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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.