Headmaster’s Newsletter – 15 September 2017

Dear Parents,

The first two weeks of term have sped by and the school routine is beginning to establish itself, particularly for those who have moved from one building to another since last year.

It was a pleasure to meet so many of the Small School parents at the first of this year’s Social Evenings in Founders’ Hall yesterday. We look forward to meeting many more of you over the coming weeks. These evenings are for you to meet your child’s tutors informally over a glass of wine and so your children are not expected to accompany you. Next week’s evenings are;

  • Tuesday 19 – Lower School
  • Thursday 21 – Upper and Lower Senior School

Individual music lessons start on Monday. There has been an excellent response to Music Day and as a result it will take a little time to feed all those who want to learn instruments into the timetable. Any pupils who were learning the following instruments last year should bring their instrument with them on Monday in readiness for a lesson: Piano (Mr. Miles), Trumpet, Clarinet, Guitar, Violin, Cello. Other instruments will be notified during the week. Ensembles will begin in a week’s time.

Next week we will be taking the annual individual and class photographs. These will run as follows:

  • Monday – Main School & Upper School
  • Tuesday – Main School & Upper School
  • Wednesday – Middle School
  • Thursday – Small School
  • Friday – Lower School

Please ensure that your child comes to school with clean uniform including a V-neck jumper and cravat for those in Middle School and above and well polished shoes.

Thursday sees the annual Athletics Day at Battersea Park for those in Upper School and Main School. Please see the attached letter from Mrs. Bradley and Miss. Scrimshaw with details of what the children should bring with them on the day.

Friday Clubs begin next Friday. We have again had a huge response and where some clubs are oversubscribed we are hoping to offer alternatives or the possibility of expanding the size of the club subject to suitable staffing levels. We hope to let those who have places in clubs know by the end of Tuesday.

This week I am afraid that I need pass on a complaint from some members of the public about the behaviour of Hill House pupils outside the new shops in Pavilion Road. This was after their school day had finished and children were under the supervision of parents. The behaviour reported to me fell well below the standards we expect of anyone wearing the Hill House uniform. Our uniform is distinctive and well know in this part of London and further afield. Whenever a pupil is wearing the uniform they are representing the school and what it stands for. We have a strong reputation for good manners of which we are rightly proud. Indeed, we are regularly complimented by members of the public and visitors to the school on the politeness and generosity of our pupils. So when I receive emails like last week it extremely disappointing.

All of our buildings are in quiet residential areas and we rely on having good relationships with our neighbours. I would ask that you are sympathetic to those who live around us particularly when dropping off in the morning and collecting in the evening. Thank you for your cooperation.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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