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End of Term News December 2016

As we approach the end of a very successful and full Autumn Term, we wanted to share with our parents and families our final news of the year.

School Visits

In order to foster and refresh the relationship between CHS and the various London preparatory schools where we continue to send our boys, Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald have now had the opportunity to meet the various new Heads and Registrars at University College School, Westminster Under School, St Philips, ICS School, Westminster Cathedral Choir School, Latymer Prep and Sussex House. We also had the opportunity to welcome Phillip Williams, the future Headmaster of the Eaton Square Upper School which opens this September.

 

Stained Glass Workshop

Form One had a visit from Amadea’s grandmother, who gave the children a lovely talk about making stained glass windows. The children were able to show the beautiful lanterns and windows they made with her at the following assembly.

 

Visits

 

Song of the Sea

The visit to see the award winning Irish animated film, Song of the Sea, was another success and has inspired some lovely writing from many of the girls.

 

British Library

The senior girls delved into the treasure trove of amazing books on display at the British Library, cherry picking fantastic phrases and useful words, in order to stimulate their creative writing back at School.

 

Natural History Museum

Forms One & Two enjoyed watching a traditional tales puppet show followed by a visit to see the dinosaurs.  No sign of the Christmasaurus however!

 

School Plays

Everyone enjoyed watching the Christmas Plays at the Carisbrooke Hall. We were impressed by how confident Junior One were and how loud and clear their voices were in the Stick Man.  We loved Form One’s charming play, Bear Stays Up for Christmas, which was beautifully performed by the children, and Form Two’s Christmasaurus that was equally well presented and looked wonderful. We absolutely loved the creativity of Form Three and Four’s Don’t Cook Father Christmas; their spirited characters and sparkling performances were unforgettable. Form Five & Six had great fun with Dick Whittington and sang their specially chosen songs with all their usual gusto – thanks to Mrs Hopkins who is always both accommodating and encouraging of our musical aspirations.

 

NB: A grey woolen hat was left behind in the hall after the performances.  Please contact the office if this hat belongs to you.

 

Carol Singing at the Victory Club

Our senior choir, accompanied by form teachers and Mrs Hopkins, were once again enchanting in their rendition of tradition carols for the visitors and staff at the Victory Club.  The girls were presented with teddy bears afterwards as a memento of their visit.

 

Green School Hat

Mrs Larke has sourced an alternative winter hat (at a cost of £10) as our regular supplier has been out of stock for some time.  Please email her directly if you would like to make an order at:

 

manager@connaughthouseschool.co.uk

 

Club News

The Supervised Homework Club has been a great success (not least for the tasty tea) and will continue next term. Please note sessions have finished for this term and, if you would like to sign your child up for next term, then please let Ms White know as soon as possible.

This is also a reminder that Wednesday Clubs for Juniors and Seniors have finished for the term. 

We are very pleased to be able to offer a Junior and a Senior Drama Club starting in January.  Gillian Horgan who is a Lamda Accredited Drama Teacher will be holding Drama Clubs on Tuesday afternoons, after School, with 8 places available (on a first come first served basis) for Junior One to Form Two pupils and 10 places for Form Three to Form Six pupils.  The termly charge will be £140.  Please do notify Ms White if you would like to reserve a place.

Fundraising

This Christmas we will be fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Miss Arthur used to work and where Miss Pluskowska currently volunteers.  In aid of this excellent cause, the children will be asked to make a donation in order to each decorate a bauble for one of the Christmas trees that will be displayed in the School entrance hall this week.  Please could you send in your donation (minimum £1) in a named envelope tomorrow morning. 

 

Wishing all of our pupils and families a very restful and happy holiday.

 

CHS Team

Parent Questionnaire Feedback – November 2016

Thank you to everyone who completed the Parent Questionnaire at our recent Parent Teacher evening. Your feedback is highly valued and fundamental to our programme of continual improvement.

 

With the exception of a few parents who ‘did not know’, all other responses either agreed or strongly agreed that:

  • My child is happy at CHS
  • My child feels safe at school
  • My child makes good progress
  • My child is well looked after
  • My child is well taught
  • The school makes sure pupils are well behaved

 

In Junior One, Form One and Form Two we have been piloting a new report system this year, to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s progress, based on tracking their achievements and following their learning journey through the National Curriculum objectives. We will be extending this to the rest of the school as the year progresses.

 

The majority of parents agreed or strongly agreed that their child receives appropriate homework for his/her age. However, two parents did not know, two felt there was too much and one said there was too little in Maths. Whilst every teacher endeavours to dispense homework that is appropriate for each child, this is not always easy to predict. We value your feedback via your child’s homework diary/reading record. 

