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.


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!



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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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

E-News - 16 November 2018

Dear Parents


The first event of our busy build up towards the end of Term begins next week with Parent Meetings on Monday and Tuesday.


Form Five sat their Kensington Park School assessment this week under the watchful eye of Mrs Walsh and we were very proud of their maturity in sitting this, their very first external exam paper.  Parents and children from Form Three to Form Five have been invited to tour KPS on Wednesday, 21 November at 5pm.  Please do ensure that Ms White has your name down if you would like to attend this tour.


We are eagerly anticipating our Chamber Choir’s participation in the Connaught Village Fair on Thursday at 6pm.  Do come along and support our children and enjoy the local festive cheer!


After last year’s successful Book Fair, Daunt Books are returning on Friday, 23 November.  Children can bring in money (up to £10) clearly labelled in an envelope to buy books of their choice and they will be escorted to the Dining Room to make their selection.  Parents are invited to come along both at the start and at the end of the day to choose an early Christmas present or two from the many books on display.


We are thrilled to share with you the news that our Form Six girls have performed brilliantly in the Primary Maths Challenge achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.  This was a 45-minute national test of 25 questions set by the Mathematical Association and correctly answering the necessary 80% to receive a Gold award was no mean feat.  This positive result should have set our girls on the right course for their upcoming 11+ examinations in the New Year.


A belated well done goes out to two other pupils also who, unfortunately, missed last summer’s Prize Giving ceremony.  They were awarded with their prizes in this morning’s assembly with the French Cup going to Katherine and a prize for achievement in History going to Ariana.


Forthcoming dates for your diary - invitations to each event will be sent out separately:


Friday, 30 November - Christmas Plays at the Carisbrooke Hall

Tuesday, 4 December - Forms One & Two Open Dance at the Sylvia Young Theatre School

Tuesday, 4 December - Senior Drama Club Performance in school

Friday, 7 December - Forms Three to Six Open Swim at Kensington Leisure Centre

Wednesday, 12 December - Carol Singing in St John’s Church followed by the end of term at 12pm


With best wishes.


The CHS Team

1st March 2018

The decision regarding school closure will be made by 6:30am tomorrow morning. Please check again before leaving for school.

28th February 2018

Despite the snow, school will be open today 

CHS News - 24 November 2017

What a fun packed November we are having at Connaught House!  Our children have been incredibly busy in a whole range of activities.

You may have noticed our beautifully made poppy wreath on the front door, marking Armistice Day.  Forms Five and Six created this under the talented eye of Mrs Larke and the rest of the school also marked this significant event in various ways, from writing instructions on making a poppy, to a whole school PSHE assembly.

Junior One, Forms One and Two shared their love for dance and skilful moves with their parents earlier in the month. Miss Kate is a truly inspirational dance teacher, with her graceful demonstrations and choreography in both ballet and street dance.  Parents from our senior classes also joined us at Kensington Leisure centre today for Open Swim which will continue next Friday.  The adults were impressed with the children’s stamina and their ability to swim lengths in all four strokes.

Once again, we were able to book tickets for the Into Film Festival, the world's largest free film and education event for young people. Forms Five and Six watched and then produced some work relating to an inspirational Ugandan movie, “The Queen Of Katwe”, a true tale of a young girl from a deprived background who becomes inspired by chess. Form Four were entertained by some animations of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes which linked closely to some of their work in English.

In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Week, the whole school reflected on Kindness and produced a heart-warming Kindness Tree which is displayed in the dining room.  Pupils from Junior One to Form Six reminded one another that there are many ways to show kindness, from giving a hug to sharing.  Also on display around the school are some lovely statuettes made by children from Form Three and upwards in Miss Forbes' Tuesday afternoon art sessions

Thank you again to all of those parents who supported our Book Fair, hosted by Daunt Books.  CHS now has substantial credit with this independent bookseller and we are looking forward to investing in our library in the new year.

A special visitor made her first appearance in the building yesterday, to surprise her Daddy. Freya Westerman, who is now 8 weeks old, paid us a visit, delighting staff and some lucky seniors too.

Meanwhile, Ms Grunewald and Mrs Hampton have had a number of visits this month too, including seeing Eaton House Prep and the Halcyon Senior School. They look forward to tea with the Heads of Francis Holland, Regent’s Park, and Kensington Park Senior, a new coeducational school, in the coming weeks.

As we look towards a fast approaching Christmas, pupils have been rehearsing for both their plays and the carol concert.  Invitations to the concert will be sent out shortly and we would like to thank our parents for their support in sending in such beautiful and inventive costumes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes.

The CHS Team