Archive for July 2016

 
 

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 June 2016

 

On Wednesday, 1st June, CHS had a visitor from Science Boffins. ‘Boffin Becky’ came in to discuss and demonstrate some very exciting experiments including workshops on ‘Space’ creating the solar system, plasma balls and polymers, showing how electricity can be conducted by other elements, creating static shocks and finally producing slime; please see photograph. Many of the children were inspired to try different science experiments both in and, we suspect, out of School!  ‘Boffin Becky’ was an exemplary scientist and very enthusiastic teacher and we are looking forward to welcoming her back again in the future.

 

With end of year tests over and the sunshine returned, our school trips are underway.

 

Junior One thoroughly enjoyed a farm visit on Tuesday. They went on a tractor ride, petted baby animals, watched a goat being milked and cheered in a pig race – the winner was Harry Trotter! The rain kindly held off until the last few minutes of the visit so the children were able to explore the kitchen garden and then had the opportunity to spend their own money in the farm shop. Miss Pack and Miss Hayward reported that “Our farm leader said that she had never had such a well-behaved class in all the time she has worked there and it was lovely that the children were so curious and asked so many relevant questions.”  A most successful trip for Junior One!

 

Form One had a great time at the Horniman Museum on Monday. They took a coach across London, seeing the wonderful landmarks of our city. They enjoyed a workshop in the morning learning about different types of fish, dressing up and then going into the aquarium to discover interesting facts about their chosen creatures. The children enjoyed a walk around the main hall before devouring their lunches. After that they enjoyed a stroll through the gardens and visited the animals taking time to appreciate the view. A short break was taken by the musical playground and then they enjoyed the last workshop in the gardens exploring trees and minibeasts. A great deal of fun and learning was had by all.

 

Form Two had an excellent trip to Windsor Castle on Thursday! They were given a front row seat to watch a special Changing of the Guard for the Queen’s 90th Birthday accompanied by many different pieces of music, some of which the children recognised from their lessons with Mrs Hopkins! We were also lucky enough to have a lesson in the State Apartments about Queen Elizabeth II where the children enjoyed dressing up as Queens, Knights, Butlers and Guests at our very own coronation. Despite the hot weather and large crowds the children behaved brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed their day.

 

Form Three had a wonderful trip to Windsor and the surrounding areas of Berkshire. On the coach journey out of London the children saw how the landscape changed and how the traffic lessened.  Their first stop was Manor Farm in the village of Old Windsor where they met several ponies and saw old farm machinery. The girls were able to compare hay and straw in the hay barn and they spotted some very noisy Saxon ducks that had just laid an egg. The class then took a short drive to Englefield Green passing a cricket ground and a church before heading towards Virginia Water and Ascot.  Along the route they saw Royal Ascot Racecourse and large Union Jack flags flying overhead. After a picnic lunch, they walked through Windsor checking signposts displaying the map symbols they had learned about in the classroom. The children visited Windsor and Eton’s small train station and discussed how it is much smaller than stations in London. The lovely day ended by the River Thames when the girls used their pocket money to purchase an ice cream to enjoy nearby in the shade.  They finally walked back to the Castle and, on the way, fed the hungry ducks and swans on the riverbank.  A wonderful day was had by all!

The senior forms have their excursions to look forward to.

Miss Ellie Grunewald joins us this afternoon to spend time amongst all the classes in preparation for her new role starting in September.

As a rather lovely and kept secret, the children will be surprised with a mini birthday party, complete with Union Jack cupcakes, in celebration of the Queen’s Birthday today.

CHS News May 2016

 

More Smiles Appeal at St Mary’s Hospital

The end of term photography competition raised £145.95 for the fund and we received a lovely thank you letter from Laura Watts, Head of Community and Events Fundraising, thanking CHS children and parents for their good efforts.

 

Marble Arch Business Improvement

Following on with community matters, we had a visit from Ruth Sherski and Roberta Boschi, two very helpful ladies who explained more about the Community Project for the Marble Arch area. They are very keen to hear from local people about any concerns such as dumped rubbish, noise or vagrancy issues.

Marble ARch partnership

 

 

Test Week

During next week, several form groups (but not all) will be tested on maths and literacy using INCAS (Interactive Computerised Assessment System). These are diagnostic and not competitive tests and the expectation is that they will be a useful indicator of the children’s skills and their attitude to learning. Teachers will use this information to discuss the children’s progress with parents at the Parent Meetings after half term.

 

During the week after half term, teachers will give the children a general test (or tests) covering subject knowledge for the year, most of these will have multi choice answers. Form Teachers will provide more detailed information to children and parents next week.

 

Reminder about Half Term

School finishes at the usual time on Thursday, 19th May, for the half term break.

On Friday morning, there will be the New Children’s Induction Morning when we are looking forward to meeting the 2016 Junior One group. Very hard to believe that our current Junior One will soon be ready to join Miss Steel in September!

 

During the second half of the term, the form groups will have the opportunity to spend time with their new form teacher when they visit their new classroom and, later, their parents will have the opportunity to meet the new teachers at an after-school presentation.

 

In the meanwhile, we hope the children a lovely sunny half term, whether staying in London or off to exotic places!