The school was delighted to welcome Mr Chris Ward, previously at St Hugh's in Lincolnshire, as the new Headmaster. His wife Angharad has joined as a Year 4 tutor, with their children Phoebe and Samuel joining the school in Year 6 and Year 3 respectively. Their elder daughter, Ava, has joined Ryde School on the Isle of Wight in Year 9.
Awards have started to come through. Well done to Amelia for being awarded the Jolie Brise scholarship by Dauntsey's School, and Kai for his academic scholarship to Ryde!
Strong mathematics performance this year, especially in the Primary Maths Challenge competing with children around the UK. 9 children were awarded bronze, 6 silver and 3 received the top gold award. Good luck to Yolanda, whose performance merited an invitation to the next stage!
A wonderful term of sporting success! Highlights included reaching and winning the Bowl at the U11 girls IAPS national hockey finals, 28 children selected for district cricket with special mention of Alex Brewer and Pippa Sproul for making County squads, not to forget our vibrant rugby, running club, tennis, netball, football and elite swimming!
The boarding house has been a hive of activity guided by the new houseparents Liz and Ben Alway. From ice skating to capture the flag, film nights to bowling, Laser Quest to indoor golf, or relaxing together on their lovely new sofas, there has rarely been a dull moment!
The music department has been buzzing as usual with great appearances at the Harvest Festival from Junior and Senior choirs. At Jazz Night we had sparkling solos from pupils and great performances from visiting musicians. We've also had exams in five different musical disciplines this term. Well done to Rory on guitar, Lola for theory, Isabella in singing and Louis on drums who all gained distinctions.
WHP children took their ponies to Sparsholt Agricultural College to compete at a show jumping competition. Freya, Harriet and Sophie had an excellent morning coming home with 2 x 1st and 2 x 5th place rosettes between them. At the Alton School show jumping competition, Amelia, Freya, Sophie and Harriet all jumped clear rounds in their relevant classes!
In English lessons, we love to explore books and stories. Year 1 had a great time learning about The Gingerbread Man whilst Year 5 used drama to explore the feelings of the characters in Private Peaceful. They created a ‘Conscience Alley’ to explore a character’s choice from the book.
Outdoor Challenge Award training, forest and beach schools remained a key part of our enrichment provision during the term. WHP pupils have learnt so much outside the classroom as well as in.
Our residential trips are not just in the Summer term. Year 7 started the year with a week in France completely immersed in the French language and as you might expect with Mr Pearson present - mud!
To celebrate National Poetry Day, we had a series of activities running in the library all linked to the theme of truth.
Saturday morning activities are a real favourite for the children. In face painting, they came up with some great designs for Dia de Los Muertos which is celebrated in Mexico.
Our resilient pupils braved very harsh weather for inter-house orienteering. The hail and torrential rain failed to wipe the smiles from their faces. What a great afternoon!
Mr Gray's Year 8 Geography classes had a great time using the latest technology to help find the best place for our vegetable patch. Using their iPads, they collected a series of measurements before analysing them and evaluating their findings.
Assemblies are an important part of our school week as we come together to discuss and learn more about our theme of the week. Mr Ward particularly enjoyed showing the children how choices have consequences!
There has been plenty of hands on history throughout the term. Year 2, as well a trip to HMS Victory, were joined in class by Samuel Pepys to discuss the Great Fire of London.
All of the children get to have a specialist art lesson every week in our wonderful art room. They explore lots of media and love to see their work when it comes out of the kiln.
Carols by Candlelight was a magical evening, such a wonderful atmosphere with great performances from so many West Hill pupils, the Community Choir and of course the parents and other members of the West Hill family who attended.