E-News 10/6/22

Dear Parents

The final half term of the year got off to a flying start with a flurry of children ready at the door on Monday morning dressed in their full summer uniform.  Thank you to our parents who made this possible,  Please do encourage your children to wear their school blazer.  A gentle reminder that girls should be wearing white ankle socks with their summer dresses.

Parent Meetings

Thank you to all parents for booking their time slots with the teachers for next week.  You should have all now received your Google Meet links.

Readathon

Thank you to everyone that has donated to our Readathon JustGiving page -https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/connaught-house-school47 - we have already raised £130 as well as offline donations (which we will count at the end of the event). It is lovely to hear how excited the children are about the Readathon in school. We have lots of enthusiastic readers sharing how much they are raising per page or per book!
We will be hosting an after school event in Hyde Park on 20th June at 4:30-5:30pm where we will give one final push to raise as much money as we can for UNICEF’s work for Children in Emergencies. Parents/carers are invited to accompany their children for a read in the Park. Please confirm your attendance here: https://forms.gle/6sxDzJ4knAkH3ToGA

Open Dance

We are delighted to invite Junior One families to an Open Dance on Wednesday 22nd June at 2pm. The children have been learning a special dance routine for the performance.

Jigsaw PSHE Health & Wellbeing scheme

Mrs Hampton and Ms Stock invites all parents for a Virtual Coffee Morning on Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 10-11am to discuss the scheme and consult with CHS parents ahead of developing our PSHE/RSE curriculum for the Autumn Term 2022.

Pizza Express

Junior One became pizza chefs for the day on Tuesday as they headed to Pizza Express in Baker Street for a cooking class. They learnt the key ingredients that were needed to make a pizza base as well as being able to enjoy their delicious pizzas in the restaurant.

Congratulations

As part of our Jubilee celebrations, our pupils entered a prestigious art competition to create a portrait of the Queen. From all the wonderful submissions, Mrs Desborough chose 10 entrants to send through to the national competition from CHS.

Junior One - Oliver
Form One - Fayyadh and Mila
Form Two - Allegra and Maxim
Form Three - Izzy
Form Four - Jeremy and Meera
Form Five - Hugo
Form Six - Amara

Well done Mimi on a fantastic Grade 5 violin exam result.  Gaining a Merit, this very musical young lady should feel rightly proud of herself.

Doodle Streak success has been achieved by Alma and Michael.  Well done on your 50-day marathon.  Keep up the good work!

Stars of the Week

Junior 1 - Ari for being a positive and enthusiastic member of Junior One this week.
Form 1 - Luiza for her participation and interest in PSHE lessons.
Form 2 - Allegra & Aria for behaving so sensibly in our Fire Drill on Thursday and despite nursing broken bones, managing to leave the building (with a little help from Miss Pluskowska) in under 2 minutes.
Form 3 - Freddie for thoughtful contributions in discussions regarding improvements in the local area.
Form 4 - Aurelia for creating an image of a crocodile eating a frisbee in our unit on combining digital images.
Form 5 - Alexander for creating atmosphere in his descriptive writing.
Form 6 -  Oscar for IT expertise with spreadsheets

Artwork of the week
Form Four, Emma for superb progress with her complicated and well constructed soft sculpture of an ice cream sundae after Claes Oldenburg

Local News
Connaught Village are hosting their Garden Festival tomorrow, 11 June and we are sure that many of our families will enjoy this event.

Dates for the Diary

20 June - Readathon for UNICEF’s work for Children in Emergencies.
22 June - Open Dance - Junior One
23 June - Virtual Coffee Morning with Mrs Hampton - PSHE/RSE Consultation
24 June - Form Three, Four and Five trip to Hampton Court
24 June - Form Six - special secret trip!
28 June - Whole school, class and individual photographs - full summer uniform please
30 June - Virtual Coffee Morning - Forms 5 & 6 - 11+ transition
1 July - Sports Day
1 July - Form Six trip to Lord’s Cricket Ground (evening)
6 July - School Show at the Rudolf Steiner Hall
7 July - end of term - half day

With best wishes,

The CHS Team


E-News 27/5/22

Dear CHS Parents

 

We hope this email finds you and your family all well.