 

The questionnaire did highlight that a number of parents are unaware of our anti-bullying policy and our procedures for dealing with bullying. Bullying is taken very seriously at Connaught House School and we have included a summary of our policy. We hope this will reassure you of our commitment to ensuring that our School is a happy place for all and that you can approach any member of staff should you have any concerns. The full version of the policy, along with all of our policies, including each curriculum subject, safeguarding, first aid and IT are available at any time on the School website.

 

Once again, thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire. The answers help us to understand where there are doubts or concerns and as a result we can provide parents with timely, appropriate and helpful information.

CHS News November 2016

School Visits

Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald are currently very busy with visits to various prep and senior schools. These visits began with Wetherby Prep where they met Alice Olney, Senior Mistress, and Emma Hart, Senior Deputy Head. This visit was followed by a trip across the park to meet Alexander Wulffen-Thomas, the new Headmaster, at St Philip’s. During the coming weeks, Mrs Hampton and Miss Grunewald will be visiting University College School, Westminster Under School, Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Sussex House. Miss Grunewald and Mr Westerman visited City of London School for Girls for a delicious breakfast and an impressive tour of the building and facilities where they gained valuable information relating to the entry process.

 

Visiting CHS, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Georgina Hood, the Principal of Paint Pots Nurseries and Philip Williams, who will be the head of Eaton Square Senior School, a new coeducational senior school opening in September 2017. This week, we were particularly delighted to welcome Vivienne Durham, the former headmistress of Francis Holland, Regents Park, who now works for an educational consultancy.

 

Menu

Following a survey conducted by the Form Six girls on pupils’ favourite lunches, there have been some tweaks to the Autumn/Winter menu for the second half of the term. You can access the new menu via the School website. We were impressed to learn that popular choices were both healthy and nutritious although almost everyone has room for a slice of Laura’s chocolate pudding!

 

School Photographs

After last year’s very successful individual and joint CHS sibling photographs arranged just in time for Christmas presents, we have once again invited Bentley Photographic to photograph all the children on Monday 14th November. This gives you plenty of time to arrange hair cuts if needed.

 

Junior and Form One Coffee Morning

Mrs Victoria Hampton and Miss Grunewald are looking forward to welcoming parents from the junior classes in the dining room on Monday morning between 10:00 and 11:00.

 

Road Safety Talks

This week, Mrs Walsh arranged a visit from Westminster’s Road Safety Officer to give all the children a talk about road safety. Afterwards, many of the children were heard discussing the differences of Pelican and Toucan crossings and all the children were delighted with their gift of a flashing light.

 

Miss Wilkins

A warm welcome to Miss Olivia Wilkins who is helping in Form One for the second half term as part of her work experience. So far, Miss Wilkins has not stopped smiling since she arrived so it looks as if Form One are making her feel very welcome.

 

Book Fair with Daunt Books (Marylebone High Street)

Miss Grunewald’s Book Fair attracted a good turn out of parents and was a great success. Working with a local, independent bookshop meant that we were able to provide a wonderful selection of books. Happy Weekend Reading to all!

CHS News July 2016

Charity Day on Monday:  Please help our Form Six girls raise money for this year’s voted charity, Children With Cancer UK, at our used books Bring & Buy Sale. We will welcome your donations of any good quality used children’s books (for ages 4-12 years) that can be purchased by the children in the dining room during the afternoon between 2pm-3.30pm.  Each child may bring up to £5 for the sale.

 

Prize Giving on Wednesday:  We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday morning at the Carisbrooke Hall for the CHS Annual Prize Giving.  This is a family event, starting at 11am, and the ceremony should last approximately one hour.  The children will leave with their parents from the Hall and this marks the end of term.

 

As the end of the year is upon us, many of our classes have been enjoying a very busy final full week at School with trips, visits and the occasional super hero flying around Junior One!

Form One thoroughly enjoyed their second visit from the children’s author Angela Fish who came in to talk about her newest title, ‘Ben and the Spider Prince’.  Forms Five & Six disappeared off to the British Library on Thursday where they toured the building and attended a pair of wonderful workshops on the history of maps and a drama based Shakespeare review.  They visited the ‘Treasure’ room, an exhibit filled with rare and beautiful books on many varied subjects, and they were also able to see the second biggest book in the world.  We hope Form Four are enjoying their trip today to London Zoo and fingers crossed the rain holds off for them.

Staff News: Miss Steel and Form One will be sad to say goodbye to Miss Bowrey this July as she leaves CHS to take up a PGCE place at St Mary’s University College to fulfill her goal of becoming a qualified teacher. As well as providing stalwart support in Form One, Miss Bowrey has been involved in several popular club activities, the Sign Language Club being a particular favourite with the children.  We wish her every success for the future and look forward to welcoming her back as a fully qualified teacher one day!

Joining the School in September to assist Miss Steel will be Lisa Weston, BA, CELTA, who has a double 2:1 Bachelor of Arts in French and in Near Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic Language from the University of Arizona. She is an experienced Teaching Assistant, usefully familiar with the Read Write Inc programme, and has previously taught in Vietnam, Italy, the Czech Republic and, most recently, in the UK. Miss Weston has also had experience working with and supporting children with specific educational needs. She is fluent in French, having grown up internationally, and her long-term professional goal is to become a qualified primary school teacher. We look forward to welcoming Miss Weston to CHS.

 

We hope you all have a very happy summer break and thank you for your continuous support throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming our CHS pupils back on 8 September for the Autumn Term.

 

Best wishes.

 

The CHS Team

 

CHS News 21st June 2016

SUMMER CONCERT 2016

It was difficult to imagine there could be any improvement on the concert last year but congratulations to everyone as the playing and singing was better than ever. It was very hard to keep a dry eye! The summer concert reflects the year’s hard work and commitment by both pupils and their teachers including the weekly assembly performances that help to build up the children’s confidence and pleasure in performing.

Mrs Hopkins continues to inspire us all!

 

SPORTS DAY at Paddington Recreation Ground, beginning 10.30am

We are looking forward to seeing parents and families this Friday, 24 June, for the annual competition between the two houses CLIFTON – SUSSEX. Mrs Larke’s creativity in the devising of new races for the day has to be seen to be believed!  Your child should be in School at the normal time on Friday morning, dressed in sports kit.  All the children go together by coach to Paddington Recreation Ground and parents arrive for 10.30am.

The programme finishes around 11.30am/12noon and the rest of the day is a school holiday for the children.

 

CHS News  9th September 2015

A very warm welcome to our new and returning pupils as we look forward to a happy and productive term. Dates of Christmas Plays and the Carol Concert as well as other events are on the Term Calendar.

Music Lessons

There were over 80 music lessons to fit into the academic timetable last year so achieving a workable arrangement, especially at the beginning of the academic year, is a challenge. We will notify parents about the lessons as soon as possible but, in the meanwhile, would appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

Guitar Club

As parents will remember from the Summer Concert, we had some star guitar performances thanks to their teacher Miss Brooke and we would like to encourage a new generation of players with the introduction of an after school Guitar Club on Monday afternoons. Please e-mail the school office asap if you would like more information.

 

New Language Teacher & SENDCO

As we mentioned in our end of summer term e-news, we have a new support teacher joining us this term, Miss Joanna Urbanek, BA Hons (Roehampton), PGCE (KCL), Specific Learning Difficulties OCR Programme (UCL), Diploma in French (Redbridge). Miss Urbanek’s background as a language teacher and her SEN qualifications make her a valuable addition to the CHS staff team. She will be teaching French through the school and will also become our SENDCO (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator) and provide support both in the classroom and for pupils. If additional individual support is required then this can be provided in school as an extra. Our new SEND policy is available via the CHS website.

 

 

Other Staff News

This term, many CHS staff have taken on new or additional roles which includes Miss Arthur joining Miss Pack and Miss Hayward on the Junior One floor and Miss Pluskowska joining Miss Rollins in Form Two. As well as her background as a classroom assistant, Miss Arthur also trained as a paediatric nurse which will make her a valuable member of the J1 team. Miss Pluskowska, meanwhile, will be able to put her language degree to good use in Form Two. The full CHS staff list is on our website.

 

In her role as the new whole school IT Coordinator, it will be Miss Rollins’ responsibility to remind parents of just how important it is to make every effort to ensure our children are kept safe and, just like our teaching staff, the children from Form One upwards will be asked to sign an undertaking to use the internet responsibly. Form teachers will go through the wording on the form with the children who will be asked to sign it and then take it home for parents to countersign and return it to school. For further information, please see Acceptable Use Policy (IT & Computing) via the CHS website.

Mr Bruce will also be back this term to support the boys preparing for the January exams and take games with the junior form groups.

 

New Menu

Following consultation with a local nutritionist and after trialing a number of new recipes last term, we have designed a new lunch menu, which follows a three-week rotation with seasonal changes (and not forgetting the very popular traditional Christmas Lunch in December).

 

Please view the menu on the CHS website.

 

e-news: 8 May 2015

Following a rather sickly Spring Term it has been lovely to see the children return looking fresh and rested after the break. Whilst the weather has been variable we managed tennis without rain on Thursday morning and are looking forward to another games session at the beautifully refurbished Kensington Centre today. We were not so lucky with outdoor clubs on Wednesday although contingency plans were in place. For the seniors, there is a rounders club and an IT coding club and we are keeping the juniors extremely fit with an athletics club and a cricket club.

 

Thank you for getting your children to school so promptly for games on Thursday. Whilst the last minute change was irritating, the organisation of the academic timetable in school is much improved with the extra time.

 

There are many events and activities planned including the Summer Concert. Music auditions take place throughout the first half of this term and Mrs Hopkins has reminded the children that plenty of diligent preparation is recommended to ensure participation in the performance. The CHS music teachers will certainly be keen to encourage their pupils and if your child studies an instrument out of school and would like to audition please let Mrs Hopkins know. We make use of our music assemblies so the children have the opportunity to play in front of an audience. The morning mini-concerts are always a pleasure to watch and often reveal unsuspected talent.

 

The Summer Concert is at the Steiner Hall and can we remind parents now that this is not a suitable occasion to bring along younger children; it is very unfair to our young performers if this is not respected. Sports Day and Prize Giving are all family friendly events.

 

New cabling installed during the Easter break has brought a great improvement to our internet reception but so many changes in our IT system has brought its share of glitches too. Our e-mail facility has been particularly vulnerable and if you have sent an e-mail that has not been responded to, do please resend. We do thank parents for their understanding in the meanwhile.

 

Pen and paper nevertheless are still very much part of school life and the children’s diaries are for them to share with parents on a daily basis so please check them everyday as usual.

 

Another quick reminder, please make sure your child brings in their water bottle every day.

 

 

 

 

CHS Newsletter 1st December 2014

News for 2015
As we approach the end of the term, we have some further developments to announce for the new term.

Mrs Walsh from Pembridge Hall will be joining us in January
Mrs Anne-Marie Walsh, will be taking over the Form Five year group in January. Mrs Walsh is a very experienced teacher who comes to us with a complete understanding of the London school system. She has been both a class and subject teacher at Pembridge Hall since 2000 and has wide experience of preparing pupils for the Common Entrance and competitive London Day Schools. Her current role, as their Maths, English, Gifted & Talented Coordinator, means she has taught scholarship classes in Maths and extension classes in English to Year Six candidates as well as booster classes to those children who struggled in either subject. We feel Mrs Walsh will be a substantial addition to our teaching team and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her to CHS in the New Year.

Newsletter 21st November 2014

JUNIOR ONE & FORM ONE COFFEE MORNINGS

A very big thank you to Miss Johnson and Miss Hayward for organising a successful fund raising event. An impressive sum of £409 was raised for Macmillan cancer support. There was a wonderful array of cakes at both the Junior One and Form One coffee mornings, demonstrating the baking skills of many of our parents and children.

MISS MAYER VISITED FORM THREE

Form Three thoroughly enjoyed meeting Miss Mayer this week who will be joining us in January. Whilst we are hoping to see Mrs Bell back next term, she has been advised that she may have to take maternity leave earlier than planned. Therefore, it was particularly useful that Miss Mayer had the opportunity to meet the children and familiarise herself with Form Three’s timetable to ensure a gentle hand-over.

CONGRATULATIONS MISS STEEL

As some parents may be aware, Miss Steel is a very successful competitive athlete and last weekend she competed in Holland playing Wallball for Team GB. Competing in both singles and doubles categories, she won the silver medal in her grade in the singles category. This was her first international final and a promising step for the next international competition in February.

CONNAUGHT HOUSE SCHOOL AUTUMN TERM 2014

Mrs Bell in Form Three is expecting twins!
We were delighted to learn that Mrs Bell is expecting and most impressed when she discovered that she is in fact expecting twins. As the babies are due in the spring, Mrs Bell will begin her maternity leave early next term. Fortunately, we had already met Lauren Mayer, a teacher we were very impressed with earlier this year, and are very pleased that she will be available to join us in January.

New Form Three Teacher joining us in January
Miss Lauren Mayer BA (Hons), PGC, attended Milfield School and for the last five years has been a Year Three and a Year Four class teacher at a Beacon School in Surbiton, with particularly impressive literacy achievements. She is currently their Eco Schools Coordinator and was instrumental in them gaining their Eco Gold Award. Miss Mayer is also the PE coordinator, a particular keen horsewoman and a qualified riding instructor.

Mrs Jones and Ms White join the School Office
It is a great relief to have our tiny school office full of good-humoured, administering people again. Thank you to parents for being so understanding as we have made this transition. Mrs Jones is our new IT Manager and she will be in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Ms White, our new school secretary, will be in the office and responsible for general administration.

Parents workshop – Preparing boys for exams
We are delighted that Dr Jeremy Monsen, who is the Principal Educational Psychologist of the East London Consortium of Educational Psychologists will be giving a talk and offering advice on raising boys and supporting their preparation for 7 and 8+ exams. This is by invitation only and is extended to parents of boys attending CHS.