Mowdenhall Mowden Hall School is a leading independent coeducational day and boarding preparatory school. 2018-07-17T12:06:31Z http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/feed/atom/ WordPress Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Mowden Rock Band in a Recording Studio]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18719 2018-07-17T12:06:31Z 2018-07-17T12:06:31Z Miss Humble and Mr Fowlds took the members of the school rock band to record a track in a professional recording studio in Newcastle....   Read More

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Miss Humble and Mr Fowlds took the members of the school rock band to record a track in a professional recording studio in Newcastle. The three singers, bass player, keyboardist, guitarist and drummer each recorded parts of the track and after several rehearsals and attempts, were able to lay down their track.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Mowden Leavers’ Dinner]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18718 2018-07-16T13:36:11Z 2018-07-16T13:36:11Z The Year 8 Leavers enjoyed a beautiful evening for their last night at the school, with everyone arriving in their best dinner suits and...   Read More

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The Year 8 Leavers enjoyed a beautiful evening for their last night at the school, with everyone arriving in their best dinner suits and dresses. After cocktails at the front of school, the meal was served by a lovely team from Pauline’s kitchen staff. All enjoyed a delicious three course dinner, during which speeches were made and the much treasured year-books were distributed by Mr Hadfield. The leavers all rocked the night away at the disco before eventually collapsing into their Mowden beds for the last time!
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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Leavers’ week at Loch Ken]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18693 2018-07-08T13:11:34Z 2018-07-08T13:11:34Z The Year 8 leavers had fantastic weather for their five day stay at Loch Ken, before returning to Mowden for the end of term...   Read More

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The Year 8 leavers had fantastic weather for their five day stay at Loch Ken, before returning to Mowden for the end of term formalities.  Staying at the Galloway Activity Centre on the shores of Loch Ken, they were able to try their hand at archery, climbing and abseiling; there was the amazing high swing and the immense water slide to enjoy on land, while out in the loch, they could sail, kayak and play on the water park floats. They took part in Laser Tag activities in the woods and had great fun throughout their stay.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Leavers’ Trip to the Lake District]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18571 2018-07-05T07:26:02Z 2018-07-05T07:26:02Z After receiving the great news of their successful Common Entrance results, the Year 8 children packed their ruck-sacks and headed for the Lake District,...   Read More

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After receiving the great news of their successful Common Entrance results, the Year 8 children packed their ruck-sacks and headed for the Lake District, where they enjoyed the early days of the current dry spell of weather. The first goal was to take part in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere, from where they headed for their accommodation for the rest of the week. The walks they went on were spectacular, with the fells and lakes looking their best in the bright sunshine. They enjoyed abseiling and rock climbing as an extra experience during their trip.
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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Year 6 Camp]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18570 2018-07-04T12:50:49Z 2018-07-04T11:48:56Z We set off on Friday and arrived at the Percys’ land, where we set up our tents. The weather was very hot but we...   Read More

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We set off on Friday and arrived at the Percys’ land, where we set up our tents. The weather was very hot but we managed to get all the tents up. After that we played some football and we had supper. In the morning, we had a cooked breakfast, followed by some free time. We went on a walk of about 8 km and had a picnic lunch at the top of the highest hill. We came down quite quickly. After supper, Sam and his family came and they gave us brownies. We went to bed at about 9.00pm. On the last day we took down our tents, packed up and left to go back to school.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Year 8 visit BBC TV Studios in Newcastle]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18398 2018-07-08T14:18:53Z 2018-07-08T13:53:39Z The Year 8s enjoyed a morning at the BBC as part of their varied and exciting post-exam programme. They were invited into the familiar...   Read More

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The Year 8s enjoyed a morning at the BBC as part of their varied and exciting post-exam programme. They were invited into the familiar studio where the Breakfast show, Look North and regular news and weather broadcasts are located. They were shown how shows are produced and what the members of the programming team had to do behind the scenes. They took turns at reading news bulletins and sitting in the interviewer’s seat.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[The Mowden Summer Fete]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18568 2018-07-02T15:28:09Z 2018-07-02T14:29:23Z There was superb weather for the school’s second attempt to hold the annual Summer Fete and everyone basked in the lovely sunshine, enjoying the...   Read More

