Headmaster’s Newsletter – 8 January 2016

Welcome back to the new term. I hope you are refreshed after the Christmas break. The buildings are full of smiling faces and bursting with energy.

This is an extremely busy term throughout the school. There are six skiing courses in Switzerland, fourteen Music Showcases, the Lower Sixth Play, the Betjeman Poetry Competition and more than sixty sports fixtures. There will also be Parents’ Evenings this term and details of these will follow in due course.

The girls in Upper Transitus and some boys in Senior School and the Upper Sixth will be sitting the exams for their next schools this term. We wish them good luck and are confident that the hard work that they and their teachers have put in over the years will pay off handsomely.
After many years of supplying coaches to Hill House at the end of last term Escort Coaches took the sudden and unexpected decision to cease trading. This has given us the opportunity to reassess our needs when it comes to transport. As a result we have increased our own fleet of minibuses from two to five and we are now working with two companies who provide three 33-seat buses. I am aware that many parents took advantage of the School Run service operated by Escort Coaches. I am pleased to say that Bliss Travel, who provides two large busses for us, are happy to take over this service. They can be contacted on 020 7394 6358 or sales@coachcentre.co.uk. Their website is blisscoaches.co.uk

I take this opportunity to remind you that should you want to use the School Run service operated by Bliss it is a private arrangement between you and the bus company with no affiliation to Hill House.

Please read the relevant sports letter from Mr Hastings laying out the term ahead. It contains important information, particularly regarding rugby. Sports Kit Bags for boys in Upper Alpha have now arrived and will be available from Mrs Novelli on Monday for £10.

Individual music lessons and ensembles will start again on Monday.

There will be a secondhand uniform sale in Cadogan Gardens on Tuesday. Please see the attached flyer. The shop has been a great success, raising more than £5,000 so far, but it does rely on good quality donations. These can be made at any time by bringing them to either Hans Place or Cadogan Gardens. We are particularly short of knickerbockers, brown coats and gold jumpers in larger sizes.

Thank you.

Richard Townend