Mowdenhall Mowden Hall School is a leading independent coeducational day and boarding preparatory school. 2017-12-12T18:35:27Z http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/feed/atom/ WordPress Debbie <![CDATA[MARIE CURIE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 10 DECEMBER 2017]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15671 2017-12-12T10:40:32Z 2017-12-12T10:40:32Z MARIE CURIE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 10 DECEMBER 2017 The week leading up to the Christmas Concert in St Mary’s Church, Stamfordham, had already seen an...   Read More

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MARIE CURIE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 10 DECEMBER 2017

The week leading up to the Christmas Concert in St Mary’s Church, Stamfordham, had already seen an array of high-profile events, and with the additional excitement of the Arctic Ball the night before, the children taking part would need to draw deeply upon their energy reserves for this much-anticipated Sunday evening commitment.

Sharing the billing with a local adult choir who sang some Advent repertoire, the Mowden performers responded superbly.  In a varied and entertaining programme, the readers held the sizeable audience’s attention with the clarity and authority of their delivery, solo singers captivated everyone with their confidence and musicality, and the Choir presented a delightful mixture of sacred and secular seasonal fare.  Among many highlights, stand-out moments included Katie’s spellbinding recitation of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Ghost Story’, James’s beautifully pitched performance of Handel’s ‘Silent Worship’ and Head-Chorister Lucy’s spirited rendition of the Lerner and Loewe classic ‘I could have danced all night’.

The warm applause given to all the performers demonstrated how much the audience had appreciated their efforts, and the evening concluded with mulled wine and mince pies provided by the Friends of the Marie Curie Hospice, Newcastle.  The success of the occasion was the result of weeks and months of planning and preparation by people too numerous to acknowledge here (although exceptions will be made for Simon Hampton and Linda Lord).  Thank you to everyone at school who helped in any way.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Christmas in Pre-Prep]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15618 2017-12-11T18:38:33Z 2017-12-11T18:38:33Z Children and staff in Pre-Prep have been going flat-out as Christmas has edged ever closer and the children have been faced with numerous challenges...   Read More

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Children and staff in Pre-Prep have been going flat-out as Christmas has edged ever closer and the children have been faced with numerous challenges and excitements. The Nativity and Christmas Play were a huge success and were performed to a very appreciative audience. A very special visitor turned up at the Christmas party and lots of fun was had in the gym. Christmas Lunch was a real feast and with everyone dressed in their fabulous Christmas jumpers, this too was a very special occasion.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[House Cross Country]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15566 2017-12-11T18:13:25Z 2017-12-11T18:13:25Z We couldn’t end the Christmas term without one of Mowden’s most popular events: The House Cross Country run! On a crisp, sunny day the...   Read More

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We couldn’t end the Christmas term without one of Mowden’s most popular events: The House Cross Country run! On a crisp, sunny day the Prep School children lined up as a Junior and then a Senior group. They set off around the grounds. There were some great performances by many strong runners, but an even greater number of those who find it harder, seemed to be putting in an enormous effort to get round the course in as fast a time as they could. Congratulations to all the runners.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Christmas Service]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15564 2017-12-11T15:27:32Z 2017-12-11T15:27:32Z St James’ Church, Newton, Saturday 9 December 2017 Christmas Service Linda Hunter officiated at our informal, family Christmas Service in St. James’ Church, newly...   Read More

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St James’ Church, Newton, Saturday 9 December 2017
Christmas Service
Linda Hunter officiated at our informal, family Christmas Service in St. James’ Church, newly adorned with a splendid Pompom Christmas tree (fast-becoming a Mowden trademark).  The sizeable congregation was treated to Nativity readings thoughtfully delivered by Katie and Reece, the Choir’s spirited rendition of two contrasting carols, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly and Following Along, prayers suitable for the season read by the children, and four well-loved congregational Carols.  Amidst the end of term festivities, the frantic present-buying and preparations for Christmas, it was good to have a brief period of stillness and reflection, and to be reminded, in Miss Hunter’s talk, of the most important gift of all.  Refreshments were served afterwards at the Headmaster’s house.
Margaret Roberson
We were pleased to welcome Linda Hunter back for the annual visit of the Corbridge Crib in our assembly on Monday.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Mowden Arctic Ball]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15463 2017-12-11T14:46:51Z 2017-12-11T14:46:51Z The now traditional pre-Christmas event of a school ball took the theme of The Arctic this year, which turned out to be perfectly appropriate!...   Read More

