Headmaster’s Newsletter – 20 May 2016

Dear Parents,

This week has been another where the breadth of a Hill House education has been widely in evidence. We have been able to congratulate and enjoy the academic, musical and sporting achievements of pupils, staff and parents throughout the school.

Firstly, congratulations to Herbie Bingham on being awarded a place at Westminster having sat “The Challenge”, perhaps the most rigorous exam in the country for the 13+ age group. This week he has also won First Prize in the National Prep Schools Geography Essay Writing Competition. Both are fantastic achievements.

At a meeting at Harrow this week the Headmaster mentioned that Hill House boys make up the sixth largest group from any school in the UK.
Assembly this week was a musical feast with over twenty-five cellists performing both Motorcycle Rock and an arrangement of a Haydn symphony. After their successful performance last term the Cadogan Choir gave us another wonderfully engaging, committed and spirited performance of Ill changeait la vie. It was a fine example of the collaboration between pupils and staff who are happy to give that bit extra to enrich the life of the whole school. Thank you to Mr Brown, Mme Bacha, Mr Winter, Miss Correa and Miss Reinoso.

Last night the Transitus Speech Competition was held in Founders’ Hall adjudicated by Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College who congratulated all eleven finalists and presented them with prizes. This is an event that gets better and better every year. Congratulations to:

1st – Kenza Stamselberg “Close Guantanamo Bay”
2nd – Kiersten Johnson “Bathtubs”
3rd – Virginia Radcliffe “World Records”

We were able to award swimming certificates to both the youngest and the oldest pupils in Assembly. What better way for the children in Small School to come and experience Assembly for the very first time than to be awarded a certificate for achievement.

Congratulations to Samuel Whale, Sophie Pritchett-Brown, Isabelle Fleming, Millie Robinson and their parents for running the Great Ormond Street Hospital 5K run and for raising more than £1,200 in the process. Next week The Scottish Church are having their annual collection for Christian Aid. Boys and girls will be collecting at the end of Assembly. The church is always grateful for your generosity.

Next Friday, 27th May, the day before Half Term is Mufti Day. This term we are supporting the More Smiles Appeal. They are “aiming to raise £2 million for the expansion and redevelopment of the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The unit specialises in treating children with acute life threatening conditions like meningitis, bronchiolitis, septicaemia and pneumonia. Each year around 400 patients are admitted to the unit for treatment, unfortunately, the unit has to turn away hundreds more critically ill children because they simply do not have enough beds. Some of these patients will have to travel as far afield as Birmingham to receive treatment. The money raised from the More Smiles Appeal will create a world class unit able to treat every critically ill child that needs our exceptional care.” Please click the flyer below for more information.

Richard Townend

More Smiles