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


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 24th September 2021

Good afternoon CHS Parents

We hope this email finds you all well.

Thank you to all of our parents and teachers who all met virtually for the ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions this week.

The first of our competitions has started with Mrs Desborough sending art work through to the Independent School’s Art Competition.  All together, twenty two pieces of artwork were sent, from architectural structure, Klee collaging and William Morris tiles, to the more abstract Mondrian trees and Fauve landscapes.

The Form Six pupils have been involved in the first Maths contest of the school year.  The children have had the privilege of competing in the Westminster Schools' Sumdog contest which pits them against a variety of other local classes.

The tournament lasts for seven days, so we are just beginning the event, yet early indications are positive. Oscar P is top of the leader board ahead of Adiel and Amara. During the next week, the pupils will take part in a series of online Maths games to see which class and which pupil comes out as the top dog.  The games test all areas of Maths in a fun and interactive way and the pupils love it.

Last Friday, £234 was raised for the RSPCA which is the pupils chosen charity for the year. This was achieved through a second- hand uniform stall which was set up and run by five parents in Hyde Park.  Enormous thanks to the parents that ran thus successful afternoon.

Just a quick reminder that the children should be in winter uniform from the start of October which should include their blazers or duffle coats and the appropriate headwear.  Please just check that all items are clearly named.

We would like to remind parents that in order to ensure a calm and organised start to the day, children should arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.45 and should be collected promptly at the end of day to avoid children becoming anxious.

Regulations mean that we must keep an accurate register including lateness.

 

With best wishes,

 

CHS Team


E-News 11th June 2021

Good afternoon CHS Parents

We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather we are currently blessed with, the children certainly appreciated the park this week.

Mrs Rogers took Form One to the Toy Museum on Wednesday and they all thoroughly enjoyed the outing, they returned brimming with creative ideas about toys coming to life and other stories.

Form Two and Form Three ventured to Kew Gardens yesterday to support their current science projects.  The outing was made all the more enjoyable with the sun shining and spirits running high, with understandably favourite adventures in the children’s gardens.

Form Six were asked to design a new fleet of boats which have been sent on a mercy mission to the frozen north. They were asked to hand decorate hand-crafted wooden boats over the half term which will be placed on the Arctic ice sheets. The US/European venture is named, ‘Float Your Boat’ and is the latest in pioneering technology which help track the movement of ice on the Arctic Ocean. Eighteen elaborately-decorated boats were shipped from the school to the research base located near the North Pole. The boats will be tracked via GPS giving a precise measure of how far and how quickly the ice sheets are melting. It’s hoped that some of the boats may even be discovered in the future and reunited with their expectant pupils in a real-life ‘Frozen’ drama that these eleven-year old's will never forget

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Best wishes,

THE CHS TEAM


E- News 3rd September 2020

Dear CHS Parents

 

We hope you have enjoyed your summer, whether you have remained near or far.

 

The aim of this email is to signpost some key aspects of the way ahead as we move towards our Autumn Term, starting Wednesday September 9th.  We are in the fortunate position of having already reopened fully to all pupils at the end of the summer term and are therefore feeling clear and confident about the measures that we already have in place and the ways in which we will continue to mitigate risk as we expand our provision this term.

 

As we are frequently reminded by our government, it is crucial for children’s wellbeing to resume their education at school and we are looking forward to welcoming all of our children and staff back this term. We intend to provide a school life that is as close to normal as we can whilst mitigating risk as far as possible. To this end, we have worked tirelessly to update our risk assessments and procedures.

 

At the front of our minds has been the question of how best to minimise contact between individuals - pupils and staff, within the school, and how to maintain social distancing within the constraints of the school site. In addition, our planning has focused on the ways in which we will ensure good hygiene, enhance cleaning protocols and minimise contact with anyone experiencing symptoms during the school day. We have given a great deal of thought towards PPE and whilst we acknowledge that there are no risk free solutions, though we would dearly like there to be, we have written a comprehensive procedure addressing all of these issues.  A comprehensive guide to reopening can be found in our updated ‘CHS Covid-19 Autumn Term 2020 Procedure’. This is available in Policies at the bottom of the Home page and should be read by all parents ahead of the start of term. 

Below we have summarised the key points for your attention:

Minimising Contact and Social Distancing

BUBBLES

Following the Government’s ‘Planning Guide for Primary Schools’ we have grouped  the school into three extended bubbles, each containing no more than 30 pupils and four members of staff. These bubbles will be maintained throughout the day and all activities have been reorganised to accommodate these groupings.

Our combined bubbles are as follows:

Bubble 1: Junior One & Form One with four members of staff.

Bubble 2: Form Two  & Form Three with four members of staff.

Bubble 3: Form Four,  Form Five  & Form Six with four members of staff.

