The Assembly this Wednesday was spectacular and reminded me of so many of the things that are special at Hill House. The Lower School with their presentation about, and celebration of, Chinese New Year and its traditions. Then the Middle School violinists, most of whom only began to play the instrument in September, gave a great account of themselves. The Gallery choirs brought great enthusiasm to their singing of “Land of Hope and Glory” and Mai Noubir read Wordsworth’s Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802. To perform in front of nearly one thousand people with such confidence is inspiring and encourages me to be so very proud of all our children. Congratulations to the Small School classes who came to their first Assembly to receive swimming awards highlighting another important facet of a Hill House education. The Assembly provides proof of the essential value of encouraging every child to excel and to be able to have the confidence to enjoy their own success with modesty.
Wednesday also saw the first meeting of our newly inaugurated School Council, constituted of two representatives from each section from Years 5–8. I am pleased to report that their first meeting was very successful with the members showing a great maturity in their discussions and suggestions for school life.
Next Friday will be a Mufti Day to raise money for a children’s charity. In one of their first actions the School Council will be voting to choose between three charities that have been suggested. Details of the charity they have chosen will be sent during the week.
This coming week we also look forward to some more Parents’ Evenings for Upper School (for the Radnor and York classes) and to Half Term.