Many thanks to Rev Jonathan Morris for leading not one but two Harvest Festivals last week. The Pre-Prep service was held in the beautiful surroundings of St Martin’s Church in North Perrott where the children recited poetry and sang songs, including a superb rendition of ‘Merci Beaucoup pour les Haricots Verts’. Later in the week, the Prep service took place in the Theatre and we were delighted to be joined by so many of our families and friends. Many thanks to the children for their many donations of food which are on their way to the Lord’s Larder in Yeovil.
Very well done to our Year 7 pupils for an excellent debate last week. Following some pertinent and persuasive arguments from both sides, the motion to re-introduce National Service was carried by 27 votes to 18. Bravo, team. After half term we look forward to the Year 8 debate on whether or not prisons should place punishment before rehabilitation.
We are so proud to announce that Perrott Hill was officially crowned Pre-Prep of the Year at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards in London last night. Many thanks to our outstanding staff, our wonderful children and to the judges and everyone at Independent School Parent for recognising the innovative and varied programme we offer. We are over the moon! We were also the only standalone prep school in the entire country to be shortlisted (and then selected as a finalist) for the Marketing Award for Brand Communication. What an honour! It was a pleasure to spend the evening in such esteemed company.
The Perrott Young Farmers paid a visit to Brooksfield Farm in Hardington Mandeville last week, where they saw Poll Dorset sheep and Landrace pigs. Many thanks to the wonderful Harry Brooks for showing the children around, and for being as informative and insightful as usual.
Many thanks to Major Simon Letts, who gave a fascinating lecture on his career as an aeronautical engineer in The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) last week. He spoke passionately about the sheer variety a career in the Armed Forces can offer; a fact borne out by his own experiences keeping Apache helicopters in the air in the heat of an Afghan summer, or Viking amphibious vehicles above the snow line in a Norwegian winter. It was a hugely informative talk; thank you, Simon.
The whole school came together on Friday for a great morning of community action and fundraising for this term’s chosen charity, Support Dogs. It was wonderful to see the children getting stuck into their tasks, from clearing trees and weeding churchyards to helping at the Ham Hill Cider HQ and singing at the West Abbey Care Home in Yeovil. The morning culminated with stalls on the Front Terrace, including the much-loved ‘soak the teacher’. Well done, everyone – it was lovely to see the true spirit of Perrott Hill out in force!
Our Year 8 art scholars immersed themselves in a brilliant printmaking workshop at Canford yesterday. With the help of art teacher and artist extraordinaire, Jay Jones, the pupils used a variety of techniques and materials to etch and then print their own plates on the theme of ‘wildlife.’ It was a hugely informative and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon – and we hear the brownies were pretty special, too! Many thanks to all the staff and pupils involved.
We are delighted to reveal that Perrott Hill has been named a finalist in both our categories (Pre-Prep of the Year and the Brand Communications Award) at the Independent Schools of the Year Awards with Independent School Parent. What a testament to our talented staff! We are looking forward to attending the ceremony and finding out the winners on Monday 7th October. Watch this space.
The Year 7 girls took over the top floor for their ‘Loft Night’ last Friday and had a blast with bubbling blueberry facemasks, hand massages and popcorn, courtesy of Mrs Layfield and Miss Hand. This week also marked the return of the much-loved talent night, with lots of singing, dancing and laughter in the Lower Den! Many thanks to our brilliant boarding staff for yet another great week in the dorms.
Our choristers enjoyed a fantastic trip to Milton Abbey on Monday for a Choral Workshop and Concert alongside five other choirs. The children worked together on excerpts from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, finishing with a wonderful performance in the abbey to an audience of parents and friends. Our biggest thanks to Milton Abbey’s Director of Music, Nikki Budd, and to everyone we met for giving us such a warm welcome and an inspirational day.