As far as possible, we ask families to limit outside contact with those who are not in their child’s bubble.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

We have postponed all visits to external venues for this term.

PE, Games and Dance sessions will either take place in Hyde Park or on the school premises.

Once we deem the risk to be lowered, we intend to resume all off site activities as normal, compensating where we can for any activities missed.

 

LUNCH

We are very pleased to be bringing back our delicious hot lunches in time for winter and, to separate our bubbles, there will now be three lunch sittings.

CLUBS 

With the exception of Tech and Mandarin which cannot resume due to Covid19 restrictions, all other clubs will recommence in the week of 14th September.

 

WEDNESDAY ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES (FORMERLY WEDNESDAY CLUBS)

After school enrichment activities will recommence for Forms Two - Form Six on Weds 16th September.

These will take place outdoors, in classrooms or the dining room, within bubbles.

PERI MUSIC - Our specialist teachers that work in a number of different settings and schools, and are therefore exposed to greater risk of contracting Covid19, will resume lessons remotely via Google Meet or Zoom until further notice.

 

 

CLASSROOMS

Desks have been arranged to maximise social distancing between pupils.

Children will continue to use pencil cases provided by the school, so personal stationery can remain at home.

 

PPE

Whilst we cannot make this obligatory, we recommend that all adults wear a mask at drop off and collection.  Public Health England does not recommend that Primary School Children wear masks in school but if you would prefer your child to wear a mask when arriving and departing, please send them in with a named plastic bag in which this can be kept safe in their school bag during the day.

 

Art, Music and French lessons will be resuming with specialist staff in PPE and employing thorough hygiene measures when moving between bubbles.

 

Containing an outbreak of Covid19 

Please do not send your child to school if you are in any doubt regarding their fitness and well being.

In the event that a pupil or staff member is symptomatic, they will be asked to

  • Self-isolate for 10 days, or longer if they still have a high temperature
  • Take a Coronavirus test.
  • Follow the advice from PHE.

Members of their household will be told to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If the test is negative they can return to school if they no longer have symptoms and the members of their household can stop self-isolating.

Please do not hesitate to contact Ms De Wynter with any further questions.

 

 

See you next Wednesday.

 

The CHS Team 


E-News - 14/10/19

Dear Parents

 

Parent Meetings - 15 & 17 October 2019

 

It is hard to believe that we are coming up to the first half of the Autumn Term already with Parent Meetings schedule on 15 and 17 October.  We remind you that, as a consequence, there will be no afternoon clubs on either of these dates.  Therefore children should be collected at their normal going home time unless they are waiting for parents in the supervision room.

 

Tea Time Concert

 

The musical talents of our budding musicians were on display once again on Monday afternoon for our first Tea Time Concert of the year.  This gives pupils and opportunity to perform in front of a small and friendly audience and so gain confidence in performing.  Each term we endeavour to include a mini concert and invite approximately 10 pupils, from novices to advanced performers, to share their enjoyment of music.  Special congratulations to those pupils who stood up for the first time.

 

Silver Sunday

 

Our Chamber Choir delighted a gathering of approximately 100 senior citizens and carers at the Victory Services Club yesterday at the start of Silver Sunday celebrations, October 2019.  The audience joined in and sang along with the children to a medley of songs from Mary Poppins.  After singing the children joined in with supervised board games before returning to school.  It was a very special inter-generational event that we look forward to repeating in the future.

For the full article with photos and videos, please click here.

 

Macmillan 

 

Our annual Macmillan coffee/tea and cake afternoon is coming up on Friday, 18 October and we once again warmly invite parents from Junior One and Form One to bring and buy a cake(s) for this very worthy cause.  Any left over delicacies will find their way to those supported by the Marylebone Project.  Miss Duffy and Mrs Rogers have prepared some fun slide shows of the children this term so far to share.

 

Maths Talk

 

Mr Westerman will be hosting a Talk on the CHS methods of maths layout and preferred calculation style and invites parents to participate in this workshop.  This will take place in school at 5.15pm on Tuesday, 29 October.  If you plan on attending please respond by email.

 

Carol Concert

 

Please note that we have changed the date and time of our Carol Concert later this term.  We are delighted that St John’s Church has been able to give us our first choice on Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 12-1pm.  The children will be taken home directly from the church by parents/carers to start their Christmas holidays.

 

Pupil Personal Accident Scheme

 

Please take a moment to read the following link detailing our pupils personal accident insurance scheme:

http://connaughthouseschool.co.uk/site/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Pupils-Personal-Accident-Scheme.pdf

 

World Osteoporosis Day - 20 October 2019 - Appeal Radio 4

 

For any of our extended families who may be struggling in silence in recognition of World Osteoporosis Day:

https://theros.org.uk/how-you-can-help/raise-awareness/world-osteoporosis-day/bbc-radio-4-appeal/

 

The CHS Team

 

** Half Term Monday, 21 October to Monday, 28 October 2019 INCLUSIVE **


E-News 30 September - Autumn Update

As we progress through Week 4 of the term, Autumn is well and truly upon us. The children should be in winter uniform from Monday. With the J1s now staying for a full school day, we are all settled into the busyness of school life and we have certainly packed a lot in so far.

