Well done to Georgia Burbridge in Year 11 who competed in the National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 2016 at the Wildcats Arena in Nottingham. She came away with a gold medal for her individual event and is now British National Champion in the K1 Junior Female Category. We are all very proud of her!
The 2nd September marked a special occasion for The Hillview Sixth Form. Following a student competition in March 2016, the successful designers: Phoebe Horn, Kelsey Sowerby and Megan Brown, together with their parents, saw their designs turned into reality at the opening of the new Sixth Form facilities. The areas which include: a Sixth Form café/social space; large student centre, including its very own ‘snug’, library and ICT suite with PCs and MACs, have been redeveloped in a clean, smart, modern style to offer dedicated facilities to the 250 strong student body within the Sixth Form. Evie Webb, an Art Ambassador and Year 13 student at the school, designed a striking geographic motif which now defines the Sixth Form area from the rest of the school. Evie, along with younger sister Grace, mum and friends, gave up their time in the holidays to turn the design into reality.
Mrs Burkett commented “It is essential that our students have access to facilities to enable them to study independently, work with their peers and relax. All the students involved did an incredible job and created fully functioning Sixth Form areas. I am so proud of what they have achieved, for the benefit of their peers and future Hillview Sixth Form students. These facilities will support the ongoing high achievement of our students in the future.”
The new facilities were opened by Tom Tugendhat MBE MP and long-standing friend of Hillview,
“I was delighted to open Hillview’s newly refurbished Sixth Form area. This will give the elder students at the School greater independence this year as they make the transition from GCSE studies to A Levels. Hillview School for Girls takes pride in being a place where students want to study, and impressive facilities such as these help cement their reputation in the community.
“The work of staff, and also the students involved who gave up their summer holidays to contribute is incredibly worthwhile and I know the space they created will be used and appreciated by sixth formers for years to come.”
We are able to celebrate significant success this year in the progress made by our students, with some outstanding individual achievements. Amongst the many successes were Moya McCarthy, who achieved 4 A*s, 6As and 1B; Megan Jackson, who achieved 5A*s, 5As and 1B; Rebecca Saunders who achieved 2A*s, 6As and 3Bs and Ana Castro who achieved 3A*s, 3As, 2Bs and 3Cs. We are proud of all our students this year in the determination and commitment they have displayed.
Hillview School for Girls has a long established reputation for excellence in Performing and Visual Arts subjects and this year has provided another set of outstanding results. These provide a solid platform for students to continue studies in the creative subjects in our thriving 6th form. We are delighted to be able to welcome back the majority of the students to our very successful sixth form.
Headteacher Mrs Hilary Burkett stated: “I am extremely proud to be headteacher of this truly outstanding school. The school has maintained its reputation as a high performing non selective school with these fantastic results. Our students have worked extremely hard and deserve the excellent grades they have achieved. The success this year has been a big team effort: staff, students, parents and governors have worked hard together to achieve this success. Our students show high levels of commitment to their studies which have included the giving of time after school and during school holidays and it is pleasing to see that this commendable work ethic has resulted in students gaining some excellent results. There are a significant number of individual success stories, too many to mention individually but I would like to congratulate them all”.
Hillview Sixth Form are proud to announce the continued success of their students at A Level, with around 50% achieving the top A*-B grades or equivalent and over 75% achieving A*-C grades. Hillview students’ outstanding achievement in Visual and Performing Arts was mirrored across a wide breadth of subjects, particularly in the Science and Social Sciences.
Amongst the many successes across the student body, particular congratulations go to: Rachel Rose, who followed on from her success in winning Young Fashion Designer of the year by securing Drama A*, Fashion Distinction*,Media A and Jennifer Rowan who achieved Psychology A*, English Lit A , History B, Extended Project B. After a successful year on the student leadership team, our Head Girl Juliette Green and Deputy Head Girls Naomi Green and Florence Fanthome-Hodgson shared in outstanding results, collectively achieving 2 Distinction*; 1 A*; 2 As ; 3 Bs and 1 C.
