Finding ‘Granny’s’ books on the shelves in your new school!

On your very first day in your new school you may expect one or two surprises, but for one of our young students the discovery was that a series of novels, written by their own grandmother, were sat proudly on the shelves of our CNED classroom!
Evelyne Brisou-Pellen has been an author since the early... 80’s. She started writing as she felt something was missing from the stories she was reading to her own children, and wanted stories to also be a way to discover a period in history and learn while reading. Evelyne’s novels are typically set in a documented historical context (she is passionate about history and her house is covered in books! She typically reads as much as she writes) and are targeted at pre-teens/teens, although some novels and books are accessible from a younger age, and many adults also read them. Writing her first major book in the mid 80’s and winning a major literary prize gave her the confidence to make this her career.

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Year 9 maths at the Diana Fountain in Bushy Park

Year 9 have recently learned trigonometry and took that knowledge out to Bushy Park to calculate the height of Diana Fountain. Rule No. 1 was not to get wet, so we needed to find the circumference of the lake in order to get the radius. Using the radius of the lake, the angle of elevation and the tangent... ratio, the students calculated the height of the fountain. Our progress was closely monitored by the local wildlife and the weather was on our side as well.

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Watch Adrian Rainbow’s inaugural address

On Friday 17th September Dr Adrian Rainbow welcomed parents, staff and the wider HCH community as he introduced his strategy for the next five years. After a drinks reception in the grounds, guests were treated to music from our current and former students as well as one of our peripatetic music teachers,... Roberto Manes. During Adrian’s speech he talked through his short, medium and long-term plans for the school and gave insight into what HCH may look like in 2026.

We are delighted to present Adrian’s speech in full here:

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Early years weekly assemblies

The Early Years love gathering together every Friday for their weekly assembly. This is a lovely opportunity for Pre Nursery, Nursery and Reception classes to come together and celebrate their weekly achievements and birthdays. The first assembly of the term was about “our new friends”, the second... assembly was about recycling and how important this is for our community. Children listened to a story “The Trouble with Dragons”, the story teaches children about caring for their environment and the importance of recycling.

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Y12 student invited to Cambridge university to present her science essay

Miranda in year 12 spent a large part of her summer researching and writing an essay for the Gonville & Caius, Cambridge ‘Caius Explore’ programme. Miranda’s submission for ‘How will quantum technology have changed our world by 2100’ was chosen as one of the best within the programme.

Yestrday,... Miranda spent the day at the college to attend an open day. She had a tour of the college and a celebratory lunch with directors of studies and fellows in hall. What a memorable experience and a great way to start Miranda’s A level studies.

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Garden games and board games club

What better way to finish the school day than with a round of “Viking Chess”, also known as Kubb?! Well, there are quite a few options still to explore and students from Year 2-4 will do so over the upcoming weeks.

HCH welcomes Bob Wigley- author of ‘Born Digital’

On Tuesday evening the HCH community welcomed renowned author Bob Wigley to discuss the prevalent topic of screen time and social media.
Bob is former EMEA Chairman of Merrill Lynch and was a member of the board of the Bank of England during the 2008 financial crisis.
Bob also sits on the UK’s Economic... Crime Strategic Board which is Co-Chaired by the Chancellor and the Home Secretary.

Bob’s captivating book; Born Digital: The story of a distracted generation, delves into the impact technology has on ‘gen Z’ those young people for whom technology is a continuum of their day to day relationships and interactions, the so called ‘digital natives’ in society.

Bob spoke of the alarming statistics and research into technology and screen time and its relationship with poor sleep quality, lack of community and lack of empathy as well as the more ‘obvious’ threats to the safety and wellbeing of young people in our community. The enagaging talk was followed by a Q&A, skillfully moderated by HCH Headmaster, Adrian Rainbow.

We encourage our community to read Born Digital as we continue the dicsussion about devices, technology and screen time, in and out of school.

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