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.


E-News 11/3/2022

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

This week kicked off with adrenaline pumping through the Form Three and Form Four football team as they played Hampden Gurney.  Mr Taiwo has commented:

 

‘Despite not winning this time, our football team managed to score 3 fantastic goals. Our goals came from Luca and Charlie.  We may have lost the match however we definitely WON when it came to commitment on the pitch, putting into practice tactics we have worked on in training and representing CHS with pride. Your boys and girls should be very proud of themselves. 

 

Special mention to the captain for the day Christina who fought tirelessly on the pitch and bossed the game from the middle of the field, Ivan who made some tremendous saves, the 2 goal hero Luca and Charlie who was voted player of the match by his peers.'

 

Maths Update Friday 11 March 2022

This past week has seen Form Six engrossed in the latest Sumdog Maths extravaganza. This online competition was open to schools in the borough with students answering a swathe of Maths questions during seven days of exciting challenges. For the fourth time this academic year, Form Six has ended up as Champions. A scintillating team performance from all eight students. A huge well done to Adiel who topped the leader board with 991 points, ahead of Ibrahim and Hannah. There are many more competitions on the way for this brilliant team of Mathematicians.

Meanwhile, two other incredible Mathematicians have soared to new heights in a recent national tournament. Having top scored for the school in this year’s Primary Maths Challenge, Alexandra (Form Six) and Riddhi (Form Five) were fast-tracked into the prestigious bonus round for their age group. This entailed a brain-baffling series of problem solving puzzles to compute online, alongside a few hundred of the top Maths geniuses around the UK. When the final scores came in Riddhi scored a fabulous 19 out of 25 and Alexandra just one ahead with twenty – or 80%. The competition organisers have demarked a total of either 19 or 20 as a silver medal standard. Both of these superb pupils will be receiving their certificates and other competition prizes in due course. Well done on what is an astonishing achievement.

Poetry Recital

Wow, what an amazing afternoon of poetry recitals!  All the children across the school delivered the most wonderful verses, from Spike Milligan to Benjamin Zephaniah.  We were both moved and entertained with the variety and content of the poetry chosen by our senior pupils.

On this note, we would also like to congratulate Riddhi from Form Five who has been awarded a Distinction at LAMDA in Speaking Verse and Prose Grade 3.  Well done Riddhi!

 

Next week

We are very much looking forward to having a Posy making workshop on Tuesday for the Junior One children and I’m sure parents will witness their beautiful work at the end of the day.

 

Open Morning - 25 March 8.30am-11.30am

We are delighted that the restrictions around Covid have now been lifted and we are able to host our annual Open Morning at CHS.  Being mindful that a number of our families have not yet experienced this super event, we would like to explain its purpose and what to expect:

The objective of this day is for the children to take ownership of showing you their work.  They will be your tour guides on this morning and they will be taking you around the school to future classes and to meet new teachers.  The opportunity of joining in a chorus or singing a solo with Dr Ashworth in the basement is rarely missed and our Open Days are never complete without sending you off with a cake or something delicious.  Please expect to be with your child in school and anticipate that the visit will take roughly an hour.  Children will remain the responsibility of their parents during this Open Morning and may leave once the visit has been completed.  Ordinarily we would not have timed entry for Open Morning.  However, as we continue to have cases of Covid 19 within our school community, we have elected this year to allocate a number of time slots for entry into each classroom to prevent overcrowding.  We will be in touch next week with a reminder on how to book time in your child’s classroom.  This does not restrict you from visiting other forms along your journey through the school.  However, we would ask you to remember not to overcrowd any one space.

 

Gold Stars this week go to:

 

Junior One: Klara for excellent number work this week

Form One: Mila for really neat, well presented work all week

Form Two: Emeer for being sensible, kind and hard working all week

Form Three: Charlie for giving 110% all week!

Form Four: ​Kola - for working quickly on his shape monster

Form Five: Riddhi and Olimpia for their brilliant poetry recitals

Form Six: Katherine for her outstanding confident recital 

 

Best wishes for a lovely weekend


CHS E:News 11/2/2022

Dear CHS Parents

Carnival Day today is everything we could have wished for, with all the children coming to school dressed in a multitude of colours and characters.

