E-News February 2019

Exam Results 

We are delighted with our boys and girls who sat exams and attended interviews this term.  Offers have been arriving from a whole range of schools including Belmont Mill Hill, Dulwich College, Francis Holland North & South, Kensington Park School, Latymer Prep, More House, Sussex House, South Hampstead, Wetherby, Westminster Under School, Queen’s Gate & Queen’s College.

 

Particular commendation goes to our Form Six pupils who sat the new format Consortium exams. We are also extremely proud to have heard that our pupils have received a flurry of scholarships to Francis Holland Regent’s Park, Kensington Park School and Queen’s College.  Well done, CHS!

 

Trips 

On Monday, Form One consolidated their work on Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, taking part in a practical workshop in which they were budding palaeontologists.  They were wowed by the prehistoric exhibitions and the dinosaurs that they thought were real!

 

Sharing good practice

Once again we have been approached by St Mary’s University to support the training of a second year BEd student following Miss Wilkins’ successful placement last year in Junior One.  This is an excellent opportunity for the school to showcase the high calibre of teaching and learning at Connaught House and for our teachers to gain some experience in training and supporting the next generation of teachers.

 

Wishing all of our CHS families a very restful half term and we look forward to seeing all of our pupils back refreshed, full of poetry and raring to go on Monday, 25 February.

 

The CHS Team

 


Form Four's appliqué project based on the paintings of Paul Klee

Our Form Four pupils have applied their needlework skills for an appliqué project based on the paintings of Paul Klee. Studying his abstract style and recurring motifs, pupils have made their own fabric collage in response to the German artist’s work.


Form Three have been inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe

In the Autumn term the children focused on the large-scale flower paintings of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Inspired by her work, they took their own photographs of exotic flowers and used them to develop their own floral studies. 

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E:News - January 2019

Dear Parents

What a busy and successful start to 2019 it has been at 47 Connaught Square!  Clubs and Peri lessons swung back into action last week and music assemblies have already been inundated with performers from all Forms. Thank you to parents for your support in reminding your budding musicians to bring in instruments and music on the right days.  Our new messaging system, notifying parents a week ahead of the performance, certainly appears to be assisting in this.

Over the last few weeks Junior One have been a rapt audience to some eye opening career talks from some of their Mums and Dads.  The children have heard about running an art gallery in Berlin, opera singing and practising law.  They enjoyed donning gold boxing gloves and practising moves, exchanging yo yo bear nibbles in simulation of managing hedge funds and drawing spiders and caterpillars in a workshop by a real life artist!  Miss Hayward even had her temperature and blood pressure checked by one of our Mums who is a nurse.  Another Mum, whose voice rang out through the school, sang I feel pretty and Castle on a Cloud in her beautiful soprano voice to applause from pupils and staff alike. These talks are inspirational and have really helped the children with their listening and questioning skills, amongst other things.

With such a wealth of interests and talents in our CHS community, we would like to invite family members to share their expertise in our whole school assemblies. We are particularly keen on welcoming Mums/Grandmothers for International Women’s day coming up on Friday, 8 March.  Careers, hobbies or interests that you might like to share with the children are important and engaging experiences and would be gladly welcomed.  If you are interested in taking part, please email Ms White with some information about the topic you would like to present.

Assessment results have been trickling in and we are thrilled with the feedback and the offers received by several of our children. Notably, all of our Form Fives, our first cohort to sit the KPS test have been offered places for 2020. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly as we also received excellent feedback about the girls’ interviews.

Please find attached the January and February CHS calendar.  We are looking forward to having our new website up and running shortly.

With best wishes.

 

The CHS Team


1st March 2018

The decision regarding school closure will be made by 6:30am tomorrow morning. Please check again before leaving for school.


28th February 2018

Despite the snow, school will be open today 


CHS News - 24 November 2017

What a fun packed November we are having at Connaught House!  Our children have been incredibly busy in a whole range of activities.

You may have noticed our beautifully made poppy wreath on the front door, marking Armistice Day.  Forms Five and Six created this under the talented eye of Mrs Larke and the rest of the school also marked this significant event in various ways, from writing instructions on making a poppy, to a whole school PSHE assembly.

Junior One, Forms One and Two shared their love for dance and skilful moves with their parents earlier in the month. Miss Kate is a truly inspirational dance teacher, with her graceful demonstrations and choreography in both ballet and street dance.  Parents from our senior classes also joined us at Kensington Leisure centre today for Open Swim which will continue next Friday.  The adults were impressed with the children’s stamina and their ability to swim lengths in all four strokes.

Once again, we were able to book tickets for the Into Film Festival, the world's largest free film and education event for young people. Forms Five and Six watched and then produced some work relating to an inspirational Ugandan movie, “The Queen Of Katwe”, a true tale of a young girl from a deprived background who becomes inspired by chess. Form Four were entertained by some animations of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes which linked closely to some of their work in English.

In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Week, the whole school reflected on Kindness and produced a heart-warming Kindness Tree which is displayed in the dining room.  Pupils from Junior One to Form Six reminded one another that there are many ways to show kindness, from giving a hug to sharing.  Also on display around the school are some lovely statuettes made by children from Form Three and upwards in Miss Forbes' Tuesday afternoon art sessions

Thank you again to all of those parents who supported our Book Fair, hosted by Daunt Books.  CHS now has substantial credit with this independent bookseller and we are looking forward to investing in our library in the new year.

A special visitor made her first appearance in the building yesterday, to surprise her Daddy. Freya Westerman, who is now 8 weeks old, paid us a visit, delighting staff and some lucky seniors too.

Meanwhile, Ms Grunewald and Mrs Hampton have had a number of visits this month too, including seeing Eaton House Prep and the Halcyon Senior School. They look forward to tea with the Heads of Francis Holland, Regent’s Park, and Kensington Park Senior, a new coeducational school, in the coming weeks.

As we look towards a fast approaching Christmas, pupils have been rehearsing for both their plays and the carol concert.  Invitations to the concert will be sent out shortly and we would like to thank our parents for their support in sending in such beautiful and inventive costumes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes.

The CHS Team


End of Term News December 2016

As we approach the end of a very successful and full Autumn Term, we wanted to share with our parents and families our final news of the year.

School Visits

In order to foster and refresh the relationship between CHS and the various London preparatory schools where we continue to send our boys, Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald have now had the opportunity to meet the various new Heads and Registrars at University College School, Westminster Under School, St Philips, ICS School, Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Latymer Prep and Sussex House. We also had the opportunity to welcome Phillip Williams, the future Headmaster of the Eaton Square Upper School which opens this September.

 

Stained Glass Workshop

Form One had a visit from Amadea’s grandmother, who gave the children a lovely talk about making stained glass windows. The children were able to show the beautiful lanterns and windows they made with her at the following assembly.

 

Visits

 

Song of the Sea

The visit to see the award winning Irish animated film, Song of the Sea, was another success and has inspired some lovely writing from many of the girls.

 

British Library

The senior girls delved into the treasure trove of amazing books on display at the British Library, cherry picking fantastic phrases and useful words, in order to stimulate their creative writing back at School.

 

Natural History Museum

Forms One & Two enjoyed watching a traditional tales puppet show followed by a visit to see the dinosaurs.  No sign of the Christmasaurus however!

 

School Plays

Everyone enjoyed watching the Christmas Plays at the Carisbrooke Hall. We were impressed by how confident Junior One were and how loud and clear their voices were in the Stick Man.  We loved Form One’s charming play, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, which was beautifully performed by the children, and Form Two’s Christmasaurus that was equally well presented and looked wonderful. We absolutely loved the creativity of Form Three and Four’s Don’t Cook Father Christmas; their spirited characters and sparkling performances were unforgettable. Form Five & Six had great fun with Dick Whittington and sang their specially chosen songs with all their usual gusto - thanks to Mrs Hopkins who is always both accommodating and encouraging of our musical aspirations.

 

NB: A grey woolen hat was left behind in the hall after the performances.  Please contact the office if this hat belongs to you.

 

Carol Singing at the Victory Club

Our senior choir, accompanied by form teachers and Mrs Hopkins, were once again enchanting in their rendition of tradition carols for the visitors and staff at the Victory Club.  The girls were presented with teddy bears afterwards as a memento of their visit.

 

Green School Hat

Mrs Larke has sourced an alternative winter hat (at a cost of £10) as our regular supplier has been out of stock for some time.  Please email her directly if you would like to make an order at:

 

manager@connaughthouseschool.co.uk

 

Club News

The Supervised Homework Club has been a great success (not least for the tasty tea) and will continue next term. Please note sessions have finished for this term and, if you would like to sign your child up for next term, then please let Ms White know as soon as possible.

This is also a reminder that Wednesday Clubs for Juniors and Seniors have finished for the term. 

We are very pleased to be able to offer a Junior and a Senior Drama Club starting in January.  Gillian Horgan who is a Lamda Accredited Drama Teacher will be holding Drama Clubs on Tuesday afternoons, after School, with 8 places available (on a first come first served basis) for Junior One to Form Two pupils and 10 places for Form Three to Form Six pupils.  The termly charge will be £140.  Please do notify Ms White if you would like to reserve a place.

Fundraising

This Christmas we will be fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Miss Arthur used to work and where Miss Pluskowska currently volunteers.  In aid of this excellent cause, the children will be asked to make a donation in order to each decorate a bauble for one of the Christmas trees that will be displayed in the School entrance hall this week.  Please could you send in your donation (minimum £1) in a named envelope tomorrow morning. 

 

Wishing all of our pupils and families a very restful and happy holiday.

 

CHS Team

Parent Questionnaire Feedback - November 2016

Thank you to everyone who completed the Parent Questionnaire at our recent Parent Teacher evening. Your feedback is highly valued and fundamental to our programme of continual improvement.

 

With the exception of a few parents who ‘did not know’, all other responses either agreed or strongly agreed that:

  • My child is happy at CHS
  • My child feels safe at school
  • My child makes good progress
  • My child is well looked after
  • My child is well taught
  • The school makes sure pupils are well behaved

 

In Junior One, Form One and Form Two we have been piloting a new report system this year, to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s progress, based on tracking their achievements and following their learning journey through the National Curriculum objectives. We will be extending this to the rest of the school as the year progresses.

 

The majority of parents agreed or strongly agreed that their child receives appropriate homework for his/her age. However, two parents did not know, two felt there was too much and one said there was too little in Maths. Whilst every teacher endeavours to dispense homework that is appropriate for each child, this is not always easy to predict. We value your feedback via your child’s homework diary/reading record. 

 

The questionnaire did highlight that a number of parents are unaware of our anti-bullying policy and our procedures for dealing with bullying. Bullying is taken very seriously at Connaught House School and we have included a summary of our policy. We hope this will reassure you of our commitment to ensuring that our School is a happy place for all and that you can approach any member of staff should you have any concerns. The full version of the policy, along with all of our policies, including each curriculum subject, safeguarding, first aid and IT are available at any time on the School website.

 

Once again, thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire. The answers help us to understand where there are doubts or concerns and as a result we can provide parents with timely, appropriate and helpful information.


CHS News November 2016

School Visits

Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald are currently very busy with visits to various prep and senior schools. These visits began with Wetherby Prep where they met Alice Olney, Senior Mistress, and Emma Hart, Senior Deputy Head. This visit was followed by a trip across the park to meet Alexander Wulffen-Thomas, the new Headmaster, at St Philip’s. During the coming weeks, Mrs Hampton and Miss Grunewald will be visiting University College School, Westminster Under School, Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Sussex House. Miss Grunewald and Mr Westerman visited City of London School for Girls for a delicious breakfast and an impressive tour of the building and facilities where they gained valuable information relating to the entry process.

 

Visiting CHS, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Georgina Hood, the Principal of Paint Pots Nurseries and Philip Williams, who will be the head of Eaton Square Senior School, a new coeducational senior school opening in September 2017. This week, we were particularly delighted to welcome Vivienne Durham, the former headmistress of Francis Holland, Regents Park, who now works for an educational consultancy.

 

Menu

Following a survey conducted by the Form Six girls on pupils’ favourite lunches, there have been some tweaks to the Autumn/Winter menu for the second half of the term. You can access the new menu via the School website. We were impressed to learn that popular choices were both healthy and nutritious although almost everyone has room for a slice of Laura’s chocolate pudding!

 

School Photographs

After last year’s very successful individual and joint CHS sibling photographs arranged just in time for Christmas presents, we have once again invited Bentley Photographic to photograph all the children on Monday 14th November. This gives you plenty of time to arrange hair cuts if needed.

 

Junior and Form One Coffee Morning

Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald are looking forward to welcoming parents from the junior classes in the dining room on Monday morning between 10:00 and 11:00.

 

Road Safety Talks

This week, Mrs Walsh arranged a visit from Westminster’s Road Safety Officer to give all the children a talk about road safety. Afterwards, many of the children were heard discussing the differences of Pelican and Toucan crossings and all the children were delighted with their gift of a flashing light.

 

Miss Wilkins

A warm welcome to Miss Olivia Wilkins who is helping in Form One for the second half term as part of her work experience. So far, Miss Wilkins has not stopped smiling since she arrived so it looks as if Form One are making her feel very welcome.

 

Book Fair with Daunt Books (Marylebone High Street)

Miss Grunewald’s Book Fair attracted a good turn out of parents and was a great success. Working with a local, independent bookshop meant that we were able to provide a wonderful selection of books. Happy Weekend Reading to all!


CHS News July 2016

Charity Day on Monday:  Please help our Form Six girls raise money for this year’s voted charity, Children With Cancer UK, at our used books Bring & Buy Sale. We will welcome your donations of any good quality used children’s books (for ages 4-12 years) that can be purchased by the children in the dining room during the afternoon between 2pm-3.30pm.  Each child may bring up to £5 for the sale.

 

Prize Giving on Wednesday:  We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday morning at the Carisbrooke Hall for the CHS Annual Prize Giving.  This is a family event, starting at 11am, and the ceremony should last approximately one hour.  The children will leave with their parents from the Hall and this marks the end of term.

 

As the end of the year is upon us, many of our classes have been enjoying a very busy final full week at School with trips, visits and the occasional super hero flying around Junior One!

Form One thoroughly enjoyed their second visit from the children’s author Angela Fish who came in to talk about her newest title, ‘Ben and the Spider Prince’.  Forms Five & Six disappeared off to the British Library on Thursday where they toured the building and attended a pair of wonderful workshops on the history of maps and a drama based Shakespeare review.  They visited the ‘Treasure’ room, an exhibit filled with rare and beautiful books on many varied subjects, and they were also able to see the second biggest book in the world.  We hope Form Four are enjoying their trip today to London Zoo and fingers crossed the rain holds off for them.

Staff News: Miss Steel and Form One will be sad to say goodbye to Miss Bowrey this July as she leaves CHS to take up a PGCE place at St Mary’s University College to fulfill her goal of becoming a qualified teacher. As well as providing stalwart support in Form One, Miss Bowrey has been involved in several popular club activities, the Sign Language Club being a particular favourite with the children.  We wish her every success for the future and look forward to welcoming her back as a fully qualified teacher one day!

Joining the School in September to assist Miss Steel will be Lisa Weston, BA, CELTA, who has a double 2:1 Bachelor of Arts in French and in Near Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic Language from the University of Arizona. She is an experienced Teaching Assistant, usefully familiar with the Read Write Inc programme, and has previously taught in Vietnam, Italy, the Czech Republic and, most recently, in the UK. Miss Weston has also had experience working with and supporting children with specific educational needs. She is fluent in French, having grown up internationally, and her long-term professional goal is to become a qualified primary school teacher. We look forward to welcoming Miss Weston to CHS.

 

We hope you all have a very happy summer break and thank you for your continuous support throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming our CHS pupils back on 8 September for the Autumn Term.

 

Best wishes.

 

The CHS Team