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Headmaster’s Weekly Newsletter, 21st January 2022

As we make our way through January I am buoyed by the longer days and the beautiful sunshine that we experienced this week, despite the chill in the air. Paul Pearce, our new Deputy Head Academic, has been entranced since starting at HCH and has made a point of reminding all of us about how fortunate...

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Survival Skills Weekend with Polaris Outdoor

In preparation for the Arctic Expedition in February, 15 HCH students went on a Survival Skills trip with Polaris Outdoor. They learned how to build shelters using only the resources they could find in the woods around them, how to light a fire, how to safely use a knife to carve tools, bake their own... bannock bread over the fire, and how to forage for resources and food. They also built resilience in the wet and cold weather and dealt with a few setbacks!

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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.





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!

Thane, Y11’s blog- 3Dami computer science portfolio

Last year, the computer science department invited Y10 to participate in an animation design competition.
Thane, Y11 built an impressive portfolio of animations. He sent it to 3Dami which was recruiting 30 students across the whole of England to run a virtual summer study workshop. The workshop aimed... to create a 3D film from scratch in just 10 days. Thane’s portfolio was accepted:

Over the summer holiday I attended a 2 week 3D animation course over Microsoft Teams (usually it’s a residential in London , however the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that from happening). 3D Ami is a free, not for profit organization that promotes 3D animation to pre-university students. It is funded by universities, studios and creatives.
The course itself covers many aspects of the industry, where students work in teams and organise themselves (Producer, Director ,etc…). We went through the phases of scriptwriting, concept art, storyboards, modelling and animation in order to create our final film.
Whilst we worked, we were supervised and aided by industry professionals. Chloe, who was the leader working with our group comes from the video game and film industry, having worked on titles such as Battlefield 5.
It was an immensely fun and rewarding course and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the industry.

Check out the animation I worked on here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWFjZ8BbFR4

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Camp HCH 2021

Camp HCH was back with a bang on Friday as close to 200 students from years 5 to 13 stayed overnight in the grounds of the school. Students pitched tents with the help of their parents before saying goodbye and making their way to a range of activities including football, arts and collages, Zen in a...

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Year 11 trip to Bletchley Park

Year Eleven took advantage of their free time after their GCSE exams to visit Bletchley Park, the home of code breaking during the Second World War and arguably the site of some of the most important work done in the war effort. From learning about the origins and the composition of the Enigma Machine,... to celebrating the life and achievements of the great Alan Turing, there was lots to learn for them all!

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