Headmaster’s Newsletter – 24 January 2020

Dear Parents,

Change of date for the last day of the Summer Term 2020.

Due to a Cadogan Estate event relating to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships we have agreed to move Field Day one day earlier to Wednesday 8 July and term will finish, as always at the conclusion of Field Day. Graduation Assembly will remain on Wednesday 8 July. The timings of both events will remain unchanged. The advantage of this change means that the last day of term will be a whole day of celebration for those pupils and parents who have come to the end of their time at Hill House and we can celebrate their achievements and wish them well on the next stage of their journeys. Thus the final day of term will run as follows:

  • 0900 Graduation Assembly
  • 1030 Reception for Graduates and their parents
  • 1130 Gates open at Duke of York’s
  • 1130 Cricket Matches begin
  • 1300 Main School Matches & Displays
  • 1400 All spectators seated
  • 1400 School Sprint (Whole School)
  • 1600 Field Day ends

I hope that this relatively late notice does not inconvenience too many people. It is a decision we have not taken lightly and come to after much discussion with Cadogan Estates and believe that in the end it will prove to be a neater end to the term and year. 

Y6 Cross Country Champs.jpg

Every year St James Prep School organises the Inter School Cross Country Championships for Years 4 to 6 (Upper School/Transitus/Senior School). They take place at Barn Elms and so on Tuesday Miss Johnson and Mr Hampton took our teams along. The younger children compete over a 1km course and the older children over 1.5km. There were some 50 or 60 children competing in every race. The results will be announced in Assembly on Wednesday. All the teams did well but as you can see from the picture our oldest boys did particularly well.

Today our chamber orchestra is taking part in the inaugural Prep School Orchestra Playday at Kingswood House School in Epsom. The day is designed to be an introduction to large ensemble playing, where children can “enjoy the immense feeling of performing as part of a full orchestra”. The day will conclude in a performance at Christ Church Epsom. 

The week ahead sees a number of trips for children in Cadogan Gardens. Half of Upper Gamma will visit the Royal Academy on Monday to visit the new Picasso and Paperexhibition. The rest of the section will visit in a week’s time and Upper Beta will visit in March. These visits are not only to compliment what they are learning in Art this term but also to inspire them. On Tuesday Upper Kappa and Delta will visit the British Museum where they will be specifically looking at the Egyptian artifacts and will also take part in a workshop on the Egyptians. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by some of the world’s greatest Museums and Galleries and this is a position we like to seize with both hands and take advantage of.

There is a full calendar of fixtures next week, details on the website, and the first of the Lower Senior School Parents’ Evenings is on Wednesday, 5.30pm-7.30pm, in Founders’ Hall. The following week sees the second Lower Senior School Parents’ Evening and the first couple of Upper School evenings. Details will be emailed separately. The John Betjeman Poetry Recital will be held in Founders’ Hall on Wednesday 5 February at 6.00pm and all are welcome.  Sir John Betjeman lived in a house in Radnor Walk.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend