connaught house school brighton class trip

Form Six Summer Secret Trip

Written by Form Six

For a week we were anxious about where the Secret Trip would take us…

The moment I saw my friends waiting for me at the train station, a rush of excitement flowed through me, knowing that we were all as clueless as newly hatched birds, not having the slightest idea where we were going. Just as we got onto the train, we heard our destination. Brighton! The city with beautiful beaches and alluring aquariums.

The journey was filled with joy and snacks and after an hour and a half our destination.  As we stepped off the train, we were charged up and ready for the day ahead of us. My lungs filled with the smell of the sea; it was amazing.

We began to walk towards our first venue. I looked around to try and figure out where we were going, I saw something! Could this possibly be it? I turned around and asked Ms Grunewald. Her face was hard to read at first but then I saw it, we really were going! Sea life! My heart pounded - I thought I was in a dream, this was going to be amazing.

We gazed at the fish floating around in their tanks, they seemed to be putting on a show for us. I noticed something, a small enclosure with no lid, I turned and told everyone and we walked towards this mysterious thing. What could it be? As we got closer, I realised that it was indeed something you could touch! When my hand bravely dived into the water I was a bit scared at first, so I reached down and touched an orange starfish which felt like a fish finger! At last my hand was brave enough to touch what looked like thick strands of hair floating about in the cool water. The thin tentacles wrapped around my finger and tried to pull me in! I drew my hand back in fear. Then I realised that it couldn’t eat me and I stuck my hand back in for another stroke! It was the strangest thing I have ever felt, it was extremely sticky and dry yet I was underwater. Soon we had to go and watch the turtle feeding. The man talked about turtles and I learnt so much.  In the tank there was a black tipped reef shark, a nurse shark, a unicorn fish and two giant turtles named Lulu and Gulliver. Then when I thought it was all over the teachers surprised us once again, we were going on a … glass bottom boat. We boarded the boat and looked over the edge. Fish surrounded us and went underneath the boat. When we started moving a huge manta-ray came and swept underneath us like a carpet. I felt as if I could see into their world, it was magical.

After an hour and a half of gorging ourselves with pizza, pasta and the rest, we finally left for the beach.

The salty smell of the air started tickling my nose, so I knew we were close to the sea. Seagulls above me squawked with glee, circling the beach as they noticed a bit of bread deserted on the corner of the rocky stairs leading to the pebbled beach. The pebbles of the Brighton Beach lay under my feet as I licked my delicious vanilla ice-cream. It trickled down my fingers leaving them all sticky, as the sun blazed down on me, nearly making me melt too. All the pebbles were different colours, from brown to yellow to orange to grey to black and maybe a bit of green algae placed as a wig on top of them. We took our shoes off , rolled up our jeans and strolled towards the cyan sea. I cold feel the air between my friends and I was buzzing with excitement. As our feet reached the water, a wave crashed  onto us soaking our jeans and tee- shirts. We all screamed with excitement as another one came in , and we threw stones at the ocean to see which throw was the longest.

We sunbathed under the clear blue sky, enjoying every moment. It was all five of us with our teachers having fun in this new city. I was elated! Freedom captured us and we ran around singing without a care in the world.

All I could see were big smiles, making me smile now as I go back to those happy memories.

Sadly, we had to leave the beach, but amazing memories will stay with us forever. On the way back, as joyful as I may have been, deep down I was devastated that the day was already over and we all agreed that we wished we could restart the day all over again. This kept us chatty on the train back.

E-News 21 June 2019

London has been bustling with CHS talent this past week.

St Martin-in-the Fields Choir 

We were delighted to hear that Ansel, Millie and Petra were all offered places in the St Martin-in-the Fields Choir.  The Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the Fields was formed in 2014 and has quickly become an integral part of the St Martin’s musical community for 7-13 year olds.  The Choir regularly enhances church services and concerts and provides invaluable musical training for young singers.  We look forward to hearing more about their musical adventures.


The Delancey School Chess Mega Final took place at the weekend and we were thrilled to see a trophy arriving into school on Monday morning in Amias’ very proud hands.  This huge chess competition invites thousands of primary aged chess players to compete with one another in heats before the top few are selected for the final.  What a brilliant achievement for Amias, as well as Gabriel and Nicholas who also qualified for the next round. Checkmate!


Our first group sat their Grade One Music Theory tests on Saturday and all came out smiling.  We await their results next term.


Mr Taiwo, not wanting to miss out on the action, took his CHS football team to face Lloyd Williamson School in Hyde Park on Thursday. The final score, 3-1, was a victory for CHS.  Well done to Oscar P, Harry, Filippo, Alexandra, Nicholas, Matteo, Orlando, Alexander, Danny, Gabriel and Massimo.

Form Three

Mr Nagy, our new Form Three teacher, spent the afternoon with us on Thursday getting to know his prospective class and meeting some of the parents. Welcome on board, Mr Nagy!


Next week promises to be just as busy, as we prepare for Friday’s Summer Concert. School photographs are on Tuesday 25th, for which we ask all pupils to wear their summer uniform.  No green tights please and boys in shorts. Of course, there are also parent teacher meetings on Monday and Thursday next week.

Wishing you a celebratory weekend and see you next week.


The CHS Team


E-News 14 June 2019

Travel News

You may be aware that the north carriage of Hyde Park will be closed from 16 June until the end of term.  In our experience, this causes a knock-on effect to traffic around the school, particularly first thing in the morning.  May we respectfully ask parents not to park on the corner of Stanhope Place when dropping off or collecting children as this can cause further problems.


Footie News

Sadly, our annual football fixture with St John’s Wood Pre-Prep was rained off yesterday.  However, this will be rescheduled at the start of the Autumn Term.

Fingers crossed we have better luck with the weather for our football team’s match against Lloyd Williamson School on Thursday, 20 June at 4.30pm which is taking place instead of the regular Thursday Football Club.  This will be another opportunity for our incredible CHS football stars to show their ball skills and any supporters who want to cheer on the team will find them at the ‘Old Football Pitches’ on the south side of Hyde Park (see link below ):


Daunt Books

Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald were proud of the children’s exemplary behaviour at our visit to the Daunt Book store in Marylebone today.  A selected member from each class was chosen as a Reading Ambassador to help choose new books for the CHS library.  It was particularly wonderful this year to have children whose families originated from outside the UK as Daunt Books specialise in international travel books.  The children were fascinated by the history of the shop especially when looking at books dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.  Some lovely new books will be available throughout the school next week.


Form Six Secret Trip

Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald are looking forward to keeping up with the tradition of a secret trip for Form Six next Friday. Shhhh!   Details will be shared after the event.


Best wishes.


The CHS Team


It was with a heavy heart that we postponed our Sports Day at Paddington Rec this afternoon.  Ironically, as we write this message the sun is shinning through the window!  However, our children’s safety is always a priority and, after careful risk assessment, it was decided that the ground was too dangerous after heavy rain.  In place, 47 Connaught Square has been abuzz with competition with Clifton v Sussex competing in a variety of activities from chess, scrabble and monkey roll to our budding ‘architects’ creating the tallest and longest lego constructions.  Mr Taiwo ran a fast paced Red Rover with Mr Westerman supporting the children in designing the most ergonomic paper aeroplane.  As the children have put it, today was a happy surprise with Clifton winning our first indoor sports day.


Dates for your diary 


Tuesday, 11 June - whole school photograph has been POSTPONED due to bad weather forecast and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 25 June


Friday, 14 June - our carefully selected reading ambassadors will be accompanying Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald to Daunt Books for a special tour of this historic building and to choose some more books for the CHS library


Thursday, 20 June - Form Two parents are invited to meet Mr Nagy the new Form Three teacher from September.  Invitations will follow next week.


Wishing you a happy and dry weekend!

E-News 23 May 2019

Sports Day 

We will be kicking off the second half of the summer term with a bang! Our annual Sports Day is scheduled for 2.00pm on the afternoon of Friday 7th June at Paddington Recreation Ground. This is a family event and we hope that the later start time enables all of our families to enjoy an afternoon in the sun following the races.


CHS POP up Art Gallery

Tomorrow afternoon, Mrs Desborough, Ms Grunewald and myself will be heading off to 3 Porchester Place (next to Roni’s café) to set up our very first CHS Pop up Art Gallery! This will be open to view from Tuesday 4th June to Thursday 6th June. Do come and see the wonderful work from our budding artists in Forms Two to Six.


We would love to populate our Facebook page with pictures of pupils during assemblies, sports events and concerts. If you are comfortable in doing so, please  take a few moments to give your parental consent via the Sims Parent Lite App.


Miss Mayer’s New Adventure 

Since 2015, Form Three have sailed across oceans on Viking ships, discovered lost settlements, sparkled at Carnival and discovered a series of never-seen-before animals! Originally joining CHS to cover a maternity leave, Miss Mayer has left no stone unturned to ignite the imagination of the children in her care and to ensure that, whenever possible, learning is great fun. Behind the scenes, Miss Mayer has instigated and contributed to many school events and, when teaching, she has often shared her personal interests with the class, bringing these into her teaching. She is a keen horse-rider and her knowledge and love of rugby remains very impressive.  Now in search of her own new adventure, Miss Mayer has secured the opportunity to teach at the Park House English School in Qatar and our best wishes go with her.

