The Big Sing 2017
The focus this year for our collaborative singing venture across the school was ‘The Battle of the Houses”! Four music captains were appointed to lead their houses in the competition.
Purple House was led by Finn Lavington with ‘We will Rock You’ as their chosen song. Danny Shai led Orange House with ‘Wake me Up’ by Avicii while William Mullan chose ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’ for Green House. Last but not least, Blue House was directed by Yonni Kobrin with the famous Friends theme tune ‘I’ll be there for you’.
The evening was stylishly compered by Mishal Husain and adjudicated by Will Bersey, Director of Music at Kings’ School Canterbury. The Hall School Festival Big Band included seven of our Music staff members who inspired their audience with their impressive performances throughout the evening. Congratulations to Blue House for the best rendition of Let it Be and finally to Green House who were crowned best overall House and the proud winners of the spectacular House Singing Competition Trophy! Willem Steyn
Brookfield School Science Collaboration
On the last Friday of the Spring term a hand-picked team of Year 8 Hall boys led some hands-on science activities in the Hall’s science labs for sixty Year 6 children from our partnership primary school, Brookfield.
“The first event was the Bunsen burner license test; in this the Brookfield children had to show what they had learnt from our Year 8s’ demonstration. They had not only to switch on the burner but also to burn a piece of cardboard on both the safety and working flames. Then, came the dreaded writing part of the test, were they had to apply the knowledge they had obtained from the practical to label all the parts of the bunsen burner. However before the Brookfield Year 6s could get their bunsen burner licences, they watched a practical in which five different metals were burnt, displaying different colours: calcium (orange), barium (ghostly green), copper (ghostly green), sodium (yellow) and lithium (red). After the tests the Year 6s finally got their Bunsen burner licences.
The second event was the circuits event, in this the Year 6s had to learn the symbols of five different components in a circuit: a switch, a cell, a battery, a lamp and a ammeter. Then they built circuits to do a experiment seeing how bright one, two or three bulbs were with one, two or three cells. Then they learnt about ammeters and what they do and how they do it. Next they learnt about the differences between the two types of circuit; series and parallel. Then finally with what they had learnt they had to draw a circuit diagram of a series circuit.
The final session was about the circulatory system. This started with the Hall Year 8s doing a rap on the circulatory system which introduced the Year 6s to the importance of the circulatory system. They then learnt about all the keywords, including all the veins and arteries. They all had a go at measuring their pulses. Continuing they reached the main part of the circulatory system: the dissection of a sheep’s heart! After having kitted up with gloves and scalpels, the Year 6s proceeded to cut open the heart and started to identify all the key parts they had learnt. Some children were anxious but most overcame their fears and joined in cutting open the heart and putting their fingers through the aorta. Then they got some sheeps’ lungs and saw how they inflated like a balloon when pumped up.
Finally they did a short test based on what they had learnt from the activities – all of the groups got good marks with two getting a hundred percent! It had been a great afternoon with everyone learning loads of science.” Benedict Johnson 8J
On the Monday 13th March, 2017 year 4 did a workshop called Mexicolore which was about the origins of Mexico. We mainly focused on the Mayans and the Aztecs. A person called Joanna and her grandfather showed us a copy of the sunstone. The sunstone is a calendar that the Mayans and Aztecs created. It shows the fate of the five eras. The first world was destroyed by monsters that devoured all of humanity. The second world was destroyed by huge hurricanes. The third world was destroyed by a rain of fire from volcanoes. The fourth world was destroyed by an enormous flood. And the fifth world which is our world and the last world is predicted to be destroyed by an earthquake.
We did a chant ce, ome, yei, nahui, which are the first four numbers in the language the Aztecs use. We also learnt that chocolate originates from Mesoamerica. They would make a drink from cocoa beans. Cocoa beans made you rich in those times. The people would capture warriors, give them whatever they wanted, then sacrificed them. The oldest ball game actually originated in ancient Mexico. They would use a rubber ball and were not allowed to use their head, arms, legs and could only use there tummy. They had to get the ball to the other end to score and get the ball through a 50 metre high hoop to win. Arya Kadiwar
MS / SS Science Week
Science Week in mid March began with fireworks in assembly! The Year 4’s went to London Zoo to learn about zoology and habitats, while the Year 5s mastered some physics in designing their own working catapults! The Year 6 and 7s produced a range of amazing presentations and displays around various scientific themes, which they had selected as part of their Open Homework project.
