Headmaster’s Newsletter – 20 April 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the summer term and summer has certainly been with us this week with the hottest April days since the school was founded! I am delighted to be able to share with you the final results of the girls who sat for their senior schools early last term. Congratulations to all of them and to their teachers for the hard work which has paid off handsomely. The week after Half Term is Common Entrance for the boys. We wish them well in the final weeks of preparation.

We have had three trips this week. Some of the Upper Transitus girls visited the Recycling Centre in Wandsworth, with the rest of the year group going next week: a well-timed visit considering the news in the last few weeks. Following on from last term’s successful visit to UCL’s Chemical Engineering Department by Upper Gamma (see 2 March Newsletter), this week Upper Beta donned their lab coats. Thank you again to Professor Lettieri for making this visit possible. Last but not least, Small School visited the Chelsea Physic Garden where they learnt about all things horticultural. There was lots of getting hands dirty in mud, planting various things and of course, worms.

Art is an important part of a rounded education and something that we like to celebrate at Hill House. The standard is exceptional as you can see in all of our buildings thanks to our dedicated team of specialist teachers. Cancer Research UK runs an annual art competition for school children in London and the South East. Judges selected just 810 pictures from more than 7,600 entries to be exhibited at the Royal College of Art in London. No fewer than 47 Hill House pupils will have their work exhibited. Special congratulations to Owen Chan (Upper Delta), who won Third Prize.  Also congratulations to Alexander Weddell (Lower Sixth), Highly Commended and Bertie Brinton, Caterina Hoffman (Small School), Tallulah Buckley-Sobhani (Lower School), Alexandros Richter (Upper Senior School) and Timothy Colin (Upper Sixth) whose pictures were all Commended. The exhibition, open to the public, runs from 24 to the 26 April and all the artwork is for sale in aid of the charity.

As the weather is improving and the mornings are warmer, may I take this opportunity to politely remind you the school doors are opened at 8am. If you do arrive a few minutes early please remain with your child to ensure they are safe and supervised appropriately. We need to be considerate to our neighbours too. As a school we cannot take responsibility for the welfare of your child until they are passed to the care of our staff inside the building. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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Girls’ School Destinations 2018

We congratulate the girls on their success

London Day Schools

1 – ACS Cobham

1 – Alleyn’s

1 – City of London School for Girls

3 – Francis Holland – Sloane Square

6 – Francis Holland – Regents Park

3 – Godolphin & Latymer

1 – Holland Park

1 – Ibstock Place

2 – Latymer Upper

2 – More House

2 – North London Collegiate School

1 – Putney High School

1 – Queen’s College

2 – Queen’s Gate

2 – St Paul’s Girls’ School


Boarding Schools

1 – The Abbey School

1 – Benenden

1 – Downe House

1 – Marymount

1 – St George’s Ascot

1 – Tudor Hall

International Schools

1 – Hill Country Middle School  Austin, Texas, USA