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Summer Term

Pupils at Hurst Prep School performed two concerts at the end of the summer term; the Prep School Summer Concert and an informal music concert.

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Over 120 girls from Prep Schools in Sussex competed in track and field events at Hurstpierpoint College for the Girls’ Prep School Athletics Competition on Wednesday 21st May.

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Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Richard Hadfield, returned to his former school on Monday 2nd June. He gave an inspirational talk to Hurst pupils about the importance of having ambition and working hard to achieve their dreams.

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Pirates, fairies and crocodiles took over the Hurst Pre-Prep sports day on Wednesday 14th May, with children dressed for the theme of Peter Pan.

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As Hurst Prep continues to support ICT development for school children living in Sri Lanka, equally ground-breaking activity is underway in Rwanda, thanks to a new language-based project.

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Children in the Pre-Prep have discovered the excitement of science in a week-long event featuring brain-boggling experiments.

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Pupils at Hurst Prep are one step closer to enhancing the lives of children in Sri Lanka after weeks of fundraising.

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Year 5 pupils have visited Woods Mill in Henfield for a morning of bugs, birds and badgers.

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The moment that designers unveil their products for consumer testing is always loaded with excitement, not least when the clients are Year One pupils at Hurst.

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Henry VIII was the focus of a compelling presentation at Hurst this week by historian, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, of the New College of Humanities in London.

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Lent Term

Year Six pupils have put their two-wheel skills to the test during a week of Bikeability courses.

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In the busy Hurst community, pupils are always engaged and active, but last week the Prep School created a temporary Prayer Space to encourage pause for thought about our wider world.

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Children in the Pre-Prep brought audiences to their feet when they performed a delightful Dance Showcase in the Bury Theatre.

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Pupils from the Prep School showcased their far-reaching musical talent last week in a fun and informal concert.

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Michaelmas Term 2013

A party has been held to mark the 20th anniversary of girls entering the Prep School at Hurst.

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When Pre-Prep boys and girls entered the College Chapel to perform Whoops a Daisy Angel their parents were in for a treat.

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Year 3 visited The Brighton Museum to find out more about Ancient Eygpt!

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Year 7 and 8 began the festive season at Hurst with performances of A Christmas Carol in the College's Bury Theatre last week.

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HicksteadCollege show jumpers have collected prize rosettes on an exciting day of competiton at Hickstead.

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Hurst FestivalThe Jazz Choir sang for the residents of Ribbetts House in Hurstpierpoint Village as part of the annual Hurst Festival.

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Drum workshopPrep School pupils were given licence to be loud when a drum workshop arrived at Hurst.

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Summer Term 2013

Belgium Tour35 Hurst Prep School pupils embarked on a first ever European music tour across Belgium during the summer holiday.

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Prep IAPS 2013The annual Prep School IAPS athletics meeting brought together nearly 400 competitors from 25 schools for a day of track and field drama and fun.

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ShowjumpingPrep and Senior School showjumpers have qualified for the National Schools Equestrian Association’s (NSEA) Championships.

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PlanetariumPrep School pupils travelled through space for a closer look at constellations, planets and the sun when a mobile planetarium arrived at the College.

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ConfirmationTwenty members of the College community were confirmed at our Pentecost Service by Bishop Mark of Horsham.

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Science FairThe Pre-Prep Science Fair produced the wow factor when Year 8s gave Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 their first taste of lab-based experiments.

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LewesYear Six pupils have explored the life and times of the Normans at the near 1000 year old Lewes Castle.

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Gti ScienceThe Prep School’s Gifted, Talented and Interested (GTi) series has launched into action this term with an exciting science session including bubbles, slime and rockets.

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First CommunionHurst held its second annual First Communion service in April for pupils too young to be confirmed.

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Woods MillYear 5 pupils travelled to Woods Mill near Henfield to analyse different creatures and habitats ahead of their Key Stage Two studies on the life cycle.

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Sports Day 2013Pre-Prep pupils dressed as the illusive character from Where's Wally had a fantastic day of games and races at this year's sports day.

 

 

 

 

GalaCaptain “Jack” Carter and her band of pirates had an action-packed morning on the first of two Pre-Prep swimming galas.

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Author DayChildren’s author and illustrator Steve Smallman delivered a delightful afternoon of storytelling and artistry as part of the Pre-Prep Creative Arts Week.

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Dt ChairsChairs built by Sixth form Design and Technology students have been put to the test by a class of “clients” from the Pre-Prep.

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Lent Term 2013

 

CharityA Hurst Prep School pupil whose twin brother lives with Cerebral Palsy has presented the Dame Vera Lynn Trust with a cheque for £1100 to support families affected by the condition.

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NetballHurst's U13A, U14A and 1st VII netball teams have won the Sussex Knock Out Cup, making 2013 the College's most successful year in the tournament.

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Choral FestivalHolmewood House and Pennthorpe Prep School choirs attended Hurst for a choral festival culminating in a sublime evening concert of church anthems.

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ClassicsA group of girls and boys returned from this year's Classics Reading Competition having achieved seven individual wins across all three of the competition's categories.

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Syncopated PsalmsThe voices of over 100 Prep School pupils filled the campus’ chapel last night for an event titled Syncopated Psalms, including a twelve-piece professional band.

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MusicVisitors to the Music School’s concerts are always spoilt with a diversity of styles and genres but the annual Winners’ Concert is perhaps the most wide-ranging of them all.

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bandaBoys and girls from The Banda School in the suburbs of Nairobi returned to Hurst for the third time as part of their hockey tour of England.

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iPad ConferenceHurstpierpoint College Prep School pupils showcased the school’s ‘Digital Pencil Case’ initiative in London last week to hundreds of educational and technology delegates from across the world.

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Red Nose DayCakes made by the children raised £40 pounds for Red Nose Day.

 

Lemon Lights Children used lemons to make batteries. They made enough energy to light up a small LED.

 

RainforestChildren and their parents were amazed to discover the Pre-Prep transformed into a rainforest for the start of what seemed like another normal day at school.

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Pre-Prep DanceThe College’s youngest stars took to the stage last week to perform in the annual Pre-Prep Dance Recital.

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Fire of LondonThe dramatic story of The Great Fire of London has been told through a day of fun re-enactment and tasks for the children.

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Preston ManorChildren made baked apples and lemonade using lemon juice, water, sugar and bicarbonate of soda (to make it fizzy), when they visited Preston Manor.

They also visited the boot room, looked at a posser, a dolly, a washboard and a mangle, which are the things the servants used to use to wash clothes.

 

SnowThe children in Pre-Prep are really enjoying the snowy weather. We have snowmen and snowballs in abundance!

 

 

 

 

Booth MuseumReception classes (Penguins and Dolphins) visited the Booth Museum in Brighton to learn more about fossils. They saw many interesting exhibits and interactive displays, including this giant ammonite. The visit was to support our current topic, 'Out of the Swamp'.

 

 

 

Michaelmas Term 2012

Chestnut Tree HouseHurstpierpoint College has raised over fourteen thousand pounds for the charity Chestnut Tree House hospice in 2012.

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NativityFamilies gathered inside the Hurstpierpoint College chapel yesterday to watch the Prep School’s Year Three and Four perform the Christmas nativity.

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Dance ShowcaseInspired by artists, choreographers, composers and events related to Great Britain, the 2012 Dance Showcase delivered a programme of energy and creativity inside the College's Bury Theatre.

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CSI KIDSScience labs at Hurst Prep School were transformed into a CSI headquarters this week when a former Metropolitan Police detective visited for a day of fun forensic activities.

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Show JumpingThe Hurstpierpoint College Team Show Jumping Competition at Hickstead has, for the fifth year running, offered a glimpse at the emerging equestrian talent from across Sussex and Surrey.

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Coffee MorningHurst has joined thousands of people from far and wide to support the Macmillan Cancer Support World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

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Kew GardensYear 8 students embarked on an exciting art project when they visited London’s famous Kew Gardens.

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Chestnut Tree HouseHurstpierpoint College has raised over fourteen thousand pounds for the charity Chestnut Tree House hospice in 2012.

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Bird Man The 'Bird Man' came to visit the Pre-Prep School with an Owl, Bald Eagle and Hawk. The children watched in amazement as the rare birds flew above them in the large sports hall.

 

Bear ShelterThe Pre-Prep Turtle class went into the "Forest Garden" to learn some woodland skills and built a shelter for their Hurst bear.

Hat MakingParents from Shark Class were invited to help the children make hats for the Christmas part.

Crawley retirement homeYear 2 children have visited a retirement home for elderly residents in Crawley.
The children sang songs they had performed in the Nativity as well as a selection of popular tunes that they sing in school and some Christmas carols. The children also spent some time talking to the residents before making their journey home.