We made every effort to meet our ambition of travelling the world in 8 hours, from Amelia Earhart and Emily Pankhurst to Neil Armstrong and Sherlock Holmes.  Our school is buzzing with activity.  The children have baked pizzas and cakes, participated in fun quizzes, danced and designed everything from headdresses to celebrate Brazilian Carnival, to 3D junk modelling where they created famous landmarks; creations included The Parthenon, Big Ben, The White House and Burj Khalifa.

What a triumph the day has been!  Thanks must be given to the teachers involved with organising today’s events, lead by Ms Burke.

We all participated in World Safety Day on Tuesday.  Mrs Hampton was delighted to lead the assembly for our senior classes and was so impressed with the children’s choices and opinions that they shared during the session.  May we take this opportunity to remind our parents to be vigilant with firewalls at home: https://www.lgfl.net/sales/security-and-safeguarding

 

Coffee Morning

My sincere apologies to our parents who joined us for our ‘Behaviour' coffee morning yesterday.  Sadly, the force of technology was certainly not with us and Mrs Lachger was unable to access the meeting.  Nevertheless, all was not lost and it was a wonderful opportunity for parents to share their views and experiences related to children’s behaviour.   Thank you to those parents that made recommendations, which included books such as 'Mum what’s wrong with you?’ by Lorraine Candy and 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson.

Our Year Six pupils who sat for the 11+ entrance exams will be going home to a number of offers to prestigious schools and a flurry of scholarships.  We congratulate them and celebrate their hard work and dedication that has been put in.

 

AFTER HALF TERM DATES FOR THE DIARY 

 

  • Parent’s Remote Evening week of 21 February (Form Five will be in person)
  • Poetry Competition on 23 February

 

Artwork of the week goes to: 

Fayyadh in Form One for his lovely pyramid

 

Gold Stars this week 

 

Junior One: Niko for being very creative and drawing pictures of aeroplanes

Form One: Michael for super cross curriculum work all week

Form Two: Nayel and Andreas for amazing effort in PE

Form Three: Ilya for his excellent effort in Maths this week

Form Four: The whole class for doing some amazing work whilst Ms Burke was absent!

Form Five: Olimpia for excellent problem solving in Maths

Form Six: Amira for her super webpage creation. Amazing!

 

Best wishes for a restful and lovely half term week,

 

CHS Team


E-News 28th January 2022

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

We hope this email finds you well.

 

Poet visit on Monday, 1 February

We feel very lucky to have the poet, James Carter, coming in on Monday, 31 January.  Mr Carter will be delivery assemblies and workshops throughout the school during the course of the day.  He is a critically-acclaimed children’s poet and writer–in–schools. It may be helpful to see if there are any questions your child might have over the weekend that they can ask Mr Carter on Monday.  You’ll find all kinds of information on the link below: poems, music, writing tips, an interview – as well as information on his work in schools, libraries and literary festivals: http://www.jamescarterpoet.co.uk/

 

Carnival Day on Friday, 11 February

CHS will be holding a themed dress up day on Friday 11 February.  The theme will be ‘Around the World in 8 hours’.  We would love the children to dress up as a creative character,  e.g.

 

  • My name is Cleopatra and I am the Queen of Egypt
  • My name is Frida Kahlo and I am an artist from Mexico
  • My name is Bruce Springsteen and I am a singer from America

 

We would encourage the children to be as creative as possible and to be able to have some insight into their character and background.

 

 

Gold Stars this week    

Junior One: Poppy for always trying her hardest!

Form One: Alexander for his amazing animal knowledge

Form Two: Mariam for an amazing dolphin shaped poem

Form Three: Maxi for being focused, sensible and reliable

Form Four: Jeremy for his vocabulary work

Form Five: Hugo for beautifully presented work on weathering in Geography

Form Six: Alexandra for brilliant simultaneous equations

 

                              HOUSE POINTS

 

Clifton - 855                                                               

Sussex - 663

 

ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

 

Awarded to four pupils in Form Four for their amazing Oldenburg-inspired clay food sculptures.  Well done to Aurelia, Clara, Tao and Christina! 

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

 

Best wishes

 

THE CHS TEAM


E-News 21st January 2022

Good afternoon

We hope this email finds you all well after what has been a very eventful week at number 47!

