E-News 3rd May

SIMS Parent App

For your convenience we have now added SIMs Parent Lite to our school management system.  Once you have downloaded the free App, you will be able to edit your child's information simply and securely from home, submitting changes such as contact details, nominated medical/dietary needs and consent at the touch of a button.

#CHSgoeslive, Officially

We have decided to embrace social media, and invite you to follow and like our first official Facebook page.  We hope to create an online hub for all things CHS! With your permission - please indicate via SIMs Parent Lite, we hope to post photographs of school events on here, and for this to be a communal space for CHS families, past and present. As always, your data will be securely managed and protected under the tightest privacy settings.

Staff Change

We are sure parents will wish to join us in wishing Miss Rollins all the best next September as she moves on to Dulwich College to take up a post as a Year Three Form Teacher and their new Head of IT.  Miss Rollins began her teaching career at Chatsworth Primary School as a Year Two teacher.  She then joined CHS in 2013 and quickly established herself as a successful and caring Year Two form teacher, commendably efficient in the classroom and always ready to organise a school project or event. In 2015, Miss Rollins was asked to take on the newly created position of IT Coordinator, a challenging role but, utilising her usual energy and zest, one that she has embraced with great success. More recently she has held the post of Assistant Academic Coordinator, supporting Ms Grunewald in setting up new initiatives throughout the school. After six very successful years at CHS it is the right time for Miss Rollins to further her career at a larger establishment, one that we are very pleased to be developing links with.   However, we will miss her terribly.

 

Taking on Form Two and the role of IT Coordinator, we are looking forward to welcoming Cecily Evans to the CHS team. In her fifth year of teaching, Miss Evans has excellent references from St Mary’s First School and plenty of experience teaching in both Key Stage One and lower Key Stage Two. With a passion for engineering, having trained at technical college, Miss Evans set up and ran successful Engineering and Coding Clubs and was appointed Head of IT in 2017.

Having already met the children in Form One and Form Two last term, Miss Evans is joining us on 22nd May where we will introduce her to next year’s Form Two parents.

 

F5 & 6 to Royal Academy

On Tuesday, 5th May, Miss Caroll will be taking Forms 5 & 6 to the Phyllida Barlow exhibition, cul-de-sac at The Royal Academy, using this as inspiration for their own sculptures.  Look out for these, later in the term, at our pop up gallery in Connaught Village.

 

Given the Green light

You may remember that Mrs Hampton asked for parents' support in petitioning for safer crossings in the area. We are very pleased that the Mayor of London has agreed safety improvements to five junctions along Edgware Road.   For more information, see

https://marble-arch.london/news/green-light-for-green-man-junctions-on-edgware-road/.

 

Banksy Drops by

Artwork believed to be by Banksy, one of the most controversial street artists in the world, has been revealed at Marble Arch. We are looking forward to taking the children to view this next week.

 

Transport

Please be aware that there will be no down escalator at Marble Arch station from Friday 3 May until early June due to planned maintenance work. The staircase has over 100 steps - not for the faint hearted.

 


General Knowledge Quiz 2019

Junior Quiz  F2 - F3

Seen Art

 

1. The primary colours are red, yellow and blue, but what are the secondary colours?
2. What is kinetic art?
3. What do we call a series of circles which have the same central point?
Music
4. How many strings does a violin have?
5. What is the name of the person that keeps all of the instruments playing in time in an orchestra?
6. Which recent children’s movie had a song called ‘Trip a little light fantastic’ in it?
Sport
7. How many players does each team start with in a professional football match?
8. Which countries make up the Six Nations in the rugby championship?
9. When was the London Olympics?
History
10. The Mesozoic Era (250-65 million years ago) includes which three periods?
11. Who was Mary Anning?
12. Which architect designed a brand new St Paul’s Cathedral after it burnt down in The Great Fire of London?
13. How many years did it take to build St Paul’s Cathedral?
14. In the 420s, the British were ruled by a Saxon ruler called Vortigern.  This wasn’t his real name, but a title given to him. What did it mean?
15. Which famous memorial of the Great Fire of London stands at the junction of Monument St and Fish St Hill?
Philosophy
16. Where did Socrates, Plato and Aristotle come from?
Geography
17. How many continents are there and what are they?
18. What is the largest hot desert in the world?
19. In which continent is the Amazon rainforest?
News
20. Who is our Prime Minister?
21. Where does our Prime Minister live?
22. Which four countries make up the UK?
23. What is Brexit?
24. What do these symbols mean?
25. For how many years has Queen Elizabeth II been on the throne?

