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Posted on: June 16th 2017

New House Captains

During May we witnessed the hotly anticipated House captain elections. To make the procedure as real as possible we introduced an electoral register to this year’s process which required form groups to sign, collect a polling card and in turn complete ballot papers. After weeks of competitive campaigning each house had the opportunity to vote for their new Captains and Vice-captains. This year we held individual House candidate debates on the stage in the hall which were recorded and shown to each House before they voted.  The debates were extremely thought provoking and entertaining and thanks goes to Mr Richardson, James Rantell, Harry Holyhead and the Hurstmere News team, for their hard work in filming and editing the final films. I am sure this was an excellent showcase for the budding nominees.  Additionally, all candidates spent time talking to form groups at tutor time and in the playgrounds. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who applied and despite only 8 being chosen for the captain roles, all those who entered can be extremely proud of their hard work and commitment to serve their individual Houses. Well done to you all. The 2017 results are as follows:

Caxton House - Tristin Freeman (C) and Billy French (VC)

Chaucer House - Matthew Smith (C) and Tom Horak (VC)

Cobham House  - Zal Motafram (C) and Alfie Wallace (VC)

Sidney House -   Sam Leamon (C) and Taylor Hawkes (VC)

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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