Horris Hill

Boarding and day preparatory school for boys 4-13 years

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Weekly Update 30th January - 5th February

Weekly Update 30th January - 5th February

This has been a busy and varied week both in and out of the classroom. On Tuesday, a group set off to touch the past with a History visit to Old Sarum near Salisbury. With a massive motte, some steep slopes, the footprint of the early cathedral and names such as William the Conqueror, Eleanor of Aquitaine and William Marshall to remind us all of its heritage, this really is one special place. With the ruins well and truly inspected, it was down to the outer bailey for a spot of relaxation where monks once walked and prayed. We soon had most of the dogs of southern England on our heels so enough sticks were thrown to satisfy even the most energetic of our four-legged friends.

The whole school participated in the annual SATIPS General Knowledge Challenge, and with questions from about as many different areas and subject matter as you could imagine, this was thought provoking and fun.  This followed a very successful outing by our GK teams last week to an inter-schools’ competition where we came a very creditable 2nd place. Well done to all.

On the sporting front we had shooters out and about for a fixture at a local school and we were just pipped in a close and tense contest. Our rugby teams were in action, too, after a lay-off due to icy and frozen pitches, and slinky runs that would grace any All Blacks team were soon in evidence.
The Scholarship season is now upon us and we have had boys off to senior schools for Sport, Art and Drama awards and the Academic Scholarship days come in thick and fast now. All candidates go with our very best wishes. An example of one of our art candidate’s work, a sculptured bust in bronze, is pictured here and is on display in our main reception area.

We welcomed Dr Kate Adlam to the school to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Science of the Brain’. She made it clear from the get-go that the human brain has enormous computational powers which is a relief to all those trying out their Pythagorean Triples or their 5th Declension Latin noun lists. With slides and video presentations involving colour puzzle games, Charlie Chaplain images and more , this was a fun, thought provoking and enlightening session.
Later in the week we were all privileged to attend an inspirational talk in the Music School as part of our whole school weekly assemblies. We were asked to think about what qualities make for true leaders and words such as humility, courage and commitment were common themes.

LASER TAGGING and more  . . .
Of course, the weekend brings with it its own unique forms of entertainment for the boarders here. This weekend was no exception. We have always gone out and about for our laser fun. Now it was the turn for lasers to come to Horris Hill and they did with a vengeance. Making use of our wonderful grounds we had more sneaky action than in any Bond or Bourne movie and the boys who took part had the most amazing time on home turf.
If there were superheroes a-plenty in the Laser Tagging then even they could not match up to the superhero on show in town. A large group was out at the cinema to see the latest Lego Batman film and with favourites on show like the Joker and Robin, this was a great afternoon’s entertainment.

Evening Chapel
The week drew to a close with a lovely evening chapel service. With the chapel full, the choir robed up in red and with singing of a standard that would bless La Scala, Covent Garden or that iconic building by Jørn Utzon down under, we all went off to our respective houses, tired but content.

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