Good afternoon CHS Parents!

 

Readathon

On Monday, we held the finale to our marvellous Readathon in the Park. It was wonderful to see parents and children gathered together to share stories as well as read their own books. Jessica Cunliffe, the Community Programme Officer, from Marble Partnership attended the event too and was extremely impressed by the children and their enthusiasm and love for reading. She wrote a few words for the community Twitter:

With baskets full of books and some very enthusiastic readers, Connaught House School held a #Readathon in Hyde Park earlier this week. Children gathered around their teachers to hear magical stories come to life and many brought their own books to enjoy in the sun. The Readathon took place on #WorldRefugeeDay and the event has so far raised an incredible £2,112 to support UNICEF’s global work with displaced children.

All the staff at CHS would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Readathon and helped to raise such an amazing amount for UNICEF. Please see photos attached.

 

TFL visit to Form Six

In a week of strikes on the railways, it was pertinent that Transport For London travelled to visit Form Six on Thursday. Their representative, Michael, informed the class about how to be safe when moving about the capital on all forms of transport: From bus to bicycle and from tram to tube. The class was able to ask questions about ZIP Cards and to explore how their behaviour can impact the lives of other travellers. It is hoped that the present Form Six cohort will now have renewed confidence as they head in various directions to their secondary schools.

 

Staff News 

Form Two – Miss Evans welcomed a healthy and bonny baby boy just one day after moving home, back to Staffordshire earlier in the month. A bouquet from CHS and some beautiful cards from her former pupils arrived safely a few days later. Both mother and baby are well and we are all looking forward to seeing some more photographs soon.

 

Art – Our wonderful, part time art teacher, Mrs Desborough, will be leaving us at the end of the term. Mrs Desborough joined Connaught House School in 2018 and has completely rewritten and extended our art curriculum, entering our pupils into numerous competitions and supporting the children’s creative talents expertly. Beyond the art room, Mrs Desborough has been a reliable substitute teacher who has seamlessly continued Miss Evans’ work in Form Two for the final few weeks of the summer term.  Mrs Desborough leaves us to take on a full time Head of Art position at Heath Mount, an independent prep school in Hertford.

 

Joining us in September is practising artist and designer, Miss Susie Foster.  Miss Foster studied mixed media textiles at the Royal College of Art and more recently achieved a distinction in a diploma with the Society of Botanical Artists. She has exhibited her work internationally at The Stockholm Furniture Fair and Premiere Vision in Paris and won the prestigious John Norris Wood Prize for drawing natural forms.  Alongside her own practice, she thoroughly enjoys sharing her skills and encouraging others to explore their creativity. As well as teaching in the classroom, she has welcomed the opportunity to develop and facilitate art and design sessions for museums, such as The Postal Museum, The V&A and Orleans House Gallery.

 

SENCO – Miss Stock will be leaving CHS to start a one year sabbatical at the end of this term.  Her travel plans are  exciting, including volunteer teaching on a remote island off Madagascar.  Her time will also be spent studying ‘Counselling Children through Therapeutic Arts’ which will enhance her skills and provision when she returns to CHS in September 2023.

 

Ms Montgomery, an experienced SENCO will be taking her place. Ms Montgomery has been teaching for over 10 years and has taught in a variety of schools in London, Edinburgh and abroad. We are looking forward to her joining our team and sharing her knowledge with us. Her specialisms include the development of communication and language in Early Years and Key Stage One, learning outside the classroom and Makaton. Ms Montgomery has a strong interest and knowledge of supporting mental health and emotional resilience in children and young people and is also a qualified yoga teacher for children.

 

Please join us in welcoming both Miss Foster & Ms Montgomery to our CHS family.

 

Music

Many congratulations go to Estella and Aurelia who have both successfully made it to the top 50 at the CUIMF Music competition audition which is organised by the Arts Council for England and Queen Mary University of London. Both girls will be performing piano duet By Ravel and Chamber music by Shostakovich at the Top 50 Music Stars Concerts this Saturday, 25 June at 7pm at St John the Baptist Church, Holland Road, W14 8AH.  If you would like to watch their performances please access the following ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/338548978107

Added to this success, both girls also won first prize at the North London Piano Duet Class, as well as second prize at the Ealing Festival.  A wonderfully talented duo!

REMINDERS

Bentley Photographers visiting on Tuesday 28 June. Please make sure that your child is in the correct uniform and looking smart for their picture.

 

**SPORTS DAY – FRIDAY, 1 JULY 2022**

 

The children have been practising for Sports Day and are ready and primed for the races!  Good luck to all!

Please bring your child into school wearing their full white PE kit, including clean white trainers and sun hats.  It is very important that each child has had sun cream applied and that they have a full water bottle.

 

Parents should arrive at Paddington Recreation Ground ready for a prompt 10.30am start.  The event should conclude at approximately 12.30pm.

Please be aware that you must collect your children from the Recreation Ground as we will not be return to school afterwards.

A further message will be sent out next week together with a map.

 

ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

Artwork of the Week goes to Emeer from Form Two for his wonderful sketch of a nose.

 

With best wishes,

 

CHS Team