E-News 26th November 2021

Dear CHS Parents

What a busy week it’s been here at Connaught House!

Roman Day

We started the week with the arrival of the Form Three centurions.  The whole of Form Three made so much effort, arriving at school in full Roman dress and then spent the day discovering more about Roman life in conjunction with their current history project.

 

Daunt Books

Daunt Books provided a brilliant book fair on Monday for all the children and parents to peruse and buy some lovely early Christmas presents and bedtime reads.

 

Mrs Hampton’s Coffee Morning

Mrs Hampton was delighted to see so many parents participate in her final virtual coffee morning of the year.  Mrs Antonlini-Lemos had prepared a super presentation followed by a number of thoughtful questions on multilingualism.

 

Christmas Carols last night

Our Senior Choir entertained the local crowd with an open air musical performance at the Connaught Village Christmas Fair.   It was a magical event, and lots of our past pupils came along to take part in the experience. Despite the cold, spirits were high and a big thank you to Mrs London who provided the children with donuts afterwards which they thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Dr Lorraine Walker

Dr Walker returned to meet the Form Six children again for a further session on mental health and wellbeing.  Once again, she commented on their thoughtful comments and she was struck by the support they offered each other.

 

House Competition Swimming

During the senior's swimming lesson today, they were involved in a series of races organised by Kensington Leisure Centre.  In a thrilling backstroke competition, the leads changed hands several times, but Sussex finally triumphed by 8 wins to 6.  There were great swims from Estella, Aurelia, Ella and Alexander.

There will be more races to anticipate in the final week of swimming next Friday where the parents have also been invited to the Open Swim.

 

Performances

We have Open Dance next week on Tuesday at Sylvia Young.  Form Three have prepared a routine and are looking forward to sharing their final dance lesson with their parents.

 

Nasal Flu Spray

The children will be having their nasal flu vaccination on Monday 29 November.  Thank you for being so proactive in returning the forms.

 

Gold Stars    

Junior One: Klara for trying her best in every activity

Form One: Rio for being kind and helpful to his friends and teachers

Form Two: Emeer for making good choices and always doing the right thing

Form Three: Monty for writing an amazing potion

Form Four: Meera for doing extra maths homework to improve her understanding

Form Five: Alexander for excellent progress in Maths

Form Six:  Hannah Z for superb Vector drawings of a cat in IT

 

 

Art Work 

Art work of the week goes to Lily in Form Three for her phenomenal William Morris style tiles.

 

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to our American families!

 

Wishing you a cosy weekend,

Best wishes,

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 19/11/21

Dear CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you all well.  We have had a wonderful week with tours, matches and plethora of gold stars and certificates awarded.

Congratulations to Hannah Z and Katherine who both received certificates during assembly.  Hannah was awarded a certificate for an impressive thousand day streak on Doodle Maths and Katherine achieved her silver chess certificate.

KPS Tour 

Mrs Hampton has received praise from her colleagues at Kensington Park School from the group tour on Wednesday.  Ms Lovett, Head of Admissions said, ‘I can honestly say it was probably my favourite open evening!  The children were absolutely lovely and are a credit to their parents and indeed, CHS.  I hope to see many of them come through and join us in the coming years.’  

Football Match

Our senior CHS team acquitted themselves superbly on Thursday morning in a fixture against Halcyon Senior School. The end result was 3 - 0 to the opposition. However, the final score was never important in this match with the focus firmly on the performance and if our young champions could rise to the challenge playing against older students which they surely did.

Mr Taiwo was proud of his football team.

 

Food bank for Marylebone Women’s Refuge

We were happily overwhelmed this week with the volume of dried food and toiletries donated towards this worthwhile local charity.  Ms Arthur and Ms Stock have arranged delivery this afternoon to the charity site with many thanks to you all.

 

Daunt Books

The Daunt Book sale will take place on Monday 22 November from 8.30am in the dining room.  Bearing in mind social distancing, parent’s entrance will be via the outdoor stairs directly into the basement.  Parents visiting the fair are kindly asked to wear a face covering whilst in the building.  During the day the children will be escorted in their forms to the book fair.  Please bear in mind that the average cost of a book will be roughly £8, and whilst the children should bring in cash, there will card payment facilities if you wish to pay by card.

 

Roman Day for Form Three

We are looking forward to welcoming our Form Three Romans on Monday 22 November.  This event is becoming a tradition in the Autumn Term as the children sum up their history topic.

Coffee morning with Mrs Hampton

Mrs Hampton will be hosting the last coffee morning of 2021 on Thursday, November 25th at 10am.  She will be joined by Mrs Antolini Lemos, our English as an Additional Language support, to discuss the hurdles that our young multi lingual speakers face and strategies to support them.

Christmas lights 

We are delighted that once again, our Senior Choir has been invited to sing for the community.   They will be situated underneath the ‘Love, Actually’ tree on Kendal Street from 4.30pm.  We welcome pupils and parents to join in this festive event.  Invitation is at the bottom of this email.

Christmas Concert DVD and USB order

This year’s Christmas Concert is on the last day of term, 10 December, at 11am at St Johns Church, Hyde Park.  We are so pleased that our parents and guests will be able to enjoy this event with us once again.  Due to continued Covid risk management,  we will ask parents to remain in their seats during the whole performance and not to leave their place to photograph or film the event. Mrs Hampton has organised for a professional videographer from 2020 TV to record the performance.

Gold Stars    

Junior One: Luca for always been a kind friend

Form One: Luca W for brilliant character description

Form Two: Aria for clear and confident story telling

Form Three: Alma for enthusiastic problem solving

Form Four: Eleanor for great sequencing and interpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry

Form Five: Olimpia for creating an informative and attractive mountain leaflet

Form Six:  Adiel for using amazing powerful verbs in her creative writing

Art work of the week

Alexandra in Form Six Cross hatching in the style of Morandi

House Points

Clifton: 1475

Sussex: 1387

We would finally like to finish this email by wishing our Form Six children, who are embarking on their 11+ entrance exams next week, the very best of luck.

Best wishes

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 12/11/21

Dear CHS Parents

We hope this E: News finds you all well.

The whole school marked Armistice Day on Thursday by observing a 2-minute silence at 11am.  The children were made aware, gently, of the essence of the day and the importance of respect and honour.  Our Junior Classes created a beautiful poppy wreath to adorn our front door, which I’m sure many of you saw.

World Kindness Day is on 13th November and in recognition of the amazing work that our assistants perform throughout the school, we would like to salute them for the extra roles that many of our assistants have taken on.  Ms Pluskowska, who is now in her 13th year at Connaught House,  has taken on an additional role as our Occupational Therapy Coordinator and will be communicating with families who have these one to one sessions.  Likewise, Ms Doyle, who has an MSC in Child Psychology, is developing her role within our SEN support team, and has taken on the lead as Speech and Language Coordinator.   Following on from the extraordinary circumstances that Covid has presented, we have appreciated the support that all our staff continue to offer through both their experiences and qualifications that have supported the children in their return to normality.

Dr Lorraine Walker visited Form Six as part of their preparation ahead of the 11+ exams.  This proved to be very helpful and reinforced how important resilience and strategies are to work towards a positive attitude.

**CHANGE OF DATE FOR DAUNT BOOK FAIR**

DAUNT BOOKS WILL NOW BE IN ON MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER instead of FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER.

All Parents are invited to drop in to CHS with their child (in the dining room) on Monday 22 November,  either at drop off or collection times, where they can bring their child to peruse and purchase some exciting books.  All the children will be visiting the fair during the course of the day and the will have the opportunity to purchase books at this point as well.  Additional information will follow in next week’s E: news.

Maths Competition Success – Form Six

Form Six has had the pleasure of competing in the latest Sumdog Maths competition this week – with outstanding success.  Hannah Z scored a momentous 99% answering 996 questions correct out of a possible one thousand. Alexandra and Adiel also secured places among the top fifty students.

The pupils had to answer quickfire questions using a variety of different Maths games which are placed on the Sumdog site. The Form Six class were competing against 470 schools and almost 1500 other classes from around England whose students were also immersed in attempting to answer as many questions correctly as possible.

And Form Six were the winners! – a heroic and unprecedented achievement for the class.

Well done to Alexandra, Hannah, Adiel, Ibrahim, Amara, Oscar, Katherine and Amira who all played their part in such an amazing outcome. This week, the class has also been taking part in the Junior Maths Challenge.  Several of them will also be competing in the UK Bebras Maths tournament next week.

Gold Stars awarded to:

Junior One: Konstantin for being a fantastic team player

Form One : Sami for super mathematical reasoning

Form Two: Maxine for being a kind friend towards the younger pupils at school

Form Three: Amni for excellent multiplication work

Form Four: Emma for scoring 100% in her science test

Form Five: Estella for 100% effort in creative writing

Form Six: All the class for winning the national sundog maths competition

Inspired by James Sellick’s visit last week to talk his about his book 'There’s a rang-tan in My Bedroom’, Maxim, from Form Two, created a beautiful letter and we look forward to hearing back from Grant Reid, the CEO of Mars

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes,

The CHS Team


E-News 5th November 2021

Dear Parents

 

Very best wishes to all our families celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Light!  This week began with an amazing dance performance - a classical Indian Kuchi Pudi dance - in celebration of the festival by Riddhi in Form Five.  A wonderful opportunity for this very talented young lady to share her dance amongst friends ahead of performing at the South Bank Centre shortly. We wish Riddhi all the very best.

This was followed on Wednesday by a visit from James Sellick, the children’s author, playwright and Greenpeace representative.  His book There’s a Rang-Tan in my bedroom was inscribed and given to each pupil who were delighted and inspired in terms of literacy but, most importantly, in line with COP26, our children were encouraged to think about their environment.  We expect that the contents of many kitchen cupboards were inspected for palm oil containing products as a result!

This week in Form Five's classroom, the children scaled mountains! Using a surprising mix of ingredients they made mountains, mimicking the five different formations. This involved grappling with chocolate icing, inflating balloons and shifting sand with water. While the resulting mountains may not have resembled the real mountains exactly, the children can now explain how each mountain type is formed. Better still, it was great fun!

Congratulations

Congratulations go to Aurelia in Form Four and Estella in Form Five who have both recently passed their ABRSM piano Grades 5 and 6 respectively, with distinction.  We are hoping they will agree to play for us early next term at our Tea Time Concert.

In addition, congratulations are due to the pupils in Forms Two and Five who were selected for the young writers poetry competition.  The children were delighted with their certificates and we look forward to seeing their poems in print in early January.

House Cup totals so far this term are 1,295 to Clifton and 1,201 to Sussex.  Clifton are in the lead so come on Sussex!

We have a new display in the hallway celebrating individual pupils each week.  The children who have been awarded a gold star on the WOW BOARD this week are:

J1 - Ari - for participating fully in the Hindu story of Rama & Sita

F1 - Alexander - for excellent knowledge and work in Geography

F2 - Maxim - for all round helpfulness

F3 - Mimi - for passing, with distinction, her ABRSM Grade 4 violin

F4 - Christina - for being consistently conscientious

F5 - Iqbal - for excellent work in comprehension

F6 - Katherine - for a superb maths test score

Well done children - keep up the good work!

 

Upcoming Events

We will be marking Armistice Day on Thursday, 11 November at 11am with two minute silence throughout the school.

Our annual food drive for the Marylebone Project will begin on 15 November.  Parents are invited to donate non-perishable goods (food and toiletries) for this very worthy local cause.

Forms Four and Five are invited to visit Kensington Park School, along with parents, for a private CHS tour on 17 November.  Doors opening at 5.15pm at 40-44 Bark Place, W2 4AT.

On 22 November our Form Three children will be coming into school ready to Veni Vidi Vici in support of their history topic on the Romans.

The senior choir (Forms Four/Five/Six) have been invited to sing at the Connaught Village ceremony switching on the Christmas Lights on Thursday, 25 November.  We hope that many of our current and former CHS community will be there to support the choir.

Our traditional Daunt Book Fair will be resuming this year with a visit on Friday, 26 November.  As in previous years, the children will be taken down to the Dining Room to the Fair as a class and any pocket money purchases ahead of Christmas will be very much appreciated by your children no doubt.  The Fair will continue for an hour after school and parents are invited to arrive either before or at collection to head down to the Dining Room to make the most of this wonderful literary fair.

Nasal Flu Vaccinations will take place on 29 November.

In closing, a final request to please ensure that your child has their fleece lining to their park coats on Monday morning as the weather is becoming seasonally cold.

 

Wishing you a happy and safe Bonfire Night!

 

THE CHS Team


World Mental Health Art Competition Winners


E-News 29th October 2021

Dear CHS Parents

I hope this email finds you all well and healthy.

The children have settled in positively after the half term break and lots of them are looking forward to their spooky weekends!

Form Three welcomed a new student teacher to their class this week.  Mrs McDonald, who is currently a teaching assistant at St John’s Pre-Prep,  will be with us for the rest of this term.  Sadly, we will be shortly sending a fond farewell to Ms Knox who will be leaving at the end of next week to continue on her gap year.

We were delighted to welcome back former CHS pupils from our 2020 and 2021 Form Six classes.  The children met up in school and joined our Seniors in the park for a session with Mr Taiwo, before returning to the building to give our current Year Six some feedback on what to expect in the coming months.  Audrey, Petra, Jeanine, Harry, Teresa, Orlando, Maya and Harriet offered some great coaching advice from their experiences at City of London, Alleyn's, St Pauls, Wetherby and Kensington Park School, that we are sure will be of use to the Form Six’s at this point.

Congratulations to Mimi in Form Three who recently received a distinction in her RCM Violin Grade Four exam, we are looking forward to hearing Mimi play at our Christmas concert.

UNICEF

Following the UNICEF assembly that was lead by Ms Duffy on Tuesday, I am attaching news regarding our recently formed connection with UNICEF and our ambition to reach our silver award.

 

ART 

We are looking forward to seeing the finalist's work in our recent Mental Health and Wellbeing art competition, which will be displayed at a pop up Art Gallery based at 14 Porchester Place.  We have been assured by ’The Sisters London’, that our children’s work will be in their window towards the end of next week.

 

Christmas card forms will go out with all the CHS children in their bags today, please complete and return by next Thursday at the very latest to make sure your children’s cards will be processed and ready in time for Christmas.

 

AUTHOR VISIT

We are very excited to welcome the author, James Sellick, on Wednesday, 3 November, who will be coming into school to present his book 'There’s a Rang-Tan in my bedroom' on deforestation and palm oil.   He will be signing his books which each child will take home with them at the end of the day.   We have asked our seniors  to do a little research about the work that Greenpeace are doing in connection with deforestation and to prepare any questions for the author on Wednesday, please see the following link for your information: https://jamessellick.com/rang-tan

 

REQUESTS

Whilst the weather has been unseasonably warm, the school is cool because we remain vigilant in airing the building.  Our windows throughout the building are open and children coming into school without a vest and their school jumper are getting cold during the day.  Therefore, please make sure they are dressed warmly, wearing a vest and bringing in their jumpers or cardigans.

The school is focusing on our pupil’s behaviour at collection and it will help us if parents and carers can prevent any younger siblings from calling attention to older brothers and sisters.  We would also ask parents and carers, together with younger children, not to sit on the front steps.

 

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Food Drive - Ms Arthur has once again agree to arrange the Food Drive for Westminster Food Bank.  We will be inviting children to bring non perishable goods between Monday 15 November to Friday 19 November.  A list of recommended goods will be shared on Friday 12 November. 

 

Coffee Morning - Mrs Hampton has had to change the date of her next coffee morning, from 18 November to 25 November.  Invitations with the link to the virtual meeting will be sent shortly before this date.

 

Flu vaccination - Information regarding the nasal flu vaccination, together with the consent form, will be sent out next week, but we can confirm that this service will be administered on Monday, 29 November.  

 

For Your Information Only

Colliers Property contacted us apologising for any disruption caused by works currently being undertaken by G Network along Connaught Street.  There will be a second phase of these works on Connaught Street between Porchester Place and Portsea Place, which will run from 25 October until 3 November.

 

Best wishes for a lovely weekend,

 

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 15.10.21

Dear Parents

We certainly ended the first half of this Autumn Term with a busy and fun filled week, full of adventure and positive work from the children.

School Trip 

Our Form One had a super trip to the Science Museum on Wednesday, followed by an intergalactic space day at school. Fabulous costumes and fun activities had the children immersed and enthused all day. Miss Moreno and Mrs Rogers have shared pictures of the Space week with the class via the Form One Google classroom

Online Author Event

On Wednesday 13th October, Form Five took part in a virtual author event. The talk was led by Joseph Coelho, who is an award- winning children’s author, performance poet and playwright. He inspired the Form Five’s to write their own poems and think about how they could become writers too!

 

Virtual Coffee Morning

Mrs Hampton was delighted to welcome Ms Stock and her guests Dr Peter Parnes and Dr Lorraine Walker, both clinical psychologists, to her virtual coffee morning on Thursday. As always, the conversation was flowing and interesting topics were discussed about our children’s mental health and wellbeing following the disruptions of the pandemic. Parents can contact Dr Peter Parnes and Dr Lorraine Walker at Psychology4 via email: office@psychology4.com​.

 

Competition 

This week, our pupils in Forms Two and Five took part in the Youngwriters Poetry competition to celebrate World Poetry Day on October 7th. We were impressed with all the children’s efforts and end this E-news with two beautiful poems written by Mariam in Form Two and Riddhi in Form Five.

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy half term.

 

CHS Team

 

Autumn Season 

By Mariam F2

 

I can see autumn leaves falling down around the autumn breeze.

I can hear shiny conkers bumping down the trees, they make a clanging noise while they bump down.

I can feel the wind blowing in my face, it makes a woooooing noise that I love very much.

I can smell lovely spicy gingerbread cooking in the oven that makes wonderful smell.

I can taste orange pumpkin that I love very much.

 

This is who I am 

By Riddhi F5

 

A little girl, with warm eyes and yet a cold glare,

Olive skin and midnight hair.

An upturned nose and raised chin,

Never to be described as dim,

I am that little girl with no care.


Notes from Mental Health & Wellbeing Coffee Morning

Dear Parents,

Mrs Hampton was delighted to welcome parents from across the school to her coffee morning on Thursday and would like to share the notes taken from the session with you.

Guest speakers, Dr Parnes and Dr Walker discussed adults having many years of experience of living in 'normal' times, but sadly for young children, the 'pandemic' years are forming a significant part of their childhood. Not surprisingly, the number of children and adults experiencing heightened levels of anxiety has risen dramatically.  For many, it is proving difficult to 'dial back down again'.  Dr Walker stressed the need for parents to take care of their own mental health, to enable them to create a 'calm' response at home.

From our questions and answers session we found that in the Early Years classes, many children found sharing more tricky and in the upper school, particularly Form Six, pupils have not had little time to settle back into school, before being asked to focus on 11+ exam preparation. Dr Parnes explained that by just being available for children to talk to and feel that their concerns could be heard by their parents, was of huge benefit.

A parent raised the interesting point, that during the pandemic we encouraged our children to be 'on line' nearly all day and now we are having to take back the devices and limit screen time.  Dr Walker suggested it might be helpful to frame such discussions in terms of 'differences' - different responses are required at different times.

Miss Stock asked when and how parents should seek support when they have a a concern about their child's mental health.  Dr Parnes said that parents just know when something is not right and that talking to their child's teacher was a good first step. Teachers can work together with parents to solve and sort most concerns.  However, persistent patterns of behaviour that are of concern and not serving a child well, can benefit from support and guidance. A few supportive session or even a one-off chat with a professional mental health practitioner can avoid small issues becoming big issues.

Dr Peter Parnes and Dr Lorraine Walker can both be contacted at Psychology4 via email: office@psychology4.com

We hope you found these notes helpful and look forward to welcoming you to our the next coffee morning on Thursday 18th November.

With best wishes,

 

The CHS Team

 


Match Report 8th October by Hugo in Form Five

Connaught House school vs Princess Gardens.

40 minute game - 20 minute half

We started off well defending but  Princess Gardens found  some opportunities to go through the gaps of the defence. During the first five minutes, they found a chance to score but we carried on trying going on towards the second. There were a few really good saves by Ibrahim. At the end of the first twenty minutes, Princess Gardens scored a second goal so we all knew that we had to improve in the second half. Princess Gardens gave away the ball therefore putting Luca on the counter attack - they kicked the ball away making it a corner. Jeremy kicked the ball in and Luca SCORED!!!!

Second Half

We made a few changes to get everyone in different positions to mix things up a bit. We changed goalkeepers from Ibrahim to Hugo at the start. We started off really well making our way into a few counter attacks. Suddenly GOOOOOAAAL! Oscar (Form 6) scored a cracker in from the back post. Half way through the second half we had an equal amount of possession in both halves leaving it 2-2. The last kick of the game was a good one for us because Al got a good couple of shots and so did both Oscars.

The final result was 2-2.


E-News 8th October 2021

Dear CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you all well.

We had a brilliant first football match of the season on Thursday with the Senior Football  team taking on Prince’s Garden Prep School.  The match was evenly fought with a draw of two-all, with man of the match voted as Hugo from Form Five, who was outstanding on the field and spectacular in goal.

Congratulations to Mr Taiwo for running the London Marathon and successfully completing this amazing feat!

We participated in a fantastic Art competition, organised by Sister London, as part of Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day, which was judged this afternoon.  The judges were very impressed with the amazing talent and thoughtful slogans that the children came up with.  Class winner’s work will be exhibited locally in Connaught Village and our overall winner, Hannah from Form Five, will be able to see her winning artwork transformed into a tote bag that will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to a local charity.  Details of the exhibition will be shared nearer the time.

Congratulations to:

  • Junior One - Clara
  • Form One - Alexander
  • Form Two - Andreas
  • Form Three - Charlie
  • Form Four - Meera
  • Form Five - Hannah M
  • Form Six - Katherine

The above artwork will be exhibited at Mrs Hampton’s virtual coffee morning and on the CHS website.

Further congratulations to former Form Six pupils who received certificates form the Royal Park’s ‘Urban Tree Festival 2021 School Challenge’.  These certificates were for ‘Outstanding submissions ‘ where the children created informative posters describing the elder tree.

Form One will be taking a trip to the Science Museum on Wednesday 13th October, followed by a ‘Space’ themed fancy dress up day on Thursday 14 October.  This has always been a wonderful opportunity for the children to get creative and have fun amongst a galactic like classroom.

Mrs Hampton is hoping to see some friendly faces at our virtual coffee morning on Thursday, 14th October at 10am, where the focus will be on Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Invitation and link will be sent out on Monday.

The teachers look forward to seeing you all next week for Parent’s  Meetings.

 

REMINDERS

Please remember to notify any absences or appointments to secretary@connaughthouseschool.co.uk

There will be no Drama, Art or Enrichment Club next week due to the Parent’s Evenings.   Therefore, collection will be at normal time.

The last day of this half term for the children is on Thursday 14 October, as it is an INSET day on Friday for staff ahead of half term.

Best wishes

THE CHS TEAM