Seasons, by Josie, Form 6

Winter is a terrorist.

He snatches the last traces of summer and steals the only life leaving the landscape barren, bare and cold.

He fears only spring, who melts his cold ice and brings back life to the earth, turning the snow to fresh rain. He causes the rabbit to cower and keep its white coat.

 

Summer is a cicada, chirping in the green, green grass.

Only when the first rays of sunlight warm the earth,

May he spread his wings and fly.

 

Spring is a gurgling burn.

He trickles down the mountain, watering the flowers as he goes, letting the animals drink from his pure waters.

Their thirst takes control of them though and his last forgotten droplets are burnt by the sun as it rises to take his place and start summer.

 

Autumn is a brittle conker, thudding on the ground,

Finding nuts for squirrels and preparing the animals for the long and hard winter ahead.

He is whisked away by a child who sickens him by soaking him in vinegar; his hard work never pays off.

Then he is cracked and left to rot in the long, hard winter, while all the animals he helped are tucked away, warm and full through all of it.

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  OCTOBER 2016

Parent Meetings with Staff w/c 17 October

By now, Ms White will have e-mailed all parents with a meeting time with their child’s form teacher. Whenever possible, we give you a time closest to any request and parents with two children are allotted consecutive times so It is much appreciated if you confirm your attendance.

 

Daunt Books

Form Three had a wonderful workshop at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street on Thursday on the language of Roald Dahl.  Junior One had a thoroughly lovely time with Coco the guide dog on Wednesday.

 

More Dates for your Diary

Form Three have a visit booked to the Museum of London on the 17 October, Forms Four, Five and Six are seeing the film the Song of The Sea on 17 November and Forms Five and Six have a trip organised to the British Library on 23 November.  Further information will be sent to parents in due course.

A reminder that half term is the week of 24-28 October.

 

Uniform

Children should now be wearing winter uniform which incudes the regulation grey hat (girls) and grey cap (boys), green and yellow stripe scarf and green gloves. Girls should wear green tights or green socks if preferred. NB: we are aware that John Lewis are awaiting stock of the bobble hat – we do not recommend the one size fleece hat for younger children as the sizing is fairly large.

 

Requests about absence

Parents are politely reminded that, other than for illness, you are required to ask permission from the Principal to take your child out of school either for religious festivals or unavoidable family occasions. As far as you are able please notify the School about any medical appointments as this does help with lesson planning.

 School Visits

Mrs V Hampton and Miss Grunewald will be visiting Wetherby School on Monday, 10 October.  Mr Phillip Williams, future Head of Eaton Square School, Mayfair, will be visiting CHS on Tuesday, 18 October.

CHS NEWS SEPTEMBER 

 

Music Lessons

We have some times still available for Miss Land (recorder and flute) and Miss Rogers (piano). Please contact the school office if you are interested in lessons for your child.

Junior One Visits

Well done to our new Junior One who completed their first full week of school last Friday.  During this week, Claire Vanstone visited the classroom to talk about being a nurse and staying healthy. Next week, Hilary and her guide dog, Coco, are visiting Junior One as part of their topic on senses. 

 

Former Pupil’s News 

We recently heard from Professor Sparti about her daughter, Giulietta Hope, whose work has been selected for the Young Artists’ Exhibition at the Royal Drawing School 2016, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG. Giulietta currently attends Queen’s College School in Year Eight and was awarded both an academic and an art scholarship from Queen’s. Information about the exhibition can be found at:

http://royaldrawingschool.org/exhibitions

 

Tuesday Football Club 4-5 pm

We had a wonderful first football session with Mr Simi yesterday afternoon and would like to remind all parents of children in Junior One, Forms One, Two and Three that, weather permitting, there are 3 more taster sessions coming up.  The cost will be £10 per session. Please contact Ms White for details if you would like your son/daughter to participate.

 

A date for your diary:

 

Nasal Flu Vaccine

The NHS Foundation Trust are offering children in Years One, Two and Three the nasal vaccine in CHS on Monday afternoon, 5th December.  Parents will be sent a permission form if they would like their children to take part in the programme.

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CHS News September 2016

Welcome to the Autumn Term!

We do hope everyone was able to take advantage of the glorious summer weather and that your children are ready for school! We look forward to welcoming our returning and new pupils tomorrow and it is always exciting to settle in the new Junior One children and get to know them better.

As always, the Autumn Term is crammed with activities and although it is an academically focused term there are the Christmas Plays and the Carol Concert for everyone to look forward to.

Dates for your diary 

The following dates should be noted in your calendars:

Parents meetings  scheduled for TUESDAY 18th October and THURSDAY 20th October.

Christmas Plays  at the Steiner Hall on WEDNESDAY afternoon 30th November.

Carol Concert  at St John’s Church on TUESDAY afternoon 13th December.

 

New faces 

Just a reminder that we have three new teachers joining CHS: Miss Cowling will be coming in to cover Mrs Hopkin’s piano lessons on Thursdays, Miss Weston who will be Miss Steel’s Classroom Assistant in Form One and Ms Grunewald, is our new Academic Coordinator.

 

Games 

Children in Forms Two to Six should bring their kit in each Monday for games during the week the full programme of activities is available in the Curriculum drop-down list  

 

Wednesday Sports activities 

Forms Three & Four fencing at Little Venice Sports Centre.

The coach will leave at 8.40 am so please make sure your children arrive on time.

Forms One & Two will play football and hockey at Paddington Recreation Ground.

 

Friday Sports activities 

Forms Five & Six will be swimming at Kensington Leisure Centre.

Junior One & Form One will have dance and drama classes with Miss Kate (if your children have them then it is worth sending in ballet/dance/jazz shoes/light weight plimsolls for these lessons).

New Supervised Homework Classes  for children in Forms Two to Six

Miss Pluskowska, supported by Miss Arthur, will supervise the homework class on Mondays and Thursdays, from 4 to 4.45 pm. Please contact the school office if you would like to book a place for your child. 

Uniform 

During the warmer weather, children may wear summer uniform if preferred but should be in winter clothing by the beginning of October.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

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!