Jan 192015

This morning, on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 show, Richard Hammond announced details for the 500 word writing challenge for 2015. Further details are available from the website here but it a story competition, open to children aged 4-13.

There are two age-groups:

4-10 (on 29th May 2015)500 Words 2015 - Chris and Alex Press Image

10-13 (on 29th May 2015)

Rose Hill pupils – get writing!

 Posted by at 1:25 pm
Oct 222014

After a morning of life skills, Year 7 went for a social afternoon, bowling. I think the pictures speak for themselves; a great time was had by all!


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Jun 192014
Crabbing Competition!

Crabbing Competition!


Survived M25 and M3 and arrived safely at Rockley Sailing Centre. A quick lunch-caravans allocated and then off for our first sail. Great supper-fajitas-apple crumble and then off for evening activities. Rounders and a very inferior version of Sharkey, Sharkey. Not as good as the Rose Hill version!


A full day’s sailing with great weather. A few capsizes but all of Year 8 making great progress. After pizzas for supper it was the crab catching competition. Nina claimed she had caught the most while Violet caught the biggest-judging from the screams!


Another full day of sailing exploring distant parts of Poole Harbour. Amazing to see how well all the boys and girls are doing. We stopped for lunch on a sandy beach opposite Long Island-privately owned but Mr Long claimed it wasn’t his. Went off to Splashdown in the evening for an entertaining evening on the water slides. Supper at Burger King and then back to the caravans.


Although not as sunny as Britain’s sunniest town the weather today was excellent for another all day sail. The Rose Hill fleet set off in good order and headed for a distant part of Poole Harbour- the world’s second largest natural harbour behind Sydney. (Is that correct Mr Russell?) We had a picnic lunch on a sandy beach before heading at good speed back to the Rockley Sailing centre on a strengthening following wind. A barbeque was up and running for us as we returned. Mr Long upset some of the staff by asking for a second sausage but the pupils were very well behaved-as they have been all week. We then had a climbing wall activity from 7-9 but some of the keen football followers were able to watch the England match.

Friday AM

Just setting off for our last sail on another glorious morning. The teachers are naturally upset at missing our weekly staff meeting but we will try to cope. Our sail should finish about 12-00 and then we will hear what sailing levels our group have achieved. Great to have three separate groups of resident caravanners come up to say what a nice group of pupils we have.

 Posted by at 12:46 pm
Jun 102014

Today Year 5 visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir in Neasden, London. It was a long coach journey there and back, but the temple visit is well worth it. We finally arrived and had a quick snack before going into the temple. We took off our shoes and put them on the designated racks and then went to a room in the Haveli which had a beautiful carpet. We watched a video about how the Mandir was built. All of the marble was crafted and numbered in India and then sent to England where it was put together like a 3D jigsaw. It took just three years to complete and is in the Guinness Book of Records!

After the video we went up to the main prayer room in the Mandir and joined the Arti service. We sat boys and girls separately  and there was music and a bell ringing. The Hindu priests waved a candle in front of the murtis (statues of the gods) and then we listened to some chanting. It was a short service (8 minutes) then we led out past the finely dressed gods and if we wished we could wave our hands over the flame and then our heads as a blessing.

Afterwards we went to the top of the temple steps before going back to the Haveli for a talk and question and answer session, then a brief trip to the souvenir shop, lunch and home.

Hopefully, we will get some pupil feedback on the blog very soon!

#rosehill neasden temple


 Posted by at 3:50 pm
Jun 082014

Well done to all the Rose Hill runners at today’s Race for a Life at Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. 18 girls ran in total (as well as some mums and staff) and despite the sweltering heat, everybody did their best and added to the total of £145 made at the cake sale last week.



There was great team spirit and it was an honour to run as part of the Rose Hill team for such a worthy cause. Thank you to Mrs Wren for organising the team and school events.

 Posted by at 9:56 pm
Jun 022014


Another early start and suitcases were loaded onto the coach in preparation for the journey home.

Before Le Shuttle came la boulangerie. A morning spent in a working boulangerie with talks (in French) from the owners about du pain et les croissants. Our group were the first to learn about the artisan baking of bread in a wood-burning oven.

IMG_4149 Then we were introduced to le croissant by the French baker who seemed to be Monsieur Draper x 10. Many laughs, much banging of rolling pins and quite a few ‘NONs’ later the pupils presented their croissants.


The journey home was quicker than expected and we are all happy to be back in our own beds. I think it’s true…absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Bonne Nuit.

 Posted by at 10:49 pm
Jun 012014

Another fab, but exhausting day as we said au revoir to France and goeiemorgen to Belgium and set off for the Bellewaerde Theme Park.


The day started with all of us getting very wet on the flume and rapid rides. Luckily, we had our waterproofs on and the sun came out and dried us off fairly quickly. Then, we went around in groups and discovered all the other rides in the park which included the Boomerang, which is a loop-the-loop rollercoaster.

It is fair to say, we are all very tired and looking forward to an evening of chilling out and a good night’s sleep.


 Posted by at 6:51 pm
May 312014

We started the morning with un chocolat chaud and breakfast. Everyone had slept well and the teachers were pleasantly surprised at how quickly everybody was up, dressed and ready to go! Could it be the lure of the market?

We arrived in St Omer and practised our French as we wandered around and bought some souvenirs and the latest trend this year seems to be brightly coloured sunglasses! You’ll need shades just to look at them, parents, beware!

Then it was back on the coach and un petit pause while we travelled to Sanctuary Wood trenches and Tyne Cot War Cemetery.


‘The cemetery was so large, it shows you how many people died and that everyone loses.’

‘Neither side wins, one just gains more land; they both lose people.’

‘It’s amazing how many people gave up their lives for us.’

‘It’s fascinating how old the trenches were and how well-preserved.’
Sam H

‘People entered the war without knowing what they had volunteered for.’

‘When we went to Tyne Cot it hit home how many had died.’

‘It was humbling how young the soldiers were.’
Laura S

‘Even though I didn’t know anyone I still felt sorry for them.’

‘Never forgotten.’

The mood was lightened as we moved on to Ypres and the chocolate shops. Then we had supper before a long, emotional but amazing day culminated in Will and Mary laying a wreath for Rose Hill at The Menin Gate.


Click here to see Will and Mary laying the wreath

 Posted by at 7:57 pm
May 302014

imageIt was an early start and a very yellow coach that heralded the beginning of this year’s French trip. We had a smooth crossing and made our way to The Block Haus in Eperlecques where we encountered many relics from the Second World War, most of them prompting incredulous reaction amongst the pupils. Our visit started with us standing in the cattle carriages, used to transport prisoners to extermination camps. It was a humbling experience as we stood, listening to the audio sounds and exposing ourselves to a tiny fragment of the horror of the holocaust.

imageAfter that we moved onto the Block Haus itself, passing bombs and tanks on the way. The sheer size of the building took our breath away and we listened to the tour guides and went from sunny warmth on our backs into the cold, dank building where so many prisoners had died trying to fulfil Hitler’s dream of launching the V2s on Britain. Again, the sheer size and scale of the place left many pupils open-mouthed.

imageAfter our visit we climbed back into the coach and set off for the chateau where we are staying. After finding our rooms, it was soon time for supper and then some games outside to stretch our legs.

It was a long day and most of us were ready for our beds. All the pupils settled well and it really was a great start to our excursion.


 Posted by at 10:09 pm