Pupils showcase their talents at musical event

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Pupils showcased their musical talent last month in a bid to be crowned Hipperholme Grammar School’s Young Musician of The Year.

The winners of our annual Inter House Music event, along with a number of highly commended entries, competed for the title playing a variety of instruments.

The performances ranged from a Mozart Sonata played on electric guitar to vocal improvisations based on the songs of Adele.

The pupils’ performances were judged by Mrs Joan Zarneh, Head of Music, and Mr Andrew Delaney, Head of Music at Ossett Academy in Wakefield.

Winners were selected by age and included Connie Breen in year seven singing Sleep, Little Babe, I love thee through to sixth form winner Vicky Bryson who played Prelude by Alwyn on the piano.

Five of the six winners were all members of Broadley House, a fact not lost on Housemaster Mr Griffiths who said that it was all down to his training, but he would say that.

Miss Free, head of music, said: “Our Young Musician of the Year competition gives pupils the opportunity to perform to an audience of parents, staff and pupils, and our judges always have an almost impossible job considering the variet of music performed to a very high standard.”

Technology tournament

This year was the 14th tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Halifax in conjunction with other Calderdale Rotary clubs.

Yet again this was a popular event of schools across Calderdale and this year we took three teams consisting of: Helen Brown and Daniel Davidson in the advanced key stage five section. Nichola Backhouse, Daniel Brown, Dryw Jones and Charlotte Wood as team onein the key stage three foundation section. Along with Lia Brehmer, Charlie Kershaw, Megan Mouncey and George Taylor in team two.

The task was to design and make a pipeline vehicle. This involved them devising a way to travel along a two metre pipe pushing debris along the way, under a bridge all in five seconds.

The advanced team had the extra challenge of collecting the debris (gravel) and returning it back to the starting position. In just a few hours each team had to present their design work in a portfolio and build their vehicle.

All teams were under scrutiny throughout the day - testing how well they worked and organised themselves within their teams as well as how they presented their work in their portfolio and of course the quality of their practical work and its final performance on the test rig.

The event was huge success and a most valuable educational experience even before the results were announced. It was therefore an added bonus when it was announced that foundation team one had come third and the advanced team overall winners of their section.

Class cheer for Sport Relief

Never wanting to miss an opportunity Hipperholme Grammar’s reception class jumped at the chance when invited to come and support the Three Legged Race for Sports Relief.

We set off early before 9am into Halifax. We were greeted by the manager of the Woolshops and set up a good viewing position to watch Harry Gration and Paul Hudson start day five of the nine day walk.

The class sang a special song that went something like this:

Everywhere you go...

Everywhere you go...

It’s the Look North Boys...

Raising money for all - Harry and Paul.

They appreciated our cheers and singing as they knew what was ahead of them - a steep climb up to Queensbury.