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Friday 28 June 2013 IS S U E 23 7

What’s New? Weekly Newsletter from New Hall Senior School

In this issue, Green Card Trip P.2 Design Exhibition P.3 Tennis Champions P.3


Events SAT 29 JUN 7.00pm Year 13 Leavers’ Dinner TUE 2 JUL U14 Boys Cricket T20 Festival 5.00—7.00pm Art Department Exhibition Private View

‘Moving Pictures’ Dance Show This week, the annual dance show was held at the Chelmsford Civic Theatre. With students taking part from both the Senior and Preparatory Schools, there was a wealth of talent on display. This years show featured music from classic and modern films including The Lion King, Grease and Forrest Gump. Highlights included a heart-warming rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’, from Toy Story, by Years 1 & 2 Primary Tap; a dramatic performance to music from Romeo and Juliet by the Dance Company and an explosive finale dance to ‘That’s Entertainment’.

SPORTS DAY The most exciting House event of the year took place on Saturday, with each House battling it out at Sports Day. Despite a wet start, the weather soon brightened up and allowed all events to take place. Congratulations to Pole House who were crowned the winners. Records from Sports Day are overleaf. SPORTS DAY PHOTOGRAPHS Professional photographs from the Senior School Sports Day are now available to view online here: To view the gallery, click on ‘Client login’ and select the gallery ‘New Hall Sports Day 2013’. For the password, please see the Clarion Call which was sent this week.

WED 3 JUL Year 9 Girls English Trip to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre THU 4 JUL 7.00—8.30pm Years 7-9 Prize Giving FRI 5 JUL 2.00—3.30pm Senior School End of Year Mass SAT 6 JUL 10.30am—12.00pm Years 10-13 Prize Giving


NATIONAL SHORT STORY WEEK YOUNG WRITER This year, students from Years 7 and 8 took part in the National Short Story Week Young Writer competition. Congratulations to Conall Hornett (Year 7) who was shortlisted and will have his story published in a free ebook anthology to be released in time for this year’s National Short Story Week. The judges complimented all of the New Hall students who took part with their imaginative stories. Congratulations to all the students who took part: Charles Mabbutt (Year 8), Toby Brown (Year 7), Finlay Hansen (Year 8), Piers Brown (Year 7), Conall Hornett (Year 7), Alice McLeish (Year 7), Chloe Elsom (Year 7), India Armstrong (Year 7), Rachael OpokuManu (Year 7), and Ellena Collett (Year 7).



Harry Lawrence (Year 10)



Joshua Wright (Year 10)

High Jump


Joe McQuillan (Year 10)



Stephen Tulley (Year 10)

200 metres


Joshua Hallett (Year 7)

800 metres


Jessica Whiley (Year 7)



Leon Dougan (Year 7)

High Jump


Henry Wood (Year 7)

800 metres


Max Williams (Year 8)



Nicholas Cowen (Year 8)

Long Jump


Oliver Bluck (Year 8)

Triple Jump


William Evans (Year 9)

GIRL GUIDE Sophie Bolwell-Davies (Year 7) is hoping to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Japan in 2015. She has to attend an International Opportunities Weekend, this weekend, where four Guides, Rangers or Senior Section will be chosen from Essex North East. The four individuals will then be put forward for an Anglia Selection Weekend at Pax Lodge in November for one of 27 places for the whole of the Anglia Region. Good luck to Sophie in gaining a place for this exciting opportunity.

1500 metres


Arran Rae (Year 12)




Jack Robinson (Year 12)



Southwell House

GREEN CARD TRIP On Thursday 20 June, Mr Smith(erin) and Mrs McGlynn (agall) led a trip to the Harry Potter Studios to celebrate the achievement of the top 50 Green Card winners. The students enjoyed the many activities, including flying through London on broomsticks, drinking butterbeer and shopping in the massive gift shop. A truly magical time was had by all!

On Saturday 22 June, the NHVS Riding for the Disabled Group held their ‘Musical Ride’ which they had been working towards this term. It was performed to Country & Western music and even involved all of the helpers dressing up in cowboy attire! This was a special event planned to celebrate 15 years of the group meeting at Rawreth Equestrian Centre, and thanks go to Mrs Leathley and her team for making it a wonderful success. NHVS CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY Thank you for all your generous donations for Children’s Holiday, and to the volunteers who came in on Tuesday to sort through them. We would still be extremely grateful for further donations of swimwear or young boys’ clothing (t-shirts, shorts, trousers, hoodies) aged 6-8. Donations can be handed in (by Wednesday 3 July, please) at main school reception, marked for NHVS, with your son/daughter’s name and tutor group. Thank you.


