Dear Parents

We are now well into the Autumn Term and the school is abuzz with activity and music.

Well done to our new pupils – one in every Form Class and all in Junior One – for their smooth settling in, and to everyone, teachers, parents and pupils, for welcoming the challenges of the new year with gusto and good humour.  In Thursday’s whole school assembly, Mrs Rogers introduced the children to a ‘magic’ word that we are hoping to embed in the CHS lexicon. The word is ‘yet’ and holds the key to adopting a growth mindset when approaching learning challenges with the knowledge that though we might not have a certain skill yet, there is always the possibility of learning it.  (See Carol Dweck’s book Mindset if you are interested in finding out more).  

Forms 5 and 6 went to Hyde Park’s Lookout Centre for their first successful trip of the school year and enjoyed the orienteering.  Our first charity event of the year raised an impressive £252 pounds for Jeans for Genes; thank you for your generous contributions.  Clubs have got off to a good start with our Forms 5 and 6 Ukulele group already strumming their first melody.  Mr Taiwo’s new Forms 3 & 4 Thursday Football Squad enjoyed the autumn sunshine in Hyde Park and showed impressive ball skills.  Ms Horgan, our Drama teacher, proudly awarded a host of LAMDA certificates to pupils in assembly last week for exams that were taken in the summer term.  These were for Introductory, Entry and Grade level awards up to Grade Three.  All the children received either a merit or a distinction in Drama.  Music certificates – again all merits and distinctions – were also given out and a special well done to Ansel in Form 4 for completing a Touch Typing Award over the holidays. What a useful skill to have acquired!

Last Friday Ms Grunewald attended a Head Teachers’ lunch where there was some interesting discussion about the new Consortium exam for which our Form 6 pupils have begun preparing.  Our Form 5s have begun to think about their Senior School options too and a small group of girls attended an Open Day at Francis Holland, Regents Park with very positive feedback.

Best wishes.


The CHS Team