UKMT Team Challenge
On 7 March Dr. Essex accompanied Alessandro d’Attanasio (7D), Robert Brettle (8B), Louis Kirkpatrick (8B) and Yonni Kobrin (8B) when they entered the UK Mathematical Trust Team Challenge Regional Finals at the City of London Boys School. This is a competition for boys and girls including and up to Year 9. Our team from Year 7 and Year 8 worked well together, did some super maths, and had fun! The team achieved 6th position overall – a very good achievement and the highest placed team for children of their age.
Public Speaking Competition
There were some impressive performances by boys from Year 4 to Year 8 in this year’s competition, adjudicated by former pupil Lord James Bethell. The finalists had been selected by their peers and subjects ranged from ‘Why Animals should not be killed for Medical Purposes’ to ‘The ISEB Exam should be Banned’ to ‘ Should Breakfast be made Compulsory?’. Lord Bethell found the standard so high that it was difficult to select winners for each year group and he praised the effort and originality of all of the performers. Winners are shown in bold below:-
YEAR FOUR – Gulliver Lewis: Why Animals should not be killed for Medical Purposes; Samuel Linger: I believe Astro-turf is Better than Grass; Bob Murray: There should be a Bridge between the Middle and Senior Schools
YEAR FIVE – Blake Morris: Peppa Pig; Douglas Paisner: Why Zoos should not Exist; George Solti-Dupas: Why Children should have at least an Hour of Sport a Day; Rory Todd: Why Teresa May must be Stopped; Zach Tydeman: Dinosaurs
YEAR SIX – Toby Gordon-Clarke: The ISEB Exam should be Banned; Andrew Hay: Should Teachers Wear a Uniform?; Darshy Pandy: Reasons not to Eat Beef; Lucas Payne: End Orca Captivity
YEAR SEVEN – Alex Benson: Walking is Over-rated; James Crossley: Life as a Twin; Gerald Kavanagh-Legge: Why I am lucky not to have a Sibling; Jamie Neale: If I Ruled the World; Ishaan Sheridan: An Isolated Generation
YEAR EIGHT and SINCLAIR CUP – Gabriel Basden: Why Trump should not be President; Zubin Cramsie: Genetics; Stuart Hay: Should Breakfast be made Compulsory?; Benedict Johnson: TRex is not the only Dinosaur; Leo Odgers: Apocalypse Now; William Shackleton: Family Picnics
“We programmed the computer to write small words in colourful colours. We used words like Loop, repeat, print, colour, random and numbers.” Ahaan Gupta & Nicholas Flax
” The Fuze workshops taught children to learn about code in an exciting way.” Albert Sparks
“We made the computer turn the light on and off by using a repeat loop. I really enjoyed it because we learned how to make the computer wait a few seconds before it turned the light back on. ” Zac Oudkerk
In the Fuze workshop we used robotic arms and played with the computer to make words appear. We asked the robotic arm to pick up Jenga and turn on the light. We also made words appear on the screen. We put the words in different colours and font size. It was really good. My favourite part was the robotic arm. Arthur Chacksfield
In the Fuze workshop we used a special keypad to make different things appear on the screen. Then we used the computer to make the robotic arm pick up the Jenga blocks and put them in different places. Rayansh Kaul
General Knowledge Quiz Club Heats
When the quiz began, UCS 1 made good headway, scoring many points for the first ten questions. At number 12, UCS 1 lost the whole question and Hall 1 took the place as the leader. This was all good for another 10 questions but at the next we slipped and Keble 1 and UCS 1 overtook us. We were third and we needed both teams to slip up. Unfortunately, none of them did slip. At the last question we had pretty much lost all hope. This was our last chance and we needed both teams to slip. Where is the ozone layer located? The stratosphere of course, but neither UCS nor Keble got it right. We did. We were the champions! Blake Morris 5G
Maths Investigative Event with Brookfield Primary School
We were delighted to to host a Maths Investigative Event on 10th February in the Wathen Hall. Following an end-of-term ‘Fun Lunch’ to maximise everyone’s brain power, eight boys from Year 6 and eight boys from Year 5 partnered (in teams of 4) with a Year 5 and a Year 6 child from Brookfield Primary School in Highgate to do a series of Maths investigations. Boys learned some Maths, met other children of their age learning Maths, collaborated well and had fun ALL at the same time! Huge thanks go to The Hall Maths Department and Mr Howes from Brookfield for organising such an enjoyable afternoon.