Having worked closely with Miss Mayer for the past year, Mrs Rogers will be taking over as our Key Stage One Coordinator.

Mr Nagy takes on the role of Form Three form teacher from the Autumn Term.  Currently teaching at North Bridge House, and a former colleague of Ms Grunewald, Mr Nagy has seven years teaching experience within Upper Primary in the independent sector. He has a Graduate Diploma in Education and a law degree from La Trobe University, Melbourne.  He has a passion for mathematics and general knowledge and is a keen walker and traveller with recent treks through the Alps, Nepal and Camino de Santiago in Spain. It looks like an exciting year ahead for Form Three!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire CHS Teaching Team for their wonderful support during my first two years as Principal, as well as to wish those who are leaving every success as they take up their new posts. We now look forward to welcoming all our new teachers to the CHS Teaching Team in September.


Wishing all our families a very happy half term break.


Mrs Hampton & CHS Team 

E-News - 17th May

Half Term Break

It is hard to believe that there are only four more school days left before the half term break.  Please do remember that school finishes for half term at the normal time on Thursday, 23 May - there is no school on 24 May.


Tea Time Concert

Dr Ashworth is looking forward to welcoming invited guests to the Summer Tea Time Concert on Monday, 20 May at 4pm.  We are expecting a delightful treat for the ears.


SIMS Parent Lite

We hope that you have been able to access your SIMS Parent Lite accounts via the App and ask that you take some time to review the parental consent for the CHS Facebook profile.  For any parents who prefer not to use this App, do please email Ms White with your preference.


Online Safety

Thank you to our very helpful parent who has passed on some excellent suggestions for Parental Controls on mobile devices to better protect your children online:

  1. Google Family Link(free)
  2. Qustodio(paid) -- this is probably a better option for families with older kids / teens

Both Apps provide parents with the ability to control access to a device (phone or tablet) by setting time of day / day or week / maximum time the device is available. Those Apps also block any App installs on the children's devices or send the parents a request for authorisation of any App install. Finally, the Apps, by default, set-up all the PG setting on any content.

Parents are able to monitor devices remotely from their smart phone via the Google Family link App. In this way, parents are able to view what their children are looking at and control the amount of time and access each child has online.  This may help to take emotions out of the equation.

Children have a passcode to the device but the device is only available for at set time, eg: 7am to 7pm, and for a limited time of, say, 30 minutes per day.  Outside of that, if they try to access the device they receive a message telling them that their time is up or that it's time for bed!  If parents want to, they can add more device time, depending on circumstances, or block the device remotely. Children cannot install any Apps as this would need to be done by parents.

Once again, thank you to our Google savvy Mum for sharing this helpful advice.



We were thrilled to have a special visit from the NSPCC today to thank us for the tremendous effort that Connaught House made last term in their sponsorship by raising £1,238.85.  Well done to all who participated.

nspcc certificate

Best wishes.


The CHS Team

Marylebone school

E-News 10th May

Head of Art - Miss to Mrs!

We are pleased to share with you the very happy news that our Head of Art, Miss Carroll, has recently returned to school as Mrs Desborough!  Heartiest congratulations go to the Desborough family.


Young Artists’ Summer Show

A small number of CHS pupils’ artwork has been selected by Mrs Desborough to enter an exhibition at the Royal Academy’s Young Artists’ Summer Show.  Further news of successful candidates will reach our ears in early June.  We wish our budding Picassos the best of luck.  Parents interested in viewing pupils’ work can access the CHS website here:


Past Pupil’s Success

We are delighted that our former pupil, Anshu, has recently been awarded an Honorary Scholarship at Westminster Great School.  Bravo Anshu!  We are incredibly proud of you.


Miss Rollins - Edinburgh Marathon

Once again a member of our CHS team is taking on a marathon task.  Miss Rollins has entered into the Edinburgh Marathon taking place on Sunday, 26 May.  She is running in support of Brain Tumour Research and any donations would be gratefully received.  Please find the Just Giving link below and we wish her every success in her endeavour:


Miss Arthur

As many of you may have noticed, Miss Arthur sustained an ankle injury during the Spring break.  Stoically, she has returned to school with crutches and cast to support children on the ground floor.  We wish her a very speedy and successful recovery.


With best wishes.


The CHS Team


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


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.



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?
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?
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?
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?
16. Where did Socrates, Plato and Aristotle come from?
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?
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

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?
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?  
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?
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 _________?’
14. What was the Penny Black?
15. Which King of England famously had a stammer?
16. Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?
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”?


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