Headmaster’s Newsletter – 10 May 2019

Dear Parents,

It is always a great pleasure to meet parents at Founders’ Hall at the many events that take place there.  We look forward to the Upper Transitus Drama production on 21 and 22 May and the Summer Art Exhibition will be held there on 10 and 11 June when this year’s visiting adjudicator will be the famous cartoonist Charles Yorke.  On Tuesday 25 June Mrs Emma MacKendrick, the Headmistress of Downe House school, will be the judge for our annual Speech Competition.  This is always a most inspiring evening and the winner will give their speech again the following morning at Assembly.  In addition there are seventeen music showcases in the Hall this Quarter giving opportunities to all our young musicians at all levels of achievement to perform in front of a warm and friendly audience and to receive acclaim for their efforts.  You may be interested to know that over 75% of pupils at Hill House take instrument lessons.  Our nineteen music tutors give 546 lessons every week – that equate to 16,380 lessons a year!  Each week there are 50 ensembles rehearsing and you can hear many of them in Assembly in St Columba’s throughout the year and the Marching Band are already rehearsing for Field Day on 4 July.  Everyone is always welcome at ALL evenings in Founders’ Hall.

Congratulations to two of our harpists, Catherine Perusset and Angelica Mamon, who were prize winners in the North London Festival last weekend. Catherine Perusset won 1st prize in the Grades 5-6 category and Angelica Mamon won 3rd prize in the Grades 1-2 category.

In Cadogan Gardens this week we began a whole school Lego education programme. The pupils in Beta Hans made and programmed a “rainbow slug”. This programme will enhance and reinforce the pupils’ skills in Science, engineering, technology and particularly coding throughout the whole school. The programme starts with the children in Small School and will work its way all the way up to the Upper Sixth. In time it is hoped that we will have teams competing in the “First Lego League” and potentially competing internationally.

The year group school photographs will be taken on Wednesday. Please ensure all pupils come to school wearing uniform that is both clean and in good condition. All pupils should have well-polished shoes, v-neck slipover and for those in Middle School and above, a cravat.

This Tuesday we will have our regular second-hand uniform shop in Cadogan Gardens. The shop will be open between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.

Next week is Christian Aid Week. The Church of Scotland is actively supporting this event and we will be collecting after Assembly this Wednesday. Here is a little information about this year’s campaign. 

The focus for this year’s Christian Aid Week is on maternity facilities and services for Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. At the moment there are hardly any maternity clinics, hospitals, midwives or equipment. Mothers and babies are dying in childbirth due to lack of help, facilities and equipment. Your donations would help save and transform lives, build maternity clinics, train midwives and provide proper equipment.

With best wishes,

Richard Townend