The Hall Football Festival 2018
A beautiful Autumn sun shone at Wilf Slack on Saturday – perfect weather for the U9 and U10 Festival of Football. There were some excellent football skills and teamsmanship on show throughout the morning and Mr Macfarlane was delighted that so many teams attended, from a range of schools and communities incuding The Hall’s partnership organisation The Winch. Thank you to all the parents who came to support their sons and many congratulations to everyone who participated.
French Exchange Trip
Year 8 boys finally met up with their correspondants at the College Henri Matisse in Linselles, near Lille, after regular email contact and sending traditional letters to pupils there since Year 7 . To break the ice, several activities were centred in the College, including some fairly competitive badminton sessions, before the group ventured further afield … including taking a little voyage à travers Ghent en bateau. Following this period spent with host families in October, Hall families are looking forward to welcoming their ‘correspondants’ for a similar period in December and showing them the delights of London.
Blue House Bake Sale
A huge amount of sugar was consumed in the MS and SS’s efforts to raise money for St John’s Hospice last week… well done Blue House for all that baking!
Prep4Sport U11 Tournament at St George’s Park
A palpable sense of excitement was in the air as The Hall’s U11 team arrived at St. George’s Park, the FA’s national football centre on Friday 5th October, for the first day of the Prep4Sport tournament. Hardly believing their luck in stepping out onto such ‘hallowed turf,’ the U11 team completed a warm up before the first match against Westminster Under School…. Some excited football ensued, leading to a valuable win against this challenging side, followed by an impressive performance against the technically strong team from Fulham Prep. Two wins from two games – could the Hall’s performance remain this high on empty stomachs? After an energising dinner, the team prepared to face a local derby against Arnold House – equalising with the last kick of the game meant that The Hall ended Day 1 as group winners.
Following a comfortable night at The Hilton, no less, the U11s prepared for the semi-final on Day 2 of the Championship. The first semi final match against Falcon Prep was nailbiting, ending in a 1-1 draw and therefore going to penalties in which The Hall managed to edge it 4-3! It soon became clear that The Hall was going to be facing their old adversaries Arnold House in the final. An amazing corner goal enabled The Hall to take the lead and in the second half the boys managed another, seeing out an impressive 2-0 win. There were some very happy Hall boys on the coach back to Hampstead that night – Prep4Sport Champions 2018!
The Cooper Reading Competition 2018
Mr Dobson, Head of the Junior School, had the unenviable task of adjudicating at last week’s Cooper Reading Competition. In the first round of the competition, all boys from Year 4 to Year 8 had prepared a passage for reading aloud from a range of literature to their classmates, who then voted a winner from each class into the Finals. Mr Dobbin, Head of English, was delighted to see that such a range of books are being devoured by the boys! Parents in the audience were treated to pieces ranging from Awful Auntie by David Walliams to For the King by Ronals Welsh, from The Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson to Kafka on the Shore by Haraki Murakami and from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart to This is going to Hurt by Adam Kay. The Cooper Reading Junior Cup was awarded to Shiv Ahluwalia and the Senior Cup to Toby Gordon Clark.
Inaugural Concert of The Hall’s new Yamaha Grand Piano
On Thursday 4th October the Cooper Hall saw an exciting programme of piano music thundered, whispered and stroked from the keys of the brand new Yamaha C6X in its midst. Following Mr Godwin’s cutting of a huge pink ribbon to mark the inauguration, current Hall pianists from Year 4 to Year 8 were joined not only by two famous ‘old boys’ Yonni Kobrin (now at St. Paul’s) and Joseph Sun (now a Music Scholar at Westminster) but also members of the Music School teaching staff in providing truely dazzling performances to a packed audience.
Out and About on Art and Music Trips
Basking in the lovely Autumn sunshine, Year 6 had a leisurely visit to the Henry Moore Studios recently, making the most of the beautiful Gardens to contemplate and sketch the outdoor sculptures while the Year 7s spent a an energetic morning discovering a wealth of striking street art in and around Shoreditch. Music trips were also the order of the day, as some Year 5 boys went to The Handel & Hendrix, a museum in Mayfair, dedicated to the lives and works of the German-born British baroque composer George Frideric Handel and the rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix (who lived at 25 and 23 Brook Street respectively) and others to Westminster Abbey to appreciate music of different varieties.
Macmillan National Coffee Morning
Mrs Casey and her dedicated catering team raised a whopping £855 for Macmillan Cancer Support in late September, as boys and their families dropped in for an early breakfast in the Middle School before starting the day!
Year 6 Gold Games Enterprise Challenge
Originality and get-up-and-go were the order of the day for the Year 6s starting the Gold Games Challenge as part of the Life Skills curriculum. The boys spent the morning thinking about their goals and the benefits of working in teams.
In an afternoon of football fixtures against Beechwood Park both at home and away, forty goals were scored by players across nine games – fantastic effort boys! Congratulations go to The Hall 1st XI who won their first ever Independent Schools Football Association Investec Cup match in mid-September, held in the stunning grounds of Ludgrove School! The U11s teams also competed well at the Rokeby Sevens Tournament at Rokeby a few days later.
The Chapel Choir; Evensong at St. Paul’s
What a peaceful, calming hour the congregation of St. Paul’s Cathedral was treated to on a humid evening in mid September! The iconic building has a wonderful acoustic due to the marble and Portland stone of the dome, that enriched the beautiful sound made by boys of The Chapel Choir as they sang Evensong under the guidance of Choir Master Paul Dean.
Canticles: Evening Service in A flat (Harwood); Anthem: Save us, O Lord (Bairstow); Responses: Rose
Year 8s started building their VEXRobotics Flex Bots in September – an exciting and very competitive learning journey ahead of them, no doubt!
The Hall Ski Squad News
In early October twelve boys in The Hall Ski Teams (Years 4 to 8) had fun competing at the Milton Keynes Snozone. The month before, in early September The Hall Ski Squad U12 and U14 teams competed for the ESSKIA Qualifier, at their second home now, the dry slope at Welwyn. The U14 team members were finalists last year and so competed up an age group – well done boys!
Year 8 Geography and Science Trip to Swanage
Year 8 boys enjoyed beautiful weather on their overnight residential trip to Swanage at the beginning of term. They started off surveying the ecology of the Dorset coastline and completing some coastal fieldwork as well as exploring the marvellous Swanage coast. There was just time for beach games before the coach journey back to London.