Pupils gathered around their instruments at home last night for another brilliant informal concert on Teams. From Xanthe on the piano to Alice on the cello (and with trumpets, flutes, guitars and singing in between), this week’s Pupils’ Party Pieces was another fine celebration of music making at Perrott Hill. One particularly special arrangement was ‘Forest’ by siblings Lily in Year 7 and Luca in Year 4, which formed part of a ’16 squares’ art project by Lily. Luca then responded to the visuals by improvising his own musical arrangement at the end. Both Mrs Palmer and Mr Shortman – and all the pupils attending last night – were mightily impressed. Very well done to you both and to all the pupils who took part last night.
On the Friday before half term, we took part in a Perrott Hill ‘Dress to Express’ day, complete with fun activities and a lecture from best-selling author, Boris Starling, in the afternoon. From ski wear and pyjamas to full on fancy dress, we are pleased and proud to see our pupils getting stuck in with such a hefty dose of creativity and fun. Needless to say, we are incredibly proud of all our pupils, parents and staff for rising to the challenge of remote learning with such resilience this term; you all deserve a medal. Fingers crossed for some good news later today!
Welcome back, everyone! We are delighted to kick the second half of term off with some more scholarship news. Congratulations to Beau, who has been awarded a Sport Scholarship to Bryanston. A fantastic achievement Beau; very well done.
Year 1 pupils know how to party! These photographs are taken from the Year 1 Superheroes Dress Up Day last week. After a busy week of learning, the children had been reading Zog by Julia Donaldson and discussing which superhero powers they’d choose (flying was high on the agenda, as was creating sweets out of thin air). They then designed their own superhero outfits and put their skills to the test! Great fun and what a brilliantly super bunch you are.
To raise awareness of Safer Internet Day, pupils in Years 5, 6 and 7 have been busy producing their own posters and videos to share with the rest of the school. During Rest yesterday, Mr Andrews hosted a Kahoot! quiz designed by Henry and Ruby, while Oliver and Harry collaborated on a short video about internet safety and Caspian designed his own poster – bravo to you all!
The results are in! Congratulations to our entire school community for getting behind last week’s Prep School Strava Challenge with such trademark spirit; the final standings put us in 1st place with an incredible 37.5km per person average, followed by All Hallows with 30.24km and King’s Hall with 26.19km. Special mention to the Adams, Walsh and Wareham families for their impressive distances – and to Ms Williams for well over seven hours on her bike. Huge thanks to Mr Lewis and all at King’s College Taunton for leading the event, and to our friends at All Hallows and King’s Hall for bringing some fun and excitement to the week. We can’t wait to see you all soon.
Our informal concerts (aka Pupils’ Party Pieces) have been continuing remotely during lockdown, with Mr Shortman likening them to being sat around the piano at home, enjoying each other’s music. From Hugo’s rendition of Rigadoon on the flute to Grace’s incredible performance of Satisfied from Hamilton, it was great to see such talent, enthusiasm and camaraderie between pupils on Wednesday evening. These weekly concerts are open to any pupil in Years 3-8 who wants to perform but be quick – next week’s is booked up already!
Many thanks to old Radleian, Ben Robinson, who delivered a fascinating lecture to Years 3-8 last week about his expedition along the length of Africa from Morocco to Cape Town. Ben, an engineering graduate, covered over 50,000 kilometres in a journey that spanned no fewer than eighteen countries. Thanks, Ben, for an engaging and insightful talk!
Monday saw the launch of this week’s Inter-Prep School Fixture on Strava. Run by King’s College Taunton, the idea is to bring together the prep school sporting communities at Perrott Hill, King’s Hall and All Hallows – and it’s open to all staff, pupils and parents. All Hallows have taken an early lead averaging 8.22km per participant, we are marginally behind on 8.1km and King’s Hall are on 7.1km average. It’s all to play for though and we’re looking forward to getting some more miles on the clock!
Royalists can sleep a little easier in their beds following the outcome of last week’s inaugural virtual debate. Tommy, Florence and Fred’s proposition that the monarchy be abolished was narrowly defeated by their opponents Grace, Tin and Ben in a hotly contested debate. Many congratulations to our speakers who all spoke fluently and persuasively and to chairman George who did an excellent job of keeping the proceedings on track. Last, but by no means least, a big thank you to Mrs Byrne who helped the children prepare their speeches.