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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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Reception class don’t let the clouds rain on their parade!

The sudden downpour didn’t stop Recetion class donning their coats and wellington boots for their walk through the grounds. They found several tempting puddles along the way to splash and jump in and explored the ice-house and shell grotto which form part of the stunning 18th century architecture.
Meanwhile,... in Forest School, the children are growing their own beans which are hanging on the side of the greenhouse to keep them safe from the rabbits who live in the school grounds. Reception class are excited to see the beans are starting to sprout!

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Reception class make water bowls for the birds

Despite the turn in the weather, Reception class have enjoyed their forest school lessons and have made some beautiful clay pinch pots which the variety of birds who live in the grounds can use as water bowls.
Since returning to school on 1st June all the Early Years pupils have enjoyed sport and forest... school lessons every day.

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HCH Maths Advent Calendar 2019

It is the season to be jolly and you have reason to be even more jolly as the HCH maths advent calendar is back!
Children from Reception Class to Year 13 are being given a different maths class each day to discuss and explore with their parents. For each correct entry a child’s name is entered into... a prize draw which will take place on the last day of the term


The maths department wishes everyone a harmonious, calm and jolly lead up to Christmas.

Examples of tasks:
Reception and Lower Years:
Find something in your kitchen that weighs less than 400 grams.

Ideas for parents (choose the appropriate level for your child):
– explain that we use grams and kilograms as units
– explain 1000g = 1kg and ask what they could use to weigh an ant, a dog, a pig…..
– let them estimate the weight of various items and then weigh them
– have a discussion about Santa’s weight
( any observations from exploring this topic are welcome on the answer sheet)

Middle/Upper Years and Sixth Form:
Sue is orienteering. She goes 1 km North, then 2 km East, then 3 km South, then 4 km West. In what direction must she go to return to the start?

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Nursery class enjoy a Christmas story by the Christmas tree

Nursery class took their daily storytelling time out of the classroom this morning and into the Main Hall to read a special Christmas story next to the Christmas tree. The pupils were full of festive spirit as they sat and listened to their English teacher Sage, all while wearing their festive red Father... Christmas Hats! Sage read the children two Christmas themed stories, one about a hedgehog who has realised he is a little under-prepared for Christmas and the other about a rabbit who sets off on an adventure to find Father Christmas and encounters many other animals on his way, all of whom help make his Christmas wishes come true.

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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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