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The now traditional pre-Christmas event of a school ball took the theme of The Arctic this year, which turned out to be perfectly appropriate! Among the attractions at the party were The Wishing Tree, Roulette, Christmas Karaoke, a “Chiiling Room,” Sleigh ride photo booth, a snow machine. There were blueberry and bubblegum flavoured cocktails before dinner. As if entering Narnia, the children walked through an icy forest to arrive in the hall, which was decorated like a winter wonderland! After a fantastic feast, there was a massive disco, which everybody loved. Enormous thanks to all the staff who had spent hours preparing the rooms, the games and the delicious food.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Matfen Hall Christmas Concert]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15500 2017-12-08T21:16:28Z 2017-12-08T21:16:28Z The Mowden Hall choirs, readers, musicians and a great crowd of parents, relatives and friends came to The Great Hall at Matfen Hall to...   Read More

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The Mowden Hall choirs, readers, musicians and a great crowd of parents, relatives and friends came to The Great Hall at Matfen Hall to celebrate Christmas with a beaufully balanced selection of musical pieces and readings. The Concert Band played along to carols that the audience sang. The Choir sang a wonderful range of songs and soloists performed to their very best. The String Group excelled itself playing some Christmas favourites. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a drink and a mince pie. Our thanks to Matfen Hall staff, to Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett for again permitting us to use the Hall and to the music staff and pupils for their excellent entertainment.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Caribbean Calypso]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15431 2017-12-04T09:44:18Z 2017-12-04T09:43:09Z On Saturday, the boarders who not away on Rugby Tour enjoyed a little bit of tropical lifestyle after all the snow of last week, with...   Read More

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On Saturday, the boarders who not away on Rugby Tour enjoyed a little bit of tropical lifestyle after all the snow of last week, with their Caribbean Calypso evening. There was an obstacle course, including a limbo pole to negotiate set up in the gym. Music from Pirates of the Caribbean was being played in the backgtround to add to the exciting atmosphere. The Gappies got into the swing with their spectacular costumes and props, while everyone enjoyed chicken with hot sauce for supper.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Snowfall!]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15398 2017-12-02T14:40:45Z 2017-12-02T14:39:20Z Some of the heaviest snow for many years fell over Mowden on Thursday afternoon, providing an enormous snow park for the children (and staff!)...   Read More

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Some of the heaviest snow for many years fell over Mowden on Thursday afternoon, providing an enormous snow park for the children (and staff!) to enjoy. The whole school gathered for a group photo outside the front door as the snow began to settle. By Friday morning, there was deep snow all over the grounds, which was put to full use before the thaw set in at the weekend…

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Corbridge Christmas Tree Festival]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15389 2017-11-30T12:14:14Z 2017-11-30T12:14:14Z Insoired by our visit to see the Christmas trees in Corbridge Church last year, Mowden decided to enter a tree for this year’s Christmas...   Read More

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Insoired by our visit to see the Christmas trees in Corbridge Church last year, Mowden decided to enter a tree for this year’s Christmas Tree festival, taking the popular Mowden hobby of “Pompom Making” as our theme. A team of Boarding Prefects went to set up the tree in Corbridge on Thursday morning, along with its lights and colourful Christmas Pompoms, made by an army of contributors over the past week. Anybody in the Corbridge area should go and see the displays there, and look out for the Mowden Pompom special!

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Woodland Art]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=15349 2017-11-20T17:56:12Z 2017-11-20T17:56:12Z The boarders’ activity on Sunday was to create Woodland Art and Craft, working deep in the Mowden woods. Using a combination of artistic talent,...   Read More

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The boarders’ activity on Sunday was to create Woodland Art and Craft, working deep in the Mowden woods. Using a combination of artistic talent, wood-working skill and imagination, some impressive pieces were produced at the end of the afternoon. There were wreaths, chairs, a sofa and Fairy Gardens among the offerings.

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