Senior School Development Project

The Senior School Development has now started following the end of the summer term. Last minute cost and supply issues meant that it was only during the last week of June that it was possible to give the final ‘go ahead’ to the project; LifeBuild have been appointed as contractors and are now on site as of 10th July.

A range of refurbishment work will take place over the summer along with the first stage of the construction of the new classroom block on top of the Wathen Hall. All demolition work will be completed during August and by the start of the autumn term we will confirm the phasing plans for the remainder of the refurbishment and the completion of the new classroom block due by April 2024. The phasing plans will also take into account periods of time when work will not be taking place in school as result of assessments or other school events.

We look forward to you seeing the progress made so far at our alumni events next term.

More details can be found in the attached brochure.
The Right to Write
We were delighted that students from Years 4-8 brought plans for a ‘proper’ academic journal to life this Spring, inspired by an idea from Mr Pinkus to give students the chance to have their work published. The Right to Write is a literary magazine in which to showcase their creativity, through poems, articles and stories. The inaugural copy went live on the school website in January; Editor James Hassan writes;

" The first step was to assemble a team of editors and so the Years 7 and 8 librarians were called together by Dr Luckhurst and the hard work began in discussing how the magazine should be run, what it should include and what the title should be. Many people signed up to be editors and attend the weekly Tuesday meetings at morning break. Our first decision to be made was the magazine’s title. Many names were put forward. I put forward the suggestion of ‘The Right to Write’ and was very excited when, after a vote, this title was selected! We then sent out information about the magazine requesting submissions. The magazine was open to all boys in the Middle and Senior schools. We had no idea how large the response would be but were very pleasantly surprised by the huge flood of responses – especially from Year 4! At the end of January, author Phil Earle came to give a 'writing' workshop for contributors too which was fun".
Hall Old Boys in Eton v Harrow at Lord's 2023
Since 1805 the annual match between Eton & Harrow has taken place at Lord's. This year, on Friday 12th May, The Hall was proud to see two former students involved in the Eton team, Aryaman Varma & Joe Beagles. Joe was delighted to accept the honour of captaining the team in this showcase fixture.

Having won the toss, Joe decided to bowl but after some early wicket and just 40 minutes of play there was a lengthy rain delay. Thankfully, after an early lunch, some brighter weather then set the scene for a dramatic afternoon's cricket. As Harrow rebuilt after a shaky start, Aryaman bowled a tidy 11 over spell straight through in the 55 over innings for just 48 runs and Joe came into the attack late on with 3 overs for 20 runs as Harrow posted a challenging total of 275-6 from their overs.

Due to the rain break Eton were then set a revised total of 202 from 30 overs which seemed like a steep challenge from the start. However, some big hitting from the top order as the overs ran out, including 7 sixes, set the stage for a dramatic final over. 11 runs to win was what was needed and Eton had 8 wickets in hand. The first ball brought about the third wicket and Joe Beagles came to the crease - 5 balls and 11 runs to get. Unfortunately, things did not run Eton's way in the final over and they finished on 197-5. Defeat by just 4 runs Joe was left at the crease on 2*.

A dramatic end to a wonderful day at the Home of Cricket.

A day that Joe and Aryaman will remember for a long time.
MATHS THROUGH STORIES (a story about a Hall student winning a Maths Story competition)
The learning and teaching of maths at the school has well and truly come into the 21st century! Teachers in the Maths Dept. encouraged Hall students to enter a competition run by, an international research-based initiative, which sets out to explore various aspects of integrating stories and literacy in mathematics instruction and to make mathematics teaching accessible and enjoyable for learners everywhere through the power of story-telling and children's imagination.

With 455 entries from 53 schools and homeschooling sites across 12 countries to judge, the Stuart J. Murphy Award (the 8-11 years old category) was very competitive this year, but we are delighted to hear that the entry from Rayaan Jan in 5P, a story called "Wagyu Dreams," submitted to the Young Mathematical Story Authors competition, has been longlisted. You can read this budding mathematician's story for yourself at: tthehall_rayaanjan_10_male.pdf ( Congratulations Rayaan!
Independent Prep School National Champions, Autumn 2022
A particular highlight of the past months include the proud moment when our Under 11 footballers became the Independent Prep School National Champions, a first national title for the school and a great achievement. The same squad has also qualified for the National Independent Schools final in May and the Under 13 footballers will shortly be playing in a national final, the Independent Schools’ FA Trophy Final.
The Hall Triathlon & Tour de Godwin Teams 2022
The Hall's parent and teacher triathletes and cyclists headed to Blenheim Palace on Saturday 28th May, aiming to raise £45k for Cure EB, a charity dedicated to finding effective treatments and a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Thank you for your support of our amazing athletes and cyclists in this strenuous adventure!

School Dinner Event March 2022
It was a delight to see so many familiar faces at the School Dinner event last week! Thank you for joining us and especially those of you who travelled from far afield.

Judging by the level of chat over dinner, everyone relished meeting old friends and engaging with the ghosts of past pals and teachers as they were recalled in conversation at dinner. Mrs Casey and her catering team did us proud too and took personal pleasure in seeing so many guests manage second helpings of the lasagne and the good old Hall favourite pud, chocolate sponge with custard! It was lovely too that so many decided to reminisce at leisure as you strolled around the senior school, several of you mentioning that rooms and corridors seemed so much smaller / shorter than when you were your thirteen year old selves!

We are hopeful that many more alumni events can be planned into the school calendar as time progresses. Let's keep the re-established links to The Hall alive and active!
The Hall Recipe Book
We are delighted to announce the arrival of The Hall Recipe Book, following a tremendous response from parents, students, staff and alumni over last year to our call for recipe contributions.
We hope you are going to be dazzled by the professional design and photography of the book, as well as astonished by its range of recipes, sometimes heritage foods, often dishes from childhood or previous generations that the Hall community continues to cherish. While the cuisines and dishes vary widely, the recipes share one aim, to bring comfort and to bring people together.
Do contact to place an order which can be sent to you.
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.
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