We have borrowed 14 piglets from Tablehurst Farm to create a bit of excitement for Class 3’s Farming block. It’s quite hard for schools to work with animals so we are really fortunate to have Tablehurst Farm on our doorstep and enough land to make a nice patch for them to use. We would like to thank Emile Kaper who is just finishing his biodynamic apprenticeship at Tablehurst Farm who has made the extra effort and given the extra time to set this project up.
The piglets were weaned just 2 weeks ago and in two months time they will return to Tablehurst Farm just before the children break up for the summer holidays.
Yesterday the Class 3 children who will be responsible for the piglets met Emile and heard all about how they need to be carefully looked after.
This morning the first group went down with Mr Gilman our gardening teacher and gave the piglets their food, this is made up of a mixture of beans, oats and barley and we will supplement their diet with vegetables that have gone to seed in our bio-dynamic garden. They also changed the battery for the electric fence, checked the water and checked the piglets are all eating. Later on today in their Gardening lesson they will dig a wallow for the piglets and fill it with water, they enjoy being sprayed with the hose when they get hot or coating themselves in mud by rolling around in the wallow.
Classes 3 will also visit other classes today to talk about the piglets and what scraps they can eat and each day they will collect apple cores and other scraps from the classes in a slop bucket to feed the piglets with.
Music A-level is a many-faceted course that includes writing a composition to a given title. This year, Lennox Smith (Class 11) has written a piece for his AS exam titled ‘The River’s Journey’ which takes the listener on a journey from the source to the sea. It seemed a shame that outside of the Music Department the piece would only be heard by the examiner, so here is the finished score for you to enjoy. The recording is taken direct from the Sibelius notation programme and should be playable on the majority of media players.
Julie Groves (flute) performs as a soloist, freelance orchestral musician and as part of the accomplished London Myriad Ensemble who are international prize winners. Her passion for chamber music manifests itself in duos with pianists Yuki Negishi and David Laughton, guitarist Ahmed Dickinson and with Laura Snowden as the Woodlark Duo. Venues such as the Purcell Room – Southbank Centre; St Martin’s in the Fields; Blackheath Halls; the Barbican; the National Gallery; St James’s, Piccadilly; Wiltons Theatre; Fairfield Halls; Cromer Pier; Latitude Festival and the Chocolate Factory, London have been hosts to Julie’s performances. Julie has ongoing creative projects with Between Soundings (flute/poet), composers, actors and dancers in creating new works and working collaboratively. She recently gained a distinction in her Masters in Sound Art at UAL and is now embarked upon a research PhD in creative practice.
Anna Cooper studied the violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music since when she has worked extensively as a freelance musician with orchestras, in the theatre, for West End shows, jazz bands,TV, pop and film recordings, as well as teaching around Sussex, where she lives with her cellist husband and two daughters. More recently she has bought a new viola, made by the Belgian maker, Marc Soubeyran, and is re-learning the chamber music repertoire from a new angle. She is delighted to be working with Julie and Julian with this unusual combination of instruments for the concert, discovering some little-known musical gems along the way.
Julian Broughton (piano) studied composition with Robin Holloway and Robert Saxton, and piano with Philip Mead and John York. More recently, he has studied with the composer David Matthews. New work includes incidental music for Michael Hall School’s production of ‘Great Expectations’ (premiered in February 2014), for which Julian was also Musical Director. Current plans include a new work for Andrew Sherwood (solo violin and string orchestra). Concert work has included appearing with Howard Moody as soloist in Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and as pianist for John Barber’s dramatic cantata ‘Consider the Lilies’. Julian has collaborated with Julie Groves in a number of recent recitals.
It’s always nice to hear such wonderful comments from visitors to our school.
“The power of Michael Hall is astounding, and it shows in the hearts and minds of your students.
I have never heard such well framed and well formed questions or known such a mature group. They had a real sense of responsibility for themselves and actually for each other which is quite rare. I believe if you asked your students and parents to form an E-safety group they would be a showcase for excellence.
The sense of family at Michael Hall school is tangible to visitors. This is an establishment that is the epitome of “child centred”. Many schools say this, Michael Hall IS this.”
Chris Whitelaw, E-safety Trainer and ex Head Teacher.
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