Headmaster’s Newsletter – 20 November 2020

Dear Parents,

This week we have enjoyed four evenings of music showcases at Founders’ Hall and in the next two weeks there will be eight more. To follow the current government guidelines there have had to be limited numbers of performers each evening and no audience but the pupils have risen to the challenge and given some heart-warming performances which have been filmed and uploaded to Google Classroom for their parents to watch the following day. Each evening has brought tremendous pleasure to both the performers and the tutors, once again able to make live music together. Every performer needs an audience and we are grateful for the support parents have given. As the restrictions look likely to remain in place the Christmas Plays will be circulated in the same way.

These evenings of music and drama remind one of the cardinal importance of patience, practice and perseverance which is so essential to success in any artistic endeavour. In an age when so much is instant it is good to see children are still willing to struggle to achieve success through constant endeavour and application. The motto is “Practice = progress = pleasure”.

Below is a message from Miss Kinsman with an update on last week’s launch of our Reading for Pleasure initiative on Instagram. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far in our new Instagram Campaign #hillhousereads and shared book recommendations. It is fantastic seeing and hearing about our pupils’ favourite books! If your Instagram account is private, we won’t be able to see your post so please share your photos, comments and video recommendations with us by emailing instagram@hillhouseschool.co.uk and we will share it on the Hill House account @hillhouseschoolchelsea

With Christmas only a few weeks away you may like to support a Hill House alumna who writes: “I was a pupil at Hill House for seven happy years from 2003-2010. I went on to Queens College London, and have just graduated from the University of Leeds with an Art and Design degree! I have recently set up a start-up business called Lily & Limes, where I am currently making hand-made Christmas Wreaths. I am working in my garage just off the Kings Road.  I’m hoping parents would like to support an alumna who is starting a local business. As I am creating Christmas Wreaths, I thought it would be appropriate to donate 5% of the profits to a good cause Crisis at Christmas which supports homeless people”. A flyer is attached below.

Another former pupil is Rev Nicky Gumble, who is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton. The church is offering an “Advent Devotional Booklet” to any families who may be interested. If you would like a copy of this free booklet follow this link. https://htb.churchsuite.co.uk/events/yqkyof61

If you have not yet ordered individual and class photographs from our photographer then please do so this weekend. Orders should be submitted by Monday 23 November to avoid any late fees.

Thank you for your cooperation with distancing and the wearing of masks outside the school buildings. This is a much improved picture. When queuing outside please be sure to join the end of the correct queue. This is particularly important outside Cadogan Gardens and Pavilion Road. In Pavilion Road please only line up to the left of the door, that is towards Pont Street. This will help with a quicker and safer dispersal.

Best wishes, 

Richard Townend