Jubilee Day 

This memorable week of celebration for the Jubilee began on Monday morning with a whole school assembly where patriotic songs, including The National Anthem, were taught and sung with great gusto.

Our week focusing on history saw class topics delving into the development during the Queens reign of music, fashion, transport, technology, the Commonwealth and social changes in the UK that included rights for women, diversity, religion, law and formality.  It was delightful to welcome all the school community wearing  red, white and blue for our Jubilee Day on Thursday. For the day, year groups were replaced with teams of children which allowed all the ages to mix together, a recipe that has been so successful in the past with our Carnival Day. The school regrouped mid-morning to assemble a time capsule and memorabilia that, as a collective, we hope the future CHS children would be excited to unravel. A special thanks to former CHS pupil and parent, Dr Strauss, who visited and answered a number of questions relating to our 'Same but Different’ discussions. Lunch consisted of very British food, including scones with jam. The day culminated in a round of traditional games in the park.

 

Maths

Thursday 26 May wasn’t just about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; there was also Maths to be tackled. And not just any Maths but the semi-finals of the Quiz Club National Championships.  Hannah Z captained the team which comprised four of the finest Maths brains at CHS. They were facing over fifty other schools from around the UK. Hannah, Alexandra, Adiel and Riddhi made up the intrepid quartet who stoically battled through thirty bamboozling questions aiming to score high enough to reach the grand final next month. They answered questions on tide times, calculating how many boxes fit into an articulated lorry and working out the percentage of boys in a fictitious primary school. With pulses racing and nerve-jangling music being played continuously they battled hard for over an hour. Morale remained high, but it was a case of keeping their cool as the points were added up at the end of the tournament.

Connaught House School concluded with a remarkable 1550 points out of a possible 1750. They came tenth overall which is enough to take them straight to the final on Thursday 23 June at 3.30pm. Hannah and her team will now be in action at the Light Auditorium at Friend’s House in Euston. Can they maintain their scintillating form which saw them get 27 questions correct out of 30? Time will tell!  Well done to this outstanding team of excellent mathematicians.

Form Six Article: Connaught House School written by Steve Garvey

She has been writing stories almost as soon as she could walk and now London primary school pupil, Amara, has won her first national award.

Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl and with an insatiable hunger for fantasy stories, this 11 year old pupil from Connaught House School in Westminster has won second place in a prestigious competition for young writers. Her story called:  ‘Mysterious Matilda’ follows up the life of Road Dahl’s heroine from his 1988 epic.

Amara’s creative writing was shortlisted by the Independent Schools Association in the Upper Key Stage Two category before finally being given second place this week. She attributes her love for reading to her mother who always encouraged her to write if she was bored. Amara has now read over a hundred books and is currently delving into 'The Night Bus Hero' by Onjali Q Rauf.

So what is the best book she has ever read? “Possibly ‘The Midnight Guardians’ by Ross Montgomery, or ‘Nevermoor’ by Jessica Townsend."

Amara’s ambition is to become a published author and with plenty of ideas already spinning through her mind, I’m sure it won’t be long before her name is seen in print.

New Children’s Visit

Our Teddy Bear’s Picnic for our new children joining Junior One in September 2022 was a great success today, with a further £150 raised for the UNICEF Refugees.

 

New Form Two Teacher in September 2022

We would like to introduce Ms Fiona Galligan, who will be joining CHS in September 2022.  With twenty years teaching experience,  Fiona has plenty of knowledge and passion to bring to our CHS team.  Fiona lists critical and creative thinking, together with collaboration, amongst the most important skills to teach our children to enable them to understand the world we live in today.  Fiona has taught  across the key stages within both Independent Primary and Maintained Schools and has said she is "extremely excited to be part of such a friendly, creative team!"

 

Maternity Leave

Our wonderful Form Two teacher, Ms Evans, left us today to start her maternity leave.  Ms Evans joined us in 2019 with a passion for Science and Technology.  Ms Evans has continually strived and succeeded to teach the children wonderful cursive handwriting.  We look forward to sharing baby news with the school community very soon and in the meantime we wish her the best of luck in her next chapter of life.

Our wonderful Mrs Desborough, who has gradually been spending more days with Form Two this term, will be stepping into Ms Evans’ role after half term.

Parent meetings

We will be holding both remote and in person parent meetings the week starting MONDAY 13 JUNE.  You will be sent appointment choices after half term.

 

Have a wonderful and relaxing half term,

Best wishes

 

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 20/5/22

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

We hope this email finds you all well.

MINI BEAST DRESS UP

The beginning of the week saw an array of Junior One creepy crawlies and flying insects arrive at the school for their ‘Minibeast’ themed day.   The children enjoyed going on the minibeast walk around Hyde Park and were very excited to spot ladybirds, bees, ants and a butterfly!

 

NATIONAL SMILE MONTH 

It is National Smile Month, so, Dr Kyi talked to pupils about dental hygiene in this week's UNICEF assembly​.  This supports children learning about the UN Rights of the Child,  Number 24, "Children have the right to good quality healthcare and health education so they can stay healthy'. Dr Kyi founded 'West London Orthodontist', an award winning specialist practice and oral health education is something she is passionate about.

 

JUBILEE WEEK next week

We will be celebrating Jubilee Week over the week starting Monday 23 May.  On Thursday 26 May, the children are invited to dress up in blue, white, red OR clothes which represent a decade of the reign of Elizabeth II.  Over the week, they will be designing time capsules, crafting bunting and will be covering various topics such as music, fashion and transport during the queen’s reign.

 

UNIFORM PROTOCOL

During the disruptions caused by Covid, we relaxed our uniform policy.  However, now that we have returned to normality, it is imperative that our children come into school looking smart and in the appropriate uniform.   As many of your children will have discussed with you, there was a request through ‘Pupil Voice’ that the girls are permitted to wear ties to accompany the winter uniform.  To that end, we have asked Perry’s to display our uniform in a more unisex format.  Please try to support our request as some children are currently coming in a pick a mix of uniform, the main culprits being socks, tights, patent shoes and hairbands that do not comply.  To clarify the children should now be in summer uniform as below:

 

Summer Uniform requirement

 

  • Summer dress, white ankle socks, green cardigan or green school pullover, school blazer , black shoes (not patent).  If your child has a fitting boater or cap, they should be wearing them, (although we understand that Perry’s are currently low in stock). White sun hats are to be used in PE and when the children are playing in the park.  Please make sure they are named and they will now stay in school for the rest of the summer
  • Grey shorts, grey socks, white short sleeved shirts, school tie, green pullover, school blazer, black rubber soled shoes, not black trainers (same as above regarding hats)

PE

  • White shorts, white socks, white polo shirt, green sweatshirt, school green tracksuit bottoms optional

Accessories

  • Children’s hair ties should be green, white or neutral colours.  We have had a number of colourful and flamboyant hair accessories in recent weeks which, although they are beautiful, are not appropriate for the school day.  Likewise, friendship bracelets and costume jewellery  should be reserved for weekends and holidays.

 

Final Request

Brightly coloured nail polish should be removed before coming to school.

 

THIS WEEK’S GOLD STARS GO TO:

Junior One:         Poppy for always being a kind and considerate member of the class

Form One:​          Alexander Lunstrom for his enthusiasm and interest in all his learning

Form Two:          Toshin for enthusiastic reading and discussion of the text

Form Three:       Lili for doing so many Doodlemaths activities

Form Four:          ​Christina for consistent effort and improvement

Form Five:          Hannah for writing a great summary of a newspaper report

Form Six:             Adiel for excellent work investigating the London Underground

 

ARTWORK OF THE WEEK GOES TO : 

Izzy in Form Three for outstanding effort in completing her Byzantine mosaic and two extension tasks.

DOODLE MATHS

Congratulations go to Lili Butcher who has achieved a 50-day Doodle streak! And to Form One Who have been the Top Doodlers this week!

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 27 MAY**

Best wishes,

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 13/5/22

Good afternoon CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you well.

We’ve had a busy week this week with a visit to a farm and a castle, together with a very successful 2nd hand uniform sale that was a brilliant success and we look forward to donating the money raised to UNICEF Ukraine.

Godstone Farm

The children had a wonderful trip to the farm on Tuesday. We were so impressed that everyone managed to arrive at school at 8am for an early departure. The coach journey was part of the excitement for a lot of the children! Once in Kent, they visited everything a petting farm in Springtime has to offer. Enjoying the pig race, the opportunity to stroke a range of animals, including tortoises, rabbits and they even watched some stick insects and some creepy crawlies in their habitat!

2nd Hand Uniform Sale

We raised an amazing £505 from the 2nd Hand Uniform Sale and managed to whittle down our stock to a manageable size so thank you very much to all those who came and contributed, we are very grateful for your generosity.  Once again, thank you to the fabulous parents that helped arrange this event.

Form Six Visit to Hever Castle

Our intrepid group of Form Six pupils embarked on a thrilling school trip to the centre of Kent on Thursday. Mrs Hampton joined Mr Garvey and Ms Pluskowska on the trip.  The childhood home of Anne Boleyn was the venue, with Hever Castle opening its doors to the pupils who were able to sample life in Tudor England. Henry VIII’s second wife enjoyed growing up at Hever for several years before embarking on a role as one of Katherine of Aragon’s attendants. The pupils had an array of questions to ask as they toured the eighteen rooms of the stately house. They identified pictures in the Tudor gallery, discovered the dates of a choir stool and even counted the number of cats in the Dining Hall. After an hour in the castle, they were free to enjoy the mystery of the yew tree maze, reaching the centre after making very few false turns. After lunch, the levels of excitement increased as the class raced around the Water Maze, quite possibly taking more water with them than intended. There was also a chance to explore the Tudor adventure playground before a spin around the Gift Shop. The day was completed by a country walk, including sheep, lambs, horses and nettles, before arriving back at London Bridge. “One of the best school trips” was one comment, with others admitting, “Life in Tudor England would have been very different to what we experience today.”

National Art Competition Success

We are delighted that Amni in Form Three has been shortlisted The Young Artist Summer Show at the Royal Academy, out of 21.000 entries.  We will share the link and her art work entered in the exhibition later in the summer.

Maths JMC Success

Pupils from Form Five and Form Six have received the results of the Junior Maths Challenge competition this week. The tournament involves a written test of 25 taxing questions covering areas of Maths which would frustrate the minds of most secondary school children. Many congratulations to Riddhi who came out as the ‘Best in School’ with an amazing total of 111 points and qualification for the next round of the Challenge. There were also silver medals for Estella, Hannah Z and Alexandra and bronze achievements for both Oscar and Adiel. The next round takes place in the second week of June.

Staying within the realm of maths, congratulations goes to Form Three who are currently the top Maths Doodlers!

 

JUBILEE PREPARATIONS

As part of the Jubilee Week celebrations at CHS, there is an art competition. The children are to produce a portrait of the Queen. It can be in any style, use any media and it can also depict corgis or horses or something else related to the Queen’s interests. All entries will be displayed at school in the week beginning 23rd May. Accordingly, entries need to be handed in by Monday 23rd May. CHS is allowed to send 10 entries off to be judged by the Deputy Surveyor of Paintings and the Director of Royal Collection Trust. The winning prize (there will be 12 portraits chosen) is to have their portrait on display in the Family Pavilion at Buckingham Palace between July and September this year. The winners will be invited to Buckingham Palace to see their portraits sometime in September.

 

REMINDERS

JUNIOR One Mini Beast Dress up on Tuesday 17th May

Please remember that the children are invited to come to school on Tuesday 17th May dressed as a ‘minibeast' of their choice.

 

PUPIL VOICE AND UNIFORM

Following a very successful 'Pupil’s Vote’, a close result of 29 pro to 27 con, we will have the option of all students wearing a tie to accompany the winter uniform. To this end, we have notified Perry’s to update their website to represent a gender non specific format.

Please note that children should be arriving at school in their full summer uniform - please refer to the full uniform list held at Perry’s and the CHS website.

 

THIS WEEK’S GOLD STARS GO TO:

Junior One:                       Bruno for a wonderful piece of writing about the farm trip

Form One:​                         Sofia for having a super work ethic and always showing great determination with her learning

Form Two:                         Aria for a thoughtful letter in role as a character

Form Three:                      Ivan for being an enthusiastic geographer

Form Four:                        Luca for his character study

Form Five:                         Estella for writing an engaging newspaper report

Form Six:                           Hannah Z for a superb performance in the Junior Maths Challenge

 

ARTWORK OF THE WEEK GOES TO : 

Mimi in Form Three for her fantastic Byzantine mosaic of a deer

 

Best wishes for a lovely weekend,

 

 

 

 

 

 


E-News 6/5/22

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

I hope this email finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful weather.

This week started with colourful images of Carp fish decorated throughout the school in recognition of ‘Japanese Children’s Day’.  A big thank you to Hannah M, Olympia and Mrs Moar for providing the beautiful decorations and to Mrs Desborough who encouraged our Art Clubbers to create their own Coy Carp streamers.  We were also delighted to have Mrs Moar join us as a guest speaker in our UNICEF assembly on Tuesday.

 

REMINDERS

As we are now in May, the children should be dressed in their summer uniform.  We have a second hand uniform on 10 May, please see details below, where you may find any items that have proven difficult to obtain from Perry’s.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR THE DIARY

2nd hand uniform sale on Tuesday 10 May from 8.15am

We will be holding a second hand uniform sale in the dining room on the date above.  If you do have second hand uniform, please ensure this is brought in clean on Monday 9 May so we can organise for the following morning.  Once again, we will be having an Honesty Box with the proceeds going to: https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/donate-now-to-protect-children-in-ukraine/

Godstone Farm Visit on Tuesday 10 May

Junior One, Form One and Form Two will be leaving school by 8:30am and returning to school at around 3:30pm. Please ensure that children arrive at school by 8am.

The children should wear their uniform. If it is hot then please ensure that they have their sun hats and have had sun cream with adequate protection applied before coming into school. If it is raining we will be bringing their park coats and park shoes.

The children will need to bring in a packed lunch in a labelled disposable bag with a bottle of water. Please ensure that there are NO NUTS present in any of the food as several of our children have serious nut allergies.

 

Hever Castle Visit on Thursday 12 May

Form Six will be visiting Hever Castle on Thursday 12 May, details to follow.

Jubilee Celebration on Thursday 26 May

We will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee on the above date at CHS and invite the children to arrive at school wearing either red, white and blue OR come dressed to represent a particular decade from the Queen’s reign, i.e. from the 1950's onwards.

Maths Competition Success

Hampstead in North London was the scenic venue for the first round of a national Maths competition on Thursday. A squad of four intrepid Key Stage Two Mathematicians wended their way through some of London’s leafy suburbs to pit their Maths expertise against seventeen other teams selected from a range of top London Prep Schools. The competition has been going for several decades and comprises thirty tantalising questions ranging from Algebra to Accountancy and from Fractions to the Fibonacci sequence.

Our side of Hannah Z, Alexandra, Adiel and Riddhi started the competition like an express train, getting the first ten questions correct and opening up a short lead on our hosts: UCS school. Gradually though the questions became more challenging and, with calculators strictly forbidden, the pressure began to mount. To their credit, the team remained in the top echelons of the scoreboard, finishing a creditable fifth out of eighteen and with a mammoth total of 1462 points. This points tally may be enough to see them through to the semi-finals which take place online at the end of May.

Successful ISA Creative Writing Competition

Creative Writing is the backbone of many 11+ tests and features highly within each year group’s daily English lesson. Having an inquiring mind, selecting challenging vocabulary and being able to use descriptive techniques are all skills that pupils need to accumulate.

In the middle of March several pupils from Form Six entered the ISA’s national Creative Writing competition. This was open to pupils from both Primary and Secondary schools in the ISA network. Pupils were judged in their respective age groups. For Form Six, the challenge included writing an original imaginative essay using guidance given by the ISA's English department. After several weeks of deliberations, Amara from Form Six was awarded second place in her category, a phenomenal achievement in a national competition.

Amara's story was called Mysterious Matilda and can be read on the ISA website at: https://www.isaschools.org.uk/arts/creative-writing/essay

One of the ISA judges said of Amara’s essay: 'I was particularly impressed by how Amara’s varied style sustains interest. A wide variety of sentence types are used confidently to create the narrative.'

What an outstanding achievement!

 

THIS WEEK’S GOLD STARS GO TO:

Junior One: Niko this week for trying really hard to apply his phonics knowledge to his written work!

Form One:  Michael for always trying hard, being polite and showing great team work!

Form Two: Allegra for her creative drawing of the 'storm sound’ words!

Form Three: ​Ethan for an excellent spelling in his story!

Form Four: Tao for her amazing badminton skills!

Form Five: Hannah M. for carefully drawn graphs and analysis in Science!

Form Six: Amara for her award winning ISA Creative Writing essay!

Have a wonderful sunny weekend,


E-News 29/4/22

Good afternoon CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you all well.

 

Marriott Hotel Visit 

All of our children from Junior One to Form Two enjoyed a fabulous afternoon at the Marriott Hotel where they donned aprons and chef’s hats and were supported by chefs from the Marriott in a wonderful Spring Workshop, making chocolate and decorations.

 

Dance Club

The launch of the after school dance club was successful on Thursday, with a handful of Key Stage One pupils enjoying this creative club.  Unfortunately, we have not had any Key Stage Two pupils sign up yet, but hope to fill these spaces

 

General Knowledge Quiz Club

General Knowledge has taken centre stage this week for many of the Senior pupils. Friday morning saw four of them compete in the semi-finals of the national Quiz Club tournament, with 61 schools facing each other over thirty spectacularly difficult questions. The brain teasers varied from: recognising Benedict Cumberbatch to knowing the name of the only gliding dinosaur and identifying which monarch was on the British throne at the start of the American Civil War. Mimi from Form Three, Luca from Form Four, Riddhi from Form Five and Alexandra (captain) from Form Six made up this enterprising team. Points were awarded from twenty for easier ones such as, how many of the seven dwarfs have beards? Up to one hundred for the more challenging, e.g., pinpointing Yemen on a map.

The team performed heroically coming 29th out of the 61 teams. Sadly their total wasn’t enough to make it through to the final, but at least they now know that Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes, that Chromium’s chemical symbol is Cr and that an element’s atomic mass is determined by the number of protons in its atom. Well done to this brilliant team!

 

School General Knowledge Quiz

All of our pupils in Key Stage Two participated in our annual General Knowledge Quiz this afternoon. Results will be shared in next week’s CHS E: News, and the trophy presented at the end of this term.

Congratulations goes to Emma in Form Four who has achieved a 500-day streak in DoodleMaths!

 

ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

This week, Artwork of the Week goes to Hannah Z in Form Six for her wonderful floral embroidery

STARS OF THE WEEK

 

Junior One: Ari for good individual work

Form One: Alexander for super vocabulary!

Form Two: Nayel for amazing coding

Form Three: Amni for always being friendly and sensible

Form Four: Ella and Percy for educating F4​

Form Five : Olimpia for being helpful and kind

Form Six: Alexandra for her enterprising role as the school's Quiz Club Captain

 

Reminders

We will be collecting clothes for the 2nd hand uniform sale on Monday 9 May with all proceeds from the honesty box will go to UNICEF.  

Please remember it is a bank holiday weekend this weekend and we will see the children back in school on Tuesday 3 May. 

 

Have a lovely long weekend,

 


E-News 22/4/2022

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

It was wonderful to welcome the children back to Connaught House after the Easter break. We have heard stories of adventurous Easter egg hunts at castles and the children seemed delighted at all the chocolate they managed to eat!

 

NEXT WEEK

The Key Stage One children will be taking part in one of our local Spring Workshop at the Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, on 27 April between 2-3pm.  This is all part of the Marble Arch Community Partnership Programme that Connaught House School is proud to be part of and follows on from our successful Christmas Card collaboration with the Penfold Community Hub.

 

REMINDER

Please be reminded of the new after school Dance Class offered at CHS.  The Dance Club will take place on Thursday afternoons, starting on Thursday, 28 April.  Alyssia, Principal & Owner of Alyssia Fleur School of Dance, plans to teach two groups at 3.40pm to 4.15pm (Junior One, Form One & Form Two) and at 4.30pm to 5.15pm (Form Three, Form Four, Form Five and Form Six).  Please do notify us ASAP if you are interested in enrolling your child.

 

Form to complete 

Last summer our CHS  parents were involved in consultations relating to the statutory updates to the PSHE (Personal Social Health and Economic) curriculum and  RSE (Relationships and Sex Education).  To follow up on your helpful input, please access the link below and complete the questionnaire.  Your feedback and partnership in this key subject is most helpful.  It should not take more than a few minutes to complete.

Please make sure you complete the correct form for your child.

 

Form to complete for Form One, Form Two and Form Three parents only:

https://forms.gle/k4C3acHSJJzFhAo39

Form to complete for Form Four, Form Five and Form Six parents only:

https://forms.gle/yjWCK6aB2TJSAF1v5

 

If you have already completed the above forms, thank you.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 30/3/2022

Dear Parents

 

What a whirlwind on which to end what has been a superb Spring Term!

 

Our Science Week, led by Mrs Rogers, included a fabulous Silly Science Workshop (held at the Sylvia Young Theatre School) where our children had the opportunity to participate in a number of experiments.  This was followed by our dress up in STEM costumes.  I was so impressed to see the variety of famous inventors, explorers, scientists, palaeontologists, buildings and even the odd virus that presented themselves for school on Tuesday morning!  The day continued with STEM based activities in all the classrooms and culminated in a whole school assembly where a selection of children received certificates and presented some of their work.

 

Congratulations to:

Margaret - Junior One

Michael - Form One

James - Form Two

Alma - Form Three

Christina - Form Three

Olimpia - Form Five

Amara - Form Six

and

Margaret - Junior One (3 to 5 years)

Poppy - Junior One (3 to 5 years)

Sofia - Form One (5 to 8 years)

Darcy - Form Three (5 to 8 years)

Estella - Form Five (8 to 11 years)

Amara - Form Six (8 to 11 years)

who were chosen within their categories as CHS winners of the Science Poster Competition.  It was a tough decision to choose between each piece of work as so much dedication and thought had gone into producing such clever posters.  Special mention to Monty who created a fine poster on the growth of stalagmites, Ethan who had a clever idea on the growth of the air travel industry and Jeremy who followed the development of the human brain.  There were just too many to choose from.

The Easter Bunny visited Connaught Square Gardens today, hiding the children’s beautifully made Easter egg pictures.  The lack of chocolate certainly did not deter the children from having a genuinely happy egg hunt in the gardens.

 

Competition News

Children from Forms 5 & 6 competed in the UK Linguistics Olympiad and special mention goes to Riddhi in Form 5 who has progressed onto the next round.

We are also incredibly impressed with our CHS Debating Team who headed off to Queen’s Gate School and gave an impressive performance winning each of their debates and coming in at a creditable fourth place out of 22 schools.  Well done!

More praise goes to our General Knowledge Team comprising of Mimi, Luca, Riddhi and Alexandra who participated in a National online challenge against 170+ other primary schools achieving an outstanding 6th place overall.  They have been invited back to the second round next term.

Attached, you will find our annual CHS General Knowledge Quiz.  These 25 questions form half of the overall Quiz.  The full 50 questions will be given to all pupils from Form 3 and up on their return in the Summer Term.  Please do encourage your children to research the topics to enable them to answer the questions.  The remaining unseen questions normally determine the overall winner of the General Knowledge Trophy.  The questionnaire will also be linked on Google Classrooms for the participating Forms.

Congratulations to Estella and Aurelia who both competed in the Richmond Music Festival in their respective age groups.  Estella won 1st prize for the under 11s solo performance playing Air Varie No:2 by Charles Dancla.  To match her older sister, Aurelia received 1st prize for music versatility performing flute and violin solo on Concerto No:1 by Accolay.

 

Next Term

We are excited to be adding to our after school clubs with a Dance Club on Thursday afternoons, starting on 28 April.  Principal & Owner of Alyssia Fleur School of Dance plans to teach two groups at 3.40pm to 4.15pm (Junior One, Form One & Form Two) and at 4.30pm to 5.15pm (Form Three and up).  Please do notify us if you are interested in enrolling your child.

As many may have noticed, our lovely Ms Evans is expecting a baby towards the end of the summer term.  Stepping into her place as Form Two teacher for the final few weeks is our own Mrs Desborough who is not only a wonderful art teacher but also a highly experienced Key Stage 1 teacher.

Continuing with baby news, Ms Antolini Lemos recently had a healthy little girl expanding her family to 4.  Congratulations!

We are looking forward to Ms McLatchie returning after her maternity leave to continue with violin lessons.

Please do notify Dr Ashworth if you are interested in taking up any private music lessons.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy Spring holiday and we look forward to welcoming our children back in school on Wednesday, 20 April 2022.  *Please remember that Form One will need their swimming gear in school on Friday, 22 April 2022*

 

Best wishes.

 

CHS Team


E-News 25/3/2022

Dear CHS Parents

 

I hope that you agree, this morning’s Open Day was a huge success.  We had a full house of pupils touring their parents through the school, coupled with the smell of Donata’s baking, and Dr Ashworth’s piano playing drifting through the building, this all made for a wonderful experience for the children.

Mrs Hampton was delighted that such a large number of pupils from Forms Five and Six volunteered to return to school in the afternoon to act as CHS ambassadors by touring prospective parents around the school.  All the parents found the children to be totally charming and very polite.

 

COMPETITION NEWS

The art of debating is one which spans the generations and which all pupils should be encouraged to delve into whether at home or at school. It was with this in mind that a team of bright and enthusiastic Form Six students travelled to Queen’s Gate School in Kensington this Thursday for a prestigious debating competition for 10 and 11 year olds.

The side was led by Adiel alongside Alexandra and Hannah. They were up against twenty-one other teams in a two hour debating spree which covered three main topics.  This house believes that Disney characters offer bad role models for children.  This House believes that Theatre, Music and Dance lessons should be taken off the main school curriculum and become optional clubs.  This house believes that it is better to give than to receive.

Our three protagonists were pitched against other schools and were told whether they were to be proposing or opposing the motions. They offered definition of terms, rebuttals and points of information.

Amazingly, the team won each of its debates and were commended by the organisers for their proficiency and confident delivery. Due to the subjective nature of the voting, we were placed fourth overall, but with every intention of entering more similar competitions in the future and hopefully inspiring other pupils to take up the fine and noble art of debating.

MUSIC AWARDS

I would like to share some good news regarding the Richmond music festival which took place last weekend.   Estella (Form Five) and Aurelia (Form Four) both competed 2 classes on the string day,  both girls received 1st prize as well as trophies.  Estella received 1st prize for under 11 years old string solo performance, playing a violin solo, and Aurelia received 1st prize for music versatility class where she performed a flute and violin solo.

REMINDERS FOR NEXT WEEK

SCIENCE WEEK

Next week is Science Week at CHS and the children may dress up in any way linked to STEM  (Science, technology or maths) on Tuesday 29th March.

Please note, on Wednesday 30 March, the last day of term, CHS will finish at:

  • 12.15pm for the Junior One and Form One children
  • 12.20pm for Form Two and Form Three
  • 12.30pm for Form Four, Form Five and Form Six children

 

We wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday and hope you have a restful weekend,

 

Best wishes

 

 


E-News 18/3/2022

Dear CHS Parents

 

We hope this email finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful weather we are blessed with at the moment.

Last week started with a posy making workshop with the Junior One and Form One classes. The children created absolutely beautiful flower arrangements.  We were so impressed with the variety of colours and the enthusiasm these little ones showed!

 

REMINDERS

Friday 25 March - Open Morning - Please book your time slot if you have not already done so.

 

GOLD STARS go to:

Junior One: Konstantin for being very helpful in class!

Form One: Sofia for amazing accuracy in mathematics

Form Two: Toshin for amazing French!

Form Three: Izzy for telling the time so well

Form Four: Luca for great effort with his water cycle explanation

Form Five: Riddhi for excellent comprehension work

Form Six: Ibrahim for an exemplary effort to learn the 16 times tables

Wishing you a happy weekend.