This week is British Science week and we kicked off our investigations with a scientific assembly. Year 6 children led house groups in a five minute experiment to investigate; dissolving, dancing raisins, floating oranges and colour changing milk. Great fun, super observations and surprising results.
Year 1 and 2 visited the Art Jam Studio in Caversham today. They had great fun painting a tile to be included as part of our 160th Anniversary Mural depicting a forest scene. The children loved customising their tiles and there was plenty of creativity on show. They are really looking forward to seeing them as part of the finished display later this year.
Our newly elected School Council
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On September 22nd, as part of the UK Heritage Open Days scheme, Hemdean House School will be opening its gates to all. This will be a unique opportunity to see a Victorian School which is still actively used by pupils today. Our "open house" forms part of a wider event that day - a Victorian Heritage Fair! We welcome everyone in our local community to come and enjoy an old fashioned tea party (or perhaps a glass of gin & tonic!). For the children we have a carousel, donkey rides and there will be plenty of stalls to keep everyone amused. Entry to the main event and stalls is free to all; however two activities must be booked in advance. Please see below:
We look forward to seeing on Sunday September 22nd between 2pm and 5pm.
The School House tours: You may be a former pupil or teacher, you may have an interest in the history of Caversham and Reading, you may simply wander along Hemdean Road or see the House from Balmore Park and wonder what goes on behind the gates!Whatever your reason for visiting, we look forward to greeting you and showing you around our main School House which has served as a School since 1859. To book a place, please see the events page on our Facebook page:https://facebook.com/
Victorian School experience: As part of our Heritage Day celebrations, we are inviting children to step back in time and enjoy a Victorian classroom experience. Throughout the day, the "Victorian School" (www.victorianschool.co.uk) will be recreating sessions that show what life was like for a Victorian school child.Each session will last 30 mins and there are 12 places available at each session. The experience is aimed at children aged 7 and upwards. The class will take place in a school room on the ground floor of the main school house that dates back to 1859 (featured in the event picture). Please note: Parents are expected to stay with their children and enjoy the experience also, however, please be aware there will only be standing room for parents. Booking is essential: child tickets are £5 each (parents do not have to pay). Please see the events page on our Facebook page: https://facebook.com/
Hemdean House School has been busy this term, fulfilling their promise to achieve 160 hours of service within the community- to celebrate their 160th anniversary. Please enjoy an extract from the school newspaper about what three of the year groups got up to, written by one of the Year 5 students. click here for more
As part of the School's 160th birthday celebrations, Hemdean House School held a tea party for its alumni on Saturday June 22nd.
The day was a real success as we had over 40 alumni attend, one coming from as far as the US and many of them had fabulous stories to tell. (Did you know the Tennis Court used to be an Orchard? And the HEU was the school hall at one point!)
There was a most impressive display of archive material loaned to us by Reading Museum, including photographs of the School dating back to the early 1900s and newspaper articles on the 125 year Anniversary celebrations.
Many described their time at Hemdean as the best days of their lives and this heartfelt sentiment and genuine love for the School could be felt by all who attended the event.
We will be welcoming all parents, children, staff, alumni and the Caversham community to the School again on September 22nd from 2-5pm for a Victorian themed fete as we are taking part in the National "Heritage Days" events. As well as repeat tours of the School we'll have a bigger school museum display, stalls, food and drink.
We expect it to be a really fun way to celebrate our Heritage with our local community.
Look forward to seeing you there!
We were lucky enough to have a local author S.D. Mayes, open our school library today.
Our book club were able to share their favourite books with her, before she spoke to years 3-6 about being an author and what inspired her book ‘letters to the pianist’
It was wonderful to see some of our past pupils, who not only donated books to the library, but also talked to the year 6’s about senior school.
A really fantastic afternoon at Hemdean House.
More in the media gallery
You do not have to wait until our next Open Day, just contact the school and come and see us in action.
The head teacher and staff warmly welcome prospective pupils and parents.
Call us on 0118 9472590 for more information.
