Headmaster’s Newsletter – 3 May 2019

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy first full week of term. Upper Transitus visited the Western Riverside Recycling Centre on Monday, where they saw the various processes that take place to sort the recycling and general waste that is produced by the four surrounding boroughs. They also made some recycled paper and have returned with a renewed sense of purpose. The girls in Lower Transitus visited the Tower of London. This was also a successful trip notwithstanding the close encounter with one of the ravens who made off with some of the snacks!  Individual music lessons and ensembles began this week as did Friday Clubs.

Our cricketers have been out in force every day this week with matches across London. Earlier the Main School Swimming Gala was held at the Chelsea Swimming Baths. The results from this and last week’s Upper School Gala will be announced at the next Awards Assembly in two weeks time.

This week’s Assembly was devoted to giving out awards. There were a lot of awards but it is tremendous that we are able to celebrate the excellent achievements of so many children. Congratulations again to the Girls Under-11 Fencing A Team for retaining their British School Team Championship title, the B team winning bronze and the Under 13 A team also winning bronze. The skiing awards, sanctioned by the École Suisse de Ski, were also given out to those who had been to Glion last term. Lastly we had the winners from the French Spelling Bee that was held on the final day of last term.

Our artists have also been working hard. Cancer Research UK organise an annual art competition for school children in London and the South East. The judges this year selected 820 pictures from more than 7,600 entries to form an exhibition at the Royal College of Art. Twenty-eight of our pupils ranging from Lower School up to Lower Senior School and Lower Transitus were selected and this week have had their artwork exhibited at the Royal College of Art. All artwork was for sale in aid of the charity and the exhibition was open to the public. Special congratulations go to Tim Lenhard, Harriet Sinden, Clementina Taylor and Scarlet Cooper whose pictures were Commended. Thank you to Mrs Gutteridge for all her work in compiling the entries and coordinating the project.

Founder’s Hall has had a full week of showcases with Clarinets and Saxophones on Tuesday, Guitars on Wednesday and Brass on Thursday. Next week is similarly full with more Guitars on Tuesday, Violins on Wednesday and Thursday.

Looking ahead the next Second-hand uniform shop will be on Tuesday 14 May in Cadogan Gardens and the year group photographs will be on Wednesday 15 May.

A reminder that Monday is the May Day Bank Holiday and school will be closed.

With best wishes,

Richard Townend