Berlin History Trip

Last Wednesday 6th September Mrs Loder and I took another trip to Berlin as part of the History GCSE course. We were accompanied by 19 Year 10 and 11s and, of course, our guide Andy. It was a fantastic trip albeit absolutely exhausting. There was so much to see including the Reichstag building and dome which enabled us to look out across the whole of Berlin (an amazing sight).


We also revisited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the Olympic Stadium. An extra this time was Platform 17 which was where the Jews were taken from to go to various camps around Germany and Poland. This was particularly emotive.

The students were a credit to their parents and the school. This was such a successful trip that the Year 10s have asked to go again next year – you can’t get a better recommendation than that!

Many thanks to Mrs Loder for accompanying us.

Jacqueline Hadley

Head of History


D of E expedition

Well done to the 16 Year 10 students who have completed and passed their Qualifying expedition this weekend. The trainers and assessors commented on how fantastic they were as a group and especially on the final day, every single group exceeded expectations. Simon Blyth,  the owner of Resilience Education Adventure and our agreed activity provider, commented on what a credit the pupils were to the school in terms of following instructions, working together in teams and determination to succeed. As a result of this  the majority of our students now only have to focus on completing the remaining three sections (Physical, Volunteering and Skills) in order to gain their Bronze DofE award.




Success at the Independent Schools Association Art Competition 2017

The Independent Schools Association organise a series of regional art competitions across the country annually. Moon Hall (Reigate) took part in the ‘London South’ regional art competition on the 22nd June 2017, where we were competing with schools from Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This year we achieved considerable success in the competition and we are absolutely delighted to have four of our students recognised for the quality of their work.

One of the most competitive categories in this competition is Key Stage 4 Two-Dimensional Art in which schools will generally enter their best GCSE Fine Art paintings into this class. We are extremely proud of one of our students who achieved First Place for her GCSE exam; Portrait of a Lama, painted in April of this year.



We entered work into the Key Stage 3 Textiles category for the first          time. This is an area of art we do not usually explore, however the Year 9 students experimented and refined their techniques in Batik work, drawing with hot wax, traditional tjanting tools and inks. We are delighted to announce that we achieved First Place for a Batik study based on a still life image.



We also achieved success in the Key Stage 4 Photography category achieving Second Place for a stunning Frog photograph and a Highly Commended for an Extreme Sports photography.


Well done!

Sarah Bocking (Head of Art)
June 2017

Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden, our guest speaker

Moon Hall School, Reigate were delighted to host a talk by Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden, Professor of Child Language and Learning at Manchester University who talked about a 20 year research project into Developmental Language Disorder.

Developmental Language Disorder involves language difficulties that affect the way that children understand and express language and affects their learning and literacy development.

Prof Conti-Ramsden discussed the impacts of these difficulties and the strategies that professionals can use for intervention. The professionals from local schools and sixth form colleges who attended the talk included Speech and Language therapists, SENCos and Educational Psychologists.

Moon Hall Schools’ expertise is the provision of a main stream curriculum for dyslexic pupils, however some of their difficulties are compounded by co existing disorders including developmental language disorder which impacts on the learning of the curriculum.

Prof Conti-Ramsden has a direct link to the school as she works with Becky Clark the head of ClarkSLT, who provides the Speech and Language Therapy at Moon Hall. Along with Professors from Oxford and University College London, they produce a YouTube channel about language difficulties in children (RALLI

Moon Hall has supported the development and filming for the RALLI channel over a number of years and Alison Hedley, Headmistress at Moon Hall said “Language difficulties are part and parcel of literacy difficulties but often go undetected. It was fantastic to have Professor Conti-Ramsden visit and tell us more about her latest research in this area.’

Prof Conti-Ramsden stated that she was “delighted to be able to visit Moon Hall and hear about the great work that goes on here. We are very grateful for all the support given by the school for our campaign to raise awareness of language disorders.”

Pictured above from left to right are Emma Fraser Headmistress of Moon Hall School Dorking, Becky Clark, Alison Hedley and our guest speaker Gina Conti-Ramsden.

Robotics come to Moon Hall

The computing department arranged specialised Lego WeDo Robotics workshops for both our junior and senior students, where a Lego robotics specialist, Brian Egles, came in to teach them.






Students built robots using Lego and learnt how to program them  to move using sensors and to estimate and measure instructions to operate their robot masterpieces. The students also gained experience from working together in a team,  using their combined skills to enhance their problem solving.


PGL Windmill Hill 2017

Years 3, 4 and 5 had a wonderful PGL stay last weekend. They fenced, climbed, leapt, built, swam, crawled, and zipped their way to exhaustion over two and a half days. Everyone was magnificent.
The group was led by a brilliant centre leader who fortunately had enough enthusiasm and verve for 10 people, which suited Mrs Clark and Mrs Koike who were definitely flagging by Sunday afternoon!







All our pupils took everything in their stride with a smile and a skip. We had different stars who knew that some activities, like climbing, trapeze, the giant swing and the zip wire were going to be a big challenge for them. All of them stepped up however, and by the end of the weekend had succeeded at facing their fears. We were proud of all of them and the courage it needed to jump off the zip wire tower, or climb a 40 foot wall or drop 30 feet in the air and swing.

While some overcame their fear of heights to climb the zip wire tower and look out over the edge, others pushed their limits to zip down the wire and enjoyed it so much that they did it again! One pupil was determined to climb to the top of the trapeze pole only to realise that he now had to come down! It took him a while but eventually he gathered his courage and pushed off the platform. Although very apprehensive, another pupil made a quick decision at the top and flew off on to the bar of the trapeze. What courage!


Our youngest three, were among the most intrepid with one using her dance skills on the challenge course to carry a cup full of stones on her head on the balance beam and was a very supportive partner on the giant swing.

Another pupil used his listening skills to enable him to dig deep and achieve far more than he had anticipated, improving on every activity! Others displayed different talents with some providing entertainment with their general enthusiasm and others showing that a ‘can do’ attitude can spread to everything whether the activities involved water, heights or problem solving.

To anyone who will listen, Mrs Clark and Mrs Koike have said what a fantastic time they had and how they are looking forward to 2018!

Jaguar Land Rover

In June, our Business Studies and Geography students traveled by coach up the M42 to the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.

The plant is a small village in itself, comprising shops, restaurants, a medical centre and a bank.
The main focus of the outing was the use of machinery and robots in the manufacture of the Range Rover car, and the impact this has had on sectors of industry within the UK. For example, robots are far more accurate than humans and they can work faster and without the need for a break. This increases the productive efficiency of the company and means that the original plant workers have had to be retrained to do jobs in other areas.The final stage of quality control is still manned by real people, though. The interesting anecdote to support this was the imprint of poor ‘Freddie the Fly’ who had been caught in the aluminium press one doomed summer’s day. There are 60 sheets which slipped through the net before the mistake was spotted. As a result, the metal panels now have to be checked under fluorescent lighting with keen eyes, to make sure the owners of these very expensive vehicles are not getting an unwanted pattern on the bonnet!



We learned how the staff are treated by the company to ensure they are motivated and happy, such as asking the workers to come up with improvement ideas, something they are well placed to do as they are at the working end of the business. If the change is implemented 10% of any money generated as a result goes to the said employee.


Our students were fully engaged in the processes and the tour guides’ recollections.
This was a long day, but well worth it for the insights into the world of work elements of both the Business and Geography syllabuses.


Moon Hall reaches out!

Years 7 and 8 pupils at Moon Hall were so horrified by the recent terror attacks in the UK that they wanted those that had been affected by the loss or serious injury of a loved one, been a witness to a terror event, or affected from the after effects of others who were involved e.g. taxi drivers, to know that they are not alone and that people are thinking of them.
In their PSHE class the pupils discussed what ‘empathy’ meant and how these events can have a rippling effect on so many for years. The pupils were asked to meditate on either a place where they feel happy and content, an object or things that makes them smile or an experience that brings them joy, peace, calm or tranquility. From this they were then asked to draw what came to mind for each one of them personally.

The resulting pictures and emotive words were both beautiful and moving and are to be sent to Victim Support Manchester where it is hoped that they will help lift the spirits, particularly of those of a similar age to the Moon Hall pupils.

To support the younger pupils, a mufti day was held and 4 of the school’s Yr 10 pupils organised a Manchester Charity Cake Sale, with all money going to the Red Cross for victims affected by terror attacks.

Moon Hall is proud that their pupils recognise that there are always ways in which they can reach out to people.

Year 6 climb to the top!

Our Yr 6 pupils recently scaled the heights in a thrilling five days at the PGL Centre at Marchant Hill, Beacon Hill, near Hindhead. They made the most testing of tasks look straightforward as they attacked every challenge put before them with courage, zest and enthusiasm.

The activities included the usual mixture of rock climbing, abseiling and ladder climbing towers. The year group showed no compunction about conquering their own ‘Everests’ in a sustained display of joyful defiance and exuberance. Under the guidance of a most experienced PGL hand in our Mrs Koike, plus the well trained encouragement given out by a series of superb activity leaders, the children succeeded in every activity.

Our pupils showed attributes that we are deservedly proud of; a sense of enjoyment and wonderful climbing skills. Courage and doggedness were displayed as one pupil,
never to shirk a challenge, got stuck (literally!) into the mud challenge, placidly resigning himself to the fact that he would be plastered in cold, muddy water while crawling on his stomach underneath wire meshing.

Intelligence and grit got others through the hardest tasks that PGL could offer, while others never became flustered nor appeared apprehensive and encouraged the more nervous of the group when the towers appeared sheer, intimidating and impossible to climb.

All of our pupils came back having achieved their individual challenges – well done to all.

Mr Cattanach
Junior school teacher

Maths Cafe




Our Maths Café was open today for business as our Year 7 pupils used their everyday applied maths skills to sell cakes and juice to our junior and senior pupils. Prior to opening the pupils had to design menus and create a pricing structure for the food and drink and develop an appropriate marketing strategy. In addition they provided waiter/waitress service at tables and a strict seating system was observed. Year 7s will now work on the accounting aspect of their proceeds. This will lead to a charity of their choice receiving any profits made.