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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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Sports Day 2018

The Middle and Upper Years Sports day was held at the Xcel centre in Walton. With the sun shining bright, the action kicked off with a commanding win from Ryan in year 9 storming to first place in the 100m with a time of 13.28 seconds.

During the 800m, where we saw an impressive performance from Dylan... in Year 9, taking control of the race from the go developing and maintaining a clear lead. In the Year 7 and 8 girls 800m we were treated to a fantastic race in which Hope took a confidant lead to only be over taken by Zoe with 30 m to go.

It was all go on field as well with William B in Year 10 throwing 16.25m in the Javelin. Ana in year 6, known for her sprinting jumped 3.87m. The high jump made its first appearance at a HCH sports day and the performance of the day come from Alexis in Year 9 who cleared 1.35m to win the event.

The afternoon was capped with competitive 4x100m relay for each age group.

Well done to all competitors for a fantastic sporting display. This year’s sports day winning house was Wright.

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Y9 research visit to The London Aquarium

Our Y9 students are working with the charity Bite Back, founded by local hero Graham Buckingham, to produce a film to promote the growing need for shark conservation. Estimates indicate that 73 million sharks are killed every year, many just for their fins.

We had a very productive day at the London... Aquarium, interviewing the public about their perception of sharks, collecting footage and making our own primary source drawings. The highlight of the day was meeting a shark expert, Andre, who shared his love of these awesome apex predators, followed by the amazing sight of the tiger sharks being fed.

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Year 9 Mosaic Project

Inspired by patterns in science and nature, our Year 9 students have spent the last few weeks taking their colour knowledge and applying it in their designs for mosaic motifs.
They took into consideration, not just the refining of their chosen design to suit the limitations of mosaic, but also what colour... combinations could show their motif to it’s best advantage. The final mosaic planters will be placed in the new garden outside our Science block.

This project was funded by our wonderful parents association, the Friends of Hampton Court House.

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Year 9 Survival Weekend

We arrived at Broadstone Warren Campsite and then walked for about twenty minutes with our packs to our area of the site. When we arrived we had to build our own shelter. We divided into two groups and started to build a shelter using sticks and logs from the forest floor after some instructions on how... to do it. Once we finished laying out the sticks and logs we started putting leaves on the roof and then the floor. Four hours later our shelter was completed. After that, we cooked chicken, chorizo and vegetable stew over the main fire and then ate dinner. Once we had eaten dinner we started making our own fire with the help of the instructors since our shelter was partially open to the elements and then settled down for the night. Overnight it snowed!

Before going to sleep we took part in a ‘search and rescue’ session where we learned how to search for objects and people and what to do when we find an injured person. We woke up to a beautiful sky and white ground. In the morning we first started packing our bags and then we started cooking breakfast, some also had to harvest wood from trees to use for the fire.

After eating breakfast we demolished our shelter and made it look like we were never there. Later on we learnt about fire-craft where we were taught the different ways of making fire. We started setting cotton on fire using fire-steel. Then after a lunch of tomato soup and bread we learnt how to use a knife in knifecraft, we made tent pegs using only a piece of wood and learnt different techniques of cutting wood. That was the end of our trip and we had to say goodbye to the forest and walk back to the bus. It was a great weekend with cool instructor and all-in-all an amazing experience.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.

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