Headmaster’s Newsletter – 6 December 2019

Dear Parents,

As we approach the final few days of term the diary has been full of special events both in and out of school. Earlier today Middle School gave two magnificent performances of their Christmas Play, A King is Born. It really was one of the best shows that we have been treated to over the years. This followed on from the two enchanting performances by Small School of their play Santa Claus needs a Wee. Quite how they managed to remember so much text was amazing for children of only four or five years old. This coming Wednesday it will be the turn of Lower School to present Snowman and a Snowdog. Putting on these shows takes a great deal of effort and dedication from more people than you may imagine. Thank you to all the members of staff who have had a hand in these plays from wrapping presents to making backdrops, rehearsing songs in both English and French, decorating sets, playing for performances, organising extra bus runs. Most importantly thank you to Miss van der Westhuizen and Miss Wakefield for bringing these shows to life.

The Nativity Scene that was made by the boys and girls for the Scottish Church has been refreshed and is being installed again in the entrance hall of St. Columba’s on Monday. Please do take a moment to look at it on your way into the Carol Service on Wednesday. Thank you to Miss Nwume and the DT Club for all their hard work.

Yesterday the Choral Scholars sang a concert of Christmas music at St. Margaret Lothbury. This followed on from their concerts in Switzerland last weekend. They will be reprising some of the pieces at the Carol Service in St Columba’s on Wednesday.

Keeping with the Christmas theme, Lower Transitus visited the Charles Dickens Museum this week where they had a morning taking part in workshops loosely based around A Christmas Carol. The girls have been having an introduction to the book in English, as well as looking at Dickens as a Famous Victorian Reformer in History.

Today was the final day of individual music lessons. There will be no lessons or ensembles next week except for the Brass Ensemble who will be playing carols in Peter Jones on Monday between 5pm and 6pm. If you go to the escalators and start upwards you won’t fail to miss them. They will be raising money for the St. Nicholas Fund at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. We are not allowed to collect in Peter Jones so the children are being sponsored. If you would like to make a donation please either sponsor one of our brass players or leave a donation in the front office at Hans Place. The money raised will go towards presents for sick children in hospital this Christmas.  Thank you.

Term ends on Wednesdaywith the School Carol Service in St. Columba’s at 11.00am. This is for the whole school except Small School and Lower School. Please do join us for this special service of music and readings. All children are to be collected from St. Columba’s after the service. 

Small School will have their own programme on the last day of term and will leave from Flood Street as normal as if it were a Friday. Lower School will be performing their Christmas Play at Founders’ Hall and leave from there.

Please note the following points for the last day of term:

  • No school bags or books are required at school.
  • (All possessions should be taken home on Tuesday at the latest.)
  • Pick-up is from St Columba’s at the end of the service (about 12.15), not from Cadogan Gardens or Hans Place.
  • To help with congestion and safety, we ask that when the service is finished, parents leave the church first and move to the various collection points located on the footpath outside.

(see map below). 

Please note that the children will not leave the church until it is clear of parents.

The format for the day: 

  • 10.30: Church doors open – Brass Ensemble playing in the foyer
  • 11.00: Service begins
  • c.12.15: End of service, parents exit first and go to the relevant collection points
  • 12.20: Children exit the church to collection points

Billings and Edmonds, the school’s uniform suppliers, have asked us to pass on their opening hours over the festive period. 

  • MONDAY 23 – CLOSED
  • TUESDAY 24 – CLOSED
  • WEDNESDAY 25 – CLOSED
  • THURSDAY 26 – CLOSED
  • FRIDAY 27 – OPEN AS NORMAL
  • SATURDAY 28 – OPEN AS NORMAL
  • MONDAY 30 – OPEN AS NORMAL
  • TUESDAY 31 – OPEN AS NORMAL
  • WEDNESDAY 1 – CLOSED
  • THURSDAY 2 – OPEN AS NORMAL

Finally I would like to bring to your attention a very special lunchtime Carol Service at St. Margaret Lothbury in the City by the Bank of England, on Wednesday 18 December. In what has become a strong tradition over the last few years, the school Brass Ensemble will be joined by past pupils and will be playing before and after the service. They will be playing in the street from 12.45pm, the service begins at 1.00pm and lasts for half an hour. This is followed by mulled wine and mince pies while the children play some more pieces.  Everyone is most welcome.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend