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Headmaster’s Weekly Newsletter, 21st January 2022

As we make our way through January I am buoyed by the longer days and the beautiful sunshine that we experienced this week, despite the chill in the air. Paul Pearce, our new Deputy Head Academic, has been entranced since starting at HCH and has made a point of reminding all of us about how fortunate...

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Survival Skills Weekend with Polaris Outdoor

In preparation for the Arctic Expedition in February, 15 HCH students went on a Survival Skills trip with Polaris Outdoor. They learned how to build shelters using only the resources they could find in the woods around them, how to light a fire, how to safely use a knife to carve tools, bake their own... bannock bread over the fire, and how to forage for resources and food. They also built resilience in the wet and cold weather and dealt with a few setbacks!

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Year 6 students attend debating festival

On Wednesday, three of our Year 6 students – Elena, Vali and Rupert – attended the inaugural Dukes Education Debating Festival. We experienced fantastic workshops with Noisy Classroom, who trained the children brilliantly in public speaking and debate, before a knockout competition in the afternoon.... The children were all near-novices at the start of the day, but nonetheless scored an incredible 73 points out of 100 in their debate, ‘This house would ban zoos’. Not only that, but Rupert won three medals, awarded for exceptional performance and participation by the various teachers and facilitators. Well done, all – and here’s to winning next year!

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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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Camp HCH 2021

Camp HCH was back with a bang on Friday as close to 200 students from years 5 to 13 stayed overnight in the grounds of the school. Students pitched tents with the help of their parents before saying goodbye and making their way to a range of activities including football, arts and collages, Zen in a...

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The first day of term. Back together again!

It has been a fantastic first day of term at HCH as students and staff enjoyed coming together in the beautiful weather, getting to know new friends and colleagues and starting in new year groups. Our early years children had story time in the school grounds. Middle years and lower years have enjoyed...

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