Hipperholme Grammar School: Junior performance hour

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Junior School pupils had the opportunity last week to perform to their classmates, teachers and parents in the annual Music Performance Hour.

This term, as always, there was an eclectic range of talents on show from the school’s choir, hand chime ringers and soloists. The performance began with some ex-junior pupils showing how they had progressed with the Senior School guitar group, followed by the reception and year one ballet group. The showcase was led by the effervescent music teacher Mrs Zarneh who always brings energy and fun to any occasion.

Pupils collect for flood appeal

Most charity collections in schools involve non-uniform days or bun sales to raise money but pupils at Hipperholme Grammar School collected the actual items needed to help with local flood relief.

Having contacted the local helpers the school was told that bottled water, non-perishable food and cleaning products would be better than money and so finance manager Tracey Owens organised collection points throughout the school. One pupil used all his pocket money to buy mops and buckets and at the end of the two week collection window two van-fulls of items were dispatched.

Cross country team success

This term, despite atrocious weather conditions Hipperholme’s Senior Cross Countries teams have had a huge level of success across the North of England. Firstly, at the Calderdale championships, a team of 28 runners, that is over 10 per cent of the whole school, competed in very muddy conditions. Ella

Clark, Myles Stick and Lucy Taylor were successful in their races and will now represent Calderdale.

In the Independent Schools Association Northern Championships, held in Ormskirk, the team again took on the conditions as well as other competitors. Hannah Coe came second out of 90 runners in her age group and will now represent the ISA North at the National Championships later this term. She will be joined by

Harry Barraclough, Jack Wilcock and George Gillgrass who all came in the top ten. We will never know how high up Mollie McDaid could have come as she lost one of her shoes in the deep mud half way round but continued on to a creditable 16th out of 75. Perseverance being as important as success.