Sailing at Portland

Petty Officer Silk and Able Seaman Shortman took a group of sailors to Portland on Sunday – and what a great day they had! Under the watchful eye of instructors from the Andrew Simpson Centres, pupils sailed across Portland harbour, tacking and jibing with the best of them! Well done to all those who took part – and to Harry, George, Beau, Tommy and Tin who took part in the RYA sailing courses at Sutton Bingham Sailing Club over half term.

21st June 2021

Pupils’ Party Pieces

Well done to all those who performed in Pupils’ Party Pieces last Tuesday – it was our first informal concert with a live audience in over a year! Mr Shortman opened the show with the following exerpt from Leslie Parkman’s book, ‘North Perrott Remembered’:
“We had social evenings and song and dance events; these were very popular. North Perrott was never short of talent. Oh no! Everyone rushed to do his party piece. George Gear, the baker, would sing one the latest hits that could otherwise only be heard on a gramophone record if you bought one. His favourite was “Just a rose in a garden of weeds”. My sister Marjorie and George Searle would sing duets. Flossie Matravers, the Womens’ Institute President, would recite “Ben and the butter”. There was Jones the butler at the Manor; he’d sing a song about “Get out and get under”; this was a take-off about cars breaking down which they often did in those days. Really I go on for ages.”
How lovely to think we are continuing a tradition that was alive and kicking in the 1920s!
21st June 2021

Year 3 History

Year 3 have been studying ancient Greece and looking at the Battle of Marathon in history. Last week, they designed their own fearsome shields which resulted in the Battle of Perrott on the Front Terrace! Big thanks to Mr Finch for bringing history to life.

21st June 2021

Shortlist Success

We are excited to share the news that Perrott Hill has been shortlisted in not one but two categories at the AMCIS Impact Awards 2021. AMCIS is the leading association for admissions, marketing and communications in independent schools, with over 500 member schools in the UK, so this is high praise indeed. Fingers crossed for next month!

15th June 2021

School Lecture for Years 5-8

Many thanks to ex-Perrott parent, author and BAFTA award-winning documentary-maker, Stewart Binns, who gave a talk to Years 5-8 before half term on Operation Barbarossa – otherwise known as the largest and most destructive military campaign in human history. It’s a topic he has a wealth of knowledge about, having recently written the book ‘Barbarossa: And the Bloodiest War in History’ – published in April. Stewart was at pains to stress the lessons to be learned from the horrific suffering on the Eastern Front and his talk provoked a host of questions. Many thanks, Stewart, for an informative and insightful lecture.

15th June 2021

75th Anniversary Videos

We’re proud to have launched a series of short videos on our social media channels this term, to showcase the different areas of school in the run up to our 75th anniversary in September. A new video is released every Monday and so far, we’ve covered sport, Pre-Prep, academics, art and boarding – follow us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to see them. Huge thanks to the brilliant Darren at Hatched Studio, who has managed to capture the energy and charm of Perrott Hill so perfectly. Darren also got to hear a sneak preview of the senior choir’s rendition of Duran Duran’s ‘Ordinary World’ which will be opening the Summer Concert in July – it’s a cracker!

15th June 2021

Year 7 Trip to Lulworth Cove

Year 7 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Lulworth Cove on Monday. As well as sketching and annotating Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole, pupils looked at coastal landforms and the resistance of different rocks. After lunch, they walked the coastal path to Durdle Door (in the pouring rain – all part of the fun!), before analysing four types of rock with Mrs Layfield, looking at grain particles and resistance to acid. After a hard day’s work, the team were rewarded with ice creams from Mr Coverdale. Happy half term!

28th May 2021

Raising the Roof

It was a pleasure to welcome our bagpipes teacher, Rob Walker, into school last week for a potted history of the bagpipes to Years 3 and 4. Year 6 pupil, Harry, performed his first piece on the chanter (the stepping stone instrument towards learning to play the full set of pipes), and then Rob lifted the roof of the Music School by serenading us with the pipes – it was fabulous!

25th May 2021

Fun in Nursery

Our Nursery children have been consolidating their topic work on ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’, which is one of the seven areas of learning. They had great fun using bubble wrap to make beehives, and making hanging minibeasts using recycled materials.

25th May 2021

Prep School Sport

Many thanks to our friends at Sherborne Prep and Millfield Prep for a cracking afternoon of cricket in the sunshine on Wednesday! Our 1st team enjoyed a brilliant afternoon at Sherborne – well done to player of the match, Tommy, for his superb batting. We’re looking forward to seeing Queen’s College Taunton this weekend.

21st May 2021