Hemdean House School wins top platinum award for Berkshire
Hemdean House School in Caversham, Reading has been awarded a prestigious platinum award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and being a woodland ambassador.
The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen almost 10,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Schools win awards for participating in green activities, both in and out of the classroom. Hemdean House School undertook special projects to map and survey the flora and fauna of their woodland as well as planting 30 trees, numerous bluebell bulbs and creating habitats for the woodland wildlife. All of this helped them to consider the biodiversity and the sustainability of the area.
Helen Illingworth, Forest School Leader at Hemdean Hosue School said “The children have been motivated by the projects and to see their enthusiasm and pride in protecting the woodland has been inspiring.”
Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools and communities engagement manager, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees. The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities. As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and at gold an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges this environmental accolade. Only a handful of schools have moved on to achieve platinum, making this a huge accomplishment for the school.”
The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed by everyone. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, as well as protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.
The Green Tree Schools Award is free to take part in and during 2018 the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Schools ordering their first pack of trees are eligible for 2 points on the award. Find out how your school can get involved at woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools
A successful International Day showcased pupils and staff talents and activities from various cultures and nationalities.
View the photographs in the media gallery.
Our musicians recently enjoyed an Orchestra Day at Pangbourne School where they took part in a joint orchestra.
View the photographs in the media gallery.
Having had such a successful year with our current Merged Foundation Stage Class we will be continuing to welcome year three children at Hemdean House. This has proved to be both a very popular and successful educational model with the younger children benefitting from dedicated teaching and experiencing specialist subject teachers from an earlier age. Please contact Mrs Dickason, our Head of Early Years or Mrs Chalmers, our Head Teacher via the school office for more information.
‘All year group pupils and teachers recently enjoyed an adventure day at Woodrow High House, near Amersham where they took part in fun activities. A great day was had by all.’
View the photographs in the media gallery.
On National Tea Day Hemdean House held a grand tea party; see some pictures in the Media Gallery here.
Read Mrs Chalmers Summer Term letter here.
Photographs from the Years 3 and 4 production of Jonah can be seen in the Media Gallery here
Chris Menmuir of the Reading Astronomy Society returned to the school to give an astronomy workshop. He enjoyed the day as much as the pupils and sent this lovely message to the school:
"Thank you for inviting me again! It is a pleasure to come into your school, the pupils are enthusiastic, interested and very well behaved, and I get great feedback from your colleagues. Please do thank them for me. And thank you for the card and the mug - I really like the message! I was fortunate to have wonderful teachers - not that I fully appreciated it at the time! - so I'm happy to give back whenever I can."
On March 12th, years 4 to 6 took a trip to Highclere Castle (known to parents as Downton Abbey) to see the wonderful exhibition of Egyptian antiquities collected by the 5th Earl of Canarvon, who together with Howard Carter unearthed the tomb of Tutankhamun. Pupils entered into the spirit of the day and enjoyed dressing up as ancient Eygptians. More photos in the school gallery here.
Congratulations to the all the performers for a wonderful programme of music at our Spring Concert, and a special thanks to Mrs Parker and Mrs Lee for their hard work in preparing and organising the event. See the photos in the media gallery here.
On Friday 2nd February 2018 our school took part in Number Day, raising £101 for the NSPCC. It was a fun day, starting with the Year 6 class assembly and moving on to a variety of maths activities, enjoyed by all. Year 5 and 6 - and our lovely visitors from Thameside School - got actively involved in "The Battle of the Robots". See the media gallery here for photos.
On Thursday 1st February 2018, the Year 6 pupils participated in a fantastic workshop at the Art Jam Studio in Caversham. They worked with clay to represent a river scene linking with their current geography topic of 'Rivers'. The finished pieces will be collected in two weeks. More photos in the media gallery here.
We played a friendly netball match at Caversham Prep School on Wednesday 31st January 2018. Both teams demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and the match was played in a really friendly atmosphere with a great display of skill. Many thanks to Caversham Prep School for accommodating the fixture. More photos in the media gallery here.
Hemdean House features in the January edition of Families Magazine. Read the article here.