Headmaster’s Newsletter – 18 May 2018

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to bring you news of great success by our mathematicians at the top of the school. Earlier this term we held an internal maths competition from which we selected the top 25% of performers from both the Upper and Lower Sixth to enter the UK Junior Mathematics Challenge.

A total of 270 000 pupils entered the challenge nationwide with the top 1000 then invited to take part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad and the next 5000 in the Junior Mathematical Kangaroo Challenge. Thomas Wicker, our best performer, missed making the Olympiad by just 2%.

To put these results into context you needed to be in the top 0.3% of candidates to be invited to compete in the Olympiad. Candidates invited to compete in the Junior Mathematics Kangaroo Challenge were in the top 1.8%. We have 8 boys entering the Kangaroo. These boys were awarded a gold certificate. Also achieving a high score but just missing out on a Kangaroo place we had: 3 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze awards. All these boys came in the top 2.2% of the challenge.


Congratulations to all of the boys and the best of luck in the next round.

Today and yesterday the boys and girls in Main School have been taking part in the Inter House Water Polo competition at the Chelsea Sports Centre. The results will be revealed at Assembly on Wednesday.

Next week is the final week before Half Term. As is our custom we will have a Mufti Day on Friday. This term we will be raising money for the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The fund raises money for the children’s department and helps to buy things that the NHS budgets will not allow for. For example they have bought beds for parents to sleep in during their child’s hospital stay, provided games, books and toys in the waiting areas and supplied equipment and materials for the hospital play specialists. Further details will be sent out next week.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings the girls in Upper Transitus will be performing their musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Founders’ Hall. The performances start at 6.30pm. On Wednesday morning the Lower Sixth Poetry Competition will take place and on Thursday Lower Transitus are going to visit the Tower of London.

I am sure you will have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018. To ensure we comply with GDPR we have created a new General Privacy Notice. This explains;

  • How we handle the data we hold on parents and pupils
  • Why the school needs to process personal data
  • The types of personal data processed by the school
  • How the school collects data
  • Who has access to personal data
  • Who the school shares it with
  • What your rights are

It is worth noting that we are not changing how we use this data or what data we keep but more importantly informing you of your rights as set out under the new legislation. We have never and never will sell data to third parties.

Please click on the following link to read the General Privacy Notice. It can also be found by going to the Policies page of the school website. https://hillhouseschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/General-Privacy-Notice.pdf

Details of all trips, fixtures and showcases can be found on the calendar on the school website.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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