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Adrian Rainbow, incoming Headmaster at HCH, leads his first assembly

The beautiful HCH grounds in the morning sun was the perfect backdrop for the middle and upper years assembly. It was led, for the first time, by our incoming Headmaster, Dr Adrian Rainbow. Adrian raised the energy levels for the start of the school day by leading the students in the ‘Rainbow Haka’.... The Rainbow Haka is Adrian’s own interpretation of the traditional Maori Haka, often used by the New Zealand Rugby team. The students were focused, and followed Adrian’s instructions with energy and good humour. The end result was spectacular and certainly set the students on the ‘right foot’ for the rest of their school day!

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Francophonie Day at HCH

Students and staff came together to celebrate our annual Francophone Day on Wednesday.

The Early Years (Daycare to Nursery) were treated to a special French lesson. The children did really well and thoroughly enjoyed the activities brought to them, which definitely triggered their imagination and got...

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Y6 and Y7 Bikeability

Students in Year 6 and Year 7 have enjoyed their week long ‘bikeability’ course in the grounds of the school and on the local roads. Bikeability is a cycling proficiency course for school children, giving them practical skills and understanding of how to cycle on today’s roads.

Find out more about... the National Bikeability programme

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Year 7 enjoy team building activities in the school grounds

Year 7 have had their prize having won the ‘best decorated form room’ competition back at the end of the Autumn term. The last lockdown had postponed the celebration but today they were treated to an afternoon of team building activities and workshops. The group have completed desert island survival... challenges including shelter building with tarpaulin and crafting their own tribal crowns. The group really enjoyed drawing portraits of each other and then making their own frames out of natural resources to create a gift for their drawing partners. What a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon, well done Year 7!

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Year 7 interview HCH Composer in Residence- Kieran Brunt

For their assembly on the theme of Music, some of our Y7 students interviewed composer in residence and ‘friend of the school’, Kieran Brunt. A nationally and internationally recognised recording artist and producer, Kieran is involved in both choral music and electronica. The students agreed on... four questions to ask him, which formed the basis of the assembly. At the end is a performance of a piece that Kieran wrote during lockdown which speaks to the experience of musicians and performers who were robbed of their ability to work due to the Covid restrictions.

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Nathaniel in Y8 releases a music video

A music video by Nathaniel, Y8, has been released on the Clark album

The record was released by the legendary Deutsche Grammophon label, and his tracks have already had hundreds of thousands of listens on Spotify. Well done Nathaniel!

Y6 Celebrate the Chinese New Year

The Y6 students have been reimagining their recycling as animal masks for Chinese New Year celebrations. Before starting to design their masks, the children researched the traditional characteristics which are attributed to each of the zodiac animals, then they each chose the animal that they felt most... represented them. To decide on the colour palette for their mask, the students looked back at the colours used in medieval Heraldry to learn about the significance of certain colours, and at a wide range of masks through the ages from Pre-Columbian to modern masks from around the world.

 

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