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Welcome to Life at Hoe Bridge School, the podcast where we speak to pupils, staff and parents to find out what it’s really like. Every week we’ll be talking to one of the members of the school community to hear real stories of life in the school.

Music at Hoe Bridge School with Fiona Taylor

Welcome back to Life at Hoe Bridge School, the podcast where we speak to pupils, staff and parents to find out what it’s really like. Every week we’ll be talking to members of the school community to hear real stories of life in the school. And today we’re speaking to Director of Music, Fiona Taylor, to discuss just what music is all about at Hoe Bridge. 

So today, Fiona will delve into how music has enriched the pupil experience, the kind of lessons, choirs and concerts children at Hoe Bridge take part in and the impact of trends in music and technology and how Hoe Bridge has kept up with the times. 

We’ll also hear how Fiona encourages children to keep up their musical learning and exactly what it is that keeps Fiona so passionate about music at Hoe Bridge school. 

So come with me now as Tracey discovers all about music at Hoe Bridge with Fiona Taylor.

 

 

STEAM - What is it in school life?

Welcome back to Life at Hoe Bridge School, the podcast where we speak to pupils, staff and parents to find out what it’s really like. Every week we’ll be talking to members of the school community to hear real stories of life in the school. Now, in this episode we’re learning all about STEAM, that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. 

Member of staff, Alison, explains what STEAM is, how it goes about giving a structure to learning and we also hear what makes the school so special to Alison herself. 

So come with me now as Tracey unpacks this world to us in this episode. 

 

 

Life at Hoe Bridge as a mother of three daughters, Nikki Thompson

Welcome back to Life at Hoe Bridge School, the podcast where we speak to pupils, staff and parents to find out what it’s really like. Every week we’ll be talking to members of the school community to hear real stories of life in the school. And today we have a mother of three girls sharing her take on life as a parent at Hoe Bridge School.

Nikki Thompson talks about all the opportunities that have been made available to her daughters, the process of moving up through the school years, and the responsibilities that come with this. But we also hear the advice that Nikki has for others with teenage daughters.

So come with me now as Tracey talks to mother of three, Nikki Thompson.

 

 

How sport translates into everyday life with Jamie Whitehouse

Welcome back to Life at Hoe Bridge School, the podcast where we speak to pupils, staff and parents to find out what it’s really like. Every week we’ll be talking to members of the school community to hear real stories of life in the school. Now today we’re talking to someone who’s a member of staff and an international hockey player, Jamie Whitehouse.

Now Jamie’s going to explain how sport helps children at Hoe Bridge School, how children deal with losses in sport, whether it’s wise for children to have a broad sports view and the advice he has for young people.

So join us now as Tracey talks to Jamie Whitehouse.

 

Forest School with Louise Holder and three Year Six pupils

And today, we’re going into a woodland environment with Louise Holder who’s going to talk to us about Forest School, explaining about the principles, how and why the school embraces this learning approach.

But we also speak to the pupils about this too. Summer, Issac and Seb explain what they enjoy about Forest School and what they learn from Forest School.

So come with me now as Tracey talks to Louise Holder, Summer, Issac and Seb.

 
 
 

Hear our Y3 pupils talk about the move from Pre-Prep into Prep!

And today, it’s another fun episode because we begin by talking to Headmaster Chris Webster, then we speak to three Year 3 pupils, Darcy, Ben and Olivia. Followed by a catch-up with Amanda Willis.

I’m certain you’re going to love this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it for you, because we had a great time!

Chris talks about how the current Year 3 pupils have managed the move from Pre-Prep to Prep, the children talk about their favourite lessons and what makes the lunches so amazing, and then Amanda explains what happens after their time in Pre-Prep and why she’s going to miss them so much. But let’s not waste any more time but instead get into this podcast episode with Amanda, our VIPs, Darcy, Ben and Olivia, and our Headmaster Chris Webster.

 

Our Year Three pupils interview Mr Webster

Now, today, things are different. Because in this episode three of the children from Year Three at the school have some questions to ask Mr Webster – I’m not going to tell you what they are but I can almost guarantee they’re sure to make you smile. Come with me now as Tracey Clarke-Sullivan balances a conversation between Dylan, Alex and Bella, and, of course, Mr Webster. 
 

