Headmaster’s Newsletter – 6 September 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year and a particularly warm welcome to any of you who are new to Hill House. I hope that this year is even better than last year and that all your children are inspired to even greater heights. 

During the summer holiday our maintenance staff have been working throughout the school. The full frontage of Cadogan Gardens has been renovated with the windows painted, repairs to the brickwork and new pointing. The outside of Founders’ Hall has been painted and made good now that all the building works over the road have been completed. In Small School the classrooms have been redecorated, the lighting updated and the replacing and updating of furniture and resources has continued.  At Hans Place you will have admired the splendid new flag proudly flying over the front porch.

I am delighted to be able to start the year with more academic success following on from our outstanding results last term. Last year, the girls who were in Upper Transitus were given the optional challenge of entering the Young Writers Competition. Many girls were given prizes and their work was published. The competition received more than 13,000 entries from over 650 schools across the country. It gives me great pride to announce that Hill House won first prize overall. Congratulations to all who took part and thank you to the English Department for making it all happen.  We have commissioned two silver salvers to commemorate this great success and in future years these will be awarded to the winners of our annual writing competition.

The Parent Tutor Social Evenings start this coming week with Small School on Thursday. Invitations are being sent home with the children. The dates for other sections can be found on the website. Please reply to rsvp@hillhouseschool.co.uk so that we can have a good idea of the numbers attending. These evenings are an opportunity for you to meet other parents and your child’s new teachers in a relaxed and informal setting. If you want to discuss something specific about your child you should arrange a separate meeting with your Senior Tutor.

On Tuesday Founders’ Hall and Cadogan Gardens were filled with music for Music Day. The peripatetic music staff came and demonstrated their instruments and the children were then able to try them for themselves. If your child wants to study an instrument please fill out and return the music form as soon as possible.  Tuition is available in Violin, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Piano, Organ, Guitar, and Harp.  If you are continuing an instrument from last year you must still fill out and return a form.  Lessons begin now so please remember to bring your instrument on Monday!

The monthly Secondhand Uniform Shop will be open in Cadogan Gardens on Tuesday between 3.30pm and 5pm. This shop is traditionally the busiest of the year so your patience is appreciated if there is a queue. The shop is very happy to receive donations but please only of items that are in excellent condition. The profits from the shop go to the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital children’s ward.

The Hill House uniform is distinctive and must be worm correctly. All children must wear polishable dark brown leather shoes with rubber soles. Boots and suede shoes are not acceptable. All children, with the exception of Small and Lower School, must wear a cravat when coming to school and going home at the end of the day. Please make sure that all uniform is clearly named. If it is unnamed there is no way we can return it to its owner if they become separated.

A reminder that the closing date for applications for Friday Clubs is Monday 9 September. Details are available on the school website

Best wishes,

Richard Townend