Posted on: February 5th 2017

Hurstmere House Report – January 2017

The 2016-2017 Hurstmere School House Competition is up and running!  Last year, Form Representatives and House Captains asked for students to be kept informed of the progress of the competition as it went along so here is the all-new house report, which will be written every half-term from now on.  This will allow you to know how your house is progressing and whether you’ve got some catching up to do or a lead to protect!

The House Competition

The standings as of January 25 are:










Miss Parris’ Literacy quizzes have been huge point-earners this year, with Caxton house gaining an advantage by successfully completing the most quizzes in 4 of the 8 competitions so far.

Mr. Blower has also organized a number of Art competitions with Chaucer and Sidney earning high scores in these.

Attendance checks and inter-house PE activities also added significantly to the scores so well done to everyone who has contributed positively to these.

There will be many more competitions in the weeks and months ahead so there remain plenty of opportunities for gaps to be narrowed and leads to change hands.

School Council and House Meetings

This year’s meetings are going well.  But we already have an eye on next year.  This half-term, Mr. Wright will be inviting applications for the four House Captain posts.  Look out for an announcement on this shortly.

Last term the School Council (your House Captains and Vice-captains) met with Mr. Wright to discuss current issues around the school. The main talking points were in response to the positive House meetings you had had earlier in the term. Well done to Sidney House in particular who had an 87% attendance by the form representatives.  Following the meeting the minutes were shared with the Senior Leadership Team and, if possible, agenda points were actioned.

Highlights of the minutes:

  • More Shelters in the play grounds
  • Lockers for KS4 pupils
  • House Competition running totals to be displayed on the school website
  • Higher turnout strategies for Captains to encourage better attended House meetings

Jack Petchey Awards

3 Jack Petchey Awards were won in the Autumn Term.  Congratulations to the following pupils:

Isaac Ayliffe – awarded for a selfless act of kindness outside of school.  Isaac has chosen to use his reward to take a group to the London Club for an exclusive golf day.

George Fitzpatrick – For leading the school’s points table in the Literacy Planet scheme.  Incidentally, the school has been one of the most successful in the world this year for points gained on this competition.  George is using his award to take a group to the cinema.

Callum Deppe – For the excellent attitude he has shown at the start of the sports leaders scheme.  …has decided to use his reward to kit the sports leaders out in smart new tops, which they will wear at events this year.

Many thanks for your continued involvement in the House Competition.

Mr James and Mr Wright



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Posted on: 20/09/2017

Totally Thames - Rivers of the World!

The  Rivers of the World project is run by the British Council, and aims to connect young people across the world with their local rivers and global partner schools. Hurstmere Art Department was successful in securing funding for our pupils to participate in this year's project. Twenty of our 'gifted and talented' pupils from year 8 and 9 took part in a two day Art workshop led by the visiting artist Shona Watt. The boys tackled the theme 'Resourceful River' - they investigated the range of fish that inhabit the River Thames and considered the issue of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans. They then produced an impressive body of sculpture in response - working to recycle waste plastic water and drink bottles into art work. The resulting work was digitally recorded by Shona and combined into a photo mural. This has subsequently been exhibited as part of the Totally Thames Festival - in the GLA City Hall and on the South Bank in front of the Tate Modern! Our photo mural has also been sent electronically to be exhibited in Lagos Nigeria along side the work of our 'Rivers' partner school New Hall Academy. The project continues into 2018 when Hurstmere boys will get another opportunity to work alongside a professional artist - this time responding to our partner school's river '5 Cowrie Creek' in Lagos. Well done and thank you to this year's participants - Louis Dunk, Harry Turner, Alfie Peacock, Max Kelsey, Sam I'Anson, Sami Salih, Sebastian Neofitou, Joe Greenfield, Ben James, Frankie Svoma, Harrison Prangnell, Scott Durden, Louis Clark, Andrew Fastiggi, Sam Parsons, Jesse McKenna, Marcelo Pita, Luc Hulf, Max Boles and Oscar Davies - their conduct, attitude and creativity made them exemplary artistic global ambassadors for Hurstmere School. Mr D Blower  Head of Art