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Upper years girls coached by World Champion Katey Byrd

The girls in Years 9 to 11 enjoyed their first rowing lesson of the year. The high ratio of coaches to pupils means the girls receive intensive coaching during the two-hour period they spend at Molesey Boat Club, with a mix of rowing on the river, technical training in the indoor tank and functional... strength work in the gym. The expert coaches include Katey Byrd, who has been selected to represent Ireland in the Olympic Weightlifting World Championships in Thailand at the end of this month. Katey will be competing in the 71kg weight category and is Ireland’s only competitor at the World Championships. As an accomplished athlete and strength and conditioning coach, Katey is a wonderful mentor for the upper years girls.


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Summer Music Recitals 2019

Pupils from Pre-Nursery to Year 1 performed in their Summer Recital on Monday 1st July. Soloists from the Early years sang and performed pieces on the recorder, violin and piano, demonstrating weeks of hard work and practise in the lead up to the concert itself. Each year group came together to sing... one piece in French and one in English which had been rehearsed and developed in their music lessons with their music teacher Aleksandra, their form tutors and their French teachers. The theme of the concert was ‘Animals in the jungle’ with pupils dressed as different animals and a colourful jungle-themed set.

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019 our pupils from Year 2 to Year 13 performed in their end-of-year recitals. Recital one was for younger years with groups from Year 2 to Year 6 singing songs as a group in both English and French. Soloists and groups performed pieces from a variety of genres with performers from different year groups coming together to create memorable performances such as the duet by Byron in Year 8 and Dorian in Year 4. The highlight of the first recital was the stirring rendition of Bjork’s famous piece ‘Joga’ by Year 5 who performed the song alongside a video that had been especially created by our Head of Art, Eve. In recital two it was the turn of our older students who each performed a solo which had been meticulously rehearsed and developed during hours of rehearsals at home and in their music lessons at school.

It was a lovely way to end the year with all our families and teachers.

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Middle and Upper Years Sports Day 2019

The sun was shining on another successful Middle and Upper Years sports day yesterday. This year the event was held at school with a selection of new events for pupils and their families to enjoy. Our school houses; Garrick, Halifax, Twining and Wright competed in track and field events for years 5 &... 6, 7 & 8, and 9 to 13 heats and finals. Old favourites like the 200m relay, javelin and sprint races were accompanied by new competitions such as shot put relay, 60m sprint and triple jump. The focus of this year was not on results and medals but on technical merit with prizes awarded to individuals who demonstrated the best technical competency irrespective of their place in the competition. The highlight of the day was the final event, the five minute run, which was new for 2019. Four representatives of each house ran as many laps as possible for five minutes with points distributed for the amount of laps run. The competition was nail-biting as the narrow point difference between each house meant there was a jostle for places throughout the afternoon but as the final scores were announced it was clear that the winning house was Wright with 637 points.

Technical certificates were awarded to:
Javelin – Maya Y7
Discus – Saurin Y8
Discus Bowl – Ben T Y6
Shot – Ulvi Y8
Baton change – Ben Y6, Mohammed Y6, Filip Y6, and Cora Y5
Triple Jump – Freddie Y10
Long Jump – Anna Y6

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Y10 pupils compete in annual NPL Schools Water Rocket Challenge

A team of 6 Y10 pupils: Max – team leader, Charles, Freddie, Solo, Ryan and Daniil, competed in the NPL annual school water rocket challenge. The event was held on the NPL Sports ground facility in Teddington.
More than 50 Schools from across the borough and from further afield (including Spain) all... competed to design three water/air pressure rockets and a launching mechanism. Points were awarded for time of flight and for landing in three designated zones.


The pupils had worked hard over the last 6 weeks designing and testing their prototype rockets. On the day, all three HCH rockets successfully launched in the rain, and our team came within a very respectable margin of the winning scores. The precision of the launches was spot on, but a few high cross winds just moved the team out of highest scoring range by a couple of metres.

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China Trip 2019

Pupils from the Middle and Upper Years set off from Heathrow at 5am for ‘a trip of a lifetime’ to China. Their itinerary was to spend 10 days exploring different cities, cultures and sites of historical importance, the activities and interactions along the way enabled the pupils to put their Mandarin...

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Y9 and Y10 trip to Damien Hirst’s workshop and studios

Our Y9 and Y10 students were offered an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to see inside the inner-workings of one the most famous living artists in the world. We were welcomed by Damien himself at his Gloucestershire studio. He also took us to his foundry to see the construction of some monumental... bronzes. The group were invited into Damien’s beautiful home for lunch and to see his personal collection of art. The icing on the cake was the chance to create spin paintings of our own on purpose-built spinning machines. A huge thank you from all of us for extending such a warm welcome and allowing us such incredible insight into the processes that are involved in creating this fantastically varied body of work.

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