Headmaster’s Newsletter – 10 January 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the new term and a new decade of opportunity, achievement and excitement for all our pupils. 

Yesterday was the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympics 2020, which are being held in Lausanne and throughout the Canton of Vaud.  Lausanne is the home of the IOC and so this is a particularly exciting time for the area of Switzerland that has been the school’s home since it began. Indeed most of the venues can be seen from the house in Glion.  Lausanne is to the right for Ice Hockey and Figure Skating and behind it the highlands of the Jura where Cross-country, biathlon and ski jumping events are being held. To the left is Leysin for Ski Freestyle, Snowboarding and just beyond there lies Villars and Les Diablerets where the alpine events are being held such as Downhill, Ski Cross and Ski Mountaineering. The first of this term’s courses in Glion leave on Tuesday and we hope that the Olympic spirit rubs off on all the children as they pass by the Olympic Village on the train from the airport and are inspired as they look out over the Alpine venues from the top of the ski lift at Rochers de Naye. 

The Spring Term is always a particularly busy term and this one is no exception. A full list of events and fixtures can be found on the website and I would encourage you to come and support any of these be they concerts or plays in Founders’ Hall or fixtures around London. We will also be posting regularly on Instagram (@hillhouseschoolchelsea) to help give you a flavour of just some of the things taking place during the school day.

Looking ahead to what is coming up I would like to draw your attention to a few dates for your diary. 

  • Monday 13 January – Music Lessons and Ensembles begin
  • Tuesday 14 January – Secondhand Uniform Sale (see attached flyer for details)
  • Friday 17 January – Friday Clubs begin
  • Wednesday 5 February – Betjeman Poetry Competition in Founders’ Hall
  • Thursday 5 March – Talk on Boarding for boys and girls by the Headmaster of Brighton College
  • Thursday 19 March – Choral Scholars perform the Fauré Requiem at St. Margaret Lothbury
  • Saturday 21 March – Billings & Edmonds Uniform day in Founders’ Hall
  • Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 March – Lower Sixth Musical

Friday Clubs begin again next week. Please ensure that all renewals have been submitted by this Monday, 13 January. Places will be confirmed mid-week. If you have not received anything please check your spam folder in the first instance.

Parents’ Evenings are being held throughout the term for most year groups and are listed in the calendar. You will be informed about these separately. The first of the Lower Sixth evenings is on Monday, 5.45pm-8.00pm in Founders’ Hall. An email was sent earlier this week with details.

This term typically sees the coldest weather of the year. Please make sure that your child comes to school with their gold jumper and school coat which should be in excellent condition. Our games staff will always try to get the children out of the building unless the weather is particularly bad. Pupils will always need their coat to go to games. When it does get colder a school hat and scarf and brown gloves may also be necessary.

Last term I made a request to improve the level of shoe care. This has certainly improved for which I thank you. There is still improvement to be made however. A well-polished shoe will last longer and will stand up better to wet weather. I appreciate that it is more difficult to get brown shoes but there are a number of suppliers listed on the school website. One of these is Pollyanna, who are offering a 10% discount on all leather school shoes to Hill House parents. A voucher is attached to this letter.

And finally, a word of encouragement to all our Upper Transitus girls and Upper Sixth boys who are sitting entrance exams to secondary schools at this time.  They are well prepared and we are confident that they will all achieve excellent results.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend