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A Christmas Celebration of Music

A term packed with music culminated with a fantastic Christmas Concert.  There were fantastic performances from all the music ensembles, giving opportunities for children to display their ability of playing together.  The long list of music ensembles performing at the concert is testament to the strength of music at Hilden Grange; it includes the Choir, G5 singing group, Girl Choristers, String Group, Piano Trio, Recorder Consert, Mistral Wind Ensemble, Wind Duet and Trio and a Brass Duet. 

As is traditional, our boy choristers have had a busy term, rehearsing three times a week in addition to singing most Sundays for the chapel services. The end of term will see them singing in Carol Services both at Tonbridge School as well as our own Carol Service.

The Piano Trio
The Choir in Rehearsal for the Christmas Concert
The Choristers at Tonbridge School

Rawlinson Run

A group of our Year 2, 3 and 4 runners enjoyed a great afternoon of cross-country at the Rawlinson Run. Held at Dulwich Prep, 550 competitors from 18 local schools took part. All of our runners put in a great effort and we were particularly delighted with the performances of our medalists. There were individual silver medals for girls and boys in Year 2 and Year 4, and bronze medals for girls in Year 2 and Year 3. Congratulations to all the runners!

European Day of Languages

Today has been a day of celebrating European languages and culture. A special assembly for the whole school gave our bilingual children the chance to demonstrate their language skills, while others spoke about objects they had brought back from other countries and their significance. To round off the celebrations, the Year 8s treated everyone to a performance of Greek dancing, with an encore that included the teachers as they couldn’t resist the temptation to join in!

HGA Big Picnic

The Big Picnic was the perfect way to kick off the new school year and a lovely opportunity for the school community to enjoy some time together. A huge thank you to our wonderful HGA for organising such a fantastic event. 

Hastings Music Festival

Many of our pupils took part in the Hastings Music Festival, which was online this year.  The pupils performed exceptionally well, taking part in vocal and instrumental classes and came away with four third places, two second places and first places in no fewer than five categories.

Scholarship Success

We’ve just had the fantastic news that our Tonbridge Scholars have performed exceptionally well in the recent scholarships exams, with the award of four academic scholarships, and one additional Drama scholarship. Special mention must go to Lev who was awarded the prestigious ‘Ainslie’, for gaining the highest overall mark, an incredible achievement. Earlier in the year two of our pupils gained a Music Scholarship and a Music Exhibition to Tonbridge.

This brings our total number of scholarships to a remarkable 18 with scholarships to Kent College (Academic and Sport), Sutton Valence (Sport), St Edmund’s (Academic), Mayfield (Sport), Bede’s (Sport), Radnor House (All Rounder) and Walthamstow Hall (Music).

Congratulations to all the pupils and to our hardworking teachers who fully deserve these exceptional results. We’re delighted to see their commitment and dedication rewarded.

Jessica’s Hastings Music Festival Performance

We’re pleased to share this video of Jessica’s entry for the Hastings Festival concerto class.  She is playing Concerto in C minor by Benedetto Macello. Jessica is in Year 7 and attends Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire’s Saturday School, where this was filmed.  She’s had tremendous success at Music Festivals in the past and we wish her every luck with this entry.

Moving Up Monday

As part of Moving Up Monday, Year 2 enjoyed a taste of Prep School life with an English lesson and a Maths lesson with some of the Prep School teachers. In English the children put their handwriting and spelling skills to use by writing about their hobbies, families, favourite animals and favourite books. Varied discussions on everything from Lego blocks, to siblings, to blue whales and meerkats, to ‘Matilda’ and ‘Gangster Granny’ followed, and this allowed children to broaden their vocabulary, too.

The Maths lesson was held outside to follow our ‘Nature’ theme of Mental Health Awareness Week and the children demonstrated great measuring and addition skills as they constructed 2D shapes and measured their perimeters.

This is just one of a series of activities to prepare the children for their transition into Year 3 and the next exciting stage of their school journey at Hilden Grange. It was also an opportunity for the English and Maths teachers to start to get to know the children and they look forward to teaching this very enthusiastic group next year!

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Early Years Open Morning, Friday June 17th

You are warmly invited to join us at our EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Pre-Prep Open Morning on Friday, 17th June 2022.

Refreshments will be available from 9.30am in the school dining hall. Mr Gough, Headmaster, and Mrs Sowerby, Head of Pre-Prep and Early Years, will be giving a short welcome talk at 9.45am, followed by tours of the school.

Book your place here

We currently have a few Reception places for September 2022.