Headmaster’s Newsletter – 11 March 2016

Dear Parents,

Next week is the last week before the Easter holidays so a few administrative points. Individual music lessons and ensembles will continue as normal all week. There will be NO Friday Clubs next week. All pupils should be collected at the appropriate time. If in doubt please ask your child’s Senior Tutor or refer to the relevant page of the website.


When we return for the Summer term we will be changing into Summer uniform. Billings and Edmonds will be in Founders’ Hall tomorrow, Saturday 12 March, between 10am and 1.30pm selling all items of summer uniform. They will also be taking pre-orders for the new Hill House lightweight waterproof jacket. Please see the note from William Townend below.

Mobile Phones for those in Hans Place

A reminder that no pupils are allowed to have a mobile phone with them while they are at school. All phones must be deposited in the appropriate box in the Front Hall when they arrive and can be collected when they leave. Any pupil found with a mobile phone during the day will receive a detention.

In Assembly on Wednesday Full and Half Colours for Sport were presented to

  • Lara Mannes – Full Colours
  • Sofia Tyler – Full Colours
  • Carla Ravich Calafel – Full Colours
  • Virginia Radcliffe – Full Colours
  • Thattharit Sawanpanich – Full Colours
  • Alexandre Feniou – Full Colours
  • Kai Das – Full Colours
  • Lucas Bachmann – Full Colours
  • Ingrid Spencer – Half Colours
  • Blanca Lopez – Half Colours
  • Maria Parsenjad – Half Colours
  • Maral Parsnejad – Half Colours
  • George Hamilton Stubber – Half Colours
  • Tom Patton – Half Colours

The Sportsmanship Award was also awarded to

  • Myles Ryan
  • Freya Bennett
  • India Brown
  • Carlotta Bresciani

We congratulate them on their achievement.

There have been Parents’ Evenings for Small School, Lower Transitus A and Lower Sixth Zeta in the last week. Next week the second Lower Sixth Alpha Parents’ evening is on Monday at 6pm in Founders’ Hall and Middle School is on Thursday at 5.30pm in Cadogan Gardens.

The final Swiss trip returned this week having enjoyed the best of the snow conditions. The courses have all been very successful. Those who have been on them will have learnt a lot while they were away, even for a relatively short time. It is unique experience that we are able to give them and one that has far reaching benefits.

On Thursday ten boys took part in a French Speech competition at Lancing College. The boys had to recite a poem and deliver a 2 minute presentation on the topic of their choice. Our boys were praised for their behaviour and obvious preparation. I am delighted to be able to say that Alexandre Feniou won first prize for native speakers with Louis De Nonneville and Edoardo Usai very close behind. Overall there were 80 competitors from schools across the country. The boys will recite their poems at Assembly on Wednesday. Félicitations à vous tous.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday sees the Lower Sixth production of “Robin Hood” in Founders’ Hall. The performances begin at 6.30. We are certainly all looking forward to two evenings of great entertainment after weeks of intense rehearsal.

Richard Townend