Nativity The Hurst Pre-Prep nativity has delighted an audience inside the College chapel with an engaging performance of the Christmas story.

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Fireworks

The Prep and Pre-Prep Schools hosted the annual fireworks night on Friday, organised by the Hurst Parents Association.

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PoetChildren's author and illustrator visits Hurst Pre-Prep

Eileen Browne, children's author and illustrator, has visited Hurst Pre-Prep as part of Book Week.  Creator of the well known and loved picture books ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Handa’s Hen’, Eileen spent time with each Year Group, reading stories and talking about the creative process. After explaining how story ideas develop into published books, Eileen also led creative drawing workshops.

Literacy SkillsHurst Pre-Prep children forging ahead with literacy skills

One of the prime objectives of Hurst Pre-Prep is to take boys and girls on a journey where they move from ‘learning to read’ towards ‘reading to learn’ in the three years that they spend in the school.

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Teddy Bears PicnicTeddy Bears Picnic

The Pre-Prep children celebrated their first full week of the new term by bringing their teddy bears for a picnic in the garden.

The whole school gathered together to share a feast of sandwiches, fresh fruit and raw vegetable sticks. It was an enjoyable and healthy picnic and the bears did not miss their jars of honey at all.

 

drumming workshopDrumming Workshop

On Friday 31st August Year 2 were lucky enough to attend a Drumming Workshop.

Ollie Heath, Drummer, helped the children to create different rhythms using a variety of drums and percussion instruments.

As an exciting finale he used a chaos pad to record the children's performance.

 

Summer Term 2012

HicksteadPrep School Show Jumpers have competed in the Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Championships at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.

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Heroes Run 2012Prep School staff and students have transformed themselves into heroes to run in aid of the charity Pass It On Africa.

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iPad SuccessWhen Apple’s iPad fell from the innovation tree Hurst’s Year 7 pupils were ready to catch and build it into their “Digital Pencil Case” for the classroom.

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showcase 2012Dance Showcase Produces Star Quality

The Hurst Annual Dance Showcase is going from strength to strength with thoroughly entertaining performances from pupils across all three schools.

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Big Dance 2012Hurst has taken part in an international attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest multi-venue simultaneous dance routine.

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Lent Term 2012

 

dance showcase 2012The Hurst Annual Dance Showcase is going from strength to strength with thoroughly entertaining performances from pupils across all three schools.

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cup_winnersHurstpierpoint College has swept the floor to become County Hockey Champions across four different age groups, in the boys’ Sussex Cup competitions. 

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classics readingVeni Vidi Vici

Hurst takes part in the Annual Classics Reading Competition.

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narniaThrough the Wardrobe - Narnia comes to Hurst

Hurst’s Pre Prep students have been taken on a journey that they’re certain not to forget, as they entered the magical realm of Narnia.

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Year One Design Technicians

year one DTYear One were very excited to be able to help a class of Senior School pupils today. The pupils, all from our 6th form, have been challenged by their DT teacher to design and make a chair suitable for 5-6yr olds…Year One were of course bursting with ideas.

 

 

 

Two Headed MonsterTwo-Headed Boy!

Two-headed boy A two-headed boy was spotted on the Pre-prep playground during a fire practice. Michele Finnegan, the Head, said ‘In all my years of teaching, I have never seen anything quite like this!'

pirate dayYear 1 Pirate Day

Year 1 children dressed as their favourite pirate character and followed clues on a treasure hunt around the school.

 

 

 

 

painter prizesYoung Artists Pick Up Prizes

Earlier on in the year, ‘Sightsavers’ – The Haywards Heath charity – invited children from schools across the country to enter their ‘Junior Painter of the Year’ competition. The theme was ‘I care about...’. At the beginning of this term, the winners were announced. We were thrilled that two of the six winners were Hurst’s very own Louie Tegerdine and Harry Bostock! We love Louie’s ‘Magic Teddy’ and Harry’s ‘I care about elephants’ paintings as much as the judges did.

monstersMonsters on the loose!

Keep a look out for these terrifying monsters which were created in Art Club earlier in the term.

 

harvest festivalHarvest Festival

Parents joined the Pre-Prep and the Prep school for our Harvest celebration in the Chapel. The Pre-Prep teachers were tremendously proud of their children’s enthusiastic singing.

pre prep school photoSay Cheese!

Whole school photo from the beginning of the school term.

 

 

 

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