ISFA U13 Cup Derby
The Hall got the better of Highgate in their ISFA U13 Cup derby on Monday to gain a place in the last sixteen.
Guy Silver volleyed into the roof of the net from Christian Ho-Asjoe’s cross to open the scoring in the first half. Noah Basden poken in a second after a goalmouth scramble before Silver played a pinpoint pass to Jamie Marks who beat three players in the box and slotted home the goal of the game.
Highgate hit back from a free-kick with ten minutes left to set up a nervy finish, but right-back Oliver Wright went on a rampaging run and crossed for substitute Paddy Challis to stroke in at the near post to the delight of the 200-strong crowd. Lucas Payne and Wright also hit the crossbar, while Silver missed a penalty. Director of Sport Chris MacFarlane said: “Both teams played really well and we’re glad we can look forward to the next round. Fingers crossed it’s a home draw!” Chris MacFarlane (Ham & High report)
The Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018
In early November, The Hall had the opportunity to perform in The Pleasance Theatre thanks to the Shakespeare School Foundation. The SSF is the world’s largest youth drama festival and since its inception in 2000, it has worked with 250,000 young poeple and their teachers. Performing in The Pleasance alongside our boys were students from St Mary’s Academy and Holy Trinity Primary School. Our Year 7s’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was truly magical – the fairies’ costumes and props twinkled and glowed as the actors scooted with astounding agility through some enchanting forest scenes, controlling and manipulating the young lovers and tradesmen in the half-hour-long abridged comedy. There was a real spirit of fun and mutual support between the schools and parents were amazed at what had been achieved in such a short time. Huge thanks were expressed by the boys to Miss McDevitt in particular for her amazing dedication and hard work in making this an evening to remember! (Images of the event are available in the gallery section of the website)
On 31st October, Year 6 spent the morning at Wilf Slack for a Music and History workshop. We were split into two groups. One group was introduced to steel pans – musical instruments originating from Trinidad and Tobago and made from huge industrial drums. Dents are hammered into the metal and each dent creates a different note, depending on the position and size. Steel pan musicians are called “pannists” and we were lucky to be entertained by two of them who played for us and then we thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to play them ourselves.
The other group was given a talk by Mr. Soskic about the Windrush generation. The Empire Windrush was a ship that arrived in Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948, bringing workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands, to help re-build a post-war Britain that was facing labour shortages. The Windrush generation has been in the news recently because some of the descendants of those people have been poorly treated by the UK Government. The boys then divided into three groups and researched more about the experience of the Windrush workers and each group made a presentation. Nicholas Taylor
“Thirty five Hall boys travelled to the Bay of Naples in the October half-term, seeing it with their own eyes. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time in Italy or your third, there is nothing quite like Naples and its surroundings. There is of course, Mount Vesuvius, the omnipresent mammoth that looms over the Bay like a friendly giant. There are the excavated Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, providing many a Classicist a haven for learning and exploring. There’s Capri, the island playground of billionaires, where the sun never seems to stop shining. And there is Sorrento, the beautiful peninsula where rich Romans used to spend time in their villas lounging about and eating grapes. There was SO much to see in just four days.
“On day three we had an early start as we journeyed to Sorrento to catch the ferry to Capri. On arrival on the island of Capri we went up to Capri itself on the famous funicular railway. You could just hear the words going around in your head – “Funiculi, Funicula, Funiculi Funicula”
There were stunning views of Capri from the top….Then there was a steep and vigorous walk to the Villa Iovis – the most famous of Tiberius’ many palaces that he built on the island. Exploring the emperor’s former home, you could clearly see why he loved the island. After an excellent lunch on the far side of the island, Ana-Capri, we headed back to the ferry and to Sorrento for an evening of Gelato making. Our brief lesson on how to make gelato was fascinating and the lemon sorbet we made was very tasty but all the group left the Gelateria very satisfied that evening having sampled a good selection of the many flavours on offer. The chocolate sorbet was a firm favourite”. Blake Morris
Football Trip to Spain
The Hall’s Football 1st and 2nd X1 arrived in Madrid on Thursday 18th October ready for their first ever international football tour. Over the ten day period boys were lucky enough to visit some of the most iconic centres of Spanish football. This included staying at the Ciudad del Futbol, home of the Spanish FA, training at the Atlético Madrid training ground with their coaches, touring and training at the Real Madrid stadium, watching Real play Levante in La Liga and visiting Atlético’s new arena, the Wanda Metroplitano Stadium. All that even before flying to Barcelona for part two of the Tour! For a full report, please see the forthcoming Hall Autumn Term newspaper.
Skiers Weather the Storm
At the ESSKIA National Dry Slope Finals held in Norwich on Saturday 6th October, Xander Szerkowski, Zach Tydeman, Archie Marlow and Kush Patel made up our U14 team with Aadi Patel, Carl Hofstrom, Joshua Bitran and Arthur Cullinane in our U12 team.
The boys trained hard with instructors from Precise and raced on the Friday afternoon when we were blessed with glorious sunshine and blue skies. Sadly the weather could not have been more different for the race itself on the Saturday and the boys acquitted themselves admirably, managing to smile through the atrocious conditions in which driving rain alternated with strong winds. Katie Davies
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.