 

Our first fundraiser, Jeans for Genes, raised a wonderful £245.40; thank you for your donations! This winter, as part of our community outreach, we are hoping that you will support another of our ventures and donate an old coat (coats only please) to the Marylebone Project who provide shelter for homeless women in the area. If last season’s coat is cluttering up your hallway we can find a welcome home for it.  Unisex coats gratefully received too though sadly we cannot accept children’s clothing. We will be delivering these over to the shelter next Friday, 4 October.

 

We were pleased with the turn out at this year’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions and we hope you found this useful. If you were unable to make it, please do make an appointment directly with your child’s Form Teacher.

 

All of our Music and LAMDA pupils are to be commended for exams taken over the summer for which the results were excellent. Eight of our senior pupils passed their Music Theory Grade 1 exam, with four Merits and four Distinctions! Very positive results were achieved by our pupils who took their Grade 1 and 2 singing exams and a handful of instrumentalists passed piano, recorder and violin exams with an array of passes, merits and distinctions.  Congratulations to Dr Ashworth and his team!  Some of the children will be sharing their talents with you at our Autumn Tea Time concert at 4.00pm on Monday, 7 October 2019.  Invitations will follow shortly.  In LAMDA, 33 pupils took and passed their exams, ranging from our youngest J1s who took Introductory Stage 1 up to Grade 2 acting once again merits and distinctions were awarded.

 

In a direct challenge to the wet weather, our football team plus a couple of extra pupils took on St Nicholas on Wednesday afternoon. It was a tight match, with a goal scored by Alexander H and a close score of 2-1 to St Nicholas. A valiant effort was made by our young athletes and we are especially proud of them as, for some of these pupils, it was their first ever match!

 

This morning Form One arrived to a themed outer space classroom! Astronauts, aliens and moon landings have filled the ground floor with creativity that was out of this world!


E-News 1st July

Photographs

The weather was on our side finally last Tuesday and we were able to successfully have the whole school and class photographs in the Square.  As this was a far later date than originally planned, Bentleys Photographic have arranged digital ordering to ensure that the photographs are with us before the end of term.

If you would prefer to order directly with Bentley's office, please contact them on 01206 395888 during normal office hours.

 

Summer Concert

Thank you for coming to our Summer Concert on Friday.  We are sure you will all agree that the children’s performances were, once again, remarkable.  We do hope that the later start accommodated more parents in attendance.  The children behaved beautifully throughout the day and thank you once again to Dr Ashworth for putting together such a treat for the ears.

 

Upcoming Events

Open Dance for parents tomorrow at the Sylvia Young Theatre - Form 4 to Form 6 at 1.10pm and Form 3 at 1.40pm.

Sadly, we have not been able to secure a suitable venue at such late notice for Sports Day that was rained off.  However, the children will have the event during scheduled sports lessons this week.  We will be taking plenty of photographs and will share the results with you of course.

We are all excited about the school trips on Friday.  Please do note that the school itself will be closed after departure and before return.  Therefore we will not be able to accommodate latecomers on this occasion.

The CHS annual Prize Giving Ceremony will take place at the Carisbrooke Hall on Tuesday, 9 July 9.15am to 10.15am.  You may have noticed the earlier time and date.  This is as a result of taking parents’ preferences into account and Prize Giving will incorporate the Year End Assembly, including speeches from members of staff and input by pupils at the same time.  This is an opportunity to have a glimpse of an assembly that parents do not normally participate in.  We hope in this way every child will be encompassed and feel included in this celebration of the end of the year.  All children return to school with their teachers after this event and Tuesday lessons continue until normal pick up time.

 

Competition News

Recently Mrs Desborough submitted a number of our pupils’ artwork to the Royal Academy Young Artists’ Summer Show for students aged 7-19.  We ask all of our families to support Petra from Form Four who was shortlisted.  Please see the link below and vote for our girl!

https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/2019/5716

 

Clubs

Attached please find a list of Clubs for the Autumn Term showing availability.  Ms White is poised ready to add your child’s name to those coveted places so please do let us know as a first come first served basis will operate.  Those children who are already included in the various clubs continue on as before with pupils moving into Form Four being placed in the Senior Drama club from next term.

We are excited to be introducing a new technology club for our senior pupils.  As a perfect starter course, Junior Coder allows pupils to delve into exciting projects while gaining insight and experience into many aspects of computer coding - including the likes of robotics, mobile apps, animation, graphic design, and video games – taking students from the basics in the field to the point where they can design and build their own ideas.