Headmaster’s Newsletter – 16 September 2016

Dear Parents,

This week marked an important moment in the history of Hill House. It is fifty years since the opening of the chalet in Glion. Although Hill House actually started with courses in Switzerland in 1949 and in London in 1951 with the opening of Hans Place, it was not until 1966 that we finally had our own building after my father convinced the owner of the house we were renting to sell him half the garden to build a house. Going to Switzerland and the way in which we do it is unique to Hill House and an experience that lives long in the memory of any pupil who has been fortunate enough to go. During Assembly this week some boys shared their memories of their time spent in Glion. These are copied in the pdf version of this newsletter which can be downloaded at the bottom of this post. This coming week the first of this year’s Common Entrance Geography courses will be flying out to Glion.

This week I am afraid that I need to pass on a complaint from some members of the public about the behaviour of Hill House pupils in Duke of York Square. This was after their school day had finished and children were under the supervision of parents. The behaviour reported to me fell well below the standards we expect of anyone wearing the Hill House uniform. Our uniform is distinctive and well know in this part of London and further afield. Whenever a pupil is wearing the uniform they are representing the school and what it stands for. We have a strong reputation for good manners of which we are rightly proud. Indeed, we are regularly complimented by members of the public and visitors to the school on the politeness and generosity of our pupils. Please help us to maintain this valuable tradition.

All our buildings are in highly residential areas and we rely on having good relationships with our neighbours. I would ask that you are sympathetic to those who live around us particularly when dropping off in the morning and collecting in the evening. Please never leave your car unless it is parked legally. We have had complaints from residents via the council with regard to the issue of blocking driveways and parking spaces, which is a legitimate irritation to residents. If the situation does not improve they will deploy more traffic wardens and that is a something that I think we would all prefer not to be necessary. Do park a little further away and enjoy a short walk to and from school.

On a happier note, this week we had two very successful and well attended, if extremely hot, Social Evenings for Small and Lower Schools. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you there. This coming Tuesday (20 September) it is the turn of Middle School. As ever it is in Founders’ Hall between 6.30pm and 8.00pm. These are evenings for you to meet your child’s tutors informally over a glass of wine and so your children are not expected to accompany you. We look forward to meeting many of you there. If you have not yet replied to your invitation we would be grateful if you would.

Do check the school website for details of forthcoming events and please note that Music Ensembles will begin during this week.

Richard Townend

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