 

Senior Quiz F4 - F6

SEEN
1. Art
2. What do the H and B stand for in the grade of a pencil?
3. What is 1,2, and 3 point perspective?
4. During the Renaissance period, artists sought patronage. What was this and what was the relationship between artist and patron?
5. Marc Chagall’s paintings crossed several genres, one of which was Surrealism. How did his work fit this category?
Sport
6. What does each ring on the Olympic flag represent?
7. Which major tournament did the England Vitality Roses win in 2018?
8. What is the meaning of a hat trick in Football?  
Music
9. Name three instruments that are in the same family as the trumpet,
10. Who wrote the music for such films as Star Wars, E.T., and Harry Potter?
11. When was the piano believed to have been invented?
Philosophy
12. Which philosopher said which of these quotes: Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?

A)“I can not teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”?

B) “The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful”?

C) “The Routes of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”.

13. The word philosophy comes from the Greek meaning ‘love of _________?’
History
14. What was the Penny Black?
15. Which King of England famously had a stammer?
16. Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?
English
17. How many lines are there in a sonnet?
18. Whose plays include The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband?
19. Which two cities provide the settings for Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities?
Science & Geography
20. Who was the first woman in space?
21. How long does it take for the sun’s rays to reach Earth?
22. Which country has the most active volcanoes?
International Affairs
23. Which Nobel Peace Prize Winner said “it always seems impossible until it’s done”?
24.

 

Which Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was known as the British Bulldog because of his fighting spirit and uncanny resemblance to the canine?
Entertainment
25. The name LEGO derives from two Danish words, Ieg godt what do they mean?

 

 

 


E-News 29th March

CHS vs. St Nicholas – 5-2!

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

 

Staff Changes

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

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

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

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

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

 

Delancey School Chess Challenge

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

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

 

Jeremy Monsen Talk

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

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

 

Open Day

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

 

World Book Day

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

 

Well done CHS!  The NSPCC Maths Challenge & School Trips

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

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

nspcc certificate

Doodle Maths, English & Spell

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

 

Other News

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

 

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

 

The CHS Team

 

 


E-News 15th March

National Maths Challenge

Huge congratulations to Form Six's Gabriella, who has just been awarded a Bronze Award in the Primary Maths Challenge! 67,000 children took part and Gabi's results placed her in the top 2.5% of the country - a very impressive performance indeed. A lapel badge and certificate arrived this morning and those of us who have followed this very capable young lady's journey, from Junior One to Form Six, are all incredibly proud of her achievements. Bravo Gabi!

 

Poetry Afternoon

Thank you for being such a wonderful audience last Friday at the Poetry Recital. We are sure you will agree that all the children did a marvellous job, wowing us with their confidence and articulation and sending us off dreaming of chocolate!

We were pleased to hear positive feedback on the venue as well, especially as we have established such a good relationship with KPS.

 

Open Swim

Form Two enjoyed showing the parents their swimming skills at our recent Open Swimming session at  Kensington Leisure Centre. We were all thoroughly impressed with the progress in front crawl and backstroke. Well done Form Two!

 

Teatime Concert

Dr Ashworth is looking forward to our Spring Teatime Concert on Monday afternoon. Once again, a selection of musicians, who nominated themselves, will be entertaining their parents for a mini concert in the dining room. The more relaxed environment offers our pupils an opportunity to perform in front of a very friendly and reduced audience. There will be a further opportunity to perform at next term’s Teatime Concert and at one of our main productions, the Summer Concert, at the Steiner Hall in June.

 

Open Day

We are all preparing for our annual Open Day and, as always, the creativity of our teachers and the quality of our pupils’ work is truly amazing.  We cannot wait to share it with you.  You will have received our invitation with a sneak preview of some of the artwork that will be on display. We remind you that this is a family event and the children will arrive and leave with you once they have given you the grand tour.  Do remember to visit the basement to indulge the senses with music and refreshments at some point en route.

 

New school backpack

Working with the support of a very knowledgeable Pilates teaching parent of a Form Three pupil, Mrs Larke and Mrs Hampton have sourced a more supportive and ergonomically designed backpack. It will be on display in the Dining room on Open Morning. Please do pop down to take a look and indicate if you would be interested in upgrading your child's backpack. Whilst these bags, retailing at £45, are more expensive, they are certainly kinder on our children's backs and will be available to order via Perry Uniform for the summer term.