Headteacher Mrs Hilary Burkett stated: “Our students have shown incredibly high levels of commitment to their studies and to the school as a whole; today they are receiving the rewards for their hard work and dedication. It is a real pleasure to see so many students succeed and be able to move on to their chosen career paths and universities with a good set of grades in their back pockets”.
For the first time in the history of Hillview’s annual school productions, we had a total sell-out over the three nights. The energy and professionalism of our students goes far beyond what would be expected of young people their age. Their talent knows no bounds!
The Performing Arts Department are so proud of the students. ‘Cats’ was so much fun to produce and was such a success due to the students taking ownership of the show. Their enthusiasm, passion, dedication and creativity is what made this year’s show so ‘memorable’. Performers and production crew conducted themselves in such a professional manner. They are a credit to the school.
On Saturday 19 March 2016, the Art students from Hillview took part in the final of a national creative lighting competition at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance against six other teams with a remit to light architectural sites around the Sidcup campus. The team competition ‘Junior Ready Steady Light’ is for students aged 13 to 25 years.
As well as being the only all-girl group, our talented students (Roseanne Eames, Rachael Garaty, Heather Maxwell, Hollie Rabbitt and Ciara Spencer) were also the youngest participants. The girls spent the day at the College where they were introduced to lighting concepts and techniques by internationally renowned architectural and theatrical lighting designers.
The young lighting designers were given a tour of the college and were introduced to the sites that they were to light. Each site had an interesting brief which allowed for creative interpretation and exploration of ideas. The catch was that students were limited to six lights of different types and so they quickly had to experiment with what each light could achieve. The team worked perfectly together and developed a concept that explored the idea of a journey through the seasons enhancing the natural structures and colours and textures of the trees and grass contrasted with the texture of the path. The group took it in turns to explain different aspects of their design to the Judges who were really impressed with the strong creative concept that had been devised.
It was ‘an amazing jaw dropping moment’ (the girls) when Hillview were announced as the winners. They really did not expect to win against such experienced opposition but win it they did…And the prize? As well as winning a lighting design book and a classy glass trophy they are going on to light the exterior of the National Theatre in London in April.
Dr Kathrine Sandys, Lecture at Rose Bruford College, said ‘I just wanted to say a massive congratulations to your group of wonderful and inspiring young women who won Ready, Steady, Light on Saturday. I felt so proud of them and can’t wait to see their next work.’
The Ready Steady Light competition is created in partnership with the Society of Light & Lighting. The event is annually sponsored by a number of industry specialist such as Philips, Whitelight and LEE Filters among others.
The event, which was organised by Hillview’s Music department, featured a wide range of songs, including those from Adele, Pink and Rhianna. Some students even wrote their own songs to perform on the evening, whilst many students provided their own musical accompaniments – from guitar to keyboard and drums.
Many of the songs chosen this year had a soul/acoustic element and students really delighted the audience with their stunning vocal ranges and polished performances. The quality of students’ musicianship, singing and talent was exceptional.
Councillor Owen Baldock, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, who attended the show said ‘What a fantastic evening – amazing talent!’
Rhiannon Williams and Hannah Etheridge presented the show and kept the audience entertained throughout with their witty repertoire between acts, as well as performing several times themselves.
In the morning session they presented their work in small seminar groups to Dr Katherine Sandys. They also participated in an interactive light projection workshop with Sarah Gee who runs Filskit Theatre Company.
Samantha Perez-Lumbreras, Outreach Support Officer, introduced students to progression routes and the range of courses within the college and gave them a guided tour.
Dr Katherine Sandys was very impressed with the personal Art journeys that the students have been on and with the high quality of the work. She told the students that she would happily enrol them all on her course!
Students were later introduced to the subtleties of projecting images onto three dimensional objects by award winning independent video and projection designer Nina Dunn from Something Graphic Ltd.
