Year 5 took part in the annual French sandwich making competition last week, following a recipe with instructions en français to create their masterpieces. Well done to Tilly for her winning sandwich (very neat triangles and creatively stacked!), and to runners up Alice, Henry, Rose K and Ruby for their efforts. Très bonne application et compréhension du vocabulaire, Madame Brooks était très impressionnée!
The dorms were decked with holly on Saturday for our Christmas activity weekend, complete with handmade advent calendars, games in the Sports Hall and hot chocolate with a Christmas film. Big thanks to Miss Myott, Mr Edgar, Miss Hand, Mr Percival, Mr Whalley and Miss Gibson for such a brilliant weekend of fun, along with Head Chef Ray for the delicious festive feast.
We are delighted to announce a new scholarship structure at Perrott Hill, with 9+ and 11+ scholarships now available. The scholarships are open to children currently in Years 4 and 6, who demonstrate significant potential in one or more areas of school life. Scholarship day is on Friday 7th February 2020 and the following categories are available: Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Sport and All Rounder. Interested applicants should request an information pack from our admissions department, by calling 01460 72051 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Spring Term Open Morning takes place two weeks before Scholarship Day, on Friday 24th January 2020, and we would encourage interested families to come along.
Well done to our U11 and U13s, who played some great rugby at the Bryanston Sevens tournament this week. “The opening clashes saw Perrott play some lovely sevens, drawing the opposition from side to side and exploiting the gaps,” says Director of Sport, Mr Sheldon. “With so few players on the pitch though, it is vital to have the ball and work spaces. The tournament provided a great opportunity for the boys to learn about playing sevens rugby, which will lead them into next term.” Special mention to Perrott player of the match, Anton, for his strong tackling and good exploitation of space – and many thanks to all at Bryanston for a top day of rugby.
Many thanks to all at King’s College, Taunton for an incredible Prep School Strings Day this week. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed getting into the festive spirit alongside The Downs Preparatory School, Exeter Cathedral School and King’s Hall School – and the music they all produced together was nothing short of remarkable. Well done, everyone.
The Grundy Hall played host to an incredible art scholars’ workshop with former Perrott parent and photographer extraordinaire, Deborah Johnson, last weekend. Following some lighting demonstrations covering quality of light and lighting patterns, the group discussed why and when they would use different lighting and then recreated a set up from a Rembrandt painting. Pupils also tried their hand at using a DSLR camera to take photographs of each other and Perrott Hill staff, with impressive results. Bravo, everyone.
We were honoured to welcome John Grundy, son of our founding Headmaster, back to school last week. John rolled back the years in his lecture for Years 2-8 as he described growing up in the early days of Perrott Hill. With the help of cine footage and a sequence of photographs he traced the history of the North Perrott Manor and its transformation into a school in 1946. The children were spellbound as he reminisced about a place that clearly holds a very special place in his heart. Thank you, John.
Last Friday saw an excellent Year 8 debate on whether prisons should place punishment before rehabilitation. A lively exchange of views resulted in a hard earned win for the opposition. Congratulations to Oliver, Nia and Luke who proposed the motion and to Jemima, Sebastian and Ronnie, their opposers. Our thanks to Sam who chaired the debate with aplomb and to his faithful timekeeper, Kevin. What a team! Very well done to you all.
Year 3 are studying ancient Egyptians in history this term and visited The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester last week for some hands-on learning. As well as looking at the life of Tutankhamun and seeing many replica artefacts belonging to him, the children learned about archaeologist Howard Carter, Lord Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn, and the discovery of the intact tomb in 1922. Thanks to Ms Bresland, Mr Percival and Miss Gibson, along with all the staff at the exhibition, for a fascinating day of history.
It was a pleasure to host our friends from surrounding primary schools Ash, All Saints in Montacute, Chilthorne Domer, East Coker and Preston this morning for our annual Year 6 Mock Trial competition. Although Perrott Hill’s prosecution team did not manage to secure the conviction of Lee Smedley, a suspected fly tipper, they won the competition by virtue of a very strong team performance: not only was the group awarded top marks, but Harry won the individual court artist award, too. Many thanks to Mr Silk, Victoria Pearson and the adjudicating magistrates, Lindsay Wilson, Susanna Hanson and Mary Ellis, who paid tribute to the performance of all the teams; and the biggest well done to our wonderful Year 6s, whose hard work in the run up well and truly paid off.