Years 3-6 enjoyed an amazing Christmas activity weekend on Saturday and Sunday, complete with a festive feast, a present hunt around the school and a surprise appearance from… Mr Penguin! The biggest thanks to our Christmas elves who brought the fun and laughter by the bucketload and to the senior boarders who were on hand to help look after the younger ones. Now that’s what we call an activity weekend!
Years 3-5 met in the Loft last week for Book Club with Mr Silk and Mrs Byrne. Under the microscope this time was ‘Beetle Boy’ by M. G. Leonard, a funny and poignant story about Darkus Cuttle, a young boy who is forced to move in with his eccentric uncle after his father goes missing from the Natural History Museum. Pupils enjoyed lively conversations about characterisation and friendships with nature, amongst other things, and are now getting stuck into book two!
Hats off to our Pre-Prep children who sparkled in this year’s nativity, ‘The Late Angel’. Let’s just say what they lacked in live audience members they more than made up for in enthusiasm and excitement, with some stellar performances throughout! Very well done to the children (who loved attending their very own premiere this afternoon) and to all the Pre-Prep staff who have worked tirelessly with the children in order to make this year’s performance one for them to remember. Three cheers for the show’s director, Mr Edgar, and special thanks to Mr Shortman and to cameraman/editor extraordinaire, Mr Andrews. What a superb team effort; well done, everyone.
The boys’ results are in and we are delighted to share even more great news from this week’s Virtual Cross Country Competition hosted by Leweston. Not only did Florence win 1st place overall in the junior girls’ category, but Fred and Harry took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the junior boys, taking their team performance alongside Otis and Toby to 2nd overall. What an exceptional achievement – the top three times overall from Perrott Hillians! We are especially proud of the teamwork and camaraderie on display. Very well done to you all.
Many thanks to Perrott parent, Mr Dan Keeping, who gave an intriguing insight into what it takes to become a pilot, as part of our programme of careers talks for senior pupils. From nimble Sea Harriers to hulking Boeing 747s, the former Naval Officer turned Cathay Pacific Captain took the children on a supersonic tour of his thirty year career in military and civil aviation. Thank you, Dan.
Congratulations to Ashtyn, Annabel, Florence and Lily, who came 1st out of 19 teams at this week’s Virtual Cross Country Competition hosted by Leweston – and Florence was the fastest girl overall, running 2.4k in 09:04mins. Incredible! Very well done to all our senior pupils who took part and many thanks to Leweston for a great event.
The Perrott Hill Scholarship Day is coming up on Friday 5th February and interested families are advised to contact our Admissions Registrar, Camilla, for an information pack. We offer 9+ and 11+ scholarships in a range of disciples (academic, art, drama, music, sport and all rounder) and all children who are currently in Year 4 and Year 6 (going into Year 5 and Year 7 in September) are eligible for entry. We especially welcome applications from those children who are finishing their education at local first schools as well as those looking to go on to independent senior schools at 13+. You can contact Camilla on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01460 72051.
Year 7 and 8 girls enjoyed a brilliant session of drama with Mr Silk on Friday, as part of golden hour in boarding. Each group was given a prop and the sound effect of their choice, with some stellar performances on show… Up in the Loft, the girls enjoyed a spot of pampering with Mrs Layfield and Miss Hand, before settling down to watch The Grinch. Fun, friends and a Christmas film – the perfect Friday night! Thanks to all involved.
Congratulations to Middle Prep pupils, Evie and Samuel, who were awarded Best in School and Runner Up at the recent Mary Fedden Virtual Art Exhibition, hosted by Badminton School. This year’s theme was ‘wonder and wonderment’ and the judges said of Perrott Hill’s entries: “What was striking was the ambitious size of the pieces of work – every piece A2 in size which is remarkable. Evie’s painting of a cat leaping in the air captures a wonderful freeze-frame moment and is a really confidently executed piece of work, while the complementary oranges and blues in Sam’s work create an eye-catching piece.” Very well done to you both and to all the pupils who took part.
Our Pre-Prep children have been cooking up a storm with Miss Catharine in her ever-popular ‘Round the World’ Cookery Club. This week, the children made an Indian dish, Goan prawn curry with basmati rice and chapatis, which we hear tasted every bit as good as it smelled! In First Aid Club, the children are now able to put a person into the recovery position and assist someone who’s choking. Meanwhile, the children are having great fun in Sports Club. This week, Miss Hand ran a football game with a dancing warm up and our tennis players have been working on racquet control and volleying at the net with coach, Richard Douglas.