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Activities Day 2021, in photos

Another successful Activities Day comes to an end! Each year group from Daycare to Year 13 took part in an off-site activity today. Daycare donned their wet weather gear to go and feed the ducks in Bushy Park. The Early years and Year 1 took a coach to Bocketts Farm where they learned about different...

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Early years weekly assemblies

The Early Years love gathering together every Friday for their weekly assembly. This is a lovely opportunity for Pre Nursery, Nursery and Reception classes to come together and celebrate their weekly achievements and birthdays. The first assembly of the term was about “our new friends”, the second... assembly was about recycling and how important this is for our community. Children listened to a story “The Trouble with Dragons”, the story teaches children about caring for their environment and the importance of recycling.

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Early and lower years sports day 2021

Early and lower years had an amazing sports day on Tuesday. All students participated with a smile on their face and the enthusiasm to do their best. We witnessed some amazing jumps and throws as well as photo finish races. It was a fun and exciting day for all. Lots of laugher and team cheering created... a great atmosphere which encouraged the competitors. All students received a participation certificate which they all should be proud of. Some years groups competed for their houses as well as the chance to win individual medals. At the end of sports day, Year 2, 3 and 4 performed their gymnastic routines, displaying all the skills they have learned throughout the year.

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My HCH experience: Adrian Rainbow, incoming HCH Headmaster

I have been in HCH for two days this week and I have loved getting to know the children and the HCH staff better. I am now even more excited for September, which I didn’t think was possible prior to my visit.

I led my first assembly for middle and upper years pupils in the grounds of the school....

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Observing Remembrance Day at school

This week our community has been taking part in Remembrance Day activities.
Pupils in Year 2 listened to stories in their English lessons about different heroes who fought or contributed to the war effort. Children in Daycare and Pre-Nursery learned about Remembrance Day and why we all wear poppies on... this special day to help us remember the heroes that fought in wars. The children have been creating poppies by painting egg cup boxes using red paint which was quite tricky and fiddly. The children were encouraged to use a paintbrush to paint inside the egg cup shape and outside too. Once dried, the children all took turns gluing the poppy shaped egg cups onto a large round piece of card to form a beautiful wreath.

At 11 am on 11th November the school community observed a two minute silence to remember those who lost their lives in war and conflict.
The children in the early years also watched a short animation clip from CBeebies which is a 2 minute alternative for our silence about about a rabbit, and it’s family on Flanders field.

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Sisters Emma and Chloe celebrate Dia de Muertos with traditional festivities

As part of the end-of-term halloween celebrations we were delighted that sisters Emma and Chloe brought the traditions of Dia de Muertos to HCH includng festive party bags, brighly coloured dress and costumes. Hampton Court House has students and families from a variety of cultures and backgrounds and... Emma and Chloe were able to discuss Dia de Muertos with their friends and teachers as part of the school-wide celebrations on Friday.

Dia de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. In Mexican culture, death is viewed as a natural part of the human cycle. Mexicans view it not as a day of sadness but as a day of celebration because their loved ones awaken and celebrate with them.

Emma was dressed as Catrina, a traditonal Mexican character based on the original drawings by Mexican illustrator, José Guadalupe Posada. Emma’s Catrina costume featured the recognisable ‘sugar skull’ makeup. Chloe brought beautiful, brightly coloured celebratory party bags for all her friends in Nursery which she had made with her parents at home.

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HCH Wellbeing Day 2020

As we draw this half term to a close we have hopefully given our students some lovely experiences and happy memories today to take with them into the two-week break. The students have spent some of the day off-timetable to enjoy a range of ‘feel-good’ physical and outdoor activities as part of HCH...

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