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Whole School Student Leadership Conference meets for the first time!

Whole School Student Leadership Conference meets for the first time!

3rd September 2015
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Whole School Student Leadership Conference meets for the first time!

3rd September 2015

At the end of the Summer Term the newly formed whole school Student Leadership Team attended their first conference at the Hall Cross Lower school site. After the initial introductions, tea and coffee, the team got started. There was a packed agenda where students discussed an array of initiatives and actions. ...

...Part of the conference included deciding on our whole school initiative: the improvement of form time and co-planning of learning experiences. These will be at the forefront of the team’s actions from September. In addition to this, discussion also involved brainstorming a variety of fundraising ideas for the school’s charities: Kids in ...

...the Middle, Warm Heart Malawi and Nepal, along with introducing the Hall Cross Learner and plans for the new KS5 Ambassadors. The conference was a huge success, full of new and effective ideas for improvement! Tom Stafford, a Year 11 student who is part of the leadership team, expressed that he ...

...thought the conference was ‘extremely productive’, along with Sophia Lambert, who explains how ‘it was a brilliant chance to meet all of the student voice team’. Keep your eyes peeled for what is to come after the first meeting in September! Francesca Walker

Norway World Challenge Success

Norway World Challenge Success

2nd August 2015
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Norway World Challenge Success

2nd August 2015

On the 15th July 2015, seventeen Hall Cross students and 6 members of staff went on a trip of a lifetime, to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award in Norway. Nothing could have prepared us for what was to come as we stepped off the aeroplane and onto Norwegian ...

...soil. The fundraising events, numerous meetings, fitness tests and practice expeditions were all just part of the build up to our expedition. World Challenge is an organisation that aids young people in completing ‘expeditions’ in different countries, such as Norway. Their philosophy is that challengers must fundraise as much money as ...

...possible to pay for their journey, so in order to do this we combined team events and personal fundraising. Our fundraising involved a ‘Cycle to Norway’ event in the Frenchgate Centre, as well as open evenings and parents’ evenings at our school. Students also went bag packing at local supermarkets ...

...for donations, and some even undertook World Challenge events such as sponsored runs and abseils. As we were completing our Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, we had to prepare by taking part in a practice expedition which took place in Cumbria, and despite this being useful in developing our stamina ...

...and brushing up on our map reading and compass skills, however the terrain and lack of campsites in Norway was still a shock for everyone. With everything paid for and kit distributed, we headed in convoy down to Heathrow airport. With some slight delays at the airports, including one bag being ...

...left in London, delaying the flight to make sure we all got through customs and fourteen more bags being left in Oslo, we finally made it to our destination of Kristiansand, Norway. Our base for the next eight days was to be the ‘TrollActiv’ Centre, which we all grew to ...

...love and saw as luxury despite sleeping in draughty yurts on wooden floors, not necessarily 5 star accommodation, but definitely better than the hardships of wild camping. After a quick acclimatisation walk on the second day to understand the terrain and the different climate, each team got on with their expedition. ...

...The main group got split into two teams, and while Team 1 headed straight to their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, my team were to first complete a two-day canoe expedition down a fjord on the River Otra in The Seatsdal Valley. We all assumed this would be a relaxing, ...

...calming way to find out more about our surroundings, however we were mistaken. The weather was completely inappropriate for canoeing, with the wind constantly pushing us back and even though we were putting all our effort into paddling, we just didn’t seem to be moving anywhere. Despite this we did ...

...sit around a campfire made by our instructor and toasted marshmallows, laughing about the day’s events, we decided that wild camping on a sandy shore could be quite enjoyable! Half way through day two our expedition had to be cut short due to the unpredictable weather, making it too dangerous ...

...to continue. Despite being disappointed that we hadn’t reached the end of the journey, it was definitely a relief to get out of the canoe. Our adventures continued the next day, as Team 2 were split into two more walking groups, and headed out to complete our final expedition. To say ...

...the expedition was challenging would be an understatement at the very least, although we were only walking between 6km-11km per day, the weight of the bags, the terrain, weather and climate all added to the physical challenges we faced. Although, as a group we found that the most challenging part ...

...was the mental challenge; keeping a positive mindset throughout, not being able to give up and go home, and working in a team to make sure everything ran smoothly, whilst being cold, tired and hungry. Nevertheless through all this we learned a range of skills that sitting in a classroom could ...

...never teach you. Being in situations such as setting up camp in the pouring rain in the middle of nowhere, climbing glaciers, sliding down boggy paths, or wading through freezing rivers makes the lessons so much more relevant and memorable. One life lesson that was most noticeable was that of ...

...independence, and the realisation that we were all a lot more capable than we thought. Before the Duke of Edinburgh expedition I would never have thought I could put up a three-man tent in under ten minutes, cook on a trangia or trek on glaciers, but you soon learn that ...

...you are physically and mentally stronger than you assumed. Even when it feels like you’ve reached your breaking point you can and will continue to push through because saying no is not an option. Friendships and bonds have been made and become unbreakable through the Duke of Edinburgh programme, not ...

...only with other challengers but also with our leaders who have now become our friends. We are so grateful for the experience and the opportunities that were given to us. Norway was a once in a lifetime opportunity that none of us will ever forget, and passing our expedition is ...

...an achievement that will aid us in reaching many goals in the future. By Holly Denton on Behalf of Hall Cross Academy DofE Team

Norway Update

Norway Update

21st July 2015
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Norway Update

21st July 2015

JCAS from @officialhallx completed their @DofE gold expedition today. All did amazing despite these conditions!

Hall Cross Academy Sports Blog  –  Spring and Summer Term

Hall Cross Academy Sports Blog – Spring and Summer Term

17th July 2015
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Hall Cross Academy Sports Blog – Spring and Summer Term

17th July 2015

Hall Cross Academy Sports  –  Spring and Summer Term   The final two terms have seen Hall Cross Sports Teams continue to develop on our existing success, with both staff and student working hard to progress in terms of skills and results. As ever, our results have been varied but consistently reflect ...

...the hard work and dedication of our teams. Well done to everyone involved.          Rugby The 1st team were treated to a weekend tour away at Bath and Bristol in March at the same time as the Hockey squad. The lads played 2 games, firstly against Beechen Cliff School who were considered ...

...to be the strongest rugby school in the city. It was a fantastic first half for HX with the scores level at half time, but Beechen Cliff showed their class in the final 20 minutes and were just too strong. The final score was 31-19. The second game on the Sunday ...

...was against Painswick RFC set in the beautiful, picturesque countryside of Stroud. It was a highly competitive game with both teams giving 100% for 70 minutes. The scores were level on the hour mark, then Hall Cross crashed over for a converted try in closing stages. The after match hospitality was ...

...second to none with a lovely spread for the players (and coaches) Thanks to Painswick! Other highlights: U14’s finishing 3rd at Nottingham high 7’s (Some of best schools in north and midlands) Year 8’s finishing 2nd at Hall Cross 10’s Special Mentions to Ed Miles and Jamal Khalil for their coaching commitment all season. Special mentions ...

...also go to Tom Coyle and Nathan Wilkinson from year 10 for making their 1st team debut this year, rarely seen!   Hockey The Hockey team also enjoyed a fabulous tour to Bath at the end of March to test their mettle against some of the best schools in the South West. Mr ...

...Bambrough and Mr Cowan were very pleased with the boys efforts throughout the weekend and rightly so. The boys finishing their tournament unbeaten winning 2 and drawing 2, a brilliant achievement. Other Highlights: U18’s winning Yorkshire Schools Hockey Championship The U14’s made the finals of the Yorkshire Schools Hockey Championships Year 7/8 made the ...

...semi-finals of the Yorkshire Hockey Tournament   Football The year 7 and 8 boys did extremely well winning the Doncaster Schools League Cup in May. Both games were absolute nail biters, particularly the year 8’s who were 4-1 down at half time, eventually pulling it back to win a fantastic game 6-4. The ...

...year 7’s staged a massive fightback also, losing throughout the match but showing their class to win 4-3.    Other highlights: Well done and unlucky to the Year 9 boys who finished 3rd in their League Cup Final losing out to a strong Campsmount side. Lots to build on for next year! Year ...

...7 boys and girls were crowned Doncaster Futsal Champions The boys qualified for the National Tournament Year 7/8 girls did brilliantly, winning the Doncaster Schools Central championship   Athletics A massive well done to the year 7,8,10 boys winning the Doncaster & District Schools Athletics Championships at the Keepmoat in June. Some brilliant performances on ...

...display.   Other highlights: Well done and unlucky to the Year 8 girls who finished 3rd in the competition There were 2 very successful sports days this year for both year 10 and lower school with over 1000 students competing. A great effort by all!   Rounders Some brilliant results for the girls, particularly the Year 7 ...

...team beating Campsmount 12.5 – 10.5 with only 6 players A very impressive win again for the Year 7’s beating Ridgewood 20 – 7 Another fantastic win for the Year 7’s beating Armthorpe 20-9 Other Highlights: Year 9 did very well finishing 3rd in the Doncaster Tournament   Netball A very positive result for the year 7 ...

...team, finishing 3rd in the Doncaster School’s Tournament       Year 9 also finished 3rd in the Doncaster Schools tournament at Hayfield back in February. Well done girls!! Other highlights: A particular mention goes to the 6th form Netball teams who beat two strong Birkdale sides back in March, with the 1st team winning 11-9 and ...

...the 2nd team winning 16-7.   Tennis There were not too many fixtures to speak of this year for the tennis teams however there were a couple of impressive victories for the Year 10 Tennis boys Beating High Storrs 6-0 in devastating fashion Beating Dronfield convincingly dropping just one game in the match                      Cricket The Hall ...

...Cross Students enjoyed a gorgeous Thursday afternoon beating the staff by 22 runs in the annual Teacher vs Student Cricket match. There was some thoroughly entertaining Cricket on show and some classic champagne moments, particularly Mr Young, who after making a catch on the boundary, celebrated in test match style ...

...by throwing the ball in the air. What he failed to realise was that he threw the ball 20 yards backwards, over the fence and into the garden of number 47. He did eventually ask Mr and Mrs Bainbridge if he could have his ball back. As well as the sunshine, ...

...the day brought out a good number of spectators who thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing afternoon’s cricket. None more so than Mr Tyrer and Mr Oliver who even brought along with them their own picnic hamper full of delightful nibbles. Photo: Mr Tyrer and Mr Oliver taking in the Sunshine, Cricket and ...

...evidently a KFC Other highlights: Year 10 beating Trinity by 24 runs – Some excellent bowling on show! The old boys again teaching the youngsters a lesson in the annual match!   Sports Awards Evening In June, Hall Cross held the annual Sports Awards Presentation Evening celebrating a successful year in sport. It was lovely to see ...

...many students and parents attend the ceremony at lower school. Prizes were awarded for player of the year in each year group for Rugby, Football, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Swimming, Rounders, Athletics, as well as special recognition and outstanding achievement awards. Well done to all!     Some of the evening’s winners posing with their awards!   Craig ...

...Heap – Sky Sports Living for Sport It was an absolute delight to welcome former Great Britain Olympic gymnast and current Sky Sports mentor Craig Heap to the school in February. Craig is a retired gymnast who competed at the highest level. By the age of 13 he was already competing with ...

...the British Junior Team. The 1998 Commonwealth Games saw Craig become the first person to captain England to team gold, a feat which he repeated in 2002. Whilst in Sydney, Craig realised his dream of competing in the 2000 Olympic Games where he accomplished his personal best performance as the ...

...only male representative for GB. Since retirement, Craig has endeavoured to inspire young people through coaching. Craig has worked as an Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sport Trust since 2007. Commenting on the experience he brings to Sky Sports Living for Sport. Craig said, “When I see the looks on the pupils’ ...

...faces as I inspire them to do something positive with their life I get a real sense of achievement. Sport has changed my life and I hope to use it to change others’ lives too.”          Craig enjoying some fine cuisine at Upper School Paul Broadbent – Sky Sports ...

...Living for Sport Hall Cross welcomed Paul Broadbent, another Sky Sports mentor and Ex-Great Britain Rugby League player back in June to motivate, encourage and inspire our young athletes through coaching. As a school boy, Paul was academically challenged, so he found sport to be the one subject he loved. He wasn’t ...

...as naturally gifted as his team mates and had to train twice as hard to improve and compete with more talented players. After his very successful Rugby League career, Paul became a Sky Sports mentor. His message to young sports players is that “You don’t have to be naturally gifted in ...

...sport or anything they enjoy to succeed in. Passion, determination, self-belief and hard work can outshine any talent”. Very stimulating!   Some of the students spending the morning with in the classroom and in the sports hall with athlete mentor and former Great Britain Rugby League player Paul Broadbent back in June.   Steve Judge ...

...– iNspire – Inspirational and Motivational Speaker Another inspirational moment for the school was having two times world champion of Paratriathlon Steve Judge in to speak at the Hall Cross awards ceremony. After a horrific car accident in 2002, Steve was told that due to severe injuries to his legs, he may ...

...never walk again. By medical excellence from Sheffield hospital and sheer determination, dedication and commitment, Steve has managed to achieve set goals and surpass belief to reach the status of World Champion of Para-triathlon two years running. Steve now has a new goal; to share his story so as to inspire ...

...others and to motivate many so that the pain and suffering that he has encountered will not have been in vain. Steve Judge is now an established international motivational and Inspirational speaker and performs conferences for numerous businesses, corporations, schools and charities. Steve at the Hall Cross awards evening in early ...

...July A real privilege!      

Norway Expedition Update

Norway Expedition Update

16th July 2015
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Norway Expedition Update

16th July 2015

@officialhallx students second day in Norway. @DofE gold expedition begins tomorrow with @World_Ch and @lucygwelch

David Braid Sinfonia Music Workshop in partnership with Hull University

David Braid Sinfonia Music Workshop in partnership with Hull University

16th July 2015
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David Braid Sinfonia Music Workshop in partnership with Hull University

16th July 2015

  On Wednesday 15th July, a group of music students from year 9, 10 and 12, visited the Priory Methodist Church in Doncaster to work with David Braid and his orchestra. Mr Braid is an intentionally renowned composer and musician from Canada who works in a range of styles, but particularly ...

...noted for his work in classical, folk and jazz and more uniquely a fusion of these styles. With the support of his orchestra, David spent part of the session exploring a number of instruments, including a bass clarinet (which is quite exciting in a geeky kind of way), and a number ...

...of aspects and elements of music. Jack’s excitement at seeing a bass clarinet!! At least as much emotion as he can muster. He then got students to create images in response to a stimulus and after lunch the musicians, with help and instruction from the students, improvised music inspired by the image.     It ...

...truly was a musical feast and the students, considering they are from different year groups, were supportive of each and worked collaboratively together – Mr Dougherty was very proud! The afternoon culminated in Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ played by the orchestra.  

Linacre Institute Week 1: London Calling!

Linacre Institute Week 1: London Calling!

15th July 2015
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Linacre Institute Week 1: London Calling!

15th July 2015

Ten Hall Cross Sixth Form students won places on the Linacre Institute programme this year. The Linacre Institute is an organization that seeks to support students with applications to elite universities. Our first week was spent in central London and we stayed at Westminster school. After tackling the tube with huge ...

...suitcases we arrived and spent the week visiting some amazing places and listening to some amazing people. There were with insightful lectures tailored to subject interest – ‘markets, fairness and the law’ and ‘drug design and spectroscopy’ were two of many. We visited the House of Lords, Herbert Smith Law ...

...Firm and the Royal Institute (the lecture there on quantum physics went over most of our heads!) We also went to the National Physical Laboratory and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre! We met leading academics including Lord Hennessy and Professor Jo Dunkley (Oxford). We were all challenged beyond the scope of the ...

...regular curriculum but still found time for a quiz, game of cards and trip to Pizza Express! Overall the week was extremely useful and extremely enjoyable. All of us are really excited for our second week at Cambridge at the end of August. After gaining a place on the Linacre Institute ...

...programme, nine of us year 12 students accompanied by those from several different schools, attended our first week at Westminster school in central London (very fancy!). After tackling the tube with a suitcase bigger than the tube itself, the week was filled with insightful lectures by specialists in their field, ...

...tailored to subject interest – ‘markets, fairness and the law’ and ‘drug design and spectroscopy’ were two of many. This was accompanied by a variety of unique visits such as the House of Lords, Herbert Smith Law Firm and the Royal Institution (the lecture there on quantum physics was one ...

...that went over most of our heads, well mine anyway!) along with the National Physical Laboratory and Shakespeare’s Globe – standing for 3 hours can only be worth it when watching Shakespeare. Just to top off meeting people such as Lord Hennessy and Professor Jo Dunkley (Oxford), the week was ...

...filled with challenge beyond the scope of regular curriculum as well useful admissions tips (we still found time for a quiz, game of cards and trip to Pizza Express too!) Overall the week was extremely useful and extremely enjoyable, a week that will most definitely help with our upcoming decisions ...

...and further! The group of us are very much excited for our second week at Cambridge at the end of August.

At last – it’s here!

At last – it’s here!

14th July 2015
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At last – it’s here!

14th July 2015

Newsletter is published – copies are currently available in both receptions and libraries!

Hall Cross Jazz, Funk and Soul @ Cast

Hall Cross Jazz, Funk and Soul @ Cast

13th July 2015
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Hall Cross Jazz, Funk and Soul @ Cast

13th July 2015

  On Friday 10th July, the Performing Arts Department’s very own Jazz, Funk and Soul band performed to glorious sunshine and a glorious audience for what is now getting to become a regular summer tradition outside Cast. This year it fell at an opportune time during Cast and Radio Sheffield’s ‘Love ...

...Where You Live’. BBC Radio Sheffield were broadcasting live that afternoon and Mr Thomas and Simon Stockwell were interviewed! Listen below: https://cloud.hallcross.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ZOOM0256edit.mp3 An example track recorded live on the day of the event is also below. Enjoy! https://cloud.hallcross.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Soul-Man-lIVE-MP3.mp3      

Hall Cross @ Townfield Gala Sunday 12th July

Hall Cross @ Townfield Gala Sunday 12th July

13th July 2015
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Hall Cross @ Townfield Gala Sunday 12th July

13th July 2015

On Sunday a number of our lower school students performed at the Townfield Gala. There consisted a range of pieces and styles some choreographed by the students themselves. Their performances were well received by an appreciative audience. Good job to all involved.

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