DATE FOR YOUR DIARY—NHPA CHRISTMAS BALL The date for this year's New Hall Parents' Association Christmas Ball will take place on Saturday 7 December at Stock Brook Manor Country Club. Tickets will be £80 per person and tables will be for 10 people. If you would like to reserve a table, please email Annette Cotton (


CHARITY CD Nathan Lambert (Year 11) is hoping to help Chelmsford's Mayor's charity fundraising effort by making the CD of his new album (available on iTunes), ‘Nathan Lambert acoustic’ available for a £2 donation to The J's Hospice. Nathan's CD is available from Mrs Judd in Learning Development. You can hear some of Nathan's music at

On Wednesday 26 June, the NHVS celebrated the end of the year for their regular lunchtime guests with a Strawberry Tea for over 80 visitors. Entertainment was provided by the Preparatory School’s Infant Choir, who sang a selection of seasonal songs. Thank you to the Cookery Department and Mrs Ellice for all of the delicious cakes. We are especially grateful to our volunteers who have supported the Year 12 student leaders throughout the year in running our three lunchtime groups; Tuesday Tuck -In, Red Cross Lunches and Friday Feast.

Sport For full sport results, match reports and team lists, go to EQUESTRIAN NSEA SHOW JUMPING Congratulations to Joanna Thorogood (Year 9) and her mount Arctic Monkey who represented the school at the Felbridge NSEA Show Jumping competition and qualified to compete in the 110cm class at the NSEA championships in October.



On Friday 21 June students, staff and Governors joined the Design and Technology Department to celebrate the success of the Year 11 students at the Three Dimensional Design Exhibition. Over the past two academic years at GCSE Three Dimensional Design students have been busy experimenting, designing and making innovative and visually dynamic products. The course has also challenged students to research ideas, think creatively and use existing artists, designers and architects to help influence their own work. Students have produced a number of eye-catching products based on three units of work: Coat rack inspired by ‘Nature’, a bird box inspired by ‘Family Trees’ and a light inspired by ‘Journey’ or ‘Fusion’. The Design & Technology Department have given guidance and advice, but ultimately, the work produced has been designed and made by the students and they are to be congratulated on the fantastic work exhibited.

Holly Haslam (Year 7), John Murphy (Year 8) and James Holt (Year 6) took part in the Independent Schools Junior Open at the Shire Golf Club this week. They played very well, both individually and as a team, on a very long and tricky golf course. They were playing alongside some of the best juniors in the country and Holly did exceptionally well to win the girls’ net score. TENNIS AEGON COUNTY CHAMPIONS Following on from the U13 boys AEGON county championship success, the U15 boys team won their AEGON county final against Chigwell School, 12-0, this week. This means that, for the first time, New Hall have won both the U13 and U15 boys county championships in the same season. Congratulations to the U15 team: James Caddies (Year 9), Jacob Ducksbury (Year 9), Jack Blackwell

UNIFORM SHOP SUMMER HOLIDAY APPOINTMENTS To reduce the possibility of queuing, an appointment system is in place at the Uniform Shop during the summer holidays. The service operates as a priority over drop-in customers and can be used for either full or part uniform requirements.


(Year 9) and Richard Barber (Year 10). Both the U15 and U13 teams will now progress to the regional knock-out stage in September.

TRIATHLON EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS Two New Hall students travelled to Turkey last week to compete in the European Championships, representing Team GB. Arran Rae (Year 12) and Oliver Swallow (Year 10) were selected to attend the event because of their exceptional results in triathlon over the last year. Oliver Swallow achieved 4th place overall in the 15-19 year olds category, with all of the other athletes being considerably older than him. Arran Rae took 6th place, this probably being his best result in all his years of racing, beating top athletes that normally just pip him at the post. The Team Manager for Great Britain commented after the race that the competition was the hardest she had seen and the performances of the young New Hall athletes was outstanding.

ST GEORGE’S SENIOR PAIRS This week, New Hall took part in the St George’s Senior Pairs competition. The boys did exceptionally well against some very strong opposition and both made it through to the semi-finals. The results were as follows: 1st pair: Tom Styles (Year 13) and Oliver Bickley (Year 12): Eton College

Won 6-4

St Paul’s School

Won 6-5

Hampton School

Won 6-3

Bradfield College

Won 6-2

Reed’s School (semi-final)

Lost 6-2

PICTURE OF THE WEEK This week’s picture is by Isabelle Davies (Year 10).

2nd pair: Joe Clark (Year 13) and James Caddies (Year 9): Abingdon College

Won 6-2

Royal Grammar School

Won 6-0

Marlborough College

Won 6-5

Radley College

Won 6-1

St George’s, Weybridge (semi-final)

Lost 6-3



The solution to last week’s challenge was: These words have homonyms (words that sound or are spelt the same) or homophones (words that sound the same) There were seven winners this week: Sam Stockwell, William Summers, Fay Archer (all Year 10), Will Evans (Year 9), George Readings, Lucas Bowers (both Year 8) and Hannah Greenland (Year 5). This week’s challenge is: What does this represent: CHIMADENA?

On Tuesday afternoon, the annual staff and student tennis match took place. It was the most competitive competition to date, with some exceptional tennis from both the students and the staff. Congratulations to the winners, Mrs Mackay and Cameron Isbell (Year 7). Well done to all of the staff and students who took part and thank you to everyone who came to support them.

Please submit your answers to Miss Tait, in the Library.

What’s New? is issued every Friday during the school term. If you have any news which you would like to be published in an edition of What’s New?, please contact Miss Powell by email to before 4.00pm on Wednesdays.


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