Headmaster’s Newsletter – 30 June 2017

Dear Parents,

The penultimate week of term was full of showcases, trips, rehearsals for Field Day and transition meetings. The week began with the return of the Choral Scholars from two very successful concerts in Switzerland. The first was in the English Church in Territet on Saturday evening and then on Sunday in St. Gervais, Geneva as part of the Fête de la Musique.

The Cadogan Gardens Showcase on Tuesday evening was a record breaker on many fronts: largest number of performers, longest queue outside (stretching on to the Kings Road and nearly to Shawfield Street) and longest duration. The evening was great success and demonstrated what a depth of musical talent there is in this part of the school. We look forward to watching their progress over the next few years.

Wednesday’s Assembly was also a tour de force. We started with sixteen cellos from Middle School followed by the girls from Upper Transitus giving the whole school a chance to hear some of the songs from their production of Annie earlier this term. Claudia Hutcheson reprised her winning speech from the Speech Competition on the subject of Emojis and Alexander Dyvik Henke played Night Watchman by Grieg on the piano. To round things off lots of sports awards and music medals were presented.

Looking ahead to the final week of term, the school Summer Art Exhibition will be taking place in Founders’ Hall. The official opening and prize giving is on Monday, 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Please do come and see the exceptional art that has been produced by children from Upper School to the Upper Sixth. There is a Guitar course in Switzerland this weekend and they will be giving a showcase on Tuesday after their return on Monday. For the final showcase of the year the Choral Scholars and the St. Cecilia singers will combine for a choral extravaganza.

Wednesday at 9.00am is the Graduation Assembly where we will be celebrating the achievements of those boys and girls who have reached the end of their time at Hill House and are about to embark on the next stage of their educational journey. Parents of graduating pupils should have received an invitation to the ceremony and tea afterwards in the lower hall. All other parents are most welcome to come to the Assembly as normal.

As always the year culminates with Field Day. Invitation cards will be sent home at the beginning of next week. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, nannies etc are all welcome. There is one card per child. Please bring this with you on the day and if possible arrive as a group. All visitors will also be asked the name and class of the child they are coming to support. Please ensure everyone in your group knows this information. We look forward to a rousing end to the school year

I look forward to seeing you all on Field Day.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend

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