 

CHS Alumni

You may well remember Isabella’s fine performance of Sausage Fingers at the Poetry Recital 2018. We were very pleased when Isabella popped in to see us last week and we thought you would be interested to hear how well she has been getting on at St Marylebone. She was, once again, highly commended for her recital of The Titanic by Gillian Clarke at her new school and, in addition, has just been selected to join the Infinity Club for girls working at a very high level in maths. Isabella has taken on the extra challenge of completing her Science Bronze Crest Award and for this she has decided to research dreams, how dreams can be affected and if they can be controlled somehow.

 

School Questionnaire

Looking forward to the summer term and before/after school club activities, we have complied a very short questionnaire. We would greatly appreciate your feedback to make sure we are able to offer clubs and activities that would interest our CHS families.

https://goo.gl/forms/THoS0QE8AUDDNfT72

With best wishes.

CHS Team


E-News February 2019

Exam Results 

We are delighted with our boys and girls who sat exams and attended interviews this term.  Offers have been arriving from a whole range of schools including Belmont Mill Hill, Dulwich College, Francis Holland North & South, Kensington Park School, Latymer Prep, More House, Sussex House, South Hampstead, Wetherby, Westminster Under School, Queen’s Gate & Queen’s College.

Particular commendation goes to our Form Six pupils who sat the new format Consortium exams. We are also extremely proud to have heard that our pupils have received a flurry of scholarships to Francis Holland Regent’s Park, Kensington Park School and Queen’s College.  Well done, CHS!

 

Trips 

On Monday, Form One consolidated their work on Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, taking part in a practical workshop in which they were budding palaeontologists.  They were wowed by the prehistoric exhibitions and the dinosaurs that they thought were real!

 

Sharing good practice

Once again we have been approached by St Mary’s University to support the training of a second year BEd student following Miss Wilkins’ successful placement last year in Junior One.  This is an excellent opportunity for the school to showcase the high calibre of teaching and learning at Connaught House and for our teachers to gain some experience in training and supporting the next generation of teachers.

Wishing all of our CHS families a very restful half term and we look forward to seeing all of our pupils back refreshed, full of poetry and raring to go on Monday, 25 February.

 

The CHS Team


Form Four's appliqué project based on the paintings of Paul Klee

Our Form Four pupils have applied their needlework skills for an appliqué project based on the paintings of Paul Klee. Studying his abstract style and recurring motifs, pupils have made their own fabric collage in response to the German artist’s work.


Form Three have been inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe

In the Autumn term the children focused on the large-scale flower paintings of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Inspired by her work, they took their own photographs of exotic flowers and used them to develop their own floral studies. 

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Form Two are inspired by Robert Delaunay

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


E-News - January 2019

Dear Parents

What a busy and successful start to 2019 it has been at 47 Connaught Square!  Clubs and Peri lessons swung back into action last week and music assemblies have already been inundated with performers from all Forms. Thank you to parents for your support in reminding your budding musicians to bring in instruments and music on the right days.  Our new messaging system, notifying parents a week ahead of the performance, certainly appears to be assisting in this.

Over the last few weeks Junior One have been a rapt audience to some eye opening career talks from some of their Mums and Dads.  The children have heard about running an art gallery in Berlin, opera singing and practising law.  They enjoyed donning gold boxing gloves and practising moves, exchanging yo yo bear nibbles in simulation of managing hedge funds and drawing spiders and caterpillars in a workshop by a real life artist!  Miss Hayward even had her temperature and blood pressure checked by one of our Mums who is a nurse.  Another Mum, whose voice rang out through the school, sang I feel pretty and Castle on a Cloud in her beautiful soprano voice to applause from pupils and staff alike. These talks are inspirational and have really helped the children with their listening and questioning skills, amongst other things.

With such a wealth of interests and talents in our CHS community, we would like to invite family members to share their expertise in our whole school assemblies. We are particularly keen on welcoming Mums/Grandmothers for International Women’s day coming up on Friday, 8 March.  Careers, hobbies or interests that you might like to share with the children are important and engaging experiences and would be gladly welcomed.  If you are interested in taking part, please email Ms White with some information about the topic you would like to present.

Assessment results have been trickling in and we are thrilled with the feedback and the offers received by several of our children. Notably, all of our Form Fives, our first cohort to sit the KPS test have been offered places for 2020. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly as we also received excellent feedback about the girls’ interviews.

Please find attached the January and February CHS calendar.  We are looking forward to having our new website up and running shortly.

With best wishes.

 

The CHS Team