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!


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 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Oct 222014

imageOn Monday 6th October, Year 6 went on a trip to Down House. Down House is where Charles Darwin lived with his wife Emma and his ten children. Charles Darwin is a
famous scientist who first published the theory of Evolution. In Year 6 our RS topic has been concerned with the ‘Old Testament and Ethics’, looking at creation.

We had a half hour journey to Down House on the minibus. When we got there we had a quick tour of the garden before the rain started to come down. Charles Darwin did a lot of his research in his garden. He even had his own Thinking Path. During our tour around the garden someone found a moth that had camouflaged itself with a leaf. Animals camouflage themselves with their surroundings so that predators won’t eat them.

After going around the garden we went inside and to the exhibition. There were five different rooms which were all about Charles’ life and the theory of Evolution.

The first room we went in told all about Charles’ childhood. Charles Darwin was born on the 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury. Charles was very fortunate to have been born into a wealthy family. Charles had shown a love for nature from his childhood. He shared a chemistry set with his older brother. Charles also had an insect collection. One day when he was searching for insects he found two insects and put one in each hand, he then found a third one so he put one in his mouth and the third beetle in his spare hand. Unfortunately the beetle let out a horrible liquid, so he spat the beetle out and dropped one out from his hand. Charles didn’t like his boarding school. Charles went to Cambridge University to study medicine. He didn’t enjoy medicine because he had to watch gruesome operations being done. During his time at Cambridge he joined the Glutton Society which is a society that eats unusual things like hawk.

The second room was about Charles’ time at sea. His father didn’t want him to go but his brother persuaded him to let Charles go. Charles spent 18 months at sea during the five year voyage on the Beagle, although he was on land quite a lot doing research. Charles also got very sick while on the voyage. Charles discovered lots of fossils and recorded all his findings and experiments in his notebooks which we saw. We also saw a reconstruction of his cabin which he had to share with 3 other people. It looked very dark, cramped, messy and uncomfortable. It was also very small for Charles and 3 other people to sleep in.

The third room was about his theory of Evolution. Charles worked for 20 years on his idea. All his work had to be a secret because people were very religious in those days and believed that God had made the world in seven days. His wife (Emma) was very religious and didn’t like Charles’ lack in faith. This caused a few problems in his marriage. He carried out a lot of experiments. One of them was collecting flowers from different places and putting their seeds in salty water for a long period of time. This was to see if the flowers could survive a sea voyage and still germinate. Charles published his theory in “The Book of Species” in 1859. He had to publish his book quickly because a person called Alfred Russell Wallace had a similar idea and was working on it. When Charles did publish his theory there was a lot of shock because people thought if this is true then they might think what is the point of life and natural selection has no purpose.

The fourth room was the children’s nursery. Charles Darwin had 10 children but one of them died when he was one month old from scarlet fever. We saw lots of their books and toys. We also saw their photo album. The best artefact is a stair slide which the children used to slide down the stairs and practise gymnastics. We also saw some early graffiti; his son had graved his name in a piece of wood and had done some drawing. It looked like the boy had burnt it in. I thought it was really amazing to see all the artefacts that have survived.

The last room was a activity room. I thought it was really good because you can play games and have fun, but you’re still learning. There were lots of different types of games. Here are a few examples; different faces, competition in the animal kingdom, watching clips about how different creatures evolved and how fossils are formed. My favourite game was about competition in the animal kingdom. In the game you had to try and fit all the Mountain Goats on a mountain without it tipping and falling over, whilst all the Mountain Goats had to be standing.

After looking at all five rooms we had lunch. After lunch we went downstairs to look at the rooms. The rooms have been reconstructed to look like the rooms that Darwin would have lived in.

We first of all went into the Billiard Room. Most of the space in the room was taken up by a snooker table. On the top left hand corner of the room there was a small desk with newspapers and letters. The newspapers dated back to the 1850s. One of the most fascinating things in the room was a newspaper on the snooker table and on the newspaper was some bat bones. I found that a bit odd.

We then went into the Drawing Room. The Drawing Room is like the lounge. In the Drawing Room there was a fireplace with lots of ornaments on top of its mantelpiece. There was a grand piano, lots of paintings on the walls and a big bookcase. Some of the books were; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The paintings were of his family, Charles and famous scientists’ .I liked how the room has two big windows that lets in a lot of light and has a view of the garden.

The next room was his study. His study was quite big and it was full of bottles of animal bones and liquids. There was a big round table in the middle of the room. On the table was some letters, lots of paper with writing and diagrams on and a book. On either side of the table there were two chairs. I found out when Darwin was working his wife (Emma) would read to him. On the side of a door there was a dog basket. There was a small bookcase with a gas lamp on it. In the centre of the room there was a big fireplace. There were some animal skulls on the mantelpiece. Above the fireplace there was a mirror. On the right hand side of the mirror was a bell. Charles Darwin would pull the bell to tell the servants that he needed assistance.

We then followed a corridor into the Dining Room. The Dining Room was the biggest of all the downstairs rooms. In the centre of the Dining Room was a massive table, all laid out like some people were going to come and eat. The plates had lovely pictures of animals and birds on them. They had quite a lot of cutlery. On one of the walls there were pictures of famous Victorians. They had a very big window which let a lot of light in and you could see into the garden and a bit of the woods.

After looking at the Dining Room we went to the gift shop and then went back to school.

Thank you to all the staff who organised the trip because I thought it was really enjoyable.

By Anna (Year 6)

 Posted by at 4:33 pm
Sep 162014

imageOn Tuesday 16th September Jasper Cooper, author of The Kingdom of the Gems and Gordo, came to Rose Hill to talk to Year 6 for Roald Dahl Week. In his talk, Jasper told us about his life, why he became an author and the people who have helped him, and the inspiration for his stories. Jasper also illustrates his books and he told us where his ideas for these come from as well.

Jasper began by telling us that he was a shy child who didn’t like crowds. When he turned twenty, Jasper started to learn how to play the guitar. He obtained an art degree, got married and had two children, Rebecca and Joseph. Jasper is also a keen tennis player and represents England in the over 60’s team. Last year he won the over 60’s doubles and came runner up this year.

Jasper started writing recently and he has really enjoyed it. He has now written four books and is working on two more at the moment. He came up with the idea for his first book (which is called ‘Candara’s Gift’) when he was telling a bedtime story to his children. His children really liked the idea of it so he started writing a chapter a day in a notebook with illustrations. It took him three months to finish writing the book and then put the notebook down, only to return to it a few years later when he found it again. He started to rewrite the story but this time, with more detail and he improved his drawings.

Once the book was finished, he sent it off to two publishers but one publisher lost the copy and the over one said no. Jasper then decided to self-publish his book with the help of his son Joseph, who is very good with computers. On the first day of publication, Candara’s Gift became a best seller on Amazon. I found it amazing to think that a children’s bedtime story can become the Amazon best seller on its first day.

Jasper’s books are published in two countries: England and Turkey. Jasper also said that when he writes he doesn’t want to stop and he works very hard on his illustrations. Many of his drawings start out as a rough sketch but slowly, he starts playing with the colours and details to create a wonderful painting.

Jasper explained that he likes animals a lot and that is why some are given main roles in his stories. He even wrote a book that is all about a monkey called Gordo who goes up into space. When he comes back down to Earth, people try to capture him so they can make money out of him. It is up to a boy and his cousin to save Gordo. This story is based on an actual monkey, also called Gordo, who was sent up into space for the first time in 1958. Jasper also told us that he found it easier to paint animals when he can have a model in front of him. He showed us a model of a Snowy Owl and an albatross, raven and squirrel monkey toy which he uses to draw various characters for the Kingdom of the Gems books.

Jasper told us that he works at home in his garden because in his garden he has a chalet. The chalet has one side where Jasper works on his illustrations and other artwork, and on the other side he has a laptop where he can write all his stories. Jasper says that sometimes when he paints it gives him an idea to write a story. He gave us the example that he is now working on a story about a cat and the idea for this story came from a painting he made of his cats. Jasper thinks the best thing about writing is that he can link his two passions in together to create a wonderful book.

After telling us all about being an author he answered some of our questions, and then he did a book signing.

Altogether I think it was a very enjoyable talk, which would inspire people to write books and think about becoming an author. Thank you to everyone who organised the event.

by Anna (Year 6)

 Posted by at 9:59 pm
Jul 212014

Two teams from Rose Hill School (RHS) joined 89 teams from different UK schools to make up the Biggest Gathering of Goblins in the world so far. The teams came all the way from Cornwall-Norwich.

It was an early start, from 8:00am for scrutineering when the officials check the cars for safety and no moderations, so teams can’t cheat.
About 9:00am saw the team having a team briefing. It is where the team of all the racers, are told about the race. Drive well, avoid crashing as much as you can and don’t stop during an event unless there is a mechanical problem.

About 9:30 the first race of the day for the Red Devils began. It was the slalom. The course was very easy and lots of fun.

Next was the sprint. It was a short course, round a bend and stop in the garage. It was hard stopping in the garage because you gained good speed going down the hill.
The Drag race was next. This is just a straight line down a narrow bit of concrete divided into thirds. It was hard to win because you have two cars the same or better standard than you, but it was fun to race.

Lunch came next and it was a well-deserved break. Also the people for the Lap of Champions were chosen.

