Headmaster’s Newsletter – 8 March 2019

Dear Parents,

The major theme running through life at Hill House this past week has been World Book Day. On Tuesday Jay Jay Burridge came and spoke to Lower Senior School and Lower Transitus in Hans Place. He talked about his life as an artist and sculptor, becoming a television presenter and now author, all made the more remarkable as he is dyslexic. By all accounts he fascinated and engaged his audience with his presentation. He signed copies of his latest books in which the illustrations come to life in 3D by down loading an accompanying app. 

On World Book Day itself Cadogan Gardens and Flood Street were full of costumed characters and it was not only the children who were dressing up. Prospective parents visiting Small School were greeted by a horse riding highwayman, Mr Tickle and Mr Nonsense amongst others. I am pleased to say that Mr Bump had recovered in time to play in Thursday evening’s Brass Showcase.

We will be continuing our celebration of World Book this coming week in Assembly when Lower School will be giving a dramatic telling of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

I am delighted to share with you the great successes of our fencers. Last weekend at the British School Team Championship our Girls Under 11 A team retained their title, wining the gold medal in Épée. They beat our own B team in the semi-final, who in turn went on to win the bronze medal. The boys teams also did very well. The Under 13 A team won bronze, missing out on a place in the final by a single point. The B team were seventh and the under 11 teams came sixth and seventh. Congratulations to all who represented Hill House and in particular, Annabella Barahona, Madeleine van den Berg, Emilia Sandewall and Marion Bourrier. Thank you to Mr Golisz for the wonders he works in Founders’ Hall without whom none of this success would be possible.

Our runners have been representing Hill House too at the annual West London Prep School Cross Country competition. This was held on the Friday before Half Term at Wormwood Scrubs. There were more than seventy competitors in each event so the following results are most impressive. We had five top ten finishers and another three in the top fifteen. Particular congratulations to Catherine Perusset and Milo Cardoso who came third and fifth in their respective races.

On Tuesday there will be a second hand uniform sale in Cadogan Gardens between 3.30pm and 5.00pm. There is a flyer attached to this newsletter with further details.

The school dates for next year have now been confirmed and are as follows:

Winter Quarter 2019

  • August 29-30  Tutors’ Days
  • September 2 Term begins
  • October 21-25 Half Term
  • December 11 Term ends after the Carol Service

Spring Quarter 2020

  • January 7 Term begins
  • January 6 Tutors’ Day
  • January 13 Music lessons & Ensembles begin
  • February 24-28 Half Term
  • March 27 Term ends 1pm

Summer Quarter 2020

  • April 20 Term begins
  • April 20 Music lessons & Ensembles begin
  • May 4 Bank Holiday – school closed
  • May 25-29 Half term
  • June 2-5 Common Entrance Examinations
  • July 8 Graduation Assembly
  • July 9 Field Day
  • July 9 Term ends   4pm

Winter Quarter 2020

  • August 27-28  Tutors’ Days
  • September 1 Term begins
  • October 26-30 Half Term 
  • December 11 Term ends after the Carol Service

Best wishes,

Richard Townend