Headmaster’s Newsletter – 1 February 2019

Dear Parents,

Earlier this week the girls in Upper Transitus took part in a ‘Lacrosse Taster Session’. We were very pleased that Charlotte Williams, a PE Teacher from Downe House, came to lead the session with the girls in Battersea Park. The girls were taught various techniques and were able to get some experience playing the game, which is very popular at many of the schools we send our girls on to. Thank you to Charlotte Williams and Mrs Bradley for arranging this visit.

Next week the pupils in Upper Senior School and Upper Transitus will have a ‘Safe Travel Talk’ given by members of Transport for London. The talk will cover personal safety, respect, responsibility and awareness both on and around public transport.  The presentation will help the children develop confidence when using public transport as they become increasingly independent.We arrange this talk every year, as it is vitally important that all our pupils know how to travel as safely as possible when they are moving around this great city of ours. 

Parents’ Evenings are well underway with three last week and three this coming week. Details of these have been sent out separately. Lower Senior School (Radnor, Sloane & York) on Monday is in Founders’ Hall, Upper School (Radnor) on Tuesday in Cadogan Gardens and Upper School (Yorks) on Thursday also in Cadogan Gardens.

There will be a Violin and Piano Showcase in Founders’ Hall on Wednesday evening at 6pm given by pupils of Miss Correa and Miss Haney. All are most welcome.

The week ahead is full of sports fixtures with matches taking place every day. During Assembly this week more Swimming awards were given out to pupils in Small, Lower and Middle School. Swimming is such an important part of Hill House life and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate it in this way. What the children are being taught is clearly paying off with a convincing result in the swimming gala held earlier today against one of our neighbouring schools.

A polite reminder about adequate school uniform. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather. We make every effort to get the children out of the buildings for their games lessons and to do this they must be wearing a coat and preferably a hat and gloves. Games staff always check to make sure the children are suitably dressed and will send children to get their coat if necessary. This is leading to children picking up the ‘nearest available coat’ which is not necessarily their own. This in turn leads to the inevitable ‘loss’ of coats. Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing a coat and please also make sure they have come home wearing their own coat. Only school hats and scarves may be worn with the uniform. All children, except those in Small and Lower School, must come to school and go home wearing a cravat. Thank you. The Billings & Edmonds shop in Chiswick is open Monday to Saturday. You can also order online and it is possible to have your order delivered directly to school.

I am delighted to let you know that in the past couple of weeks we have been able to send £2,163 to the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. This money is a combination of proceeds from the secondhand uniform sales and sponsorship money raised by the Brass Ensemblewhen they played in Peter Jones before Christmas.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend