Headmaster’s Newsletter – 7 June 2019

Dear Parents,

This coming week we are looking forward to our Annual Summer Art Exhibition in Founders’ Hall. This year’s mystery guest will be the well known cartoonist Charles Yorke, who will visit the exhibition on Monday evening and award prizes, which will be presented at Assembly on Wednesday. Art is a very important part of our cultural curriculum at Hill House giving all our pupils the opportunity to discover their talent whether in painting, drawing, modelling or design led by specialist tutors. The display at Founders’ Hall and the artwork on show in all our buildings is a source of constant favourable comment by visitors to the school. We are proud to be able to display the talent of our pupils and so I hope you will find the time to visit the exhibition, which will be open for general viewing on Monday from 3.30pm to 7.00pm and 8.30am to 7.00pm on Tuesday. There will be an Open Evening on Monday between 5.00pm and 7.00pm where it will be possible to meet some of the artists and our mystery guest.

This year’s Painter-Stainers Art Prize, which is donated by the Worshipful Company of Painter- Stainers has been awarded to Paloma Reynolds. Earlier this term Paloma received her award from the Master Painter-Stainer at a ceremony in Painters’ Hall in the City of London. Congratulations.

The annual Book Fairs in both Hans Place and Cadogan Gardens have been in full swing. Reading is such an important part of life at Hill House and it is always wonderful to see the enthusiasm that the children show when they are searching out books in the book fair. Monies raised at the book fair go directly to refreshing the stock in our own libraries.

During his talk at Assembly this week The Minster spoke about what comes to mind when he thinks of Hill House. Firstly, Foundation Day Assembly and the pupils in Lower School singing their songs in national dress, then moving to the end of the year and the Flag Display at Field Day. For him seeing young children from all parts of the world and from often quite different backgrounds, coming together to be a unified and cohesive group but yet still quite individual was his overriding impression. This is of course the one of the main principles the school was founded on in the aftermath of World War II and in the week in which the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day is being commemorated it could not be more appropriate. Another thing that he alighted on was how Assembly gives the opportunity for pupils to share their talents with others. Giving our pupils the opportunity to discover their talents, wherever they may lie, is what we are constantly seeking to do. They must then be nurtured and helped to grow.

Looking at the calendar for the week just past and next week it is filled with opportunities to discover talents and passions that are yet to be revealed. Small School visited the Natural History Museum, Lower Senior School visited the Thames Explorer Trust in Chiswick where they studied the history and development of the river, measured the speed, acidity and clarity and went fishing. They caught flounders, eels, shrimps, crabs and leeches. Upper Transitus and Upper Senior School were competing in the Inter House Water Polo. Next week is the aforementioned Summer Art Exhibition, there are three music Showcases, the Upper Senior School and Upper Transitus Speech Competition semi- finals, Marching Band and the Lower Senior School Tennis tournament. This is all in addition to the regular timetable.

One extra event to draw your attention to is next Friday 14 June. The Drama Scholars will be presenting a Showcase on Healthy Eating in Founders’ Hall at 5pm.

The year group photographs are now available to view in each building. Order forms are being sent home with pupils. Orders are to be made directly with the photography company.

With best wishes,

Richard Townend