Girls and sport with Sarah Thornton-Pickering

Today we speak to Sarah Thornton-Pickering, Head of Girls’ Games. In this episode we understand more about the sporting opportunities for girls at Hoe Bridge School, why Sarah loves her job so much to have been at the school for 20 years, and she recalls some of her most magical memories from her time there. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into a conversation with Sarah so come with us as we step inside now. 
 

Professional tennis player and ex pupil - Emily Appleton

And today we’re talking to Emily Appleton an alumni of the school and now a professional tennis player. In this episode you’re going to hear all about Emily’s professional tennis career and being a ‘Sky Sports Scholar’ since leaving Hoe Bridge, we’ll hear how the school helped to mould her into the athlete she is today, and we’ll hear about dealing with failure too. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into a conversation with Emily so come with us as we step inside now.  
 

Life as a parent at Hoe Bridge School with Claudia O'Neill

And today we’re heading to a parent of a Nursery pupil, Alexander, and a Year 1 pupil, Amelia.  Claudia O’Neill explains why she and her family chose Hoe Bridge School, the advice she’d offer to parents looking at schools for their children for the first time and some of the benefits of a tight-knit parent community. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into that conversation so come with us as we step inside now. 

 

England Cricket Team, Phil Scott, talks about his time at Hoe Bridge School

And today we’re heading to the England Cricket Team to talk to Phil Scott, also an old boy from Hoe Bridge School. Phil’s talking to us about his memories of Hoe Bridge School, how the school shaped his sporting career and prepared him for university and beyond. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into that conversation so come with us as we step inside now. 

 
 

Pastoral care at Hoe Bridge School with Stephen Arnott

And today we’re talking to Stephen Arnott, Assistant Head Pastoral, about the happiness, confidence and achievement, something at the heart of the school. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into that conversation so come with us as we step inside now. 

 
 

Callum Mackay, professional golfer and Hoe Bridge alumnus

And today we’re talking to Callum Mackay who left the school in 2008 and is now a professional golfer. We’re going to find out how the school has changed since he was there, how Hoe Bridge made him who he is today and what his current life looks like as a professional golfer. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan takes us into that conversation so come with us as we step inside now. 

 
 

Hearing from Gus and Poppy, Year 8 and Year 6 at Hoe Bridge School

And today we’re dropping into the classrooms in the school building to hear from two of the pupils, one from Year 8 and one from Year 6. We find out in this episode what life is like from a pupil point of view, what it feels like to play sport for the school, what happens if there's ever too much homework and also what the favourite school lunch is.

Tracey Clarke-Sullivan brings us right into the classrooms so you can hear what they have to say. Come with us as we step inside now.

 

Drama at Hoe Bridge School with Stuart Neal & Kate Tydman

Kate Tydman and Stuart Neal share with us the approaches they take when managing their drama classes, they talk about some of their favourite moments acting in west end productions, and they unpack what they can teach children from their own experience of times when an audition doesn’t lead to getting the part. 

But we also find out what some of the possible options are for the next school play and I know you won’t want to miss that. Tracey Clarke-Sullivan leads us onto the stage so come with us as we step inside now.

 

Talking to Amanda Willis, Head of Pre-Prep

And today we’re talking to Amanda Willis, Head of Pre-Prep, who’ll be talking to us about the importance of happiness at the school, some of the challenges she faced in the first few weeks of starting as the Head of Pre-Prep, and what some of her aspirations are for the future of Pre-Prep. But we also find out some of the things she likes to do at the weekend when she’s not in school so stay tuned to the end to find out what that might be.

 

Speaking with Jo Hewitt, mum of four boys at Hoe Bridge School

And today we’re talking to Jo Hewitt, a mum of four pupils, so she really is someone who knows the school inside out. In this episode we speak to her about how to choose which school is right for your children, how to manage every day life at the school (including the school run) and we explore some of the opportunities available to pupils at Hoe Bridge School.

 

Talking to Chris Webster, Headmaster of Hoe Bridge School

And today we’re talking to Chris Webster, Headmaster of the school, who’ll be sharing with us life at the school, the importance of happiness at the school, how a headmaster at Hoe Bridge School spends his time and we also find out where he and his family go on summer holidays each year.

 
 

Welcome to our new podcast

Welcome to our new podcast, the place to find out more about our school and where we'll be speaking to staff, pupils and parents so that together we're all connected. Our first main episode is coming soon so be sure to check back here in the next few days to see the first release.If you have any questions in the meantime please contact the school through the main website.Thank you for taking an interest, we'll see you soon.