Headmaster’s Newsletter – 8 November 2019

Dear Parents,

Foundation Assembly is one of the highlights of our school year and an important moment when we take stock of where Hill House has come from and reaffirm the values we aim to instill in all our pupils. There is no better example of this than Lower School at the front of the church parading in the national dress of their home nation and singing together, which they did magnificently. The confidence they showed in introducing their songs was splendid. It was a pleasure to see so many parents coming to support their children and also to see how proud they were of them – even the ones who have gone through the experience a number of times before.

Next week’s Assembly is our Remembrance Assembly. The Hill House trumpeters and Brass Band will be leading our commemoration. You are all most welcome to join us.

Next week is a typically busy week with events happening throughout the school. Middle School are studying the First World War in History this term. On Monday they will be visiting the National Army Museum to enhance their understanding and bring the topic to life. They have been invited to attend a special Service of Remembrance and then to watch a drama production about a young boy in the war. It should be a wonderful and thought-provoking experience. On Friday the boys in Lower Senior School will be visiting the Houses of Parliament. While they are there they will be learning about how laws are made and the art of debating. What an intriguing time to be visiting the seat of government!

Founders’ Hall has a full programme of events this week, starting with Miss Alter’s violinists performing their Showcase on Monday evening. On Tuesday we have an “Orations Evening”. The pupils in Upper Transitus and Lower Sixth have been working on a monologue of their choice during their regular Drama lessons this term. The cream of the crop will be performing on Tuesday. We are delighted that Rebecca Craven has agreed to come and adjudicate and present prizes to the best performers. Rebecca is a stage and screen actress who rose to prominence on BBC One primetime series ‘Waterloo Road’ before a string of successful roles in theatre and musical theatre.

Wednesday evening sees Upper Beta performing their take on Emil and the Detectives. Those of you who watched Upper Gamma earlier this term will know that we are in for a treat.

The Founders’ Hall events are open to everyone and all begin at 6pm.

There is a full list of sports fixtures running through the week details of which can be found on the website.

On Tuesday, the monthly Second-hand uniform shop will be open in Cadogan Gardens between 3.30pm and 5pm. A flyer is attached with full details.

Finally, we wish the boys and girls who are sitting their ISEB Pre-tests next week every success.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend