Mowdenhall Mowden Hall School is a leading independent coeducational day and boarding preparatory school. 2018-11-16T14:50:03Z http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/feed/atom/ WordPress Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Year 7 day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19706 2018-11-14T12:56:26Z 2018-11-14T12:56:26Z Year 7 had a truly fantastic day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Barbara Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. The perfect weather allowed the...   Read More

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Year 7 had a truly fantastic day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Barbara Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. The perfect weather allowed the pupils to experience and explore the Sculpture Park and galleries observing famous sculptures created by artists such as Giuseppe Penone, Jaume Plensa, Mister Finch and Ai Wei Wei. The pupils engaged fully in finding out about each sculpture and loved discussing what the meaning behind the art work is. The boys especially stepped up to be spokesmen and immersed themselves in their roles. We discovered a wide variety of resources for their project back in school and can’t wait to get started!

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Noah’s Ark, or The Shipwight’s Ancient Play, or Dirge]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19682 2018-11-12T14:28:51Z 2018-11-12T14:28:51Z One of the oldest plays written in the English language was performed in our Tuesday service in St James’ Church recently. The actors, all...   Read More

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One of the oldest plays written in the English language was performed in our Tuesday service in St James’ Church recently. The actors, all from Mowden’s Year 7, retold the story of Noah, his wife, Deus and Deabolus, not forgetting their friend, Angelus. The costumes were splendid, the carefully arranged music very fitting and the actors performed in the original language with extraordinary confidence. This Miracle play was perfomed, according to the oldest records, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the ordinary of the coopers in 1426.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Remembrance Service]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19689 2018-11-09T19:11:40Z 2018-11-09T19:11:40Z The whole school assembled outside Saint James’ Church, Newton for the act of Remembrance, which was conducted by Miss Hunter in the churchyard. The...   Read More

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The whole school assembled outside Saint James’ Church, Newton for the act of Remembrance, which was conducted by Miss Hunter in the churchyard. The new bells were ringing for the first time in an official capacity and they sounded magical. The ringers had put together an incredible round, which had variety of speed and volume, which was especially skilled as the bells were half muffled for the occasion. The Last Post and the Reveille separated by the two minute silence, was played by Mr Fowlds, James L, Archie C and Isla G-C. The Poppy Cannon fired off red petals from the top of the tower and then everyone moved inside to continue the service. The choir sang ‘By the River’ by Aaron Copland beautifully as their anthem, and the whole congregation sang each hymn, including the National Anthem with pride and confidence.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Mowden Hall Reading Competition 2018]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19638 2018-11-12T13:59:09Z 2018-11-12T13:59:09Z The Reading Competition took place over a period of five days, with each set of finalists reading from different consecutive parts of a text...   Read More

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The Reading Competition took place over a period of five days, with each set of finalists reading from different consecutive parts of a text or piece of poetry. As usual, the standard was extremely high this year, as we all enjoyed the chance to listen to a great variety of writing styles and reading skills. Our thanks and congratulations go to all children in the Prep School for taking part, the four finalists in each year group, the English staff, who helped to coach the readers and to the judges, whose unlucky task it was to select a winner from such a high standard of performances.
The chosen readings and the results were as follows:
Year 4
Varjak Paw by S F Said
Joint 3rd – Leonardo, Freddie and Hugo, 2nd – Serena and 1st – Thomas. Judge: Mrs Knight

Year 5
The Spider and The Fly, by Mary White

1st – Fen 2nd – Annie Joint 3rd – Hope and Harry Judge: Mr Shaw-Kew

Year 6
The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

First place – Lilly Second Place – Isabella and Fergus Joint Third place – Philip equal 3rd. Judge: Mrs Denham

Year 7
The Pied Piper, of Hamelin, by Robert Browning

1st Kitty 2nd Shannon 3rd =Issey and Isla. Judge: Mr Hadfield

Year 8
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

First place was awarded to Nancy, runners up included James, Myrtle and Isla. Judge: Mr Spencer

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Bonfire and Fireworks]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19637 2018-11-07T11:14:49Z 2018-11-07T11:14:49Z We held our annual Bonfire and firework party this year with a great number of visitors in attendance, starting with delicious and warming snacks...   Read More

