Headmaster’s Newsletter – 12 February 2021

Dear Parents,

As we reach Half Term I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, parents, tutors and pupils for their hard work, resilience and co-operation in our online school programme.  What everyone now needs, given that no one can travel, is a week to relax and recover at home with time away from screens. We hope for a positive message from the Prime Minister about the reopening of schools on 8 March.  Hill House is fully prepared to welcome everyone back on that date but we must wait to hear what he announces in a little over a week’s time.  Most of all what we want is certainty and clarity so that we can plan and prepare without the fear of constant changes.  

The English department have been busy coming up with new initiatives to keep reading and, in particular reading for pleasure, at the forefront of our pupils’ lives. 

Does your child miss storytime at school? Do they need a chance to unwind with a good book and a group of their friends at the end of the day? Do you, as parents, need a little extra peace and quiet? We have the solution!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new programme of online daily storytimes, starting the week beginning 22 February. This is a new initiative aimed at helping to encourage children to read for pleasure and to foster community spirit during this season of online learning.

The programme will run as follows:

  • Monday  3.30 – 4.00  Lower School & Middle School
  • Tuesday  4.00 – 4.30  Upper School
  • Wednesday  4.45 – 5.15  Transitus & Senior School
  • Thursday  4.45 – 5.15  Lower & Upper Sixth

Your child will be sent an invitation via Google Classroom and will need to accept it in the usual way. The storytimes are then optional and although each day of the week will be aimed at different age groups, siblings will be welcome too. We look forward to sharing some exciting stories with your children soon!

Miss Kinsman and Miss Hasler

You will remember that a few weeks ago I wrote to you about the postponed Young Artists 30th Anniversary Exhibition that was to feature artworks of Hill House pupils.  I am pleased to let you know that the virtual event will go live on Monday 1 March at 2.00pm. Please follow this link to book tickets for the live event and follow this link for the website with full details of the exhibition and how to find individual paintings. The exhibition is raising money for the Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. 

And finally a reminder that Sunday will be St Valentine’s Day, and a little different this year with all restaurants closed, so I would like to invite all the children to design a special card for their parents to thank them for the support they have received.  If you send me a photo of your handiwork, we may make a montage of the most colourful and original cards and maybe even award a few special prizes!

Good luck and happy Half Term holiday.

Best wishes, 

Richard Townend