Archive for November 2016

 
 

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!