Horris Hill

Boarding and day preparatory school for boys 4-13 years

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Weekly Update 20th - 26th February

Weekly Update 20th - 26th February

Horris Hill Cross-Country Meeting
Not even Hurricane Doris could halt this key event in our sporting calendar. Reports of 70mph winds   were as nothing to our boys and the runners from our local prep schools. We outrun such things with ease, even in cross-country. With three different age groups in action in a relay-style event taking the runners through open spaces, woodland, past Bronze Age enclosures and organic kitchen gardens this was a fun afternoon for all, runners and spectators alike.

 Senior Social with St. Mary’s, Calne
With richly distinctive aromas, full and smooth with amber and ancient Indian sandalwood and used to draw soul mates together, the two senior boarding houses were buzzing with excitement as various sweet-smelling products emerged from drawers and lockers in preparation for the senior social. From Clive Christian No 1, our preferred option, to Tesco’s Extra-value and all things in-between, our Year 8s were well and truly prepped.

Laser Tag and Bletchley Park
Laser Tagging has become something of a regular with our boys, and for good reason. It improves hand-eye co-ordination, heightens the senses and provides endless excitement. Heightening of senses was very much in evidence too with our trip out to Bletchley Park, centre for code breaking in World War Two, home to Alan Turing et al and to some, the birthplace of the modern computer.

Old Boys’ Football
It’s always good to welcome back past pupils and to extend links to the wider school family and community. It is also good to see that, whilst those who turned up in force to play in the Old Boys v Old Boys football match here may have forgotten the intricacies of Pythagorean Triples and semi-deponent 19th conjugation verb endings in Latin, none of those slinky back-heels or sneaky side-steps honed on the training grounds here, were anything other than magnificent. Thank you to all who gave up their Sunday to be with us. It was a great occasion.

Burgers and Raspberry Pi
It was a case of Horris Hill meets the Transformers in the ICT Room on Sunday as boys were busy working with robotics to create something that any Raspberry Pi professional would have hailed as majestic. With electronically activated eight legs and a shape to scare even the most hardened horror fan, this creature looked awesome indeed.
Whilst those Raspberry Pi-ers were tucking-in to their task, tucking-in of a slightly different nature was taking place in town at the American Diner followed by a movie back here. Both groups clearly had a great time.
It’s been another full and varied week all round. My thanks to all.

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