Dear CHS Parents

 

We hope this email finds you and your family all well.

Jubilee Day 

This memorable week of celebration for the Jubilee began on Monday morning with a whole school assembly where patriotic songs, including The National Anthem, were taught and sung with great gusto.

Our week focusing on history saw class topics delving into the development during the Queens reign of music, fashion, transport, technology, the Commonwealth and social changes in the UK that included rights for women, diversity, religion, law and formality.  It was delightful to welcome all the school community wearing  red, white and blue for our Jubilee Day on Thursday. For the day, year groups were replaced with teams of children which allowed all the ages to mix together, a recipe that has been so successful in the past with our Carnival Day. The school regrouped mid-morning to assemble a time capsule and memorabilia that, as a collective, we hope the future CHS children would be excited to unravel. A special thanks to former CHS pupil and parent, Dr Strauss, who visited and answered a number of questions relating to our ‘Same but Different’ discussions. Lunch consisted of very British food, including scones with jam. The day culminated in a round of traditional games in the park.

 

Maths

Thursday 26 May wasn’t just about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; there was also Maths to be tackled. And not just any Maths but the semi-finals of the Quiz Club National Championships.  Hannah Z captained the team which comprised four of the finest Maths brains at CHS. They were facing over fifty other schools from around the UK. Hannah, Alexandra, Adiel and Riddhi made up the intrepid quartet who stoically battled through thirty bamboozling questions aiming to score high enough to reach the grand final next month. They answered questions on tide times, calculating how many boxes fit into an articulated lorry and working out the percentage of boys in a fictitious primary school. With pulses racing and nerve-jangling music being played continuously they battled hard for over an hour. Morale remained high, but it was a case of keeping their cool as the points were added up at the end of the tournament.

Connaught House School concluded with a remarkable 1550 points out of a possible 1750. They came tenth overall which is enough to take them straight to the final on Thursday 23 June at 3.30pm. Hannah and her team will now be in action at the Light Auditorium at Friend’s House in Euston. Can they maintain their scintillating form which saw them get 27 questions correct out of 30? Time will tell!  Well done to this outstanding team of excellent mathematicians.

Form Six Article: Connaught House School written by Steve Garvey

She has been writing stories almost as soon as she could walk and now London primary school pupil, Amara, has won her first national award.

Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl and with an insatiable hunger for fantasy stories, this 11 year old pupil from Connaught House School in Westminster has won second place in a prestigious competition for young writers. Her story called:  ‘Mysterious Matilda’ follows up the life of Road Dahl’s heroine from his 1988 epic.

Amara’s creative writing was shortlisted by the Independent Schools Association in the Upper Key Stage Two category before finally being given second place this week. She attributes her love for reading to her mother who always encouraged her to write if she was bored. Amara has now read over a hundred books and is currently delving into ‘The Night Bus Hero’ by Onjali Q Rauf.

So what is the best book she has ever read? “Possibly ‘The Midnight Guardians’ by Ross Montgomery, or ‘Nevermoor’ by Jessica Townsend.”

Amara’s ambition is to become a published author and with plenty of ideas already spinning through her mind, I’m sure it won’t be long before her name is seen in print.

New Children’s Visit

Our Teddy Bear’s Picnic for our new children joining Junior One in September 2022 was a great success today, with a further £150 raised for the UNICEF Refugees.

 

New Form Two Teacher in September 2022

We would like to introduce Ms Fiona Galligan, who will be joining CHS in September 2022.  With twenty years teaching experience,  Fiona has plenty of knowledge and passion to bring to our CHS team.  Fiona lists critical and creative thinking, together with collaboration, amongst the most important skills to teach our children to enable them to understand the world we live in today.  Fiona has taught  across the key stages within both Independent Primary and Maintained Schools and has said she is “extremely excited to be part of such a friendly, creative team!”

 

Maternity Leave

Our wonderful Form Two teacher, Ms Evans, left us today to start her maternity leave.  Ms Evans joined us in 2019 with a passion for Science and Technology.  Ms Evans has continually strived and succeeded to teach the children wonderful cursive handwriting.  We look forward to sharing baby news with the school community very soon and in the meantime we wish her the best of luck in her next chapter of life.

Our wonderful Mrs Desborough, who has gradually been spending more days with Form Two this term, will be stepping into Ms Evans’ role after half term.

Parent meetings

We will be holding both remote and in person parent meetings the week starting MONDAY 13 JUNE.  You will be sent appointment choices after half term.

 

Have a wonderful and relaxing half term,

Best wishes

 

THE CHS TEAM