Sports Day 2018

The Middle and Upper Years Sports day was held at the Xcel centre in Walton. With the sun shining bright, the action kicked off with a commanding win from Ryan in year 9 storming to first place in the 100m with a time of 13.28 seconds.

During the 800m, where we saw an impressive performance from Dylan... in Year 9, taking control of the race from the go developing and maintaining a clear lead. In the Year 7 and 8 girls 800m we were treated to a fantastic race in which Hope took a confidant lead to only be over taken by Zoe with 30 m to go.

It was all go on field as well with William B in Year 10 throwing 16.25m in the Javelin. Ana in year 6, known for her sprinting jumped 3.87m. The high jump made its first appearance at a HCH sports day and the performance of the day come from Alexis in Year 9 who cleared 1.35m to win the event.

The afternoon was capped with competitive 4x100m relay for each age group.

Well done to all competitors for a fantastic sporting display. This year’s sports day winning house was Wright.

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Excerpts from a short movie by students

Year 9 have been working with local Shark Conservation Charity “Bite Back” to produce a short animated film to promote understanding of why it is so important to save these incredible animals from the horrors of shark finning and other threats to their survival.

We were delighted to welcome the founder... of the charity, Graham Buckingham, in to school for our prize giving ceremony where he presented two of the students with a prize for outstanding contribution to the film. Their reward is the chance to dive with sharks at London Aquarium, an incredible experience to celebrate what has been a very rewarding collaboration.

The film is still in a rough cut but here are some excerpts.

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Francophone week

In the first week of May HCH hosted its first ‘Francophone Week’, celebrating the language and culture of the world’s many French-speaking countries.

Each classroom bore the flag of a country where French is (one of the) official languages, plus some economic and cultural information of that... country. Posters showing the distribution of French worldwide were also on display.

The week saw a succession of lunchtime assemblies run by teachers and their classes:

  • An introduction to the French-speaking world (Year 5)
  • A description and discussion of a Swiss animated film (Year 4)
  • A retelling of “Le petit Prince” by Saint Exupery (Years 8 & 9)
  • A special assembly presenting Francophone music with the year 4s that ended with some karaoke.

The Lower Years were also able to enjoy a number of workshops organised on two consecutive day in which they explored the cuisine of some Francophone countries, painted in the style of Magritte, wrote stories, and created posters for films that we might be showing soon at HCH.

The kitchen team also participated, kindly treating us to meals from Morocco, Belgium, French Guyana, and Canada.

The week gave all the children the opportunity to discover Francophone culture and see that it reaches well beyond France! We cannot wait until next year for more adventures!

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