CHS vs. St Nicholas – 5-2!

On Wednesday afternoon the school football team made CHS history in their first official away match against St Nicholas’, leaving with a tremendous victory of 5-2. The goals were scored by Orlando, Harry and a hat-trick from Matteo ! Whilst the victory delighted all of us, what filled us with the most pride was the way the team conducted themselves and the amount of joy on the pitch.  Check the calendar for further fixtures.

 

Staff Changes

It is with a sense of pride tinged with sadness that we announce that Miss Hayward will taking up a new appointment as Head of Early Years at Rokeby School in Kingston next September.

In her first year at CHS, Victoria took a Year One class and in her second she decided to join the Junior One Team. Since then Victoria has not looked back, blossoming into a wonderfully creative and thoroughly capable Early Years’ leader. Her sensitivity and reliability have ensured that our Junior One pupils have had the very best start to their education in a secure and very happy classroom environment.

Whilst Victoria will be much missed in September, I am sure that our CHS families will join us in wishing her all the very best in this important next step in her teaching career.

Joining Miss Broeders and taking on the role of Head of Early Years we are delighted to have appointed Emma Duffy, an experienced teacher who has impressed us with her passion for teaching. With outstanding references reinforced at interview, a BA from Roehampton in Primary Education with a History Specialism  and a background in drama, we have no doubt that Miss Duffy will be an exciting addition to the CHS team.

Miss Duffy will be having a number of induction days with us, starting with 30th April. Parents of next year’s Junior One class will have the opportunity to meet her at the New Children’s visit on the morning of Friday 24th May.

 

Delancey School Chess Challenge

This term has seen the chess club competing in the Delancey School Chess Challenge, to excellent results.  Congratulations to Gabriel (Juniors) and Harry (Seniors) who won the tournament and Amias and Nicholas who came second in their age bracket.  They will be joined at the megafinal next term by Luca, Eleanor, Mimi, Teresa, Jeanine, Kay & Alexandra who also qualified within their group. A real achievement! Certificates were handed out in final assembly, and trophies will be presented at prize giving next term.

Well done to Ms Jackson for her excellent coaching, and for her own achievement:  She will be competing in the World Senior 50+ Team Championship in Rhodes over the Easter break. She is currently placed in England 2 (England 1 is a professional sponsored team who won Silver team medals last year).

 

Jeremy Monsen Talk

We were thrilled with the turn out at Jeremy Monsen et al talk on Supporting Children through the Primary Years on Thursday evening.  His team shared a wealth of knowledge with us and covered the importance of play and balance within a child’s upbringing. Much food for thought.

Those parents interested in taking up Mr Monsen’s offer of a further conversation can contact him on 07850 556886 or on Jeremy.Monsen@rbkc.gov.uk.

 

Open Day

I hope that you will all agree that Open Day was a tremendous success. The children were buzzing as they arrived, beaming with pride as they led their visitors around the school, showing off wonderful work in a whole range of subjects. Displays sparkled with beautiful handwriting and striking images and the dining room echoed with melodious solos.  A huge thank you to our chamber choir plus Millie who toured prospective parents in the afternoon before charming them with their singing.   It was a real pleasure hearing the children’s pride in their school and their reflections on life at CHS, and many have told us how much they enjoyed doing these tours.

 

World Book Day

Hogwarts must have felt empty on Monday morning, as many of its wizards, witches and magical creatures gathered in Connaught Square for a convention of book characters.  I know that all of the children (and dressed up teachers too) thoroughly enjoyed this celebration of reading.

 

Well done CHS!  The NSPCC Maths Challenge & School Trips

Once again, your generosity has surpassed expectations, and the NSPCC fundraiser totalled an impressive £1350.82!  The lady from the NSPCC was bounteous in her thanks, and her praise of the children, whose behaviour during her workshops was impeccable.

The same reports came back from our trips – London Zoo for J1 to Form 4, and The Clink Museum and Old Operating Theatre for Forms 5 & 6, on which our pupils’ excellent behaviour was noted.

nspcc certificate

Doodle Maths, English & Spell

Our Doodle English and Spell trial continues over the Easter holidays, so please make use of these three excellent apps – they really are an enjoyable and easy way to keep little brains active over the break.

 

Other News

In wider news, Gabriella and her sister Natalia, who left us to go to South Hampstead last year, will have their first weekend away with the National Youth Choir during the Easter holidays, so watch this space for further news. We were very pleased to hear more about Natalia’s musical endeavours and a special commendation that she has received from her Headteacher for juggling performing and academic study so well.  She was recently in a school production of Into the Woods, has been invited to join the South Hampstead Chamber Choir, plays the clarinet in the Jazz Band, and earned a distinction in a recent Singing Exam.

 

Wishing you a happy Easter, wherever you are spending it.

 

The CHS Team