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There was superb weather for the school’s second attempt to hold the annual Summer Fete and everyone basked in the lovely sunshine, enjoying the mass of exciting and beautifully set up stalls all around the lawns. The food stalls, with Year 4’s ice cream, the South African barbecue, the French café and cream teas were popular throughout the event. The snail races and “Beat the Goalie” games entertained visitors for hours. The Fire Brigade brought a fire tender from Hexham and the Discovery Zoo brought a selection of unusual animals for the children to meet. There was music from Mr Fowlds’ brass players, a bouncy castle and very popular face painting by “Crazy Kids”, among many other fabulous activities and stalls.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Un Jeu de Petanque]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18453 2018-06-27T10:22:48Z 2018-06-27T10:22:48Z In French Club this week, the Year 7 group battled it out for Carambars with a game of Boules or Pétanque as they say...   Read More

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In French Club this week, the Year 7 group battled it out for Carambars with a game of Boules or Pétanque as they say in Marseille. It was a first experience for some of the players, who used imaginative areas to launch their “Cochonnet” at the start of each “tour.” The top scorers in each group battled out a final game before retiring for une limonade and a Carambar Atomique in front of the film “La Petite Sirène – deux”.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Colts Cricket]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18325 2018-06-27T10:07:59Z 2018-06-27T10:07:59Z The school applauded Sam’s magnificent hat-trick in assembly this week, as he went on stage to be presented with his cricket ball by the...   Read More

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The school applauded Sam’s magnificent hat-trick in assembly this week, as he went on stage to be presented with his cricket ball by the headmaster. Here are some pictures of recent matches played by both Colts A and B sides. It is good to see French and Spanish children enjoying the chance to learn and play the game alongside their fellow Colts team members, and we have enjoyed watching their progress this term too.

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Mike Spencer <![CDATA[Songs for the Solstice Concert in Durham Cathedral]]> http://www.mowdenhall.co.uk/?p=18328 2018-06-25T18:42:29Z 2018-06-25T18:42:29Z The Joint Choirs of Mowden Hall and Cothill House perform at Durham Cathedral, 21 June. Following enjoyable and successful collaborations at St. Bride’s Fleet Street, Hexham Abbey...   Read More

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The Joint Choirs of Mowden Hall and Cothill House perform at Durham Cathedral, 21 June.
Following enjoyable and successful collaborations at St. Bride’s Fleet Street, Hexham Abbey and Winchester Cathedral in recent years, Mowden choir was delighted to be teaming up again with the boys of Cothill House for another joint venture – this time in the iconic and beautiful setting of Durham Cathedral.  On a perfect mid-summer evening, after many weeks of preparation (though with just two rehearsal opportunities together) and fortified for the occasion courtesy of Pizza Express, the performers took up their positions.
 
Songs for the Solstice featured an eclectic mix of mainly 20th Century sacred and secular choral music including works by George Gershwin, Geoffrey Burgon, Malcolm Archer and John Rutter.  The two choirs performed brilliantly both in their six joint items, and three individual choices, providing a feast of musical colour and contrast.  The programme also showcased excellent solos from our own Amelia on flute and Freddie on the bagpipes, as well as from Leo, Cothill’s gifted young violinist who astonishingly is still only in Year 5.  Congratulations to all the performers, and thanks to the accompanists and conductors (especially Graham Howell and Stephen Taylor, sine quibus non) to the many family members, friends and colleagues who supported the concert, and to Durham Cathedral for their helpfulness and hospitality.
A retiring collection was taken in aid of the Cathedral’s newly-launched Foundation 2020 fundraising initiative, which aims to provide a sustainable future for the repair of the historic medieval buildings. The two schools were thrilled to be able to perform on behalf of such a worthwhile cause; the concert will live long in our memories.
Margaret Roberson June 2018

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