Nina shared some of the amazing projects that she has worked on recently. She encouraged our students to experiment with their ideas and on sharing them she drew their attention to the subtle effects that were achieved as they projected photographs onto a 3D surface.
The students are going to take ideas from what they have discovered into their exam exploration for ‘Past, Present and/or Future’. Mr Pledge showed Nina some of the students’ sketchbooks to share the exciting work that they have been doing and Nina said that she wished that her school had been like ours.
Year 11 and 12 students are being offered an exciting and unique opportunity to design and project manage the renovation of their sixth form facilities. Students have carte-blanche in a competition in which an individual or a group of students will have their designs turned into reality.
The facilities to undergo renovation include; an independent study centre, research facility and a newly developed café. The project will provide an opportunity for future 6th form students at Hillview to study and relax within areas that have been designed and created specifically for them by the experts, student themselves. The closing date for the competition is 18 March 2016, with renovations scheduled to begin in summer 2016.
Students will not only be creating the design but also fundraising and project managing the renovation, giving them the opportunity to experience and be part of a real-life design/business project. This is a unique chance for their own personal development which will help to distinguish them from other students applying to universities and for jobs in the future. Any external students who intend to study at Hillview Sixth Form in September and would like to take part in the competition, are able to request an information pack from the main school office.
Miss Owen, Director of Sixth Form said “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to not only exercise their creativity and develop their project management skills, but to also make a positive contribution to students’ Sixth Form experience both now and in years to come. I cannot wait to see students’ designs!”.
Mrs Burkett, Headteacher commented “ I am really excited to be able to launch this project. We have a large successful sixth form and it is vital that our students have access to the right facilities to support their KS5 studies and progression onto university or the workplace. We hope to be starting the first phase of renovations this summer, so our 2016 intake can take full advantage of the new facilities”.
The winning design will be announced on 22 April 2016.
St. Stephen’s Church in Tonbridge was the stunning backdrop for Hillview’s Senior Prize Giving Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 16 December.
The school was celebrating students’ exam and subject successes once again at the end of a hugely successful year. This summer, Hillview Sixth Form bucked the national trend in A* and A grades (or equivalent) with an impressive 15% of students achieving A* grades (national average 8.2%).
This year’s event was particularly vibrant, including an impressive range of sixth form performances from flute and guitar solos to musical theatre performers and singers.
Following an opening address by Chair of Governors, Sue Bishop, Deputy Headteacher Kevin Hill gave an overview of the year. He presented an entertaining reminder of the numerous events and activities that have occurred at Hillview during 2015 – from Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award to the summer musical, Annie, and various sporting and charity achievements.
A large number of students received awards, including Kelsey Sowerby (Achievement in Science Trophy), Lauren Beaney and Kelly Beany (joint winners of the Barbara Corke Community Prize), Amber Pursey (Expressive Arts Cup) and Hannah Rainbow (Greta May Award).
Miss Owen, Head of Sixth Form, also praised the students’ achievements:
“I’m extremely proud of our students – our annual Senior Prize-Giving event is a fantastic opportunity to come together as a school community and celebrate students’ achievements over the past year, as well as recognising their hard work and commitment. It’s also a chance to look back over all the activities, trips and experiences that have made the past year so special. The results for 2015 were excellent and I look forward to even greater success in 2016.”
A highlight of the ceremony was a presentation by Guest Speaker, Fiona Gilmore. Fiona is a branding and positioning expert, author, public speaker and founder of Aranchi Consulting.
Taking inspiration from astronaut, Tim Peake, Fiona spoke of the importance of ‘reaching for the stars’. Fiona herself has a rich and varied CV, having worked in war-torn countries, in boardrooms and has even presented on Question Time, so she was keen to emphasise the importance of adaptability and versatility as essential skills for all careers.
Students listened intently when she spoke of the importance of having early exposure to Performing Arts to develop important interpersonal skills, for careers as diverse as Law, Teaching and Journalism.
She even gave an impromptu drama sketch, taken from Molière, in French, which received huge applause. The ceremony was then closed by Miss Owen.