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Times Tables Challenge 2019

Time flies when one is learning a lot and we have almost reached half term. Which means the annual HCH Times Tables Challenge got under way.
The first semi-final on Monday had Year 4 up to Year 8 very close together, with Year 5 being in the first spot. Tuesday saw the older year groups battling to get... into the final and Years 10, 11 and the Sixth From left Year 5 in the forth spot, just missing out on a pace in the final.


This meant that for the first time in the history of this event did the three oldest year groups make it into the final.
And what a final it was!
Especially the younger children were impressed by the speed and you had to be there to believe the excitement times tables can elicit.
In the end it came down to the final points and the Sixth Form won by a small margin, with Year 11 in second place and Year 10 carrying home the bronze medals.

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Year 7-12 Activities day trip to Chinese cooking lesson

26 students went to a Chinese restaurant in Thames Ditton to learn how to make spring rolls and dumplings. The rolling was strangely relaxing and a huge number of dumplings and spring rolls were made. We then got to eat our food along with some fried rice. It was a really sociable way to learn to cook. We stopped on the way back at a Chinese supermarket to enable students to buy ingredients so that they could hone their newfound skills.

Years 7-12 Activities day trip to ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Twickenham Stadium

13 Students spent the day at Twickenham Stadium, where the activities started with games aimed at developing understanding of the different fitness requirements of the various positions: Speed – Endurance – Power – Agility and Strength. One game involved selecting animals and super heroes in what... might be their best positions, from which a formidable team comprising Spiderman at full-back; a bull, rhinoceros and grizzly bear in the front row; cheetahs on the wings and The Hulk at No. 8 emerged. Catching and passing would have been the main limiting factor, but they would have posed an intimidating physical challenge for their opponents.

A session with the Rugby Football Union’s Anti-Doping Manager was a role-play, with the students being treated as if they were academy players on an elite sport pathway. They learned what they should expect if they were subject to testing under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. Their consensus was that it seemed intrusive, but necessary, in order to combat the scourge of drugs in sport and to ensure fair play. The session took place in the media room at the stadium, so the students had a light-hearted opportunity to role play being the head coach, answering questions about selection and tactics for an imaginary up-coming test match.

With the England team away in Japan for the Rugby World Cup, the students had a one-off opportunity to view the gym where England players train, rehabilitate after injury and warm-up before test matches. They took in a range of equipment, from hi-tech tools for measuring and facilitating recovery, through to Olympic weightlifting platforms and weight stacks.

The tour of the World Rugby museum at the end of the trip was the highlight for many of the students. They enjoyed the inter-active displays that gave them feedback on their prowess in the physical attributes needed to play rugby.

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HCH hosts UKMT primary maths challenge

Hampton Court House held its third annual Primary Mathematics Competition yesterday, following the rules of the UKMT Primary Team Challenge. Seven teams, with four year 6 students in each team, took part in a range of tasks and activities to accumulate points for their school throughout the day. The... tasks were designed to put the teams’ mathematics skills to the test but also encouraged the students to cooperate with one another in shuttle rounds and relays. The now renowned and fiendishly tricky crossnumber round proved to be a stumbling block for some, while other teams found the last round of the day, the team relay, to be the trickiest of all. The most important thing was that all the teams thoroughly enjoyed rising to the challenge and some friendly competition while also getting to make some new friends from other schools along the way.

Why not have a go at the crossnumber puzzle with your family and friends this weekend?

HCH Crossnumber 2019

Crossnumber Solution 2019

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Camp HCH 2019

Over 130 pupils from years 5 to 13 and 40 staff took part in the annual Camp HCH in the school grounds on Friday. At the end of the school day the pupils made their way to the sports field to pitch their tents and say goodbye to their parents before the evening’s festivities started. As the BBQ was... lit, the students took part in ‘Zen in the Den’ activities, making their own dreamcatchers and learning how to craft their own bows and arrows out of twigs from the school grounds. As the sun began to set on the campsite, the pupils played French cricket and ultimate frisbee tournaments while the catering team and teachers began to prepare the food for dinner. After dinner, the bonfires were lit and the pupils gathered to perform live music for one another and dance. The evening drew to a close with marshmallows toasting over the bonfires and stories before bedtime. On Saturday morning the campsite was cleared while the children drank hot chocolate and ate croissants, chatting about the evening before and the many happy memories they have made.

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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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Middle and Upper Years Sports Day 2019

The sun was shining on another successful Middle and Upper Years sports day yesterday. This year the event was held at school with a selection of new events for pupils and their families to enjoy. Our school houses; Garrick, Halifax, Twining and Wright competed in track and field events for years 5 &... 6, 7 & 8, and 9 to 13 heats and finals. Old favourites like the 200m relay, javelin and sprint races were accompanied by new competitions such as shot put relay, 60m sprint and triple jump. The focus of this year was not on results and medals but on technical merit with prizes awarded to individuals who demonstrated the best technical competency irrespective of their place in the competition. The highlight of the day was the final event, the five minute run, which was new for 2019. Four representatives of each house ran as many laps as possible for five minutes with points distributed for the amount of laps run. The competition was nail-biting as the narrow point difference between each house meant there was a jostle for places throughout the afternoon but as the final scores were announced it was clear that the winning house was Wright with 637 points.

Technical certificates were awarded to:
Javelin – Maya Y7
Discus – Saurin Y8
Discus Bowl – Ben T Y6
Shot – Ulvi Y8
Baton change – Ben Y6, Mohammed Y6, Filip Y6, and Cora Y5
Triple Jump – Freddie Y10
Long Jump – Anna Y6

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