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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Form Two are inspired by Robert Delaunay

The children explored colour, the effect it has on our senses and the way that different colours influence each other. This project centred on the French abstract artist Robert Delaunay and involved experimenting with watercolour paints and oil pastels. https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/robert-delaunay-992


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


E:News - 16 November 2018

Dear Parents

 

The first event of our busy build up towards the end of Term begins next week with Parent Meetings on Monday and Tuesday.

 

Form Five sat their Kensington Park School assessment this week under the watchful eye of Mrs Walsh and we were very proud of their maturity in sitting this, their very first external exam paper.  Parents and children from Form Three to Form Five have been invited to tour KPS on Wednesday, 21 November at 5pm.  Please do ensure that Ms White has your name down if you would like to attend this tour.

 

We are eagerly anticipating our Chamber Choir’s participation in the Connaught Village Fair on Thursday at 6pm.  Do come along and support our children and enjoy the local festive cheer!

 

After last year’s successful Book Fair, Daunt Books are returning on Friday, 23 November.  Children can bring in money (up to £10) clearly labelled in an envelope to buy books of their choice and they will be escorted to the Dining Room to make their selection.  Parents are invited to come along both at the start and at the end of the day to choose an early Christmas present or two from the many books on display.

 

We are thrilled to share with you the news that our Form Six girls have performed brilliantly in the Primary Maths Challenge achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.  This was a 45-minute national test of 25 questions set by the Mathematical Association and correctly answering the necessary 80% to receive a Gold award was no mean feat.  This positive result should have set our girls on the right course for their upcoming 11+ examinations in the New Year.

 

A belated well done goes out to two other pupils also who, unfortunately, missed last summer’s Prize Giving ceremony.  They were awarded with their prizes in this morning’s assembly with the French Cup going to Katherine and a prize for achievement in History going to Ariana.

 

Forthcoming dates for your diary - invitations to each event will be sent out separately:

 

Friday, 30 November - Christmas Plays at the Carisbrooke Hall

Tuesday, 4 December - Forms One & Two Open Dance at the Sylvia Young Theatre School

Tuesday, 4 December - Senior Drama Club Performance in school

Friday, 7 December - Forms Three to Six Open Swim at Kensington Leisure Centre

Wednesday, 12 December - Carol Singing in St John’s Church followed by the end of term at 12pm

 

With best wishes.

 

The CHS Team


E:News - 9 November 2018

Dear Parents

 

Working with Marble Arch London (https://marble-arch.london) Mrs Hampton is actively trying to improve the safety for our families within the Edgware Road area,  This includes extending the time for pedestrians crossing the roads and clear signage being added to the junctions on Seymour Street and Stanhope Place.  To this end Transport for London have a number of proposals for new pedestrian crossings, improved junction and a introduction of a 20 mph speed limit.  There are several upcoming events organised by Marble Arch London where interested parents can meet the Tfl team and discuss the proposals.  Any parents who feel they can support Mrs Hampton in her endeavours are asked add their voice by visiting the link below to view the plans and provide your feedback:

 

https://consultations.tfl.gove.uk/roads/edgware-road

 

Form Six are delighted to have Ms Grunewald back in school after a period of convalescence and they have all enjoyed being back together for English!

 

Many of our pupils are visiting senior schools currently and we have had very positive feedback from those who visited Francis Holland North, Queen’s Gate, Highgate, Kensington Park and South Hampstead, amongst others.  We are also looking forward to our CHS Parent tour of Kensington Park School (Forms 3-5) at the end of the month in line with the priority pathway that exists between our two schools.  This will include the parents of boys, our first coeducational cohort, who have opted to take the 11+ and remain at CHS until Form 6.

 

Please do remember that individual and sibling photographs will be taken on Monday morning (12th) in time for possible Christmas gifts for grandparents, etc.

 

We are thrilled with the uptake of the children’s personalised Christmas cards.  The order deadline has now passed and so unfortunately we can no longer accept any late orders.

 

The positive response to the digital online booking programme for Parent Meetings has been excellent.  For those few parents who have yet to make an appointment, please do so at the earliest opportunity as very few time slots remain available.

 

This term we were lucky enough to have a former pupil, Miss Sadh, rejoin CHS as a work experience volunteer to gain a better understanding of a career in teaching.  During the 8-week period that she spent in school, she has made herself very useful throughout the year groups, supporting our Junior One pupils in their first weeks, enjoying the creativity that Mrs Rogers has brought to Form One and, more recently, observing and working in the senior classes.  On behalf of all members of staff, we would like to extend a big thank you and good luck to Miss Sadh for a career in education.  We cannot think of a person more suited to becoming a teacher and we look forward to remaining in contact over the years to come.

 

 

Wishing you all a very happy weekend.

 

The CHS Team


E:News - 2 November 2018

Dear Parents

 

After a thoroughly busy and productive first six weeks of the Autumn Term, our pupils returned refreshed and raring to go for the second part of the term.

 

A huge thank you to the parents from Junior One and Form One who raised an impressive £150 for MacMillan Cancer Support at our annual coffee and cake sale.  Some delicious treats were shared and it was an opportunity for our parents to meet one another and watch a delightful video of our Junior One children in action.  Beneficiaries of left over cakes went to our friends at the Victory Services Club and the local homeless.

 

The children were abuzz with anticipation about our newly formed School Council.  The Councilors, who were democratically chosen by their classmates from each form (Junior One to Form Six), met for the first time on Thursday to vote for a Committee Chairman and Scribe.  In today’s Good Works Assembly, each member of the Council was awarded a badge to wear with pride over the coming months.  We look forward to receiving their ideas and suggestions in due course.

 

Ms Carroll was very pleased with the results of the children’s Christmas cards as we hope parents are as well.  Please do send in your order form and payment to the office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

We are very grateful to those parents who found the recent memorandum regarding the school uniform informative.  We do appreciate that with the colder weather fleece hats, along with the school scarf and gloves, may be needed for extra warmth.  Please do ensure that a spare hat is kept in school along with the 3-in-1 coats for Park time.

 

We were thrilled to have visits from past pupils, Natalia and Leah.  Natalia is thriving at South Hampstead High and she shared her knowledge of moving into senior school with our current Form Six.  Mrs Hampton was very happy to hear that Natalia has kept up her wonderful achievements in music and is part of her school’s Chamber Choir.  Since starting in September at Godolphin & Latimer, Leah has already received an accolade for the best rocket design in Physics and won both the 50m breast stroke and free style races when representing her school at the U12 London Swim League gala.

 

With the nasal flu vaccination programme scheduled for Friday next week, please do ensure that all paperwork has been returned to school in time for your son/daughter to be included.

 

Early notice for haircuts, etc, as individual and sibling photographs will take place on Monday, 12 November.

 

You will have seen from the Calendar sent to you earlier in the week that Parent Meetings are scheduled for Monday, 19th and Tuesday, 20th November.  We are rolling out a new online booking system where you will be able to choose a time for yourselves to meet with your child’s form teacher.  The link will be sent to you next week.  Please note that on these days there will be no Drama Club or Art Club after school.

 

 

The CHS Team


E:News - 28 September 2018

Dear Parents

We are now well into the Autumn Term and the school is abuzz with activity and music.

Well done to our new pupils - one in every Form Class and all in Junior One - for their smooth settling in, and to everyone, teachers, parents and pupils, for welcoming the challenges of the new year with gusto and good humour.  In Thursday’s whole school assembly, Mrs Rogers introduced the children to a ‘magic’ word that we are hoping to embed in the CHS lexicon. The word is ‘yet’ and holds the key to adopting a growth mindset when approaching learning challenges with the knowledge that though we might not have a certain skill yet, there is always the possibility of learning it.  (See Carol Dweck's book Mindset if you are interested in finding out more).  

Forms 5 and 6 went to Hyde Park’s Lookout Centre for their first successful trip of the school year and enjoyed the orienteering.  Our first charity event of the year raised an impressive £252 pounds for Jeans for Genes; thank you for your generous contributions.  Clubs have got off to a good start with our Forms 5 and 6 Ukulele group already strumming their first melody.  Mr Taiwo’s new Forms 3 & 4 Thursday Football Squad enjoyed the autumn sunshine in Hyde Park and showed impressive ball skills.  Ms Horgan, our Drama teacher, proudly awarded a host of LAMDA certificates to pupils in assembly last week for exams that were taken in the summer term.  These were for Introductory, Entry and Grade level awards up to Grade Three.  All the children received either a merit or a distinction in Drama.  Music certificates - again all merits and distinctions - were also given out and a special well done to Ansel in Form 4 for completing a Touch Typing Award over the holidays. What a useful skill to have acquired!

Last Friday Ms Grunewald attended a Head Teachers’ lunch where there was some interesting discussion about the new Consortium exam for which our Form 6 pupils have begun preparing.  Our Form 5s have begun to think about their Senior School options too and a small group of girls attended an Open Day at Francis Holland, Regents Park with very positive feedback.

Best wishes.

 

The CHS Team