Our Nursery and Reception children are having a great ‘Pirate Day’ today, to consolidate a fantastic term of learning so far. They were last seen (or is that heard?) yo ho ho-ing their way into the Headmaster’s Study, as part of their treasure hunt around the school!
We are very proud to announce that, after months in the planning, Perrott Hill is going be featured in a new two-part news-style programme, as part of an impressive and exciting collaboration between IAPS (the Independent Association of Prep Schools) and ITN Productions. Showcasing the very best of what prep schools have to offer, the programme will feature a handful of schools across the country – looking at things like curriculum innovation and extra-curricular activities – and will be launched at the IAPS Annual Conference later this year. We were all delighted to welcome the film crew this week and are proud to be flying the flag for small, country prep schools and excellence in education.
Very well done to our Year 7 pupils, who all contributed to an exciting balloon debate as part of this year’s Year 7 Public Speaking Competition. The six finalists battled it out on Friday in front of an audience of peers, parents and our guest judge, Mr Tiley from Beaudesert Park School, with Fred’s persuasive speech as Alexander Fleming being crowned the winner. In second place was Erica as Joseph Montgolfier (inventor of the hot air balloon – an inspired choice!) and in joint third were Annabel, as Hans Wallsten, and Ashtyn, as Emmeline Pankhurst. Well done, too, to Brandon (Edward Jenner) and Mateo (Nelson Mandela), to the presenters Harry, Luis and Tommy and to all of Year 7 for composing and delivering some superbly written speeches. The biggest thanks to our brilliant Head of English, Mrs Byrne, and to the man who had the hardest job of all – the judge, Mr Tiley.
Congratulations to George, Ollie, Ronnie, Henry and Toby who have all been selected to take part in Somerset County Cricket Club’s ‘Player Pathway’. All are training over the off season in their respective age groups and play their club cricket for North Perrott Cricket Club. Well done, boys.
Rachael Honeyball, who along with her husband Anthony trains at Potwell Farm near Mosterton, gave a fascinating insight into how to make a racehorse recently. This included a behind-the-scenes look at preparing horses on the gallops and tending to their needs – and the children loved trying on the jockey silks and having a go on exercise horse! Many thanks, Rachael, and good luck to you and all at Anthony Honeyball Racing for the forthcoming meets.
Congratulations to Nia, Sebastian and Kevin on their scholarship success. Nia has been awarded a Sport Scholarship and Kevin a Headmaster’s Award to Taunton School, while Sebastian has been awarded a Music Scholarship to King’s Bruton. Well done to you all and thoroughly deserved. The trio join Harry, who has been awarded a Sport Scholarship to Blundell’s School, Ronnie, who has been awarded a Sport Scholarship to King’s Bruton, and Lucy and Sophie, who have been awarded Sports Exhibitions to King’s Bruton. Good luck to those pupils who are yet to hear about or sit their scholarship exams – exciting times ahead!
Photographer Giles Edwards gave a fascinating talk about his career to Years 7 and 8 recently. Inspired as a child by the work of war photo journalist Don McCullin, he spoke passionately about his approach and what makes a good photograph. He showed a selection of his landscape and street photographs and urged the children to experiment with their cameras and explore the range of settings they have at their disposal. We are pleased to announce that Giles will be judging our Spring photography competition at the end of term.
Many congratulations to our Year 5s for their maiden performance in last week’s Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition in Ilminster. The children did themselves proud either chairing, speaking or proposing a range of topical subjects including pollution, endangered animals and fossil fuels. Well done, team.
Come and see what all the fuss is about at our termly Open Morning, taking place this Friday from 9.30am. The fires will be lit, the coffee will be brewing and we’re all looking forward to showing off our brilliant school. Booking is essential; please call 01460 72051 or email email@example.com to register your interest.
We are extremely proud to introduce our Head Boy, Anton, Head Girl, Lucy, and Prefects for this term. The team are fixed up and looking sharp ahead of their Prefects’ Tea in the Headmaster’s Study this week – and will be out in force representing the school on Friday’s Open Morning. We wish them all the best of luck as they lead the school by example this term; our younger pupils are lucky to have such wonderful role models to look up to.