Our boarders have been enjoying a range of different activities this week, as part of the new Golden Hour in boarding between 6.30pm and 7.30pm each day. Activities to choose from include cricket nets, hockey, mixed netball, board games, retro gaming, music practice, arts and craft – and more! A great addition to our already brilliant provision in the boarding houses.
Years 3 to 8 experienced an incredible WW1 day at Hooke Court recently, where they took part in drills and marches, got stuck into trench repairs and handled artefacts, before coming together for a final Act of Remembrance. What a powerful and insightful day, in the run up to the centenary of the Armistice. Our sincere thanks to everyone at Hooke Court, along with our Head of History, Mr Finch. Lest we forget.
The debating season got underway this month with a rousing Year 8 debate: This House believes violent video games should be banned. Great arguments put forward by all and some spirited questioning from the floor! Well done to all our speakers.
Our orchestra have been in full swing this week, rehearsing the Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks by G F Handel ahead of their performance at this year’s Friends of Perrott Hill Fireworks and Bonfire Night. We can’t wait!
Our first Pre-Prep Apple Day earlier this month was a huge success, thanks to the wonderful Adrian and Gracie Cooper from local conservation charity Common Ground, along with our amazing Pre-Prep staff. As well as learning about the life cycle of an apple, making apple juice and baking apple cakes, our children also got to make bird food, do apple printing and take part in various apple games. Many thanks to all for such an enjoyable and informative morning.
We are thrilled to announce that Perrott Hill has been shortlisted for Prep School of the Year at the Independent Schools Awards, in association with Independent School Parent. What a testament to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes here to provide such a stimulating, varied and all-round education for our children. The winner will be announced in December – watch this space!
We are over the moon to read yet another glowing write-up of Perrott Hill, this time in the Angels & Urchins Schools Guide. It reads: “We have rarely come across a school so lavished with praise by its parents as Perrott Hill. The pupils love it. We failed miserably to find fault either. The family atmosphere is the real deal; fizzy dedicated staff and terrific teaching. A small school, everyone gets involved in sport. Children wear manners as well-worn clothes and not strait-jackets.” Proud to be Perrott!
Last Friday saw a wide range of volunteer work take place as part of our Community Action Morning. The children spent their morning lending a hand at St Michael’s church yard in Haselbury Plucknett, the community orchard, North Perrott Cricket Club and a care home in Yeovil. The stiles on North Perrott’s Parish Council’s footpaths also received some welcome attention as did the Victorian stairs leading to our woods. The Charity Fund Raising morning was hugely enjoyable and raised a whopping £404.63 for Help for Heroes! Particular thanks go to all those parents who donated toys for the Year 6 Toy stall – the combined Year 6 stalls alone raised over £65.00!
This week, we welcomed staff from schools across the South West to our first two-day Mental Health First Aid England training course. The course, led by our Head of Learning Support and Mental Health instructor, Lucy Silk, alongside fellow MHFA instructor, Debbie Spens, aims to raise understanding and awareness of a range of mental health issues in schools – and is especially timely ahead of World Mental Health Day next week. As our children wrote on a school-wide piece of artwork to raise mental health awareness earlier this year, ‘we are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece’ – and we are proud to be flying this important flag.
Huge congratulations to Lucy, Poppy and Henry, who qualified for the NSEA Grass Roots Regional Final at Leweston this weekend. Great work, Team Perrott – and what a fantastic achievement. Bring on the finals!