Photographer Giles Edwards gave a fascinating talk about his career to Years 7 and 8 recently. Inspired as a child by the work of war photo journalist Don McCullin, he spoke passionately about his approach and what makes a good photograph. He showed a selection of his landscape and street photographs and urged the children to experiment with their cameras and explore the range of settings they have at their disposal. We are pleased to announce that Giles will be judging our Spring photography competition at the end of term.
Many congratulations to our Year 5s for their maiden performance in last week’s Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition in Ilminster. The children did themselves proud either chairing, speaking or proposing a range of topical subjects including pollution, endangered animals and fossil fuels. Well done, team.
Come and see what all the fuss is about at our termly Open Morning, taking place this Friday from 9.30am. The fires will be lit, the coffee will be brewing and we’re all looking forward to showing off our brilliant school. Booking is essential; please call 01460 72051 or email email@example.com to register your interest.
We are extremely proud to introduce our Head Boy, Anton, Head Girl, Lucy, and Prefects for this term. The team are fixed up and looking sharp ahead of their Prefects’ Tea in the Headmaster’s Study this week – and will be out in force representing the school on Friday’s Open Morning. We wish them all the best of luck as they lead the school by example this term; our younger pupils are lucky to have such wonderful role models to look up to.
Mrs Palmer hosted the second series of ceramics workshops for Years 3-8 over the Christmas holidays, with the children learning new techniques such as pinching, coiling and extruding, before firing in the kiln. Their work is now proudly on display in the Grundy Hall, including Katya’s folk-inspired wall hanging and Levi’s experimental glazing using coloured slips. Many thanks to Mrs Palmer and to our amazing Friends of Perrott Hill, whose hard work last year enabled the art department to buy the kiln. This term’s double ceramics session as part of our extra-curricular programme is packed out, so it was money well spent!
Ahoy, me hearties! Our EYFS children are following the theme of pirates in their curriculum work this term, with lots of treasure to dig for and language to learn. The classrooms even have their own pirate ships… Thanks to our amazing Pre-Prep staff for the inspiration. If you’d like to come and see for yourself what makes our Pre-Prep so special, please book into one of our Open Mornings, which take place in January, May and October.
During the holidays, we welcomed some OPHs back to school for a game of football, followed by a meal at The Winyard’s Gap. Between them, they now attend Harrow, Radley, King’s Bruton, Queen’s College Taunton, Marlborough and Millfield – but this is where it all started! It was great to have you back, boys.
The excitement has been well and truly in the air this week and what a treat to hear so many tales of Christmas magic! The Headmaster’s assembly on Monday morning was all about New Year’s resolutions, with Mr McCullough putting forward the following suggestions: smile at someone, listen to someone, sit next to someone you don’t usually sit next to at lunch and play with someone different at break time. It’s been heartwarming to see the children putting these positive messages to good use already… Welcome back, everyone.
Prize Giving at Perrott Hill is always a triumphant occasion and this year’s ceremonies (Pre-Prep on Friday and Prep on Saturday) were fit to bursting with achievement and success. Congratulations to the prize winners and to all our pupils for the progress they have shown this term, both individually and as teams. The celebrations ended in style on Saturday with a magical Service of Carols and Readings at St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne. Well done to our readers, singers and musicians (including the incredible staff and parent choir!) and thank you to our Director of Music, Mr Shortman, and Reverend Jonathan Morris – it really was a jubilant and uplifting service. Finally, a special thank you to our Headmaster, Mr McCullough, and to all our staff for yet another busy and buzzy term. Merry Christmas, everyone!
This year’s Christmas Show was a cracker, with everything from Strictly Come Prancing to Harry and Kai’s hilarious newsreader sketch. We’re still laughing! It was a real treat to see so many OPHs in the audience (shout out to Rafe for helping with the photography) and well done to all the children and staff who took part, especially to our wonderful compères Jemima, Amelia and Seb. Finally, huge thanks to the legend that is Mr Coverdale for not only organising the event, but supporting and encouraging the children to take part. Proud to be Perrott.