Our Year 3 play, Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’, was a storming success on Friday with great performances across the board. Well done to our fantastic pupils and to our Head of Drama and Year 3 teacher, Mrs Shaun.
We were delighted to welcome Feltonfleet School to Perrott Hill last week for a fantastic two days of rugby, hockey and the inaugural running of The Haddock Cup to celebrate the strong bond between our two schools. In 1940, during the Second World War, Feltonfleet School was evacuated to North Perrott Manor, where they stayed for the duration of the war – returning from Somerset to Surrey in early 1945 (with one of the Feltonfleet staff, Bill Grundy, staying at the manor and Perrott Hill Prep School was formed). One of the Feltonfleet pupils was John Haddock, a distinguished cross country runner who remains very much part of the Perrott Hill family, and we are delighted that he has given his name to the Cup which will be contested by the two schools each year. It seemed very fitting that we stood in silence alongside our friends at Feltonfleet on Remembrance Day to honour those who gave their lives in the First World War.A big thank you to our Director of Sport, Simon Sheldon, for organising – we look forward to visiting Feltonfleet next year.
Years 3-8 had their Remembrance Service in St Martin’s Church in North Perrott yesterday, with former parent Commodore Nick Tindal RN, the Commanding Officer at RNAS Yeovilton, giving the address. Thank you Nick, it was a wonderful service. Our Pre-Prep service took place at the same time in the Grundy Hall, to the backdrop of the children’s fantastic poppy artwork.
A big thank you to Louis Corbin, Assistant Hockey Pro at King’s Bruton, and Kirsty Hoskins, Bath Buccs Ladies 1st XI, also a Hockey coach at King’s Bruton, for some excellent hockey coaching with our U12s and U11s this week. Louis worked with the U12 IAPS squad in preparation for the IAPS finals in Ipswich on 24 November – they looked at creating goal scoring opportunities in tight, hotly contested areas like the D. Kirsty came on a very wet day and helped the year 3 and 4s look at finding space to pass into and coached the U11s and U12s squads as well. Our thanks to you both, and to King’s Bruton for providing two great coaches.
Our Year 2s played their first hockey matches today alongside Sherborne Prep, with some excellent teamwork displayed by all. Well done Year 2s, we are so proud of you!
The judging for our annual pumpkin carving competition took place this morning – and what a difficult job it was, with so many incredible entries! We are delighted to announce that the winning pumpkin is Gengar by Tommy in Year 5. Well done Tommy, and well done to everyone who entered. A brilliant display of hard work and creativity.
A chilly but happy return to school for our pupils this morning, who are already looking forward to some Tinker Lab fun at morning break! The Tinker Lab is a newly opened area as part of our new Science Suite, where children can come and tinker with technology during morning and afternoon breaks. Projects range from taking apart old technology and seeing how things work to getting hands on experience with the latest technologies, such as 3D printing, robotics and drones. The team from Tatler visited Perrott Hill earlier this year for their annual Tatler Schools Guide and said: “We love the sound of the new ‘tinker lab’, where the inquisitive have free rein.” We couldn’t have put it better our ourselves!
Pupils in Years 3-8 recently enjoyed an inspiring and insightful visit from the Westcountry Rivers Trust, with Farm Advisor Yog Watkins talking about all the great work they do. As a follow up, the Axe Valley River Association will be loaning us a tank of salmon parr in December/January to rear for their release programme. Exciting times – and thank you Yog!
The Perrott Hill cricket academy is very proud to be sending eight boys from the prep to the Somerset County trials during half term. A big thank you to our superb coaches, freelance cricket coach Rich Askew and our Graduate Residential Assistant George Agius, who has just come back from representing Malta in the T20 tournament. Well done boys, and good luck!
Our Pre-Prep and Prep pupils enjoyed a fantastic Harvest Festival at St Martin’s Church in North Perrott yesterday, and were suitably armed with goods to donate to the Lord’s Larder in Yeovil, Somerset. Our 42 strong choir were on particularly fine form and their rendition of Rutter’s ‘Look at the World’ was magical (as was our Head Chef Ray’s wondrous Harvest Loaf). Well done to all the children, and a big thank you to Rev J Morris.