On Monday 18th November, Marcus returned to The Hall to meet with Year 7 and discuss his journey from the middle school hall all the way to the Olympic Games.

Marcus started fencing aged nine when it was offered as an extracurricular activity at The Hall. Speaking to British Fencing, Marcus said ‘I took up fencing almost by accident. After watching an after-school club, I wanted to get involved and the rest is history’.

After leaving the senior school, Marcus went on to study at Westminster School and the London School of Economics where he combined his fencing training with his studies and became a full-time fencer on the British Fencing’s World Class Programme.

In addition to being part of the 2010, 2013 and 2016 British teams that won a bronze medal at the European Championships, Marcus went down in history as a gold medallist in the Men’s Foil team at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Marcus then represented GB in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, achieving 6th place with his team. Following these games, Marcus moved to New York to work with the renowned coach, Dan Kellner, and win a silver medal at the 2019 World Championship in the men’s individual foil. This win gave him the title as the number one athlete in the European Qualification Zone and he went on to qualify as an individual at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Our best wishes are with you Marcus, in your next fencing challenge!
A group of 20 members of staff and parents have pledged to join Mr Godwin in a 100km ride around the Inner Circle of Regent's Park on 12th December. We are fundraising for forthcoming Family Support initiatives at The Winch, our community partners at Swiss Cottage.

Please support us by going to our Go Fund Me page The Hall's Winter Appeal for The Winch

The Family Support team creates opportunities for young parents living in areas of deprivation to give their babies and toddlers a healthy and safe start in life. The team nurtures children's critical early development and builds communities of peer support for new parents. They deliver open sessions as well as targeted support programmes in partnership with specialist agencies, to promote participants' agency and their economic, social and mental wellbeing. The Hall would like to support the work of the Family Support team in connecting people to create a kinder and more resourceful neighbourhood as we head into the unknowns of 2022.
In our first post-lockdown social event of the new school year, on 14th September we were delighted to welcome back over 60 alumni and parents to the MS Hall.

Although only five years since their departure from our midst, the world has certainly been challenged and changed since 2016. Nonetheless, the old Hall spirit was still present amongst the cohort, evident in the way the old boys bounded into the MS hall to hug each other, outbursts of laughter reverberating as they spotted old friends, now sporting beards or statement hairstyles, some towering above their previous heights. Hilarious too, was the way in which student’s “feats of daring-do” came to light in conversations with parents about long-ago playdates and sleepovers, or with teachers about escapades on the coach during school trips and Activity Week residentials.

Chris Godwin welcomed the families back and spoke fondly of his memories of coming to the school when the cohort were entering Year 6. Mr Shah shared some old videos taken when the group were in various JS and MS productions, including sweet and very loud renditions of ‘Yo-Ho-Ho and a bottle of rum’ type songs as they performed in the JS’ Pirates Show and some unusually energetic, golf-swing type dance moves in the Year 4 Variety Show! In time-honoured tradition, at some point during the event, the alumni disappeared from the hall for a short, but apparently competitive (what else?!) game of football on The Yard before perhaps heading off to a local pub to continue the conversations ….

Thank you for joining us everyone and please do keep up-to-date with our news and events through The Hall Connect website

Please go to Event Galleries to see images from the event.
Despite it turning out to be the strangest ‘final year’ anyone could have imagined, we are sending off the Year 8s leavers with affection and pride this summer term. At least there have been opportunities for a version of Activities Week and a sports day at the Wilf Slack playing fields, as the boys say ‘Au Revoir’ to each other after 9 years at The Hall.

Places have been won at the following senior schools for September 2021; Aldenham (2); Brighton College (1, a Music Scholarship); City of London (7); Eton College (3, including 1 Martineau Exhibition); Haberdashers’ Aske’s (1); Harrow School (1); Haileybury (3, including 1 Music Scholarship); Highgate (1); Merchant Taylors’ (2); Mill Hill (1); St. Paul’s (8, including 1 John Collet Scholarship); UCS (5, including 1 Music Scholarship); Westminster (14, including 1 Exhibition and 4 Music Scholarships).

We wish the Year 8 boys leaving The Hall this summer all the very best in their new schools … don’t forget us!
Three old Hall boys were in this year's annual Eton v Harrow cricket match, played at Lord's on Saturday 22 May.

Jasper Gray opened the bowling for Harrow, while Gus Beagles captained Eton and Arnav Varma ended with 3 wickets, contributing significantly to Eton's victory by 4 wickets. Harrow set a total of 161 and in response, 47 by Gus Beagles (who was not out) and at the crease with Arnav, saw Eton home to a convincing victory.

Congratulations to the boys upon their success in playing in such a prestigious fixture and upon their splendid final years in their senior schools.
Weeks and months of home-learning notwithstanding, the Eco-Committee led us over the last year to the end of the path to gain our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. The Committee held many online meetings over lockdowns to conjure up suggestions for activities that would encourage all pupils to continue in their green efforts at home. Eco-Committee members were encouraged to post their suggestions on Firefly and social media to encourage classmates to take up all sorts of activities, alongside photos of the work they had been doing themselves.

Activities included growing herbs, fruit and vegetables, making bird boxes and insect hotels, making sculptures from recycled materials, composting, taking pictures of wildlife and continuing to keep Mondays meat free through cooking delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes at home.

How proud the Committee has been to finally see the awarded flag hoisted now in front of the Junior School! What would Miss Gladstone, Miss Bearman or Miss Allen, former Heads of the Junior School have thought of that?!
It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the death in April 2021 of Paul Ramage, much loved and highly respected Headmaster ofThe Hall for 10 years from 1993 to 2003 and then from 2005 to 2006.

Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Judy, his wife, and family at this time.

If you have particular memories of Mr Ramage,please share them with other alumni by sending them to
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