KS3 film trip to French Institute

On Friday 3rd December, Years 7-9 went on a French Trip to the French Institute to watch a French film called ‘Fahim’. Here is the plot of the movie:

Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, eight-year old chess prodigy Fahim arrives in Paris with his father. Refused asylum as illegal immigrants, they... spiral downwards into homelessness and desperation. By a stroke of luck, Fahim is introduced to one of France’s top chess coaches, Sylvain, who tutors him and gives him a sense of purpose – his struggles on the chessboard mirroring both his victories and his crushing defeats in his battle for a normal life. This new sense of ‘feeling for others’ defining the relationship between Fahim & Sylvain allows both of them to change life for the best in an unexpected way.

This movie was part of the “Refugee Week” held in the French Institute in June. It allowed us to have an interesting talk about refugees and the world we live in.

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Nursery and Reception Autumn display

The nursery children have been inspired to create their latest artworks by fantastic childrens literature. While they listened to “Owl Babies” they created their own fluffy owlets, which were collaged together using a mix of media, including card, felt tip pen and feathers. During the reading of... “The Helpful Hedgehog” they drew the hedgehog faces on paper, then stuck pine needles on them to create their prickly backs. Then the children used their improving scissor skills to cut out an image of an apple which was stuck onto his back.


The children in reception have made some wonderful drawings of landmarks of London in the daytime and at night. They carefully cut out these and stuck them onto a background sky of the correct colour. Then they interspersed these wonderful architectural sketches with superheroes drawn from their imagination who are depicted striving day and night to save London!


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Art student secures scholarship in Westminster

We are absolutely thrilled that one of our Y11 students, Hope Wellspring, has been offered a scholarship to the prestigious DLD College in Westminster.

This offer is based on her outstanding work demonstrated in her GCSE Photography portfolios. Congratulations Hope, you deserve it!

Here is a selection of her work, which has already been recognised as outstanding by the Independent Schools Association.





Halloween and half term celebrations at HCH!

Students and staff wore fancy dress today as an early halloween celebration and to mark the last day before the half term break. We also judged the much-anticipated school pumpkin carving competition! Congratulations to Toby in Y1, Kaspar in Reception class and Phillippe in Year 10 for the winning entries....

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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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Sixth form trip to Liquid Leisure Aqua Park

The sixth form had a fun packed team building experience at liquid leisure. They ‘dived in’ and completed some challenging tasks on the aqua jungle and raced through the aqua park slides and tunnels. This was followed by the banana boat that had the students’ adrenaline pumping as they held on... to avoid falling into the water.

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Year 10 GCSE Photography- creative use of light

Our Y10 GCSE photographers have been flexing their creative muscles this week and challenging themselves to produce a beautifully exposed low light image of some dramatically lit lilies.
This shot was taken by Coco who only joined our course last week – excellent work!