Activity Week Fun, Summer 2018
MS and SS boys had an extraordinary week of personal and team challenges in various locations around the country during their annual Activity Week in June. New skills were acquired and practised, friendships strengthened and horizons broadened over the five days of glorious sunshine…
Years 4 and 5 enjoyed residential outward bound courses in Surrey and Torquay, where they tackled a variety of activities including caving, catapulting, archery, bouldering and raft & forest shelter building. After a day of pure sport up at Wilf Slack, the Year 6 boys set off for a residential visit to Normandy; they explored the gun batteries at Longues sur Mer, the beach at Omaha and the Arromanches Museum. The Year 7s relished a series of day trips, including one to Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, a dday of orienteering in Golders Park and another to Spy Missions, whilst the Year 8s also learned new physical skills and faced personal and team challenges in their raft building, high ropes, surfing and abseiling at Skern Lodge in Devon. See the images on our Twitter feed for a kaleidoscope impression of the week!
Bedford School Sixes Tournament 2018
Our Year 6 Cricket Team competed for the second year in the Bedford School tournament in early June. From the start the boys performed with skill and focus, managing to reaching the Final in dramatic fashion, with a very last minute ball. Facing Aldwickbury School in the Final, The Hall managed an amazing 4 to win the game and the tournament. Well done, boys!
The Hall Triathlon Team smashes it at Blenheim Palace Sunday 3rd June
On this, the third triathlon that The Hall Team has entered at Blenheim Palace, the temperatures soared – great for the spectators, but really challenging for the participants. Nonetheless, the thirty-strong team comprising parents, staff and friends (with at least half competing in their first ever triathlon) admirably rose to the challenges and many achieved their best-ever times! Fantastic efforts have raised over £10,000 for The Anna Freud Centre so far… including a whopping £3795 raised by the JS boys in their Fun Run morning in May
Ski Squad News
Well done to members of The Hall Ski Squad who competed in the ISA Ski Event at Hemel Hempstead. One of our teams came 2nd. Well done, boys!
Saturday Club @ The Hall is Launched
We were delighted to welcome twenty Year 4 and 5 boys and girls and their parents, from four of our partnership primary schools, to the inaugural Saturday Club session last week. This exciting new venture got off to a cracking start at the end of April, with its focus on enrichment in English, Maths, Science and the Arts led by teachers from The Hall and Peter Blundell, an artist associated with the Sir Hubert von Herkomer Arts Foundation. The Club will run for four Saturdays over this Summer Term as a pilot project from which lessons will be learned for the full-scale course, starting in September 2018.
Life Drawing Workshop
Year 5s were treated to the experience and guidance of artist Leonie Lauchlan of The Royal Drawing Schoolin their life figure drawing morning at the end of April.
Recycling and Sustainable Development
You are never too young to think about protecting the planet! The JS boys got very busy making castles, giant marble runs, cars and even their own paper (to name a few items) as part of their ‘Recycling’ themed Geography Day, while the Year 5s visited The Crystal, in early May to learn about sustainable development.
Year 7s Medieval Weapons!
In their Medieval Weapons Day at the Wilf Slack playing fields, Year 7 boys and their history teachers enjoyed a spot of jousting and quintain… The quintain included a number of lance games, (often used as training for jousting), where the competitor would attempt to strike an object with his lance, sword or other weapon. A joust was typically fought between two individuals on horseback; the two would ride at each other from opposite ends, charging with a lance. Not a horse in sight at Wilf Slack for our Year 7s, but the boys managed very well perched on their space hoppers!
Salters Chemistry Festival 2018
A group of Hall Year 8s went to a Salters Chemistry Festival in late April. These are a series of one-day fun events held at universities throughout the UK and Ireland, providing the opportunity for enthusiastic young students to spend a day in a university department and to take part in practical chemistry activities which are fun! Congratulations to our Year 8 team, who finished second in the ‘University Challenge’!
Easter Holiday Adventures around the World!
The tri-annual Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka departed early in the Easter holidays, as did the annual Geography Trip to Iceland and the annual school Ski Trip to Austria. As ever, huge thanks go to the dedicated staff team here at The Hall who strive to continue to provide such an extensive co-curricular offering despite ever increasing demands. Please see the gallery for images of the globe trotting adventures.
Alumni News; Ten Year Reunion – the Class of 2008
In March we were delighted to welcome back to The Hall in early March a very jovial crowd of Hallfordians who had left the prep school to go on to a variety of senior school ten years ago. Over drinks and canapes, former pupils and parents took the opportunity to revive friendships and catch up on years of news. It’s true to say that several members of staff still teaching at the school were also delighted to hear about the steps former boys had taken after leaving secondary education to venture into the wider world of university and careers in a range of fields.