Headmaster’s Newsletter – 7 December 2018

Dear Parents,

As we approach the final few days of term the diary has been full of special events both in and out of school. Earlier today Middle School gave an excellent performance of their Christmas Play, The Christmas Jigsaw. This followed on from two superb performances by Small School of their play A Snowman’s Tale. This coming Wednesday it will be the turn of Lower School to present Lights, Camel, Action. Putting on these shows takes a great deal of effort and dedication from more people than you may think. Thank you to all the members of staff who have had a hand in these plays from wrapping presents to making backdrops, rehearsing songs in both English and French, decorating sets, playing for performances, organising extra bus runs. Most importantly thank you to Miss van der Westhuizen and Mrs Ruding-Bryan for conceiving and bringing these shows to life.

The Nativity Scene that was made by the boys and girls for the Scottish Church has been refreshed and installed again in the entrance hall of St. Columba’s. Please do take a moment to look at it on your way into the carol service. Thank you to Mrs. Jones, Miss Nwume, Miss Nolan, Lower Transitus and Lower Senior School York for their hard work.

Today was the final day of individual music lessons. There will be no lessons or ensembles next week except for the Brass Ensemble who will be playing carols in Peter Jones on Monday between 5pm and 6pm. If you go up the escalators you will be sure to hear them. They will be raising money for the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. As we are not allowed to collect in Peter Jones the children are being sponsored. If you would like to make a donation please either sponsor one of our brass players or leave a donation in the front office.

Parents’ Evening for Upper Sixth Hans and Radnor is on Monday at 6.00pm in Founders’ Hall.

Term ends on Wednesday with the School Carol Service in St. Columba’s at 11.00am. This is for the whole school except Small School and Lower School. Please do join us for this special service of music and readings. All children are to be collected from St. Columba’s after the service.

Small School will have their own programme on the last day of term and will leave from Flood Street as normal as if it was a Friday. Lower School will be performing their Christmas Play at Founders’ Hall and leave from there. A letter with details for the play was emailed earlier this week.

Please note the following points for the last day of term:

  • No school bags or books are required at school. (All possessions should be taken home on Tuesday at the latest.)
  • Pick-up is from St Columba’s at the end of the service (about 12.15pm), not from Cadogan Gardens or Hans Place.
  • To help with congestion and safety, we ask that when the service is finished, parents exit the church first and move to the various collection points located on the footpath outside
    (see map below).
    Please note that the children will not leave the church until it is clear of parents.

The format for the day:

  • 10.30am: Church doors open – Brass Ensemble playing in the foyer
  • 11.00am: Service begins
  • c.12.15pm: End of service, parents exit first and go to the relevant collection points
  • 12.20pm: Children exit the church to collection points

Thank you.

Billings and Edmonds, the school’s uniform suppliers, have asked us to pass on their opening hours over the festive period.



Finally I would like to bring to your attention a very special lunchtime Carol Service at St. Margaret Lothbury in the City by the Bank of England on Wednesday 19 December. In what has become a strong tradition over the last few years, the school Brass Ensemble will be joined by past pupils and will be playing before and after the service. They will be playing in the street from 12.45pm; the service begins at 1.00pm and lasts for half an hour. This is followed by mulled wine and mince pies while the children play some more pieces. Everyone is most welcome.