New Hall School Continues to Impress in Essex

New Hall School 2014

New Hall School 2014Students at historic New Hall School have kick-started 2015 with a range of impressive achievements and events. Join them for a series of concerts this summer. New Hall is an independent school and rated as one of the best schools in Essex.

Fashionable Fundraisers, Sporting Success and a Royal Connection at New Hall School

Students at historic New Hall School in Chelmsford have got 2015 off to a flying start with an action-packed term.

Diana Award holders celebrated at New Hall

In February New Hall hosted a very special celebration for recipients of the Diana Award. This award was set up in memory of Princess Diana, in order to promote her belief in the power of young people. Worthy recipients of this year’s award included New Hall’s very own student, Charlize Spriggs, who successfully swam across the English Channel, raising a staggering £12,000 for the hospital that saved her Grandfather’s life.

The evening included a moving speech from Margaret and Barry Mizen MBE, who talked about the tragic stabbing of their son Jimmy. The couple, who run the Jimmy Mizen Foundation in his memory, had spent the day talking to New Hall students about their important work.

A royal connection on the radio

The school welcomed some interesting visitors in early March, when a team from BBC Radio 4 came to record an episode of ‘Making History’. This programme examined fascinating new evidence which suggests that Queen Elizabeth I visited New Hall School in 1579. The programme can be listened to here.

Skiing success in the Alps

The New Hall Ski Team were also busy in March, competing in the British Inter-Schools Ski Challenge in the Alps. Nine New Hall students gained Top 20 places; an impressive achievement, considering that 130 schools took part.

Most impressive, however, were Year 13 student Daisy Perez Bullough who had the fastest slalom time for U18/21 girls, and Emily McLeish from Year 7 who was the highest ranked New Hall skier overall.

Vintage volunteers raise funds on the catwalk

Later on in March students held their annual Voluntary Service Fashion Show, which brought the vibe of London Fashion Week to Chelmsford. Guests began the evening serenaded by DJ Harrison Booth in a special chill-out lounge, before exploring vintage fashion stalls and enjoying cupcakes contributed by the school’s cookery department.

The main event of the evening was the ‘Retro Revolution’ fashion show, in which students modelled a range of vintage gems donated by Bravado. The models all had their hair professionally styled by the event’s sponsors, Silhouette Du Barry Hairdressers of Chelmsford. The evening concluded with some special performances by students; year 11 student Ollie Jenkins performed Maroon 5’s ‘Secret’ before New Hall’s very own dance troupe performed to Mark Ronson’s hit ‘Uptown Funk’.

This fantastically fashionable evening raised an impressive £3,000 for the New Hall School Voluntary Service children’s holiday.

New Hall strive to maintain the best standards of schooling for their children at all times. When maintenance work meant that the school had to shut down its power earlier this month, local company Templant stepped in to supply generators, ensuring that the students’ many activities continued without interruption.

New Hall opens its doors for summer concerts

New Hall will open its doors to the public this summer, with two special musical events. A ‘Fusion Pop Concert’ on the 19th June promises to be a colourful evening, while students will bring the Proms to Essex on the 23rd June with ‘Music For A Summer’s Evening’.

Both events can be booked on the New Hall website. The school will also welcome visitors on Saturday 2nd May, when it will host an Open Morning, which can also be booked online.

Image credit: New Hall School 2014 by RebeccajhillsOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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