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We held our annual Bonfire and firework party this year with a great number of visitors in attendance, starting with delicious and warming snacks at the pavilion. Many families came with children from thoughout the Mowden community and watched the spectacular fireworks over Park Field before adjourning to the bonfire, guided by the Jack ‘O Lanterns. The huge bonfire went up quickly and burned furiously in the gusty wind. It was a fabulous evening, conducted in a friendly and exciting atmosphere around the fire and the dark lawns.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Bay of Naples Half Term Trip]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19493 2018-10-30T17:25:44Z 2018-10-29T18:08:31Z Twenty children jetted off to Naples for the first part of half term, for a great variety of exciting and varied experiences. Having settled...   Read More

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Twenty children jetted off to Naples for the first part of half term, for a great variety of exciting and varied experiences. Having settled into their hotel, the group explored the eerie world of the catacombs on the first full day. They had a fascinating tour of Pompeii and went on a boat trip to visit Capri, and the Blue Cave, a short boat trip from the mainland. With still a day to go, the children explored the town and found out a bit about Italian ice cream making…
To see photos, and read about each day of the trip, click the links below:
Catacombs and Pompeii
Capri and Grotta Azzurra
Modern Italy and Gelateria

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Year 8 Play: The Ghost Walks Again]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19408 2018-10-17T13:15:10Z 2018-10-17T13:15:10Z Half term begins with a lavish SRH production in which the North-East meets detectives, murder, mystery, ghosts and devious plots. Opening at the Newton...   Read More

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Half term begins with a lavish SRH production in which the North-East meets detectives, murder, mystery, ghosts and devious plots. Opening at the Newton WI, where a group of mature ladies meet to follow a course in “Practical Detection.” Their attepts at sleuthing lead them to sites of past criminal events around the area and eventually to the scene of a gruesome murder on what is locally known as the Newcastle to Haltwhistle “Ghost Train.” The supposed murder victim, Wullie the Phantom Piper, makes a terrifying appearance to the railway passengers! The plot moves on to the home of Brian and Sharon MacBeth, whose revolting cheese scones are legendary and cause further murder and mayhem to occur as the play reaches its conclusion. The songs and incidental music written and directed by Margaret Roberson and Mick Fowlds add great flavour to SRH’s production as do the fabulous scenery, effects, lighting and acting.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Choral Day at Glenalmond College]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19358 2018-10-17T12:45:09Z 2018-10-17T12:45:09Z On Sunday 14th October a small group of Year 7 girls set off for an adventurous day in Scotland, joining pupils from four Scottish...   Read More

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On Sunday 14th October a small group of Year 7 girls set off for an adventurous day in Scotland, joining pupils from four Scottish prep schools (and the Glenalmond Chapel Choir) to prepare for an evening service at Glenalmond College. The sedate journey saw us arrive at 11.00am where we met Isla D and our three guides for the day. The children enjoyed the mixture of short rehearsals, fun activities and regular meal breaks throughout the day.

The evening service was excellent, the chapel was full, our eight girls sang energetically, and Isla D delivered her reading with confidence.

After the service we ventured in to Perth for an evening meal at Paco’s restaurant, probably better described as a banquet. We stayed overnight at Glenalmond, leaving after breakfast on Monday and called in to Seahouses for lunch before arriving home at 2.00pm.

Well done to Mrs Roberson and Miss Serbrock for making the trip both enjoyable and successful.

Mick Fowlds

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Year 5 at STEM in Newcastle]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19311 2018-10-12T13:02:10Z 2018-10-12T13:02:10Z Some Year 4 and 5 girls spent the day learning and experimenting with scientific and technological processes at a STEM day hosted by Westfield...   Read More

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Some Year 4 and 5 girls spent the day learning and experimenting with scientific and technological processes at a STEM day hosted by Westfield School. The girls were thoroughly engaged in all the activities and returned with interesting technological trophies resulting from their learning experiences. They enjoyed programming microbits among other processes.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Rugby Match]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=19223 2018-10-10T16:36:34Z 2018-10-10T16:36:34Z On Wednesday, several teams were out playing rugby and hockey matches at home and away. The 1sts played rugby  against Aysgarth at home, so...   Read More

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On Wednesday, several teams were out playing rugby and hockey matches at home and away. The 1sts played rugby  against Aysgarth at home, so here are some photos of their game on a very warm, sunny afternoon on Park Field. Also playing against the same school on the other pitches were the Under 9s, Under 10s and Under 11s.

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