Orange House Poetry Slam
Orange House MS boys set the bar high with the quality of their poetry creation and performances in mid January, in the inaugural Poetry Slam, to raise funds in aid of charity. With subject material ranging from ‘Driving whilst on your Phone’ to ‘Colours’, to ‘The Birth of a Baby’ the poems engaged, challenged and delighted the listeners gathered in the Cooper Hall. The SS boys were equally excited and engaged during their performances – the judges (members of other Houses) had a very difficult task in deciding upon the winners and giving constructive feedback. All in all, a creative and well-organised yet informal event was enjoyed by staff and friends alike – well done Orange House!
The Ryman Enterprise Challenge
On Thursday the 30th of November, year eight went on a trip to Wilf Slack to take part in the Ryman Enterprise Challenge.
The aim was to create an activity for Kidzania, London, that would target a market of 11- 14-year olds to give them a larger variety of activities. As project manager of one of the eight groups, I was desperate for ideas whilst the clock was ticking. To make the job harder, our activities had to be linked to real-life companies and were not allowed to be in direct competition with any others already at Kidzania. All the groups came up with original and innovative ideas including Nike shoemaking, the Stock Market, Audacity (music creation and editing), M.P.C. special effects creation, Uber car driving and a military assault course.
After a cool-down session, we perfected the design and positioning of our activities’ buildings, our (in some places cheesy) adverts, social media plan, website banner and the all-important eye-catching poster. Time whizzed by and all too soon the judges, looking highly professional, strolled into the room and took their places at their table. The judging team consisted of 4 people, including Ms Johnson, Mr Grant and Mr Dobbin. Eventually, the time came for a winner to be picked out of the very high-standard performances and ideas conveyed very well to the judges. In third place was the military assault course, at this, some sighed but others’ breaths were being drawn with excitement. In second, was the stock market with City Bank and finally, in first place, was Uber with the idea of giving children a chance to be part of an early car driving experience. Sadly, many boys returned home without getting through to the final, but everybody learned a valuable lesson including perseverance, teamwork and persuasion. It was an overall enjoyable and educational experience. Hector Hills
A very intense afternoon was had at the heats of the Science Quiz Club. The Hall School Team 1: George Chacksfield, Alexandar Nazar, Arya Kadiwar and Lucien Florentin-Lee came in third place with a very high score of 1775. Only two questions from winning the competition. Team 2: Alexandre Pelling, Adam Zimmerman, Salomon Snijders and Sam Palmer also did the school very proud and worked very well as a team. Congratulations on some great efforts! Laura Byrne
Under 9 Chess Success at Lochinver House School Tournament
On Wednesday 11th October, the U9 Hall School Chess Team represented by Siddhartha Rathke, Alexander Jhamna, Deniz Ozdenoren and Jonathan Shiu participated in the inter – school chess tournament at Lochinver House School in Potters Bar. There were fourteen schools and twenty teams participating in this competition. Four players represented a team and each player played three games scoring one point for a win, half a point for a draw and no points for a loss. The first school we played was the Rhodes School B team; we scored three out of four points. Next we played Hendon Prep School; they were a very strong team in all four matches. We had to concentrate hard, play smart moves and not allow the opponents to gain an advantage over us. In the end we were very pleased to have won all our games. So after round two, we scored a total of seven out of eight points putting us in the leading position. There was one more round to go and it was important to continue to focus on playing well. Our final round was with Rhodes School A team. They played well but we were stronger and scored three and a half out of four points which was a great result as we now had a total of ten and a half points putting us in first place! All of us were thrilled to win our first school team tournament. Each of us won a gold medal and a plaque for our school. After the prize giving, everybody was treated to cakes, cookies and sandwiches. Siddhartha Rathke
Year 4 Trip To Southwark
4M and 4P made the short trip down the Jubilee Line in early November for the annual trip to Southwark Cathedral. This was the beginning of an exciting day learning about life in the London monastery, during Tudor times in the 15th Century. During the day the boys had two workshops; in the first activity the boys learnt about how illuminated manuscripts were made and had a go at writing their name using a quill, in the second activity the boys were taken on a tour of the Cathedral, discovering about how the monks would have lived. There was also plenty to learn about Henry VIII and the reformation of the church in England. Ellie Piper
Even More Football News
Lots of football has been played since the half term break…
In early November Year 4 had a great afternoon, at Wilf Slack, against North Bridge House. Having faced them earlier in the term, it was really pleasing to see how much the boys had improved since. The proof was in the pudding – 5 wins, from the 6 games. Year 5 travelled home and away, to play an always strong Wetherby School. The results were fairly even, with The Hall winning three matches, losing two and drawing one.
Year 6 began the half term with some difficult fixtures against Arnold House – the boys are looking forward to replaying them in December. They bounced back in style, however, with a clean sweep away at Highgate. 26 goals scored and just 4 conceded, from the 5 games.
The 1sts, 3rds and 4ths all secured famous wins against Westminster. The Senior Group travelled to Vincent Square and won one, and lost the other, in very competitive matches. The 2nds were defeated by Arnold House, but the 1sts and 3rds managed to gain emphatic victories! Additionally, there were four fixtures against the always impressive Lochinver House. The 1sts were beaten by a very good side, whilst the 2nds were just edged out too. The 3rds and 4ths both managed to secure wins at home, to make it an even result overall.
The 1st XI also competed at the IAPS National Finals in Taunton, and did well – winning 2, drawing 2, and losing 2 of their 6 matches.
Festival of Football
The Hall hosted the inaugural U9 and U10 Football Festival at Wilf Slack, on Saturday 14th October. This was intended to be a celebration of football, rather than an overly competitive tournament, so no scores were recorded, or released and there were no overall winners announced. The result was a wonderfully jovial and far more relaxed atmosphere. Having said that, there were still some fiercely competitive action on show!
The Hall had three teams entered and we were delighted that The Winch, one of our community partnership organisations, fielded a team too. All the players did superbly well, in victory, stalemate and defeat. A tournament that will be repeated in the future, no doubt!