Headmaster’s Newsletter – 13 January 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! This is the shortest term of the year but it is perhaps the busiest. There are Parents’ Evenings throughout the term. Details of these will be sent to you directly by your Head of House or Senior Tutor. The first is this Monday, 16 January, for parents of boys in Lower Sixth Alpha. Individual music lessons and ensembles begin this Monday. On Tuesday the first of the Winter Courses in Glion flies out with girls from Lower Transitus. The snow is now arriving after a very green start to the year. We hope it keeps coming. Friday clubs will recommence this coming week (20 January). All dates for events during the term can be found on the school website on both the homepage and the calendar page.

This term the girls in their final year are sitting the entrance exams for their next schools. Indeed some exams took place just before the beginning of term. Boys sitting for Dulwich College are also being examined this term. We wish them all the very best of luck and trust that their efforts are rewarded with the excellent results they deserve.

At the end of last term the Brass Ensemble played carols in Peter Jones. We are not allowed to collect money while they play so instead the pupils raise sponsorship. I am pleased to say they managed to raise £1,011.00. This has been donated to the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. This has been combined with a donation of £1,935.80 from the profits from the secondhand uniform sales last term to give a total contribution of £2,946.80. Below is an extract from an email of thanks from the fund.

The generosity and support from Hill House and its parents never ceases to amaze us! We are extremely grateful for the recent donations….This comes at a very opportune moment, as, subject to confirmation by the committee, we will be funding more overnight sleeper chairs for parents, so that every parent can sleep next to their child. They cost just over £800 each….Do please thank everyone concerned on our behalf. We have used some of the money for the Christmas arrangements, and the rest will go on equipment. We have just had a request for a number of items, such as distraction units for the phlebotomy and treatment rooms as well as a pram for fractious babies so they can be wheeled nearer to the nurses’ desk for closer attention. All seem small, but they make a big difference. And it is so nice to be able to say yes.

The monthly secondhand uniform shop relies entirely your donations of good quality uniform. It has been so successful that stock is now running a little low. Please do think about donating uniform when your child grows out of it. We try to keep the quality of uniform as high as possible. All profits go to charity and any uniform that we would be unable to sell is sent for recycling. During the last holiday Faiz Ali (Upper Alpha) and his family took nearly 40 kilos of uniform to an orphanage in Kenya where it is being put to good use as you can see from the pictures in the pdf version of this letter. You can download this by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Thank you.