Headmaster’s Newsletter – 15 November 2019

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday we held our annual Remembrance Assembly in the Scottish Church. This year we were delighted that three Chelsea Pensioners were able join us for this very special commemoration. They were extremely pleased to be be with us and were full of compliments, particularly about how well the minute silence was observed, even by the youngest pupils, and also the music throughout the service. A very big thank you to our Brass Ensemble and especially to Mr SC for preparing all the music and his thought provoking talk about Remembrance. I cannot think there could be another prep school in the land which observes Remembrance in quite such a special way, including pupils playing The Last Post and Reveille on Cavalry Trumpets; quite unique.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Small School on how well they have behaved during Assembly since they started coming after Half Term. Assembly is a very different environment from that which they are used to in Flood Street and it can be a long time to sit and concentrate. Bravo!

We have had two evenings of excellent drama in Founders’ Hall this week. On Tuesday boys in the Lower Sixth and girls in Upper Transitus performed a range of monologues. The quality of performance throughout was really quite exceptional. Thank you to professional actress Rebecca Craven who came to adjudicate and award prizes. Her comments to each of the performers were perfectly judged with praise and a point to think about. Wednesday evening saw the raw enthusiasm of Upper Beta and their production of Emil and the Detectives. Drama is such an important part of life at Hill House as we seek to give all the pupils as broad a range of opportunities as possible. It is always a pleasure to see the release and growth in confidence that this gives to many and subsequently the benefits it reaps in other areas of school life. We are very fortunate also to have such an enthusiastic and inspiring Arts department to collaborate on these projects.

This weekend the second of our two Drama and Music courses have departed for Glion. While in Switzerland they will be working on Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo with Miss Cameron and Miss van der Westhuizen. On their return they will join forces with the first group for a showcase in Founders’ Hall this Thursday, 21 November at 6pm. Do come and support this production.

Regrettably last week’s Second-hand uniform shop had to be cancelled at short notice due to illness. I am pleased to say that it will now take place this coming Tuesday, 19 November. As ever it is in Cadogan Gardens and will be open between 3.30pm and 5pm. This is the final shop of term. The next shop will be in January.

Many Happy Returns to HRH, The Prince of Wales on the occasion of his 71st birthday yesterday.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend