Headmaster’s Newsletter – 11 September 2020

Dear Parents,

The buildings were filled with the sound of music once again this week. Last Monday was Music Day and places are filling up fast so please return application forms swiftly.  Lessons begin this coming week and ensembles progressively thereafter.

The Brass Concert Ensemble begin rehearsals at 5.00pm this Monday and the Chamber Orchestra will have their first rehearsal next Friday afternoon. Choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday.
Under the current government regulations each of these groups are limited to fifteen members so entry will be by audition and invitation.

The current limits imposed by the government mean that we will not be able to hold the usual Parent Social Evenings in Founders’ Hall this Quarter, which is a great disappointment. Different arrangements will also have to be made for Parent/Tutor evenings. The same goes for our weekly Assemblies, which are not possible under the current regulations.  Alas with the latest travel restrictions the Geography courses have had to be cancelled but we still hope to be able to run our ski courses from January to Easter.  Invitations will go out in the next few weeks to assess the level of interest.

The temporary closure of the road directly outside Main School has been a big success. It is enabling a much safer environment for pupils and parents at the beginning and end of the day. We would be very pleased if you felt able to send emails of support to the council so that it can become a permanent arrangement after its trial period. Emails should be sent to TrafficOrders@rbkc.gov.uk

This afternoon we have been placing floor marking outside all of our buildings to help with Social Distancing both in the morning and afternoon. Please remember to keep your distance from others while waiting outside the buildings. Once you have collected your child it would be greatly appreciated if you could disperse as quickly as possible to help avoid any bottlenecks. 

For parents in Cadogan Gardens a reminder of our unofficial one-way system when driving. Please follow this as it makes for a much smoother process, while remembering that members of the public will be unaware of it. Please see the diagram below.

From Monday we are asking every pupil to come to school with their own water bottle. We cannot use the water fountains in school at present as they are considered a multi touch point risk. Please ensure water bottles are clearly named and fit easily in the side pocket of the backpack. These will be refilled during the day as necessary.

Next week we will be taking our annual individual and class photographs. Details will be sent out early next week. Please ensure that your child comes to school with well-polished shoes, a v-neck slipover and (if in Middle School and above) a cravat. This should be the case everyday of course. A reminder too that all children should be wearing the summer uniform including shorts or skirt and short socks.

You will find attached to this letter a copy of the Personal Accident Insurance policy, which we take out on behalf of all our pupils. Please read this carefully so that you are aware of what is covered at home, at school and worldwide 365 days a year. Having said that, I sincerely hope that you will not have the need to consult it again.

Best wishes,

Richard Townend