Dear Parents

 

We have begun the first of the busy Christmas weeks with rehearsals, recitals and visitors.

 

Christmas Lights

A very excited group of CHS pupils did a wonderful job of turning on the Edgware Road Christmas Lights on Tuesday. It was especially warming to see how many siblings and teachers joined the audience at the corner of Connaught Place to support the children in their task. This was followed by a marvellous recital of poetry and verse at the Victory Services Club.  Miss Horgan, the Drama Teacher, who prepared the programme must have been very proud to hear how well the children were complimented.  Welcome praise came from Marble Arch London, ‘The children were absolutely fantastic. I had tingles up my arms when they performed.  They certainly all know how to captivate an audience’.

 

Art Competition 

How clever of Mrs Desborough to submit copies of all the pupils’ Christmas card designs and enter them into the St John’s Hospice annual competition.  Out of all the entrants from local schools, only eight finalists were chosen and one of our pupils made the final!  Many congratulations to Harry in Form Five!  Please support his entry by voting this weekend – every vote counts:

 

Only votes cast on the St John’s Hospice official Facebook page 

@stjohnshospice and Instagram page @stjohns_hospice will be counted

 

Dance Festival

We wish Riddhi, in Form Three, every success as she performs tomorrow at the International Indian Classical Dance Festival. We look forward to seeing what will surely be wonderful photographs of the event.

 

Art Trip Forms Five & Six

Forms Five and Six will be visiting the Victoria Miro gallery in Mayfair on Tuesday, 19 November to view the current exhibition, Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration. This perfectly compliments the work they are doing in class and Mrs Desborough is sure the children will be inspired by the work on display.

 

Head Master, Queen’s College

After an informative visit to Queen’s College senior school last week, we were pleased to reciprocate and welcome Richard Tillett, Head of Queen’s College, today here at CHS.  He was thoroughly impressed with the children’s work and enjoyed chatting to pupils in Forms One and Four.  Mr Tillett spent some time answering questions about QCS from the pupils in Form Six.

 

Orthodontist Visit

The senior classes are enjoying a very interesting visit from Dr Kyi and her dental assistant Poppy who have come from Harley Street to discuss the importance of dental hygiene.

 

Ms White

After six highly productive years as our school secretary, Ms White will be retiring at the end of the year. Jackie joined the CHS Team in 2013 and, at a point when our administration was about to be upgraded to a new digital system, she cheerfully undertook the mammoth task of setting up our data on to SIMS. Sorting out the many blips along the way, coaxing and encouraging all to embrace the new, she skillfully dealt with it all. After a long and interesting career comes a well-deserved retirement although, knowing Jackie, I am sure that it will be far from an inactive one. The first step will be realising a long-planned move out of London which will give her more time to spend with her grandsons. Jackie has been an invaluable support from the beginning and then when I took on the reins of Principal over two years ago.  I know she will be much missed by the school team – although I suspect she will not miss the school stairs!  I am sure staff, pupils and parents will join me in wishing her every happiness for the future.

 

Ms Broeders

Sadly, we will be saying another goodbye soon. After two very successful years at CHS, Ms Broeders, our dynamic Junior One Yellow teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this term to embark on a new adventure.  She is off to learn Norwegian and set up home in Norway with her new husband who has been transferred to Oslo.  Our warmest wishes go with Karin for this exciting new chapter in her life; we hope she will keep in touch and come back to visit the school.

 

Miss Doyle, who has already joined the school, will be the third member of our Junior One Team going forward.  Miss Doyle has an MSc in child psychology from Kingston University and a BSc in social science.  She is highly experienced in working with children and has become an extremely popular member of staff even after such a short time with the school.

 

Food donations

Miss Arthur has once again headed a drive to collect preserved foods for the homeless.  This year’s collection will be making its way to the Marylebone Project who also received our winter coat donations earlier this term.  To avoid overloading, we have dedicated a specific week for classes to bring their donations into school starting with Junior One and Form One next week.  Please visit the school website where you will find the schedule and a list of required items.

 

Wishing you a very happy weekend.

 

Mrs V Hampton

Principal