Headmaster’s Newsletter – 24 June 2016

Dear Parents,

In the momentous events of the last few hours and the uncertainty that it has brought to the whole country one thing that remains certain is that Hill House continues as normal as we head into the final two weeks of term.

Last weekend the Choral Scholars had three performances in Switzerland. As well as performing in Territet and Montreux they also took part in the Swiss national Fête de la Musique in Geneva. The church was packed out and I am delighted to say they were immediately invited to perform again next year.

The girls in Lower Transitus have visited the Western Marble Arch Synagogue. Following on from their lessons in Social Studies it was an enlightening experience bringing to life what they have been learning in the classroom. Rabbi Rosenfeld was particularly impressed by the girls’ knowledge.

Following on from the excellent results of the Common Entrance Exams last week we can congratulate Gus McLellan on being awarded the Charterhouse Common Entrance Prize for Chemistry.

The recent book fair in Cadogan Gardens has raised £2,349.29 for the school libraries. Reading and the encouragement of reading is a central part of life at Hill House. The money raised through the annual book fair is an important way to help maintain and renew this vital resource. Thank you to everyone who bought books.

While the country was voting in the referendum so too were the children in Main School and Upper Alpha. The results in both buildings were clear victories for Remain.

Tomorrow, Saturday 25 June, Billings and Edmonds will be setting up their termly shop in Founders’ Hall between 10am and 2pm. A full range of uniform will be available including coloured t-shirts for Field Day.

Invitations for Field Day will be sent out in due course. Please do bring the invitation with you on the day.

Next week is the final week of individual music lessons and ensembles. Please make sure that if your child is either leaving or not continuing with a particular instrument come September, any instrument on loan from Hill House is returned to the front office in Hans Place by Monday 4 July. They should not be returned to either Cadogan Gardens or the music teacher.

Over the next two weeks all children will be introduced to their teachers for next year and have a tour of their new building if appropriate. For those parents with children moving building or changing from class to subject teaching there will also be an opportunity to meet next year’s Head of House and Senior Tutors. Next Thursday 30 June at either 8am or 4.30pm parents of girls currently in Upper Beta or Gamma and boys in Upper Alpha are invited to a meeting in Cadogan Gardens. All other meetings will be notified directly.

Finally, we can congratulate Small School on being awarded the Healthy Early Years Bronze Award at Kensington Town Hall earlier this week. Mrs Jarvis and Mr Ed have been working with the tri-borough Health Education Partnership for the last few months to achieve this award. The tri-borough were impressed with all that is done to encourage the children along a path to a healthy lifestyle and it is wonderful to have this recognised.

Richard Townend

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