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Summer Music Recitals 2019

Pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 1 performed in their Summer Recital on Monday 1st July. Soloists from the Early years sang and performed pieces on the recorder, violin and piano, demonstrating weeks of hard work and practise in the lead up to the concert itself. Each year group came together to sing... one piece in French and one in English which had been rehearsed and developed in their music lessons with their music teacher Aleksandra, their form tutors and their French teachers. The theme of the concert was ‘Animals in the jungle’ with pupils dressed as different animals and a colourful jungle-themed set.

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019 our pupils from Year 2 to Year 13 performed in their end-of-year recitals. Recital one was for younger years with groups from Year 2 to Year 6 singing songs as a group in both English and French. Soloists and groups performed pieces from a variety of genres with performers from different year groups coming together to create memorable performances such as the duet by Byron in Year 8 and Dorian in Year 4. The highlight of the first recital was the stirring rendition of Bjork’s famous piece ‘Joga’ by Year 5 who performed the song alongside a video that had been especially created by our Head of Art, Eve. In recital two it was the turn of our older students who each performed a solo which had been meticulously rehearsed and developed during hours of rehearsals at home and in their music lessons at school.

It was a lovely way to end the year with all our families and teachers.

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Y1 and Y3 Illustration Workshops

Marianne Barcilon, a famous french illustrator who has illustrated almost one hundred books for children, came to school to work with Y1 and Y3. The children took part in some fun and interactive workshops, during which the illustrator explained how to make a book, showed the pupils some drawing boards and some of her own books, and explained the importance of her role. She has also helped the children to draw emotions based on the characters in her own books.

Reception – The ducklings have arrived !

Reception are please to announce the successful hatching of two beautiful ducklings. We are waiting patiently for the remaining eggs to hatch, hopefully in the next day or so.

Maths Day at HCH

When students budget their life for a year (including national insurance), spend money at a funfair, find treasures on giant monster graphs, buy and sell stickers on the stock market, graph various experiments, go Easter egg hunting, draw Mondrians or Hirsts or brave the cold to decipher messages using... Semaphore, then we know Maths Day has arrived!

Our annual Maths Day had the theatre buzzing with numbers and saw students from Nursery to Year 11 enjoying different activities, applying skills learnt and showing their creative side.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone supporting the event, especially our Sixth Formers Anais and Brynley who came in at 8.50 am to help out with the funfair.

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Nursery Trip to the Polka Theatre

The children in Nursery enjoyed a lovely trip to the Polka Theatre to see ‘Videk’s Shirt’. Videk is a small boy who is very friendly with all the animals in the countryside. One day the wind blows away his raggedy shirt. Videk is cold – who can help him?

French Theatre at HCH

Yesterday, the children from Daycare to Year 3 enjoyed a beautiful play in French, ‘Le bel oiseau’. Petit Louis builds a wooden puppet but he wants it to be real and fly, so he is going to try and try again to make it work. A very poetic and magical story.