The “Lap of Champions” came next at about 3:00pm and all the cars raced together, starting in lanes of 5. The 2 mile lap took about 10 minutes to complete. Our cars performed well, one car from another team broke down.

Our brilliant CHEERLEADERS (Old Rose Hillians) did us proud. They made special T-shirts and had great dance routines with pompoms, to support RHS.
We won the best presented team award! The officials liked our team work, cars and, most importantly, our CHEERLEADERS!

It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. It was a surprise to win an award, of which we are all really proud of. I would like to encourage other children, at RHS, to join our fantastic Green Goblin club to keep it going, because it is so much fun!

By Lorna (Year 6)

 Posted by at 10:04 pm
Jul 012014

IMG_4748On Tuesday 1er Juillet it was French day at Rose Hill there were lots of things going on at break time like Year 6 being waiters, some of the scholars did portraits of people that wanted them, there also was Ollie,Alban and Charlie being mime artists and some year 6 girls did some AMAZING dancing – all in one break time! We had a absolutely AWESOME lunch. The whole of year three did a competition where you had to design a version of the menu and Ruby came first, Lily came second and Emily came third and there were lots of runners up. In the morning we had a great assembly where we saw lots of pictures and videos about the Year 4 Boulougne trip and the Year 6 and 7 residential trip. Everyone had a GREAT day.

Milly (Year 3)

First we traded real money for fake euros. Then me, Charlie and Alban got painted as mime artists. At break the year 6 waiters and waitresses served the school with pain au chocolat and squash while me, Charlie and Alban were mimes. For lunch we had chicken, green beans and potatoes and for pudding we had profiteroles. Everybody wore red, white and blue.

Ollie (Year 7)

On Tuesday, Rose Hill School had French Day and we had pain au chocolat at break and fizzy drinks, which we ordered in French. Everyone had so much fun! It was very brilliant! Thank you Mr Draper.

Tom (Year 5)



In the morning Year 6 ran a café. They served us in French and we could order 3 types of drinks and a pain au chocolat! I ordered ribena and a pain au chocolat! For lunch we had chicken in a creamy sauce and green beans with boiled potatoes. For pudding there was profiteroles, they were very very tasty!

Will (Year 7)

I wore a red white and blue dress and it was a normal day of lessons but at break-time there were pain au chocolat and drinks and there was lots of entertainment like mime and some good dancing. After break it was lessons then lunch. It was a French lunch, there were snails!

Caitlin (Year 4)

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On French day at break we cashed in real money for fake money. Then at break we got served by the year sixes and we gave them the fake money so we got pain au chocolat and a drink. We had to order in French and there were mime artists walking around. For lunch we had chicken and there were snails. For pudding we had profiteroles.

Stan (Year 7)

 Posted by at 4:17 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 182014
On Friday 13th, all the people in Year 6 including myself who weren’t at the IAPS did normal lessons.

In science we fired ‘rokits’.  We did a bar chart to record our results and if you look closely you’ll see that having the ‘rokit’ half full it will make it go the highest and furthest.

When we fired it, it unfortunately flew on top of the Art Block.

We had to go into the new building to see it and you can still see it on the roof, from the top floor.

Mr Mansfield was very upset as he lost his rokit.

Olivia (Year 6)

On Friday 13th June Year six were launching rockets with the Rokit kit. To do the experiment we needed a bottle, a tube to pump the pressure in with a nozzle at the end which releases the pressure, a little box which pumps the pressure into the tube, 3 fins and a spike to stand the rocket up. First we launched the rocket without any water, it didn’t go very far so we launched another one with the bottle filled up to the top. This one didn’t go anywhere so we tried half filled; this worked better. The bottle filled to a third full zoomed up into the sky; it was very impressive. But to try and find the best volume of water we tried a quarter; this one didn’t work. It was very interesting because when the rocket was ready to launch it fell over just in time for us to see the water vapour that was inside the bottle. When we tried again it worked but it didn’t go as far as the previous one. It was a very fun experiment.

In conclusion, the bottle that went the furthest was the one which was filled a third full of water.

Columbus (Year 6)

 In science, year 6 had a fun lesson, using the RoKit (you can probably already guess what we did!). The kit included almost everything you need, and only cost about £12, according to Mr Mansfield! The only things we needed that weren’t in the kit were a plastic bottle and a pump (and water for the experiment we were doing). We used a coke bottle, as they are stronger than water bottles. Once we had collected everything we needed, we carried it outside and set it up on the field. We filled the bottle up with different amounts of water each time before we launched it, to see if it made any difference to the height and distance the rocket went. It was surprising how high they went! The kit would be great fun to use at home.

Anna (Year 6) 

 Posted by at 9:39 am
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.

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