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Years 2 and 3 Summer Concert

A delightful range of pieces were played and sung by the boys in Years 2 and 3 in their Summer Concert this week.  The JS String Orchestra treated us to a striking rendition of  ‘Walk on Mars’ before the JS Band got the parents’ toes tapping with ‘Can you feel the love tonight?’.  The Massed Recorder Ensemble of all Year 2s and Year 3s, numbering over one hundred boys, then produced a stunning performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Terrye Coelho’s ‘Father we adore You’ and a ‘Saints Medley’ – all the more impressive as the boys played without music! Following some hearty Year Group singing, we were treated to several charming piano duets and trios and the JS Choir’s performance of ‘Ocean Commotion’.  There was not a dry eye in the house at the finale – all the boys combining to sing their hearts out in ‘Believe’.

July 2017

Band Night 2017

Last Thursday the Music School and the HSPA joined forces to present Band Night in celebration of the end of the school year. Numerous activities including the BBQ and cricket and rounders matches were enjoyed by parents and teachers alike while the Bands kept everyone entertained.

All four of our Jazz Bands, combined percussion groups, 4 guitar groups, an impromptu Year 8 Band and even a ‘Dads’ band dazzled the audience while spectators sipped away on their Pimms!

June 2017

The Hall Visual Art & Design Event 2017

The Exhibition provided a wonderful opportunity for parents, boys and friends to share and celebrate MS & SS boys’ creativity and freethinking, expressed in their art and ceramic work over the past academic year.  A range of open-ended projects have been enjoyed over the year in both Art and Pottery lessons, as well as in special workshops and outings, developed to enrich boys’ research and experimentation.  On the evening a secret auction of boys’ donated artwork raised over a thousand pounds for The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children and Planting Promise. 

For more images of the event please see the PHOTOS section on the website.

June 2017

Junior School Art Exhibition 2017

There were some stunning pieces on view at the Junior School Art and Ceramics Exhibition last week, enjoyed by boys, parents and friends alike.

For more images of the event please see the PHOTOS section on the website.

June 2017

JS Poetry competition 2017

For Summer Poetry Week we all learnt a poem to perform to our class. We had to think about how to show the rhythm of the poem and try to remember all the lines! Boys were chosen from each class to compete in the hall to be judged by Mr Dobbin from the Senior School. Everyone was very brave and did so well – congratulations to all the winners!

June 2017

Success at the Bedford Sixes!

For the first time The Hall took part in the Bedford Sixes at the weekend and what a debut it proved to be as the Under 11 squad achieved a splendid victory in the 12 team competition. After emerging as convincing group winners which included victories over Bedford Prep and Bedfordshire, a place in the final was secured with a commanding victory over a Northants county side. The final against Aldwickbury was a very tense affair with high quality batting and bowling from both teams. Set a total of 51 by Aldwickbury from their 5 overs, The Hall kept in line with the required run rate despite losing two wickets. With ten required off the last over, the gme came down to the last ball of the match with one run required for a victory. Rory Walter who had batted with great authority all day finished  the innings in style with a very neatly taken single to bring about an unexpected but hugely impressive victory.  It was great team performance and a splendid day was enjoyed by all.  Chris Godwin

June 2017

The Hall Ladies Triathlon Team Success!

After months of fierce training, braving icy temperatures in open water, puffing up hills on the bikes and hitting all-out sprints on land, Sunday 4th June, the date of the Blenheim Palace Triathlon finally arrived!  A team of 20 Hall mums and teachers, most of whom were first time triathletes, joined together for the big challenge, many facing personal fears and ‘digging deep’ to take part.

The skies were rather threatening in the morning but as the ladies gathered for the 12.20pm ‘wave’ into the lake, everyone was happy to learn that the water temperature had reached 20 degrees – almost pleasant in comparison to those Winter dips in The Ponds at Hampstead!  It was a little windy on the latter part of the cycle stage but calmer for the run – by which time everyone was really into their stride and enjoying themselves!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to cheer on the Triathletes and those Hall boys taking part in the Duathon in the afternoon, and for the tremendous generosity shown by friends and families supporting the fundraising efforts for The Unicorn Theatre’s outreach programmes; the Tri Team have confirmed raising over £16,000!

June 2017

Junior School Summer Fete

As temperatures rose to over 28 degrees, the Junior School boys, teachers and parents set up their stalls for the long-awaited Fete!  The excitement mounted as mouth-watering cakes were laid out, Guess-the-Teacher baby photos were pinned up, hook-the-ducks were floated and bite-the-doughnuts were dangled! Many thanks to all who supported the event, proceeds of which will go towards the Unicorn Theatre’s outreach work.

May 2017

Summer Gala Concert

What a delight to go back to SJSS for a thrilling concert involving over 200 Hall boys from Year 2 to Year 8s!  The boys, looking very professional in their concert attire, played to a hall packed with parents, grandparents and friends. We were treated to a programme ranging from A Drunken Sailor Reel by the Junior School Orchestra, to a Haydn Rondo played by the Hay String Quartet, from Mr Sandman by the Barbershop Ensemble to Bach’s ‘Sheep may safely graze’ from the Symphony Orchestra.  At times the applause was rapturous!

We send special congratulations to the six Year 8 boys leaving The Hall this summer with Music Scholarships.  Huge thanks to Dr Steyn and all the Music Department teachers for such a splendid musical finale to the academic year and ‘fond farewell’ to Milly Polasek, Andy McDonald, Janna Huneke, Christina McMaster and Luisa Rosina after so many years of inspiration and guidance.

May 2017

 

 

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