CHS Newsletter 1st December 2014

News for 2015
As we approach the end of the term, we have some further developments to announce for the new term.

Mrs Walsh from Pembridge Hall will be joining us in January
Mrs Anne-Marie Walsh, will be taking over the Form Five year group in January. Mrs Walsh is a very experienced teacher who comes to us with a complete understanding of the London school system. She has been both a class and subject teacher at Pembridge Hall since 2000 and has wide experience of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance and competitive London Day Schools. Her current role, as their Maths, English, Gifted & Talented Coordinator, means she has taught scholarship classes in Maths and extension classes in English to Year Six candidates as well as booster classes to those children who struggled in either subject. We feel Mrs Walsh will be a substantial addition to our teaching team and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her to CHS in the New Year.

Newsletter 21st November 2014


A very big thank you to Miss Johnson and Miss Hayward for organising a successful fund raising event. An impressive sum of £409 was raised for Macmillan cancer support. There was a wonderful array of cakes at both the Junior One and Form One coffee mornings, demonstrating the baking skills of many of our parents and children.


Form Three thoroughly enjoyed meeting Miss Mayer this week who will be joining us in January. Whilst we are hoping to see Mrs Bell back next term, she has been advised that she may have to take maternity leave earlier than planned. Therefore, it was particularly useful that Miss Mayer had the opportunity to meet the children and familiarise herself with Form Three’s timetable to ensure a gentle hand-over.


As some parents may be aware, Miss Steel is a very successful competitive athlete and last weekend she competed in Holland playing Wallball for Team GB. Competing in both singles and doubles categories, she won the silver medal in her grade in the singles category. This was her first international final and a promising step for the next international competition in February.

Christmas Plays & Carol Concert

Friday 28 November

Christmas Plays at the Carisbrooke  Hall, at the corner of Seymour Street and Edgware Road, W2

Doors open at 2:00pm Performances begin at 2:30pm

This is a family friendly event but we do expect to have a courteous audience. To avoid younger children causing a disturbance during performances please keep them at gallery level where they will have the best view and can be taken out of the auditorium if they become too noisy or restless. This is near the cloakrooms and there is plenty of space for buggies. This is also the best position for parents who may have to leave during the performance.

We hope that as there will be an official DVD of the plays available before the end of the term, parents will be able to sit back and enjoy the performance without disturbance.

The Carisbrooke Hall will only admit guests who are on their list so please make sure you return the form below.

Children leave with their parents or carer  from the hall after the plays, which will finish about 3.45 pm.

Tuesday 9 December 

Carol Concert  at St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent, W2

Doors open at 2:00pm singing will begin at 2:30pm

All the children participate and this is your final – and not to be missed if possible - opportunity to hear the children play and sing before the end of the year. Under the direction of Mrs Hopkins, this is always a joyful event and friends and family are all welcome.

Children leave with their parents or carer from the church after the concert which will finish about 3.30 pm.


Please advise names of guest attending both events by Monday 24th November:



Name(s) of child/children:




Guests attending Plays




Guests attending Concert


Mrs Bell in Form Three is expecting twins!
We were delighted to learn that Mrs Bell is expecting and most impressed when she discovered that she is in fact expecting twins. As the babies are due in the spring, Mrs Bell will begin her maternity leave early next term. Fortunately, we had already met Lauren Mayer, a teacher we were very impressed with earlier this year, and are very pleased that she will be available to join us in January.

New Form Three Teacher joining us in January
Miss Lauren Mayer BA (Hons), PGC, attended Milfield School and for the last five years has been a Year Three and a Year Four class teacher at a Beacon School in Surbiton, with particularly impressive literacy achievements. She is currently their Eco Schools Coordinator and was instrumental in them gaining their Eco Gold Award. Miss Mayer is also the PE coordinator, a particular keen horsewoman and a qualified riding instructor.

Mrs Jones and Ms White join the School Office
It is a great relief to have our tiny school office full of good-humoured, administering people again. Thank you to parents for being so understanding as we have made this transition. Mrs Jones is our new IT Manager and she will be in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Ms White, our new school secretary, will be in the office and responsible for general administration.

Parents workshop – Preparing boys for exams
We are delighted that Dr Jeremy Monsen, who is the Principal Educational Psychologist of the East London Consortium of Educational Psychologists will be giving a talk and offering advice on raising boys and supporting their preparation for 7 and 8+ exams. This is by invitation only and is extended to parents of boys attending CHS.