Headmaster’s Newsletter – 22 September 2017

Dear Parents,

Athletics Day on Thursday was a great success with over four hundred children taking part in events ranging from 100m sprint to shot put, high jump to javelin. There was keen inter house competition and the final points result will be announced at Assembly this coming Wednesday. Thank you to Mr Doliveux and Mr Hampton and the Sports Department for organising and running the day and thank you to all the other members of staff for their help in looking after and supporting the children on what is a long but highly fulfilling day.

The number of children wanting to have individual music lessons has been exceptional and all the spaces have now been allocated. There were no lessons on Thursday because of Athletics Day. Music teachers will inform those pupils whose lessons are on a Thursday during the week. Ensembles will begin this week. Your child will be told by their instrument teacher when their ensemble will be. In most cases this will be on the same day as their individual lesson.

We have now had three Parent and Tutor Social Evenings. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you and to hear that the year is getting under way smoothly.

Next week’s evenings are for parents in Upper School;

  • Tuesday 26 Kappa and Delta
  • Thursday 28 Beta and Gamma

All Social Evenings are at 6.30pm to 8.00pm in Founders’ Hall

We are always looking for ways in which parents can help and support their children’s learning at home. This coming Wednesday there will be a presentation for parents in Small School, Lower School and Middle School. Please see the message below from Miss Fournès, Director of Studies.

Parents in Small School, Lower School and Middle School are invited to a presentation evening on the numeracy and phonics schemes taught to pupils in EYFS and Keystage 1. There will be advice on how to best help your child develop their numeracy, reading and writing skills. The evening is primarily focused towards Small School and Lower School parents but Middle School parents are most welcome too. This will take place on Wednesday 27 September at 6.00pm in Founders’ Hall with Miss Simpson, Miss Cousin-Poiron, Miss Fournès & Mr Glover. We look forward to seeing you there.

The first of this year’s Upper Sixth Geography courses are now in Switzerland. While the boys are in Glion they will be doing fieldwork for their Common Entrance Geography coursework. This is a wonderful opportunity and experience for the boys. They are not simply studying from a text book or a film but are truly surrounded by their subject.

Friday Clubs are now under way. We have had a huge response and as a result unfortunately some children have had to be placed on waiting lists. As with music lessons, there is always a little flux at the beginning of the year. Please bear with us as we try to accommodate everybody as best we can.

A polite reminder that if your child is not going to be at school for any reason, other than illness, prior permission must be requested. Your Senior Tutor can grant requests for medical appointments and visits to secondary schools. All other requests need to be submitted for approval to the Undermaster and Pastoral Director, Mr. Carlson, via email ccarlson@hillhouseschool.co.uk

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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