying a lit candle to burn through a piece of rope, and a balista made from molly sticks launching a projectile to pop a baloon. Next week they will be videoing their machines in action and in the last week of term they will be presenting their work.

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Y6 pupil selected for Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show

Marcus in Year 6 has been selected as one of only 139 young artists to have artwork exhibited in the 2019 Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. Marcus’ work ‘Wandsworth Roofscape” was chosen from over 6200 artworks submitted for consideration f0r the show. The Young Artists’... Summer Show will recognise artworks made by talented young artists from ages 7-19 years. The selected artworks will be exhibited at the Royal Academy or online with special prizes also awarded.

The artworks will be judged in groups based on the age of the artist by a panel of art experts including Royal Academicians, curators and RA Schools students.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show will be online from 10th June-31st December 2019, and a selection of these artworks will be on display at the RA from 13th July to 4th August 2019.

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Family Picnic on Sunday 9th June

Hampton Court House hosted a family picnic on Sunday 9th June in the school grounds. The Friends of HCH organised free ice-cream and face painting as well as some incredible rowing and Olympic Lifting demonstrations from the team at Molesey Boat Club. Families and the local community were able to view... the whole-school art exhibition which was installed in the art rooms at the front of the school. The Year 6 entrepreneurs sold various produce and snacks as a culmination of their Stride Enterprise project this term.

The afternoon was brought to a close with the annual battle of the bands competition. The nail-biting final saw bands from Year 8 and Year 5 perform for a chance to win the final which was being judged by music industry professionals infront of a gathered crowd of pupils, their familes and the wider HCH community.

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Y9 and Y10 trip to Damien Hirst’s workshop and studios

Our Y9 and Y10 students were offered an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to see inside the inner-workings of one the most famous living artists in the world. We were welcomed by Damien himself at his Gloucestershire studio. He also took us to his foundry to see the construction of some monumental... bronzes. The group were invited into Damien’s beautiful home for lunch and to see his personal collection of art. The icing on the cake was the chance to create spin paintings of our own on purpose-built spinning machines. A huge thank you from all of us for extending such a warm welcome and allowing us such incredible insight into the processes that are involved in creating this fantastically varied body of work.

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