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HCH artist in residence gives talk at the National Gallery

On the back of the success of his new book “Read This If You Want To Be Great At Drawing People”, our Artist in Residence, Selwyn Leamy has been invited to give a free talk at the National gallery on Monday 17th February. He will be discussing “the skills and techniques that underpin the work... of artists, past and present, in their quest to draw the human form”.


Bring along a sketchbook if you want to have a go!

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events/lunchtime-talk-drawing-people-17-02-2020

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Years 10 to 13 enjoy an action-packed trip to Paris

Our GCSE and A level French students set off for Paris on Thursday to rediscover (or discover) the sights and cultural richness of the French capital. With their teachers and their guide, the students visited le musee du Louvre and of course ensured they saw the Mona Lisa along the way. The group took... a stroll around Monmatre and walked the 280 steps at the top of the Arc de Triomphe. As the brunt of Storm Ciara started to take hold, the students only made it as far as the second floor of the Eiffel Tower but then enjoyed a final treasure hunt around the Marais neighbourhood before taking the Eurostar home today. It has been a wonderful way for four year groups to come together and make new memories as well as inspire their GCSE and A level studies in French for the coming months and years.


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Year 4 trip to the British Museum

To complement their work in humanities on ancient Greece, Year 4 went on a trip to the British Museum on Wednesday 29th January. They very much enjoyed using augmented reality technology on tablets supplied by the British Museum to explore the Parthenon Gallery. They learned about ancient Greek religion... and how the Parthenon’s architecture celebrated Athena’s greatness and communicated the power of Athens. The Year 4 pupils had a great day exploring the museum!

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Year 9 have a lesson in French cuisine

Year 9 pupils had the opportunity to practise their French speaking skills with renowned chef, JP Gravier, from the delicious local French restaurant “Le Petit Nantais”. The students were reading instructions in French and learning different methods of chopping and food preparation while making a... fruit salad and learning how to make a delicious chocolate mousse!


The students very much enjoyed the experience and it was great to see them using their speaking skills and vocabulary in context. The pupils also got the opportunity to interview the chef for their French articles.

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Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year celebrations

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Reception class, Y5 and Y6 led a special Chinese New Year assembly. Y5 gave us a great display of the famous Chinese dragon dance, whilst other Y5 students provided the musical accompaniment.

Y6 performed a Chinese zodiac story: ‘The Great Race’ which explored... an origin story of the Zodiac. This was accompanied by a slide show which introduced some cultural knowledge about Chinese New Year to the students, for example the symbolic meanings of the dragon and other Spring festival customs. One of the highlights of the assembly was the beautiful Dragon Dance, performed by Reception Class.

Pupils in Years 5 to 9 have also been set the task of finding all the hidden Chinese rats in the school and grounds. Drawings of rats have been hidden throughout the school and each pupil has been given a score sheet to see who can find the most by the end of this week.

In the Lower Years, Year 4 led a wonderful assembly about Chinese Mythology and specifically ‘Nian’, the beast who lives under the sea and visits villages at New Year. The pupils in the lower years learned about different customs to scare away Nian, specifically loud noises like fireworks and wearing red or decorating your house in red.

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Y1 lunar year activity

Year 1 children had the opportunity to learn about the Lunar New Year and its celebration in a workshop organised by one of the Y1 parents. They enjoyed discovering a new culture, learning Chinese words and using their creative skills to paint messages of happiness and good luck using Chinese calligraphy.

Year 8 visit to the Imperial War Museum

Y8 have had an enlightening day at the Imperial War Museum learning about WW2 and the effect that it had on the people of Britain and Europe. Based on their study of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, they researched how war affects both the people directly and indirectly involved, and its legacy.