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E:News – 20 April 2018

CHS has got Talent

Our new term kicked off with some star performances in our charity fundraiser, ‘CHS has got Talent’. We were entertained with jokes, dancing, singing, piano, guitar, magic, arts and crafts and even some counting from a newly numerate Junior One!   An impressive £204 was raised for ‘Brixton Soup Kitchen’ and ‘Crisis’ the two charities for which Mr Taiwo is running the London Marathon.  The charities were introduced to the children in this morning’s whole school assembly.  Should you wish to donate, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimiTaiwo.   Good luck to Mr Taiwo for Sunday’s event!

RAF pilot lands in Form Three

An introduction by Mr Grosjean led to an unusual visitor arriving in Form Three on Monday. Flying Officer Aregones was accompanied by Miss Pauline Dufour, editor of a new French Junior RAF magazine, who had engaged the services of Miss Mayer and Form Three to interview the pilot.  The children are now compiling their article and we eagerly await a copy of the inaugural magazine in June which celebrates the centenary of the RAF.

Reading ambassadors visit Daunt Books, Marylebone

Following a very successful Book Fair in November, we were invited to Daunt Books, Marylebone for a private tour.  This special bookshop, allegedly the first custom built one in the world, has occupied their site in Marylebone High Street since 1912.  Our group of hand-picked pupil ambassadors were enthralled by the history of the building, the volume of books in the travel section, including antique editions, and the carefully chosen selection of books shared with them by Julia, our contact at Daunt Books. Thank you to Massimo, Alexandra, Orlando, Melina, Matilde and Jena for a wonderful trip where books were selected for each class using credit accrued from the Book Fair. Mrs Hampton and Ms Grunewald were thoroughly impressed with the children’s maturity and they enjoyed this outing immensely.

Clubs & Sport

The Wednesday school clubs began this week with Yoga and Flower Pressing for the juniors and Book Club for the seniors which, delightfully, took place in the beautiful Connaught Square Gardens.  Other classes have used this tranquil space for maths this week.

Our new art club began on Tuesday with Miss Forbes attended by seven pupils.  No doubt this will be a hugely enjoyable and creative club.

The Drama, Homework and Chess clubs also began successfully this week.

Form One have taken the plunge and started swimming lessons at Kensington Leisure Centre today.  Parents will have the opportunity to observe an Open Swim later this term.

General Knowledge Quiz

The children from Form Two upwards, sat their General Knowledge Quiz today.  Each quiz was a combination of prepared and unseen questions.  We will be reporting back on the winners next week!

Visitor

Adrian Ellis, the Headmaster from St John’s Wood Pre-Prep, is visiting the school on Wednesday and we look forward to showing him around the building.

Hot weather 

Warmer weather has now arrived and we would remind parents that the children must all be wearing summer uniform by 1 May.  Please ensure your child brings in their sun hat and water bottle every day.  On particularly hot days, sun screen should be applied before your son/daughter comes into school.

The CHS Team

E:News – 9 March 2018

Ofsted

Firstly, a huge thank you to our CHS families, parents and children alike, for their support this week whilst the school was being inspected by Ofsted.  The Inspectors will review all the evidence they collected and will issue their report within a month.   The Inspector did ask me to thank all concerned for their patience and cooperation.  She also asked me to let you all know that she very much enjoyed her visits to the classrooms and meeting the children this week.  When the Ofsted report is available it will be published on our website.  We are delighted that the feedback recorded in the Parent Questionnaire on Ofsted’s Parent View was very positive. The results can be viewed here https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/parent-view-results/survey/result/125311/current
I was very proud to read that 100% of our CHS parents, who took part, strongly agreed that they would recommend the school.
Once again, the CHS staff stepped up to the plate with great spirit, hard work and enthusiasm.  I am honoured to be leading such a marvellous team.
Today
As I write this our Form Two children are heading off to Kensington Leisure Centre for their final swimming lesson where their parents have been invited to watch.  The venue is located on Bomore Road, W11 4HB.
Upcoming Dates
Forms Five & Six will be visiting the Houses of Parliament and Churchill’s War Rooms on Tuesday, 13 March.  The children will have a tour of the Houses of Parliament where they will be learning about its history and in The War Rooms they will explore how the country was run during World War Two.
 
On Wednesday, 14 March, we are looking forward to welcoming once again Chris Jay from the charity Enable Me.  This is a very worthwhile organisation and an event that deepens the children’s understanding of living with a disability.  Please do take the time to visit their website here http://enablemeproject.org.uk
Open Morning – existing pupils
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in school on Friday, 16 March between 8.30-11.30am for this annual event.  We have organised a slightly different programme with Dr Ashworth in the larger space of the dining room where he will be looking forward to accompanying any of our budding musicians who would like to share their music with friends and family.  Miss Forbes will be stationed in the Music Room with the pupils from Forms Three to Six with art portfolios belonging to our senior pupils.  Of course, I am sure she will be very happy to discuss the art curriculum with parents of younger pupils.
Open Afternoon – prospective pupils
For our Key Stage 2 children who have been invited to Open Afternoon on Friday, 16 March, please do let us know if your child will be returning to school at 12.20pm-2pm.
Reminder
Now that Easter is approaching we would like to remind you that whilst the giving of chocolate, sweet treats or Easter eggs is most welcome, please remember that we are a NUT FREE school.  No products of any kind for children or staff can be accepted into the school with any trace of nuts.
With very best wishes.
Mrs Victoria Hampton
Principal

Ofsted Visit

We are expecting a visit from Ofsted tomorrow until the end of school on Thursday.  We have emailed parents separately in this regard.

Thank you.

The CHS Team

E-News – 2 March 2018

Snow!

Thank you for your understanding this week with regard to early closure and the postponement of the Parent Teacher Meetings as we contended with the ‘Beast from the East’. We very much look forward to the arrival of spring!

World Book Day 

Today we celebrated World Book Day which was a roaring success.  It has been a real celebration of literature with a colourful array of book characters filling our classrooms. From Little Red Riding Hood to Obelix, one of King Arthur’s Knights and an assortment of magical creatures, all on display during our whole school assembly, in which every child (and the teachers) introduced themselves and their characters in a fancy dress parade.

Open Morning 

You will by now have received your Paperless Post invitation.  This is a family event and all visitors are welcome, from younger siblings to grandparents.  However, the children will be in your care throughout this busy morning. Teachers and pupils are working hard to prepare the school for this annual event and we know that you will be very proud of their efforts. You may arrive from 8.30am onwards and we will be rounding up at 11.30am.  Any pupils hoping to showcase their musical talents with Dr Ashworth in the dining room should bring their instruments and music.

Tea Time Concert on Monday, 5 March from 4.00pm – 4.30pm 

We are very much looking forward to launching this new event.  Please note that due to space constraints this is by invitation only. However, we do hope that this will prove to be a successful event that we can repeat on a termly basis, allowing more of our pupils to play and sing for you.

Open Swimming for Form Two on Friday, 9 March 1.00pm – 1.50pm

Parents of Form Two children will have already been invited to observe their children’s final swimming lesson of the term at Kensington Leisure Centre.

Chess 

The Delancey School Chess Challenge is well underway and will culminate with certificates and awards presented by Miss Jackson on Monday, 12  March  in our whole school assembly.

Enable Me Charity Day on Wednesday, 14 March 

Chris Jay will be returning once again for our bi-annual workshop, a half-day of events for pupils from Form One up relating to life with a disability. This is an enlightening event which has proven very thought-provoking for our pupils in the past.

Government Childcare Choices Scheme – see www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

As they say ‘every little helps’ and Connaught House School has now joined the HM Government Childcare Choices Scheme.  Please take the time to access the website and explore the support, for which you may be eligible, that in previous years has not been available to independent schools.

 

The CHS Team

2nd March

We are looking forward to seeing our children in school today for our World Book Day. Please note, there will be no swimming for Form Two.

1st March 2018

School will be open today with an earlier Friday  finish. Please bring your child in with Wellington boots, hats, scarves and gloves, so they may enjoy the snow. 

 

CHS News – 9 February 2018

 

As we head off on the half term break, we would like to round up what has been a very productive first half to the Spring Term.   The 11+ entrance exams began the year with a bang and since then the school has been full of hard work and focused children.

 

Poetry Week 

 

The glorious rhythms of poetry have been ringing through the building as our pupils have been preparing diligently for the recent Poetry Competition.  The buzz of creative writing and literary appreciation throughout the school has been a delight to behold.  Our budding poets in Junior One completed their Super Hero projects with some acrostic poetry about their own superhero and Form One skied, surfed and sailed their Magic Boxes over the Pacific Ocean, to the Sahara Desert and beyond.  Form Two’s cross-curricular poems described their islands and all pupils challenged themselves to remember and deliver their lines with panache.  Our senior classes selected poetry by a range of famous poets including Alan Albright, Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Frye and Spike Milligan.  We could have awarded commendations to every pupil as all poems were performed eloquently, with character and clear diction.  Our guest adjudicator Mr Dick Jaine, Director of Education at Kensington Park School, and formerly High Master of St Paul’s Boys’ Senior School, had to make some difficult decisions.  However, in keeping with the CHS ethos, every child was applauded and pupils were recognised for effort and improvement as well as for their performance on the day.

 

Safer Internet Day

 

The whole school marked Safer Internet Day with a range of activities that reinforced online safety with some marvellous monsters designed, created and presented within the junior classes. The favourite monster from each class then received a prize; congratulations go to Orion, Yulia and Matteo for their fantastic junk model designs and to Amara for her creative Poster.  We look forward to displaying the children’s Safer Internet Posters on Open Day.

 

Sportspeople of the Term

 

Despite the cold weather, the children have continued to enjoy their sports lessons with Mr Taiwo, coming back rosy cheeked and full of beans from the park or Kensington Leisure Centre.  A special Well Done to Clay in Form One and Alexandra in Form Two who have been especially commended by Mr Taiwo as this term’s sportspeople of CHS!

 

Carol Concert Photographs

 

A selection of beautiful photographs from the carol concert are now available for you to purchase!  Kristof Szentgyorgyvary, our official CHS photographer, has uploaded these onto his website.

For security purposes, the password to unlock the pictures and purchasing information will be coming to you in a separate email. We respectfully ask you not to share these details with anyone outside of your immediate family or on social media but we know that you will enjoy these photos as much as we have!

 

Children’s Mental Health Week

 

We marked Children’s Mental Health Week with a special whole school assembly this morning, an addition to our weekly mindfulness assemblies. The children reflected upon the importance of positive thinking for mental health and each child received a little star upon which they wrote something which made them special and unique.  Next term, we plan to take our Senior Girls’ mindfulness practice to another level, meditating outside in the tranquil and picturesque Connaught Square Gardens.

 

Votes for women 100 years on

 

Representation of the People Act 1918.  Discussions took place throughout the school this week marking this important event and the roles played and sacrifices made by the suffragettes and suffragists in achieving this landmark ruling.

 

Afternoon Tea for Junior One and Form One   

 

Our final event of this bustling half term has been the Junior One and Form One afternoon tea at which Miss Hayward presented a short talk on ‘Reading aloud with your child’.  Thank you to all of those who attended and we hope you found it helpful.

 

Football

 

Mr Taiwo’s after school Friday Football Club will be returning to Hyde Park on 23 February (after the Poetry Recital).  It has been a joy for him to see how much all the children have developed in their footballing abilities and their love for the sport.  Please email games@connaughthouseschool.co.uk for full details and to confirm your place.

 

Dates for your Diary – full details to follow in due course

 

  • Poetry Recital at the Steiner Hall:  Friday, 23 February, 2.30pm.  Please can we remind you that this event is not suitable for younger siblings. Every pupil in the school will be performing in their class’ choral poem and those highly commended by Mr Jaine will be performing individually before this larger audience.

 

  • Parent Teacher Meetings: Tuesday, 27 February and Thursday, 1 March.

 

  • Open Day: Friday, 16 March, 8.30am until 11.00am.

 

Finally, we look forward to receiving the 11+ results for our senior girls and welcoming everybody back after a restful break on Monday, 19 February 2018.

 

The CHS Team

CHS News – January 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back!

 

We hope all our families have enjoyed the Festive season, frolicking in a small snow flurry and relishing in some family time.  As we know, the British weather is unpredictable and, should there be any more inclement weather on the horizon – necessitating a ‘snow day’  – we have prepared snow packs that will be emailed out.  Please note that information regarding school closure or reduced hours will be shared on the school website from 6.30am, under ‘news’.  Hopefully, this will not be necessary, as we are in central London.

 

UNIFORM

With the cold weather in mind, we would remind you that the children should be in school uniform at all times. There have been a number of non-school coats, hats and scarves appearing in our cloakroom. Whilst we appreciate that it is cold outside, we would be very grateful if you could dress your child in invisible layers that go underneath the school uniform, such as thermals, instead of replacing the CHS outerwear.

 

KEY DATES FOR YOUR SPRING TERM DIARY:

 

POETRY RECITAL – 23 FEBRUARY 2018

This will be taking place at the Steiner Hall, beginning at 2.30pm and lasting about one hour. Please note that this is not a suitable event for younger siblings who may find it difficult to remain silent during the recitals.

 

OPEN MORNING – 16 MARCH 2018

Open Morning will take place from 8.30am to 11.00am. We hope that many parents will join us for this wonderful opportunity to share achievements with their children.

 

CHESS

Chess has now been split into two mornings and will commence with our senior group this Friday, 5 January.

Monday: 8.45am – 9.15am JUNIORS

Friday:  8.30am – 9.00am SENIORS

Places are still available, if you would like your child to join.

 

FOOTBALL CLUB

After requests from most of his Friday after school football group, Mr Taiwo will be continuing his sessions from tomorrow, 5 January, in the dining room.  Until this activity moves outdoors again, parents should collect their children at 4.30pm.  Please note that these special arrangements have been made to facilitate these sessions during the winter months, we cannot accept younger, non-CHS siblings at this time.

 

WEDNESDAY CLUBS: 3.30 – 4.30pm

First club sessions begin next Wednesday, 10 January and the activities will include Coding and Equestrian Studies for the seniors, with Classic Comics and British Culture Clubs for the juniors.

 

HOMEWORK & DRAMA CLUBS

These clubs will begin next week.

 

INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS

These private lessons will commence from Monday, 8 January.

 

SCHOOL NEWS

We wish our pupils sitting exams this month the very best of luck and all the support and hard work that has been put in over the holidays is much appreciated.  We are confident that the children have been prepared and are ready for the challenges ahead.

 

Miss Forbes will be leading a Sun, Space & Art Workshop for Forms 3, 4, 5 & 6.  This project, led by Dr Helen Mason OBE, brings together scientists and visual artists to work in schools with teachers and children.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming the Enable Me charity towards the end of term as a whole school event.  Further information will be sent out closer to the date but in the meantime please visit http://enablemeproject.org.uk.

The CHS Team

CHS News – End of Autumn Term 2017

A final E:News to round up an excellent and productive Autumn Term.  The children and their teachers have certainly worked extremely hard to produce two wonderful events just one week apart – The Christmas Plays and the Carol Concert.

The Christmas Plays took place at the end of November in the beautifully refurbished Carisbrooke Hall and were, once again, a resounding success.  Our Junior Ones performed the Jolly Postman commendably posting their letters and celebrating Christmas cheer with a variety of characters from nursery fables.  Miss Hayward and Miss Broeders created a very humorous script with some wonderful dancing to support the Oscar worthy acting!  Form One took to the stage with clear diction, well learnt lines and Christmas spirit throughout their Gingerbread Man show.  Miss Pack, who unfortunately could not be there on the day, wrote excellent lines for each child that suited their characters perfectly.  Such fabulous costumes, supplied by parents, made all the difference.  As Form Two took to the stage there was a clear progression in the quantity of lines and speed of delivery from this older class.  Miss Rollins chose a play that the children obviously enjoyed performing.  For the first time, Forms Three, Four, Five and Six combined their talents and put on a marvellously funny and up-to-date adaptation of the Pied Piper, very cleverly written by Miss Burke and well supported by Miss Mayer, Mrs Walsh and Mr Westerman.  I think we all left the hall giggling to ourselves at the many jokes and one-liners that were included in the script!
On Thursday this week, our annual Carol Concert took place at St John’s Church with Dr Ashworth’s masterly ordered programme of song choices from around the world.  A new CHS music style was apparent and very well commended.  It was a real joy to see Form Two performing on the glockenspiels accompanying the senior orchestra’s rendition of Jingle Bells.  Miss Mclatchie’s violinists performed Away in a Manger admirably and a memorable Stille Nacht was sung by our senior choir.
Mrs Larke, as always, managed behind the scenes for both events ensuring smooth running and, together with Ms White’s programmes and administration, we were all kept informed so that the productions ran like clockwork.
Next week, in our final two days of the term, we have some fun events planned with our Christmas Party taking place on Monday, as well as our senior choir carol singing at the Victory Club, and a toy day on the last day of term when the children are invited to bring in a toy to share with their classmates.  Please note that the children should be collected before lunch on Tuesday – precise pick up times are on the CHS website.
Finally, we would like to wish all our families a very Happy Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming the children back for the Spring Term on 4 January 2018.
The CHS Team

CHS News – 29 September 2017

A warm welcome to Baby Westerman who arrived safely at the weekend.  Mother, baby and father are all doing well and we look forward to seeing pictures of Mr Westerman’s daughter upon his return to school next week.

 

Congratulations to Junior One who, after a staggered start, have just completed their first full week of normal school.  They all enjoyed meeting Coco the guide dog with Hilary this week as part of Junior One’s Topic.

 

You will find important dates for your diary on October’s School Calendar.  Please also note coming up in November we have flu vaccinations on 8th (Junior 1 to Form 4) and individual and sibling photographs on 13th.

 

Wednesday, 4 October is National Walk to School Day and so we are encouraging any families that can to participate in this healthy event.

 

Uniform alert!

 

How lovely it is to see so many of the children in their new uniform and a wonderful smattering of our new summer dresses have been on display for the last few weeks.

 

However, now that we have come to the end of September, we would like to remind parents that as from the start of next week (2 October) all of our pupils should be in winter uniform.  Please refer to the uniform list.

 

As the weather becomes cooler, the children should start wearing their school duffel coats; we will keep their 3-in-1 waterproof coats in school for sporting activities and outings in all weathers.  We are in the process of adding an optional cagoule to the uniform list, which will be available soon, for children to wear over their blazers/duffel coats in wet weather if you prefer.  Warm fleece hats, scarves and gloves are available from our uniform supplier and should be worn on cold days.

 

Please note that non-uniform items of clothing should not be worn to school.  All items of uniform must be clearly named and to assist you in this, Perry Uniform offers a labelling facility.

 

We are looking forward to a whole school visit by Chris Jay from the charity Enable Me http://enablemeproject.org.uk on 11 October.  This is an enlightening experience where the children will develop their awareness of disability.

 

Best wishes.

 

The CHS Team