Headmaster’s Newsletter – 11 November 2016

Dear Parents,

We marked the Act of Remembrance this week in two very special ways. At our Remembrance Assembly on Wednesday the Brass Ensemble played a wide range of ceremonial music including the Last Post and Reveille on our four new Cavalry Trumpets. These instruments are the same as are used in the Royal Artillery, the regiment with whom my father served during World War Two and they have been sourced from Germany, which lends an added level of significance. The poem “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon was read beautifully by Ava Bulatovic and then an excellent and moving setting of the words by Carlo de Vivo (Lower Sixth) was sung by the choir. Today we have marked the two minutes silence throughout the school with The Last Post and then Reveille being played by a pupil in each building on one of the new Cavalry Trumpets.

This week has seen two very successful trips to the Thames Explorer for the boys in Upper Alpha and the girls in Lower Transitus A went to the Ragged School Museum. Next week’s trips see the Lower Sixth going to exhibitions of wildlife photography and scientific illustration at the Natural History Museum on Monday and on Wednesday it is the turn of the girls in Lower Transitus Z to visit the Ragged School Museum for a taste of Victorian education.

Next week we have two Showcases in Founders’ Hall. These are both guitar showcases. Wednesday is Mr. White and Mr. Robinson’s second showcase and on Thursday it is the turn of Miss. Linell’s pupils. As ever, these are at 6pm and open to all.

We are having an increasing problem of pupils forgetting to bring things with them to school in the morning and then having them delivered throughout the day. This is becoming a steady stream in Cadogan Gardens in particular. We try to encourage a level of independence early in life at Hill House so please try to ensure that your children arrive at school with everything they will need for the day ahead. It is extremely disruptive to be continually reuniting pupils with things they should have with them.

Thank you.