Headmaster’s Newsletter – 12 February 2016

Dear Parent,

We have already reached at half term in what has seemed like no time at all but an immense amount has happened and been achieved in this short time.

The girls in Upper Transitus and some boys in the Upper Sixth and Senior School have been sitting their entrance exams and having interviews for their next schools. These results are coming in at the moment. One success that can be announced already is a Drama Scholarship to Rodean for India Brown. Congratulations. The full time drama department has only been running for three years and we already have our first Scholar. Another feather in the cap for our drama teachers who have revolutionised the school’s dramatic output, be it the Christmas plays or this term’s poetry competition. We eagerly await the Lower Sixth production of Robin Hood at the end of term.

On the sporting front we are delighted to congratulate Sam Barnett on being awarded a Sports Scholarship to King’s College School Wimbledon. There have been sports fixtures almost every day and often two a day. Congratulations to the Lower Sixth Rugby team who are undefeated so far this term and also the Upper Alpha Football team on wining the Knightsbridge Cup.

We have had seven showcases in Founders’ Hall. Two particular highlights were the woodwind and the String Orchestra performances. There is a letter of thanks below from The St. Nicholas Trust for the money raised by the Brass Ensemble playing carols in Peter Jones before Christmas – not mufti day as sited in the letter.

There have been four successful trips to Glion this half term for girls and boys in Lower Transitus and Senior School. The weather might not have played its part but the experience and the lessons learned while in the mountains will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Many of you will have had the opportunity to attend a parents’ evening and there are more in the second half of term. There have been some wonderful displays of work in Cadogan Gardens and thank you to all the staff who have put so much effort into these evenings. Time can seem short at parents’ evenings with so much to see and talk about. Should you want to discuss any particular points in greater depth please feel free to arrange a follow up meeting via your child’s Senior Tutor or Head of House.

The weekly Wednesday Assembly is a special part of school life. For example, this week more than 150 children took an active part in assembly by either playing the violin, singing in the Cadogan Choir, singing in the combined choirs in the gallery, playing in the Brass ensemble or receiving awards for swimming and medals for winners of a football tournament. The wonderful thing is this in no way out of the ordinary at Hill House. It can sometimes be all too easy to forget quite how unique this weekly event is. We are always pleased to see so many parents at Assembly. I would ask, however, that you respect the performances and celebrate the successes of all the children by staying until the end of Assembly if you possibly can and not to have conversations or take telephone calls during the service.

I wish you a restful half term and look forward to seeing everyone back, reinvigorated for the second half of term.

Richard Townend