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HCH Maths Advent Calendar 2019

It is the season to be jolly and you have reason to be even more jolly as the HCH maths advent calendar is back!
Children from Reception Class to Year 13 are being given a different maths class each day to discuss and explore with their parents. For each correct entry a child’s name is entered into... a prize draw which will take place on the last day of the term


The maths department wishes everyone a harmonious, calm and jolly lead up to Christmas.

Examples of tasks:
Reception and Lower Years:
Find something in your kitchen that weighs less than 400 grams.

Ideas for parents (choose the appropriate level for your child):
– explain that we use grams and kilograms as units
– explain 1000g = 1kg and ask what they could use to weigh an ant, a dog, a pig…..
– let them estimate the weight of various items and then weigh them
– have a discussion about Santa’s weight
( any observations from exploring this topic are welcome on the answer sheet)

Middle/Upper Years and Sixth Form:
Sue is orienteering. She goes 1 km North, then 2 km East, then 3 km South, then 4 km West. In what direction must she go to return to the start?

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Middle and Upper Years students achieve excellent results in Oxford Univeristy Bebras competition

In the second week of November, Middle and Upper Years pupils took part in the Bebras Competition, a computational thinking challenge, devised by Oxford University for school-age children across the UK. Six students from Hampton Court House took part in the challenge and all of them scored above the... national average.


The following three students achieved a score placing them in the top 10% of the country:
Cameron in Year 9 in the competition for the 12-14 age group; 130 000 students participated across the country.
Jack and JT in year 7 were in the category for 10-12 year olds with 80,000 students participating from across the country. Jack also achieved the best result in the school.
The top achieving students will be invited to attend final rounds and the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge in the new year. Congratulations to all our students who took part.
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Big Draw Festival 2019

We have been absolutely thrilled with the outpouring of creativity that this year’s Big Draw Festival has inspired in our students and staff. We challenged every member of our school community to produce a self portrait that would express facets of their characters and give insight in to their inner... worlds.


The variety of approaches and techniques has produced a rich visual tapestry of the interests, emotions and the expressiveness of the participants. From delicately observed pencil sketches to bold and colourful ink studies to unexpected interpretations of the self.

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Times Tables Challenge 2019

Time flies when one is learning a lot and we have almost reached half term. Which means the annual HCH Times Tables Challenge got under way.
The first semi-final on Monday had Year 4 up to Year 8 very close together, with Year 5 being in the first spot. Tuesday saw the older year groups battling to get... into the final and Years 10, 11 and the Sixth From left Year 5 in the forth spot, just missing out on a pace in the final.


This meant that for the first time in the history of this event did the three oldest year groups make it into the final.
And what a final it was!
Especially the younger children were impressed by the speed and you had to be there to believe the excitement times tables can elicit.
In the end it came down to the final points and the Sixth Form won by a small margin, with Year 11 in second place and Year 10 carrying home the bronze medals.

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GCSE and A level students visit Swanage

Our hardy students braved the relentless rain and wind to capture some highly creative images of the stunning Dorset coast. The photographers experimented with Neutral Density Filters to capture long exposures of the dramatic stormy waves as they crashed against the shore. Meanwhile the artists work... quickly and decisively as they battled against the elements to interpret the landscape in watercolours, inks and graphite. A memorable and productive weekend despite the terrible weather!


The GCSE and A-level geographers had a fun and productive weekend preparing materials for their courses and engaging with a range of natural processes and landforms. Studying alongside natural wonders including Durdle Door arch and Lulworth Cove helped bring these elements of the curriculum to life and the students showed wonderful resilience, despite the weather, to collect a range of useful data and information.

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Year 7-12 Activities day trip to Chinese cooking lesson

26 students went to a Chinese restaurant in Thames Ditton to learn how to make spring rolls and dumplings. The rolling was strangely relaxing and a huge number of dumplings and spring rolls were made. We then got to eat our food along with some fried rice. It was a really sociable way to learn to cook. We stopped on the way back at a Chinese supermarket to enable students to buy ingredients so that they could hone their newfound skills.

Year 9 trip to New Scientist Live Exhibition

Year 9 thoroughly enhoyed their day out at the New Scientist Live Exhibition on Thursday. They listened to talks from specialists in engineering, human sciences, technology and the cosmos as well as Tim Peakes and Konni Huq. The students particularly enjoyed hearing about the life cycle, and adaptations and behaviour of some unusual parasites on the Earth Science Stage.