I’m sure that some of you have been wondering what exactly triggered the evacuation on Wednesday.  This was as a result of our electricity cutting out in the local area which triggered all our alarms, including the fire alarm.  The children were moved to the Carrisbrook Hall briefly whilst the team ascertained the situation.  In this instance we received notification from the UKPN that there was a localised power outage that was unlikely to be resolved for a number of hours.  Given that this was over the lunch period, the school was becoming increasingly chilly and dark, and the decision to send the children home calmly was made.  We would like to thank the parents who supported the school evacuation and the whole community for working together to resolve the situation.

A large plate of donuts were sent to our friends at the Victory Service Club, to thank them for facilitating us.  Whilst they are our named emergency venue, it is always nice to know that the process works when tested!

 

UNICEF assembly

We had a joyous assembly to celebrate ‘International Mother Language Day’ lead virtually by our wonderful EFL support, Ms Antolleni Lemos, with forty seven out of seventy five pupils speaking more than one language.   This was certainly a topical subject followed with a questionnaire that really engaged our children’s thinking.

 

Next week

Form Five will be sitting their Kensington Park School exams and we wish them the very best of luck.

 

Half Term - early booking needed

During half term, The Globe Theatre have their family festival, ‘Telling Tales’, where you can experience Shakespeare's plays together, with plenty of exciting options, whether you're visiting us in person or joining online.  Please see the below link for more information, thank you to Mimi’s mother for sharing this:

 

http://tracking.wordfly.com/view?sid=MTIzNV8xODY1Ml8yNjk2NzdfNzIwNA&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KMTellingTalesFebHalfTerm22&utm_content=version_A&promo=83534

 

Artwork of the week

Congratulations go to Maia, from Form Three, for her completed William Morris tile pattern making artwork.  Beautiful colours Maia!

Gold Stars this week    

 

Junior One: Sami for showing great enthusiasm when writing

Form One: Sofia for a super dinosaur number poem

Form Two: James for a great first try at joined up writing

Form Three: Charlie for putting in so much effort into learning his times tables

Form Four: Aurelia for her poem about Spring

Form Five: Estella for writing an excellent balanced discussion

Form Six: Amira for her scintillating handwriting

 

Local protest to note:

An anti-vaccination and COVID restriction protest day is planned to take place across the country on 22 January. Prior protests on this theme have taken place relatively peacefully, although several recent anti-vaccination protests have featured violent clashes between protesters and police.   The protest commences at Portland Place at 1pm and is set to end at Hyde Park. The route confirmed by police will be:
Portland Place > Regent Street > Piccadilly > Trafalgar Square > Whitehall > Parliament Square > Birdcage Walk > Constitution Hill > Hyde Park.

Expected numbers are broadly estimated at this stage to be between 3,000-5,000 people. A proportionate policing plan is in place.

The Marble Arch Street Team is on duty Monday - Saturday from 8am-10pm and can be reached on 07825 750777 / 07852 566122. Remember, in an emergency or if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

Many thanks,

Best wishes for a lovely weekend,

THE CHS TEAM


school calendar with term dates and events

E-News 14th January 2022

Good afternoon CHS parents

 

The children have settled well in to their first full week at school. From Junior One, who have been looking at people who help us, to our Form Six who have been sitting the second round of exams and interviews for their 11+.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Seven intrepid Key Stage Two students had the honour of taking part in the UK Bebras Maths competition at the end of last year. This was no ordinary Maths test as it put the pupils through a whole host of diffrerent Maths problems asking them to think ‘outside the box’ to come up with their solutions. The requirements were a comprehensive understanding of all Maths concepts and an ability to understand intriciate questions which could challenge many GCSE students. Well done to Estella, Oscar and Adiel for their brilliant scores; to Hannah Z and Amara who both achieved a merit award; to Alexandra who scored a commendable 156 points, gaining her a distinction.  Congratulations also goes out to Riddhi who blazed her way to a total of 167 points, earning her a distinction and the ‘best in school’ award; we also wish Riddhi all the best for Round 1 in the Oxford University Computing Challenge! Both Alexandra and Riddhi will be going through to the next stage of this national competition.

 

WELCOME

We are excited to introduce a new member of staff to our team. With 17 years school experience, Mrs Gany  joins us from Emanuel’s school and has taken on the important role of Lunch Time Supervisor. She will be monitoring the children’s table manners, what they eat and encouraging them to try new foods.  Mrs Gany will also be on hand for park and play time activities and she has already made herself very well liked amongst the staff and respected by the children.

 

REMINDERS

As the weather is noticeably colder at the moment, may we ask all parents to continue ensuring their child is well equipped with extra warm clothing as the school has to keep the windows open.

 

Gold Stars this week    

Junior One: Oliver for always being a joyful member of the class

Form One: Luiza for super spelling

Form Two: Aria for a fantastic presentation about the Buddhist New Year

Form Three: Darcy for a great start to 2022!

Form Four: Kola for his model castle

Form Five: Hannah for beautiful cursive writing

Form Six: Amara for superb tricky Tessellation techniques in Geometry

 

All the best for a lovely weekend,

 

THE CHS TEAM


E- News 7th January 2022

Good afternoon CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you all well.

The children have come back full of energy and joie de vivre!

Having started the scheme in September, we are excited to share that Connaught House School has been awarded Unicef UK’s Rights Respecting Schools 'Bronze' Award. Our thanks go to Miss Duffy and Miss Stock, who have been leading our thoughtful assemblies on a Tuesday morning that support Unicef's aim for children's rights.  This subject is at the heart of our school's ethos that focuses on improving our pupil’s well-being and identifying and developing every child's talents and abilities to their full potential.​ With the first stage complete, CHS will continue to work towards achieving the Silver Award, a high priority in our school development plan.

Congratulations to our pupils in Form Six who, during the holidays, competed in the final Sumdog Maths challenge of 2021, and, once again, finished on top of the leader board.  Form Six remain the unbeaten champions with Ibrahim achieving the top score for his class.

Form Two and Form Three had their first swimming session today and they all performed really well and enjoyed being back in the pool.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

We still have a number of children who have returned to school with incomplete 3-in-one jackets, either missing the internal fleece, or without the hood.   It is very cold outside so please ensure your child is well equipped for the colder weather.

 

COFFEE MORNING

 

Mrs Hampton will be hosting her virtual coffee morning on 10 February at 10am.  We are delighted that our guest speaker for this session is Specialist Behavioural Therapist, Laila Lachgar, Msc BCBA,  from the Early Intervention Clinic.  Laila has a wealth of helpful knowledge and tips for supporting parents to overcome tantrums, bedtime tears and any other behavioural issues that you may bring to the table.

Unfortunately, Ms Robertson is isolating and will not be able to come in to school next week for her recorder lessons.  These will resume on 17 January.

The school’s updated menu will be on the website from Monday, along with the updated risk assessment.

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Best wishes,

 

 

CHS TEAM


E-News

Good afternoon CHS Parents

 

It was delightful to see so many parents attending the Christmas Concert this morning.  All the children performed beautifully, singing some rousing Christmas songs, with the Junior One and Form One play eliciting many ‘Ahhhh’s’.  Many thanks to all staff involved in preparing the children, with particular thanks to Dr Ashworth, Ms Robertson for the recorders, and Ms Horgan for supporting the poetry recitals.

 

Congratulations to Aurelia in Form Four and Estella in Form Five, both girls passed ABRSM violin Grades 5 and 6 with Distinctions.  Further congratulations to Aurelia who has also been invited to join the prestigious National Children's Orchestra as a violinist! She will be joining Estella and her older sister in the string section of the orchestra.  Both girls delighted us with a performance of their examination pieces at the whole school assembly on Thursday morning.   The school also enjoyed hearing Meera on the violin and Ethan on the piano.

 

The children all enjoyed their Christmas parties yesterday.  There was Pass the parcel, Musical Statues and Pin the Tail on Reindeers, Snowmen and other festive creatures, followed by a delicious Christmas tea party.

 

PLEASE NOTE

 

PE

The children’s PE lessons will resume on Thursday, 6 January so the children will need to arrive in their PE kit.   Please also note that the first swimming session for Form Two and Form Three will be on Friday 7 January.  The children will need to have a spare set of either PE kit or uniform in case their clothes get wet, it will be particularly useful to have a spare set of socks!  We appreciate it if you would check their shoes and trainers fit them and ensure all items are named prior to the start of term.

 

FIRST DAY BACK

To confirm, the first day of the Spring Term will be Wednesday, 5 January 2022 and we look forward to seeing the children then.  We appreciate that many of you will be visiting family and friends over Christmas and we would like to ask for all families to conduct a Lateral Flow test prior to the children returning so we continue to be vigilant and minimise any risk of Covid cases.

 

On behalf of all the teachers and staff, we would like to say thank you for all the cards, gifts and good wishes received.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break,

 

Warm regards,


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